Visit the best places to dive in October and you can enjoy encounters with some of the biggest animals in the ocean; from humpbacks to blue whales and more.
Meet Mexico’s Giants
October is the start of the whale watching season in Baja, Mexico, with a variety of whales visiting Mexican waters from October to April. Mexico is one of the only places in the world where you can swim with humpback whales and Socorro Island is visited by thousands of these whales during their breeding season each year. The Sea of Cortez is a great place to dive in October for spotting numerous cetaceans; including humpback whales, pods of blue whales and also sperm whales.
Minke whales, pilot whales and orcas also make an appearance in Mexican waters at this time of year, and there are of course the resident giant manta rays to enjoy. All of which make Mexico scuba diving an experience not to be missed.
Night Dive With Hawaii’s Mantas
Did you know 20% of Hawaii’s marine life is found nowhere else in the world? Home to numerous species of fish, rare invertebrates and large pelagics, it is scuba diving heaven. Imagine diving amongst underwater lava formations, next to steep drop-offs, and pristine coral reefs that stretch for miles.
Kona is one of the few places in the world where you can dive with manta rays at night and watch them barrel-rolling and feeding in the light of your torch. It is possible to see up to 46 mantas on a single night dive! The Kona Aggressor II offers Hawaii liveaboard safaris that include the chance to night dive with mantas.
Visit Australia’s Best-kept Secret
Rowley Shoals, which is located 300 kilometers off Broome, Western Australia, is home to marine biodiversity that rivals that of the Great Barrier Reef. Rowley Shoals has one of the shortest dive seasons and is a great place to dive in October through to December.
The shoals are essentially three coral atolls, which are home to hundreds of species of fish and marine life. The coral here is abundant and thriving. Sites such as ‘Jimmy Goes To China’, a 40-metre wall covered with enormous gorgonian fans and black corals and ‘Tiger Alley’ (where it’s not uncommon to see numerous shark species) will delight and thrill divers.
The Seychelles Islands weather pattern is governed between two opposing trade winds. In April and October, these winds drop resulting in wonderful conditions both above and below the water. The warm air temperature and lack of wind, combined with the warmer water temperatures and excellent visibility, make it one of the best destinations to sail and dive in October.
Island hopping onboard a liveaboard is the best way to see the Seychelles. Some liveaboards, such as the Sea Shell, require no dive certification at all and combine snorkeling, diving, and site-seeing all in one trip. You’ll visit uninhabited islands, beautiful beaches where you can snorkel right offshore and of course dive with the fantastic marine life that inhabits the area.
From June to December whale sharks visit the Seychelles, so along with perfect weather during October, you may have the chance to swim with the biggest fish in the sea.