Scuba diving often leads to incredible experiences; it’s exciting, tranquil, inspiring, sometimes even challenging. But diving as a couple offers something else: romance.
Aside from the thrill of the dive, couples scuba diving offers an opportunity for shared discovery. There’s an innate sense of adventure in exploring a new world, but doing so with someone you care for makes it even better.
So what makes the perfect scuba diving experience? Whether it’s the types of creatures encountered, the colorful sea plants and coral or the atmosphere above the water, these five destinations offer some of the most romantic scuba diving adventures.
1. The Maldives
The Maldives is easily one of the most romantic destinations for any reason, but especially for couples who scuba dive together. White sandy beaches line the various atolls and overwater bungalows offer unbelievable views of the Indian Ocean’s turquoise waters.
Delving into those waters, couples will find reef sharks, stingrays, barracuda, tuna, grey sharks, moray eels, sea turtles, batfish and more. There are various types of coral, including soft coral and large fan coral, as well as underwater caves to explore.
2. Tahiti, French Polynesia
While there are 1,118 islands in French Polynesia, Tahiti is one of the best in the world for scuba diving, and there’s no doubt that the tropical island offers plenty of romance.
Another spot with white sand beaches, Tahiti has gorgeous natural settings for visitors to explore outside of the sea. Jungle canopies, rushing waterfalls and verdant peaks offer picturesque settings for exploration.
But when it comes to scuba diving, swim alongside butterfly fish, grey sharks, manta rays, barracuda and eagle rays in the bright blue water. There are some other surprising elements as well—underwater ship and plane wrecks.
Australia isn’t quite as exotic as the other destinations on this list, but it still offers a certain level of romance as well as some truly fantastic scuba diving spots. The Great Barrier Reef is a huge draw for divers, but there are plenty of smaller, less visited areas in Australia as well.
Spend some time together exploring various underwater worlds. Kangaroo Island in the south is home to the leafy seadragon, a rare relative to the seahorse. You will also find sea lions, fur seals, coral reefs, sea stars, sponges and hundreds of species of fish including blue devilfish and kingfish.
An even more secluded diving spot in Australia is Lizard Island, where clear waters are perfect for spotting Potato cod, sponge and clam gardens and endless colorful fish.
The islands that make up the Bahamas have plenty to offer divers. Descend hand-in-hand as you explore some unbelievable places like underwater caverns, tunnels, dramatic reef walls and even mysterious blue holes.
Divers that explore the islands of the Bahamas can see snapper, reef fish, blacktip sharks, sponges, eagle rays, turtles, silky sharks, bluebell tunicates, black groupers and more. There are also a whole lot of underwater wrecks in the Bahamas, from old trading ships to wrecks that were purposely sunk to film James Bond movies.
End your romantic day of diving with a brilliant sunset or a walk on Harbour Island’s unique pink beaches.
As the Pacific and Indian Oceans and the South China Sea all come together near Indonesia’s thousands of islands, it’s no wonder that the sea life in Indonesia is incredibly diverse.
Diving adventures lead to sightings of pygmy seahorses, surgeonfish, mola mola, great barracuda, cuttlefish, shrimp, colorful anemones, manta rays, sea turtles, reef sharks, blue-spotted stingrays, octopus, pufferfish, urchins, crabs, hammerhead sharks and more.
Aside from the colorful reefs and endless sea creatures, Indonesia offers chances for beach picnics, purple sunsets and romantic strolls through waterfall-filled jungles.