Here are some of the best diving centers and where they are located:
PAPUA EXPLORERS DIVE RESORT, RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA
Located on the northwestern tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula, it is a 10/30 minute boat ride from the best dive sites in the area.
The resort is built with traditional Papuan methods and local natural materials, with bungalows and the main restaurant built on stilts over the water. He also owns a cruising boat , which won in the liveaboard category.
SILADEN RESORT SPA, NORTH SULAWESI, INDONESIA
Winner of the 2018 edition, it is located in Pulau Siladen, in the heart of the Bunaken Marine Park. It was built in 2003 as a totally eco-friendly dive resort, with a focus on environmental protection.
The accommodations obviously offer every comfort and the diving center has over 50 sites where you can admire an incredible biodiversity, with sharks, turtles and sea eagles, as well as clouds of trevally.
ELITE DIVING + DIVERS UNITED, EGYPT
With great pleasure, the Red Sea returns to the places most loved by divers. Located above Naama Bay in Sharm el Sheikh, this family-run dive center offers a wide variety of support hotels for a vacation to spend in the best diving sites of the Sinai Peninsula. His motto is “no problem, it’s your diving holiday, relax and have fun” .
LEMBEH RESORT, NORTH SULAWESI, INDONESIA
Set in a secluded location on Lembeh Island, the resort is accessible by boat only and offers luxury accommodation in an unspoiled area. The diving offers an underwater photographer and a full-time biologist who will help you to fully enjoy diving in the Lembeh Strait, considered among the most beautiful in the world.
PAPUA PARADISE ECO RESORT, RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA
In fact, Indonesia seems to really be the masters in this ranking. The Papua Paradise is located along the island’s pristine coast of Birie, amid a lush jungle full of exotic wildlife, where you can do incredible excursions.
Although the bungalows are defined as “Spartan”, the structure has the only luxury spa within a radius of hundreds of kilometers, while from an underwater point of view there is a wonderful coral reef and the endemic presence of the dugong .
DRESSEL DIVERS, COZUMEL, MEXICO
Dressel Divers is actually a chain of diving centers present in several Mexican locations. One of them is located in Cozumel, a fantastic island in front of Playa del Carmen, where it is possible to dive with Bullsharks .
In Cozumel you can breathe a decidedly quieter area than that of the coast, easily reachable in any case for wonderful trips to discover the ruins of the Yucatan or to immerse yourself in the famous cenotes.
GANGGA ISLAND RESORT & SPA, NORTH SULAWESI, INDONESIASurely you are thinking: still? Enough … But watch the movie that advertises the resort and you will understand that your wife will no longer complain about going on vacation with a diving husband.
The small island of Gangga is located on the coast of Manado in North Sulawesi and the resort is reached after a 70-minute drive and 20-minute boat ride from Sam Ratulangi Airport. The hotel consists of 30 bungalows, a large swimming pool, two restaurants, a wellness center and a diving center, with a top quality offer.
WALINDI PLANTATION RESORT, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
The Walindi is a small bungalow resort built with local materials in the style of the Pacific “bure” (with thatched roofs) and is located on the island of New Britain. The area is volcanic, with spectacular scenery all around Kimbe Bay, where the resort is located, as well as underwater.
It has an insane biodiversity, with over 900 species of fish and 400 of coral, as well as the constant presence of sharks, dolphins and pilot whales.
ALDORA DIVERS, COZUMEL, MEXICO
Another diving center on the famous Mexican island, with its own overnight accommodation, Villa Aldora , and eight dive boats . One of the most famous sites is Barracuda Reef, where strong currents attract barracudas, black tip reef sharks and hammerhead sharks.
It should not be forgotten that in these waters there is a strong presence of whale sharks from June to September and of female sharks between November and March. It is one of the most dangerous places for diving in these period.
WAKATOBI, SOUTHEAST SULAWESI, INDONESIA
Indonesia again? Oh yeah. The resort is reached after a two-hour flight from Bali, to land on a private runway. From here another 20 minutes by boat to get to the destination.
The bungalows, located between the beach and the jungle, surround the central building with services and restaurant and are also built in the name of ecotourism. Part of the proceeds go to the local population for an education project for villagers, many of whom work in the resort.