Are you looking for extraordinary dive sites without having to travel to other countries? Read on, and find out more about the 5 best U.S. sites for scuba diving you may have never heard of and depending on your experience level, there are plenty of different places to explore and conquer!
1. Eagle’s Nest Sinkhole, Florida
If you are feeling fearless, then cave diving is perfect for you. It is situated on the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, and at first glance, it looks pretty ordinary but what’s lying underneath is anything but. However, it boasts an astonishing depth of 300 feet of beautiful clear waters. Moreover, there are chambers in the sinkhole that are as big as an auditorium. You have to be an extremely experienced diver though because exploring the caves can be dangerous without the know-how.
2. Point Judith, Rhode Island
Point Judith is a three-hour boat ride from New England and it is one of the best shark diving destinations in the world. Although the frigid waters of the Atlantic may scare off divers at first, the lure of seeing the traveling blue sharks on their way to the coast of South America draws them in. Of course, for safety’s sake, the diving is normally done in a cage, and divers attract the attention of the sharks by using fish bait. This allows for a one-of-a-kind up close and personal encounter with a shark – and probably the closest you would want to ever have as a diver!
3. Kona Coast, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
This is the best site for you if you want to get up close and personal with manta rays. Okay, that may sound a bit frightening at first, but these amazingly graceful creatures are often given an unjust bad name. Night diving makes this site more interesting and stunning. Underwater flashlights are pointed to the surface, and it helps give divers a breathtaking view of the manta rays floating around.
4. Homestead Resort, Midway, Utah
Homestead Crater is not your usual dive site, and there is no marine life for the water temperature is 96 degrees. However, it is still a site worth visiting for the warm water alone is enticing already. The 55-foot dome has a width of 60 feet and a depth of 65 feet. Even though there is a huge opening at the top that allows in sunlight, it is still worthwhile to bring a dive light for it can get dark inside the spring.
5. The Neptune Memorial Reef, Miami, Florida
It is the first underwater cemetery and the world’s largest artificial reef. It is located 45 feet underneath the surface of the ocean and it is complete with various crucifixes, gateways, and even passageways. It is truly the ideal resting place for those who adored and loved the deep, blue waters. Certified scuba divers are welcome to visit the site anytime for free.
While checking out the wonders of the U.S. is thrilling, if you crave a further destination check out one of the many villas to rent in Cyprus. Located on the beautiful Mediterranean island there is plenty to do on both land and sea.
Sharon Lemean is a travel enthusiast and contributing writer for Aphrodite Hills Resort located on the Island of Cyprus.