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Dive in the World’s Most Epic Scuba Destinations this Summer

Dive in the World’s Most Epic Scuba Destinations this Summer

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With the summer season upon us and underwater explorers eager to discover their next adventure, several of the world’s premier scuba diving destinations are worth highlighting. Imagine diving into the vibrant waters of Mexico’s Puerta Cortés, famously dubbed the “Aquarium of the World” for its incredible marine biodiversity. Or exploring the historical depths of Croatia’s Hvar, where ancient shipwrecks and sunken artifacts tell tales of a storied past. And, of course, the Maldives, where crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life offer an unforgettable diving experience.

Puerta Cortés, Mexico

Puerta Cortés, an exclusive 550-acre complex in La Paz, is renowned for its unparalleled access to the Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most biologically diverse bodies of water on Earth. Dubbed “The Aquarium of the World” by Jacques Cousteau, this premier scuba diving destination boasts notable sites such as Isla Espíritu Santo, known for its rich marine life and diverse dive sites, and Isla Cerralvo, famed for its dramatic formations and vibrant reefs. The region offers encounters with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, tuna, marlin, blue and gray whales, and even killer whales. Sea lions inhabit many of the islands along the coast, and the crystal-clear waters, full of fish and mollusks, are ideal for snorkeling. The newly renovated Hotel Indigo La Paz Puerta Cortés provides upscale accommodations and world-class amenities for a luxurious retreat after a day of exploration. Divers of all levels can enjoy live-aboard adventures or day trips from Puerta Cortés’ Marina, organized by the concierge team.

Hvar, Croatia

Divers will never tire of scuba diving off Hvar due to its combination of rich history and warm Mediterranean waters. As a coastal center for trade dating back to ancient Greece, Hvar offers plenty of shipwrecks and sunken artifacts to explore, such as a 7,000-year-old underwater road discovered last spring. A wide variety of fish, sea creatures, and coral call Hvar’s blue waters home. Diving highlights include the Paulina Wreck, an English merchant ship; the Poseidon Pillar, a rock that rises just out of the water and is home to scorpionfish, moray eels, and more; and Baba Reef, a wall with varying depths where divers can spot scorpionfish, octopus, and even a yellow seahorse.


The Maldives, renowned for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant marine life, stands as a premier destination for scuba diving. Olhahali Island, in particular, offers pristine dive sites featuring underwater caves, dramatic drop-offs, and a rich diversity of species, including manta rays and whale sharks. At Jumeirah Olhahali Island, divers of all levels can embark on guided expeditions led by the on-site marine biologist, delve into coral restoration projects, and actively participate in marine conservation efforts, making every dive an unforgettable and impactful experience.

Puerta Cortes, Hvar, Maldives