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Revealed: the World's Top 100 Dive Sites

16 December 2015
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.

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

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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