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This article identifies popular recreational diving sites around the world and describes the features of a dive site. Recreational diving is a type of diving that uses SCUBA equipment for the purpose of leisure and enjoyment. ...

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Bodies of water for diving

Most bodies of water can be used as dive sites:

  • Lakes - small lakes are often used for diver training. Large lakes have many features of seas including wrecks and a variety of marine life. Man-made lakes, such as clay pits and gravel pits, often have lower visibility.
  • Caves - these are more adventurous and dangerous than normal diving. See cave diving.
  • Rivers - are often shallow, murky and have strong currents.
  • Quarries - abandoned rock quarries are popular in inland areas for diver training as well as recreational diving. Rock quarries also have reasonable underwater visibility - there is often little mud or sand to create mid-water particles that cause low visibility. As they are not "wild" and usually privately owned, quarries often contain objects intentionally placed for divers to explore, such as sunken boats, automobiles, aircraft, and even structures like grain silos and gravel chutes.

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Dive site features

Many types of underwater feature make an interesting dive site, for example: An underwater scene just beneath the surface. ...

NASA image [1] showing locations of significant coral reefs, which are often sought out by divers for their abundant, diverse life forms.
NASA image [1] showing locations of significant coral reefs, which are often sought out by divers for their abundant, diverse life forms.
  • The Topography of the site. Coral reefs, drop offs (underwater cliffs), rock reefs, gullies and caves can be spectacular. Deep dive sites mean divers must reduce the time they spend because more gas is breathed at depth and decompression sickness risks increase. Shallow regions can be investigated by snorkeling.
  • Historical or cultural items at the site. Ship wrecks and sunken aircraft, apart from their historical value, form artificial habitats for marine fauna making them attractive dive sites.
  • Underwater visibility varies widely. Poor visibility is caused by particles in the water, such as mud, sand and sewage. Dive sites that are close to sources of these particles, such as human settlements and river estuaries, are more prone to poor visibility. Currents can stir up the particles. Diving close to the sediments on the seabed can result in the particles being kicked up by the divers fins.
  • Temperature. Warm water diving is comfortable and convenient. Although cold water is uncomfortable and can cause hypothermia it can be interesting because different species of underwater life thrive in cold conditions. Cold water means divers tend to prefer Dry suits with inner thermal clothing which offer greater thermal protection although require training and experience to use properly.
  • Currents. Tidal currents can transport nutrients to underwater wildlife increasing the variety and density of that life at the site. Currents can also be dangerous to divers as they can result in the diver being swept away from his or her surface support. Tidal currents that meet solid underwater vertical surfaces can cause strong up or down currents that are dangerous because they may cause the diver to lose buoyancy control risking barotrauma.

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Popular diving locations

The following list of popular or interesting dive sites is shown by region, country and place.

Africa

Location of the Red Sea The Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia. ... Present day Saldanha Bay. ... Location of the Red Sea The Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia. ...

Americas - North, Central and South

The coastal area of Belize is an outstanding natural system consisting of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. ... , ) Arraial do Cabo is a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. ... Búzios (full name Armação de Búzios) is a resort town located in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. ... Cabo Frio is a Brazilian municipality in Rio de Janeiro state, by the Portuguese on August 15, 1615. ... Anthem: Tera di Solo y suave biento Capital (and largest city) Kralendijk Official languages Dutch Government See Politics of the Netherlands Antilles  - Bonaire Administrator  - Governor of N.A. Frits Goedgedrag Constitutional monarchy part of the Netherlands Antilles  Area  - Total 288 km² 111 sq mi  Population  - 2001 census 10,791  - Density... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... The Great Lakes from space The Great Lakes are a group of five large lakes on or near the United States-Canadian border. ... The Eisenhower Locks in Massena, NY. The St. ... Bell Island, Newfoundland Bell Island is an island located off Newfoundlands Avalon Peninsula in Conception Bay. ... For other uses, see Newfoundland (disambiguation). ... This list of shipwrecks is of those sunken ships whose remains have been located. ... NASA Satellite photo of the Galápagos archipelago. ... Útila is the second largest of Hondurass Bay Islands after Roatan. ... Roatán, located between the islands of Utila and Guanaja, is the largest of Honduras Bay Islands. ... Soccer at sunset on Negrils famous white sand beach Negril is a large beach resort located across parts of two Jamaican parishes, Westmoreland and Hanover. ... View of Ocho Rios, taken from Shaw Park Gardens - 2006 Ocho Rios is a town on the northern coast of Jamaica, located in the parish of Saint Ann. ... Location of Cozumel State Quintana Roo Presidente municipal Gustavo Ortega Joaquín Political Party PAN Area   â€“Land   â€“Water 647 km² Population   â€“Total (2005)   â€“Density 73,193 (2005 census) Time zone UTC –6 Latitude Longitude 20°30′ N 86°57′ W Cozumel (Mayan: Island of the Swallows) is an island in... View from the Ferry Docks Church in Playa del Carmen Playa del Carmen is a city on the coast of the Caribbean Sea in the north east of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, located at 20. ... Sacred Cenote, Chichén Itzá Cenote in Quintana Roo, Mexico Cenote (pronounced in Spanish seh-no-teh and in English say-no-tay, plural: cenotes) is the name given in Central America and southern Mexico to a type of freshwater-filled limestone sinkhole. ... Castara village beach looking south, Tobago Tobago is the smaller of the two main islands that make up the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. ... Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq mi (119,283 km²)  - Width 280 miles (455 km)  - Length 160 miles (255 km)  - % water 2. ... Palm trees in Islamorada The Florida Keys is an archipelago of about 1700 islands in the southeast United States. ... The Great Lakes from space The Great Lakes are a group of five large lakes in North America on or near the Canada-United States border. ... The Pacific Northwest from space This page is about the region that includes parts of Canada and the United States. ... Puget Sound For the liberal arts university located in this region, see University of Puget Sound. ... Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1976. ... Puerto Cruz beach. ... Aerial view of El Gran Roque The Los Roques islands are a federal dependency of Venezuela, consisting of about 50 islands, cays or islets. ... Mochima National Park (Parque Nacional Mochima in Spanish) is in Sucre State, Venezuela. ...

