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Not in particular order (but Sha'ab Rumi is my #1 so far):

 

Sha'ab Rumi South, Sudanese Red Sed

Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island

Richelieu Rock, Surin Archipelago/Thailand

Manta Reef, Pemba Island, Tanzania

Sanganeb north point, Sudanese Red Sea

Brother Islands, Egypt (Little Brother north)

Manta Reef, Moçambique

Elephant Rock, Similan Islands/Thailand

s/s Umbrea, Port Sudan

Hin Mouang, Andaman Sea, Thailand (unfortunatelly it got destroyed in 2007)

 

good luck

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This is fun. In no particular order, and only places I have dived more than once:

 

Poor Knights, New Zealand

Yongala, Townsville, Australia

Little Brother, Egypt

Tiputa Pass, Rangiroa, French Polynesia

Tiger Beach, Bahamas

Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi

Manuelita, Cocos (but really everywhere at Cocos)

Windjammer Wreck, Bonaire

Blue Heron Bridge, Florida, USA

Ras Mohammed, Egypt

 

The big thing is though whether a dive site is ON when you're there. If not even the greatest sites can be average.

Edited by markprior

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In no particular order...

 

Bicheno, Tasmania, Australia

E6, Fiji

Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia

Sha'ab Rumi, Sudan

Sha'ab Abu Nuhas, Egypt

Brothers, Egypt

Cousteau's Conshelf experiment, Sudan

Ras Mohammed, Egypt

Tiran, Egypt

Elphinstone, Egypt

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In no particular order...

 

Also in no particular order

Channel Islands Southern California

Lembeh

South Coast New Britain

Mary Island (Solomon's)

White Beach (Solomon's)

Little Cayman

St Vincent (With Bill Tewes)

Milne Bay

Kimbe Bay

Bali

Gunung Api

 

Actually 11 but they are all great

Bill

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Can somebody pin this topic? - it is a great resource for "where do I really _NEED_ to go next" type contemplation.

 

Paul C

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I cannot resist....

 

1. Darwin Island, Galapagos

 

2. South Pass, Fakarava Atoll , French Polynesia

 

3. Big Brother (the drift from the north point), Red Sea Egypt

 

4. Alcyone, Cocos Island, Costa Rica

 

5. Tiger Beach, northern Bahamas

 

6. Cabo Marshall, Isabela, Galapagos

 

7. Umbria shipwreck, Red Sea, Sudan

 

8. Liberty shipweck, Tulamben, Bali

 

9. Out Stack, Shetland, United Kingdom

 

10. Madivaru Channel, South Ari atoll, Maldives

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I cannot resist....

 

1. Darwin Island, Galapagos

 

2. South Pass, Fakarava Atoll , French Polynesia

 

3. Big Brother (the drift from the north point), Red Sea Egypt

 

4. Alcyone, Cocos Island, Costa Rica

 

5. Tiger Beach, northern Bahamas

 

6. Cabo Marshall, Isabela, Galapagos

 

7. Umbria shipwreck, Red Sea, Sudan

 

8. Liberty shipweck, Tulamben, Bali

 

9. Out Stack, Shetland, United Kingdom

 

10. Madivaru Channel, South Ari atoll, Maldives

 

 

Thanks Simon

 

At least I've got pictures for all of your choices!

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John, we didn't go to south pass Fakarava.. that was north pass.. ;)

 

Hmm....

 

South Pass Fakarava :)

Apataki, Tuamotu

Blue Corner, Palau

Goofnuw or Mi'il Channel, Yap, on a good day :nudi:

Alcyone, Cocos

Tuau, Tuamotu

 

 

I only have 6...

 

But, i just watched something on Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll, Maldives. It looks like it would be my number one, on a good day!

Baa Atoll

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Thanks Simon

 

At least I've got pictures for all of your choices!

 

 

My pleasure. All I need is someone to commission me to go and revisit them all, preferably with private flights and a helicopter!

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John, we didn't go to south pass Fakarava.. that was north pass.. ;)

 

The north pass is a great dive, but the south pass is beyond amazing. An easy drift, hundreds and hundreds grey reef sharks, beautiful acropora coral in the shallows and schooling fish everywhere. The French dive centres are too lazy to go there most of the time, but there is a little pension located right on the pass. You can have lunch and watch blacktips in the lagoon.

 

 

.... Chinese resteraunteurs please note.. that's having lunch AND watching the blacktips IN the lagoon – not lunching on the blacktips in the lagoon....

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Now new parameters:

 

Your Best dive site in:

1) Eastern Pacific

2) South Pacific

3) Indian Ocean

4) Caribbean

5) Western Atlantic

6) Far East

7) Red Sea

8) Mediterranean

9) Western Pacific

10) Coral Sea

 

Tough, eh?

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Right.....now my "sensible list"....after a visit to Vobster today it just wasn't as good as I remember. Here goes:-

 

1. HMS Royal Oak, Scapa Flow, Scotland.

2. The cold water coral reef in Trondheim Fiord, Norway

3. The landing stage dive, Skellig Michael, Ireland

4. Te Waikoropupu Springs, New Zealand

5. The Poor Knights, New Zealand.

6. Consul Carl Fisser, Alesund, Norway.

7. Junkers 52, Hartvig, Norway.

8. HMS Swordfish, English Channel.

9. Moldavia, English Channel.

10. Garvie Island bombing range, Cape Wrath, Scotland.

 

Hmmmm.....lots of temperate waters there. The order was quite easy and only after number 8 did I start to pause. It's been good to reflect and review. Number 10 was a surprise. Had forgotten the thrill of finding a 1000lb bomb....Number 4. can't be dived any more, which is a shame, and I am not anticipating seeing number 1 again in my lifetime but its the one dive I would do if there was just one dive left in me. Assuming I could get a permit....

