MedFlight911's Top 5 Scuba Diving Destinations
We recently received a call about a patient who required an air ambulance transport from the Maldives due to a scuba diving accident. Diving is amazing and no one wants to have to plan or even think about a long distance air medical transport while enjoying the white sandy beaches, crashing waves and underwater panoramas of gorgeous, multicolored fish. The MedFlight911 team was more happy to help this patient get the care she needed. Once the medical transport was complete and the patient was home safely, our team found itself mesmerized by our memories of view of the Maldive's coastline from the air ambulance's windows. As an office full of avid divers, we are constantly searching for the next scuba diving destination and adventure. The Maldives now tops our list. For fun, we created a list of our top five dream locations to go scuba diving in January:
Our air ambulance client led us to this location, and we never wanted to leave. The Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean and is considered the world's number one diving destination. The dry season begins in January, making this the ideal time to visit and dive. The reefs surrounding Maldives are home to over 2,000 fish and marine species. Swim with reef sharks and exotic sea life, explore under water caves, and even visit an underwater shipwreck in this beautiful paradise.
Escape winter temperatures and soak up the sun and temperatures in the 80's Kona, Hawaii. Perfect for beginning to advanced divers, Kona's crystal clear waters offer an array of healthy coral reefs, colorful fish, dolphins, turtles, manta rays, and much more. While you're there you can explore the beautiful waters on a famous night dive. A guided tour will lead you to a lit ocean floor for this once in a lifetime experience. Night or day, Kona is the perfect winter scuba diving destination.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Home to some of the best dive sites in the world the Turks and Caicos Islands are of course on our list. With over 40 different dive locations and the opportunity to see migrating humpback whales, these islands offer an unforgettable ocean experience. Many dives are completed close to shore and the clear blue waters offers high visibility of about 50-150 ft. The average high temperature in January is 81 degrees so whether you want to spend your time on the ocean floor or take a break for a beach picnic, these islands offer something for everyone.
If you want to explore shipwrecks, this is the place for you. A native to the Mediterranean Sea, Larnaca is home to many different shipwrecked vessels including a WW2 gunboat, a British Army helicopter, and the most famous site, the wreck of the Zenobia, a ferry that sank within minutes of the Harbour. These ships have become home and play yard for a variety of fish, eels, and octopus.
Last, but certainly not least, Queensland, Australia is home to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Great Barrier Reef covers 2,600 kilometers (longer than the Great Wall of China) with about 3,000 individual reefs. As if the coral collection and vast array of sea life wasn't enough, one of the most impressive attractions in the natural underwater amphitheater where divers have a front row seat to shark feedings. For any diver, Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef are a must!
All of these locations offer their own unique beauty and charm; however, you must always use caution when scuba diving. There are many dangers involved in scuba diving, including: barotrauma, decompression sickness or "the bends", nitrogen narcosis, and oxygen toxicity. Many of these illness will require specialized medical care and possibly medical transport.
We highly recommend dive accident insurance before you complete any dive. Divers Alert Network provides dive accident insurance which covers costs that may not be covered through your primary medical coverage including hazardous recreational activity or coverage for out of long distance air ambulance travel. It can also protect you from having to pay large out-of-pocket costs for co-pays and deductibles.
If you are being safe and following proper dive protocol, the chances of needing to use the insurance are fairly low; however, it is always better to be safe than sorry. As always, the MedFlight911 team is happy to help, as we did with the diver in the Maldives. However, it is always more fun to end your vacation on a happy and healthy note!
Interested in learning more about decompression sickness, how it happens, and the risks of flying if you have the condition? Stay tuned for our future blog post on the subject!
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