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Best Scuba Diving Locations in the World

Diving locations have varying appeals depending on the interests of the diver. The range of marine life, old shipwrecks and underwater coral gardens all hold different attractions and there are thousands of diving sites around the world.

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the world`s largest reef system, a world heritage site, one of the natural wonders of the world and surely at or close to the top of every diver`s list. Aside from the amazing coral there is plenty of marine life and shipwrecks to explore.

The easiest warm-water diving to get to from Britain is the Red Sea, home to around 1000 species of fish and 150 kinds of coral. The best sites are in the southern Red Sea.

Scapa Flow, off the Orkney Islands in northern Scotland is one of the world`s best wreck diving sites. Seventy four battleships were scuttled here after the first world war.

With 70 different species of colourful coral reefs and more than 700 species of fishes and other marine life, the tropical waters of the Maldives are beautiful to dive. You are almost guaranteed to see an elusive manta ray here.

The waters round the Caribbean island of Bonaire have been protected since 1979 and are completely pure. As a result, it`s a paradise of lush coral growth and abundant sea life including turtles, rays and sharks.

The Bahamas has over 1,000 dive sites spread across 700 islands. Underwater delights such as reefs, sea gardens, caves and even wrecked sets from James Bond films can all be enjoyed here.

The waters of the Baja California peninsular in Mexico are considered the richest sea in the world. Depending on the time of year divers can see whale sharks, schooling hammerheads and manta rays.

For a different underwater landscape go to Hawaii. You will find craggy outcroppings from volcanic eruptions, lava tubes and caverns and sea turtles, eagle rays and small reef sharks swimming amongst strange underwater formations.

The Blue Hole in Belize is a large, almost perfectly circular hole approximately 400 metres wide. It`s in the midst of the great Lighthouse Reef and part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve. It has also been named a World Heritage site and is truly one of the most famous diving destinations in the world.

The seas round the Malaysian island of Pulau Sipadan, have more than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of kinds of coral. It`s well-known for turtles and Barracuda Point, where barracuda gather in large swirling groups. There is also the Drop Off where, just a walk from the shore, the ocean floor plunges 600m.

To prepare for your diving holiday research the destinations and the dive schools. Check your travel insurance covers you for diving and if it doesn`t add diving onto your policy. You shouldn`t be extremely overweight or unfit and your respiratory and circulatory system must be in good health.

Cancun in Mexico is another great diving destination and at cheap holiday in Cancun you can find everything you need to book your trip.