known for its stunning barrier reef, is home to the Blue Hole, one
of the world's most iconic deep water diving sites. Jacques-Yves
Cousteau himself named it as one of the top ten best scuba diving
sites in the world, and since then, divers have flocked from all
over the globe to dive in its mysterious inky-blue waters.
Almost perfectly round, the Blue Hole is over 1,000-ft wide and
120 metres deep. Advanced
divers can descend as deep as 40 metres, with eerie stalactites
and stalagmites to discover at 30-40 metres. As you ascend, there's
a good chance of encountering bull sharks and Caribbean reef
While this site isn't known for its wildlife, it's a bucket-list
destination for many divers due to the high level of technical
skill required, interesting topography and the almost other-worldly
feeling of sensory deprivation down in the depths.
Known for its beautiful coral reefs, the Philippines
is a diver's paradise, with some incredible deep water diving
sites. One site that should be on any diver's bucket list is the
Verde Island Drop Off, thought to be the most biodiverse area in
the Coral Triangle. With a maximum depth of 30 metres, it's a haven
for reef and pelagic fish, as well as rays, macro critters and
three species of sea turtle.
Another must-visit destination is the Monad Shoal, renowned as
the only place in the world with reliable thresher shark sightings.
The site is on a steep drop-off that descends as deep as 200
metres, although the maximum diving depth is 28-30 metres.
Cocos Island is a remote paradise 340 miles off the coast of
Costa Rica. Only accessible by liveaboard,
the nutrient-rich waters make it a hotspot for mega-fauna such as
tuna, eagle rays, dolphins and sharks; and a wonderful spot for
deep water diving.
There's plenty to see here year-round, but the main draw to
Cocos Island are the hammerhead sharks, which are present from June
to September. A typical hammerhead dive has divers dropping down to
a depth of 30 metres and looking for a rock to hide behind (as
hammerheads are easily spooked). From there, you'll have the chance
for an up-close look at one of nature's top predators.
Deep water diving can (quite literally) take your scuba diving
to new depths, with countless fantastic dive sites below 18 metres
in some of our favourite corners of the world. As deep water divers
ourselves, our Original Diving team can help you create the perfect
for your next diving holiday, using our years of personal
experience and expertise.