One of the best ways to get up close and personal with nature while taking care of the environment is scuba diving. Not only will you learn a lot about the wondrous underwater world, but you’ll also come into direct contact with all sorts of sea creatures like fish, coral, and even sharks.
In order to explore sustainably, don’t forget the basic rules such as do not touch and take distance with sea creatures, use reef friendly sunscreen.
But which places are particularly suitable for sustainable diving tourism? Find out in this article, in which we introduce you to the best place to scuba dive in three different countries around the world. All those spots will make every environmentally conscious diver’s heart beat faster.
Costa Maya, best place to scuba dive in Mexico
On the Costa Maya you will not only enjoy lonely beaches. Located on the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, the Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest barrier reef in the world, second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It is also the world’s largest double barrier reef. In total, the reef stretches over 1,000 kilometers from Honduras to Mexico and Belize.
The Costa Maya near the border to Belize takes up only a small part of this giant reef. Especially the numerous lagoons and atolls, which are just waiting to be explored by you.
The highlight, however, is that you can find three cave systems that are completely underwater. These are called Ox Bel Ha, Nohoch Nah Chich and Dos Ojos. All three also represent the longest underwater cave systems in the world, with Ox Bel Ha coming in first by a wide margin with a total length of just over 270 kilometers.
Best place to scuba dive in Italy: Elba Island
The Italian island of Elba is best known as the place where Napoleon lived in exile for about a year. But that’s not the only point to which you should visit this island, located about ten kilometers from the mainland. At the same time it is probably the best place to scuba dive in the entire Mediterranean.
Underwater you can not only get up close and personal with numerous sea creatures, but also discover some interesting sunken treasures. Of particular interest is the Elviscot shipwreck, which sank to the bottom of the sea here about 50 years ago. You don’t even have to dive particularly deep to explore this wreck, it is located just 12 meters below the sea surface, right on the eastern side of the dell′Ogliera cliff.
Great Barrier Reef, Australia’s best place to scuba dive
With its area of more than 345,000 square kilometers, the Great Barrier Reef represents the largest coral reef in the entire world. It is located on the east coast of Australia and you can come in contact with many sea creatures.
Especially the “Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA)“ is one of the convincing reasons why you should definitely go diving in this area. It is located on the seabed of the John Brewer Reef. Among other things, you can admire 20 different sculptures, but also many other underwater works of art are just waiting to be explored. If you want to know more about this amazing museum, check out the website here. The sustainable factor comes mainly from the fact that a non-profit organization runs the museum. They use all proceeds to continue protecting the Great Barrier Reef and financially supporting the scientists who explore the seas.
So, there are beautiful diving destinations all over the world that you can travel to without a guilty conscience. The advantage is that in all the places listed in this article you will have close contact with numerous marine species.
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