Diving at its best

Posted on 23/06/2014

Diving at its best

Let’s be honest — if you want to go diving, it’s the Caribbean or bust. Whether it’s the unmatched sea life, easy access to dive sites or the sheer brilliance of the waters of the Caribbean Sea, the region is the top diving destination for a reason. Of course, there are some great places to stay when you’re not in the water. Here’s our list of some of the best places to stay for snorkeling or diving.

Sunset House – Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is one of the Caribbean’s leading dive destinations, with almost 250 dive sites in total (and growing). Whether you’re heading to dive at the world-famous Stingray City or taking part in one of the resort’s night dives, it’s all here for divers at the hotel, which bills itself as “for divers, by divers.”

Lions Dive & Beach Resort – Curacao

Home to an Ocean Encounters dive shop, the eco-oriented Lions Dive offers diving both right off the property’s beach and sites like Klein Curacao, Mushroom Forest and Tugboat.

Magdalena Grand Beach Resort – Tobago

The Magdalena Grand, located on the Tobago Plantations Estate, is the newest resort on this list, having opened in the summer of 2012. But it offers a combination of leisure and great diving, with a five-star PADI dive centre and is very close to the wreck of the M/V Maverick ferry.

Turneffe Island Resort – Belize

Located on a private island off the coast of Belize, Turneffe Island offers access to more than 70 dive sites, including the stunning Elbow. The hotel has its own dedicated dive programme, which includes 15 dives per week.

Anthony’s Key Resort – Honduras

Located on Roatan’s Sandy Bay, Also a PADI Gold Palm five-star resort, Anthony’s Key Resort has a fleet of 10 dive boats and access to sites near and far, including in the “Front Porch” reef.

Anse Chastanet – St Lucia

Anse Chastanet is all about nature, and the diving is up to the task, with the resort being home to Scuba St Lucia on the south end of Anse Chastanet beach. Diving at the Anse Chastanet reef begins about 10 yards beyond the edge of the water. And the property also has three dive boats of its own.

Bohio Dive Resort – Turks and Caicos Islands

Grand Turk offers a plethora of dive sites on its western coast, and Bohio is the perfect launching point. Visibility is all the way to 100 feet on average, and the hotel emphasizes a “valet” diving experience — including being picked up just a few steps from your room.

Courtesy: Caribbean Journal.

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