|Caribbean, Mexico & Honduras|
|BelizeOnly half a mile from the barrier reef, Ambergris Caye is twenty-five miles long; its width ranges from a few hundred feet to over four miles and is the largest of the 200-plus cayes (islands) located off the Belize coast. Ambergris Caye is a premier Belize destination for scuba divers and snorkelers alike. It offers a wide variety of other water-oriented activities such as swimming, fishing, sailing, windsurfing and jet skiing. Not enough adventure for you? Try nature hiking, bird watching, bicycling or even exploring a Mayan ruin. Ambergris Caye receives cooling trade winds most of the year, which keeps the temperature down and the mosquitoes away.
Ramon’s Village – The ultimate island getaway sits on a crystal white sand beach, and just a three minute stroll from San Pedro. It offers charming thatched roof cabanas, a fabulous lagoon style pool, excellent restaurant and beach bar and a full service dive operation.
Sunbreeze Hotel – 39 spacious air conditioned rooms overlooking the ocean and surrounded by lush tropical green gardens. Just a few minutes stroll to town and adjacent to the Barrier Reef, the largest in the western hemisphere. Sunbreeze offers an oceanfront restaurant and bar, a freshwater swimming pool and an on-site full service dive shop!
Accommodations and restaurants are available for all budget levels, also check out Tropica Hotel, Manta Resort or Turneffe Island Lodge.
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Bonaire & Curacao
Often grouped with Aruba as part of the Dutch Caribbean islands known as the “ABC’s,” many experienced divers consider Bonaire to be one of the most spectacular dive destinations in the world. There are almost no “non-diving” days in Bonaire, and that goes for night diving too. Bonaire’s claim to diving fame lies in its incredible shore diving. As for Curacao, the combination of diving, an active night life, good beaches and tons of duty free shopping make the island full of adventure. Located 20 minutes by air from Bonaire, on Curacao you will find wild parrots nesting in cactus, limestone caves with growing stalactites and beautiful coral reefs.
Diving in Bonaire
Bonaire’s pristine reefs and diverse marine life are unique to the Caribbean. Because the waters around Bonaire are designated as an official marine park, diving Bonaire is like diving the Caribbean the way it used to be – untouched and unspoiled. The island’s location in the south Caribbean gives it an arid climate with little rainfall; consequently, the waters are exceptionally clear of silt, calm, and divable year round. It is an ideal destination for underwater photographers. Water temperatures average a warm 78-84°F , with visibility often averaging between 100-150 feet.
Buddy Dive Resort - Experience Bonaire with Buddy Dive Resort, where you can dive, take part in a multitude of other available activities, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the atmosphere. A PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Resort, Buddy Dive Resort is known for its casual atmosphere and personable staff with hotel rooms as well as studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with fully-equipped kitchens. Divers, snorkelers, adventurers and leisure travelers alike will feel equally at home at Buddy Dive. You will want to save plenty of time to relax in a hammock and lounge by one of the three pools.
Plaza Resort Bonaire – Sprawled out over 12 acres of beautiful spacious grounds, Plaza Resort offers 200 ocean or lagoonside suites and villas. Perfect for individuals, couples, families, or big groups traveling together. And, when you’re ready to explore a whole new world, “Toucan Diving” is the place to be with over 80 dive sites to explore by boat or from shore.
Harbour Village Beach Club Bonaire - One of Bonaire’s most exclusive resorts, this property is situated on a beautiful private beach, alongside a private marina amid lush landscaping. Amenities include a pool and sundeck, a spa, fitness center and tennis courts. La Balandra Beach Bar & Grill—built in the style of a Spanish galleon—offers excellent cuisine in a breathtaking oceanfront location. Choose from courtyard and marina-front rooms as well as 16 luxurious beachfront suites. Great Adventures Bonaire, a PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Dive and Watersports Center, is on-site and offers a full menu of dive services. Divers can take advantage of unlimited shore diving with the wreck of the Our Confidence just offshore.
Also check out Divi Flamingo and Sand Dollar Condominiums & Beach Club.
Curacao; Lion’s Dive & Beach Resort- Located on a White sandy beach, next to the Curacao Sea Aquarium, Lion’s Dive has 72 air conditioned oceanview rooms. A freshwater pool overlooks the ocean and is located next to “Rumors,” a Caribbean style bar and restaurant. There is also an on-site full service dive shop!
‘Best Twelve Foot Dive’ Stingray City, in Grand Cayman, is not to be missed! This is truly a vacation spot for kids of all ages! Whether you would prefer the lap of luxury or the simple life, The Cayman Islands have an unparalleled choice of Hotels, Condominiums, Villas, Guesthouses and Cottages to ensure you have an enjoyable vacation experience. Blessed with cooling trade winds, the Cayman Islands enjoy a temperate climate year-round. The hottest months are July and August when average temperatures top out at 85 to 90°; the coolest month is February, when highs range from 72 to 86° and nighttime lows dip to the mid-60s to lower 70s.
Grand Cayman; Sunset House – A five minute drive from Seven Mile Beach and walking distance to town. Sunset House is a laid back, relaxed, casual resort, with great beach front diving and a full service dive shop. Or try one of our other resorts, Sunshine Suites and Comfort Suites.
