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1. Posted by Ali4 (Budding Member, 2 posts) 23 Sep '06 20:27

I am planning a round world trip for when I graduate university:), and I wanted advice on where the best diving and snorkeling spots are worldwide?
Also, if prices for any of these spots are known that would be very helpful as well! Does anyone know of any good spots that are inexpensive or free?
Thanks for the help!

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 25 Sep '06 14:12

Australia, followed by the Carribean sea (Belize, Honduras, Panama). When I was in Roatan in Honduras, you could go out snorkelling for free - the reef was only about 50 meters away from shore. If you don't have snorkelling gear, you can rent it cheaply.

3. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member, 210 posts) 26 Sep '06 20:35

I would certainly agree with Honduras! I did my dive courses on utila and apparently its one of the cheapest places to do your certificates. Not only that the diving is stunning. Very cheap to get a place to stay etc. It's a cheap, cool interesting place to spend a few weeks diving.

Eygpt and the red sea is also a great place to dive - but you need t olook at the higher end hotels for this.

Australia also a great place, but i still say that everyone goes to QLD to dive and you will not be so unique.

Honduras everytime!

4. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member, 165 posts) 27 Sep '06 05:39

I would recommend Fernando de Noronha - Brazil.

5. Posted by steff (Travel Guru, 1158 posts) 2 Oct '06 04:57

Personally, I think the most amazing place in Australia to go diving and snorkelling is on the West Coast at Ningaloo Reef. Diving there was one of my best experiences ever, eventhough I missed out on the whale sharks. It is much less crowded then the Great Barrier and you get to snorkel for free. One dive site on the East Coast I would always go back to is the Yongala, it was wicked. Expect to pay around $ 200 for two dives there if you are certified. It's well worth the money !

Steff

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5550 posts) 2 Oct '06 12:28

The Read Sea, most easily visited from Egypt or Jordan. And what I hear from my cousin, Oman as well.

7. Posted by stevemc (Budding Member, 28 posts) 7 Oct '06 07:51

Agree with the Red Sea -
There is great snorkling and diving just off the point in
Dahab, Egypt.

Dahab is a good stopping off point on a RTW trip, good chill-out
place. You can do a PADI course there, but it is a public beach
and anyone can dive it for free.

Steve
www.volunteersouthamerica.net

8. Posted by Superwolf (Budding Member, 25 posts) 7 Oct '06 22:13

Quoting dwalker66

Australia also a great place, but i still say that everyone goes to QLD to dive and you will not be so unique.

The Great Barrier Reef isn't the only reef in Australia. On the west coast is Ningaloo Reef and unlike the barrier reef, it's very close to the shore.

At Coral Bay, Western Australia, you step into the water and there's reef straight away. It's perfect for snorkelling and it's the most beautiful bay. There are tours there that take you to swim with whalesharks too. A bit north of Coral Bay is the Exmouth Navy Pier. It's considered one of the top 10 dive sites in Australia.

So QLD isn't the only place in Australia for diving.

Personally I think the best idea would be to dive in a few different places in the Caribbean. I've heard Barbados was great for diving.

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 7, 2006 10:21 PM by Superwolf ]

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru, 2026 posts) 8 Oct '06 01:21

Agree with Dahab, very good spot. Also I think the barrier reef is rather good.

10. Posted by Clanger (Respected Member, 202 posts) 15 Oct '06 13:22

I went to Koh Phangan island, on the north of the beach there is Lotus dive school - all Brits, and it is superbly cheap and they do courses there. They take you out around Koh Tao, and to the marine-park...I had a pool dive and two sea dives with my own personal instructor to do 'everything' for me, and I paid something silly like 2,500 baht (which is around £28).