You’re a pro at this, under the sea is where your soul belongs and when it comes to scuba diving this is not your first rodeo! It’s not our first rodeo either, so we often find ourselves trying to locate dive locations that challenge, ignite or otherwise excite experienced divers.
Cathedral Cove: Located in New Zealand in The Coromandel Peninsula, from beautiful Hahei Beach you can walk to the cove for incredibly easy access to one of your new favorite dive spots. With peak visibility being about 50 feet, expect to find kelp forests, playful sea lions, seals, rays, giant sea bass, black sea bass, some small ship wrecks and underwater arches during your explorations. So, in other words, it’s a picturesque place to enjoy a cove that ever diver or marine biologist would fall in love with.
Osprey Reef: Tropical North Queensland and pretty much any other extreme sport experience you could be looking for (bungee jumping, white water rafting, hang gliding and more). What makes the diving extreme in this reef is the shark life. Sharks are among the many marine life that inhabit this reef and make the dive unique. Located in Australia it’s part of one of their greatest barrier reef areas. The remoteness of Osprey Reef is a highlight in itself, where you will often find yourself far removed from anything that isn’t wet and colorful.
HTMS Sattakut Wreck: Koh Tao is a popular place to check getting your Open Water Certification off your bucket list. The “Sattakut” is the ex Thai Navy boat HTMS Sattakut, kindly donated to Koh Tao by a consortium that includes The Department of Marine and Costal Resources and the Royal Thai Navy. The boat has an abundance of marine life that will keep you visually stimulated through the entire dive. The shallowest part of the dive is at 18 meters sand the deepest is 27 meters only for PADI Wreck Specialist divers.
Blue Hole in Belize: The shaft sinkhole might just be the most dangerous cave dive on the planet. At the beginning of this dive, the diver must take off their equipment in order to get through a man hole which is just too small to accommodate both them and their equipment. Guess you better not be claustrophobic! Even though the Great Blue Hole is considered a must-dive, one should be aware that it is not for divers of all skill levels – a prerequisite is logging more than 24 dives. It is also not a ‘colourful dive’, instead, divers witness a dark cave with impressive stalactites. Sometimes the water is crystal clear and lends to some marine life… but for the most part it’s a dark dive.
The Temple of Doom: Also named Calavera, which means skull, because the three holes on the roof gives the impression of being inside a skull. The combination of dark passageways and intricate tunnels, can cause divers to become disorientated and lost; and this leads to extreme difficulty if you’re not experienced enough. But, it’s one for the books.