Caribbean Dive Guide 2012

www.caribbean.co.uk
Few dest i nat i ons ri val t he Cari bbean f or t he
vari et y and cal i bre of i t s di vi ng. There’ s
somet hi ng f or everyone f rom shal l ow reef di ves
t o spect acul ar wal l di ves and w recks, w i t h an
array of mari ne l i f e i ncl udi ng mant a rays, reef
sharks and sea t urt l es. Cont i nue readi ng t o
f i nd out more about w hat ’ s on of f er i n t hi s
amazi ng regi on.
Contents
The Caribbean Tourism
Organisation (UK)
The Cari bbean Touri sm Organi sat i on i s an
i nt ernat i onal devel opment agency, w hi ch
represent s 34 Cari bbean count ri es, and assi st s
t hem t o w ork t owards t he devel opment of a
sust ai nabl e t ouri sm programme t hroughout
t he regi on.
The UK chapt er i s a pri vat e publ i c sect or
part nershi p represent i ng more t han 120 t ravel
rel at ed compani es - f rom ai rl i nes and crui se
l i nes, t o t our operat ors, hot el represent at i ves,
dest i nat i ons and t ouri st at t ract i ons. Al l our
members are dedi cat ed prof essi onal s wi l l i ng t o
share t hei r expert i se and provi de val uabl e
assi st ance t o t ravel l ers and t ravel organi sers,
maki ng t ravel pl ans t o t he Cari bbean.
For addi t i onal brochures or more
i nf ormat i on on t he Cari bbean,
cal l us on 020 8948 0057
or vi si t our w ebsi t e:
www.caribbean.co.uk
Produced on behal f of t he Cari bbean Touri sm Organi sat i on (UK) by GSTravel Publ i shi ng Tel : 01702 306935, pri nt ed by Preci si on Pri nt i ng.
Front cover i mages court esy of Cuba Touri st Board (mai n i mage), Ant i gua & Barbuda Touri sm Aut hori t y, Bermuda Depart ment of Touri sm,
Bri t i sh Vi rgi n Isl ands Touri st Board, Curacao Touri st Board,Puert o Ri co Touri sm Company (i mages f rom l ef t t o ri ght ).
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Thi ngs t o Consi der 4
Angui l l a / Ant i gua & Barbuda / Aruba 6
Bahamas / Barbados / Bel i ze 7
Bermuda / Bonai re / Bri t i sh Vi rgi n Isl ands 8
Cayman Isl ands / Cuba / Curaçao 9
Domi ni ca / Domi ni can Republ i c / Grenada 10
Guadel oupe Isl ands / Guyana / Hai t i 11
Jamai ca / Mart i ni que / Mont serrat 12
Nevi s / Puert o Ri co / Sai nt Bart hél emy 13
St . Eust at i us / St . Ki t t s / Sai nt Luci a 14
St . Maart en / Sai nt Mart i n /
St . Vi ncent & The Grenadi nes 16
Suri name / Tri ni dad & Tobago /
Turks & Cai cos Isl ands 18
U.S. Vi rgi n Isl ands / Venezuel a 19
Cari bbean Touri sm Organi sat i on (UK) Members
(Ai rl i nes, Crui se Li nes, Hot el s/Represent at i on
and Tour Operat ors) 20
Ai rl i ne Al l owances 21
Nat i onal Touri st Of f i ces 22
Hot el s & Resort s 23
Things to Consider
• Do not di ve 24 hours bef ore any f l i ght or any j ourney hi gh i nt o mount ai ns
t o avoi d t he ri sk of depressi on si ckness, ot herw i se know n as t he Bends.
• Take t he mi ni mum di ve gear you need t o cut dow n on bul k and w ei ght .
Di ve cent res and l i veaboards usual l y rent out di vi ng equi pment such as a
w et sui t , t ank, regul at or (w hat you use t o breat he) and w ei ght bel t . It i s
w ort h checki ng bef ore you t ravel , as you may need t o reserve i n advance.
