Australia ‘best for shore diving’

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Readers of Scuba Diving magazine have voted Australia the best country in the Pacific for anyone who wants to go diving without needing to set foot on a boat.

According to the publication, Australia has some of the top shore diving sites in the world, with underwater enthusiasts able to access some beautiful marine environments from beaches or piers.

Particular hotspots for divers to visit include Navy Pier in Western Australia, Rapid Bay Jetty in South Australia and even Bare Island in Sydney, it revealed.

Any scuba divers booking flights to Australia in the coming months may want to consider trying one of these alternative dive sites rather than heading to the ever-popular Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea.

More than 5,000 people responded to the survey, ranking different diving destinations around the globe on a host of criteria.

Egypt came out on top as one of the best locations for Wreck diving, while Thailand was among the countries selected as great value for money.