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Top 10 Dive Sites in the World

Make a Bucket List

Everyone has a bucket list of things they would like to do before they die. It makes sense that divers should have their own bucket list of places to see before the end of their diving days. A list of the top ten diving places in the world should include something from every type of dive.

Get Creative

If you have plenty of time to go diving you could make more than the one list. Try compiling a bucket list of the top ten dive sites in Europe or the Caribbean and work your way around the world. This list is merely a suggestion with sites you should consider for your own list.

 1. The Yongala – Queensland, Australia

  • 109 metres wreck (entry into the ship is forbidden).
  • Protected under the Historic Shipwrecks Act.
  • Lots of wildlife: Manta Rays, Tiger Sharks, Bull Sharks and Turtles.
  • Incredible coral formations.
  • Accessible from Ayr Township.

 2. Barracuda Point – Sipadan Island

School of Barracudas at Sipidan


  • World class Malaysian dive site.
  • 800m drop off
  • Occasionally strong sweeping currents.
  • Broadly diverse sea life; Sea Turtles, Buffalo Fish, Coconut Crab



 3. Blue Corner Wall –  Palau, Micronesia

  • A wall dive popular with experienced divers.
  • Strong currents for a challenging dive.
  • Excellent opportunity to see sharks.
  • Fabulous diversity of marine life.

 4. Thistlegorm – Egyptian Red Sea

Old trucks inside the hold of a Thistlegorm

Paul Vinten

  • Cargo ship wreck filled with motorbikes, train carriages and trucks.
  • Sunk in 1941 after being bombed by 2 German bombers .
  • Laying at a max depth of 29 meters.
  • Reports of encounters with giant moray eels.
  • Popular site for a night dive.

 5. Shark & Yolanda Reef – Egyptian Red Sea

  • Shark reef rich in anemones.
  • Mixture of drop off and ship wreck.
  • Good currents for drift diving.
  • Three reefs in one dive.

 6. Navy Pier – Western Australia

  • Extends around 300m from the shore.
  • Very popular for night dives.
  • Described as possibly the best shore dive on the planet.
  • Plenty of sea life, even humpback whales in the right season.

 7.  Great Blue Hole – Belize

Blue Hole Belize


  • Incredibly deep hole edged with coral reefs.
  • Great visibility in the water.
  • Best time to dive is between April – June.
  • Hole is 143 meters deep and home to plenty of mako and sharks.


 8. Big Brother – Egyptian Red Sea

  • Divers must have 50+ open water dives under their belt to dive here.
  • Currents can be wild and unpredictable.
  • Interaction with sharks is common.
  • Steep sided volcanic cone dive.

 9. Manta Ray Night Dive – Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Diver watching a huge school of Black Jacks, at the Liberty Wreck at Tulamben, Bali

DJ Mattaar

  • Lights set into the ocean floor attract plankton which attracts manta rays.
  • Currents here can be wild at times.
  • Guaranteed close encounters with the large rays.

 10. Liberty Wreck – Bali, Indonesia

  • Wreck dive between 9-30m of water.
  • Suitable for all levels of diving skill.
  • A photographer’s favourite site because of the abundance of life here.
  • Very still current with visibility up to 20m.

Do you have any diving Bucket list? Tell us where you wish to go diving!

Torben Lonne

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Torben is a top skilled PADI MSDT instructor. He has worked several years with scuba diving in Indonesia and Thailand - and dived most of his life in most of the world.

He is also the co-founder and chief-editor of

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  1. Thomas Walker

    I did number 10 last year, amazing place. I think they are all on my list. Next year it’s Egypt and for the two brothers and the Thistlegorm. I wish I could go Belize or Palu but that gotta be another time.

  2. louise Lerch

    My #1 is great Barriere reef and then sardin run in South Africa. Blue Hole would also be aazing to see but never been to that side off the world. Maybe some day.

    • Torben Lonne

      I got “Sardin run” on my Bucket list as well. It been there for some years now. Maybe I should do something about it. Thanks for sharing, Louise.

  3. james

    1. Raja Ampat
    2. Thistlegorm
    3. Orcas in north Norway
    4. Komodo
    5. Sipidan
    6. Sardin Run (almos forgont this one thanks Louise)
    7. Lembeh strait
    8. Richely Rock
    9. Belize blue Hole
    10. Mata ray Night dive in Hawaii Sounds like a clear number 10

  4. Jason Orwik

    I want more money! There are so may cool places to see and I’m broke. Would someone sponsor a dive trip to me!

  5. Jason Orwik

    The Maldives
    Indonesia – all over
    Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia
    Cocos Island
    scapa flow
    Blue hole
    Bikini Atoll

    I guess thats mine to name only 10 haha

  6. Carlotta

    I did number 2, 7 and 10! Amazing and so lucky to be able to dive some of the best places in the world. I’d also love to dive Truk Lagoon Shipwrecks, Micronesia. That’s supposed to be wreck diving paradise if one’s into wrecks.

  7. Tristan Paylado

    I haven’t been to any of the featured dive sites. But if i may suggest to include Philippines in your list. You can plunged in reef enriched Tubataha Marine Parks, Wreck diving in Coron, Thresher sharks in Malapascua, Mantas in Masbate, Whalesharks in Donsol and a lot more. After all, ITS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!!!

  8. Jim O

    Buckets just aren’t big enough! I’m gonna need a barrel!
    Great idea to set some goals and then get after them.

    • Torben Lonne

      Wow great thanks for sharing and well done hov many of your top 10 have you done now? There sure is a lot of divers there as well.

    • Tristan Paylado

      Hi Alvian. Yes, Indonesia is also a great diving destination. Thanks for sharing

  9. Diverkim

    Half I have done, half I dream to do. In no particular order:

    1. Lancaster Sound, Nunavut (when the ice breaks up)
    2. Ras Mohammed, Sharm El Sheikh
    3. Blue Corner, Palau
    4. Browning Wall, Port Hardy
    5. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
    6. Sipadan
    7. Tubataha, Philippines
    8. Thresher shark dive, Malapascua
    9. Maldives
    10. wrecks of Chuuk Lagoon

    • Diverkim

      I’ve done Ras Mohammed, Sharm El Sheikh; Blue Corner, Palau; Sipadan; the thresher shark dive in Malapascua, Philippines; and some great dives in the Maldives.

  10. Diverkim

    I’ve done Ras Mohammed, Sharm El Sheikh; Blue Corner, Palau; Sipadan; the Thresher shark dive, Malapascua; and the Maldives.

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