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Top 100 2015: Best Wall Diving

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Top 100 2015: Best Wall Diving

For the 22nd year in a row, our readers weighed in on their favorite dive sites around the world — from North America to the Caribbean and Atlantic to the Pacific and Indian Oceans — to bring our 2015 Top 100 Readers Choice Awards to life.

For variety, we have selected one destination in each region (Caribbean and Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, and North America) to write about. Not all selections are the first-place winners in the Best Wall Diving category. For a complete list of Top 100 Readers Choice winners in this category, please scroll down.

BEST WALL DIVING IN THE CARIBBEAN AND ATLANTIC

1. Cayman Islands

2. Turks and Caicos

3. Belize

4. Mexico

5. U.S. Virgin Islands

BEST WALL DIVING IN NORTH AMERICA

1. British Columbia

2. California

3. Washington

4. Florida Keys

BEST WALL DIVING IN THE PACIFIC AND INDIAN OCEANS

1. Palau

2. Indonesia

3. Malaysia

4. Guam

5. Hawaii

Thousands of subscribers and Web users rated their experiences at dive destinations in a variety of categories on a scale of one to five. Final scores are an average of the numerical scores awarded. A minumum number of responses was required for a destination to be included in these ratings.

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British columbia

Brandon Cole

British Columbia: Crab

High-octane currents, colorful coral and bright-white anemones — plus stars, crabs and jellies — make British Columbia’s walls a mecca. Their checkerboard mix is an invertebrate heaven; the plankton that flows through these passes brings all sorts of life with it for a wild ride. GO NOW /canada

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Cayman islands

Jennifer Penner

Cayman Islands: Wall Diving

These are the islands to beat when it comes to the most dramatic walls in the Caribbean. From the dizzying drop of Little Cayman’s Bloody Bay Wall to the sheer faces off Grand Cayman’s North Wall, and the wall dives just off Cayman Brac’s impressive artificial reef, the Capt. Keith Tibbetts, these islands could keep you busy for a lifetime diving nothing but walls.
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scuba diving cayman islands

Cayman islands

Ethan Daniels

Cayman Islands: Wall Dives

These are the islands to beat when it comes to the most dramatic walls in the Caribbean. From the dizzying drop of Little Cayman’s Bloody Bay Wall to the sheer faces off Grand Cayman’s North Wall, and the wall dives just off Cayman Brac’s impressive artificial reef, the Capt. Keith Tibbetts, these islands could keep you busy for a lifetime diving nothing but walls.
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scuba diving hawaii

Hawaii

Lea Lee

Hawaii

This year, the Hawaiian Islands ranked in the Top Five in a number of categories, including Best Wall Diving. Hawaii’s volcanic topography is better known for bowls and craters, but its few walls are spectacular. The most notable is a day trip from Maui: the sheer backside of Molokini Crater, rubbing shoulders with the abyss. You’ll swim with gray reef sharks, whitetips, Galapagos reef sharks, rays and hammerheads. On the southeast side of Oahu, China Wall is a popular pick for drift dives along its labyrinth of caves inhabited by green sea turtles. GO NOW /hawaii

For the 22nd year in a row, our readers weighed in on their favorite dive sites around the world — from North America to the Caribbean and Atlantic to the Pacific and Indian Oceans — to bring our 2015 Top 100 Readers Choice Awards to life.

For variety, we have selected one destination in each region (Caribbean and Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, and North America) to write about. Not all selections are the first-place winners in the Best Wall Diving category. For a complete list of Top 100 Readers Choice winners in this category, please scroll down.

BEST WALL DIVING IN THE CARIBBEAN AND ATLANTIC

1. Cayman Islands

2. Turks and Caicos

3. Belize

4. Mexico

5. U.S. Virgin Islands

BEST WALL DIVING IN NORTH AMERICA

1. British Columbia

2. California

3. Washington

4. Florida Keys

BEST WALL DIVING IN THE PACIFIC AND INDIAN OCEANS

1. Palau

2. Indonesia

3. Malaysia

4. Guam

5. Hawaii

Thousands of subscribers and Web users rated their experiences at dive destinations in a variety of categories on a scale of one to five. Final scores are an average of the numerical scores awarded. A minumum number of responses was required for a destination to be included in these ratings.