When scuba divers connect to the beauty of life below the waters, they inspire the world and save the ocean. Thanks to underwater photography, novice seafarers would never know about the peculiarity of what abounds on the sandy bottoms. Also, many people would never get to see the sophisticated nature of coral reefs. Many unusual creatures are lurking deep in the sea, and divers desire to capture the hidden marine life. It is not easy to know the best dive spots for unique shooting opportunities. Here are the top sites, according to world-renowned underwater photographers.
The Bahamas is arguably the most spectacular place viewed from space. From the International Space Station, its crisp, bright turquoise waters can be seen. The water color stands out by itself. The reefs are incredibly shallow, with the natural sunlight offering color to the corals. Bimini is a haven for hammerheads, especially in February and December, when the sharks congregate off the island. With high visibility and an up-close encounter, it is possible to capture images of giant sharks reaching up to six meters long. There is a deep dive site where bull and nurse sharks swim.
Bligh Water, Fiji
This is a favorite dive spot for soft coral lovers. Situated between Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, this place has vibrant marine life with some of the softest corals on the planet. Sea fans cover the side of the submarine mountain. Divers create epic photos with the swim-through. The best ethereal images of soft coral are taken when sunlight filters through the waters. The best times to visit are April and December.
Channel Islands, California
The Channel Islands offer a multitude of wildlife from harbor seals to sealions. It has the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth. The kelp forests and underwater coral reefs support thousands of invertebrates and fish. Underwater photographers come to capture the seals, anemones, and sponges. There is a broad spectrum of crustaceans such as crabs and shrimps in the Channel Islands, especially at night. Snails, octopuses, sea slugs, and squid are common, even in shallow waters, when they are laying eggs during the winter.
Police Pier, Indonesia
Located in Lembeh, Police Pier is the ultimate place for diving. The site is famed for thorny seahorses, pipefish, and frogfish. There are sandy slopes that many photographers dream of. But the real beauty is found in the patches and sponges of the rubble. Police Pier also makes a perfect night dive spot with opportunities to see shrimps, nudibranchs, Bobbit worms, and crabs. Most divers visit in March, July, and August.
The aforementioned dive spots are suitable for scuba divers at all levels, from beginners to professionals. Depending on the environmental conditions and luck, the sites can be the best places for capturing deep-sea images.