Diving In The Caribbean
Have the experience of a lifetime venturing into the underwater world the Caribbean. Aside from the warm white sands, picturesque palms trees, and beautiful cultures, challenge yourself to take on one of these phenomenal dive explorations! From magical colors, vast sea life, amazing underwater scenery and mysterious caves… no diver will leave the Caribbean disappointed.
The Hilma Hooker – Bonaire In 1984 Bonaire authorities detained and sunk a 240 ft cargo ship into the Caribbean Sea that was attempting to smuggle marijuana. Almost 35 years later, an artificial reef has formed 100 ft below the surface, which attracts a variety of different marine life species and coral. Although the site allows limited access for penetration diving, which means being able to enter the wreck and dive within enclosed rooms, divers are more than pleased with the remains of large ship masts and control operations, such as the wheel.
Stingray City – Grand Cayman Island Located in the northern Caribbean Sea, home to magnificent beaches, beautiful coral reefs, and tropical climate, The Island of Grand Cayman is one of the worlds most visited places. With 162 spectacular dive sites, Grand Cayman has become a favorite within the diving community. One of the main tourist attractions is Stingray city, situated in the northern end of the Island. There you can swim and snorkel among the series of shallow sandbars, where the stingrays will allow you to greet and pet them. Although, this isn’t ideal for diving and the area can get quite crowded, there are opportunities to run trips further into the open water. What makes this one of the worlds most enjoyable dives, is the ability to further interact with the stingrays, by completely immersing yourself into their waters by kneeling, sitting and observing them around you. Not only should you just expect the rays but be prepared to see schools of jacks, snapper, tangs, and sergeant majors all swimming through the beautiful coral heads.
With one of the worlds largest barrier reefs and vast marine life, this dive is located 62 miles off the coast of Belize Harbor, and is definitely one you don’t want to miss. Measuring 984 feet wide and 410 feet deep, the blue hole is one of the underwater worlds most spectacular wonders. The blue hole also provides divers with an opportunity to explore stalactite formations in caves formed thousands of years ago when the ocean levels were much lower (approx. 100 ft). With this site being part of the Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site of the United Nations (UNESCO) be prepared to see various types of marine life; Hammerhead sharks, angelfish, midnight parrot fish and Caribbean reef sharks.
With stunning clear turquoise waters, rich ocean floors and being home to the world’s second largest reef, Cozumel has become one of the top 5 dive areas of the world. Along its coast lays more than 35 dive sites, however, to make a dive trip there memorable, you must visit what’s known as Cozumel’s best diving site, Santa Rosa Wall. In order to get there, you need to take a charter trip with Mexico Blue Dream. Once there, you will enjoy clear views throughout the waters of beautiful coralline, experience great drifting, and incredible marine life.
When planning a trip to Turks and Caicos, keep in mind that the prime diving season runs through January to early April. During these months Caribbean humpback whales migrate, descending upon the island, passing through Turks Head passage and continuing all the way to the Dominican Republic. This is a great attraction for Divers who wish to encounter these beautiful giant mammals; it gives you an opportunity of a lifetime being able to patiently listen for the peaceful reverberation the pods of whales are vocalizing.
Virgin Gorda is known for its warm waters, healthy reefs and amazing marine life. However, located between Spanish Town and The Baths, is a shallow 30 ft dive site, named The Aquarium (also known as Fischer’s Rock). With the site being so shallow, complimented by breathtaking views of the suns rays magically lighting everything up, divers experience an aquarium-type view swimming through labyrinths of rock and colorful coral. Keep watch for small sea creatures and fish use small crevices and caves for safety and hiding. Additionally, other marine life that can be expected in this area are Iridescent blue tangs, stingrays, parrot fish, moorish idols, and nurse sharks. Another great dive site is The RMS Rhone wreck is a scuba-diving hot spot located on the ocean floor off the British Virgin Islands. The RMS Rhone was once thought to be an “unsinkable” UK royal mail ship, but sadly on October 29th, 1867 a hurricane brought the ship to its demise off the Coast of Salt Island. Make sure to have your cameras ready for this dive as you can explore and investigate while swimming through the amazingly intact bow section and under the stern near the 15 ft propeller! The 1977 film classic ‘The Deep’ was shot here
Despite being the smallest Virgin Island, St. John is possibly one of the most beautiful areas throughout all of the Caribbean. With an underwater world full of mystical color and adventure, St. John is a favorite among the diving community. Just off the east end of the island is a lesser known but phenomenal must-go-to dive site called “The Cathedral at Eagle Shoals”. Here you can swim through tunnels, arches, and caves looking down at the colorful reef extending across the ocean floor to the cathedral. The beauty of the coral-filled chamber is so surreal that it has been used for many underwater weddings! Enjoy the company of black trigger fish, silverside, pork fish, and amazing rays of sunlight filtering in through the formation, making the perfect Kodak moment whilst tying the knot!
No diver will be disappointed in the underwater world of paradise Grenada has to offer. Grenada is full of underwater adventures making it suitable for divers of all levels. The Bianca C was a 600-foot cruise liner passenger ship that sank on two occasions, unfortunately making history as “Titanic of the Caribbean” for being the regions largest shipwreck. The first accident occurred in France before it was completed and the second time happened after an engine fire and explosion off the island of Grenada in 1961. Remaining in pieces, this dive allows for thrilling penetration dives. Expect to see reef sharks, great barracuda, and eagle rays… Especially mid-ship!
Just of Key Largo lies the wreck of The USCGC William J. Duane, or more simply known as The Duane, a 327 ft Coast Guard Cutter built in 1936 but was purposely sunk in 1987 to create an artificial reef. Ever since, there have been many different sea creatures that have made a second-life for The Duane, as their home. Depending on the time of year, divers will find Bull sharks, barracuda and whale sharks. This site also allows for penetration dives, welcoming divers into the ship and exploring the deserted decks and cabins of the U.S Navy ship.