1. WHY DIVE IN NORTH AMERICA?
Beautiful tropical reefs in Hawaii and Florida are a good reason to travel there to dive. North America is the place for specific pelagics like orcas, Giant octopus, Whales, Sea Lions, manatees and Seals. Besides Wreck divers lovers will be particularly amazed in Oahu, Ontario and North Carolina.
2. WHAT ARE THE BEST COUNTRIES IN NORTH AMERICA TO VISIT FOR DIVING?
DIVE NORTH AMERICA
Country of dry suits, ice diving, whale watching and amazing scenery. Strong currents and cold water but Canada is something you can't miss.
- Wrecks from 1800's to dive in Ontario: there you will dive in cold fresh water. Remark: wrecks deteriorate less quickly in fresh water than in salt water.
- Amazing dive site in Vancouver which is a unique place in the world to spot the rare 6-gill shark. On the west coast (British Columbia), nutrient rich water attracts humpback whales, grey whales, sea lions, white-sided dolphins and orcas.
Photography of Orca Whales
DIVE CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico:
Dive among more than 850 species of tropical fish and large pelagics like humpback whales, mantas, hammerheads sharks, sea lions, whale sharks and porpoise.
As well as have dolphins swimming around while putting your fins on (at the dive sites the Blowhole and Cabo Pulmo)!
Photography of a Hammerhead Shark
Photography by Philippe L'Homel: Mantas & Dolphins
Photography by Philippe L'Homel: Dolphins
Hawaii is very unique for its underwater volcano's geology formations such as cavern and lava tubes. Whales are around from late November to mid April.
- Oahu: volcanic formations plus a shipwrecks and crashed aircraft wrecks to discover. The rocks forming the coves look like sharks ("shark's cove") but there is no shark there!
- Hawaii: do not miss a night dive with mantas there.
- Ni'ihau is to avoid for beginners. Sea arches are amazing to dive and the monk seal (endanger species) and other large pelagic can be seen at this spot.
- Lanai is the most famous dive destination to observe lava formations with some crazy light effects.
- Maui: Technical dive on the US Navy PB4Y-1 bomber at 61 meters deep.
- The Molikini Crater is a unique dive in the world.
A unique dive destination in North America is to spot the lemon sharks (in the winter) , manatees and frogfish and to explore lakes, coral reefs and wrecks.
- At Crystal River the manatees gather during the winter time (Nov to April) and its possible to dive with them. Be careful they are a protected species.
- 4 wrecks to dive at the Mizpah corridor on the lower Atlantic coast.
- Interesting wreck diving too of Pensacola, north Florida.
Photography of a Manatee
Photography by Paco Iglesias: Christmas Trees
Photography of a Sand Tiger Shark
DIVE NORTH CAROLINA
301 miles of coast: between Cape Hatteras and Cape Fear the waters are known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic". Excellent for wreck diving, technical diving, military and maritime history, underwater photography and sight seeing.
- All kind of wrecks are there: from WW2 German U boats, such as the U-352, artificial reefs, freighters and WW2 armed trawlers.
- We recommend to dive the wreck of the Papoose to see the large Atlantic Sand Sharks. Over 30 meters viz.
- At Cap Hatteras lies the U-701 at 34 meter deep.
Better to be an advanced diver to start exploring one of these 30 wrecks of this area. Remarks: in addition to manatees, you may encounter nurse sharks and southern sting rays. Sand tiger sharks look more fearsome than they are because in fact they are generally gentle and just curious.