Updated on February 7, 2020

The first time I tried scuba diving was during a trial dive in Australia, in the Great Barrier Reef, and got hooked immediately. I found a new sport, a new reason to travel, a new passion. I decided to get certified as soon as I got back to New Zealand.

Five years later I look back and remember the great dives I had the opportunity to experience like diving with Giant Manta Rays in Hawaii, exploring the Cenotes in Mexico or even diving with sharks in Fiji. Those were all great diving experiences, but they only made me want more. There are still many places around the world I hope I can visit one day to explore their underwater environments.

So this is my bucket list. I know there are even more cool places that didn’t make the list like taking a liveaboard trip to Maldives or exotic destinations like Palau. You just can’t include everything in a top10 list. Having said that, these are the best diving destinations from around the world I hope to visit one day. Enjoy!




Diving Galapagos Islands

Photo by Gregory Slobirdr Smith, licensed under CC BY

This is the Mecca for scuba divers looking for big fish. After being diving with hundreds of hammerhead sharks in Malpelo, we can’t wait to make a trip to Galápagos. Here, apart from hammerheads, whale sharks and Galapagos sharks, you also have high chances to spot mola-mola, penguins, sea lions, manta rays and much more. Hopefully, 2015 will be the year we can make the Galapagos dream come true.






Diving Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Photo by Tom Weilenmann, licensed under CC BY

The Lembeh strait is situated near Manado, in the north-east corner of Sulawesi, Indonesia. It’s recognised as one of the best destinations in the world for muck and macro diving. It is definitely the place to go if you want to see strange creatures underwater, a real paradise for dive photographers.





Diving Socorro Island

Photo by Amos, of BigAnimals.com

Diving at Socorro is all about big animals and is especially famous for unique up close and intimate interaction with giant mantas (up to 7 meters wide) and dolphins not to mention 10 different species of sharks. During certain times of the year, it’s also possible to spot whale sharks and humpback whales. 





Diving Silfra Iceland

Photo by Gunnar Birgisson, licensed under CC BY

The Silfra fissure is actually a crack between the North American and Eurasian continents, meaning that you will be diving right where the continental plates meet. The water is cold here, around 2-4 degrees Celsius, and its superb visibility ranges around 100 feet (30 meters).





Diving Guadalupe Island, Mexico

Photo by Amos, of BigAnimals.com

There is one main reason to come to Guadalupe: Great White Sharks. This small volcanic island located in the Pacific 240 kilometers (150 miles) off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula outperforms both South Africa and Australia with shark-seeing consistency and watching conditions. Guadalupe Island can boast shark viewing in beautiful clear blue water with 125 – 150 foot visibility.





Puerto Galera Diving

Photo by Nazir Amin, licensed under CC BY

Verde Island is a small island located between Batangas and Mindoro that can be easily reached from Puerto Galera. The reefs around both places have a reputation for their great bio-diversity, and the dive sites are excellent for macro photographers.





Diving Orda Cave, Russia

Photo by Viktor Lyagushkin, through Orda Cave Awareness Project

Ordinskaya or the Orda Cave is the largest underwater cave in Russia, the second in Eurasia, and the world’s greatest gypsum cave. Located in the western Urals region, the cave consists of almost 5 kilometers (3 miles) of dramatic natural channels with water so clear divers can see over 45 meters ahead of them.





Diving Under the Ice

Photo by Philippe Guillaume, licensed under CC BY

In the heart of Siberia, concealed by rising mountains, the Earth’s interior has slowly rifted apart, creating the world’s deepest reservoir. It is so big that it contains about 20% of the world’s surface fresh water. In winter the lake is frozen into silence, creating a great opportunity to go diving under the ice.





SS Thistlegorm Wreck - Egypt

© Copyright by Wilfred Hdez, licensed under CC BY

The Thistlegorm, on the west coast of the Sinai Peninsula and 40 km from Sharm El Sheikh, is the best known and most popular wreck dive in the Red Sea. The 125m long British army freighter contains a long list of inventory including tanks, aircraft, armoured vehicles, Jeeps and Bedford trucks



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14 Responses

  1. Tine

    Wow, I hadn’t heard of Orda Cave, but it looks amazing!! It just hit my diving wish list along with several others from this list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Eloise

    Awesome list. I haven’t done a suba diving bucket list yet but they would all go on it – great choices 🙂
    And I’d add to it diving with sea lions. I’ll hopefull tick this one this year as it’s possible in Australia (I live there now) 🙂

    • Antonio Cala

      There’s tons of great diving opportunities in Australia. My favourite one is Ningaloo Reef off Exmouth in WA 🙂

      • Eloise

        Wow have you done Ningaloo Reef? Where’s the blog post about it? 😉
        It’s on every Top Diving Site List In Australia. As well as Lizard Island Cod Hole… Would love to go there but it’s so expensive, it will have to wait!

  3. Antonio Cala

    Hahaha. I did it a few years ago (back in 2011), way before this blog was up and running. I liked it because the diving was very diverse, many different marine creatures to spot, and not many people get there as it’s very far from everything!

  4. John rogernaan

    I love the ice diving idea!
    Any places in North America where this can be done?

  5. Jack

    Truk / Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia is at the top of my list. And a few more from this list…

  6. Ruth Anderson

    My bucket list would be Sipidan, Malaysia, Anacortes, Washington, the Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Anilao, Philippines and I would love to go back to the Maldives now that I’m more experienced and appreciate the smaller things in diving.

  7. Leon Jordan

    I presume these spots are for professional divers..im from the Caribbean and I pretty much feel left out because of finanacial constraints but i dont care i am determined to have my own bucket list starting right at home and expanding abroad.
    You guys are such an inspiration.
    Thank you for sharing.

  8. John Patrick E. Rivera

    All of these are indeed a bucket list! I’am just an open water reaching for an advance certificate. Been diving for two months now. As I learn more about the wonders of the sea, it gets me more energetic and excited to experience all these things. Thanks for being an inspiration guys! More power to you!

    If given a chance, I would like to experience first Galapagos island of Ecuador.

    You guys been here to the Philippines? 🙂