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Revealed: the World's Top 100 Dive Sites

18 April 2016
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.

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. Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island
  2. Yongala, Australia
  3. Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia
  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. Bikini atoll, Marshall Islands
  37. Dos Ojos (Los Cenotes), Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  38. Straits of Tiran, Egyptian Red Sea
  39. Apo Reef, Philippines
  40. Fish Rock, Off South West Rocks in NSW, Australia
  41. Palancanar Bricks, Cozumel, Mexico
  42. Verde Island or Drop Off, Philippines
  43. Scotts head pinnacle, Dominica
  44. Sipadan Drop Off
  45. Puerto Galera, Philippines
  46. Mnemba Island, Tanzania
  47. Bunaken, Indonesia
  48. Punta Sur / Devils Throat, Cozumel, Mexico
  49. Canibal Rock, Komodo, Indonesia
  50. Garuae Pass, Fakarava Island, French Polynesia
  51. Cod Hole, Northern Great Barrier Reef
  52. Daedelus, Egyptian Red Sea
  53. Jackson Reef, Egypt
  54. The Zenobia, Cyprus
  55. Blockship Tabarka, Scapa Flow, Orkney
  56. Malpelo Island, Colombia
  57. Molokini Crater Wall, Hawaii
  58. Grand Central Station, Gizo, Solomon Islands
  59. Sangalaki Island, East Kalimantan. Indonesia
  60. Alcyone, Cocos Island, Costa Rica
  61. East of Eden, Ko Similan, Thailand
  62. Dirty rock, Cocos Island, Costa Rica
  63. Neptune's Arm, Vamizi Island, Mozambique
  64. Cirkewwa, Malta
  65. St Johns, Egypt
  66. Perpendicular wall, Christmas Island, Australia
  67. Half Moon Wall, Belize
  68. Peleliu Express, Palau
  69. Pixie pinnacle and pixie wall, GBR, Australia
  70. Ghiannis D, Egypt
  71. Stingray City, Grand Cayman
  72. Protea Banks, South Africa
  73. Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon (Chuuk Lagoon)
  74. Split rock, Kadavu Isle. Fiji
  75. Barra Reef, Mozambique
  76. Silfra, Thingvellir, Iceland
  77. Shark Alley, Grand Cayman
  78. Magic Mountain, Raja Ampat
  79. Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
  80. Pedras Secas, Noronha, Brazil
  81. Holmes Reef, Coral Sea, Australia
  82. Canyon, Thomas Reef, Egypt
  83. Hin Muang, Thailand
  84. Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
  85. Cathédrale , Hienghène , New Caledonia
  86. Paradise point, Milne Bay PNG
  87. Seaventure House Reef, Mabul
  88. Manta Ray Night Dive, Fesdhoo Lagoon, North Ari Atoll, Maldives
  89. Hilma Hooker, Bonaire
  90. Albatross Passage, Kavieng, PNG
  91. Japanese Gardens, Koh Tao, Thailand
  92. El Quadim Bay, El Quseir, Red Sea
  93. Blue Hole,Gozo, Malta
  94. The Canyons, Utila, Honduras
  95. Umbria, Sudan
  96. The Point, Layang - Layang
  97. Pinnacles, Ponto Malongane, Mozambique
  98. Monad Shoal, Malapascua, Philippines
  99. Socorro: The Boiler, Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
  100. Mafia Island, Tanzania

Books of the World's Best Dive Sites

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

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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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