As a marine biologist, I’m extremely fortunate that I get to visit some of the world’s most spectacular coral reefs. Many people have asked me: “Where is the best place you’ve ever dived?” Wow, now that’s a tough question.
For sheer biodiversity, it’s the Coral Triangle, where the range of life forms, in all shapes and sizes, is extraordinary. Many of the reefs I’ve visited in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands provide some of Earth’s best diving.
When it comes to spectacular dives, it’s great visibility, dramatic dropoffs and lots of sharks and big reef fishes that I’m looking for. Remote atolls are often the most impressive that way, and some of the best dives I’ve done have been on atolls in Micronesia and American Samoa (Rose Atoll). Oh and the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef – that’s fantastic.
Seeing endemic (locally restricted) species is also a real treat for a fish geek like me, so it’s always exciting to go diving in places with lots of endemic species like Hawaii, the Caribbean, and the Red Sea.
A few months ago, I visited the Red Sea for the first time. Wow, now that was really something. I went on a camel dive safari in Egypt, where they put me and all my dive gear (including two tanks) on a camel and we walked along the coast for a couple of hours with the Bedouins. They took us to their camp on the edge of the Gulf of Aqaba where we did two spectacular dives – great drop offs with lots of endemic species and big reef fishes.
But really, any healthy reef is a beautiful sight. And there are many, many places I haven’t explored yet.
Where’s the best place you’ve ever dived?
(Image: Camel dive safari, Egypt. Credit: Sue Greene.)