The Caribbean is known for its famous beaches, attractions and luxury all-inclusive resorts, but the natural wonders of the sea are equally intriguing. Divers of all levels can enjoy the Caribbean’s underwater treasures – from sunken ships to a giant underwater sinkhole.
Grab your diving gear and head to these top diving spots in the Caribbean for an unforgettable experience.
The Great Blue Hole of Belize
At 410-feet deep, The Great Blue Hole of Belize has earned international attention and is often considered one of the wonders of the world. Jacques Cousteau, known as the father of scuba diving, referred to The Great Blue Hole as one of the world’s top 10 scuba diving zones. Located off the coast of Belize, the sinkhole’s mild, 76-degree year-round, crystal-clear water yields dazzling coral reefs and encounters with thousands of species of tropical fish including reef sharks and other Caribbean natives. This spot is only recommended for experienced divers, as the lack of water currents make it easy to descend to new depths.
The Cathedral at Eagle Shoals, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
For temperate waters and exotic marine life, The Cathedral at Eagle Shoals is a must-see destination. Located just off the east end of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, divers flock here to explore The Cathedral, an enormous underwater cavity covered with vibrant coral and sponges that are home to colorful species including Porkfish, silversides and black triggerfish. The name speaks for itself, this spot takes on an otherworldly feel, especially when sun rays peek through the coral, illuminating the liveliest areas of the reef.
Bianca C.: “The Titanic of the Caribbean,” Grenada
Visit the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean, the Bianca C., off the coast of Grenada, for a full stern-to-bow wreck dive. A fire caused this 600-foot ship to sink way back in 1961. Today, divers brave the depths to explore what is known as the “Titanic of the Caribbean.” During the dive, encounter an abundance of marine life, from rays and reef sharks to barracudas.
Stingray City, Cayman Islands
Add underwater adventure to your Cayman Islands stay. Feel the gentle giants as they graze by you at Stingray City. Choose from a diving experience, or opt to pet the rays from one of the sand bars – this is the perfect activity for the whole family. Find a package at Stingray City, with options including an intimate view of stingrays, starfish, and even the world’s only turtle farm.
Whale Watching in Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos makes for a beautiful dive location year-round. However, those planning a trip between February and April can make the most of humpback whale season, when these amazing creatures migrate through the area. Watch the whales from small excursion boats off of Salt Cay, or for a more adventurous experience, snorkel with the whales during an excursion with Crystal Seas Adventures or Salt Cay Divers.