Fi ndi ng a comf ort abl y f i t t i ng mask can be di f f i cul t , so maybe t ake your
ow n, as w el l as f i ns and a snorkel , or pl an t o buy t hem t here so you can
snorkel w henever you want . Al so t ake your di ve comput er i f you have
one.
• Take a show er-proof l i ght w ei ght t op. It can get chi l l y i f i t rai ns w hi l e you
are speedi ng al ong i n a boat , even i n t he Cari bbean. A t hi n w et sui t al so
provi des prot ect i on agai nst grazes f rom sharp coral , w recks and rocks
and al so gi ves some i nsul at i on i f you are di vi ng repeat edl y or dow n t o
deeper and col der l evel s.
• Ensure t he di ve cent re at your dest i nat i on i s l i censed by or af f i l i at ed t o a
di vi ng organi sat i on such as PADI, NAUI, BSAC, CMAS or SSI. Bet t er st i l l i f
i t has a hi gher rat i ng l i ke PADI 5-st ar or Gol d Pal m Resort .
• Fi nd out i f t here i s a hyperbari c chamber near your i nt ended resort , i n
case of an emergency t hat w oul d requi re i mmedi at e recompressi on.
• Perhaps do some t ui t i on at a di ve cent re i n t he UK bef ore your t ri p, t o cut
dow n on t he st udyi ng needed on hol i day and speed up qual i f i cat i on t i me
once t here. Al t ernat i vel y, f i nd out i f your i nt ended resort of f ers PADI
Fast rack, w hi ch al l ow s you t o compl et e t he t heory el ement bef ore you
arri ve i n t he resort .
• Do some homew ork bef ore you go by checki ng w ebsi t e f eedback on t he
di ve cent re or dest i nat i on. Once t here, speak t o di vers as t hey come of f
t he boat . They w i l l be abl e t o t el l you how good t he di vi ng i s, and
w het her t he di ve cent re f ol l ow s eco-f ri endl y pract i ces such as not
al l ow i ng coral s or shel l s t o be pi cked up and not damagi ng reef s by
anchori ng on reef s.
• Pi ck a cent re w hi ch doesn’ t pack t oo many di vers ont o i t s di ve boat s. You
are l i kel y t o get more personal at t ent i on, and f ew er di vers w i l l cause l ess
st ress t o t he reef.
• Look but don’ t t ouch. Even a wayward f i n ki ck or acci dent al brush
agai nst a reef w i l l damage t he del i cat e organi sms.
• Di vi ng i n t he Cari bbean i s year-round. The regi on’ s cl i mat e vari es t hough
not t o any great ext ent , w i t h average dai l y ai r t emperat ures a const ant
27°C t o 31°C. The rai ny season sl i ght l y vari es f rom count ry t o count ry,
but general l y f rom June t o November t he w eat her i s usual l y more humi d
w i t h rai nf al l s i n short sharp burst s. Al t hough sunshi ne and hi gh
t emperat ures are preval ent t hroughout t hi s peri od, as i n al l t ropi cal
cl i mat es, ext reme w eat her condi t i ons can prevai l . Duri ng t hi s peri od
some t ropi cal depressi ons can devel op t o t ropi cal st orms and hurri canes.
In t he event , al t hough a speci f i c Cari bbean i sl and or count ry i s l ocat ed i n
i t s pat h, much of t he regi on may not be af f ect ed at al l .
• No vacci nat i ons are requi red w hen vi si t i ng t he Cari bbean and heal t h
cert i f i cat es are rarel y needed t hese days. Heal t h precaut i ons shoul d be
t aken, how ever, w hen vi si t i ng t he i nt eri or of cert ai n count ri es, l i ke Hai t i ,
Bel i ze, Guyana, Suri name and Venezuel a. Wear l ong t rousers and shi rt s
anyway at ni ght and use i nsect repel l ent t o avoi d bi t es, as a t i ght
w et sui t and seawat er mi ght aggravat e t hem.
• Use t he Int ernet t o obt ai n addi t i onal i nf ormat i on.
