The results are in. Based on the opinions of thousands of divers from across the globe, our annual Top 100 Readers Choice Awards showcase the best scuba diving in the world.
Washington's Puget Sound is a hotbed for cold-water diving
Shore diving can be the ultimate do-it-yourself adventure. Beyond choosing your schedule, planning your profile, and staying down as long as you please, you can access sites that some commercial operators wouldn’t touch. We asked locals about eight of the most extreme shore dives on the planet, from British Columbia to Bonaire, Maui, Vanuatu and beyond. Are you up to the challenge?
Like a shimmering string of pearls, California’s newly linked — and expanded— MPAs beckon to divers
This Pacific black dragonfish (Idiacanthus antrostomus) was part of a project documenting deep-sea animals found in Monterey Bay. Jason Bradley partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Moss Landing Marine Labs to gain special access to both live and collected deep-sea organisms, to reveal what lives in these distant alien habitats.
I was lying on the bottom of this famous site, waiting for action to come to me, when a couple of California sheephead approached.
Go eye to eye with one of the ocean’s mightiest apex predators, the great white shark.
Land and Sea - Nutrient-rich waters from deep underwater canyons give California’s Carmel Bay some of the best diving in the country
We’ve got advice on how to navigate through a kelp forest. Some of the world’s best diving can be found in kelp forests, but this can be an intimidating environment, especially the first time. Here are our tips for enjoying this spectacular habitat and its many rewards.
With 840 miles of spectacular Pacific coastline, California offers abundant places for divers to get wet, from easily accessible shore-diving spots to offshore pinnacles and islands. And as underwater photographers will tell you, many of these sites offer gorgeous kelp forests brimming with marine life. We can’t possibly write about them all, but here are five amazing places in California to dive in kelp.
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