More nutrients and colder water at the Cocos Islands and the Galapagos result in mind-blowing diving with ocean giants during July. Whale season is in full swing on the Great Barrier Reef, and conditions are perfect in Sipadan.

 

Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Cocos Island is perhaps Costa Rica’s best dive area and the island has been a marine reserve for more than 30 years; offering pristine diving. Ocean currents bring nutrients to the waters of Cocos during July and these nutrients attract hundreds of hammerhead sharks, mantas and whale sharks to the area. It is early in the rainy season, with relatively calm waters, and it is a great time to experience the variety of megafauna on offer. The Argo liveaboard offers 10-night Cocos Island expeditions.

 

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands have many world-class dive sites and Galapagos liveaboard diving means being surrounded by wildlife found nowhere else on earth. It is an ideal diving destination for advanced divers, who can enjoy swimming with marine iguanas, sea lions, eagle rays, manta rays and numerous sharks; including silky, Galapagos, blacktips, and schools of hammerhead sharks.

 

June to December is peak diving season andthe Humboldt current carries cold water and plankton to the island during July. It is a great time of year for diving with whale sharks and manta rays, though there are also large numbers of hammerhead sharks, plus occasional silky and Galapagos sharks to enjoy. The Galapagos Sky offers safaris to the iconic dive sites of the Galapagos Islands.

 

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Dwarf mink whales migrate to the Coral Sea each winter to breed and calve. The Great Barrier Reef is the only place in the worldwhere divers and snorkelers can swim with dwarf minke whales. The M/V Spoilsportand Ocean Quest offer minke whale safaris during July each year.

 

Sipadan Island

Sipadan Island is Malaysia’s most famous dive destination and is the quintessential tropical paradise, both above and below the water. Diving anytime of the year is spectacular in Sipadan Island, however the flat seas and cloudless sunny skies that prevail during July make diving here during this month extra special. Sipadan is known for its healthy reefs, covered with colourful coral and fish. Hiding in the cracks and crevices is an astonishing amount of macro life, and it’s not unusual to spot multiple turtles leisurely munching on sponges along the reef walls. 

This destination is excellent for experienced and beginner divers alike. The calm conditions and often-gentle currents, paired with the phenomenal marine life result in diving that is wonderful for every diver.

 

 

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