Best Dive Destinations for Underwater Photography
By Scott Gietler
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.
Featuring over 35 of the best diving destinations for underwater photography.
Rich reefs, kelp forests, and sea lions off the coast of Southern California
Giant kelp forests, Black Sea Bass, Garibaldi. Only a 1 hour boat ride from Los Angeles
Rich life in Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia
Sharks, Turtles, Mantas on a beautiful island.
Caribbean & Central America
Drift diving past huge sponges, turtles and eagle rays - and a good value too.
Friendly Mantas, sharks, dolphins, and whales await you
Cage diving with Great white sharks, a thrilling adventure
Easy shore diving, lots of fish to photograph
Caribbean diving, colorful sponges on the edge of the rain forest
Charming curacao is becoming an alternate to Bonaire
Best critter diving in the Caribbean
Swimming with Humpback Whales
Expect the unexpected. A Manta, hammerhead, tuna or whale shark can appear.
Pelagics, schools of fish, hammerheads & more where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez.
Lower Central & South America
Whale sharks, Hammerhead sharks and unique endemic life such as the Giant Tortoise make this a trip you will never forget.
Cocos and Malpelo are truly the "Islands of the Sharks" - Hammerheads, Silkies and more
Featuring fantastic world-class diving and amazing macro and wide-angle opportunites
Wrecks, muck, schools of fish, reefs and a great culture make Bali a gem for diving
Remote and hard to get to, but it has Indonesia's best diving.
Muck Diving at it's finest, with a never-ending selection of rare and strange critters in black sand
Bunaken delivers walls, reefs, corals and big fish
Next to Bunaken, Siladen Island offers a private base for beautiful shallow reefs and corals
Southeast Asia (excluding Indonesia)
Incredible critter and nudibranch diving that brings people back again and again
Good muck diving with a nice selection of resorts and Apo island nearby.
Turtles, Jacks, Reef sharks and Barracudas make Sipadan very popular.
One of last places in the world to be explored, some consider PNG the best diving in Asia.
Diving in this popular tourist destination is just starting to become more well-known.
If you hit it right, there is Manta and Whale shark action like nowhere else
Soft coral capital of the world, and home to a great shark dive.
Sharks, some big fish and good topside excursions make Palau a popular destination.
Truk has more shipwrecks than you count, in clear water with lots of soft coral.
Solomon Island's is a remote destination that pleases everyone with it's rich reefs, soft corals great diversity and plentiful fish.
Have an unforgettable experience with Humpback whales, and then dive Tonga's reefs in crystal clear water.
Australia / New Zealand
Easy shore dives, piers filled with fish and Leafy Sea Dragons
Exotic black coral and the most beautiful country in the world awaits you
Once in a lifetime trip with Penguins, Leopard seals and Glaciers
The Middle East
The best diving is in Southern Egypt- check out Marsa Shagra.
A unique experience of underwater photography while ice diving.
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