Dreaming about a last minute diving trip to ring in the New Year’s doing exactly what you love? There are plenty of options – both across the world and close to home – where divers can both celebrate in style, and cure a New Year’s Day hangover with an unforgettable trip under water.
On New Year’s Eve: Head to the center of town where the action will be easy to find. There’s live music, family activities, (like an early count-down for kids), and a big fireworks display over the city at midnight.
On New Year’s Day: Florida’s Gold Coast (aka Broward and Dade Counties) boasts an amazing collection of natural and artificial reefs which are fairly easy to reach. Try to plan a trip to Tenneco Towers – a trio of oil drilling platforms that plunge 120’ ft. deep, are thickly covered in corals, and are a favorite local destination.
On New Year’s Eve: Be one of the first people in the world to ring in the New Year in this big party city. Because it’s summertime, visitors can stroll around in shorts and Tees with a glass of champagne in hand, and head over to the famous Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House to catch the Harbour of Light Boat Parade, and watch the ensuing massive fireworks display over the water.
On New Year’s Day: Australia may be best known for the Great Barrier Reef off of Queensland, but New South Wales has its own cool diving destinations, like Fish Rock Cave, where humpback whales make common appearances. Divers can also head way offshore to the tiny Lord Howe Island’s, where sea turtles and sharks can be found.
On New Year’s Eve: It’s a tradition for locals to head to the plaza for live music, food, and towering margaritas on New Year’s Eve, and it’s a fun way to mingle with the locals, enjoy a little dancing, and dive into the heart of the Coz culture.
On New Year’s Day: Cozumel is one of the most convenient diving destinations for New Year’s revelers, as dozens of diving sites can be found close to the heart of the party. With two easy-to-reach main reef systems, which start in less than 30’ ft. of water, divers can enjoy vibrant coral formations with ease.
On New Year’s Eve: Hawaii is one of the last places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the world, so feel free to extend the party at the dozens of local bars, or by admiring the massive fireworks display over picturesque Waikiki Beach.
On New Year’s Day: Head to Oahu’s own Maunalua Bay and Hawaii Kai, where lots of dive sites can be accessed and explored, including the China Wall, the Sea Cave, and the Corsair Wreck. The diving in Hawaii is great all year round, making it easy to dip into the waters.
Still not sure where to go? A number of diving operators and liveaboards offer New Year’s specials, (even for last minute trips), so do a little research. With some dedicated, quick planning, you can already have your first dive trip of the year logged into the books just hours after the New Year begins.
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