- Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)
Unlike almost places on this list, diving in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador you can see not only colorful coral reefs and tropical fish but also large marine creatures like sea lions, dolphins, turtles and even penguins. A friendly sea lion can jump up to greet you while you swim in the Galapagos.
The Galapagos Islands which the evolutionary theory of Charles Darwin based on has charming and unique mammals both on land and in the sea. The underwater wildlife is very friendly and close because it doesn’t encounter people often.
- Coral Triangle (Asia Pacific)
Stretching from East Borneo to the islands of the Philippines, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands, the Coral Triangle is the center of marine biodiversity. With 647 million hectares, this is home to 75% of the world’s famous coral species. The great thing here is that you may not need to dive to see 2,000 species of corals because you can see them on the water. There are also six of the seven species of turtles in the world.
- Silver Coast (Dominican Republic)
The Silver Coast is one of the few places in the world where people can swim and dive with humpback whales. This is a safe haven for the number of North Atlantic humpback whales to mate and breed. Scuba divers can see them between October and April, when they swim across the area.
- Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
Including 2,900 single reefs and stretching over 2,300 km, Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world. It formed about half a million years ago. Divers and swimmers can easily access the coral reefs here.
Warm sea water is a condition to help this place have an unprecedented spectacular scenery. But scientists say it could be extinct just before 2050 due to climate change. The increase in carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere heats ocean water which makes coral die.