Finding Nemo: 5 National Parks Where You Can Dive In To Explore Marine Life

The lure of exploring the vibrant beauty of marine life on a diving adventure is enticing to the say the least. Wondering which national parks also have scuba diving?

From Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Indonesia’s Komodo National Park and Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve, here is a list of five best national parks around the world with diving.  

 1. Mombasa Marine Park and National Reserve 

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Kenya’s famous Mombasa Marine Park and National Reserve is known for its warm azure ocean, white sandy beaches dotted with coconut palms and underwater adventure. While diving is one of the best ways to explore the underwater jewels here, you can also opt for windsurfing, water skiing, and snorkelling. You can explore a colourful variety of marine species including stonefish, crabs, starfish, corals, turtles, cucumbers sea urchins and sea grasses.

 2. Alonissos National Marine Park

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The first marine park established in Greece, the Alonissos National Marine Park is home to not only hundreds of plants and animals but also remarkable archaeological and historical monuments. While diving is available for visitors, you can also enjoy swimming or simply take pictures, record videos, or walk around and observe the wildlife.

3. Thingvellir National Park

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A stunning national park in Iceland, the Thingvellir National Park allows diving in two submerged rifts, Silfra and Davíðsgjá. Silfra is one of the most popular choices among tourists because of the astounding visibility in the clear, cold groundwater and magnificent surroundings.

4. Tubbataha Reefs National Park 

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 Philippines’ famous  Tubbataha Reef Marine Park boasts of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100-m perpendicular wall, two coral islands and extensive lagoons. Diving here will let you interact with 1,200 macro and pelagic species that live in these waters. It has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its incredible biodiversity. 

5. Bonaire National Marine Park 

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The oldest marine reserve in the world, the  Bonaire National Marine Park was established in 1979 and covers 2600 hectares. The pristine waters here give a perfect opportunity to dive and explore miles of coral reef. The entire coast of the island comprises Protected Area up to a depth of 200ft (60m). 

Plan your trip to any of these national parks to have an up close and personal encounter with the diverse marine life.