Vi si t w w w.cari bbean.co.uk, t he of f i ci al w ebsi t e of t he Cari bbean Touri sm
Organi sat i on, w hi ch provi des a comprehensi ve l i nk t o al l dest i nat i ons and
f aci l i t i es avai l abl e i n t he regi on. Furt hermore, w w w.padi .com of f ers
i nf ormat i on on PADI Di ve Cent res and Resort s i n t he Cari bbean.
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Other perfect
Caribbean dive
destinations we offer:
Antigua
Bahamas
Barbados
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Cocos Islands
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Jamaica
Mexico, Cancun and Cozumel
St Lucia
St Maarten, Saba and St Kitts
The Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos
Antigua & Barbuda
Ant igua & Barbuda Tourism Aut horit y
Vi ct ori a House, 4t h Fl oor Vi ct ori a Road, Chel msf ord, Essex CM1 1JR T: 01245 707 471
E: t ouri smi nf o@aandbt ouri sm.com W: w w w.vi si t ant i guabarbuda.co.uk
Aruba
Aruba Tourism Aut horit y
c/o The Sal t marsh Part nershi p, The Copperf i el ds, 25D Copperf i el d St reet , London SE1 0EN
T: 020 7928 1600 E: aruba@sal t marshpr.co.uk W: w w w.aruba.com
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Anguilla
Anguilla Tourist Board
Sui t e 11, Parsons Green House, 27 – 31 Parsons Green Lane, London SW6 4HH
T: 020 7736 6030 E: i nf o@angui l l a-t ouri sm.com W: w w w.angui l l a-vacat i on.com
Si st er i sl ands i n t he Leewards, Ant i gua and Barbuda are
set on a shal l ow bank and enci rcl ed by reef s of sof t and
hard coral s. Ant i gua al so has some barri er reef s and
of f shore l edges, w hi l e t here are shi pw recks of f bot h
i sl ands, not abl y Barbuda w hi ch has over 200
shi pw recks.
Most di vi ng i s of f Ant i gua. It s w el l -devel oped t ouri sm
i ndust ry has al so spaw ned an est abl i shed di vi ng scene.
Popul ar si t es i ncl ude Cade’ s Reef, a barri er reef of f t he
sout hw est t i p now part of a mari ne park, and Sunken
Rock of f t he sout h coast w i t h l edges, st eep drop-of f s
and gul l i es.
Type of diving: Reef di ves, mai nl y i n rel at i vel y shal l ow
wat er of f Ant i gua’ s w est coast . The sout h coast of f ers
deeper di ves f or more experi enced di vers, w i t h dept hs
exceedi ng 100 f eet i n pl aces, and l arge rock f ormat i ons,
val l eys, l edges and drop-of f s provi di ng an opport uni t y t o
see l arger f i sh. Barbuda’ s many shi pw recks and reef s
are rel at i vel y l i t t l e di ved.
Highlight s: Di verse and col ourf ul reef s w i t h sea f ans
and ot her gorgoni ans, hard coral s, sponges and many
f i sh. Rock f ormat i ons of f sout hern Ant i gua. Di ve si t es
are most l y mi nut es away by boat .
Marine lif e: Shal l ow reef s provi de an excel l ent habi t at
f or smal l reef f i sh. Ot her f i sh l i f e of t en seen around t he
reef s i ncl udes parrot f i sh, angel f i sh, groupers, l obst ers
and moray eel s w hi l e of f shore reef s and deeper di ves
of f er l arger speci es i ncl udi ng bl ackt i p reef sharks,
t urt l es, st i ngrays, barracuda and nurse sharks.
Dive cent res:
Indi go Di vers w w w.i ndi go-di vers.com
Jol l y Di ve w w w.j ol l ydi ve.com
Di ve Ant i gua w w w.di veant i gua.com
Dockyard Di vers w w w.dockyard-di vers.com
Di ve Barbuda Tel : 001 268 783 7243
Websit e:
w w w.vi si t ant i guabarbuda.co.uk
Photograph courtesy of Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority
A coral and l i mest one i sl and w i t h l ong w hi t e-sand
beaches, Angui l l a has a doubl e reef syst em w i t h f ri ngi ng
coast al reef s, and ot hers reachi ng t o and surroundi ng
of f shore cays.
