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4 places to book once you’re scuba certified

4 places to book once you’re scuba certified

Scuba diving lets you explore places below the ocean waves that few people will ever get the chance to see. It opens up an entirely new world that offers experiences, sights, and creatures that are completely different from anything found on land.


While anyone can experience the magic and excitement of scuba diving, getting a certification like PADI Open Water Diver opens up far more interesting and varied diving opportunities. Once you are scuba certified you can dive deeper and longer, and see far more amazing things along the way. 


So once you’ve got your scuba certification, pack your bags and head to one of these amazing places for an adventure you will never forget!

Galapagos Islands

The unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands is world-famous and the world beneath the seas surround the islands is no exception. Diving in the Galapagos gives you the chance to swim with sea lions and marine iguanas, dive below crowds of hammerhead sharks numerous enough to block out the sun, and explore some of the most vibrant and colorful coral reefs in the world. If you plan to explore the Galapagos on a cruise, don’t overlook the amazing underwater world as well.

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There are incredible diving spots for certified divers all across Mexico. Dive with humpback whales and whale sharks in Baja California, or head to the Riviera Maya and Playa del Carmen to get up close and personal with bull sharks! If you are feeling really adventurous, discover the mystical, alien world of cave and cavern diving in the cenotes of Quintana Roo, a truly out-of-this-world experience. 


Australia is blessed with stunning dives spots almost everywhere you go, with the Great Barrier Reef an obvious highlight. However, the number one spot in Australia (and arguably in the world!) for certified divers is the SS Yongala, just off the coast of Queensland. The ship sank in a cyclone in 1911 and is an amazing wreck dive, offering the chance to share the sunken cabins and corridors with manta rays, sea snakes, octopuses, turtles, bull sharks, tiger sharks, and vast schools of tropical fish. 


Underwater lights on the seafloor at Kailua Kona in Hawaii attract enormous clouds of plankton, which make this spot an all-you-can-eat buffet for the enormous, bat-like manta rays who live here. Totally unfazed by humans, the chance to swim with these weird yet wonderful creatures is a genuinely mind-blowing experience.

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