Australia

Cape Byron Lighthouse Tallow Beach looking south from the lighthouse Byron Bay (, ) is a town in the state of New South Wales on the eastern most point of the mainland of Australia. ... Map of the Coral Sea Islands A political map of the South Pacific. ... The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the worlds largest coral reef system,[1][2] composed of roughly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands that stretch for 2,600 kilometres (1,616 mi) and cover an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (132,974 sq mi). ... Ningaloo Reef is a fringing coral reef located off the west coast of Australia, approximately 1200 km north of Perth. ... Binomial name (Smith, 1828) Range of whale shark The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a slow filter feeding shark that is the largest living fish species. ... Landsat 7 composite imagery of the bay. ...

Asia

The position of Sai Kung District within the Hong Kong S.A.R. Sai Kung (西貢; pinyin: Xi1gong4; Cantonese: sai1 gung3) is the second-largest of the 18 districts of Hong Kong. ... This article or section may be confusing for some readers, and should be edited to be clearer or more simplified. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Netrani is a tiny island in India located in the Arabian Sea. ... Ceram and Ambon Islands (Operational Navigation Chart, 1967) Not for navigational use Ambon City in 2001, showing heavy damage from fighting Ambon Island is part of the Maluku Islands of Indonesia. ... Bali is an Indonesian island located at , the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. ... Bunaken marine park Bunaken is part of the Bunaken National Marine Park, which has some of the highest levels of marine biodiversity in the world. ... Map of Flores Island Flores (Portuguese for flowers) is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, an island arc with an estimated area of 14,300 km² extending east from the Java island of Indonesia. ... Photo taken from the top of the hill on Gili Trawangan just after dawn; foreground is Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno is next and then Gili Air — Gunung Rinjani is backlit by the approaching dawn. ... Wakatobi is the name of an archipelago located in an area of South Eastern Sulawesi, Indonesia. ... Location of the Red Sea The Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia. ... Hebrew אילת Founded in 1951 Government City (from 1959) District South Population 45,800 (2006) Jurisdiction 80,000 dunams (80 km²) Mayor Meir Yitzhak Halevi North Beach, Eilat, from southwest. ... This article is about the prefecture. ... Location of the Red Sea The Red Sea is an inlet of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia. ... Layang-Layang (Dusun for Place of Swallows) is the name of an area of Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia where the Mesilau Trail meets the Kinabalu Summit Trail at 2740 m. ... Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia; rising 2,000 feet or 600m from the seabed; it has been formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. ... Redang Island, locally known as Pulau Redang or just Redang is one of the largest and most beautiful of the islands off the east coast of Malaysia. ... Tioman Island is a small island, 39 km long and 12 km wide, located off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang. ... Palawan is an island province of the Philippines located in the Mimaropa region. ... Busuanga Island is the largest island in the Calamian Group in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. ... Coron from the sea Coron is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Anilao is a 4th class municipality in the province of Iloilo, Philippines. ... REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES Province of Bohol Region: Central Visayas (Region VII) Capital: Tagbilaran City Founded: March 25, 1565 Population: 2000 census—1,137,268 (18th largest) Density—276 per km² (25th highest) Area: 4,117. ... Boracay is a tropical island located approximately 315km (200 miles) south of Manila and 2km off the northwest tip of the island of Panay in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. ... Cebu is an island of the Philippines. ... Dumaguete City is the capital city of the province of Negros Oriental, Philippines. ... Malapascua Island is situated in Daanbantayan, Cebu. ... Puerto Galera is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. ... Guadalcanal, position (inset) and main towns Guadalcanal is a 2,510 square mile (6 500 km²) island in the Pacific Ocean and a province of the Solomon Islands. ... Sairee-Beach Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao, Thai: เกาะเต่า, lit. ... Pattaya (Thai: , RTGS: Phatthaya) is a city in Thailand, located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand ( ), about 165 km southeast of Bangkok in the province of Chon Buri. ... Phuket (Thai ภูเก็ต) is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. ...

