7 Destinations That Make Us Happy
Today is the International Day of Happiness. Here's a list of dive destinations that make us happy - share yours in the comments below!
To a lot of divers, Indonesia is THE diving destination and this doesn't come as much of a surprise. The more than 13,500 islands form one corner of the Coral Triangle, the epicentre of marine biodiversity. Areas like Raja Ampat, Wakatobi and Komodo are some of the world's most popular dive sites, while Lembeh claims to have the best muck diving for critter spotting.
A total of 7,107 islands make up the Philippines which means a staggering array of diving possibilities. Think whale sharks, threshers and mantas, more critters and marine beasties than we are ever likely to be able to count, throw in some Second World War wrecks and you have the ultimate diving playground.
If you're after a serene resort-based holiday, the Maldives are a great choice. Luxury resorts are scattered across the atolls and spoil their guests with fresh food, cocktails and access to beautiful white, sandy beaches. Divers will spot colourful critters and large pelagic species like manta rays and whalesharks.
Only a short trip from Florida's coast, The Bahamas are ideal destination for US divers who need a quick diving fix and for those in the rest of the world who are looking for the ultimate Caribbean diving holiday. A lot of the diving here takes place in shallow waters but that doesn't mean the diving isn't exciting, because, let's not fool ourselves, we're primarily going for some shark action.
If you're in Europe, it's hard to beat the value for money that the Red Sea offers. The waters are warm throughout the year, the marine biodiversity spectacular, the reefs healthy and the wrecks interesting - and all that comes relatively cheap. In fact, there's so much to explore underwater, most divers spend as little time at the surface as possible.
When we say, it's hard to beat the Red Sea, Malta comes very close. Malta, Gozo and Comino offer fantastic shore diving opportunities and have some of the best wreck sites in Europe. But there's so much more to the islands than just diving which makes it a great destination for families. The historic capital Valletta offers plenty to explore during your surface intervals and other watersports, such as wakeboarding and waterskiing and golf are popular.
Malaysia is one of Asia's diving hot-spots and not far behind The Philippines and Indonesia. The most beautiful fish of our oceans, the mandarin fish, is so common around Mabul and Kapalai that one dive site is known as Mandarin Valley. But that's not all. The reef are teeming with other colourful critters and beautiful soft coral.
Which destinations make you happy? Share your favourites in the comments below or tweet us @DiveMagazine