15 Top Cold-Water Dive Sites Around the World
Grüner SeeGrüner See (Green Lake), Styria, Austria; Guide: Seehof Inn (seehof-gruenersee.com); The Austrian Alps are an unlikely scuba destination, but the Grüner See (Green Lake), a small mountain lake in Styria, sees its share of divers. In early summer, snowmelt raises the water level from eight feet to nearly 40 feet. And this crystal-clear water actually floods the surrounding park along the banks, allowing divers the rare opportunity to swim the walking paths complete with park benches and footbridges.
Think the world’s best diving happens only on tropical reefs? Think again. Many of the wildest underwater thrills on the planet happen far from the equator. From Arctic ice to Great Lakes wrecks, zip on a drysuit and dive in with us as we showcase 15 of the world’s best cold-water dives.