I am a scuba addict, and nothing makes me happier than traveling, and diving, and luckily for me, those two things go hand in hand. I’ve focused my life and career around scuba travel, trying to mold a business around my passions. After creating this site, taking loads of PADI courses, teaching myself mediocre underwater photo and video (I don’t think I’ll ever call myself a videographer), I decided to give myself the task of documenting the top 100 scuba diving locations in the world, and showing the world (or at least my audience) each one.

I found out pretty quick that to cross off all 100, its going to take some years, but thats because I am in no rush, and lots of times I even stay in one location for months, or keep on returning. I am also trying to go slow because I am trying to improve my underwater video making skills, for two reasons. First reason is, I think video is the best possible way to convey how great a location is and my feelings towards it. The second reason is, because I am planning on filming my own series based on the best diving in the world, and want to have plenty on the list to include in episodes. But more on my upcoming series later.

Here is a list of the sites that I have crossed off the top 100 scuba diving locations, most linking to articles or videos I’ve made at each one. More coming soon! Make sure to subscriber to get the latest updates.

My mission to Scuba Dive the Top 100

32/100 finished. In order of crossed off.

  1. Manta Reef, Tofo, Mozambique

    TOFO! At the very beginning of my travels around the world, in the at end 2010, I arrived in Tofo, Mozambique, and got PADI Open Water certified. I was instantly hooked, and you can say this changed the course of my life. The rest is history. By the way, awesome, out of the way, location for whale sharks, mantas and humpbacks.

  2. The dive sites of Dahab, Egypt (Great Blue Hole)

    After a few years of not diving, and just traveling the world, I finally decide to head to Egypt to take more courses, where I have heard its a great location. It is. At first I just listed the Blue Hole on this list, but after spending a year in Dahab, it would do all the other amazing sites a major injustice, such as Canyon and lighthouse and many more.

  3. Abu Galum, Egyptian Red Sea

    One of the most memorable dives I’ve done. You have to get to the Blue Hole, which is where the road ends, then load camels with all the dive gear and ride down the desert coast for an hour to a remote, untouched reef. Amazing journey, and great dive when you get there.

  4. SS Thistlegorm, Red Sea, Egypt

    This is one of the greatest wrecks in the world, and everyone needs to dive it. You can still see lots of WW2 motorcycles and trucks in the hold, boxes of ammo, and even train cars that were on top. Dive this wreck while its still amazing.

  5. Dive sites around Diani, Kenya

    This is probably one of the more surprising dive locations for me. I found out that not only does Diani have one of the best beaches in the world, but it is one of the only locations in the world where you can see the worlds biggest fish (the whale shark) in the morning, and the worlds biggest land animal in the same evening (the elephant). I saw lots more cool stuff as well, and the scuba tourism hasn’t yet taken off.

  6. Bullshark Diving in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

    This is the first time I’ve been able to really be surrounded by sharks, and after the initial anxiety about 7 11ft bull sharks circling inches away from me, it was amazing. What made it more awesome, was the giant grouper and big sting ray that were fighting the bull sharks for the for the feeder brought down. I definitely recommend trying this at least once.

  7. USS Spiegel Grove, Key Largo, Florida Keys

  8. Molasses Reef, Florida Keys

  9. The Vandenberg Wreck, The Keys, Florida.

  10. The Dos Ojos Cenotes, Tulum, Mexico

  11. The Pit Cenotes, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

    The Pit is probably my favorite cenote so far, just in front of Dos O. This one is more of a huge, vertical chasm, the size of a big airplane hangar, with only one opening. It goes pretty deep, but the highlight it this sun rays that shine in from small hole at the surface, and penetrate the dark water all the way to the bottom.

  12. Palancar Deep, Cozumel, Mexico

  13. Underwater Museum, Cancun, Mexico

  14. Devils Throat, Cozumel, Mexico

  15. Dubai Mall Aquarium, UAE

  16. Baa Atol, The Maldives

  17. Blue Hole, Gozo, Malta

    This was a site I was glad to finally get to. I hope that they make the walk to the entry easier one day, but the dive itself was fun. I wouldn’t compare it to the blue holes of Dahab or Belize, but I enjoyed it.

  18. Cirkewwa, Malta

  19. Great Blue Hole, Belize

  20. The wrecks and reefs of Aruba

  21. Dive sites of Moalboal, Philippines

    The sardine run! If you ever want to know what its like to have the sun be blocked out by millions of tiny sardines, this is where you go. It is mesmerizing to watch this giant school move as one in a coordinated dance, dodging the barracuda and jacks and sharks.

  22. Dive sites off of El Nido, Philippines

    There are so many dive sites around El Nido, that even though I dove 10+ locations, i barely scratched the surface. Some of the best hard coral formations, huge schools of fish, caves, turtles and unique macro critters were complimented by some of the most beautiful surface intervals I’ve seen.

  23. Dive sites around Malapascua, Philippines

  24. Wrecks of Coron Bay, Philippines

  25. Macro diving around Dauin, Philippines

    This is one of the best muck dives I’ve ever seen, equal only to Anilao. It was so good that I had to return for another week of diving. On my first trip I focused on flamboyant cuttlefish and octopus, and on the second trip I focused on frogfish, and finally ran into the rare hairy frogfish. Such an amazing time. Check out the blog I made in Dauin!

  26. Arborek Jetty, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

  27. Secret Bay, Anilao, Philippines

  28. Seaventure House Reef, Mabul, Malaysia

    Seaventures is the coolest and most unique dive resort/operation I have ever been at, and on top of that it is in an incredible location. It is an old oil drilling platform, that has been converted to have lots of nice rooms, a restaurant, dining area, gaming area, as well as a full size dive center. I even mentioned Seaventures in our comprehensive guide to scuba diving Malaysia. Anyways, the actual dive, is under the raised rig/platform. They obviously take care and protect their house reef, and it has turned into a world class dive on its own, where I saw so many rare and amazing critters. Definitely the place to stay while diving Mabul, Kopalai or Sipadan.

  29. South Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia

    Sipadan was awesome, but to tell you the truth I can’t remember the difference between South Point and Barracuda point. I just know there was a lot to see at both. In fact, on one dive I started counting all of the reef sharks I would run into who were sleeping in the sand, and I lost count at 22! I also saw a huge school of tiny barracuda, and one barracuda that was the biggest I’ve ever seen! On both dives there was an ENORMOUS school of jacks just circling all around me. It was incredible.

  30. Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia

  31. Batu Bolong, Komodo Island, Indonesia

    Batu was an awesome dive. I did it a couple times, and once had quite the drift, and the other none. There was so much reef here, with so many hidden little creatures, it was amazing. I didn’t think you could beat Castle Rock, but this was a different kind of dive. Castle is huge rock formations with HUGE schools of different kinds, where Batu it a wall surrounding a tiny island, full of tiny fish, and the occasional bamboo shark. Did you see the manta video I made from Komodo?

  32. Castle Rock, Komodo, Indonesia

    One of the greatest, or maybe THE greatest dive sites of my life, even over all of the sites I dove above. I have never seen such big schools of fish…yes i said schoolS, because it wasn’t just one huge one, but many, all of different species swimming in their own formations. It was crazy. I doubt that my camera was ever NOT filming or off. huge schools above, tons of reef sharks on the floor, and much more. If it stays this good, it will blow your mind.

Next dives scheduled: Alor, Bali, Raja Ampat Indonesia.


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Justin is a dive master and world traveler on a mission to dive and document the top 100 dive sites in the world. In doing this he hopes to bring love for the marine environment to the world!
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