15 Top Cold-Water Dive Sites Around the World
Kingscote JettyKingscote Jetty, Kangaroo Island, South Australia; Guide: Kangaroo Island Dive and Adventures (kangarooislanddiveandadventures.com.au); For a seriously off-the-beaten-track cold-water dive, look to South Australia. At Kingscote Jetty, keep a close eye on fluttering kelp fronds to find the endemic leafy sea dragon. “Without a guide, it can be hard to find them,” says Andrew Carney of Kangaroo Island Dive and Adventures. “Divers often mistake them for a piece of weed.” These seahorse cousins have leafy appendages that look exactly like their kelp backdrops.
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.