1. Wakatobi Dive Resort, Indonesia
Dive Resort's house reef is home to a whopping 400 species of
coral and 700 species of fish (officially recorded). Head out on a
guided tour or enjoy a leisurely drift back to the jetty to waiting
staff in time for sundowners.
2. Azura Quilalea Private Island,
The protected reefs lining the shores of Azura Quilalea
Private Island harbour all sorts of wonderful marine life,
including green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles, reef sharks,
sting rays, moray eels and humpback whales (seasonal).
3. Angsana Ihuru, Maldives
Forming a perfect circle around the island, Angsana
Ihuru houses one of the best house reefs in the Maldives with turtles, rays, sharks
and 150 species of fish calling the reef home. There's even a
diving concierge on hand to cater to your every whim.
4. Atmosphere Resort & Spa,
A real muck-diver's paradise, spot blue-ringed octopus, pygmy
seahorse, flamboyant cuttlefish, mimic octopus, hairy frogfish and
harlequin shrimp at Atmosphere
Resort & Spa - not to forget the mating ritual of the
colourful mandarin fish after sunset over colourful coral
Conveniently located out of the hurricane belt, Bonaire benefits from great weather and
calm, clear waters year-round. Better still, the surrounding reef
means there's a dive spot at every corner boasting incredible coral
formations and abundant marine life.
6. Thirtyseven Gozo, Gozo
We can't stop talking about this Mediterranean gem (in fact,
check out Gozo's best dive
sites). Access caves, wrecks, reefs and a big Blue Hole
straight from the island's shores, with Thirtyseven Gozo
greeting you on your surface intervals with warm robes and hot
7. The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Egypt
While there's no denying some of the best dive sites in the Red
Sea require boat access (which we can arrange), the Oberoi Sahl
Hasheesh has one of the best house reefs we've come across.
Insider tip: look out for seahorses expertly camouflaged in the
seagrass near the jetty.
8. OBLU Helengeli, Maldives
Another one from the Maldives, OBLU
Helengeli's house reef is legendary. Skirting the North Male Atoll,
the island enjoys a unique position in the middle of a channel. The
result? A house reef that brings something completely different to
the table with thrilling currents bringing in plenty of pelagic
action and some seriously fishy reefs; this is a diver's
9. Qamea Resort & Spa, Fiji
With a 100ft vertical coral wall, technicolour soft coral
gardens (Fiji is
the soft coral capital of the world, after all), drift dives, swim
throughs and whirlpools of marine life, no dive is ever the same
10. Lembeh Resort, Northern Sulawesi,
The critters residing in the Lembeh Strait
are so extraordinary they were featured in Blue Planet II (remember
the bobbit worm scene?). Expect eight different species of
frogfish, 12 species of octopus and three species of pygmy
seahorse, to name but a few.