Postcard-Perfect Diving Conditions In Curaçao Photo Courtesy of Playa Kalki, Alice in Wonderland and Curaçao Tourist Board
dive organizers here do morning trips that cover one wreck and one
reef, allowing you to spy colorful fish, eels and stingray in between.
Boat rides to dive sites tend to top out at 30 minutes. Some organizers,
such as Dive Bermuda (on Fairmont Southampton’s beach), will do night dives if you have four or more people.
Cancun is home to the globe’s second-largest barrier reef and offers
fantastic scuba diving. You’ll see stingrays, moray eels, angelfish,
turtles and dolphins in stunning Caribbean waters. In addition, Museo
Subacuático de Arte’s 400 lichen-covered underwater statues (including
cars, dogs and people) are especially photogenic.
roundup like this would be incomplete without the Great Barrier Reef.
Off the coast of Queensland, this is the longest living thing on earth.
Earn your open water certification in Carmel at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
Because the park allows just 15 groups to dive each day, the reefs and
aquatic life are protected. As you float through kelp fronds, look for
crabs, snails, lingcod and bright nudibranch alongside colorful schools
Indian Ocean is warm year-round, which makes diving off the coast of
Mombasa a treat. One great place to go for an underwater outing is off
Watamu, 65 miles north of the city.
Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar Made
up of 800 islands in the Andaman Sea, the Mergui Archipelago is a
favorite of especially intrepid divers. When you want to feel like you
have an entire ocean to yourself and have an urge to explore fairly
uncharted territory, this is the place to come.
There are great dive spots all over Bali,
but what makes the fishing village of Tulamben popular is its
shipwreck. During World War II, U.S. Army transport ship Liberty was
sunk by a Japanese torpedo. You can reach the wreck by swimming, seeing
as how its highest point is just 16 feet from the ocean’s surface.
Riviera Maya & CancunOnce a collection of small fishing villages, this portion of Mexico’s
Yucatan Peninsula, starting at Cancun and stretching south, has evolved
into one of the most popular and dynamic tourist destinations on the
western Caribbean Sea. It offers the perfect mix of dive opportunities,
cultural experiences, shopping and adventure. It’s enough to satisfy the
most hardcore scuba diver and landlubber alike. For cave divers, this
region is legendary, but everyone can explore some of the
lightbeam-filled caverns in Riviera Maya. Where to StayKin-Há Hotels are a pair of rustic ecological hotels with two locations,
one facing the sea, and the other in the village of Tulum. An hour and a
half from the airport to Tulum and 50 minutes from Playa del Carmen