Scuba diving is one of the most popular water sports in the world. As more and more people sign up for this fun adventure sport, more scuba diving locations open up around the world. However, not all scuba diving sites are created equal.

We’re here to tell you about the best ones in the world, as picked by experienced divers:

The Red Sea, Egypt

The wonderful thing about scuba diving here is that unlike diving sites in Europe or the Caribbean, these sites are still very affordable for those who want to enjoy breath-taking views at reasonable rates. The Red Sea, with its tropical coral reefs, is spellbinding. The fauna around the reef is extremely varied and colourful, leaving even the most experienced diver mesmerized.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is the ultimate vacation spot – there’s something for everyone to do. For the water sports enthusiast, scuba diving is an excellent option. There are several sites in Bali that are perfect for scuba diving and a variety of waterscapes to choose from – there’s the famous ship wreck, several volcanic outcrops and coral ridges. For those who enjoy underwater photography, this is a haven of vibrant colours and shapes. It comes as no surprise then that Bali won the Best Overall Diving in the Indian and Pacific Oceans by

Palau, Micronesia

The Republic of Palau is made of limestone coral reefs that extend above sea level, resulting in a marvel of nature. The most well known diving site, Blue Corner, is said to have the highest concentration of marine life, which makes it an ideal location for underwater photography, and marine life enthusiasts in general. Palau is known for its varieties of rare jellyfish, manta rays, white-tip sharks, lionfish, schools of hump-head parrot fish and more.

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British Columbia, Canada

The waters here can be icy – on a good day it can be as pleasant as 10 degrees Celsius, with winters being much colder. But these diving sites off the coast of British Columbia are considered to be the best cold-water sites in the world. There is no dearth of colourful marine life here, and artificial corals, critters and a wide variety of invertebrates make your dive worthwhile.

Puerto Galera, Philippines

There are seven thousand islands that make up the Philippines and plenty of diving spots for diving enthusiasts of all levels. The water here is clear, and known for its diverse marine life. The best site in the Philippines however, is Puerto Galera, which is a favourite with photographers from all over the world thanks to its dramatic corals.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The striking beauty of these islands is legendary. Charles Darwin is said to have come up with his ground-breaking theory of evolution after watching the finches on the islands. Even if there are no earth shattering revelations that come to you when you visit the island, your life will be irrevocable changed by the beauty of the marine life here. Swim with some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet, and revel in the magnificence of nature.

Swim with Nemo

There is no better way to understand the beauty of the planet than to take a diving trip. These are more accessible than they ever were, and with a personal loan for travel you next trip is a dive away. Travel loans are personal loans that can be taken without collateral or even a guarantor. They come at an interest of anywhere between 12.6-15.6%. For more information log onto the Bajaj Finserv website, where you can get a loan within 72 hours of applying.

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