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Daredevil Dives

These stunning, sometimes scary, certainly unforgettable dive sites located around the world are paired with luxurious island resorts for a vacation that is both relaxing and adventurous.

Courtesy of Belize Tourism Board

Courtesy of Belize Tourism Board
Great Blue Hole, Belize

This 407-foot-deep submarine sinkhole, lying just off the coast of Belize, is perhaps the region’s most unusual feature. Formed during the last Ice Age, the undersea abyss is home to caves and multicolored stalagmites. Because of the crystal-clear waters, divers can easily spot schools of fish and reef sharks, as well as the occasional hammerhead and bull shark.

Stay: Matachica Resort & Spa, which arranges day trips to the unique dive site.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia The Great Barrier Reef is a diver’s paradise, and the SS Yongala Wreck offers and unforgettable experience, including history and thrills. A cyclone sent the passenger ship to the bottom of the Coral Sea in 1911. The liner, which has since become an artificial reef, remains mostly intact, with artifacts from its final voyage still in place. In winter months, whales can be heard and spotted near the shipwreck. Stay: Hayman, Qualia or Orpheus Island.

Similian Islands, Thailand Located in the Andaman Sea just off the coast of Thailand, these islands are surrounded by beautiful water teeming with big fish. Elephant Head Rock provides divers with a unique experience: naturally occurring stone arches line the ocean floor sheltering an abundance of marine life, including black-tip, white-tip and leopard sharks, as well as manta rays. Because the dive is not particularly deep or dangerous (although there are strong currents), novices and advanced divers can explore together. Other notable dive sites among the islands include East of Eden, North Point, and Deep Six. Stay: Amanpuri.

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