Fall can be a tough season for scuba divers. Many of the best diving destinations in the world are transitioning from summer to winter, and the conditions aren’t always the best for diving. However, there are still plenty of spots around the world where the diving is excellent during the last few months of the year. If you’re not quite ready to hang up your gear for the season, check out this list of the best dive locations for the Fall months.
Oman isn’t often mentioned as one of the premier diving destinations in the world, but in the fall, it really shines. Oman offers plenty of excellent dive sites, like the Daymaniyat Islands and the Musandam Peninsula. The autumn months still play host to water temperatures in the low 80s and air temperatures that are far milder than the stifling summer months. Although visibility is usually lower in the Fall, it’s also when a large number of whale sharks migrate to the area, so if swimming with the largest fish in the sea is on your to-do list, Oman in the Fall is an excellent choice!
Baa Atoll, Maldives
Like Oman, the Maldives see a huge number of whale sharks migrating to the area in October and November. In addition to the sharks, giant manta rays also flock to the waters of Hanifaru Bay, chasing the increased number of plankton that the monsoons bring. If you’re not certified to scuba dive it’s no big deal—you can snorkel the bay right from the shore.
Keeping with our theme of diving with amazing animals, Hawaii is an excellent choice in October and November because that’s when the humpback whales arrive in the area. While you won’t be able to actually dive with humpbacks (they’re protected), you will be able to dive with plenty of other animals, from sharks and seas turtles to the amazing manta ray night dive.
The Galapagos Islands should be on the bucket list of any serious diver. The fall months bring much colder water temperatures, but that also means you’ll see more animals like whale sharks, sea lions and penguins. Water temps usually won’t climb above 73 degrees Fahrenheit, so plan on leaving your shorty wetsuit at home!