Are you looking to change up your diving routine a bit? Maybe you’re tired of diving reefs in the Caribbean or wrecks along the U.S. East Coast? We suggest you take a break from the salt and check out this list of some of the best freshwater diving spots on the planet.
A truly amazing experience, diving Capo D’Acqua will allow you to explore an underwater village and two abandoned mills that date back over 500 years. However, the lake is private so you’ll need to contact Atlantide Divers School for guided access. It’s well worth the extra steps, though!
In 1959, the Chinese government flooded the Xin’an River and submerged Shicheng City under what is now Qiandao lake. You can dive the remains of the underwater city, which still has a standing archway dating back to the Han Dynasty, complete with carvings of dragons and lions.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
While it sounds like the last place you’d ever want to dive, Pet Cemetery in Playa del Carmen, Mexico is actually an amazing experience for both divers and fossil buffs. The floor of the cavern is littered with the remains of animals that date all the way back to the last Ice Age. The surrounding formations are extremely delicate, though, so you’ll need to be a master at buoyancy control before being allowed to dive the site.
The Incline Village and Sand Harbor Recreation Area on Lake Tahoe provides an amazing freshwater diving opportunity. The visibility is astounding and you can explore everything from schooling fish to a sunken barge and giant boulders.
If you fancy a freshwater dive in the chilly winter months, head down to the Crystal River in Florida, where countless manatees head upstream to stay warm. Be aware, though, Florida law states that swimming with manatees in this area can only be done via mask and snorkel—no scuba gear.
The Silfra Fissure marks the natural separation between the continent of North America the tectonic plate known as Eurasia. By diving this giant crack, you can actually touch both at the same time. The visibility is the likely the best you’ll ever get underwater, over 300 feet! However, the temperatures usually hover around freezing year-round, so you’ll need some experience and gear suited for extreme cold weather diving.