Cod Hole

As the name suggests, this diving spot is home to one of the largest cods in the world—the potato cod that can weigh up to 150kg.

Unfortunately, only a few of them are left in the location which is off the coast of Queensland, at the Great Barrier Reef. The Cod Hole is not easily accessible, thus making it somewhat untouched and more natural than other reefs that are closer to shore.

Visibility in the waters is very good and fish are human-friendly. This could be due to the partnership of dive operators in the area who have decided to protect the Cod Hole.

Lucky divers can get close with a range of fishes, including pelagic species like tuna and oceanic sharks.

You may want to plan your trip during the months of June and July if you are keen to rub shoulders with Minke Whales, but what makes the Great Barrier Reef a good diving spot is that you may go there at any time of the year.

Barracuda Point

Are you brave enough to swim amidst a school of hungry barracudas?

Barracuda Point is a great dive spot located not too far from Singapore.

Just a short boat ride from the islands off the coast of Sabah, you are almost guaranteed an opportunity to dive and be surrounded by a swirling vortex of chevron or black tail barracudas.

Hailed as one of the big fish capitals of the world, it comes as no surprise that Barracuda Point is a hot favourite among divers.

Some have compared the Malaysian spot to the Galapagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia.

Visitors have shared their experiences of sudden drop-offs into deeper waters, which is usually a pleasant discovery for marine life lovers.

However, the strong currents may not be suitable for divers with little or no experience.

Travellers who come here also visit other diving hotspots like Coral Garden, Drop Off, Hanging Gardens, Midreef, South Point, Staghorn Crest, Turtle Cavern, Turtle Patch and Whitetip Avenue.

Richelieu Rock

The Land of a Thousand Smiles is also home to a melting pot of marine life.

Creatures large and small, along with bright colours of the soft corals on the reef, are just some of the sights that divers document during their visit to Richelieu Rock–located deep in the heart of the Andaman Sea.

There is a mirage of large pelagic fishes like the giant trevally and microorganisms like the harlequin shrimp  because the reef is about 50m high and never breaks the surface at low tide.

The abundance of  plankton in the water makes it an ideal feeding spot for whale sharks and manta rays.

A single dive is  barely enough to explore the biodiversity in the waters occupying Thailand and Myanmar.

Divers who  visit Richelieu Rock also take advantage of the photo opportunities present in these pristine waters.

Experienced visitors suggest the use of wide-angle lens to capture large schools of fish. Macro  photography is also a hit with divers there.

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