Their radiant fish and bizarre animals make the Galapagos a world-class diving and wildlife destination. Fed by nutrient rich waters from the tropical Pacific Ocean, the magical marine life enchants and fascinates in equal measure.
Destination: Galapagos & Ecuador
The remote Cocos Island Marine Park lies 540 kilometres off the coast of Costa Rica and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The volcanic pinnacles surrounding the island are beacons for large pelagics, and it is one of the best places to go shark diving.
Destination: Costa Rica
Just one of four islands in the Revillagigedos Archipelago, Socorro is a remote volcanic island rising abruptly from the sea. The area attracts large concentrations of pelagic species and is renowned for close up encounters with giant Pacific manta rays.
The most westerly island in the Bahamas and just a short flight from Nassau, Bimini has become recognised for its world-class diving and snorkelling, with crystal clear waters home to wild dolphin and an abundance of fish, wrecks and sharks; including hammerheads.
The sinister and forbidding island of Malpelo is located 500 kilometres off the coast of Colombia. Home to a large variety and quantity of marine life, it is especially famous for encounters with huge schools of hammerhead and silky sharks.
Destination: Colombia, Panama
Fakarava, like Rangiroa, is a huge atoll with a vast lagoon. Diving is concentrated in the two passes: Garuae in the northern end is more than 800 metres wide, while the Tumakohua pass in the south is an easier dive, but just as prolific.
Japan’s most south-westerly point, Yonaguni is one of the biggest secrets in the diving world, full of mystery and marine life, including seasonal hammerhead sharks. Its unique and mysterious underwater monument provides an out of this world diving experience.
Lying in the South China Sea, the atoll of Layang Layang rises from the depths 2000 metres below. Schools of hammerheads visit seasonally, drawing thrill seekers the world over, and other highlights include silvertips, grey reef sharks, turtles and fabulous corals.
San Salvador lies in the southeast of the Bahamas, and is its best kept secret. Divers can expect pristine beaches, stunning visibility, healthy reefs teeming with marine life, swim-throughs and caverns, and plenty of shark encounters, including hammerheads.
This impeccably managed marine reserve bursts with life, and is supported by habitats such as seagrass beds and mangroves. Highlights include six species of shark and even American saltwater crocodiles.
The unspoilt island of Vanua Levu is Fiji’s second largest. Surrounded by coral reefs and picturesque beaches, there is easy access to one of the best diving areas in the country, with colourful soft coral reefs, turtles and scalloped hammerhead sharks.