Now that we have begun the year, we thought it appropriate to outline which destinations we are most interested in for 2013 and looking to expand/add to our portfolio.
In 2012, we had a successful year visiting the Philippines, Fiji, Micronesia, the Azores and Malta. This year we aim to continue to enhance our knowledge of diving hotspots worldwide with a few more trips to places we think, but are not 100% certain, might have some interesting diving.
Here are our top picks for diving holidays in 2013:
Without a doubt, Mexico has some of the most varied diving on earth. Off the Yucatan Peninsula lies one of the greatest concentrations of whale sharks on earth in the summer months, aggregations of sailfish in the winter months, the reefs of Cozumel, bull shark diving in Playa del Carmen and not to mention the stunning underwater cave systems, also known as cenotes. On the pacific side, the waters of Baja California are teeming with marine life including sea lions, giant manta rays, hammerheads, whale sharks, turtles and huge schools of jacks, tunas, smaller rays and many more species of fish. We think Mexico is definitely in need of a visit!
Just off the coast of Venezuela lies a small group of islands known as Los Roques, surrounded by white sandy beaches and bright turquoise water. Accommodation consist of small hotels/lodges, also known as posadas, from which you can enjoy the wonders of these islands including sailing, fishing and of course diving. We have heard some great things about the diving and think it is worth keeping our eye on.
Pristine reefs, hammerheads, Jacques Cousteau's underwater experiment 'Conshelf II', WWII wreck 'The Umbria' - need we say anymore and all this with very few divers in sight. We are convinced that the Sudanese Red Sea is a divers' paradise.
One of the most popular destinations with our clients, we want to head back to Indonesia to suss out a few more spots that we have been researching. These include expanding our knowledge of the diving around Bali & Lombok, exploring the incredible marine life in the Sangalaki archipelago off the coast of East Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) and shore-diving from East Timor (actually a nation in its own right).
We have been hearing amazing things about the diving in the Bahamas, namely from Grand Bahama Island, where you can dive with Tiger Sharks and Lemon Sharks as well as excellent wrecks, reefs, walls and wild dolphins all located near. Sounds good to us! A very exciting list we think and we may also be looking at others such as Cuba, Madagascar, the Cook Islands and more!
If you would like to hear more about any of the destinations or others get in touch.