Indonesia clinches world’s best dive destination title – here are the top 5

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Maldives voted in the top 5 best dive destinations in the world. Source: Sven Hansche/Shutterstock

INDONESIA has once again been voted the world’s top dive destination for the second year in a row, according to DIVE Magazine’s 2017 Travel Awards.

The Southeast Asian archipelago dominated the awards with an impressive seven resorts in the top 10 Best Dive Centers category, including nabbing the top spot with Siladen Resort and Spa in Bunaken.

Here’s a rundown of the global top dive destinations to get excited about.

1. Indonesia

Back in the top spot again, Indonesia was a firm favorite nabbing 12 percent of the total 10,000 votes cast. Made up of more than 17,000 islands, this diverse country has a vast array of habitats and species to explore.

2. Philippines

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More than 7,000 tropical islands, clear warm water, vast coral reefs and mind-blowingly beautiful flora and fauna make the Philippines a true scuba diver’s paradise. A rich World War II history also makes for quality wreck diving in areas around Palawan and Subic Bay.

3. Azores, Portugal  

The Lagoa das Sete Cidades lake taken from Vista do Rei in the island of Sao Miguel, The Azores, Portugal. Source: Shutterstock

Azores is an archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean belonging to Portugal and is considered by most to be Europe’s most exciting dive spot.

The combination of subtropical with oceanic climate, along with the fact that its islands are bathed with the rich waters of the Gulf Stream make the Azores a unique diving destination.

4. Mexico

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Underwater world of Azul cenote, Mexico. Source: Shutterstock

Mexico is a huge country with extensive coastline on both the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean.

Famous spots include the Riviera Maya and Costa Maya coastal areas, where the Yucatan Peninsula meets the quiet, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. The blue, warm, clear waters of the Caribbean offer perfect conditions for beginners and advanced scuba divers alike.

5. Maldives

According to Dive The World, most dives in the Maldives are drifts from liveaboards where you allow the current to move you along. Due to the myriad channels and passages between the atolls, the currents sweep throughout the island chain creating a current of nutrients that attract the vast numbers of fish.