From giant manta rays to minute nudibranchs, we scour the globe to bring you a breakdown of five extraordinary dives that you need to know about:

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Capo Noli, Ligurian Sea, Italy

By Isabella Maffei

Expect
A great muck dive, full of nudibranchs, sea horses, tubeworms, octopus, cuttlefish, and blennies

If you’re lucky
Monkfish and schools of anchovies

When
From June to September Gear A decent wetsuit, especially if you feel the cold

Training
Open Water

Getting there
Fly into Genova and take the train from Genova Porta Principe to Noli

On arrival
No visas are required for CEE citizens. Other nationals please check your country’s agreement

Languages
Italian, English

Time Zone
UTC/GMT +1

Currency
Euro 

For more information www.divenjoy.it, www.airport.genova.it

Expect a great muck dive full of nudibranchs, sea horses and many more © Isabella Maffei

Expect a great muck dive full of nudibranchs, sea horses and many more © Isabella Maffei


New Drop Off, Palau, West Pacific

By Reinhard Arndt

Expect
A vertical wall with a plateau at 10 metres, dropping to around 150 metres. Large sea fans, colourful soft corals, grey reef sharks, clouds of pyramid butterflyfish, square anthias, moorish idols, sergeant majors and yellowtail fusiliers. Occasionally turtles, large schools of barracudas and snappers, spotted eagle rays and Napoleon wrasse.

When
November to April, when visibility is between 15 to 40 metres depending on the tides, and water temperature from 28 to 30°C

Gear
November to April, when visibility is between 15 to 40 metres depending on the tides, and water temperature from 28 to 30°C

Training
Novice/Open Water if no current. Advanced if the current is strong.

Dive with
Fish’n Fins, Sam’s Tours

Getting there
From Europe via Manila or Taipei to Korror (Palau), from USA via Guam

On arrival
Citizens of the USA do not need a visa for a stay of up to one year. For most other nationals, a tourist visa is available for free at the airport.

Languages
Palauan, English

Time Zone
UTC/GMT +9

Currency
US Dollars

For more information www.palau.visahq.com, www.fishnfins.com, www.samstours.com

Expect a vertical wall with a plateau at 10 metres, dropping to around 150 metres. Spot large sea fans, colourful soft corals, grey reef sharks and many more" © Reinhard Arndt

Expect a vertical wall with a plateau at 10 metres, dropping to around 150 metres. Spot large sea fans, colourful soft corals, grey reef sharks and many more” © Reinhard Arndt


Deep Reef South, Zavora, Mozambique

By Juan Vega

Expect
Manta rays, turtles, groupers, and barracudas

If you’re lucky
Bow mouth guitar rays, honeycomb rays, reef sharks, dolphins, and humpback whales

When
All year round Winter: water temperature 20°C, visibility 15m. Summer: water temp. 27°C, visibility 20m

Gear
Recreational gear with nitrox if you’re certified

Training
Advanced Open Water

Getting there
Nearest airport is at Inhambane, two hours from Zavora, pick-ups arranged by the dive centre

On arrival
Most nationals require a visa to enter Mozambique, and some cannot be obtained on arrival. Check with your local embassy or consulate.

Languages
Portuguese, some English

Time Zone
GMT +2 Currency Mozambican metical

If you're lucky you can spot bow mouth guitar rays, honeycomb rays, reef sharks, dolphins, and humpback whales © Juan Vega

If you’re lucky you can spot bow mouth guitar rays, honeycomb rays, reef sharks, dolphins, and humpback whales © Juan Vega

Don't dive without a torch for critter spotting! © Jonathan Lin

Don’t dive without a torch for critter spotting! © Jonathan Lin


White Sand Beach, Pulau Beralas Pasir, Bintan, Indonesia

By Jonathan Lin

Expect
Nudibranchs, pygmy cuttlefish, common cuttlefish, pipehorse, cowries

If you’re lucky
Tiger shrimp, long-arm octopus, coconut octopus, turtles

When
Season is from March to November, though conditions can be unpredictable

Don’t dive without
A torch for critter spotting!

Training
Open Water Dive with Tasik Divers Bintan

Getting there
Easily accessible from Singapore via a one-hour ferry ride from Tanah Merah Ferry terminal, and then one hour by car to the site

On arrival
Visa on arrival for most nationals

Languages
English, Bahasa Indonesia

Time Zone
GMT + 8

Currency
Indonesian rupiah  

For more information www.tasikdivers.com/bintan


The Chien Tong, Sint Eustatius, Dutch Antilles

By Damien Mauric

Expect
Large schools of jackfish around the wreck, turtles, rays, and moray eels

When
All year round, except during the hurricane season in September. Visibility ranges from 20 to 40 metres. Water temperature will vary from 30°C in July to 25°C in January.

Gear
3mm or 5mm wetsuit

Training
All levels

Getting there
Fly into St. Maarten (Princess Juliana Airport), then on to St. Eustatius with Winair

On arrival
For stays of up to three months, most nationals do not need a visa.

Languages
English, French and Dutch

Time Zone
UTC/GMT -4

Currency
Euro

For more information www.statiatourism.com

Expect large schools of jackfish around the wreck, turtles, rays, and moray eels © Damien Mauric

Expect large schools of jackfish around the wreck, turtles, rays, and moray eels © Damien Mauric

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