The f ri ngi ng reef s are ri ch i n sof t coral s w hi l e t he out er
reef s are home t o hard speci es i ncl udi ng gi ant brai n,
el khorn and pl aque coral s.
There are seven mari ne parks i ncl udi ng t he St oney Bay
Mari ne Park, Angui l l a’ s f i rst underwat er heri t age si t e
prot ect i ng t he si t e of t he El Buen Consej o, a Spani sh
gal l eon t hat ran aground and sank i n 1772.
There are al so modern shi pw recks. Ni ne shi ps w ere
i nt ent i onal l y sunk i n t he Ei ght i es and Ni net i es t o provi de
art i f i ci al reef s f or di vers t o expl ore and as habi t at s f or
coral s and f i sh. St orms have t aken t hei r t ol l on some,
but more are bei ng sunk.
Type of diving: Mai nl y shal l ow di ves on i t s of f shore
and f ri ngi ng reef s, w i t h coral gardens and f ormat i ons,
mi ni wal l s, ri dges, canyons and t unnel s, pl us i t s w recks.
There i s l i t t l e sea current at most si t es, w hi ch makes i t
i deal f or novi ces. Si t es sui t f rom novi ce t o experi enced
di vers. The l argest of Angui l l a’ s art i f i ci al reef s, t he Sarah
– ori gi nal l y a hurri cane vi ct i m – si t s i n 80 f eet of wat er
w i t h i t s t op 30 f eet f rom t he surf ace.
Highlight s: The w recks and i t s mari ne parks. Vi si t i ng
di vers can t ake gui ded t ours of t he Spani sh gal l eon si t e
t hrough l ocal di ve cent re Shoal Bay Scuba and
Wat ersport s. There are st i l l many art ef act s on t he si t e
i ncl udi ng coral -encrust ed cannons and smal l er obj ect s
such as j ew el l ery and coi ns, w hi ch di vers are al l ow ed t o
pi ck up but not remove.
Marine lif e: Abundant sof t and hard coral s and sea
f ans are home t o a w i de vari et y of reef f i sh. Groupers,
sharks, t urt l es, eagl e rays and barracuda can be seen i n
and around t he w recks and canyons.
Dive cent res: There are 3 di ve cent res on Angui l l a,
of f eri ng courses and equi pment rent al .
Angui l l i an Di vers w w w.angui l l i andi ver.com
Shoal Bay Scuba w w w.shoal bayscuba.com
Speci al D Di vi ng and Chart ers 001 264 235 8438
Websit e: w w w.angui l l a-vacat i on.com
Less t han 20 mi l es of f Sout h Ameri ca’ s nort hern coast , Aruba i s one
of t he di vi ng gems of t he Cari bbean. Vi rt ual l y al l di vi ng i s of f i t s sout h
and w est coast s, and many of t he more t han 40 di ve si t es are
accessi bl e f rom t he shore, i ncl udi ng w recks and deep di ves.
Of i t s w recks t he Ant i l l a, a 400-f oot wart i me German casual t y,
i s t he l argest w reck i n t he Cari bbean. Now f est ooned w i t h coral s
and t ube sponges, i t i s j ust 60 f eet and i s easy and saf e di vi ng.
It i s al so an excel l ent ni ght di ve. Ot her w recks i ncl ude t w o pai rs
of ai rcraf t .
Aruba has some excel l ent reef s on i t s shel t ered w est ern si de i n
shal l ow and deep wat er.
Type of diving: Wreck di ves t o sui t al l l evel s f rom novi ce
(anot her wart i me vi ct i m, t he t orpedoed oi l t anker Pedernal i s i n 35
f eet of wat er) t o experi enced (t he Cal i f orni a, i n of t en choppy seas
and st rong current s of f t he nort hern t i p). Reef di ves range i n
dept h f rom 20 f eet dow n t o 120 f eet . A not ed si t e i s Mi ke’ s Reef, w i t h
i t s huge cl ust ers of gorgoni ans, brai n and st ar coral , and purpl e and
orange sponges.
