Scuba in the Caribbean
Strap on your oxygen tank and grab your diving mask! The warm waters of the Caribbean are stunningly clear and offer the finest scuba excursions in the world. First time divers and long-time scuba enthusiasts will find all their senses wrapped in a world of striking reefs, mysterious shipwrecks and colorful marine habitats. Nearly 20,000 square miles of coral reef surround the Caribbean islands and host a vibrant ecology of angelfish, sea turtles, sting rays, nurse sharks and every sea creature imaginable.
Most resorts in the Caribbean are just minutes from PADI certified dive centers, and several resorts even include scuba diving in their all inclusive package! There are several places in the Caribbean that have won international fame for the scuba diving alone. Take a look at some of these destinations for a head start to scuba diving in the Caribbean:
Turks and Caicos
Hailed as one of the “Top Fifteen Most Popular Dive Destinations Worldwide” by Rodales’ Scuba Diving Magazine, Turks and Caicos features an elaborate coral reef that stretches more than 200 miles long and 65 miles wide. Crystal clear waters and numerous dive centers introduce a teeming waterworld of humpback whales, manta rays, seas turtles and bottlenose dolphins.
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More than 700 exotic islands surrounded by the clearest water in the world have made the Bahamas a place of refuge for scuba divers of every aptitude. Each island holds its own mystery and presents a myriad of blue holes, coral walls, underwater caves and ancient shipwrecks to explore. Take a private charter to an unknown reef or enjoy an informative expedition with a PADI certified instructor.
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Descend from a towering mountain backdrop into the azul waters off the coast of St. Lucia. Catch a glimpse of amazing marine life such as peacock flounders, needle fish and octopus on your shallow dives. Or head to the ocean floor for a vivid display of dense coral, animate puffer fish and bustling sea horses. St. Lucia’s coast is sprinkled with thrilling sites for scuba divers of all levels.
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