The Best Diving for Occasional Divers

The biggest challenge for many occasional divers is dealing with difficult conditions strong currents, heavy surge, rough surface conditions or cooler water since they are not diving often. Diving is kind of like riding a bike it comes back to you. If you hadn’t been on a bike in a while, you wouldn’t want to start mountain biking again with a screaming downhill with monster jumps and you don’t want to start that way with diving either. With that in mind, here are some of the destinations that can be excellent for occasional divers. Keep in mind that it’s possible to find knarly conditions wherever you go.

  • Belize. Healthy reefs and good abundance and diversity of fish. One of the few places left in the Caribbean where you can still see the big stuff. Generally easy diving.
  • Fiji. Diving conditions here depend on the dive site and tide. Stay away from sites with heavy current.
  • Maldives. There are a gazillion dive sites all across these islands and you can find any conditions you want. Stay away from sites with heavy current
  • Bali and Indonesia – stay away from sites with heavy current
  • Malaysia and Sipadan – staying in an overwater village and sleeping in an overwater bungalow. Playing a pickup game of basketball in the local village.
  • Bora Bora and Tahiti. Start out with an easy lagoon dive or one on the oceanic reef slope. Warm up before doing pass dives as these can be screaming!
  • Palau. Has a rightfully deserved reputation for drift diving and strong currents but you can always find a spot with mild current and easy conditions. Do these first before getting into stronger drift dives.
  • Little Cayman. Bloody Bay Wall is a classic diving area and is still great. Clear water with great vis and a marine protected area so there is still an abundance of fish life and healthy reefs. Surface conditions can be choppy but currents are usually mild.