The 9 Most Extreme Dive Sites in the World (for Recreational Divers)

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Even probably the most lovely dive websites can develop into predictable and even boring. For a lot of scuba divers, the necessity to take the adrenalin rush to the subsequent degree is ever current. The excellent news is that divers in all places are pushing the boundaries to find websites with thrilling parts from overhead icebergs to unexploded bombs. With the right coaching and preparation, probably the most excessive dive websites can supply the joys of a lifetime.

When you favor to stay life on the sting, take a look at these 9 locations, probably the most excessive dive websites on Earth.


Pelagic Magic Black Water Hawaii Jellyfish

1. Black Water Diving – Kona, Hawaii

Probably the most nerve-wracking night time dive many will ever try, black water diving includes tying scuba divers to the underside of a ship and suspending them in pitch black water. Any such diving often happens within the deep channel offshore Kona the place sea depths can attain hundreds of ft, however divers backside out at 50 ft (15 meters). At midnight of night time, unusual bioluminescent creatures similar to colourful jellies rise to the floor to feed. In doing so, they create their very own mild and a psychedelic present for divers courageous sufficient to descend into the darkness.


Lake Titicaca - One of the most extreme dive sites in the world

2. Lake Titicaca – Bolivia & Peru

Lake Titicaca, which sits on the border between Bolivia and Peru, is the very best navigable lake on the planet at 12,507 ft (three,812 meters) above sea degree. As such, the lake has been a perpetual draw for altitude divers. The water right here is neither clear nor heat, however there's lots to see within the lake. In 2000, archaeologists diving within the lake even found submerged ruins of an historic temple, thought to pre-date the Incan empire. The lake can also be residence to the uncommon Kaira frog. Take into account that due to Lake Titicaca’s extraordinarily excessive altitude, you’ll have to be correctly educated and briefed earlier than diving right here.


three. The Temple of Doom – Tulum, Mexico

Aptly deemed ‘The Temple of Doom,’ Cenote Esqueleto in Mexico just isn't notably troublesome within the very starting. The place daylight penetrates the cenote, swimming round with out something overhead is definitely fairly straightforward, however as soon as divers have entered the tunnels, issues turn into increasingly more harmful. The cranium and crossbones signal must be warning sufficient to scare off most, however those that dare face a mixture of intricate tunnels and pure darkness. Don't enter the cave part of this dive with out correct coaching, and don't try the cavern part and not using a correctly educated information. This cenote particularly is notorious for inflicting divers to lose their means, however correct preparation and coaching can forestall accidents from occurring.

  • Dive Sort: Cavern Dive (to Cave Dive)
  • When to Go: Might to September
  • Beneficial Coaching: Cavern Diver

San Francisco Maru Wreck in Truk Lagoon - One of the most extreme dive sites in the world

four. San Francisco Maru – Chuuk Lagoon, the Federated States of Micronesia

On the finish of World Struggle II, Chuuk (Truk) Lagoon in Micronesia was a Japanese naval base. The focus of ships was a goal for Allied forces who finally bombed the lagoon in 1944, sinking 12 warships, 32 service provider ships and 275 plane. Considered one of these is the San Francisco Maru. This 385-foot (117-meter) passenger ship now sits upright in 210 ft (64 meters) of water. You’ll discover the deck at a depth of 160 ft (49 meters), however you possibly can often see the highest of the wreck from leisure limits when you aren’t a tec diver. Be sure you take a look at the holds in case you’re feeling snug and correctly educated. They're full of army ordinance, together with mines, torpedoes, and three tanks.


two crabeater seals in antarctica, one of the most extreme cold water dive sties in the world

5. Peterman Island – Antarctica

Chilly water diving and ice diving in themselves are excessive, however throw within the journey to probably the most distant locations on Earth and you've got one of the excessive dive websites ever. Antarctica has lots to supply divers. Views of ice formations from underneath the water to distinctive marine life are simply the tip of the iceberg on the 10 dive websites frequented by liveaboards. In fact, the penguins, seals and numerous gastropods make for different fascinating sights. Because the diving in Antarctica is difficult when it comes to temperature and overhead environments, solely skilled divers ought to make the arduous journey.


6. The Shaft Sinkhole – Mt Gambier, Australia

Definitely excessive and probably harmful with out the right coaching, the Shaft Sinkhole in Mt Gambier, Australia begins with a descent via an impossibly slender gap. As a result of it’s such a small opening, you’ll have to take off all of your gear and be lowered by your dive buddies to the water under. Then your gear might be lowered to you. Cavern divers might want to keep within the preliminary space so as to see pure mild. Nevertheless, cave divers can discover a collection of pitch black caves. Two dive lights, a strong dive plan and brief dive occasions are important to make sure you don’t get misplaced and have sufficient air to get again to the floor. Whereas the Shaft Sinkhole makes for a reasonably epic story, leisure divers could also be extra snug on the close by Kilsby’s Sinkhole.

  • Dive Sort: Cavern Dive (to Cave Dive)
  • When to Go: Yr-round
  • Really helpful Coaching: Cavern Diver

padi freediver at south africa sardine run

7. Sardine Run – Agulhas Financial institution, South Africa

An action-packed dive from begin to end, the sardine run yearly points of interest pelagic-loving scuba divers to South Africa’s coast. Tens of millions of small sardines “run” up the coast of South Africa, making an attempt to succeed in Durban the place they may spawn. En route, predators wait to spherical up the tiny fish. Birds dive in, dolphins circle, sharks cost by means of and massive whales rise from the deep to get a chew of the motion. In the meantime, dive boats crisscross the chilly seas in quest of bait balls. When one is discovered, divers leap in to witness the cacophony of feeding seen few different locations on the planet.


the lava tunnels at Isabela Island Galapagos

Eight. Lava Tunnels – Isabela Island, Galapagos

Choose liveaboard and dive resort itineraries within the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador at the moment are providing a uniquely thrilling snorkeling tour. Close to Isabela Island, probably the most volcanically lively island within the area, you’ll discover a collection of lava tunnels that divers can absolutely enter. The formations are all the time altering, subsequently no two snorkel journeys are ever the identical. On prime of the thrill of swimming via lately created lava tubes, you’ll additionally get a glimpse of the endemic species for which the Galapagos are well-known.

  • Dive Sort: Volcanic Snorkel
  • When to Go: December to Might
  • Really helpful Coaching: Pores and skin Diver

oil rig diving california

9. Heli-Diving at Eureka Oil Platform – Los Angeles, California

What makes this dive excessive isn't the dive website itself, however the entry. Los Angeles, California is among the solely locations on the planet the place it’s attainable to take the PADI Heli-Diver 1 specialty course. To qualify as a specialty diver, you’ll have to make two jumps and dives within the space, and most probably a type of will probably be on the Eureka Oil Platform, an Eight-minute helicopter journey from land. Within the chopper, you’ll already be equipped and prepared for the 15-foot leap into the water under. In a highly-practiced and technical dance between pilot, “bounce grasp” and divers, every participant free falls into the location, the place a dive boat and Divemaster are ready to proceed with regular diving procedures.

  • Dive Sort: Heli Dive (to Oil Rig Dive)
  • When to Go: Yr-round
  • Beneficial Coaching: Heli-Diver 1

Have you ever added any of those excessive dive websites to your bucket record? Get in contact with a PADI Travel Scuba Journey Skilled to plan your journey now.

Written by visitor blogger, Sandro Lonardi.

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