The Top Scuba Diving Destinations According to 10 PADI Women

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Selecting the place to go in your subsequent scuba diving trip might be robust work. With so many nice locations worldwide, how is a diver to slender their bucket listing down to at least one nice journey? That will help you determine in your subsequent journey (as soon as it’s protected to journey), we requested ten superb feminine divers to share their favourite scuba diving locations. From the Maldives to Mexico, learn on to study extra about these superb scuba diving locales from the divers who know them greatest.


Zoona Naseem, best diving destinations for women

1. Zoona Naseem

Zoona Naseem, the primary feminine PADI Course Director within the Maldives, shares with us her love of the Maldives:

“Being a rustic with simply 1% land and 99% water, the great thing about the Maldives lies not solely on the floor however beneath the waves, too. We have now dives for all ranges of divers, and there's a risk of seeing an immense number of marine life. You'll be able to select to be in the midst of 100+ sharks or mantas, swim alongside nice reef formations with superb colours, discover wrecks which are inside protected depth limits, swim with whale sharks or spot tiger sharks all year long. There’s additionally an ideal selection of lodging. You'll be able to select the posh resorts, native visitor homes or safari cruises with a large worth vary. A few of the key highlights of diving within the Maldives can be the right visibility, temperatures that stay at 28 to 29 levels Celsius regardless of how deep you go and, in fact, the selection of marine life we've got. You possibly can simply bounce into the water close to any reef and discover it for hours with out becoming bored for a single second.”


Birgitta Mueck, best diving destinations for women

2. Birgitta Mueck

Birgitta Mueck, PADI AmbassaDiver from Sweden, tells us all about finding ghost sharks in Norway:

“It’s the wilderness and pure magnificence that brings me to Norway, the place the spectacular fjords invite us beneath the floor. Throughout night-time, Trondheimsfjorden is an effective spot to come across the legendary ghost shark or Chimaera monstrosa in latin. Surrounded by the majestic fjord surroundings, it really looks like diving right into a fairytale once we encounter this legendary, deepwater creature that usually lives tons of of meters deep.”


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three. Claudia Schmitt

Claudia Schmitt, one half of the PADI AmbassaDiver duo Claudia + Hendrik Schmitt, explains her love for Indonesia: 

“My favourite diving vacation spot is Indonesia, located within the coronary heart of the Coral Triangle. Right here, you’re diving among the many most lovely coral gardens with an unimaginable marine biodiversity, particularly inside the nation’s marine protected areas. From tiny critters like pygmy seahorses or frogfish to manta rays and even whale sharks, Indonesia has all of it. It’s the right place in case you’re on the lookout for distant diving adventures, but in addition a well-developed tourism vacation spot with top quality dive facilities and diving faculties.”


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four. Lesley Rochat

Lesley Rochat, PADI AmbassaDiver from South Africa, fills us in on diving in her house nation: 

“By far my own residence nation, South Africa is my most favourite dive vacation spot, as a result of it gives a lot diving selection. The cool waters and thick magical kelp forests are the house of quite a few endemic sharks and marine life species, together with sevengill sharks and nice white sharks in addition to visiting orcas and southern proper whales. However, South Africa additionally boasts hotter waters, tropical reef life and different huge animals, similar to mantas, whale sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks, humpback whales and a lot extra. Our shoreline has all of it, like drift dives, wrecks, reefs, huge animals, heat water and funky water. On prime of all of this, we now have the sardine run, which charges as one of the unimaginable underwater experiences! This pure phenomenon happens nowhere else on the earth and is known as the “Biggest Shoal and Present on Earth,” rivaling the wildebeest migration. This seasonal occasion is the most important recognized gathering of ocean predators and happens throughout Might to late July annually alongside the South African coast. South Africa just about has all of it and extra!”


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5. Rocio Gajon Bunker

Rocio Gajon Bunker, PADI AmbassaDiver from Mexico, informs us about why everybody ought to go diving in her hometown:

“My favourite dive vacation spot is my residence city, La Paz, Mexico. The identify means “Bay of Peace” due to the calm and peaceable waters and individuals who inhabit this small metropolis situated on the gorgeous Sea Of Cortez, residence of probably the most superb number of ocean creatures and as soon as referred to as the “Aquarium of the World” by Jacques Cousteau. October is the perfect diving season. La Paz has over 30 dive spots round Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo Island with a mean temperature of  82 to 86 levels Fahrenheit and over 100-foot visibility. You'll want to bask in enjoying with the ocean lions at “Los Islotes,” discover the “Salvatierra Wreck,” relaxation within the shade of the caballito faculties of fish in “Swanny Rock,” fly with faculties of mobulas on an evening dive and be a part of a hammerhead faculty in “El Bajo.” Not a diver? No drawback! You possibly can snorkel with whale sharks and sea lions, or you'll be able to kayak, hike and watch probably the most superb sunsets of your life.”


