Best Scuba Diving Locations in the World

Scuba diving is a great sport, and you probably already read about the deepest scuba dive already. It is an amazing way to check out the life under our oceans and check out shipwrecks from long ago.  There are amazing places all over the globe where you can check out coral and shipwrecks, maybe even find a lost treasure.  Let us show you some of the best scuba diving locations in the world, you’re going to want to add one or two of these to your bucket list.

1. The Yongala, Australia

Located off the coast of Queensland in Australia, the Yongala is a shipwreck where you can see tons of sea life. There are tiger sharks, bull sharks, sea snakes, manta rays, beautiful coral and plenty of schools of fish going by. The ship sank during a storm over a hundred years ago. The ship was without telegraph facilities at that time and couldn’t be warned of the coming storm and it resulted in the death of more than a 120 people and a racehorse. Now the site is protected by the Historic Shipwrecks Act.

2. Great Blue Hole, Belize

If you live in North America and want a closer destination to swim with the sharks then you need to head here. This is a wide, deep hole outlined with beautiful coral reefs and you will find plenty of sharks here. The warm is incredibly warm and you have great visibility of roughly 30m. The coral is filled with rich, vibrant colors and going into the hole you will go from salt water to fresh. You can see tuna dive into the hole. Go a little deeper and see some stalagmites and stalactites from an ancient cave.  Here is a look up close.

3. Blue Corner Wall, Micronesia

If you want to explore a vast variety of undersea wildlife then this is the place to be. You can find sharks, barracuda, eagle rays, snappers, jacks and Napoleon wrasse just to name a few. Not only is the sheer variety of marine life worth the trip the coral is beautiful too. The thick coral is home to morays, nudibranchs and mantis shrimp.

4. Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea

During the Second World War the British Vessel, the Thistlegorm was attacked from the air by Germans and the ship was sunk in 1941 while carrying supplies to British Troops. The ship was filled with arms, motor bikes, trucks and train carriages. Exploring this piece of history can take a couple of dives in order to see everything. Be careful though the currents can be strong, and the current on the surface of the water can be completely different from at the wreck.

These are just a handful of the incredible diving sites all over the world, there are corals and shipwrecks on coastlines all over the world.

World’s Deepest Scuba Dive

When you go scuba diving for the first time you are going to have to get some lessons or instruction before you actually dive.  If you have gone to a PADI Certified diving school then one of the first things they are going to teach you is not to dive too deep.  Not only is diving to deep or not surfacing properly dangerous it can even be fatal.  Scuba organizations say that recreational divers like you should not exceed a dive of 130 feet.  But one particular diver decided to ignore that advice and try for a world record.  So what is the world’s record for deepest scuba dive?  Read on and find out.

Ahmed Gabr

The diver who decided he was going to set the world record is none other than Ahmed Gabr.  He didn’t just dive below 130 feet he went almost ten times that depth reaching a record dive of 1,090 feet!  The dive was done into the Red Sea off the coast of Dahab in Egypt.  The people from Guinness were on hand to establish the dive as record setting and the deepest dive ever.  If you don’t how deep that is, imagine taking the Chrysler Building in New York City and turning it upside down into the sea…that’s how far down Ahmed dove.  Here is a look.

Breaking the Record

The dive took place back in September of 2014 and it broke the previous record of 1,000 feet.  It took Ahmed roughly 12 minutes to reach that depth but he spent the next 14 hours to come back to the surface.  He first dove into the Red Sea at around 9 am and didn’t come back up until it was almost midnight.  The 41 year old diver surfaced and was pretty jubilant about becoming the record holder saying he felt “unbelievable”.  The dive took nine tanks of air and he spent most of his time decompressing on the way to the surface.

The Dangers of Deep Diving

Why are deep dives so dangerous?  There are a number of different risks divers take when they go beyond the 130 feet.  The first thing a diver has to worry about is equipment failure and with that drowning.  The other big danger is decompression sickness or “the bends”, this can happen if a diver surfaces too quickly, this is why Ahmed took more than nine hours to surface from his dive.

Gabr has been diving for more than 17 years and took a full four years to prepare to break the world record.