Where to Dive in May

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In May more palatable weather conditions are starting to creep into southern Europe, so it's really the first month you might consider diving somewhere like Gozo or Oman, though the water will be chilly!

Diving in May

Looking further afield, there are some great diving destinations that are just coming into season such as Papua New Guinea, which enjoys a prime position in the Coral Triangle as well as world-class muck diving sites.

May is also a great time to dive the Great Barrier Reef (which is better for diving during the Aussie winter) when the sea is calm and warm and dwarfe minke whales start to arrive. Also in Australia, but on the Ningaloo Reef, whale sharks are appearing again - reason enough to travel to the other side of the world we think. Fiji is also marvellous in May, boasting technicolour soft coral reefs and thrilling bull shark diving, as well as Komodo National Park in Indonesia, which is virtually inaccessible the rest of the year.

May is the start of bait ball season in Socorro in Mexico, meaning more of everything - think mantas, sharks, whale sharks, tuna and more. Closer to shore the Sea of Cortez also welcomes the mass migration of mobula rays while over in the Galapagos, pregnant whale sharks are starting to arrive.

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May is the beginning of the diving season in Komodo National Park and one of the best times to dive with calm waters, great visibility and incredible marine life, all without the crowds.


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