Along with swimming with whale sharks and dolphins, at Utila, Honduras, you’ll see some of the most gorgeous coral reefs in the world. On top of that, it’s one of the cheapest places to scuba dive and has plenty of other great spots to relax and enjoy food and drink while you’re not scuba diving.
The only oceanic island in Malaysia, Sipadan is one of the best destinations to go scuba diving. It’s teeming with marine life, including hard and soft corals, hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks, leopard sharks, and sea turtles. From April to June, you can get great visibility from up to 154 feet (50 m).
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
Bonaire stands out among its sister islands Aruba and Caracao for being a spectacular scuba diving destination. A marine park with over 100 diving opportunities, you’ll never have a lack of options on your summer vacation. We’d recommend 1000 Steps, Hilma Hooker, and Salt Pier. Since it is also a marine park, expect to see the underwater world untouched and unspoiled. It’s best to visit during the months of September to December when the sea is calm to explore the reef for nurse sharks, sea turtles, and parrot fish.
Gili Islands, Indonesia
Considered the “turtle capital of the world,” the Gillis Islands offer amazing underwater visuals with plenty of plant and marine life such as the bumphead parrot fish, manta rays, hawksbill turtles, and a wide range of hard and soft corals. It’s also a great spot for both beginner and experienced divers. Since it’s near Bali, you can easily have the best of both worlds.
Few people know of Yap Island. It’s just 6,000 miles from Los Angeles or an hour’s flight from Guam. A true tropical island, it’s only 9 degrees north of the equator. Scuba divers love its pristine waters and copious marine life. It is also popular among explorers, ecologists, and nature lovers.