09/08/2010 07:47 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The 9 Best Spots For Diving (PHOTOS)

Personally, diving in any capacity--even snorkeling--freaks us out due to a random shark sighting while snorkeling in Jamaica years ago. That said, the beauty and allure of the oceans is totally compelling.

Here are Lonely Planet's picks of 9 places around the world--including ones you'd never think of--that offer other-worldly diving experiences. Captions courtesy of Lonely Planet.