6 Underrated Dive Destinations Around The World

Scuba diving offers a breathtaking adventure every time you submerge, requiring only a body of water, certification, and a tank. Whether exploring a renowned hotspot or a hidden gem, each dive promises a unique experience. In this blog post, we're highlighting the world's most underrated  dive spots. While these locations are often overlooked, each offers an exceptional diving experience…let’s dive in.

1. La Paz, Mexico

La Paz, Mexico

La Paz, Mexico, is a diver's paradise. Located along the Sea of Cortez, this top destination is teeming with incredible underwater experiences. Here, you can swim alongside gentle whale sharks (October-April), sea turtles, and eagle rays, or explore the Fang Ming wreck off the coast of Espíritu Santo Island. 

The best time to dive in La Paz depends on what you want to see underwater. December to May will be cold, but it’s an ideal time of year to spot hammerhead sharks, sea lions, or even humpback whales in this area. Whereas April to June is a great time to spot mobula rays or giant manta rays because of the warmer waters. 

2. Grenada

grenada underwater sculpture park

Grenada is an under-the-radar diving hot spot in the southern Caribbean near Venezuela. Here you’ll find plenty of underwater attractions, including an underwater sculpture park (the world’s first!) that features Christ of the Deep, the Nutmeg Princess, and the Ring of Children. 

Grenada is also home to the Bianca C wreck, known as the 'Titanic of the Caribbean' because of its size and presence (she’s a 600-foot cruise liner!). The wreck starts at 90 feet and goes down to nearly 167 feet, making it best suited for more advanced divers. Other than sculpture parks and wrecks, Grenada’s thriving coral reefs are teeming with colorful marine life. For the best diving visibility, plan a visit during the dry season from January to May.

3. Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

There are plenty of excellent dive spots around the islands of Hawaii, but Kauai has some of the most mesmerizing dive sites suitable for all levels. One of the reasons Kauai diving stands out is because of Sheraton Caverns, known for its unique collapsed lava tubes, crevices teeming with marine life, and swim-through archways that create an unforgettable experience. Plus, frequent turtle sightings! Divers here enjoy excellent visibility and little to no currents, allowing for vivid encounters with the island's abundant sea creatures.

4. Curaçao


With its crystal clear waters, Curaçao is a top destination for both novice and experienced divers. The island's renowned dive sites, Mushroom Forest and Blue Room Cave, provide a stunning underwater adventure. Mushroom Forest is located inside the Santa Cruz Plantation and is home to hard coral formations that resemble (you guessed it) mushrooms. Next to this site is Blue Room Cave, which is quite literally a teal blue sunlit cavern that’s one of the top things to see in Curaçao. The best time to dive in Curaçao is during the dry season from April to November.

5. Saba

Saba island in Caribbean

Saba, often hailed as the Caribbean's best-kept secret in diving, offers exhilarating underwater excursions for divers of all levels. Known for its unspoiled marine environment, boasting pinnacles, reefs, and hot springs, divers can expect close encounters with tropical fish, seahorses, eels, sharks, and green sea turtles. Saba offers year-round diving (water temps range from 77°F to 84°F with excellent visibility), but the high season runs from December to April. Saba is a must-visit destination for those seeking a less crowded diving adventure.

6. Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Malaysia is known for its rich biodiversity, with the Perhentian Islands being an underrated haven for divers keen on encountering turtles, reef sharks, and other marine life. Ideal for beginners, these Southeast Asian islands offer plenty of unique dive sites such as Sugar Wreck (a 300-foot cargo ship) and Shark Point (lots of blacktip reef sharks). Diving schools here provide PADI certification, making it a perfect spot for those looking to start their diving journey. 

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