Unusual dive sites

28/08/2015 14:12

Written by Bradt Travel Guides

Grenada

Dive site Grenada by R Gombarik© R Gombarik, Shutterstock

Grenada is the self-proclaimed ‘wreck-diving capital of the Caribbean’. There are indeed numerous sites within recreational dive limits, including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean, the Bianca C. There are lots of marine creatures, colourful reef fish, and hard and soft corals, as well as interesting underwater topography including drop-offs and flat reefs. On some sites, usually those in more exposed waters, you can also expect to see larger creatures such as eagle rays and reef sharks.

Sudan

Diving Red Sea Sudan by Angelo Glampiccolo, Shutterstock© Angelo Glampiccolo, Shutterstock

As a dive destination, the Sudanese Red Sea is virtually untouched. At a popular dive site in Egypt you can find yourself sharing the water with up to 100 other divers; in Sudan, numbers barely reach that along the entire coast.  There are two big draws for divers. The first is the chance to follow in the footsteps (or fins) of diving’s pioneers. Hans Hass made his name here in the 1950s, and a decade later Jacques Cousteau led his maiden voyage of the Calypso here, and carried out his experiments in undersea living near Port Sudan. The second major attraction is the fish. Nowhere else in the Red Sea can offer the range of big species or fish in such large schools. The numbers are staggering – schools of up to a dozen manta rays, 50 barracuda or over 100 hammerhead sharks are not uncommon.

Ascension

Whale shark Ascension by Marine society, EMDWhale sharks are common in the South Atlantic © Marine society, EMD

Ascension boasts clear, warm, unpolluted waters averaging 79–84°F (26–29°C) all year, which is great for diving and snorkelling.  The fish life may not be quite as varied here as on St Helena, but it’s certainly big on quantity. Take a look into the waters of any bay and you can’t miss the hundreds of black triggerfish (Melichthys niger), or durgon, milling around in the shallows. Smartly striped sergeant-major fish vie for attention with squirrelfish, wrasse and resplendent angelfish, while rocky crevices hide moray eels and spiny lobster, and the occasional exquisite fireworm adds a touch of the exotic.

Colombia

San Andres Archipelago Colombia by pipojackman, Shutterstock© pipojackman, Shutterstock

As the home to one of the largest barrier reefs in the Americas, the San Andrés Archipelago is a true diver’s paradise. Dozens of operators offer scuba and snorkelling in a destination still relatively unknown in diving circles, despite being accessible. Underwater visibility is remarkable at an average of 30m year-round and as much as 60m in some spots. Conditions are calm with minimal currents and water temperatures of around 27°C.

Taiwan

Taiwan© Taiwan Tourist Board

Taiwan is one of Asia’s best-kept secrets in the diving community. Its soft-coral sites are among the best in the world and there are healthy hard-coral sites in abundance. Whether on a shallow dive or a deep dive, a boat dive or a shore dive, you’ll be able to find what every diver craves – the undersea world’s natural beauty.


Discover more unique things to do in these countries with our guides:

Grenada 3 Bradt guide by Paul Crask Sudan 3 Bradt guide by Sophie Ibbotson and Max Lovell-Hoare St Helena Ascenscion and Tristan da Cunha 3 Bradt guide by Tricia Hayne and Susan Britt-Gallagher Colombia 3 Bradt guide by Sarah Woods Taiwan 2 Bradt guide by Steven Crook 

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