Now find your 2019 hottest dive spots in the world
Now divers can tick off their underwater bucket-list with 2019’s emerging dive destinations, from whale sharks, to WWII wrecks, manta rays, humpback whales, and divine locations!
Emerging destinations, new discoveries and lower airfares are opening up new diving holiday destinations for scuba diving enthusiasts. Herewith are Diveplanit’s hot spot diving holiday destinations for 2019:
- Cenotes Caves and crocodiles in Mexico
- Whale sharks and mantas in the Maldives
- Unspoiled coral reefs and dugongs in Timor-Leste
- Hammerhead sharks and sea lions in Galapagos
- Underwater ruins and rich culture in Japan
Mexico highlights include incredible marine encounters – some not found anywhere else, including encounters with oceanic manta rays, whale sharks, sail fish – you can even snorkel with American crocodiles. Add to this the alluring (and photogenic) ‘Cenotes’ caverns and the coral reefs of Xcalak and Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve, where you can dive with manatees.
It’s enticing enough with its romantic-looking overwater bungalows and turquoise lagoons, and it’s no longer exclusive to the rich and famous. There are now two budget airlines taking passengers from Australia to the Maldives, making it a lot more affordable. For divers, it’s all about the guaranteed pelagic encounters, with whale shark encounters year-round at South Ari Atoll and one of the world’s largest aggregations of manta rays in Hanifaru Bay in the north. Net-fishing is not allowed anywhere in the Maldives so wherever you go, you’ll encounter abundant marine life.
This emerging destination is possibly the most accessible to Australians, with daily flights from both Bali and Darwin. Closed to tourism for many years, the coral reefs here are truly ‘unspoiled’. On a shore dive close to the capital Dili, divers are frequently joined by friendly dugongs and between October and December, much larger encounters are experienced in deeper waters, with migrating humpback, sperm, pilot and blue whales.
If you haven’t ticked this destination off your diving bucket list yet, 2019 is the year to do it. It really is everything it’s cracked up to be, with huge schools of pelagic species including manta rays and hammerhead sharks. In season, if you’re lucky you’ll encounter some of the largest whale sharks in the world, dive with playful sea lions, penguins and marine iguanas in the shallows, and on land, get up close and personal with endemic species such as giant tortoises and blue footed boobies.
Japan is trending as a hot holiday destination for all sorts of reasons, not the least of which is the rich culture, fantastic food and friendly locals. For divers, there’s the added allure of the Yonaguni Monument – a mysterious underwater structure on remote Yonaguni Island that has had geologists and archaeologists at loggerheads for over 30 years. The enormous structure is described by many as an “underwater Machu Picchu”. Okinawa is also a hot spot for schooling hammerheads and its largest reef on Ishigaki Island is home to a large population of manta rays.
“Diveplanit was launched with an aim to encourage more people to experience the incredible underwater world. The more people that take the plunge, surely the more ocean advocates we will create. And the world needs more ocean advocates,” says Deborah Dickson-Smith, co-founder, diver and travel writer.
Whether you want to travel with your family, your partner or your six best dive buddies, they will find the perfect match for you. Specialising in tailor-made diving holidays – they take care of everything along the way, from airfares and accommodation to dive equipment and transfers. In other words you can sit back, relax and explore the underwater world!
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Dive Munda, Solomon Islands – an all-inclusive 7-day, 10-dive holiday package.
Diving Munda in the Solomons is varied with everything from pretty coral gardens, schooling reef sharks, hammerheads, WWII wrecks and the Cave of the Kastom Shark – a truly unique dive experience which combines local Kastom culture, a cave dive that rivals even Fish Rock and a beautiful coral reef wall.
There is access to twenty plus dive sites on natural reefs and small wrecks along the coastline, with 20 to 60 minute boat rides, including:
Dive Munda, the South Pacific’s – 2016 Diving Company of the Year Award by Luxury Travel Guide, Global Awards. This prestigious award recognises excellence in service, employee satisfaction, marketing and branding, local knowledge and cultural understanding
Deborah Dickson-Smith – Dive Experience Creator, Travel writer, editor, scuba girl and passionate eco-warrior. She has also logged over 1000 dives in 7 years.
When Deb’s not planning dive holidays for her clients – or writing blog posts on the Diveplanit Blog she also writes for a number of travel publications, including Scuba Diving Magazine, Scuba Diver Life, Jetstar, Virgin Voyeur, Air Nuigini Paradise and Pacific Island Living.
Simon Mallender – Diver, videographer and passionate eco-warrior, Simon has been diving for over 30 years.
Simon first qualified as a BSAC diver under Swanage Pier before the invention of things like occys and BCDs! Now a PADI Rescue Diver, Simon has dived the usual hotspots around our region and is always seeking out new places