12 Scuba Diving Destinations in December to Beat the Chill

Winters have again come and the season brings with it a desire to go out and chill out at warm places that offer ultimate comfort to your spirits. During winters, travelers love to get warm zoned at some of the best sunny places that glow with sunshine as the world gets wrapped up in chilly winds. However, there are adventurous spirits who wish to have much more than just a cozy place to stay in. They want to cuddle with water, witness the vibrant underwater sea life and come out with great memories of being completely sunk in oceanic undercurrents. For them, Triphobo offers some of the best winter scuba diving destinations for December where these super excited spirits can enjoy the affable sun rays and go down deep under the sea to unravel a world so beautiful yet enigmatic.

1. The White Sandy Beaches of Belize

 

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When it comes to admiring the white sandy glory and to view the exuberant marine life, Belize is one of the best choices you can make for scuba diving in December. While most of Europe and USA freezes in winters, Belize remains resplendent with sunshine and a balmy temperature. The second smallest nation in Central America, Belize is a sweet surprise for travelers looking for some adventure and fun. What makes Belize an ideal destination for scuba diving is that it owns the longest unbroken barrier reef in the western hemisphere and 298 kilometers/185 miles of coastline to enamor you. The oceanic water stays at a comfortable temperature of 26 degreeC/79 degreeF in winter making it a world class scuba diving destination. 

Best Spots in Belize for Scuba Diving: Ambergris Caye, The Blue Hole, The Elbow, Turneffe Atoll, Long Caye Wall, Glovers Atoll, Silk Cayes Canyon, Stann Creek District

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2. Admire the Glorious underwater vibe of Maldives

  

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Tourism finds its better half with Maldives, the glorious landscape of natural beauty and an exotic marine life. While every month of the year is a good time to visit Maldives for scuba diving, it is December that offers the ultimate combination of water temperature and opportunities to spot water animals. The nutrient-rich water of Indian ocean flows up along the walls, making the sponges richer offering enigmatic beauty. From caverns and overhangs that look alluring with vibrant sponges, and invertebrates and gorgonians to explore, this is one best dive sites in Asia that will steal your heart. Don’t forget to spot manta rays, eagle rays, tuna and a variety of sharks that populate its ocean. 

Best Spots in Maldives for Scuba Diving: KandoomaThila, Broken Rock, FotteyoKandu, OkobeThila, North Male Atoll

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3. The magnificent underwater reserve of Palau

  

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This 100-mile long archipelago lying on the southeast of Philippines is home to some of the most beautiful and exuberant sea creatures. Due to this, it is soon to be declared as the world's first nation-wide marine reserve and an underwater sanctuary due to the wealth that it hordes. In it deep trenches you will spot large pelagic species like silky shark, manta rays, bigeye tuna, marlin and swordfish. December is a good time to visit Palau for greater visibility and comfortable water temperatures to dive in. 

Best Spots in Palau for Scuba Diving: Blue Corner, German Channel, Ulong Channel, Peleliu Wall, New Drop Off

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4. The offbeat Tanzania

  

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Diving enthusiasts are always in search of a new site from where to admire and explore a rich marine life. For them, Tanzania will offer itself as a perfect offbeat option. Flanked by ocean from all the sides, Tanzania flows populated with sea creatures. Winter is always a good time to choose Tanzania as the temperatures remain bearable and less stuffy. In its oceanic currents, you will find a myriad of Indian Ocean reef fish, ribbon eels, fire dartfish, chevron barracuda, yellow fin tuna and giant groupers off Pemba Island.

Best Spots in Tanzania for Scuba Diving: Mafia Island, Pemba Island, Mnemba Atoll, Zanzibar, Lake Tanganyika

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5. The dream of every Scuba Diver Philippines

  

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Scuba diving and Philippines are synonymous-atleast for the divers. Emerald water, vast coral reefs, and underwater adventure make this place one of the best scuba diving destinations in December. There is also more to the experience of scuba diving in Philippines than what meets the eye. History lovers will find the wreck dives of Coron, off Palawan and Subic Bay to be an astonishing experience. In December, the visibility is high and water remains warm enough for you to take a plunge. Some of the easily spotted creatures here include scorpionfish, emperor fish, barracuda, Moorish idol, flutemouth, tuna, batfish and trevally.