Pacific

  • Niue Island- Excellent water visibility, Spectacular diving, Sea Kraits, diverse marine life.[3]

Official languages Niuean, English Capital Alofi Head of State Elizabeth II New Zealand High Commissioner Anton Ojala Premier Young Vivian Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % water  260 km²  0 Population  â€“ Total (July 2006)  2,166 Establishment  â€“ Date Niue Constitution Act  19 October 1974 Currency New Zealand dollar GDP $ 7. ... This article is about the islands. ... The Republic of the Fiji Islands occupies an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Vanuatu, west of Tonga and south of Tuvalu. ... Binomial name Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos (Bleeker, 1856) The Gray Reef Shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) is one of the most common sharks found around coral reefs of Indo-Pacific waters. ... Truk Lagoon is a sheltered body of water almost fifty miles long by thirty miles wide surrounded by a protective reef. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Attack on Truk Conflict World War II, Pacific War Date 17 February 1944 – 18 February 1944 Place Truk, Caroline Islands Result Decisive American victory In World War II, Operation Hailstone was a massive naval air attack launched on 17 February and 18 February 1944 against the Japanese naval and... Map of Yap State Map of Yap Islands Yap is an island in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, the westernmost state of the Federated States of Micronesia. ... Binomial name Manta birostris Dondorff, 1798 Hello wikipedia. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Russell, Bay of Islands Kerikeri, Bay of Islands Location of the Bay of Islands The Bay of Islands is an area in the Northland region of the North Island of New Zealand. ... The Cavalli Islands are a small group of islands of the east coast of the North Auckland Peninsula in northern New Zealand. ... Great Barrier Island (Harataonga Bay) Location of Great Barrier Island Great Barrier Island is an island in the north of New Zealand, situated 88 km to the north-east of central Auckland in the outer Hauraki Gulf. ... The Poor Knights Islands are a group of uninhabited islands off the east coast of the Northland Region of the North Island of New Zealand. ...

Europe

Satellite view of the English Channel The English Channel (French: (IPA: ), the sleeve) is the part of the Atlantic Ocean that separates the island of Great Britain from northern France and joins the North Sea to the Atlantic. ... The Inner Farne seen from Seahouses harbour The Farne Islands (also referred to less formally as the Farnes) are a group of islands off the coast of Northumberland, England. ... Families Odobenidae Otariidae Phocidae Pinnipeds (fin-feet, lit. ... Lizard Point The Lizard is a peninsula of Cornwall, United Kingdom, and contains the most southerly point of the island Great Britain, Lizard Point. ... Pembrokeshire (Welsh: ) is a county in the southwest of Wales in the United Kingdom. ... Skomer is an island off south west Pembrokeshire in Wales. ... Skokholm is an uninhabited island off south west Pembrokeshire in Wales, lying south of Skomer. ... Aerial Photo of Scapa Flow Scapa Flow is a body of water in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom, sheltered by the islands of Mainland, Graemsay, Burray, South Ronaldsay and Hoy. ... The Kaiserliche Marine or Imperial Navy was the German Navy created by the formation of the German Empire and existed between 1871 and 1919; it grew out of the Prussian Navy and the Norddeutsche Bundesmarine. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Tobermory with 700 people, the largest settlement on Mull, is home to the only whisky distillery on the island. ... For other uses, see Oban (disambiguation). ... Tobermory, Mull Tobermory is the capital of and the only burgh on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. ... A loch is the name given to a body of water in Scotland or Ireland. ... Land on Normandy In military parlance, D-Day is a term often used to denote the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Look up Aegean Sea in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... SE landing on Great Skellig Skellig Michael Little Skellig Little Skellig seen from Skellig Michael The Skellig Islands are two small, steep and rocky islands lying about 16 km west of Bolus Head on the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. ... Location Motto of the autonomous region: Das ilhas, as mais belas e livres (Portuguese: Of the islands, the most beautiful and free) Official language Portuguese Capital Funchal Other towns Porto Santo, Machico, Santa Cruz, Câmara de Lobos, Santana, Ribeira Brava, Caniço Area 797 km² Population  - Total (1991)  - Density... Anthem: Arrorró Capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife Official language(s) Spanish Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 13th  7,447 km²  1. ... Look up Aegean Sea in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Other diving regions

BAS headquarters The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), formerly the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS), is an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council, and has, for the last fifty years, undertaken the majority of Britains scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent. ...

See also

Diving in the sense of going underwater, has these purposes. ... This article identifies popular recreational snorkeling sites around the world and describes the features of those sites. ...

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Diving close to the sediments on the seabed can result in the particles being kicked up by the divers fins.
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