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Revealed: the World's Top 100 Dive Sites

4 May 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.

Manta Ray
Christmas tree worm
whale shark
scorpion fish
soft coral
Inside The  Thistlegorm
Daedalus lighthouse
Stingray dive
Maldives shark dive
Lionsmane jellyfish
Diving the Umbria
Soft coral
plumose anemones
Flag fish
  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. Socorro: The Boiler, Revillagigedo Islands, 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. Jackson Reef, Egypt
  55. The Zenobia, Cyprus
  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. Dirty rock, Cocos Island, Costa Rica
  64. Neptune's Arm, Vamizi Island, Mozambique
  65. Cirkewwa, Malta
  66. St Johns, Egypt
  67. Perpendicular wall, Christmas Island, Australia
  68. Half Moon Wall, Belize
  69. Peleliu Express, Palau
  70. Pixie pinnacle and pixie wall, GBR, Australia
  71. Ghiannis D, Egypt
  72. Stingray City, Grand Cayman
  73. Protea Banks, South Africa
  74. Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon (Chuuk Lagoon)
  75. Split rock, Kadavu Isle. Fiji
  76. Barra Reef, Mozambique
  77. Silfra, Thingvellir, Iceland
  78. Shark Alley, Grand Cayman
  79. Magic Mountain, Raja Ampat
  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. Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
  86. Cathédrale , Hienghène , New Caledonia
  87. Paradise point, Milne Bay PNG
  88. Seaventure House Reef, Mabul
  89. Manta Ray Night Dive, Fesdhoo Lagoon, North Ari Atoll, Maldives
  90. Hilma Hooker, Bonaire
  91. Albatross Passage, Kavieng, PNG
  92. Japanese Gardens, Koh Tao, Thailand
  93. El Quadim Bay, El Quseir, Red Sea
  94. Blue Hole,Gozo, Malta
  95. The Canyons, Utila, Honduras
  96. Umbria, Sudan
  97. The Point, Layang - Layang
  98. Pinnacles, Ponto Malongane, Mozambique
  99. Monad Shoal, Malapascua, Philippines
  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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