Guest Post: Four of the Best Locations to Travel to for the Best Underwater Photography

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Fotografía hecha en Playa del Carmen, México, en un lugar llamado Tortugas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Scuba divers from across the globe often take up the hobby of underwater photography to capture all of the beautiful marine life and coral reef systems that they encounter while diving at various sites around the world. But there are certainly a few locations that are, by far, the best for underwater photography. To learn where you can capture the most stunning underwater images, read on.

1. Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the most sought after diving locations in the world, and it’s really no surprise once you realise just how abundant and gorgeous the marine life is that inhabits its waters. Indonesia is home to an incredible 80,000 kilometres of coastline, and it also consists of more than 17,000 different islands.

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These features make Indonesia the world’s largest archipelago and a pristine and stunning location for divers to capture some of the most beautiful underwater life anywhere on this planet, from invertebrates and corals to tiny fish and large marine mammals.

In fact, roughly 20% of the world’s coral reefs are found within the waters of Indonesia, making it a prime diving spot for experienced divers who are ready to get under the waves to make some epic pictures. If you would like to brush up your underwater photography skill you might want to take some lessons. There are many dive centers in Indonesia that offer u/w photography classes.

If you are really lucky while you’re diving in Indonesia, you may even come across the dugong, a species that’s related to the manatee and is a gentle creature that divers love to behold. Or you may encounter playful porpoises or the massive sperm whale.

2. Thailand

Thailand is definitely one of the best known diving spots in the world, and divers who want to be able to take some unforgettable underwater photos will be thrilled by the crystal clear waters and the marine life that call these waters home. In fact, visibility is so great in the waters surrounding Thailand that divers are often able to see up to 30 metres/100ft.

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Divers who get into the waters off Thailand can enjoy gardens of both hard and soft corals that are stunning to see in person and just as beautiful in photographs. But underwater photographers will more likely be interested in the chance to spot graceful manta rays, whale sharks, and sharks as well.

Some of the most popular dive locations in Thailand for photographers include the Similan Islands, Phuket, Ko Lipe, Ko Lanta, and Khao Lak, among a multitude of others.

3. Palau

Located east of the Philippines, Palau is the westernmost group of islands within the Caroline Islands, and it’s one of the best places to dive and an even better location for divers who are interested in underwater photography. Underwater walls in Palau are covered in colourful coral reefs that are brimming with life, and you can experience 1300 different species of fish within these waters as well.

“The eyes have it” from Lightning Strike Productions on Vimeo.

Divers here have the opportunity to float alongside countless jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake. Or they can instead choose to swim near barracuda, elusive turtles, and reef sharks, which all make for captivating underwater photographs.

4. Egypt

With many dive sites to choose from, and the ability to experience a vast array of marine life, Egypt’s Red Sea is popular with divers looking for a spot to capture some photos they can show off. In fact, the Red Sea is known as one of the 7 Wonders of the Underwater World, thanks to its consistently warm temperatures that allow marine life to truly thrive.

In these waters, divers can capture images of thousands of different invertebrate species and hundreds of different types of coral. Plus, there are fish species in the Red Sea that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, as well as dolphins and sharks that can be spotted beneath the crystal clear waters.

This guestpost is written by: Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and who travels the world to dive the best dive sites out there. He is also the founder of Bookyourdive where divers can review and book dive packages and scuba lessons.   Rutger Thole is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist living and working in Argentina.  When not covering politics or social justice issues, he is available for all types of photographic events and needs.   Connect with him through LINKEDIN today.

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