Socorro does sound good.
I've dived with seven giant Mantas in Mozambique, and saw 30 whale sharks all swimming together. Some the size of a bus! Amazing. Wouldn't necessarily push Moz though since visibility is very variable and there is not much in the way of reef (although lots of Frog Fish), I've been 5 times and sometimes the vis has been terrible.
Don't forget Komodo, especially in the colder south around Rinja, that place is epic. Mantas, hundreds of sharks, shoaling tunas and barracudas so thick they block out the light, dolphins. Komodo is right up there as a kick-ass diving destination.
Surprisingly good diving in north of Bali, around Tulamben region. I was just passing some time there before going on to dive elsewhere in Indonesia, but turned out the diving was really pretty good.
Raja Ampat. I don't want to say too much about Raja Ampat as I don't want to encourage more people to go, I want to keep it all for myself. Almost completely unspoiled right now.
Aliwal Shoal - thousands of sharks. Tiger sharks. Bull sharks. Sharks swimming up and bashing into you to see what you are. Exciting boat launch through the surf. Steaks on the braii after dives. Lekker!
Lembeh. Everyone should go to Lembeh once. But be warned, for those susceptible, you will be hooked and have a need to go back year after year after year. For others it's just "meh" and got bored after a few days. But I am one of the hooked ones - that place is just mesmerising.
Ambon good but preferred Lembeh. (Although near Ambon I dived with banded sea snakes that came and wrapped themselves around your arms and neck!!)
Bunaken - I thought was massively overrated and disappointing - but I appreciate its not a zoo, you can't control nature, and for people who visit when it's 70m vis and sealife is prolific, I imagine it's a different experience.
(Much like saw someone had a disappointing experience in the Maldives - of course it completely depends on time of year, which location, ocean conditions and whether nature decides to treat you to a spectacle or not. I've had a bad trip to Maldives, but also 3-4 excellent trips, so I see how it can be variable).
Palau - one of my favourite places. Most people go for reef dives, there are very impressive reefs, lots of pretty fishes, loads of sharks (blue corner on a reef hook anyone?) although I haven't been since 2003 and I hear there has been quite a bit of bleaching and other damage. But - Palau is also amazing for wrecks, there are almost as many wrecks as in Truk, but for some reason it is not known as a big wreck destination. I'm going back early next year exclusively to dive Palau wrecks on CCR. I am sure it's going to be awesome.
Yap - meh. Worth a look for yourself.
Hermes in Sri Lanka is worth a visit, of great historic interest, and of course Sri Lanka is fascinating to visit. All the colour of India without the incredible overcrowding.
Truk - yes it is good. But it's getting thousands of divers a year now, all of them bashing their way up corridors and into engine rooms, riding the guns, picking up shell casings and other artefacts. With the negative consequences to the wrecks. At least in Bikini there is still less than 100 divers a year, sometimes a lot less. But even those wrecks are starting to break up - particularly the stern of the Saratoga was very noticeably different between 2012 and 2014. Plus one of the most reliable operators is going to cease their trips there next year. So go soon.
I'd love someone to write about the Coron wrecks.
My own next big trip will be to dive the wrecks of The Great Lakes.
Basically there are so many awesome places in the world to dive. What a fantastic pastime.
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