The Best Scuba Diving in the World: Top 100 Locations

If you are looking for a list of the very best scuba diving in the world, you’ve come to the right place! We have compiled the top 100 scuba diving locations on Earth, and each one is waiting for you to visit and explore.

If you are like most normal humans and can’t go diving all these locations, let us do it for you! We have linked to articles and videos to each location we have covered on the list, to show you what its really like, and if it indeed deserves to be on the list as one of the best dive sites in the world!

Also, if you are curious about what each location really looks like, and how to get to them, check out Justin Carmack, Art of Scuba Diving founder’s, mission to document and explore each and every site on the list.

It is his goal to bring you an underwater video, guides and articles from each and every location, and be able to say he’s dove the top 100 dive sites! Go check out the progress he’s made on the journey to the top 100, and get a much closer look at some amazing, remote and hidden scuba diving locations.


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

2. Manta Reef, Tofo, Mozambique

3. SS Thistlegorm, Red Sea, Egypt

4. Dive sites around Diani, Kenya

5. Abu Galum, Egyptian Red Sea

6. Sha’ab Rumi South, Sudan

7. Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles

8. Sardine Run, South Africa

9. Whale shark diving in Djibouti

10. Island of Socotra, Yemen

11. Dive sites around Madagascar

12. Mafia Island, Tanzania

13. The Cathedral, Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius

14. Baa Atol, The Maldives

15. The Dubai Mall Aquarium, UAE

16. Cirkewwa, Malta

17. Blue Hole, Gozo, Malta

18. Asinara Marine Park, Sardinia, Italy

19. Blockship Tabarka, Scapa Flow, Orkney Scotland

20. Dive sites around Madiera Island, Portugal

21. Farne Islands, England

22. Between continental plates, Silfra, Þingvellir, Iceland

23. Elephant Head Rock, Similans, Thailand

24. Tubbataha, Palawan, Philippines

25. Dive sites of Moalboal, Philippines

26. Dive sites off of El Nido, Philippines

27. Dive sites around Malapascua, Philippines

28. Wrecks of Coron Bay, Philippines

29. Seaventure House Reef, Mabul, Malaysia

30. Layang Layang, near Borneo, Malaysia

31. South Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia

32. Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia

33. Macro diving around Dauin, Philippines

34. Lembeh muck diving, Indonesia

35. Liberty Wreck, Bali, Indonesia

36. Batu Bolong, Komodo Island, Indonesia

37. Richelieu Rock, Thailand

38. Arborek Jetty, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

39. Puerto Galera, Philippines

40. Castle Rock, Komodo, Indonesia

41. Secret Bay, Anilao, Philippines

42. Manta Sandy, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

43. Yonaguni Jima, Yaeyama Islands, Japan

44. Tiputa Pass, Rangiroa, Polynesia

45. Samurai Wharf, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea

46. Tumakohua Pass, Fakarava, French Polynesia

47. Goofnuw Channel, Yap

48. Grand Central Station, Gizo, Solomon Islands

49. The San Francisco Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

50. Fujikawa Maru, Truk Lagoon Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia

51. Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea

52. Great white wall, Taveuni, Fiji

53. Split rock, Kadavu Isle, Fiji

54. SS President Coolidge, Vanuatu

55. Blue Corner Wall, Palau

56. Ngemelis Wall, Palau

57. Wrecks and sites of Guam, USA

58. Cod Hole, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

59. Yongala, Queensland, Australia

60. Humpback Whales in Tonga

61. Point Murat Navy Pier, Australia

62. Rainbow Warrior, New Zealand

63. Blue Maomao Arch, Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand

64. Bullshark Diving in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

65. USS Spiegel Grove, Key Largo, Florida Keys

66. Molasses Reef, Florida Keys

67. RMS Rhone wreck, British Virgin Islands

68. Cedarville, Mackinac Straits Underwater Preserve, Michigan

69. U-352 wreck, Morehead City, North Carolina

70. The Vandenberg Wreck, The Keys, Florida.

71. The Charlie Brown wreck, St. Eustatius, Netherland Antilles

72. Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

73. Browning Pass Wall, British Columbia, Canada

74. Kona Mantas, Hawaii, USA

75. The Dos Ojos Cenotes, Tulum, Mexico

76. The Pit Cenotes, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

77. Bay Wall, Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

78. L’Anse Chemin, Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

79. Cristobal Colon, Bermuda

80. Bianca C Wreck, Grenada

81. La Dania’s Leap to Karpata, Bonaire, Netherlands

82. Stuart Cove’s Shark Dive, New Providence Island, Bahamas

83. Roca Partida, Socorro Islands, Mexico

84. Point Lobos, Carmel, California

85. Scotts Head Pinnacle, Dominica

86. Palancar Deep, Cozumel, Mexico

87. Underwater Museum, Cancun, Mexico

88. The wrecks and reefs of Aruba

89. Superior Producer wreck, Curacao

90. USS Oriskany, Pensacola, Florida

91. Kamikaze Cut, Tobago

92. Devils Throat, Cozumel, Mexico

93. Great Blue Hole, Belize

94. CoCo View Wall, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

95. The Canyons, Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras

96. Cocos Island, Costa Rica

97. Malpelo Island, Colombia

98. Half Moon Caye Wall, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize

99. Darwin’s Arch, Galapagos, Ecuador

100. Gordon Rocks, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador


When it comes to listing the best scuba diving in the world, its nearly impossible  to rank them accurately. When we are talking about the top one hundred dive locations, they are all so good that it just turns into a matter of opinion about what one you prefer.

Each location is unique and offer different things and different types of diving, but all are amazing. Thats why this list are the top 100, but not ranked in any order. Did we miss any locations that should be on the top 100? Let us know!

If you want to follow along on Justin’s mission to explore each of the top 100, check out his progress HERE!

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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!

3 thoughts on “The Best Scuba Diving in the World: Top 100 Locations

  1. I dove on the Thistlegorm a few years ago and hated it. It is a beautiful and haunting wreck. The dive was ruined by that fact that it is an extremely popular dive location and there were well over 100 people diving on it when I went. There were times when you couldn’t see the wreck through all of the bubbles. With all of those divers, I couldn’t help but think how disrespectful it was to have the war graves of the crew members who died on the ship when it was sunk desecrated in such a way.

    Dove on the Al Munassir near Muscat, Oman a few months later and it was one of the best wreck dives I have ever done. My guide and I were the only ones diving on the entire massive, intentionally sunk ship. Had a scary encounter with the massive eel that lives on the deck, the goliath grouper that lives in the wheel room, and a 15-foot bull shark.

    • That’s the drawback of diving in Egypt. It’s the closest warm water diving to Europe, and it’s also very cheap, so it does attract the hordes.

      I suggest you go in winter time. The dive sites are much quieter then. The weather is also more pleasant, averaging 26 degrees Celsius in the daytime. The sea is cooler, but it’s still 21 degrees, so fine with a 5mm full suit. Also, the cooler water brings sharks to the surface.

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