Unmissable Diving Sites Around the World

By Nell McShane Wulfhart - 2014-08-22T16:49:20Z

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The Deep Blue Yonder

Scuba diving expert Meg Austin helped us pick ten underwater adventures that should be on every diver's bucket list, from navigating underwater kelp forests in Point Lobos to swimming with leopard seals in Antarctica. Not a diver? These photos might convert us all.


The Antarctic ice is constantly on the move, so dive sites shift as time passes. Petermann Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula, is a reliable spot for divers to come face to face with leopard seals. These predators feed on fish, penguins—even other seals. Though their spotted coats make them look like cuddly stuffed animals, leopard seals are nearly 12 feet long and not to be underestimated.

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