Some travelers aren’t satisfied with just an ocean view. They want to explore coral reefs, shipwrecks and the vibrant, diverse ecosystems that inhabit our oceans. Today, scuba diving is a multi-billion dollar industry and one of the world’s fastest-growing recreational sports.
These dive destinations are among the top places to travel for scuba divers:
This low-key island in the south Caribbean draws divers back again and again. The waters surrounding the entire island, known as the Bonaire National Marine Park, are calm, and protected and contain dozens of dive sites. Bonaire is known as the shore diving capital of the Caribbean because reefs begin just yards out from the shore.
This honeymooners’ paradise is also home to colorful, easily accessible reefs and calm waters year-round. Nature-loving travelers can pair their dives with hikes through the island’s lush rainforest or whale-watching excursions. With a selection of chic restaurants to choose from, St. Lucia is a must-visit destination for serious adventurers with serious appetites!
The islands of Roatán, Utila and Guanaja, roughly 40 miles off of mainland Honduras, boast a location on the world’s second-largest barrier reef system. Wreck dives, drift dives, shark dives and even whale shark dives are all popular here. With more than 300 dive sites, scuba divers have reason to make return trips to the region too.
A bucket list destination for many, the Tahitian islands offer world-class beauty both above and below water. Currents flowing between the islands attract many different species of shark, including hammerheads, whitetips and blacktips. Clear waters also allow for easy viewing of sea turtles, dolphins and manta rays.
Tell us what you think! Are you a scuba diver and are these destinations on your list?