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Whale Sharks

 — Isla Mujeres, Mexico If there’s a way to experience more joy in the water with only a snorkel, we don’t know about it. Every June to September, the waters off Isla Mujeres churn with the fins from hundreds of whale sharks, migrating up the Yucatan coast in search of food (not you). Operators in […]

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Point Lobos

— Carmel, California Northern Californians are a lucky bunch. Just a couple of hours from San Francisco are Tahoe’s ski slopes, Santa Cruz’s surf breaks and the town of Monterey, where new divers go for their open-water certification. While the diving is excellent at shore sites such as Lover’s Point and Breakwater, the best diving […]

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USS Vandenberg

— Florida Keys, USA Keel down in 140 feet of water just six miles off Key West, Florida, the USS Vandenberg is a thrilling bookend to the Florida Keys Wreck Trek. At 523-feet-long, the former missile-tracking ship deserves more than a single dive (no seeing end-to-end on this beauty). “All the pillows are fluffier,” jokes […]

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Nakwakto Rapids

British Columbia, Canada Few sites offer the possibility of waterskiing while being tied to tree. It’s possible at Turret Rock, aka Nakwakto Rapids, a legendary dive in British Columbia’s backcountry, which boasts some of the world’s fastest ocean currents, clocked at a blistering 16 knots. This is the realm of giant gooseneck barnacles, an oversize […]

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Kona Mantas

— Hawaii, USA It’s only appropriate that divers, come to see one of nature’s wonders, kneel on the shallow bottom off Keahole Point, neoprene supplicants pointing their dive lights up to attract plankton. The mantas glide in from the darkness — some with wingspans of 16 feet — a phantasmagoric morph of fish and bird, […]