Enter into a magical world beneath the ripples of the sea for some extraordinary snorkelling and diving in the Caribbean.
One of the Earth’s biggest hidden wonders, diving in Caribbean waters is one of the best ways to learn more about our precious oceans and the treasures they hold.
Diving in the Caribbean
The Caribbean is great for many things, one of which being the phenomenal diving experiences on offer. These waters are teeming with tropical marine life, and the seabed is laden with old wrecks, coral reefs and curious caverns, making this area a top spot for divers, whether experienced or new to the game.
It also has the benefit of being one of the most charismatic holiday spots in the world. There is a bounty of beaches, plates piled high with seafood and days basking in sunshine to enjoy in between getting to know Caribbean aquatics! See our favourite spots to go diving in the Caribbean and get inspired to dive on in…
Petit St Vincent Private Island, the Grenadines
As the son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau – the legendary conservationist, filmmaker, author and researcher of marine life – a love of the sea runs through the veins of Jean Michel Cousteau, who opened a state-of-the-art diving centre on gorgeous Petit St Vincent Private Island in 2014. With rich coral reefs, brightly-coloured fish, rays, turtles and lobsters to be seen in almost every direction, the sea here is the perfect place for Cousteau’s mission of inspiring guests to protect the ocean for the next generation.
Rather fittingly, amongst the host of fantastic diving courses offered by the resort, there are programmes designed for children aged 8 to 10 years old. ‘Bubble Maker’ introduces little ones to scuba-diving safely in just six feet of water, whilst the ‘Introduction to SCUBA Diving for Children’ cranks the learning up a notch, so that they can experience putting their face in the water and breathing through a regulator – just like the grown-ups!
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St Lucia
Attracting visitors from far and wide, The PADI Dive Centre at Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is a stone’s throw away from the gin-clear waters of the protected underwater park and National Marine Reserve that stretch along the base of the Petit Piton, to the north, and the Gros Piton, to the south. As part of an underwater volcano, the area is a fascinating place to snorkel and dive.
Guests of the resort can snorkel straight from the beach and even join a guided night snorkelling session to, literally, discover the sea in a different light. From easy reef dives, to challenging drift dives and drop-offs, there are seemingly endless opportunities for novice and seasoned divers alike to explore the depths.
Dive sites include the enchantingly named ‘Fairyland’, where a large plateau teems with Horse Eye Jacks, Creole Wrasse and Hawksbill Turtles, while ‘The Pinnacles’ offers spectacular underwater peaks where Trumpet Fish and seahorses prefer to swim.
Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada
For something quite unique, submerge yourself at Grenada’s underwater sculpture park. It is the world’s first established attraction of its kind and the brainchild of artist, Jason de Caires Taylor. Located in Molinere Bay, just beyond the island’s capital, St George’s, visitors to Spice Island Beach Resort can easily include this star sightseeing opportunity on their ‘must see’ list.
An array of statues has been carefully shipped out and sunk on the seabed of the newly declared Marine Protected Area, creating a gallery that is both captivating and a little eerie at the same time. Swim up to the circle of children, the cyclist, the impressive statue of ‘Christ of the Deep’ and many more figures, whilst admiring the aquatic flora that has grown over the display, as well as marine life – including nudibranchs (a type of mollusc that sheds its shell) – that also form part of this surreal scene.
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