Best Spots in Philippines for Scuba Diving: Morazan Maru, Coron Bay, Palawan, Yapak, Boracay, The Canyons, Puerto Galera, Balicasag Fish Sanctuary, Bohol, and Mactan Island, Cebu

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6. The secluded beaches of Cozumel, Mexico

  

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Also called as the "Island of the Swallows", Cozumel might seem to be too obscure a place but it is certainly one of the best scuba dive destination for beginners as well as experienced. Bestowed with a plethora of incredible diving sites, this place has become one of the hotspots for this activity. As the divers can take a plunge here, they will be able to spot loggerhead, hawksbill and green turtles welcoming under deep water. In December and January, the water temperature here averages 25degreeC/77degreeF making it appealing for divers. 

Best Spots in Cozumel for Scuba Diving: The Devil’s Throat, Punta Sur Reef, Palancar Garden

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7. The magical underwaters of Fiji

  

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There are uncountable reasons for which a traveler would love to visit Fiji, scuba diving is one of them. Crystalline waters, top class diving companies, and exotic beaches are reasons enough to suffice for its popularity as a scuba diving destination. So, come this December, enter the magical world of Fiji and admire its underwater colorful life from a close. Due to its popularity Fiji is also called as the 'soft coral capital of the world'.

Best Spots in Fiji for Scuba Diving: Taveuni, Bligh Water, Kadavu Island, Beqa Lagoon

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8. The Coral Reefs of Eilat, Israel

 

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The kind of diversity that the Eilat landscape offers for the viewer, the same can be seen even in its underwater world. On the one hand, there is Mediterranean coastline and on the other, there is Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba making this place one the richest water reserve. A diver’s dream, Eilat, is best known for its best-protected coral reef in the Red Sea. Keep in mind that one of the museums in Eilat is underwater. How exciting! From enigmatic wrecks to stunning coral reefs, you will find a whole sparkling world deep inside. And since December is a good water visibility month, try to take your flights then. 

Best Spots in Eilat for Scuba Diving: Achziv Canyon, Coral Beach Nature Reserve, Wreck of the Satil, Rosh HaNikra Caverns, Eel Garden

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9. The magnetic Gili Islands, Indonesia

  

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Bestowed with an abundance of marine life, the Gili Islands is sure is mesmerize you beyond limits with the kind of opportunities that it offers to divers. These islands are famous for sighting Green sea Turtles and Olive Ridley Turtles, making it one of Indonesia’s top diving sites. Since the other months can be too hot to handle, visiting it in December would be a great idea to have splendid experience.

Best Spots in Gili Islands for Scuba Diving: Manta Point, Halik, Deep Turboute, Hannute,  Reef, Simonute, Reef, Stingray, Japanese Wreck

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10. The wild Cape Town, South Africa

  

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Cape town might be more known as one of the most glittering cities of the world for tourism, very few people know that it is equally a great destination for scuba diving. Its underwater universe is wild and holds a certain appeal for divers. From big sharks to tiny sardines to ropical reefs, this is one crazy scuba diving destination you need to add to your list. There are several climatic zones in South Africa and Cape Town remains fairly pleasant for you to plan a visit here.

Best Spots in Cape Town for Scuba Diving: False Bay, Mossel Bay, Gansbaai, The Sardine Run, Innerpool

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11. The Exotic Bahamas

 

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Words would fall short if one must define the beauty of exotic unwater realm of Bahamas. An archipelago of 700 islands situated where the Western Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea, Bahamas offers you a gamut of reef dives, along vertical walls, over wrecks and through tunnels, caverns and blue holes. In winters, the temperature remains at an average of 24degreeC/75degreeF which would render divers joyous with prospects. 

Best Spots in Bahamas for Scuba Diving: James Bond Wrecks, Littlehale’s Lair, Conception Island Wall, Coral Caverns at Green Turtle Cay, Sugar Wreck, Andros Wall, Devil's Backbone

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12. The shipwrecks of Florida

  

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If you are looking for oppurtunities of scuba diving in USA, Florida should be what you go for. Graced with freshwater to saltwater, from cave diving to drift diving and with shipwrecks, Florida will prove to be an overwhelming experience from a diver’s perspective. Southeast Florida is home to some of the largest artificial reefs in the country and many of Palm Beach and Broward County’s 60 wrecks will ignite your imagination. Wait for comfortable winter experience in December!

Best Spots in Bahamas for Scuba Diving: Cave and Cavern Diving, Southeast Coast, Crystal River, Gulf Coast, The Keys

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Hope we have could sort out something great for scuba divers. Happy diving! 

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