Unusual Scuba Dive Destinations

2017 sneaked away far too fast and so did the first half of 2018, there is luckily still time to enjoy some awesome scuba destination before hanging up your wetsuit. With the few months left maybe some of the unusual scuba diving places is what we all need to make this year super Special.

West Ireland, Skellig Michael

Sensational diving into the cold water that holds walls of sponges and corals in exceptional visibility. The cliffs above the water are 218m and below the surface, you pick your depth, while the surface offers a seabird colony and it is off-course one of the locations where scenes for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens were shot in 2014.

Cuba, Guanacabibes, Maria la Gorda

Perfect for adventurous divers this resort is one of the best and on Cuba’s most western point. It offers a variety of diving sites including warm-water and dives sites from deep open-water areas to shallow reefs allowing all divers to enjoy an extended array of biodiversity plus it is suited for divers of all experience levels.

New Zealand, Poor Knights Island

There are many reasons why this is a simply superb option, the island is a no-take marine fully protected reserve. Poor Knights Island offers underwater volcanic archways which are patrolled by schooling fish and stingrays. Dotted by nudibranchs the multicoloured bryozoans in bushes cover the pinnacles and for most divers, it’s the world best diving secret. For some amazing reef and wreck diving, you are bound to be impressed by visiting the Bay of Islands and it is a great spot for swimming with the dolphins so all in all it could make for a holiday truly worth raving about.

Indonesia, North Sulawesi, Bangka Island

This is a secret, hidden island between Bunaken and Lembeh both busy dive resorts. It is about a two-hour drive to the Banka Island from the Manado airport and even if it feels quite remote it offers one of the most biodiverse marine life and it is in the middle of the coral triangle and home to frogfish, dugong and nudis, well millions of them. Incredible dive experiences also include the viewing of Pygmy seahorses, magnificent caverns, walls, pinnacles, muck dives and shallow reefs.

California, Redondo Beach

Squid runs at the start of December is simply amazing, at Redondo Beach the dive sites are great and in this deep canyon, all sorts come alive at night. Thousands of squads come to great during your dive and come up to 70’ to lay egg sacs and mate.

USA, The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

The healthiest reef system worldwide lies just about 100 miles of the Texas coast, this Gulf of Mexico gem is so worth a trip it offers frequent visits of pelagic species during your diving experience and it is more suited for the intermediate to advanced divers or new divers in the company of experienced divers.

Scuba Diving Gear For Beginners

So you’ve recently been certified to go scuba diving, so what’s next? Well, this is the perfect time to go out and buy some fresh new gear. However, as a new scuba diving fanatic, how on earth do you know what to buy and what brand to choose? Thankfully, we are here to help. Below you will find the top picks when it comes to scuba diving gear for beginners.

First Aid Kit – DAN

Accidents will always happen, even if you are enjoying a vacation or holiday. The compact first-aid kit from Dan has everything you need to dress and clean minor injuries. The nylon bag with a zipper has internal waterproof pocket and comes stuffed with a range of supplies, including adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, sterile dressings, butterflies, string-relief wipes, nitrile gloves, scissors, and splinter forceps.

Ocean-Pro QLR4 – Oceanic

The Ocean-Pro provides what most divers want, a comfortable, stable harness with loads of adjustment, more than enough pocket space and a bunch of D-rings for all gear. It also features loads of buoyant life and minimal inherent buoyancy.

Sea Drops – McNett

A fogged-up mask is an unnecessary nuisance for all new divers. Therefore, its vital to get Sea Drops, an anti-fog and lens cleaner which is both nonabrasive and long-lasting. It won’t damage the silicone or scratch the lenses of your mask. It’s also non-toxic and biodegradable. The dispenser is also small enough to carry in your pocket or in your mask case.

Seaflex – Seach

A snorkel that always hangs from your mask strap can be an unnecessary pain when you are underwater. The Seaflex from Seac completely solves this by rolling out of the way until you eventually need it. The Seaflex is made from flexible silicone, and it can be stored in a round plastic case that you can clip to a D-ring or store in your BC pocket. It also springs back into the right shape the moment it’s released.

Triton Fins – Sherwood Scuba

They are not too flexy and not too stiff either. These incredible fins have the perfect balance with vented blades giving a nod to traditional fin design, and they are made with thermoplastic that is lightweight, delivering a powerful snap with every kick. What’s even more impressive is that they can even float.

MK2 EVO – Scubapro

Based around the first-stage design which was initially launched during the 1960’s and has been constantly refined with upgrades ever since this innovative reg provides rock-solid reliability and top performance along with a decent price tag. Renowned for its ultra-smooth air delivery, the MK2 Evo offers a lightweight second stage to ensure you don’t tire out your jaw.

Evoke 3mm – Bare Sports

Most new divers struggle to wear a wetsuit, but this is certainly not the case with the Evoke, featuring an easy-fitting, stylish design which has been inspired by activewear and yoga wear. Made from high-stretch, three-dimensional neoprene along with seamless underarms, the 3mm Evoke offers maximum ease of motion and easy comfort.