Many destinations are well-known for their brilliant underwater landscapes.
Filled with lush coral reefs and countless vibrant marine life, these destinations regularly take divers’ breath away with their underwater beauty.
But where should you go if you plan to spend half your vacation time above the water?
If you want a getaway that combines amazing scuba diving with beautiful vistas, stunning terrain and lots of local foliage, then you’re in luck.
Many of the best scuba sites became that way because of their isolated and pristine all-around environments. And chances are the ensuing above-ground landscape is just as beautiful as what is under the surface.
But if you want to ensure beauty surrounds you in every direction, then you’ll want to plan a trip to these global locales that are well-known as being some of the most stunning places on Earth.
There’s a reason why millions of visitors flock to Hawaii, as the string of Pacific islands is lush with mountainous tropical landscapes.
For a gorgeous spot topside that’s close to some esteemed diving sites, head to Waipio Valley Overlook in Oahu or the Waimea Canyon, where the views extend for miles.
If an ice diving trip is on your bucket list, then Norway is the place to go.
Well-known for its isolated terrain, beautiful Fjords and incredible Northern Lights displays, this country may be frigid, but it’s also undeniably exotic.
Check out Narvik and Gulen for some of the best wreck diving in the world, as well as a pristine collection of eye-catching islands.
The crystal clear waters of the Canary Islands create a stunning environment whether you’re in the water or on land. And there are a lot of topside destinations to explore in between diving trips.
With long sandy beaches, vast forests and incredible cliffs that dangle on the edge of the world, you’ll want to plan some sightseeing expeditions when you’re not exploring the incredible underwater marine life.
The Maldives remain at the top of many diving lists. Beautiful scenery is just another reason why this chain of more than 1,000 islands remains so beloved with explorers and divers alike.
Islanders only inhabit 300 islands, providing lots of room to stretch out and relax. The sheer number of dive sites throughout the region are nothing short of spectacular.
For a scenic destination along the Great Barrier Reef, head to the Whitsundays Islands.
This destination is renowned for its white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters. These features ensure you can effortlessly relax on shore after a dive trip and enjoy brilliant views.
The nearby diving sites are also pretty impressive. Thanks to popular and world-renowned destinations like Bait Reef, Hook Reef and Blue Pearl Bay.
No matter where in the world you land for a diving adventure, the chances are that there’s a scenic spot to stay where the topside landscapes are simply breathtaking.
Look for remote areas, coastal destinations and popular diving resorts. And find a locale that will feel like a truly scenic and spectacular getaway, inside and out.