5 fantastic undersea paradises to explore this summer
Komodo National Park, Indonesia
If this is your first time planning a dive for the summer vacation, surely you cannot miss Indonesia, the country of thousands of islands. Located within the Coral Triangle with more than 13,000 islands, Indonesia has many famous destinations for diving such as Raja Ampat, Alor Island and especially Komodo National Park.
As a world heritage for over 30 years, the islands and reefs of Komodo are well protected with abundant marine life such as sea turtles, dolphins and thousands of other colorful fishes. In addition to being an impressive diving spot, this is also the country where you can admire Komodo dragon, stroll on the famous pink beach and enjoy the pristine natural beauty of the blue ocean.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Located in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, the Riviera Maya is a favorite destination of countless divers. Natural sinks called Cenote and the giant underwater cave system make diving here more exciting than ever.
Among the islands of the Riviera Maya area, Cozumel is the most famous diving site with over 100 dive service providers on the island. You can experience everything here, from deep diving, diving wreck, night diving to diving and underwater photography... Coming to this spot, you can also visit the Riviera Maya coral reef or the underwater museum with 400 submerged statues by Jason de Caires Taylor.
Turks and Caicos Islands, Caribbean Sea
The Turks and Caicos Islands located in the Caribbean belong to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This is a famous dive site from the 1970s thanks to calm waters and colorful marine life. Many islands in this archipelago are uninhabited – ideal places to hide from noisy busy life.
Situated in the world's third-largest coral reef system, there are so many breathtaking sceneries here, including shallow coral reefs for snorkelers to easily reach the colorful underwater world. The water in this area is warm all year round so you can dive at any time. But if you want to see humpback whales, come from December to March.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia
This is the largest reef system in the world with a length of about 2,300km. It is so big that it can be seen from outer space. Scientists claim that this is the largest single living entity in the planet.
The Great Barrier Reef was declared a World Natural Heritage in 1981. It is home to more than 200 bird species, 30 whale species, 5,000 molluscs, more than 1,500 species of fish, about 400 species of coral and 500 species of seaweed. With diverse marine life, warm and clear waters, accessible location, the Great Barrier is an ideal diving spot for anyone who loves to work in the sea.
Palau is the Pacific archipelago located 800km from the east of the Philippines. This beautiful archipelago is a paradise for travelers, especially those who love scuba diving. Here, the most famous spot is the Rock Island with nearly 300 islands shaped like mushroom caps with coral reefs rising out of the emerald waters.
The best diving spots in Palau are Blue Corner, German Channel, Ulong Channel, New Drop Off, and countless other dive sites that allow you to enjoy beautiful coral reefs while swimming with shark or admiring wrecked ship under the ocean. In addition, you should definitely go to Jelly Lake on the island of Eil Malk. Here, you will be diving with millions of golden jellyfish floating in water. Be assured that they are not poisonous.
By: Archie Henderson