Top 10 Scuba Diving Vacations in Australia and the South Pacific
This is the world’s top diving region. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, French Polynesia, Micronesia all can be found here. Expensive, exotic, luxurious, and remote are just a few of the words often used to describe these tropical paradises. Whether you’re on your honeymoon, ten year anniversary, or just the trip of a lifetime, you won’t walk away unsatisfied.
- Palau, Micronesia
From Corner Wall to hundreds of drop offs, channels, tunnels, whale sharks, salty water crocodiles, jellyfish, soft coral, and wrecks of warships. Palau may be the world’s dive paradise.
- Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Mecca for scuba diving and snorkeling, this is the top of everyone’s list. Seen from outer space, this collection of more than 3,000 individual reefs is the largest earthly creation made by living organisms.
- Moorea, French Polynesia
There’s not much current, making Moorea a great spot for beginners. They won’t have to work hard either, fish feeding is standard here so expect to be surrounded by heaping schools of fish.
The second largest lagoon in the world attracts both sharks and divers. You’ll find high visibility, pass dives, and a high density of marine life such as schools of tuna, jacks, and barracuda.
- New Caledonia
These islands have a little bit of everything: wrecks, reefs, passes, drop-offs, tunnels, and caves. It’s an underwater playground for divers and snorkelers of all levels.
- Lord Howe Island, Australia
Warm and cool water currents meet at the southernmost coral reef in the world to create a diverse array of marine life. Damselfish, parrotfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, and hubndreds of crustaceons and nvertebrates.
Dive the 654 foot wreck of the President Coolidge before exploring caves and drop offs, and witnessing an intense shark feeding.
If size is all that matters, grab your snorkel or dive gear and get in the water to watch the winter meetings of Humpback whales.
- Astrolabe Reef, Fiji
Caves, deep drop-offs, soft corals, and good all around diving at this world famous spot where visibility can reach 500 feet.
- Rainbow Reef, Fiji
Fiji’s Northern Islands, between Taveuni and Vanua Levu, is famous for its Great White Wall, abundance of hard and soft corals, and nearby smaller reefs.