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Gansbaai & Dyer Island

Gansbaai is the world capital of the great white shark, and Dyer Island presents the best place in the world to observe and dive with these elusive animals. From June to December, Gansbaai is also home to the southern right whale which visits the area to breed.

  • Destination: South Africa

Wolf & Darwin Islands

Located 14 hours north of the main group of islands, Wolf and Darwin are reached by liveaboard and are a magnet for divers, with warm water species seen nowhere else in the archipelago. Whale sharks are common Jun-Nov, and hammerheads also frequently seen.

  • Destination: Galapagos & Ecuador

Palau

One of the world’s finest dive destinations, almost every imaginable species of coral and innumerable species of fish inhabit Palau’s rich reefs. Drift over spectacular reefs or dive on a WWII wreck, visit the jellyfish lake or kayak around the stunning Rock Islands.

  • Destination: Micronesia & Palau

Malpelo Island

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

Cocos Island

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

Aliwal Shoal

A must for divers, Aliwal Shoal is home to over 1,200 species of fish and an abundance of corals, as well as turtles, rays and pelagics. From June through to November ragged tooth sharks congregate to mate, while huge tiger sharks and hammerheads are also seen.

  • Destination: South Africa

Protea Banks

Often described as the best shark diving site in the world, Protea offers exciting encounters with eight species of shark including ragged-toothed, hammerheads and Zambezi (bull). A location suited to experienced divers only, this is adventure diving at its best.

  • Destination: South Africa

Layang Layang

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.

  • Destination: Malaysia

Fakarava

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.

  • Destination: Tahiti

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is unquestionably the most mythical of the Pacific islands. The central, lush green island is surrounded by a myriad of islets nestling in a lagoon, which is inhabited by abundant marine life, notably manta rays and shark encounters.

  • Destination: Tahiti

Socorro

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.

  • Destination: Mexico

Nassau, New Providence

Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, sits on the island of New Providence, where underwater highlights include wonderful walls, colourful reefs, world famous wrecks and plenty of shark encounters. The island also offers some vibrant culture, museums and restaurants.

  • Destination: Bahamas

Southern Atolls

This region has few resorts, and consequently is best explored by liveaboard. Diving itineraries focus on the pristine and unexplored atolls of Meemu, Thaa, Laamu and in season, Huvadhoo Atoll, which is one of the Maldives' premier shark diving locations.

  • Destination: Maldives

Sea of Cortez

Labelled the ‘world’s aquarium’ by Jacques Cousteau, you can expect an incredible marine diversity in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famous for its variety of whales and dolphin species the region is best visited in summer and is best suited to more experienced divers.

  • Destination: Mexico

Isla Guadalupe

Isla Guadalupe is one of the world’s premier great white shark diving destinations. Reached only by liveaboard, divers can expect exceptional visibility, often multiple sharks per dive and pristine conditions; it is nothing short of great white shark heaven!

  • Destination: Mexico

Yonaguni Island

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.

  • Destination: Japan

Gulf of Papagayo

The Gulf of Papagayo is a large bay on the north Pacific coast; its striking panoramic views and sweeping beaches have made it one of Costa Rica’s top destinations. Its waters support a huge amount of marine life, with large schools of fish and numerous pelagics.

  • Destination: Costa Rica

Exumas National Land and Sea Park

Considered to be the most pristine area in the Bahamas, the Exumas are home to some of the most prolific and varied underwater life of any coral reef in the world. A photographer’s dream, divers can expect regular shark encounters and plenty of critters.

  • Destination: Bahamas

San Salvador

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.

  • Destination: Bahamas

Grand Bahama

Full of history and charm, Grand Bahama island is the most northerly in the archipelago and combines a young thriving town with enchanting marine life. Expect unique shark encounters, a maze of underwater cave systems, reefs, wrecks and dolphins.

  • Destination: Bahamas

Pacific Harbour & Beqa Lagoon

Located on the main island of Viti Levu, Pacific Harbour is the adventure capital of Fiji and the jumping off point to the magical Beqa Lagoon, famed for superb shark encounters and also the legendary Beqa Fire Walkers. A must for all adventure lovers!

  • Destination: Fiji

Cenderawasih Bay

Cenderawasih, along with Raja Ampat and Triton Bay, makes up the Bird’s Head Seascape, a vast bay with healthy coral gardens and dramatic vertical walls. Reached only by liveaboard, the area has recently shot to fame due to its unique whale shark population.

  • Destination: Indonesia

Tikehau

A picture-perfect island, Tikehau is graced with an oval crown of pink sand beaches and an azure lagoon teeming with marine life. Famous for its huge fish population and shallow manta ray cleaning station, divers can also encounter eagle rays, barracuda and grey reef sharks.

  • Destination: Tahiti

Galapagos Islands

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