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Best Diving Locations In Australia

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Millions of tourists flock to Australia every year and it’s not hard to see why. From the warm weather and stunning beaches to vibrant cities and awesome natural landscapes, it’s a dream destination for many travellers. It’s also great for scuba diving, boasting some of the most incredible diving locations in the world.

Australia is home to the famous Great Barrier Reef, which has been attracting divers for many years. Whether you’ve done it before or you’re a complete beginner, there’s no better place to explore the ocean than Australia. Here are some of our favourite diving destinations.

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island in New South Wales is one of the most southerly diving spots in Australia. It’s located at the meeting point of five ocean currents, meaning that it’s a place brimming with oceanic diversity.

You’ll find temperate, sub-tropical and tropical fish all in one place – and there are over 500 species here for you to discover! It boasts 60 diving sites, including Balls Pyramid, where you can swim with dolphins in their natural environment.

Neptune Islands

Another great diving location is the Neptune Islands. Found just off of the coast of South Australia, these islands are famed for their great white sharks. Beginners can get up close and personal with these beasts of the sea from a cage; but it’s a different story if you’re a trained diver.

You’ll be able to dive all the way to the ocean floor and take in the scenery from a completely different angle. Don’t worry about the sharks feeling a bit peckish, you’re going to be well looked after and completely safe!

Ningaloo Reef

The state of Western Australia is home to the Ningaloo Reef. This stunning 300km long reef is the largest reef in the world that is found so close to a main land mass – so it’s easy to get to. There are hundreds of species of coral to be found here, with even more different species of fish.

Manta rays, turtles and sharks all call this reef home, so you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re keen to spot some of the local marine life.

Tasman Peninsula

One of our favourite things to do is dive around Tasmania’s Tasman Peninsula. Here you’ll be able to find giant kelp forests that stretch down to the deepest parts of the water, awe-inspiring caves at Waterfall Bay and even spot some cute sea creatures! Yes, this is the perfect place for seal spotting; with both New Zealand and Australian fur seals to be found. The waters are pretty cool, so we recommend diving here between November and March.

Dive in to all that Australia has to offer

So there you have it, our top picks of all the diving sites that Australia has to offer. Of course, there are so many more out there, so why not discover them for yourself?

Diving offers you the chance to see our planet from a completely different perspective, taking in sights and sounds that you just don’t get on land. Whether you go for one of our favourites or discover another magical location, we can guarantee that you’ll want to do it time and time again!

Jeffrey Glenn is the Founder of one of Thailand’s most sort after professional Dive Training Resorts – Go Pro Asia. Jeffrey is a PADI Course Director and Technical Diving Instructor Trainer and has over 20 years’ experience in the dive industry.

Snorkeling on Oahu

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snorkeling at ko olina
Everyone has their favorite spots when snorkeling on Oahu but in my opinion there are 3 main areas to check out. From the more local spots to the most touristed areas, there are easily 50 locations or more to see all the fish you could imagine.

 

First up on the list is Ko Olina which is 4 manmade lagoons located on the new Disney resort. Though the lagoons have been there before disney, it has been one of the best areas to take your kids to the beach. The lagoons vary in size but each one of them have something to offer.

 

The lagoons are free to use however the price you pay is waiting for parking! Sometimes it will only be 5 minutes and other times it can take closer to an hour for a spot. You can always opt to pay the resort’s valet as well but no one is usually up for that. Also, be sure to grab a sweet pricey mai tai from the resort after your dive, it will be worth it, I promise!
snorkeling at hanauma bay

Everyone has their favorite snorkeling spots all over the island but one of mine is sadly one of the most touristed areas. Hanauma Bay. I don’t know why but something about the bay just captivates me. Yes, there are a thousand tourist around but if you head all the way to the other side its much more calm, less kids, and peaceful waters. I have been to the bay numerous times and every time I have someone new visit Hawaii I take them there and its always one of the highlights of their trip. You would think for such a busy area that the fish would just scatter and stay far away but they don’t give a fuck if you’re their, they will swim right next to you. After all, we are in THEIR territory which is another discussion that I don’t want to start on just yet.

The Bay sadly isn’t free and cost about $11 a person to get in without gear. They do have rental huts to borrow snorkel gear for the day though at about $3-$7 depending on what all you need.

From the informational video you watch to the reef and the fish, Hanauma Bay is a great place to see at least 20 different fish as well as a honu if you’re lucky! Unfortunately the last time I went a big storm had just passed so all of my underwater pictures are a bit “dusty” looking. Next time though, those pics will be mine!!!

snorkeling at sharks cove

Sharks Cove is also an excellent choice when it comes to snorkeling. I have only snorkeled here a handful or times and enjoyed but haven’t had much luck in the sightseeing process. I do know several people who have taken some beautiful shots of turtles, schools of fish, tiny creatures etc. at the cove though. The reef is abundant and very sharp so though there is no one there guiding you, please use common sense and don’t step on it! The best part about the cove? Its free and not as crowded as Hanauma Bay.

What are your favorite spots on the island? Are they full of tourist or desolate as can be?