Caribbean Scuba Diving
With some of the best scuba diving spots in the world, the Caribbean is a must-visit destination for scuba divers from around the globe.
The Cayman Islands cater to divers with 34 dive operators on Grand Cayman, 5 more on Little Cayman, and 3 more on Cayman Brac as well as a number of unusual dive spots. One is Stingray City, in North Sound off Grand Cayman, where divers can swim with dozens of tame stingrays. It's an easy, 12-foot dive and snorkelers can also enjoy the experience thanks to the crystal-clear waters. Bloody Bay Wall, off Little Cayman, is another favorite. Here the drop begins at 18 feet and then plunges to 1,000 feet. The crystal-clear waters allow snorkelers to see the tunnels and caves below.
The U.S. Virgin Islands are home to Buck Island Reef National Monument. Located off St. Croix, this 850-acre national park has corals, sponges, and more than 250 species of fish. Snorkelers can follow the marked underwater trails and learn more about the various types of marine life. Divers can explore a number of shipwrecks, such as the Northwind, the Rosaomaria, and the Suffolk Maid. Salt River, is a well-known spot because of its forests of black coral and the visible east and west walls of a submerged canyon. Cane Bay has coral canyons and drop offs to explore. The famous "Wall" has a plunge of more than 3,000 feet. The wonders of the canyon are visible to snorkelers as well.
In the British Virgin Islands, divers love to explore Cane Bay's coral canyons and drop offs. The HMS Rhone, a mail ship that went down off Salt Island in 1867, is a favorite of divers. It served as the filming location for the motion picture, The Deep.
The Curacao Underwater Marine Park a 12-mile undersea wonderland of protected coral reefs and shipwrecks. The Tugboat is covered in orange tube coral. Divers can see black coral. Banda Abao on the southwest coast runs from the lighthouse to Kaap St. Marie and offers dives for all levels of experience.
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