Explore More - 9 Remote Dive Spots
September 21, 2021
From exploring icy Arctic waters to cruising paradise islands few tourists know about, there are some incredible remote dive spots to visit. Grab your dive kit, pack your sense of adventure and start planning your trip of a lifetime! Read on to find out more.
Leave the tourists behind at these 9 remote dive spots.
1. Siberia Province, Russia.
Step off the beaten path and explore the remote Siberia Province. This snow-dusted area of Russia
encompasses most of Northern Asia and hosts the oldest and deepest lake in the world.
Winter diving in Siberia
offers fantastic ice and technical diving
, but it is not for the faint-hearted. Of all the remote dive spots, this is one of the most challenging.
Lake Baikal, also called the Pearl of Siberia, has up to 40 meters of water visibility and offers ice diving among eerie green sponge colonies and rocky landscapes. Look closely and you will find endemic crustaceans and numerous freshwater fish.
If you are lucky, you may even encounter the endemic Baikal seal. They are the only freshwater pinniped in the world and are often spotted sunbathing along the lake’s shores.
When to go:
READ MORE: LAKE BAIKAL ICE DIVING ADVENTURES.
- Winter for ice diving.
- Mid-July onwards for warmer clear waters.
If ice diving is not enough of an adventure for you, visit Norway to experience the thrill of freediving with orcas in the middle of the Arctic winter
These huge cetaceans
visit the waters off Tromsø, Norway in great numbers during Norway’s annual herring migration. The waters may be dark due to the low sunlight levels, but there are numerous orcas, huge herring bait balls, and feeding humpback whales.
Coming eye to eye with orcas is a life-changing experience. They pass close by and leave a long-lasting impression on everyone who swims with them. After a cold but thrilling day in the water, you can watch the Northern Lights dance overhead
from the warmth of your accommodation or liveaboard.
When to go:
READ MORE: ORCAS AND AURORA!
- October to January.
- Visit mid-season for the best chance of numerous orcas.
3. São Tomé and Príncipe.
Sitting in the southern part of the Gulf of Guinea, the small volcanic archipelago of São Tomé and Príncipe
is far from any well-known dive spots. This small island nation is Africa’s best-kept secret and offers pristine tropical diving
São Tomé and Príncipe have striking landscapes dotted with waterfalls and biodiverse jungles, plus soft white and black sand beaches. Sheer cliffs plunge into the ocean, where you will find dramatic coral and rock formations.
There is still so much to discover at these stunning islands, so dive there before the rest of the world catches on.
When to go:
- December to March for peak visibility and warm waters.
Myanmar is an unexplored land of traditional Asian culture and well-preserved landscapes that only opened to tourists in recent years. Whilst some marine areas have been overfished, diving in Myanmar
at its more remote dive spots offers a wealth of opportunities.
The Mergui Archipelago
, a cluster of 800 islands in southern Myanmar, has been off-limits since World War II and has diverse underwater landscapes busy with marine life.
With barely any human habitation, Mergui’s horseshoe-shaped beaches are frequented by long-tailed macaques, monitor lizards, and small-clawed otters. Below the water is just as fascinating; with pristine reefs, steep banks, and seamounts rising from the depths.
New dive sites are continually being discovered in Myanmar. Mantas, eagle rays, mobula rays, sharks, and prized critters are commonly seen at this captivating destination.
When to go:
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- February to May for mantas and whale sharks.
Bordered by both the snow-capped Andes mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, and covered in vast rainforests, Argentina’s landscapes are awe-inspiring. With over 4000 km of coastline, it is one of the most varied dive spots in South America
When diving in Argentina,
you can explore subtropical reefs full of fish in the northeastern region, dive at countless sites in the central region, or head south for remote cold water diving.
is the most popular place to dive in the central region and hosts resident sea lions, southern right whales, thriving marine parks, and shipwrecks.
Tierra del Fuego
is home to Ushuaia, the departure point for most Antarctica expeditions, and offers diving almost at the end of the earth
. Vast kelp forests host a range of fish species and vibrant nudibranchs, and there are deep channels frequented by sea lions.
When to go:
- December to March for calmer seas and the best water visibility.
Another of South America’s lesser-known dive spots, Chile is home to pristine and extreme environments above and below water
You could easily spend your vacation diving along Chile’s Pacific coastline but diving in Chile
also includes one of the most sought-after island destinations of all.
The Polynesian Island of Rapa Nui
, or Easter Island, is a bucket list dive destination with incredible biodiversity
. Being so isolated from humans, the water visibility reaches up to 60 meters there.
You can also go freshwater high-altitude diving along the Andes mountains or dip your toes into the waters around Punta Arenas
As well as having excellent wreck diving, Punta Arenas hosts pods of whales and dolphins, plus sea lions and numerous penguins.
When to go:
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- December to March for the warmest waters.
7. The Marshall Islands.
The remote Marshall Islands
is one of only four atoll nations in the world and offers deep tech-wreck dives plus flourishing reefs full of marine life.
Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands was made famous by the US atomic bomb tests in the 1940s and 1950s, which created numerous shipwrecks at this diver's paradise.
The wrecks are mostly beyond recreational limits, making Bikini Atoll diving ideal for experienced Extended Range divers.
As well as offering excellent deep wreck diving, these little-known islands host thriving hard coral reefs without any dive crowds. Dive in and you will be mesmerized by the underwater landscapes dotted with pinnacles, drop-offs, and channels.
As the 5th
least visited country in the world, you can dive all day and forget the rest of the world even exists
When to go:
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- May to October for toasty warm waters.
8. New Caledonia & Vanuatu.
New Caledonia and neighboring Vanuatu are two of the best South Pacific dive spots and are hard to choose between. We recommend visiting them both! Just remember to pack your camera….they are absolutely gorgeous places to dive.
Go diving in New Caledonia
and you can choose from over 100 dive sites and explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site
: the New Caledonia Lagoon. Imagine deep drop-offs, fast-paced current dives, healthy reefs, and more – all protected by extensive marine reserves.
Hop across the water to go diving in Vanuatu
and you can swim with dugongs
. These charming and gentle animals are found at Gaspard Bay and are a treat to spend time with.
Vanuatu also has pristine reefs and diverse underwater landscapes made up of caves, caverns, overhangs, and tunnels. Whether you like easy shallow reefs or exploring the deep, there are plenty of dive spots to choose from.
There are also numerous WWII wrecks in Vanuatu’s waters, plus trucks, cranes, and bulldozers at Million Dollar Point
No trip to Vanuatu would be complete without diving the famous SS President Coolidge
wreck, complete with its chandeliers and a statue in the interior.
When to go:
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- New Caledonia: March to September for mantas and sharks.
- Vanuatu: All year, though December to April is cyclone season.
Antarctica, the world’s last untouched wilderness, is as remote as dive spots get! It is populated by just a handful of researchers and hardy tourists looking for wildlife experiences found nowhere else on Earth.
This is not just a destination for topside tourism though. Those willing to swim in Antarctica’s icy waters will be surrounded by huge ice formations and bright blue waters
Join an Antarctica dive cruise to explore iconic destinations such as the Falkland Islands, South Shetland Islands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula. You will have the opportunity to go ice diving in areas that few people have explored
This is a trip for real adventurers, with water temperatures hovering at a chilly 0 °C.
You need to have experience diving in cold conditions but you will be rewarded with an un-spoilt region filled with penguins, sea lions, and leopard seals
It is an experience to savor, even more so from the warmth of a cruise ship at the end of each day’s diving.
When to go:
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- December and January for warmer water, young penguins, and seals.
- February or March for whale watching.