Dri f t di ves are popul ar on si t es i ncl udi ng De Pal m Sl ope, w i t h banks
of coral s sl opi ng dow n t o great dept hs, and Sant ana Reef of f t he
sout hern end. For experi enced di vers t here i s t he prof usel y popul at ed
Cabez Reef, bel ow t he rough seas and current s of f t he sout heast t i p.
Highlight s: Abundance of sof t and hard coral s, many si t es
accessi bl e f rom shore di ves. Great dri f t di ves. Good w recks f or
al l abi l i t i es and snorkel l ers, so non-di vi ng part ners can enj oy
t hem t oo.
Excel l ent ni ght di ves, one of t he best bei ng a seasonal event i n
Sept ember and Oct ober t o wat ch coral spaw ni ng on Pos
Chi qui t o Reef. Wat chi ng nurse sharks snoozi ng i n caves of f t he
sout heast poi nt – a di ve f or t he experi enced. Accessi bi l i t y t o
t he caves i s dependent on sea st at e and current s, w i t h aut umn
best . Leat herback t urt l es vi si t i n March t o nest and f eed on
Aruba’ s sea grass. Vi si t i ng di vers can j oi n l ocal s t o hel p cl ean
up di ve si t es duri ng Jul y’ s Reef Care w eekend.
Marine lif e: Ext ensi ve vari et y of sof t and hard coral s,
gorgoni ans, anemones and sponges. Fi sh i ncl ude t ypi cal reef
speci es such as parrot f i sh, angel f i sh, snappers, groupers,
moray eel s and many ot hers. Wrecks at t ract school i ng f i sh
and barracudas, f our speci es of t urt l e and nurse sharks.
Dive cent res: Aruba has about a dozen di vi ng operat ors w i t h
cent res al ong t he w est ern coast i ncl udi ng a number based at
hot el s i ncl udi ng t he Marri ot t Aruba. Al l of f er t ui t i on.
Websit e: w w w.aruba.com
Photograph courtesy of Anguilla Tourist Board
Photograph courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority
Encompassi ng one of t he w onders of t he undersea w orl d – t he second
l argest barri er reef i n t he w orl d – and t hree of t he f our coral at ol l s i n t he
West ern Hemi sphere, Bel i ze i s di vi ng at i t s very best w hi ch has been
desi gnat ed as a UNESCO Worl d Heri t age Si t e.
Much of i t s underwat er heri t age i s now prot ect ed, so many reef s
and si t es are i n pri st i ne condi t i on. Add i n warm year-round wat er
t emperat ures, wat er vi si bi l i t y f requent l y exceedi ng 100 f eet and
spect acul ar di vi ng l ocat i ons al i ve w i t h f i sh and mari ne l i f e of al l
t ypes, hues and si zes and i t i s no w onder w hy i t i s becomi ng such
a popul ar di vi ng dest i nat i on.
There are more t han 100 di ve and snorkel l i ng si t es of f i t s t hree
at ol l s, count l ess si t es al ong t he l engt h of t he barri er reef and
many of t he smal l i sl ands – know n as cayes – w hi ch dot t he
coast l i ne have t hei r ow n reef s.
Type of diving: Di vi ng i s general l y f rom resort s on t he cayes
or l i veaboard di ve boat s. Bel i ze has everyt hi ng f rom sheer wal l s
l i ned w i t h sponges t o pi nnacl es, l edges, gul l i es, caverns and caves,
coral gardens and st range coral f ormat i ons cal l ed f aroes. There are al so
a f ew w recks. Apri l t o June has t he most predi ct abl e w eat her. The w i ndy
season i s w i nt er, w hen nort herl y w i nds can produce sw el l s t hat make
di vi ng di f f i cul t on exposed shores. But t he barri er reef makes f or cal m
wat ers f or most of t he year. Shal l ow di ves sui t begi nners, w hi l e t he wal l
di vi ng, w recks and caves w i l l appeal t o experi enced di vers.
