Revealed: the World's Top 100 Dive Sites

21 February 2018
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 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. Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia
  3. Yongala, Australia
  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. Richelieu Rock, Thailand
  10. Liberty, Bali, Indonesia
  11. President Coolidge, Vanuatu
  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. Palancanar Bricks, Cozumel, Mexico
  33. Verde Island or Drop Off, Philippines
  34. Darwin Arch, Galapagos
  35. Jackson Reef, Egypt
  36. Bunaken, Indonesia
  37. South Point, Sipadan
  38. Wolf Island, Galapogos
  39. Similans, Thailand
  40. Maaya Thila, South Ari Atoll, Maldives
  41. Dos Ojos (Los Cenotes), Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  42. Straits of Tiran, Egyptian Red Sea
  43. Apo Reef, Philippines
  44. Fish Rock, Off South West Rocks in NSW, Australia
  45. The Boiler, Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico
  46. Scotts head pinnacle, Dominica
  47. Sipadan Drop Off
  48. Puerto Galera, Philippines
  49. Mnemba Island, Tanzania
  50. Punta Sur / Devils Throat, Cozumel, Mexico
  51. Canibal Rock, Komodo, Indonesia
  52. Garuae Pass, Fakarava Island, French Polynesia
  53. Cod Hole, Northern Great Barrier Reef
  54. The Zenobia, Cyprus
  55. Daedelus, Egyptian Red Sea
  56. Blockship Tabarka, Scapa Flow, Orkney
  57. Malpelo Island, Colombia
  58. Molokini Crater Wall, Hawaii
  59. Grand Central Station, Gizo, Solomon Islands
  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. Hin Muang, Thailand
  71. Peleliu Express, Palau
  72. Pixie pinnacle and pixie wall, GBR, Australia
  73. Ghiannis D, Egypt
  74. Stingray City, Grand Cayman
  75. Protea Banks, South Africa
  76. Silfra, Thingvellir, Iceland
  77. Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon (Chuuk Lagoon)
  78. Split rock, Kadavu Isle. Fiji
  79. Barra Reef, Mozambique
  80. Shark Alley, Grand Cayman
  81. Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
  82. Pedras Secas, Noronha, Brazil
  83. Holmes Reef, Coral Sea, Australia
  84. Canyon, Thomas Reef, Egypt
  85. San Francisco Maru, Chuuk Lagoon
  86. Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi
  87. Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
  88. Cathédrale , Hienghène , New Caledonia
  89. Paradise point, Milne Bay PNG
  90. Seaventure House Reef, Mabul
  91. Manta Ray Night Dive, Fesdhoo Lagoon, North Ari Atoll, Maldives
  92. Hilma Hooker, Bonaire
  93. Albatross Passage, Kavieng, PNG
  94. Japanese Gardens, Koh Tao, Thailand
  95. El Quadim Bay, El Quseir, Red Sea
  96. Blue Hole,Gozo, Malta
  97. The Canyons, Utila, Honduras
  98. Umbria, Sudan
  99. Browning Wall, Port Hardy, Canada
  100. The Point, Layang - Layang

Books of the World's Best Dive Sites

Diving the World
Beth and Shaun Tierney, Footprint Travel Guides, 52 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, 288 pages, Hardback
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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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