Revealed: the World's Top 100 Dive Sites

10 October 2017
Compiled from divers' votes, here is the definitive list of the best dive sites on the planet. How many of them have you dived? Tweet @SCUBANews or tell us below.

The list 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.

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Manta Ray
Christmas tree worm
whale shark
scorpion fish
soft coral
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Stingray dive
Maldives shark dive
Lionsmane jellyfish
Diving the Umbria
Soft coral
plumose anemones
Flag fish
  1. Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island
  2. Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia
  3. Yongala, Australia
  4. Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea
  5. Shark and Yolanda Reef, Egyptian Red Sea
  6. Manta Ray Night Dive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
  7. Great Blue Hole, Belize
  8. Navy Pier, Western Australia
  9. President Coolidge, Vanuatu
  10. Richelieu Rock, Thailand
  11. Liberty, Bali, Indonesia
  12. Big Brother, Egyptian Red Sea
  13. Elphinstone Reef, Egyptian Red Sea
  14. Tubbataha, Palawan, Philippines
  15. Tiputa Pass, Rangiroa, Polynesia
  16. Gordon's Rock, Galapagos
  17. Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, Australia
  18. Ras Mohammed, Egyptian Red Sea
  19. Great white wall, Tavieuni Fiji
  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. Bikini atoll, Marshall Islands
  32. Verde Island or Drop Off, Philippines
  33. Darwin Arch, Galapagos
  34. Bunaken, Indonesia
  35. South Point, Sipadan
  36. Wolf Island, Galapogos
  37. Similans, Thailand
  38. Maaya Thila, South Ari Atoll, Maldives
  39. Dos Ojos (Los Cenotes), Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  40. Straits of Tiran, Egyptian Red Sea
  41. Apo Reef, Philippines
  42. Fish Rock, Off South West Rocks in NSW, Australia
  43. Palancanar Bricks, Cozumel, Mexico
  44. The Boiler, Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
  45. Scotts head pinnacle, Dominica
  46. Sipadan Drop Off
  47. Puerto Galera, Philippines
  48. Mnemba Island, Tanzania
  49. Punta Sur / Devils Throat, Cozumel, Mexico
  50. Canibal Rock, Komodo, Indonesia
  51. Garuae Pass, Fakarava Island, French Polynesia
  52. Cod Hole, Northern Great Barrier Reef
  53. Daedelus, Egyptian Red Sea
  54. The Zenobia, Cyprus
  55. Jackson Reef, Egypt
  56. Malpelo Island, Colombia
  57. Molokini Crater Wall, Hawaii
  58. Grand Central Station, Gizo, Solomon Islands
  59. Blockship Tabarka, Scapa Flow, Orkney
  60. Sangalaki Island, East Kalimantan. Indonesia
  61. Alcyone, Cocos Island, Costa Rica
  62. East of Eden, Ko Similan, Thailand
  63. Magic Mountain, Raja Ampat
  64. Dirty rock, Cocos Island, Costa Rica
  65. Neptune's Arm, Vamizi Island, Mozambique
  66. Cirkewwa, Malta
  67. St Johns, Egypt
  68. Perpendicular wall, Christmas Island, Australia
  69. Half Moon Wall, Belize
  70. Peleliu Express, Palau
  71. Pixie pinnacle and pixie wall, GBR, Australia
  72. Ghiannis D, Egypt
  73. Stingray City, Grand Cayman
  74. Protea Banks, South Africa
  75. Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon (Chuuk Lagoon)
  76. Split rock, Kadavu Isle. Fiji
  77. Barra Reef, Mozambique
  78. Silfra, Thingvellir, Iceland
  79. Shark Alley, Grand Cayman
  80. Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
  81. Pedras Secas, Noronha, Brazil
  82. Holmes Reef, Coral Sea, Australia
  83. Canyon, Thomas Reef, Egypt
  84. Hin Muang, Thailand
  85. San Francisco Maru, Chuuk Lagoon Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi
  86. Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
  87. Cathédrale , Hienghène , New Caledonia
  88. Paradise point, Milne Bay PNG
  89. Seaventure House Reef, Mabul
  90. Manta Ray Night Dive, Fesdhoo Lagoon, North Ari Atoll, Maldives
  91. Hilma Hooker, Bonaire
  92. Albatross Passage, Kavieng, PNG
  93. Japanese Gardens, Koh Tao, Thailand
  94. El Quadim Bay, El Quseir, Red Sea
  95. Blue Hole,Gozo, Malta
  96. The Canyons, Utila, Honduras
  97. Umbria, Sudan
  98. Browning Wall, Port Hardy, Canada
  99. The Point, Layang - Layang
  100. Pinnacles, Ponto Malongane, Mozambique

Books of the World's Best Dive Sites

Diving the World
Beth and Shaun Tierney, Footprint Travel Guides, 2014, 352 pages, Paperback
From the sardine run to swimming pigs - a diver's wish-list for finding the very best underwater wildlife experiences.
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World's Best Wildlife Dive Sites
Nick Robertson-Brown and Caroline Robertson-Brown, 2016, 288 pages, Hardback
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The first criteria is number of votes (weighted to favour the first choice dive site above the second). Where two dives tie for a position, priority is given to those with the most enticing descriptions and those whose area has several votes for different dives.

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