Revealed: the World's Top 100 Dive Sites

28 January 2019
Compiled from divers' votes, here is the definitive list of the best dive sites on the planet. How many of them have you dived?

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.

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Vote for your favourite dive sites below. You may also be interested in the 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, Malaysia
  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. Richelieu Rock, Thailand
  9. Liberty, Bali, Indonesia
  10. Navy Pier, Western Australia
  11. Tubbataha, Palawan, Philippines
  12. President Coolidge, Vanuatu
  13. Big Brother, Egyptian Red Sea
  14. Tiputa Pass, Rangiroa, Polynesia
  15. Elphinstone Reef, Egyptian Red Sea
  16. Ras Mohammed, Egyptian Red Sea
  17. Gordon's Rock, Galapagos
  18. Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, Australia
  19. Bloody bay wall, Little cayman
  20. Great white wall, Tavieuni Fiji
  21. Darwin Island, Galapagos
  22. Sodwana bay, South Africa
  23. Manta reef, Mozambique
  24. Sha'ab Rumi South, Sudan
  25. Ulong Channel, Palau
  26. Aliwal Shoal, South Africa
  27. Blue Hole, Dahab, Egyptian Red Sea
  28. Castle Rock - Komodo National Park, Indonesia
  29. Poor Knights, New Zealand
  30. Palancanar Bricks, Cozumel, Mexico
  31. Bikini atoll, Marshall Islands
  32. Verde Island or Drop Off, Philippines
  33. Darwin Arch, Galapagos
  34. Jackson Reef, Egypt
  35. Bunaken, Indonesia
  36. Magic Mountain, Raja Ampat
  37. Maaya Thila, South Ari Atoll, Maldives
  38. Apo Reef, Philippines
  39. South Point, Sipadan, Malaysia
  40. Wolf Island, Galapogos
  41. Similans, Thailand
  42. Blue Magic, Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia
  43. Dos Ojos (Los Cenotes), Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  44. Straits of Tiran, Egyptian Red Sea
  45. Fish Rock, Off South West Rocks in NSW, Australia
  46. The Boiler, Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
  47. Scotts head pinnacle, Dominica
  48. Sipadan Drop Off, Malaysia
  49. Puerto Galera, Philippines
  50. Mnemba Island, Tanzania
  51. Punta Sur / Devils Throat, Cozumel, Mexico
  52. Canibal Rock, Komodo, Indonesia
  53. Garuae Pass, Fakarava Island, French Polynesia
  54. Cod Hole, Northern Great Barrier Reef
  55. The Zenobia, Cyprus
  56. Daedelus, Egyptian Red Sea
  57. Blockship Tabarka, Scapa Flow, Orkney
  58. Malpelo Island, Colombia
  59. Molokini Crater Wall, Hawaii
  60. Grand Central Station, Gizo, Solomon Islands
  61. Sangalaki Island, East Kalimantan, Borneo. Indonesia
  62. Alcyone, Cocos Island, Costa Rica
  63. East of Eden, Ko Similan, Thailand
  64. Dirty rock, Cocos Island, Costa Rica
  65. Neptune's Arm, Vamizi Island, Mozambique
  66. Cirkewwa, Malta
  67. St Johns, Egypt USS Saratoga, Bikini Atoll, Marshall Isles
  68. Perpendicular wall, Christmas Island, Australia
  69. Half Moon Wall, Belize
  70. Hin Muang, Thailand
  71. Batu Bolong, Komodo, Indonesia
  72. Peleliu Express, Palau
  73. Pixie pinnacle and pixie wall, GBR, Australia
  74. Ghiannis D, Egypt
  75. Stingray City, Grand Cayman
  76. Protea Banks, South Africa
  77. Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon (Chuuk Lagoon)
  78. Split rock, Kadavu Isle. Fiji
  79. Barra Reef, Mozambique
  80. San Francisco Maru, Chuuk Lagoon
  81. Silfra, Thingvellir, Iceland
  82. Shark Alley, Grand Cayman
  83. Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
  84. Pedras Secas, Noronha, Brazil
  85. Holmes Reef, Coral Sea, Australia
  86. Canyon, Thomas Reef, Egypt
  87. Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi
  88. Los Roques, Venezuela
  89. Julian Rocks, Byron Bay, Australia
  90. Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
  91. Cathédrale , Hienghène , New Caledonia
  92. Paradise point, Milne Bay PNG
  93. Hilma Hooker, Bonaire
  94. Seaventure House Reef, Mabul
  95. Manta Ray Night Dive, Fesdhoo Lagoon, North Ari Atoll, Maldives
  96. Albatross Passage, Kavieng, PNG
  97. Japanese Gardens, Koh Tao, Thailand
  98. El Quadim Bay, El Quseir, Red Sea
  99. Umbria, Sudan
  100. Blue Hole, Gozo, Malta

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How are the votes counted?
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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