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Top 10 Scuba Diving Destination Wishlist

Every January, WordPress offers a writing challenge. Each day during the monthlong challenge, the WordPress team provides prompts to inspire writing and sharing.

Today’s writing prompt challenge is: If you had a billion US dollars, how would you spend it?

I would definitely not spend it all in one shot. However, some money would go to my favorite activity – Scuba Diving!

Here is my top 10 Scuba Diving Destination Wishlist:

(The list is in no particular order. In this fantasy of winning a billion dollars, I would ensure I would visit during the ideal time for decent water visibility and fantastic animal interaction.

Feel free to share your (USD) Billion Dollar Wishlist in the comments section!

  • Location: Malapascua Island in the Philippines
  • Why: There is a resident population of Thresher sharks that allow divers to observe them nearly every morning.
  • Location: Cocos Island off the Coast of Costa Rica
  • Why: Located about 36 hours from the mainland and only accessive by liveaboards. This marine park serves schooling hammerhead sharks, white-tip sharks, giant manta rays, whale sharks, and much more.
  • Location: Malpelo Island off the coast of Columbia
  • Why: Another marine park that hosts schooling hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, eagle rays, massive schools of fish, and much more.
  • Location: Sudan
  • Why: Healthy coral reefs and low number which both attract shark populations
  • Location: Zanzibar Island off the coast of Tanzania
  • Why: The island hosts a wide range of hard and soft corals attracting over 500 marine species, such as dolphins, sea turtles, large schools of fish, and extraordinary sea creatures.

Location: Madagascar

  • Why: At least 30+ species of whales and dolphins, 5 species of sea turtles, 50+ species of sharks, 300+ species of coral, and over 1,300 species of fish. What more can I say here?
  • Location: Wakatobi Island in Indonesia
  • Why: Luxury diving (meaning: less divers) with lovely atolls, walls, fringing reefs, sea mounts, and a barrier reef all filled with tons of marine life.
  • Location: Fernando de Noronha in Brazil
  • Why: South Atlantic waters provide shelter to over 230 species of fish, 15 species of coral, and a breeding ground for spinner dolphins.
  • Location: French Polynesia Islands
  • Why: There are over 118 islands and atolls that comprise French Polynesia. Dive sites boast colorful and healthy reefs, large populations of tropical fish, sharks, and whales.
  • Location: Antarctica
  • Why: I need at least one cold-water dive destination on this fantastic list. Let’s experience icebergs, orcas, whales, penguins, and rare crustaceans.

Since I have not been to any of these destinations on the Billion Dollar Wishlist. All images were pulled from the local dive shops’ websites. Links are embedded into the photography.

7 thoughts on “Top 10 Scuba Diving Destination Wishlist

  1. I’ve never heard of most of those places. However, one of my dive buddies has been to Cocos three times; claims it’s one of his favorite dive spots in the world. So, good choice there.

    1. I know a diver that’s been to Cocos over 10 times. Like most things, I need to find the time and hopefully they are not sold out during the week I need 🙂

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