Best Dive Destinations for Underwater Photography

By Scott Gietler

 

 
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Dive destinations can deliver big fish, beautiful corals, or tiny critters. In this dive destination guide, I strive to deliver unbiased and accurate information about the kind of experience you will have at the top diving destinations around the world, and also at some of the lesser known ones. I personally edit and check each article to make sure you are getting the best possible information on each destination. New dive locations are being added at regular intervals. In today's world of advertiser and money driven content, I hope you appreciate this fresh content - Scott.

 

 

Dive Destination Guides by Location

Featuring over 35 of the best diving destinations for underwater photography.

 

North America

best diving destinations channel islands

 

Diving Channel Islands, California

Rich reefs, kelp forests, and sea lions off the coast of Southern California 

 

 

best dive destinations catalina

 

Diving Catalina Island, California

Giant kelp forests, Black Sea Bass, Garibaldi. Only a 1 hour boat ride from Los Angeles 

 

 

diving the pacific northwest and british columbia

 

Diving the Pacific Northwest

Rich life in Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia

 

 

diving Kona, Hawaii

 

Diving Kona, Hawaii

Sharks, Turtles, Mantas on a beautiful island.

 

 

 

 

Caribbean & Central America

diving Cozumel, Mexico

 

Diving Cozumel, Mexico

Drift diving past huge sponges, turtles and eagle rays - and a good value too.

 

 

 

diving socorro islands, Mexico

 

Diving Socorro Islands, Mexico

Friendly Mantas, sharks, dolphins, and whales await you

 

 

diving guadalupe island with great white sharks

 

Diving Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Cage diving with Great white sharks, a thrilling adventure

 

 

diving Bonaire

 

Diving Bonaire

Easy shore diving, lots of fish to photograph

 

 

diving Belize

 

 

Diving Belize

Caribbean diving, colorful sponges on the edge of the rain forest

 

diving curacao

 

Diving Curacao

Charming curacao is becoming an alternate to Bonaire

 

 

diving saint vincent island

 

Diving Saint Vincent

Best critter diving in the Caribbean

 

 

 

diving with humpback whales at silver bank

 

Diving Silver Bank, Dominican Republic

Swimming with Humpback Whales

 

 

 

diving la paz, baja, mexico

 

Diving La Paz, Baja, Mexico

Expect the unexpected. A Manta, hammerhead, tuna or whale shark can appear.

 

 

 

Cabo

 

Diving Cabo San Lucas & Cabo Pulmo

Pelagics, schools of fish, hammerheads & more where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez.

 

 

 

Lower Central & South America

diving galapagos islands

Diving Galapagos Islands

Whale sharks, Hammerhead sharks and unique endemic life such as the Giant Tortoise make this a trip you will never forget. 

 

 

 

diving cocos island

 

Diving Cocos and Malpelo Islands

Cocos and Malpelo are truly the "Islands of the Sharks" - Hammerheads, Silkies and more 

 

 

  

Indonesia

Wakatobi

 

Diving Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia

Featuring fantastic world-class diving and amazing macro and wide-angle opportunites

 

 

 

diving bali

 

Diving Bali, Indonesia

Wrecks, muck, schools of fish, reefs and a great culture make Bali a gem for diving 

 

 

diving raja ampat

 

Diving Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Remote and hard to get to, but it has Indonesia's best diving.

 

 

 

diving lembeh strait

 

Diving Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Muck Diving at it's finest, with a never-ending selection of rare and strange critters in black sand

 

 

 

diving bunaken island, indonesia

 

Diving Bunaken Island, Indonesia

Bunaken delivers walls, reefs, corals and big fish

 

 

diving siladen island

 

Diving Siladen Island, Indonesia

Next to Bunaken, Siladen Island offers a private base for beautiful shallow reefs and corals

 

 

 

Southeast Asia (excluding Indonesia)

diving Anilao, batangas

 

Diving Anilao, Phillipines

Incredible critter and nudibranch diving that brings people back again and again

 

 

diving dumaguete

 

Diving Dumaguete, Philippines

Good muck diving with a nice selection of resorts and Apo island nearby.

 

 

diving sipadan island

 

Diving Sipadan, Malaysia

Turtles, Jacks, Reef sharks and Barracudas make Sipadan very popular.

 

 

 

diving png, papua new guinea

 

Diving Papua New Guinea (PNG)

One of last places in the world to be explored, some consider PNG the best diving in Asia.

