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100 Best Dive Sites in the World

24 July 2015
We've been publishing the list of the top 100 dive sites, as voted for by divers, since 2000. How many of them have you dived? Tweet @SCUBANews or tell us below.

Thelist is overwhelmingly dominated by warm water dives, with the only cold water representatives coming from the Galapagos, Iceland and, perhaps surprisingly, the Isle of Man.

Vote for your favourite dive sites below. You may also be interested in our Best Wreck Dives list and the Top Dives in Europe.

plumose anemones
Flag fish
whale shark
Christmas tree worm
scorpion fish
soft coral
Inside The  Thistlegorm
Diving with Manta Ray, Australia
Daedalus lighthouse
Stingray dive
Maldives shark dive
Turtle Australia
Lionsmane jellyfish
Diving the Umbria
Soft coral
  1. Yongala, Australia
  2. Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia
  3. Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island
  4. Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea
  5. Shark and Yolanda Reef, Egyptian Red Sea
  6. Great Blue Hole, Belize
  7. Manta Ray Night Dive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
  8. Navy Pier, Western Australia
  9. Liberty, Bali, Indonesia
  10. President Coolidge, Vanuatu
  11. Big Brother, Egyptian Red Sea
  12. Richelieu Rock, Thailand
  13. Elphinstone Reef, Egyptian Red Sea
  14. Tiputa Pass, Rangiroa, Polynesia
  15. Tubbataha, Palawan, Philippines
  16. Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, Australia
  17. Ras Mohammed, Egyptian Red Sea
  18. Great white wall, Tavieuni Fiji
  19. Gordon's Rock, Galapagos
  20. Bloody bay wall, Little cayman
  21. Sodwana bay, South Africa
  22. Sha'ab Rumi South, Sudan
  23. Aliwal Shoal, South Africa
  24. Ulong Channel, Palau
  25. Darwin Island, Galapagos
  26. Raja Ampat, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
  27. Blue Hole, Dahab, Egyptian Red Sea
  28. Castle Rock - Komodo National Park, Indonesia
  29. Manta reef, Mozambique
  30. Poor Knights, New Zealand
  31. Darwin Arch, Galapagos
  32. South Point, Sipadan
  33. Wolf Island, Galapogos
  34. Similans, Thailand
  35. Maaya Thila, South Ari Atoll, Maldives
  36. Dos Ojos (Los Cenotes), Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  37. Straits of Tiran, Egyptian Red Sea
  38. Verde Island or Drop Off, Philippines
  39. Scotts head pinnacle, Dominica
  40. Sipadan Drop Off
  41. Puerto Galera, Philippines
  42. Fish Rock, Off South West Rocks in NSW, Australia
  43. Mnemba Island, Tanzania
  44. Bunaken, Indonesia
  45. Punta Sur / Devils Throat, Cozumel, Mexico
  46. Palancanar Bricks, Cozumel, Mexico
  47. Garuae Pass, Fakarava Island, French Polynesia
  48. Canibal Rock, Komodo, Indonesia
  49. Cod Hole, Northern Great Barrier Reef
  50. Daedelus, Egyptian Red Sea
  51. Jackson Reef, Egypt
  52. Blockship Tabarka, Scapa Flow, Orkney
  53. The Zenobia, Cyprus
  54. Malpelo Island, Colombia
  55. Sangalaki Island, East Kalimantan. Indonesia
  56. Molokini Crater Wall, Hawaii
  57. Grand Central Station, Gizo, Solomon Islands
  58. Apo Reef, Philippines
  59. Alcyone, Cocos Island, Costa Rica
  60. Dirty rock, Cocos Island, Costa Rica
  61. Protea Banks, South Africa
  62. Cirkewwa, Malta
  63. St Johns, Egypt
  64. Perpendicular wall, Christmas Island, Australia
  65. Half Moon Wall, Belize
  66. Peleliu Express, Palau
  67. Stingray City, Grand Cayman
  68. Pixie pinnacle and pixie wall, GBR, Australia
  69. Ghiannis D, Egypt
  70. Shark Alley, Grand Cayman
  71. Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon (Chuuk Lagoon)
  72. Magic Mountain, Raja Ampat
  73. Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
  74. Split rock, Kadavu Isle. Fiji
  75. Barra Reef, Mozambique
  76. Pedras Secas, Noronha, Brazil
  77. Silfra, Thingvellir, Iceland
  78. Holmes Reef, Coral Sea, Australia
  79. Canyon, Thomas Reef, Egypt
  80. Hin Muang, Thailand
  81. Hilma Hooker, Bonaire
  82. Seaventure House Reef, Mabul
  83. Albatross Passage, Kavieng, PNG
  84. Japanese Gardens, Koh Tao, Thailand
  85. The Point, Layang - Layang
  86. Blue Hole,Gozo, Malta
  87. Pinnacles, Ponto Malongane, Mozambique
  88. Monad Shoal, Malapascua, Philippines
  89. Socorro: The Boiler, Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
  90. Mafia Island, Tanzania
  91. Umbria, Sudan
  92. Rainbow Warrier, New Zealand
  93. Manta Point, Maldives
  94. Manuelita Coral Night Dive (Dinner Bell), Cocos Island, Costa Rica
  95. Los testigos islands, Venezuela
  96. Rangali Madivaru, Maldives
  97. Gili air, Indonesia
  98. The Canyons, Utila, Honduras
  99. Tiger Beach, Bahamas
  100. Batu Bolong, Flores, Indonesia

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Books of the World's Best Dive Sites

Diving the World
Beth and Shaun Tierney, Footprint Travel Guides, 2014, 352 pages, Paperback
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Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites
ed Jack Jackson, The Lyons Press, 2010, 300 pages, Hardback
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