Top 10 Dive Sites in the World

Manta Night Dive

Mike Bauer

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!

The author


Torben Lonne

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.

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17 Responses to “Top 10 Dive Sites in the World”

  1. Thomas Walkerwrote on December 12:

    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 Lerchwrote on December 12:

    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 Lonnewrote on December 12:

      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. jameswrote on December 12:

    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


    • Torben Lonnewrote on December 12:

      Hi James, thanks for sharing your list. I hope you one day can cross them all off!
  4. Jason Orwikwrote on December 13:

    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 Orwikwrote on December 13:

    Rangiroa The Maldives Indonesia - all over Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia Sipadan Cocos Island scapa flow Komodo Blue hole Bikini Atoll I guess thats mine to name only 10 haha


  6. ciciwrote on April 09:

    Most of my dive site in my bucket list is in Indonesia :)


  7. Carlottawrote on May 14:

    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.


  8. Tristan Payladowrote on August 20:

    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!!!


  9. Jim Owrote on October 30:

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


  10. TBDwrote on November 18:

    Number 4 & 5...I would love to dive these places again!!


  11. FotoSub Brasilwrote on January 11:

    Manta Ray night dive, checked!


    • Torben Lonnewrote on January 12:

      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.
  12. Alvian Rahardjowrote on January 18:

    Indonesia is like a paradise for divers, Bali, Raja Ampat, Komodo Island, Wakatobi, Bunaken, and many more...


    • Tristan Payladowrote on January 29:

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

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