Best Scuba Diving in the Caribbean
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Best Scuba Diving in the CaribbeanPosted on June 2. 2014
The Caribbean is without a doubt one of the best places in the world to go scuba diving. From wrecks of old postal ships to out-of-this-world geological features and vibrant underwater statues teeming with life, there is a diverse set of dive sites here that all blow you away for different reasons. Here are our picks on where to find the best scuba diving in the Caribbean.
The Cayman Islands
Commonly referred to as the best islands in the Caribbean for diving, the Cayman Islands are essentially one big dive site and the reason they make our list. What makes the diving here so special here is a combination of the sheer abundance of dive sites and the super clarity of the water. There are well over 200 recognized dive sites to explore, and dozens of dive operators in business. Despite its name, Bloody Bay Wall on Little Cayman is a colorful dream come true for divers and is probably the premier site on the islands, if you had to pick one.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
Made famous by the one and only Jacques Cousteau, the Great Blue Hole is a massive sinkhole off the coast of Belize that looks like something out of science fiction movie. Almost 1000 feet wide and several hundred feet deep, the Great Hole is home to a modest amount of marine life, but a mind-blowing collection of stalactites and a large underwater cave. A rarity in the world of diving, The Great Blue Hole is just as impressive from above water, as the view from above will take your breath away. To truly take in its beauty, savvy divers opt for a helicopter tour that flies above the hole before dropping them in the water.
If you could only dive just one shipwreck site in the Caribbean, The RMS Rhone should be it. A Royal Mail ship heading back to England, the RMS Rhone went down in a hurricane, and now lies solemnly almost fully in tact. While it was a nightmare wreck, it is a scuba diver’s dream full of remnants of a bygone era and thriving marine life.
Cancun Underwater Museum
Even though it was only just opened in 2009, The Underwater Museum in Cancun has already become legendary around the world as one of the most unique diving experiences anywhere. Located just off Isla Mujeres (near Cancun), hundreds of life-like sculptures of people have been placed underwater, made from a special material that will allow them to eventually become artificial reefs. And since they will over time become hidden by these reefs, the time is now to see the sculptures in their full glory.
Salt Pier, Bonaire
By those in the know, Bonaire is a diver’s dream. The island is loaded with shallow water fringe reefs that will have you in the middle of a dream drive seconds after walking into the water from your hotel beach. The Salt Pier is well known for having a very colorful collection of sponges, seahorses and small fish and diving here will make you feel like you’re in an aquarium.
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