When you look for the world’s best dive sites, you can trust Jacques Cousteau’s favorite dive sites to make a good list. Jacques Cousteau invented modern scuba diving. He is a reference for this activity and is 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 favorite 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 more sites from Jacques Cousteau’s favourite dive sites 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 Jacques Cousteau’s favorite 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.


Eloise is the creator and writer of MyFavouriteEscapes.com. She writes about her experiences exploring exotic destinations and finding hidden gems closer to home. Her goal is to share tips and stories to inspire and encourage others to go on their own adventures. She loves outdoor and nature-based activities like scuba diving, hiking, kayaking, and sailing. She grew up in France and has lived in England and Turkey before calling Australia home for the past decade. So let's get ready for another adventure!

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