Jayne Jenkins in Australia

6. Jayne Jenkins

Jayne Jenkins, a celebrated underwater photographer and PADI Underwater Images Teacher, discusses a choice of her favourite locations to dive:

“I'm Jayne Jenkins from Sydney, Australia. I've been diving since 1973 and nonetheless dive at the least as soon as every week. Typically requested my favorite diving vacation spot – I actually need to say – the ocean. There are such a lot of favourites and all for various causes. The listing is countless!

There are areas for superb corals and fish life, like Raja Ampat in Indonesia. The color and abundance of sentimental corals and marine life is thoughts blowing. It's a photographer’s delight. Plus the mantas rays at Magic Mountain are so enjoyable.

There are additionally superb small critters and quite a few frogfish at Dumaguete within the Philippines with the added bonus of the contrasting Apo Island, house to turtles and beautiful onerous corals.

I really like Australia for diving, too. It boasts temperate diving in Sydney with weedy sea dragons and gray nurse sharks, South Australia’s nice white sharks and Australian sea lions plus considered one of, if not one of the best, wreck dive on the earth, The Yongala, in addition to the Nice Barrier Reef.

I additionally benefit from the crystal clear water and shark life at Gardens of the Queens in Cuba, which is a really particular space with so many sharks and even snorkeling with crocodiles.

It's actually onerous to select one vacation spot however I feel my primary must be Papua New Guinea, due to the number of diving on supply and so many areas to select from. The colorful corals, the prolific marine life, muck and macro diving plus wrecks – there's all the time one thing particular. I additionally like the truth that there's some nice topside tradition.”


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7. Gador Muntaner

Gador Muntaner, PADI Ambassadiver from Spain, expounds on why she loves diving within the Revillagigedo Archipelago: 

“My prime diving vacation spot is Revillagigedo Archipelago (Socorro Islands) in México

The Socorro Islands are one of many wildest locations I’ve been to. Every thing can occur there! Nature has all the time stunned me throughout my journeys and analysis work in Revillagigedo, and there’s a lot life and motion happening. You'll be able to dive with totally different shark species akin to whitetip sharks, Silvertip sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, massive faculties of hammerheads and even tiger sharks! Additionally, it’s one of the best place on earth to dive with big mantas, and the visibility is all the time superb!!”


saudi arabia, best diving destinations for women

eight. Nouf Alosaimi

Nouf Alosaimi, PADI Ambassadiver from Saudi Arabia, informs us of her two favourite diving locations near house: 

“Each of my prime diving locations are within the Pink Sea. The primary is particularly Yanbu metropolis in Saudi Arabia. Right here you possibly can dive with clear visibility on wholesome colourful coral reefs or wrecks whereas recognizing spectacular marine life, like manta rays and sharks.

My second prime diving vacation spot is Egypt. Right here you’ll discover clear visibility, wholesome colourful coral reefs, wrecks and spectacular marine life, like mantas and sharks. Plus, it’s heat all yr spherical.”


Martyna Skura in the Maldives
Photographs courtesy of Jorn Theelen

9. Martyna Skura

Martyna Skura, PADI Ambassadiver from Poland and IDC Employees Teacher, EFR Instructor Trainer and Journey Author, tells us why she loves diving from liveaboards within the Maldives: 

“After a few years of diving and locations visited my favorite dive vacation spot is Maldives and the easiest way to discover it's by liveaboards.

Whereas being situated on a paradise resort island and diving through the day could also be a dream to a few of us, spending every week on a ship, waking up in the midst of the ocean, taking a look at dawn and sundown type the highest deck each day, doing three dives a day in one of many world most spectacular locations, is what I name “dream diving holidays”. 

Maldives presents many liveaboard routes. Up to now I had an opportunity to see “The Better of Maldives” which included robust present dives, night time dives with dozens or nurse sharks, stingrays and manta rays flipping barrels in entrance of me. Numerous sharks (black tip, white tip, gray reef, whale shark, hammerheads in case you are fortunate and much more), big faculties of fish the place you are feeling you’ve simply swam right into a fish bowl. 

On prime of that you simply get to spend every week with dive freaks from all around the globe who're as fascinated about scuba and marine life as you're. What extra do you would like for?”


Miranda Krestovnikoff dives with grey seals in the UK
Photographs courtesy of Ben Burville

10. Miranda Krestovnikoff

Miranda Krestovnikoff, PADI Ambassadiver from the UK and TV presenter, explains her love for diving regionally within the UK: 

“You'll be able to journey the entire world to dive, however I wish to hold issues near residence as a lot as potential and discover the wildlife round my residence in the UK. Yearly, I attempt to make a visit to the Farne Islands in Northumberland, to dive with the grey seals that thrive there. They're extremely inquisitive and appear obsessive about making an attempt to tug at each piece of your dive package, together with making an attempt to take away hoods and gloves. They play disguise and search, they work together with you they usually discover every part. Each dive is magical and each encounter is memorable.”


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