Tropical diving too hot for you? Want something a little more refreshing?

We break down the best cold-water diving destinations to explore…if you’re up for the chill.


Top 10 Cold-Water Diving Destinations

By Scuba Diver Life

Tropical diving too hot for you? Want something a little more refreshing? We break down the best cold-water diving destinations to explore. 

  • British Columbia, Canada

    By Scuba Diver Life

    The Sunshine Coast may get a few hours of extra sun but it isn't very warm. Still, its home to shipwrecks, drift diving and Giant Pacific Octopus dens, giving a little bit of everything to any diver.

  • Svalbard, Norway

    By Scuba Diver Life

    In the far north of Norway, dive with drifting icebergs, unique marine life all while submerged in the translucent water of Spitsbergen.

  • Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

    By Scuba Diver Life

    Divers here get front-row seats to marine life in action. Famous for its sardine run where they're tightly packed together for miles, predators like whales, copper sharks and dolphins hunt for fish.

  • Poor Knights Island, New Zealand

    By Scuba Diver Life

    Sought after for its vast open-ocean exposed caves and rock formations, divers can expect to see lots of big-fish marine life offshore of an archipelago. 

  • Vladivostok, Russia

    By Scuba Diver Life

    Ice-covered water diving is common here, as well as giant octopuses, Russian war wrecks and beautiful views. Warning: it's wicked cold.

  • Lake Baikal, Russia

    By Scuba Diver Life

    The deepest lake in the world is home to beautiful freshwater marine life and, of course, ice-cold vodka for after the cold dive.

  • Kangaroo Island, Australia

    By Scuba Diver Life

    The best place to see leafy and weedy sea dragons and blond sea lions, this spot offers some of the best untapped diving in Australia.

  • Scapa Flow, Scotland

    By Scuba Diver Life

    In the heart of the Orkney Islands, Scapa Flow is home to amazing WWI and WWII British blockship wrecks and off-the-beaten-path Scottish culture. 

  • Silfra, Iceland

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    Called the clearest water on Earth, it’s known for the Silfra fissure, a crack between the North American & Eurasian continents.  Dive in between the world's mind-blowing scenery. 

  • Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica

    By Scuba Diver Life

    The final frontier for diving is in the coldest spot on earth: the Antarctic Peninsula. Stunning scenery, unique marine life & bragging rights come to those willing to dive in the ice.

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