Monday 11 July, 2022
You can dive almost anywhere in the world, but a superyacht or a luxury yacht charter presents the perfect opportunity to get in your wetsuit and take beneath the water.
We’ve compiled a list here of some of the best diving spots you have to explore when on a luxury yacht.
Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Great Blue Hole is located off the coast of Belize City at Lighthouse Reef. It’s one of the most unique dive sites in the Caribbean. It is the largest ocean sinkhole in the world, and it’s big enough to be seen from space.
Barracuda Point, Malaysia
Barracuda Point is located off of Sipadan Island, a part of Malaysia that sits in the Coral Triangle. A coral reef has formed here around the rim of a dormant underwater volcano, giving rise to a rich, diverse ecosystem. Over 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of kinds of coral fill these teeming waters.
SS Thistlegorm, Egypt
The Thistlegorm is one of the world’s most iconic wreck dives, and one of the most captivating to explore on your superyacht. The 126m (415-foot) cargo steamship was launched in 1940, and while it wasn’t built for combat, it was quickly fitted with outdated weaponry and pressed into the war effort before being sunk in 1941 by a German bomber.
Richelieau Rock, Thailand
In the Andaman Sea, between the Similan and Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock, is one of the only pinnacles anywhere nearby. This scuba diving location is a long way from the nearest island, and even further from the mainland, making it a hotspot for any marine life in the area looking for shelter or food. This makes it ideal to visit by superyacht.
Maaya Thila, Maldives
The Maldives have been growing in popularity as a scuba diving and yacht charter destination, and Maaya Thila is a great example of why. Located just northwest of Maayafushi Island, the dive site is an underwater island, capped by a shallow top reef. Whilst the area isn’t that large, around 80 meters in diameter, it is near unmatched for its spectacle.
SS Yongala, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Another famous wreck dive, the SS Yongala sank off Cape Bowling Green in 1911 after a run-in with a cyclone. The 107m (350-foot) ocean liner lies on its starboard side 33 meters down, about 12 nautical miles out of Alva Beach. Because of its remote location, it wasn’t discovered until 1958, and is ideal to visit via superyacht.
Santa Rose Wall, Mexico
The island of Cozumel is a favorite scuba diving location for many reasons, and Santa Rosa Wall is one of the most incredible. The wall starts fairly shallow, at just 15m/50ft, and then plunges down into the deep. The fast currents and dramatic landscape make this one of the best drift diving sites around to visit from a superyacht.
1000 Steps, Bonaire
Bonaire sits near the top of any scuba diver’s bucket list. It’s a diving paradise, and the 1000 Steps is just one of the reasons why. The 1000 steps (there are only 67) are named for the limestone steps you descend to reach the beach, where you can dive with turtles, parrotfish, blue tangs, and squirrelfish in the incredible shallow corals of Bonaire’s turquoise sea.
These are just some of many of the incredible dive sites around the world. There are plenty of reefs, wrecks and more that can be explored the world over from a superyacht or a luxury yacht charter. Speak to the yacht charter team at SWM Yachts for more ideas about where to dive on a luxury superyacht charter.
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