Scuba diving is quite a surreal experience. Putting on that wetsuit and oxygen tank allows you to enter a completely different world that makes up more than 70% of Earth and is inhabited by more than 750,000 different species.
As we prepare to get our scuba certification in the future in order to dive deeper into the ocean world, we’ve started to research the best place to get our certification. While there are thousands and thousands of different sites for scuba diving, we want to share the 8 best place to get your scuba certifications!
Where better to get your scuba certification than the most famous diving spot in the world, the Great Barrier Reef? This reef is home to over 400 different types of corals and thousands of different species. The water temperature is warm and you’re bound to see reef sharks or other rare marine life sometime during your dive. The only downside is that it’s not the cheapest place to go to.
Let’s be honest, getting a scuba certification can get quite pricey. If you want to do your certification on a budget, then Thailand is the perfect place. Thailand is one of the cheapest places to get your certification while also having amazing marine life. The waters are always warm year round and there are beautiful coral reefs.
When looking for a diving center, be wary of suspiciously cheap diving centers, since they may use faulty equipment or break safety rules. Always dive with schools that have certifications. Koh Tao and Koh Chang are two of the best places to go scuba diving in Thailand!
The Red Sea is known to be an awesome diving spot with lots of different types of dives. Shore diving from Dahab is quite popular and you can see lots of stuff underwater from wrecks and caves to reefs and sharks. What makes Egypt such a great diving spot is that there are also lots of quality diving schools in Dahab at an affordable cost.
In Mexico, there are two choices for scuba diving: In the Pacific Coast or the Caribbean Sea. In the Caribbean Sea, the waters are warm and you have great visibility. There is also an underwater sculpture museum in Cancun. In the Pacific Coast, you may encounter big pelagic creatures like whale sharks and manta rays.
The Philippines is also another destination that’s affordable and has great marine life. It’s in the center of the Coral Triangle and is home to the richest concentration of marine life on the planet. There are endless amounts of coral reefs and marine life to see here and every diving spot has a different landscape. As with other famously affordable scuba diving spots, you have to watch out for suspiciously cheap diving centers. Some recommended places to dive are Visayas, Negros Island, Boracay, and Malapascua Island.
Off the coast of Italy is Malta Island, one of the best places to learn to dive in Europe. Around this small island, there are nice clear waters and interesting ship wrecks sitting on the ocean floor. Cirkewwa and the Blue Hole are two popular diving sites.
Indonesia is also another recommended place to get your scuba certifications. Like the Philippines, Indonesia is also in the coral triangle, meaning tons of marine life. It’s also very affordable and there are also lots of islands to choose from (and you can’t go wrong with any of them). Bali, Lombok, and Sulawesi are some of the most popular.
The Caribbeans are known for warm waters, great visibility, and diverse marine life. Among dive sites, the Bahamas is one of the most popular spots in the Caribbean, with possibilities of seeing dolphins and ship wrecks. Within the Bahamas, Nassau and Grand Bahama are two popular islands to dive from!