Dive with pelagic, the best destinations !
Manta, sharks, whales, tuna,… The encounter with these animals is always experienced as a great moment of emotion for divers. These pelagic animals, which spend most of their lives in the open sea, are not always easy to observe. It’s a bit at Mother Nature’s discretion and happiness is immense when you manage to share a few seconds with these emblematic animals. Sometimes you have to brave difficult conditions with currents and heavy waters, synonymous with abundant food, to make the most beautiful encounters… So to put all the chances on your side, here are the best destinations to dive with the pelagic !
Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the 26 atolls that make up the Maldives are a real paradise for divers from all over the world. With some of the most beautiful coral reefs on the planet, the warm, plankton-rich waters of the Maldives attract a phenomenal amount of pelagic wildlife. And even if the macro is very present and you can easily find a whole bunch of nudibranchs or shrimps, it is the ballet of mantas, the passage of a whale shark, or the comings and goings of reef sharks that will take the lead during your dives.
The east coast of Mexico, in the Yucatan region, has been a fashionable destination in recent years, and not for nothing. The diversity of dives and encounters that can be made here is simply unique. In addition to the famous dives in the cenotes, or on beautiful coral reefs, the waters around Playa Del Carmen welcome impressive visitors. Each year, at different times, several shows take place: a unique gathering of whale sharks, bulldog sharks, or the spectacular sailfish hunts…
Known for its superb east coast dives, Mexico is also known for its western region called Baja California. The Sea of Cortez was a real crush for Captain Cousteau who nicknamed it the Aquarium of the World ! A unique colony of very playful sea lions in the world allows for completely original encounters. The Sea of Cortez is also the ideal place to observe whale sharks, but also humpback and grey whales….
If there is one place that nature and pelagic lovers want to see at least once in their lives, it is certainly in South Africa. It is one of the few places in the world where you can observe a large number of species of great sharks such as tigers, hammerheads, bullsharks or sand tiger sharks, on the now famous Aliwal Shoal reef. But above all, it is the place for a gathering that is also unique in the world, which takes place every year during the months of June and July. The sardine Run, transports you on a frantic hunt in which sharks, dolphins, whales and even birds share the feast !
The Isle of the Gods is a world-class diving destination. Balinese funds are renowned for the macro fauna that can be found there. But also for its cleaning stations where manta rays are treated for parasites. It is thus possible to observe them for long minutes. It is also one of the few places in the world where you can meet the impressive moonfish… Between July and October, the water cools south of Bali, and these creatures that can reach 3m high rise to the surface in the Nusa Penida region.
This mythical Caribbean country has experienced a real boom in diving in recent years. And Fidel Castro had a lot to do with it ! Passionate about scuba diving, he has long kept his personal reserve secret, which became a marine park in 1996. Completely preserved, this area called “Queen’s gardens” is one of the most beautiful diving sites in the Caribbean. Sharks are omnipresent and several species can be observed, including the grey shark, silky, nurse sharks….
Diving in Polynesia is a unique experience, which we wish to each diver. It is simply one of the best places in the world to see pelagics. In Polynesia, we rarely focus on the bottom. The show takes place in the open water. Moorea lemon sharks, Tahiti tiger sharks, Fakarava grey shark wall, humpback whales or mantas…. Lovers of pelagic fauna will be served!
With tourism still underdeveloped and few divers below the surface, Sudan has exceptional seabeds worthy of those that could be admired in Egypt half a century earlier ! We can easily observe manta rays, large bumphead parrotfish, but above all many reef sharks, and magnificent hammerhead shark walls…
Located in the extreme south of the Red Sea, Djibouti’s very warm waters are both very rich in nutrients and influenced by currents that are often quite strong. You will have understood it, the ideal to welcome pelagics such as jacks, tunas, but especially the master of the place here, the whale shark. In autumn it is not uncommon to observe several dozen of them on very small surfaces.
Many other destinations will offer you superb encounters with the pelagic. And even when the macro fauna is well present and occupying your dives, don’t forget to take a look in the blue of time and time. It would be a shame to miss out on a great meeting…