 

 

diving vietnam

 

Diving Vietnam

Diving in this popular tourist destination is just starting to become more well-known.

 

 

 

 

 

diving Hanifaru bay, Maldives

 

Diving Hanifaru Bay, Maldives

If you hit it right, there is Manta and Whale shark action like nowhere else

 

 

 

 

Pacific Ocean

diving fiji

 

Diving Fiji

Soft coral capital of the world, and home to a great shark dive. 

 

 

diving Palau, micronesia

 

Diving Palau

Sharks, some big fish and good topside excursions make Palau a popular destination.

 

 

diving truk lagoon

 

Diving Truk Lagoon

Truk has more shipwrecks than you count, in clear water with lots of soft coral.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

diving solomon islands

 

Diving Solomon Islands

Solomon Island's is a remote destination that pleases everyone with it's rich reefs, soft corals great diversity and plentiful fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diving Tonga for Humpback Whales

Have an unforgettable experience with Humpback whales, and then dive Tonga's reefs in crystal clear water.

 

 

 

Australia / New Zealand

diving Adelaide, Australia

 

Diving Adelaide, Australia

Easy shore dives, piers filled with fish and Leafy Sea Dragons

 

 

diving milford sound, new zealand

 

Diving Milford Sound, New Zealand

Exotic black coral and the most beautiful country in the world awaits you

 

 

 

Exotic Locales

diving antarctica with leopard seals

 

Diving Antarctica

Once in a lifetime trip with Penguins, Leopard seals and Glaciers 

 

 

 

The Middle East

diving the red sea

 

Diving the Red Sea

The best diving is in Southern Egypt- check out Marsa Shagra.

 

 

Europe

Diving the White Sea

Diving the White Sea, Russia

A unique experience of underwater photography while ice diving.

 

 

 

 

 

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Best diving destinations by Category

 

Pelagics          Corals & Reef Diving

Wrecks          Caribbean         Muck Diving

Exotic Underwater Locations     SouthEast Asia

       Whales                    Sharks

                           Big Animals

 

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Comments

Since I am from California,

Since I am from California, I've been to Diving Catalina Island in California which I enjoyed so much watching those colorful living creature during our underwater adventure. I really had fun capturing them.

I will be in Brazil in

I will be in Brazil in November. I was wondering if anyone can give me feedback as to the diving in Brazil.

I have been directed to your

I have been directed to your photo contest because I have been winning different categories in the Cayman Islands. I'm surprised that your web site does not even list the Cayman Islands. In Grand Cayman the macro life is right up there with Bonaire. Then the wide angle is just awesome for deep wall shoots. One day, I was over 300' from a pinnacle to capture the full view of the top at 50'- dropping off to 240'. Warm water and great visibility 100'+ year round.

Can you PM me a link to your

Can you PM me a link to your photos, Jay?

Michael Zeigler [url]http://www.seainfocus.com[/url]

Thought I missed it but I

Thought I missed it but I went back to look and didn't see anywhere in Florida? W. Palm and the Keys are wonderful places to dive and help support US business. The water is usually very clear and there is plenty photo opportunities. We have plenty of wrecks, corals teaming with tropical fish, turtles galore, manatees, sharks of all types, springs, caves, and caverns all with 100'+ of visibility. Best part is the summer when you can dive without a combersome wet suit in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean's Gulf Stream.

Hi Scott - we are planning a

Hi Scott - we are planning a dive to L'Estartit-Illes Medes in Spain. Do you have any info on that destination? We won't be going until NEXT year, and would of course be happy to provide info for the site after our return if needed.

hi Merrianne, thanks for the

hi Merrianne, thanks for the offer - we are always looking for info on more places, so send me an email via the contact link so I have your contact info  

Scott Gietler Owner/Editor, Underwater Photography Guide & Bluewater Photo http://www.uwphotographyguide.com http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com

Thanks for these spots but

Thanks for these spots but may be some are missing ?
What's about Red Sea ?????

yes, you are correct. Look

yes, you are correct. Look under Middle East, you will see the Red Sea, it says "coming soon"  - Scott  UPDATE - I have red sea info there now.

Scott Gietler Owner/Editor, Underwater Photography Guide & Bluewater Photo http://www.uwphotographyguide.com http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com

yes, you are correct about

yes, you are correct about cocos, thanks. Malpelo is owned by Columbia. 

Scott Gietler Owner/Editor, Underwater Photography Guide & Bluewater Photo http://www.uwphotographyguide.com http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com