Scuba diving is an incomparable joy to virtually anyone who has adopted the hobby. And most divers will tell you that any dive is a good one. But truthfully, every diver hopes for an eventful dive. That is, one where there are interesting things to see. For some divers, those interesting things may include coral reefs, vegetation and wrecks. But every diver hopes to encounter various species of marine life whenever they submerge.
For the best chance at seeing marine life, plan your next dives in one of these spots.
1. Cocos Island, Costa Rica
If it’s sharks you’re after, sharks you will find around Cocos Island. Silky sharks, whale sharks and schools of hammerheads abound. But sharks aren’t all you’ll see (they have to have a food source, don’t they?). The Equatorial Countercurrent delivers a wide array of marine life. Here, you’ll also find Pacific manta rays, schools of jacks and many other marine animals. Pro Tip: Hammerheads tend to congregate near the pinnacles at Dirty Rock and Dos Amigos. If you want to dive with hammerheads, these are the spots for you. If the thought fills you with fright, well, you should probably avoid Cocos Island altogether.
Sea turtles are common, but they are also among the most interesting animals you’ll find under water. And Barbados is one of the best places for you to find them. In fact, Barbados is home to both the hawksbill and leatherback turtle species. Both were once found on the endangered species list, but they are now thriving.
3. Silver Bank, Dominican Republic
The dives at Silver Bank are not for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for it, there’s nothing like diving with a humpback whale. Imagine feeling dwarfed and humbled as you stare down 40 feet of this majestic creature. The Silver Bank seems to be home to more of these cetaceans than you’ll find anywhere else, so although a sighting is not guaranteed, you’ll have a better chance to dive with a whale here than virtually anywhere else in the world. Plan your dive between late January through early April to increase your odds.