Highlight s: The 185-mi l e Bel i ze Barri er Reef, now a Worl d
Heri t age Si t e. Anot her uni que di ve si t e i s t he Bl ue Hol e at
Li ght house Reef, t he w orl d’ s l argest ocean si nkhol e at over
1,000 f eet i n di amet er and more t han 400 f eet deep w i t h a
cavern f i l l ed w i t h huge st al act i t es and st al agmi t es. It i s a di ve
f or t he very experi enced. Hol Chan Mari ne Reserve, Bel i ze’ s f i rst
mari ne park est abl i shed i n 1987, has caves and grot t oes f ul l of
t ropi cal f i sh, moray eel s, snappers and rays. Nearby di ve si t e
Shark Ray Al l ey i s so-named because of t he l arge numbers of
rays and nurse sharks t hat congregat e t here. Ot her prot ect ed
areas i ncl ude Hal f Moon Caye, Gl over’ s Reef and Bacal ar Chi co.
Marine lif e: Prol i f i c. The count ry has over 70 speci es of coral
and about 400 speci es of f i sh. Turt l es, rays, sharks and ot her
l arge pel agi cs are a f requent si ght of f t he barri er reef wal l and
ot her areas. Manat ees can be seen at Turnef f e Isl ands. Bel i ze i s
al so one of t he f ew pl aces i n t he w orl d regul arl y vi si t ed by t he
huge but harml ess w hal e sharks. They gat her at Gl adden Spi t
Reef every March t o June.
Dive cent res: Bel i ze has more t han 20 di ve cent res f rom
Ambergri s Caye i n t he nort h t o Punt a Gorda i n t he sout h and on
out er at ol l s. Some resort s, hot el s and l odges cat eri ng t o di vers
are l ocat ed al ong t he coast and on t he of f shore cayes and at ol l s.
Websit e: w w w.t ravel bel i ze.org
The Isl ands of The Bahamas st ret ch more t han 750 mi l es across 100,000 square mi l es
of ocean and of f er a remarkabl y vari ed and ext ensi ve experi ence f or di vers, i ncl udi ng
t he magni f i cent wal l s (underwat er cl i f f s). The nat i on’ s very name comes f rom t he
Spani sh baj a mar, w hi ch means shal l ow sea and apt l y descri bes t he f act t hat most
i sl ands are on t w o shal l ow banks – t he Li t t l e Bahama Bank and t he Great Bahama
Bank.
Dept hs on t he banks rarel y exceed about 30 f eet , but t hey are bounded by
t renches t hat pl unge t housands of f eet dow n and gi ve ri se t o some of t he
most exci t i ng di ves.
Reef s i ncl udi ng t he t hi rd l ongest barri er reef i n t he w orl d, oceani c and
i nl and bl ue hol es, caves, bl ue-wat er di vi ng, vert i cal wal l s, w recks, shark-
f eedi ng – The Bahamas i s al most i n a cl ass of i t s ow n and has some of
t he very best di vi ng t he Cari bbean has t o of f er.
Type of diving: You name i t and The Bahamas probabl y has i t . Most of
t he abundant di vi ng around t he 16 mai n i sl ands i s rel at i vel y shal l ow on
coral reef s and gardens, rock f ormat i ons and w recks w i t h di vi ng bel ow 100
f eet of f t he cont i nent al shel f and t renches such as The Tongue of t he Ocean deep
bet w een New Provi dence and Andros i sl ands. The Bahamas i s i deal f or l earni ng and
f or novi ce di vers, but i t al so has pl ent y of chal l engi ng and even ext reme di vi ng t o
pl ease t he most experi enced. Li veaboards sai l around The Bahamas and i ncl ude t he
Aqua Cat , Bl ackbeard’ s and Cat Ppal u.
