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
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.
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
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
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.
We are Camille & Pedro, a Franco-Brazilian couple. Currently starring in our own travel reality show, we would love to bring you along in our adventurous universe. We’ve been both experiencing solo traveling and are now keeping this nomad lifestyle as a couple. On our blog, we are sharing our adventures around the world, offering tips & creating travel guides for other wanderers.