It’s easy to see why scuba diving is catching on: You get to swim without borders, you see (and touch!) all sorts of sea creatures first-hand, and as natural air breathers, just being in water can be a peaceful, exciting experience in itself.
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The question you might want to ask is where in the world does one go for such an adventure? We caught up with three of our favorite celebs, and are convinced that where they went should be our next dive spots, too.
Anilao, Batangas. A long fan of diving, Luis Manzano recently introduced girlfriend Jessy Mendiola to it, and he picked a good place to do so! It’s only two hours away from the Manila, which makes it a convenient escape for city dwellers.
Anilao is also famous for its marine biodiversity. It's said to have over 250 coral species, which is more than what you'll find in other diving destinations!
Great Barrier Reef, Australia. If you’re thinking of visiting Australia, the Great Barrier Reef should definitely be part of your itinerary. Just ask Anne Curtis and fiancé Erwan Heussaff!
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system on earth. It’s so large that you can even see it from outer space! You’ll find a number of different bird, turtle, fish, whale, and dolphin species here. Plus, the place is great for friends and families interested in touring and learning about environmental conservation.
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Fiji. Another option to consider abroad: Fiji! This was the diving spot for Sarah Lahbati, Richard Gutierrez, and their cutie patootie Zion.
Why Fiji? It’s considered the “soft coral capital of the world." Dive here and your eyes will be treated to colorful, beautiful reefs. And, if you’re really up for it, this is the spot to go and see sharks. The thrill of getting close to one is unmatched.
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Photographs from Instagram.com/senorita_jessy, Instagram.com/annecurtissmith, Instagram.com/sarahlahbati, and Instagram.com/richardgutz