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Plenty More Fish in the Sea: Top Travel Destinations for the Avid Diver

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The release of Walt Disney’s Finding Nemo and recent box-office hit Finding Dory have seen the sales of tropical and marine fish rocket. Such bright colours, quirky shapes and frilly decoration aren’t an everyday sight for most. But no matter how good Disney’s animation may be, you can only experience so much through the screen. A film can’t engulf you in warm waters, where marine life brushes your legs and coral sways with the tide. So, where do we recommend you go for the ultimate snorkeling holiday?

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First on our list is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Home to Nemo himself, the world’s largest coral reef is often the first diving destination on a diver’s checklist. Visible from space, this natural wonder has 3000 reef systems and nine islands. The reef plays host to 1,500 species of marine fish, 360 types of hard corals, six species of turtles and 30 species of whales and dolphins. Needless to say, it will not leave you wanting when it comes to wildlife. The area has a tropical climate. With temperatures of 24-33 degrees Celsius on average during summer, you will need to top up your waterproof sun creams regularly.

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Another snorkeling hotspot lies in Grand Cayman, of the Cayman Islands. Where the Great Barrier Reef may offer vast quantity, Grand Cayman offers unbelievable quality.  Dozens of friendly rays vie for your attention, as you enter the shallow waters of the island’s northwest at StingRay City. This family-friendly day out also offers a snorkel excursion through stunning coral reefs. The destination’s top tourist attraction will very likely be the highlight of your entire trip.

Sanur Beach, Bali
Sanur Beach, Bali

As you can see from our previous posts, we adore Indonesia. We have stayed in magnificent hotels in Bali and browsed Yogyakarta’s stunning temples. It’s safe to say our experience of the region has been nothing but positive. For the diving fanatic, Indonesia is home to a secret treasure: the Coral Triangle. It is an underdog in the running for the top diving destination but offers a more relaxed approach when it comes to delving into the deep blue. The vast area boasts 75% of the world’s coral species. It is home to as many turtle species as the Great Barrier Reef and more than 2000 species of fish. Not to mention whales, dolphins, porpoises, dugongs and whale sharks.

Once you’ve chosen your destination, here are some of our top tips for diving holidays:

  1. Don’t go it alone: unless you’re a group of professional divers, it’s best to seek out a professional guide. Not only will they know the best spots for whatever it may be that you wish to see, but they will be able to assist you throughout the experience. Whether it be helping you into your scuba gear, teaching you how to unfog your mask, or providing general support in the water.
  2. Try snorkeling first. You (quite literally) needn’t throw yourself in at the deep end. Snorkeling is a lot less daunting than taking the full plunge straight away. There are plenty of shallow reefs out there with just as beautiful wildlife and scenery.
  3. Conserve your energy. Diving gear can be heavy, and we don’t all have the swimming power of Michael Phelps. Try to swim with the current and take your time. You don’t need to go fast to appreciate all of your surroundings.
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