 

Simon

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Now new parameters:

 

Your Best dive site in:

1) Eastern Pacific

2) South Pacific

3) Indian Ocean

4) Caribbean

5) Western Atlantic

6) Far East

7) Red Sea

8) Mediterranean

9) Western Pacific

10) Coral Sea

 

Tough, eh?

 

Indeed, that is tough ;) ... even in terms of geography, you'd have to be more specific, John, I am not sure your categories are precisely defined enough.

For instance what do you you call "South Pacific" compared for instance to "Western Pacific" or even "Coral sea"...where would you pigeonhole Vanuatu or New Caledonia??

Also for Indian Ocean there's an UW world between the Eastern Indian Ocean, and the East African shores, not to say the central Maldivian... why then not split them up?

Where would you also put all the IndoPacific area like Borneo/N/Sulawesi, -Indian Ocean?- or or even the Phils (western pac or far east?)

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Ha Ha,

 

The toughest part is I reckon JB is just plumping up a 'wish list' for presentation to say an editor so that he can get to a bucket load of more exotic locations funded by my (our) subscriptions to a certain dive magazine.

 

Please, tell us it not true John - are we really just offering up suggestions (sponsoring) your next round the world junket ? ( and can I carry your bags if so? ).

 

Paul C

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Some of these may be a bit overdone, but its my top ten. And like everyone else, its in no particular order...

 

1) Seraya Secrets, Tulamben, Bali

2) Liberty wreck, Tulamben, Bali

3) Northern Arch, Poor Knights, New Zealand

4) HMNZS Waikato, Tutukaka, New Zealand

5) Almost anything in Vatu-i-ra Passage, Fiji

6) Stingray City, Grand Cayman

7) Three Sisters Spring, Crystal River, Florida

8) Rainbow River, Florida

9) Dangleben's Pinnacles, Dominica

10) Town Pier, Bonaire

 

I think this list is a great place to find new places to go! Now off to research a place or two!

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Hi,

 

Non geographically sorted!

 

Ras Mohamed

Two mile Reef, Sodwana Bay

Cathedral, Aliwal Shoal

Raggie Cave, Aliwal Shoal

SS Vigsnes, Liverpool Bay

Sistema Dos Ojos, Yucatan

Daedelus

Farne islands (on a good seal day!)

SS Norman Court, Menai Bridge

SS Produce, off Durban

The Gardens (Sharm el Sheikh (I've seen Mantas and whale sharks there!))

Anywhere on Cozumel

 

And a few more spots without names-the hours that I spent somewhere in the Indian Ocean with a lot of Mantas for example!

 

Adam

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Ha Ha,

 

The toughest part is I reckon JB is just plumping up a 'wish list' for presentation to say an editor so that he can get to a bucket load of more exotic locations funded by my (our) subscriptions to a certain dive magazine.

 

Please, tell us it not true John - are we really just offering up suggestions (sponsoring) your next round the world junket ? ( and can I carry your bags if so? ).

 

Paul C

 

Ha Ha! I am having to trawl through my archives to find existing pictures. There IS a recession in the UK but probably NOT in the Channel Islands (UK, that is).

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For me it would be:

 

Darwin Arch - Galapagos

Manuelita ( night dive ) - Cocos

Alcyone - Cocos

Dirty Rock - Cocos

Nudi Falls - Lembeh

Shark/Yolanda - Egypt

Little Brother - Egypt

Kuredu Express - Maldives

Manta point - Komodo

Baracuda Point - Sipadan

 

But if you asked me the same question again next month it might be slightly different, Darwin Arch will always be top of the list though.

 

Stew

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My choice:

- Blue Corner Palau

- Peleliu Palau

- Barracuda point Sipadan

- Richelieu Rock Thailand

- Similan Island Thailand

- Mile channel Yap

- Cannibal Rock Komodo

- Ras Mohammed Sharm el Sheikh

- Bunaken

- Lembeh

 

So many other top dive sites...

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Diving for the discovery, anywhere.

One place though....

Mid June, Capo Testa, Sardinia, just you and your buddy heading out and around the cape in a RIB, dropping the anchor and jumping into the sapphire blue and just exploring, no dive site maps. The steel on your back you've just pumped from a tiny compressor and the possibility that no-one has dived where you are right now.

 

Richard

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My number 1 would be Richelieu Rock (when the star attraction is around) or a Koh Bon night dive,Similan Islands. :P

 

Travy

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#1 Atlantis Resort, Bahamas

#2 Sandals Resort, Caribbean

#3 Hilton Wakiki, Honolulu

and of course...

#4 Sea World, San Diego

Edited by AMW

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A tropical top 10 . . .

 

Yongala Wreck / Queensland, Australia

Manta Alley / Gili Lawa, Indonesia

Cannibal Rock / Rinca, Indonesia

Torpedo Alley / Rinca, Indonesia

Jahir II / Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Roma / Wakatobi, Indonesia

Beangabang Bay / Pantar, Indonesia

Peleliu Cut / Palau, Micronesia

Maytag / Bligh Waters, Fiji

Darwin's Arch / Galapagos, Ecuador

 

Edited by shazzah

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