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9 World's Best Dives

Silfra Canyon
Location: Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
Type: Deep freshwater fault in the rift valley between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates
Viz: Up to 200 feet, in mineral water that has spent 1,000 years underground

Alex Mustard

Boo Rocks
Location: Misool, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Type: Swim-through
Life: One of Raja Ampat’s best-loved sites, this limestone landscape teems with brilliant soft and fan corals, tunicates, batfish, grouper, triggerfish and fusiliers.

Jürgen Freund

Superior Producer
Location: Willemstad, Curaçao
Type: 200-foot freighter sunk in 1977, resting on a sand bottom at 110 feet
Life: Eels, soldierfish, chromis, snapper, barracuda and mackerel

Allison Vitsky

Taj Mahal Cenote
Location: Yucatán Peninsula
Type: Caverns and caves decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and hidden fossils
Viz: Can reach a spectacular 400 feet year-round

James Scott

Amazing ARi ATOLL
Location: South Ari Atoll, Maldives
Type: Covered in soft coral, a site like this thila — or pinnacle — attracts turtles, batfish and large pelagics
Viz: 70 to 130 feet

Stephane Bailliez

Rapid Bay Jetty
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Type: Shore dive with a maximum depth of 32 feet
Life: Schooling old wives, leafy and weedy sea dragons, wrasse
**Viz: **50 feet

Scott Gietler

Spanish Gold
Location: Cap de Creus Natural Park, Catalonia, Spain
Type: Boat dive with a maximum depth of 148 feet
Life: Octopuses, dusky grouper, schooling sea breams, barracuda, spiny lobsters
Viz: From 40 to 80 feet

Damien Mauric

Location: Washington Slagbaai National Park, Bonaire
Type: Shore dive with a max depth of 130 feet
Life: Tube sponges, barracuda, green moray eels
Viz:100 feet

Jordi Benitez

Miller's Point
Location: False Bay, South Africa
Type: Boat or shore dive with a maximum depth of 42 feet
Life: Seven-gill cowsharks, shysharks and nudibranchs
Viz: Up to 50 feet

Jacques De Vos


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