The Caribbean has some of the most outstanding scuba diving in the entire world and it really doesn’t matter where you go there is someplace nearby to dive. But some places are a bit better than others so let’s look at the best places to dive in the Caribbean.
Belize is a hotspot for divers from all over the world, it has the second largest barrier reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. There are more than 180 miles of reef for divers to explore, you could spend a year here and still not experience everything. The underwater visibility is great and there are mild temperatures all year long. You can dive the world famous Blue Hole and check out an underwater cave system complete with stalagmites and stalactites. There are plenty of fish and you can dive near a mangrove island. If you haven’t been to Belize yet, then what are you waiting for?
The Cayman Islands
This has long been a destination for divers and tourist visiting the Caribbean. There are more than 200 dive sites all around the islands, so you have no shortage of choices. The dive sites vary in degree of difficulty but there is something for everyone, from the newbie diver to the very experienced. Bring along an underwater camera to grab some pictures of the incredible reefs that you can find here. Check out Bloody Bay Marine Park where the coral goes from 20 feet to 6,000 feet deep.
This is often overlooked as a destination for divers, who often head to Belize or the Caymans instead but there are plenty of dive sites here for you to enjoy. There are more than 50 shore dives, where you can park at the side of the road and slap on your gear and go diving. Bear in mind there is a cost, you need to buy a “Nature Tag” that only costs $25 before you head out. Divers of all ability can dive here with no problems.
The Dutch Island has some outstanding diving sites. There is an incredible marine park set in a volcanic marinescape. There is plenty of coral and tropical fish and the water around Saba is a comfortable temperature. You can get here from St Maarten by small plane or a ferry. It is definitely one of the smaller more intimate island, there will be less tourists than you will find in other parts of the Caribbean.