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Bucket List Diving: 10 Places You Need to Dive in Your lifetime

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Whether you're strapping on a snorkel for the first time, or you're an experienced scuba diver crossing sites off your bucket list; whether you want to swim with manta rays, or see shipwrecks up close...a diving holiday is one you won't forget in a hurry.Beneath the surface you'll find beautiful marine life, magnificent reefs and coral gardens. Plus you can get up close and personal with manta rays, barracudas, sharks, whales, turtles and schools of colourful fish.

It's time to jump in - here are 10 spots to dive in your lifetime.

 1. Okinawa, Japan

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The hundreds of islands in Okinawa boast some of the world’s most incredible and diverse dive sites, and a great spot to start is Ishigaki Island. Yonehara, Sukuji and Sunset beaches offer fantastic snorkelling, while numerous dive sites are close by, including ‘Manta Scramble’, which has depths of 15 metres and majestic manta rays to swim alongside.

2. The Maldives

The 26 natural atolls of the Maldives form a tropical paradise, and dive sites here are plentiful! From Club Med Kani, there are a multitude of different spots for all levels, ranging from 5 metres to 50 metres. The marine life in the Maldives is truly world-class, and divers can expect to see beautiful coral, manta rays, eagle rays, parrot fishes, and white/black tip reef sharks.

Divers should head to the Maldives in February – April for the best visibility and eagle rays, or June – November for manta ray season.

3. Mauritius

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As well as incredible beaches and beautiful oceans, Mauritius is home to an amazing underwater world with reefs teeming with marine life. The dive sites are diverse, with a few must-dives: Cathedral is known for its magnificent underwater cave housing angelfish, lionfish and lobsters at depths of 20-35 metres, while Colline Bambou has an underwater cliff.

4. Cancun, Mexico

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For a Mexican dive with a difference, head to the Cancun Underwater Museum. As well as hundreds of submerged statues, the artificial reef teems with barracudas, lobsters and eels. With visibility of around 30 metres and depths of 10 metres, the site sits off Isla Mujeres.

5. Punta Cana

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Punta Cana has a host of coral and artificial reefs to explore. Catalina Island is a nature reserve home to two popular dive sites. The Wall drops to 30 metres and features black coral and fast-moving fish. The Aquarium offers shallow depths and scores of colourful creatures.

6. Phuket, Thailand

Long a favourite destination for Aussies, Phuket offers amazing dives. The Phi Phi Islands, known worldwide thanks to 'The Beach', offers spots such as Bida Nok. With dramatic walls and colourful coral, the waters are filled with eels, octopuses and leopard sharks.

7. Corsica

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The French island of Corsica offers some of Europe's best diving. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Lavezzi Marine Reserve has 40 dive sites with depths of up to 60 metres and visibility of up to 30 metres. Barracudas and eagle rays are common in the fast-moving waters, particularly close to the many large granite boulders.

8. Belize

This small Central American country is home to the World Heritage-listed Blue Hole. Plunging to enormous depths of over 120 metres, there are multi-hued stalactites and stalagmites, plus turtles, reef sharks and giant groupers to see. Visibility ranges between 15 and 30 metres. 

9. Yongala, Queensland, Australia

Located in the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, the eerie wreck of the SS Yongala is Australia’s most intact shipwreck. Accessible as a day trip from the city of Ayr, the Yongala plays host to manta rays, sea snakes and tiger sharks, and in winter, migrating whales. The wreck is at a depth of 30 metres with visibility of 10-15 metres.

10. Palau

A chain of 200 islands in the Pacific Ocean, Palau’s dive sites are renowned for underwater photography enthusiasts and lovers of marine life. Palau's world-famous Blue Wall has reef sharks, turtles and tropical fish, and depths range to 30 metres with visibility of up to 40 metres. Palau also offers a host of shipwrecks and coral reefs, with the waters home to some 1500 different species of fish.

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Eryn Krouse's Top Tips For A Holiday In The Maldives

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In August, model and surfing enthusiast Eryn Krouse (@erynkrouse) visited Club Med Kani with Reef Girls. We asked her some questions to get the best tips for a trip in the Maldives. Note: All images below are courtesy of Eryn Krouse and Chris Delorenzo, and have been shared with permission.

What are your must-haves when travelling to an island destination like Club Med Kani?

Eryn Krouse brings her surfboard to Club Med Kani

🏄 Surfboard: The Maldives is the prefect surfing holiday destination. There are amazing spots to surf empty waves.

🐠 Snorkel mask and fins: I have never seen a water that clear. The Indian Ocean is the paradise for tropical fishes and giant sting rays.

📷 Gopro and camera: Pictures and videos are the best souvenirs you can bring from the Maldives… It is the only way to remind you that it was not a dream!

☀ Sunscreen: With such tropical temperatures and sunny weather, I make sure to protect my skin.

👙 Swimsuits: Probably the most important part of my outfit at Club Med Kani. I could dive straight from my premium suite to the ocean!

👗 Summer clothe:Reef Girls sandals, a few pairs of shorts, tshirts and tank tops.

📖 Abook: I love reading a book in the plane, time goes so fast! So, all the time I saved looking for a flight (it's included with Club Med), I spent it looking for the perfect book.

What was your typical day in Club Med Kani?

Since I was pretty jetlagged, I'd be up from 3 or 4 am which I didn't mind too much. I'd take a relaxing bath while listening to music and watch the sunrise. I'd usually dive in with my snorkel gear and explore around before showering back in my room and walking over to the breakfast buffet with my photographer, Chris Delorenzo. We would spend some time in the buffet, eating the different cuisines and talked about what we wanted to do that day.

Usually it involved some fun adventure such as going on a seaplane and chartering a boat to go surf or dive somewhere. We spent most of the day roaming the beautiful resort and swimming in the ocean, and would stop our adventuring only to go to the buffets (which we enjoyed immensely).

What were your favourite surf breaks in the Maldives?

Eryn Krouse surfing at Club Med Kani

My favorite surf break was right outside the resort, a right breaking wave called Ninja. I didn't get to surf it as much as I wanted to because it involved a boat to get around the shallow reef, but the two times I did get to surf the spot were amazing. I had the waves to myself for about half an hour before some other surfers would join me in the line-up.

Absolutely nothing can beat surfing in the Maldives.

It's a perfect, glassy wave and the size of the wave was perfect for me... just a little over head high. It was amazing to take off a wave and see all the way to the bottom while surfing because the water was so clear. My homebreak is Malibu, CA which is probably one of the most crowded surf spots in the world, so it was such a treat to have a perfect wave to share with only a handful of friendly surfers.

What was your highlight from the trip?

Eryn Krouse snorkelling at Club Med Kani

The highlight of my trip was the day we chartered a boat to go explore the various islands outside of Club Med Kani. That day we swam with hundreds of dolphins, and even spotted a lone manta ray majestically floating close to the surface. The best part of this day, however was going to a dive spot right next to a tunafish factory where I swam with a whole school of gigantic sting rays.

Your recommendation for a bucket list to tick off in the Maldives?

✔️ Stay in an overwater bungalow

✔️ Ride in a seaplane

✔️ Explore the various dive spots and swim with dolphins, manta rays, and stingrays

✔️ Explore a local Maldivian village

See you soon for my next traveling adventure...

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