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SA has the most Insta-worthy scuba diving spot in the world: survey

21 February 2022 - 11:54
SA's annual sardine run. The sardine run at Agulhas Bank got the most number of hashtags.
SA's annual sardine run. The sardine run at Agulhas Bank got the most number of hashtags.
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SA has trumped the Bahamas for having the most Instagram-worthy scuba diving spot in the world thanks to the humble sardine. 

Experts at BuildYourAquarium.com wanted to discover the most Instagrammable scuba diving spots.

“A comprehensive seed list of popular scuba diving spots was compiled using multiple websites, including Blue Water Travel, PADI, Wanderlust, Rough Guides and Scuba Travel.

“Only destinations that appeared more than once across the different articles were taken into consideration.

“A refined list of 14 scuba diving spots around the world was created. Each diving spot was manually inputted into Instagram using the search variation #divingspotname and the number of hashtags generated was recorded,” said BuildYourAquarium.com.

All destinations were ranked based on the number of hashtags they had generated, so that the most Instagrammable scuba diving spot could be determined.

Tiger Beach in the Bahamas got 23,383 hashtags.
Tiger Beach in the Bahamas got 23,383 hashtags.
Image: Martin Voeller- Shutterstock.com

The Sardine Run at Agulhas Bank received 23,999 hashtags, while Tiger Beach in the Bahamas got 23,383.

“Every year, between May and July, scuba divers have the opportunity to witness billions of sardines swimming up the SA coast towards Mozambique.

“In second place is Tiger Beach in the Bahamas. This beach, which was discovered in the 1980s, generated 23,383 Instagram hashtags. It is famous for the huge variety of marine animals inhabiting its waters, including various sharks such as tiger sharks, lemon sharks and hammerhead sharks.”

With 11,692 hashtags, the remote Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines came third. The reef, which is situated on a string of extinct underwater volcanoes, is a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to unique corals and thousands of marine species.

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