We will bring you underwater for today’s edition, as we will talk about a quite exciting activity : Scuba diving. Many travelers want to experience diving during their discovery of the world and we can only encourage that.
Diving really does open up to a whole new world. Not only in terms of things you can see, but also feel. It’s like slowly flying, as you smoothly can go up and down, playing with the lack of gravity. It’s a peaceful and silent moment.
There is a beautiful quote of Jacques Cousteau saying : “The silent world quiets the mind” and so does scuba diving.
Of course, the Great Barrier of Australia, the Caribbeans or the South East Asia Islands will be the first destinations that would pop up in our minds.
But as a matter of fact, their notoriety makes their beautiful environments damaged by this massive effervescence of tourists.
That’s why we want to share with you 4 preserved and gorgeous spots around the world. For some, we had the chance to witness them with our own eyes. Regarding the others, they are definitely on our bucket list for our following travels.
Are you ready for an amazing encounter with the creatures below the sea ?
Let’s dive into it then !
↠ Maceió, Brazil
Maceió is the capital of Alagoas state, in the north of Brazil. Not only the people over there are extremely friendly and welcoming, but the environment is amazing as well.
The city and its surroundings count so many beautiful beaches and the water is really clear, which makes it a great spot to dive, especially for the first time.
Indeed, the clarity of the water allows you to see up to 30 meters deep and to discover the ocean with the best conditions.
This place hosts various tropical species, such as butterfly rays and sergeant fishes.
For the shipwreck fans, you also have the possibility to observe the remnants of two seventeenth-century ships over there.
To enjoy the best out of this place, we highly recommend the diving centre “Let’s Dive“.
If you have any questions, you can contact Miguel, one of the owners of the place. He will gladly give some of his time to help you out. Not only they propose amazing diving excursions, but they also have great programs for those that wish to get their Scuba Diving Instructor Certifications, any levels.
↠ Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand
The Poor Knights Islands are a marine reserve, located along the northeast coast of New Zealand’s north island.
Among veteran divers, this place has been qualified as one of the top dive locations of any kind. You will be diving between underwater cliffs, teeming with many species of fish and more particularly nudibranchs, a vivid good looking slug. They are the signature fishes of this diving spot. These islands also lie along the migratory routes of several whale species, so if you are lucky, you might be able to watch some of them in the background while diving.
Little tip ? December to March is the best period to optimize your chances to spot one, or more.
↠ Ouvéa Island, New Caledonia
While I was traveling in New Caledonia, I went for a week of exploration in Ouvéa Island.
Ouvéa is one of the 4 Loyalty Islands, off the East Coast of New Caledonia.
My local host was extremely welcoming and included me as part of her family during my stay. Her husband had a small business where he was proposing some snorkeling and diving tours, in the most hidden and preserved parts of the island.
One day, he brought me and a couple of other guests, into a sailing expedition along The Pléaides.
I was quite scared at first, especially because of my huge fear of sharks. That was quite challenging while traveling along the Pacific Islands, but I pushed myself and dived into my fear, literally speaking. And I have no regret because it was the most beautiful spot I ever dived in, by far. I’ve seen quite a lot of them, in Fiji or South Asia, but this one was so outstanding.
We went to 2 different places during this diving excursion. In the first one, I met the most beautiful creature of the ocean : A manta ray. But our encounters didn’t stop there. Later we got surrounded by few reef sharks, a completely harmless kind of sharks. However, there are still some ”behaviour rules” to adopt while you swim around them. On our way back to the boat, we even saw a couple of 5 meters long Hammerhead sharks.
For the second dive, our host brought us into what he called “the underwater botanic gardens of Ouvéa” and he definitely picked up the right name to describe this spot. That was a fantastic show of colors, a magical underwater universe.
I will never forget that day !
↠ The Silfra Fissure, Iceland
Our road trip through Iceland has been an endless discovery of treasures. Not only this country is famous for its glaciers or volcanoes, but it also has one of the most beautifully dramatic scuba diving spots of Europe.
Yes, it’s surprising to picture Iceland as a diving destination. Usually, you tend to picture this activity in a more tropical and warm environment. But trust me, going on a diving experience in this country, is an experience like nothing else. Are you ready to brave the cold ?
Silfra is located in Þingvellir National Park, a beautiful historic site and Iceland’s largest park, covered by UNESCO World Heritage. It’s an absolute must when you are traveling to Iceland. Nestled in the Mid-Atlantic dorsal rift, this fissure has been formed due to tectonic drift between the Eurasian and North American plates.
Related article about Iceland : Chasing Iceland’s treasures.
And you guys, where did you dive ? Tell us more about your experiences.
Hoping you had a great time reading this Gazette, we will see you next week for a new adventure.