Jacques Cousteau invented modern scuba diving. He is a reference for this activity and mostly known for all the documentaries he did on marine life. Many scuba divers of my generation owe him their passion for the underwater world as he was the first one to open our eyes to its wonders.

He got to see amazing places, so it’s logical to assume his best dive sites are probably amazing. That’s why I looked for his top 10 list and want to check them all. Read on to find out where these sites are and what I thought of the dives I did!

Jacques Cousteau’s Best Dive Sites:

Heron Island - Dive 02
Heron Island

Heron Island, The Great Barrier Reef, Australia (dived there in 2014, 2018 and 2020)
Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand (dived there in 2015)
– Cozumel, Mexico (dived there in 2016)
– Richelieu Rock, Phuket, Thailand
– Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
– Sipadan Island, Borneo
– Isla del Coco, Costa Rica
– The Blue Hole, Belize
– Aliwal Shoal, South Africa
– Sha’b Rumi, Sudan
I have visited three dive sites out of 10 so far and loved them all. Would I place them in my Top 10? It’s a big YES for Cozumel. Heron Island is my favourite place to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef – but I honestly preferred Cozumel. And Poor Knights Islands is a bit too cold to be among my favourite dives, but I loved all we saw down there and highly recommend checking it out if you’re in New Zealand.

I hope I will get the opportunity to check some other sites from Jacques Cousteau’s list as they have not disappointed me so far.

Where are Jacques Cousteau’s best dive sites?

What about you? Have you been to any of these dive sites? Is there a list you use as a bucket list to choose your diving destinations?

If you like scuba diving, you’ll be interested in this list of the best scuba diving sites on Australia’s East Coast.

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