The Best Dive Sites in the World
England 31/10/2012 - Which are the best dive sites in the world are located is hotly debated
Drawing up a list of the best dive sites in the world is not a simple task. In the first place,
there are just so many sites to choose from. There are as many opinions, as there are
divers. However, it has been done, many times, and some dive sites seem to feature on
practically every list.
Three sites that are almost always up there are Barracuda Point, Richelieu Rock and of
course there is a shipwreck on the list, the SS Yongala. After all what is the point of diving if
you cannot visit the odd shipwreck. The interesting thing about these dive sites is how
different they are. They all have something different to offer, yet a huge percentage of divers
put these three sites in their personal favourites list.
Barracuda Point is located in the Sipadan Islands, in Malaysia is usually top of the list. The
island itself is not very big. However, the seas around the island are teaming with life. It is
estimated that 3,000 species of fish live there. The island itself is made up completely of
coral, of which there are several hundred varieties.
Richelieu Rock is also home to hundreds of different species. However, there is one reason
most people go there and that is to see the Whale Sharks that live there. They filter feed, so
the area is teaming with fish, and an amazing array of tiny plankton.
Why every diver loves a shipwreck
Speak to any diver about their favourite dives and a wreck dive will feature somewhere in the
conversation. The team at Drift Blue, who maintain a huge, searchable, database of dive
sites, have no problem gathering information about shipwreck sites. They have offer
something for everyone, a shipwreck is unlike anything you have ever seen. The way the
sea and its creatures claim the ship as their own means that the site is continuously evolving
and there is always something new to see. The wreck of the SS Yongala is exceptional in
that it is home to some relatively rare creatures including barracudas, Giant Trevallies
Turtles and sea snakes. Diving the site is a delight for nature lovers as well as wreck lovers.