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We do a lot of talking here about snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing. And that’s awesome. But hell, today, let’s go diving.
In keeping with all things extreme and the mantra of living in forward motion, we wanted to offer a brief rundown of five of the most dazzling dive spots in the world. It’s hardly comprehensive but the following sure is a fun primer:
Located in the North Ari Atoll, Ellaidhoo is one of the most diver-friendly of the approx. 85 resorts scattered throughout the Maldives’ 26 atolls. Water visibility in this area is unbelievable—20m and far further, depending on the day. The remoteness of this archipelago gives rise to wild diversity—the reefs are home to sponges, parrot fish, tuna, manta rays, turtles, barracudas, a wide variety of invertebrate species, and so much more. And the Indian Monsoon Current makes drifting among the reefs a sensationally pleasant experience.
This deep blue hole (the name is really properly descriptive, isn’t it?) is outlined by a coral reef, filled with sharks, and stuffed with huge tuna, octopus, groupers, neon gobies, angelfish, and ancient caverns with dazzling stalactites and stalagmites. Near the Lighthouse Reef, the sinkhole was created due to a collapse of a limestone cave system thousands of years ago. With a 30m visibility, it’s one of Belize’s finest attractions.
Divers have been mesmerized by this spot in the Dutch Caribbean’s “ABC” islands for years. There are 86 marked dive sites, approx. 100 feet of visibility, and 469 species of fish. We’re talking nurse sharks, butterfly fish, queen parrotfish, triggerfish, seahorses, flounders, reef squids, and more. Best time to visit? Between September and December.
Big surprise—Australia offers positively dope-ass dive spots, and The Yongala is chief among them. Considered to easily be one of the best wreck dives on the globe, it’s located just off the Queensland coast and is the result of a cyclone tragedy in 1911. Now officially protected as part of the Historic Shipwrecks Act, the area around the 109-meter-long wreck is filled to the brim with two-meter-large groupers; octopuses; bull, tiger and leopard sharks; manta rays; sea snakes; turtles; and, of course, fantastic coral. Plus, in the winter, you can witness both humpback and minke whales.
Gotta show Cali some love! This volcanic island off the coast of Port Hueneme offers peak visibility of up to 50 feet. When you take the plunge here, you’ll be treated to ship wrecks, underwater arches, kelp beds, rock reefs, sea bass, manta rays, seals, sea lions, and much more. In total, there are more than 30 named dive sites to enjoy.