Cayman Brac; Brac Reef Resort – Situated on a spectacular white sand beach, this beachfront resort boasts personalized service and a very casual atmosphere. 40 oceanfront rooms, a fine dining room and alfresco diving area, freshwater swimming pool with adjacent hot tub and poolside bar, plus a fun filled over the water bar called “The Conch Shell.” Diving at the resort is coordinated through Brac Aquatics. Also check out Divi Tiara.
Little Cayman; Little Cayman Beach Resort - Swimming pools, jacuzzi, tennis courts, windsurfing and crystal clear lagoons. Little Cayman Beach Resort is a total escape and vacation experience. Most importantly, the legendary dive sites of Little Cayman are never more than a 10 – 15 minute boat ride away.
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Whether you’re a diver or non-diver, Cozumel is a great place for those looking for fun, sun and relaxation. Palancar Reef, the second largest in the world and a national park, was hailed by the French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau as one of the world’s best diving sites.
Need a little nightlife to break up the diving? No shortage here! Enjoy one of the many local cafes or one of the lively discos. Do keep in mind that the evenings start early, places are packed by 8pm and clear out around midnight, so you can get up early for another great day of diving.
Scuba Club Cozumel - A totally complete dive resort designed to provide all services in one conveinent place. It boasts a fresh water swimming pool, restaurant-bar and in-house dive center. Located on the waterfront, just one mile south of the downtown ferry dock. The ocean side is an Ironshore of limestone that drops to 15 feet and provides a great wall for shallow diving and snorkeling.
Fiesta Americana – A first class, seven story hotel featuring beautiful oceanview rooms, two swimming pools, three restaurants, two bars, jacuzzi and tennis courts. One of Cozumel’s closest resorts to the famed Palancar Reef and just a few steps away from Chankanaab, one of the best snorkeling and diving sites in the world!
Hotel Cozumel - Located one mile south from Downtown San Miguel, walking distance to town and only five mintues by boat to all the main reefs of the island. Hotel Cozumel offers you a relaxed atmosphere with a wide variety of activities and shows for all ages. It offers two swimming pools, one children’s pool, an adult’s jacuzzi, gym and three restaurants and bars to choose from.
Or stay at the all-inclusive Reef Club Cozumel Beach, Dive & Spa Resort, The Hotel Barracuda, or The Villa Blanca Hotel. For diving check out Dive Paradise, Dive House or Sand Dollar Sports.
Sea of Cortez
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Bay Islands of Roatan
The beautiful Caribbean island of Roatan in the Bay Islands of Honduras offers some of the world’s best SCUBA diving. The island is surrounded by the world’s second largest coral reef, hugging most of the shore. This provides calm, clear beaches for swimming and snorkeling plus many varieties of sea life. Roatan is not as “touristy” as many Caribbean islands, but you will find plenty of activities and things to see and learn about the island and Honduran culture.
Anthony’s Key Resort – With 50 private Tahitian style bungalows nestled around a secluded lagoon, this resort provides not only excellent diving but a diversity of “surface” activities. Anthony’s Key is home of the Institute of Marine Sciences and their Dolphin Encounter Program, giving you a chance to swim in the lagoon with the dolphins. The Roatan Museum is also located at the resort. Full PADI diving certification is also available.
Cocoview Resort – Located on a small peninsula just outside the picturesque town of French Harbor on Roatan’s southside, Cocoview offers some of the finest drop-off diving found throughout the Bay Islands. Truly stupendous and dramatic vertical walls beginning in as little as 15 feet of water and dropping into a crystal clear blue abyss. In front of the resort, what may well be the Caribbean’s finest beach dive, a 140 foot shipwreck resting in 40-65 feet of water.
Fantasy Island Resort - An exotic private retreat on a spacious 15 acre island connected by a bridge to Roatan’s south shore. Fantasy Island offers 39 luxury, and 25 standard air conditioned rooms. The main restaurant, three bars and lounge create an elegant and tropical ambiance. Watersport enthusiasts can enjoy small sailboats, catamarans, jet skis and more. There is a full service dive shop, offering a full range of PADI classes.
Utila is a different world to mainland Honduras because of the 300 year British influence on the Bay Islands. The island is mostly uninhabited except for the small fishing village of East Harbour with a population of 6000. The beaches are found west of town toward Blue Bayou. At Blue Bayou you can swing in a hammock, relax and enjoy the beach with a good book or snorkel on the reef just offshore. The Utila Cayes are just short boat trip away where you will find 11 palm studded islands surrounded by white sandy beaches. We offer two great resorts; Utila Lodge and Laguna Beach.
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Tobago is totally unspoiled as far as development. They call it the last of the “unspoiled Caribbean.” This strip of island is just 41 x 14 kilometers and with its’ rolling hills, palm-lined beaches, luch tropical rain forests and pristine coral reefs, it is a wonderful secret to explore. Tobago is one of the southernmost islands in the Caribbean archipelago. The island enjoys a tropical climate. Dry season is from January to May, the wet season is from June to December. Tobago is just south of the hurricane belt.
Manta Lodge Hotel – This small comfortable resort hotel has all the modern facilities to make your Caribbean holiday memorable and relaxing. Directly offshore from the hotel are some of the Caribbean’s finest coral reefs and best known bird sanctuaries. Manta Lodge’s on site full-service dive center, Tobago Dive Experience, operates daily dive charters to the lush reefs. Scuba diving highlights include the world’s biggest brain coral, fantastic drift diving, near virgin reefs and lots of fish.