My Diving Bucket List

On every dive trip I join, I meet someone who tells me about other incredible things they’ve seen underwater. Which makes me want to go on another trip to see them. So, the more I dive, the longer my list of things to see and places to go becomes. But, that said, there are several animals that remain at the top of my list. So here it is – my scuba diving bucket list with the creatures I’d most love to see on a future dive:

Manta Rays

Aka majestic sea flap flaps. These fabulous giant rays have been firmly at the top of my diving bucket list since I qualified as a diver 10 years ago. And I still haven’t seen one!

Manta are a close relative of sharks and rays and can grow up to two tonnes, according to the Manta Trust! With a wing span of up to seven metres, they’re enormous! Places you’re likely to see these gentle ocean giants include: the Maldives, Mozambique, the Azores, Hawaii, Micronesia, the Great Barrier Reef, Indonesia, the Galapagos, and more. So many places to see them and I’ve still not seen one. Dive goals…

Great White Sharks

Duh nuh, duh nuh…

Great White sharks are portrayed as vicious killers in films and TV. So why would anyone in their right mind want to be in the water with one of these brutal monsters? I’d never been particularly keen on cage diving until I read Lisa Collins’ review of shark diving in the waters near Guadeloupe. Since then, it’s been firmly on my diving bucket list.

Hammerhead Sharks

There’s something bizarrely enchanting about the hammerhead’s oddly shaped head. Although it looks strange, it actually gives them great vision and improves their hunting. According to See the Wild, their favourite food is the stingray.

Sea Bunny Nudibranch

The cutest slug you’ll ever see. The “Jorunna parva” is a type of nudibranch (sea slug) which looks like a fluffy bunny. According to PADI, you’ll need to travel to the Indo-Pacific Ocean to see one of these fluffy bunnies. Plus, they’re not the only cute sea slug – I’d also love to see the wonderfully adorable Shaun the Sheep Nudibranch. So cute!

Dolphins (again)
Scuba diving bucket list: Swimming with Dolphins

Dolphins in the Red Sea

However many times I see dolphins, they’ll always stay on my diving bucket list – swimming with these fun-loving, intelligent creatures in the wild is a magical experience.


Also known as mola, these are incredibly weird-looking fish. They’re also the world’s largest bony fish and can weigh up to two and a half tonnes, according to National Geographic.

Marine Iguana

Found only in the Galapagos, these iguanas have the unique ability of living and foraging at sea. I’d love to see one – not to mention all the other extraordinary creatures in the Galapagos.

Thresher Sharks

With their distinctive long tails, thresher sharks are quite the sight to behold. As well as looking great, their tails are really useful – they use them like a whip to stun their prey. I’d love to visit the Philippines to see these stunning sharks.

Whale Sharks

I have been lucky enough to swim with whale sharks before. It was the most incredible experience and I’d love to do it again one day. Whale sharks are immense – they’re the biggest fish in the world – but they’re harmless and feed on plankton.


Often known as “sea cows”, manatees are another gentle giant. Like seals, they’re curious and friendly – I’d love to see one in the wild!

Pygmy Seahorse

Tiny, rare and well camouflaged – enter the pygmy seahorse. They’re around the size of a fingernail and have the smallest known population of any seahorse.

Leafy Sea dragon

Easily mistaken for some floating seaweed, this is a sea dragon. Another weird and wonderful creature I’d love to see. Add it to the diving bucket list…

What else should I add?

Is there an amazing creature I’ve missed off my list? These are just a few of my ‘must sees’ but if you think there’s something I really must add, why not get in touch?

Can you help? 

If you’re a wonderful PR person or work for a dive company that might be able to help me see some of the fab creatures above for one of my articles, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading!