Komodo Island stuns divers with its rich marine life boasting everything from manta rays and octopus to pygmy seahorses
Not all dive sites are created equal. Add these underwater adventures to your bucketlist, and contact Lightfoot’s experts to start planning your next diving trip
The One With Dragons
Komodo Island, Indonesia
Komodo Island stuns divers with its rich marine life boasting everything from manta rays and octopus to pygmy seahorses. It is particularly notable as the habitat of the Komodo dragon, the largest lizard on Earth. Komodo also features a beach made up of pink sand, making it one of only seven in the world. Sail on a liveaboard through the Komodo National Park to discover world famous dive spots.
The One With 1,000 Islands
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
If heaven was a place on earth, Raja Ampat could be it. Part of the coral triangle, Raja Ampat offers some of the richest marine biodiversity in the world. Rest your tanks at Misool Eco Resort, which features just 12 cottages that come complete with a terrace and a hammock for lazy afternoons. Or book a liveboard that will give you a different dive site every day.
The One With Mantas
Baa Atoll, Maldives
Let’s face it, the Maldives isn’t short of breathtaking dive sites. There’s Rasdhoo Atoll with an adrenalin-inducing hammerhead dive around the pinnacles, the luxurious liveaboards of the Ari Atoll and the jawdropping South Male Atoll. But if you want to tick those mantas off your bucket list, head to Baa Atoll, which is home to the famous Hanifaru Lagoon where hundreds of manta rays and whale sharks regularly descend and create a spectacular feeding display.
The One On The World’s Biggest Reef
Orpheus Island, Australia
If you want to see fish rather than fins when you explore the Great Barrier Reef, head to Orpheus Island. Accessible only by helicopter, this tropical hideaway is a must visit. Three dates for your diary include Manta Ray season that’s June to early November, Humpback whale migration that runs from June to mid-late September and annual coral spawning from mid October to late November.
The One That’s Futuristic
Koh Tao, Thailand
This famous breeding site for hawksbill and green turtles attracts divers from all over the world. Home to clown fish, whale sharks and even bull sharks, Koh Tao or ‘Turtle Island’ to the locals, is seen as one of the best dive sites in Thailand. When you tour the coral reefs you’re going to be left agog with the amount of marine life that you can see. But this dive site still has one more trick up its sleeve – thanks to the marine phosphorescence when you dive at night with UV lights it turns into another world.