Highlight s: The Bahamas has over 1,000 regul arl y di ved si t es and i s know n f or i t s
speci al i t y di ves. For exampl e, di vers can enj oy shark cl ose-ups and shark-f eedi ng
di ves at several pl aces i ncl udi ng St uart Cove’ s on New Provi dence, Smal l Hope Bay
Barbados
Barbados Tourism Aut horit y
263 Tot t enham Court Road, London W1T 7LA
T: 020 7299 7175 E: bt auk@vi si t barbados.org W: w w w.vi si t barbados.co.uk
Belize
Belize Tourism Board
64 Regent St reet , P.O. Box 325, Bel i ze Ci t y, Bel i ze
T: 00 501 227 2417 E: i nf o@t ravel bel i ze.org W: w w w.t ravel bel i ze.org
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The Bahamas
Bahamas Tourist Of f ice
10 Chest erf i el d St reet , London W1J 5JL
T: 020 7355 0800 E: i nf o@bahamas.co.uk W: w w w.bahamas.co.uk
Photograph courtesy of Bahamas Tourist Office
Photograph courtesy of Belize Tourism Board
on Andros and St el l a Mari s on Long Isl and. You can even have a go at f eedi ng
t hem yoursel f, sui t abl y adorned w i t h chai n-mai l gl oves af t er undergoi ng
appropri at e t ui t i on. You can al so di ve w i t h dol phi ns of f Grand Bahama Isl and
w i t h t he Unexso di ve cent re as w el l as Bi mi ni Undersea on t he i sl and of
Bi mi ni . Wrecks are anot her speci al i t y and t hose of f Nassau i ncl ude ones
f i l med f or several Bond f i l ms. Andros has t he 140-mi l e-l ong Andros Barri er
Reef and a wal l pl ungi ng f rom 70 f eet t o more t han 6,000 f eet i nt o t he Tongue
of t he Ocean (t he 185-f oot non-decompressi on Over t he Wal l di ve at Smal l
Hope Bay i s an adrenal i n buzz) pl us ocean and i nl and bl ue hol es.
Marine lif e: Many t ypes of coral and sponges on reef s popul at ed w i t h reef
f i sh i ncl udi ng groupers, parrot f i sh, snappers and st i ngrays, w i t h l obst ers, crabs
and a vari et y of ot her mari ne l i f e on w recks, wal l s and rock f ormat i ons. Shark
f eedi ng i s usual l y w i t h Cari bbean reef sharks cl ose t o shore. Many ot her shark
speci es can al so be seen, i ncl udi ng Si l ky sharks on bl ue-wat er di ves. March t o
May i s a good t i me t o see l arge pel agi c (ocean-goi ng) f i sh i n open wat er.
Dol phi ns and w hal es can al so be seen f rom di ve boat s.
Dive cent res: 30 di f f erent di ve dest i nat i ons spread across t he 16 mai n
Isl ands of The Bahamas of f er over 1000 regul arl y di ved si t es - w i t h t housands
more wai t i ng t o be di scovered. Ni ght di ves, reef, shark, wal l , dri f t , w reck and
bl ue hol e di vi ng sat i sf y t he di f f eri ng t ast es of t he most di scerni ng di ver. The
exci t ement i s not j ust underwat er, on shore t he pul se qui ckens t o t he f ast pace
of Nassau or sl ow s ri ght dow n t o a snai l s pace i n t he t ranqui l l i t y of t he Out
Isl ands.
Websit e: w w w.bahamas.co.uk
Barbados i s general l y good f or di vi ng al l year round, but
summer mont hs produce t he best opport uni t i es f or
di vi ng on t he nort h and east si des of t he i sl and.
Vi si bi l i t y ranges bet w een 40f t - 70f t (13m - 23m)
average, up t o 100f t (33m) i n summer. Wat er
t emperat ure i s f ai rl y const ant at 80 degrees Fahrenhei t .
Fri nge, barri er and pat ch reef s of f er di vi ng up t o t w o
mi l es of f t he w est coast . The w est al so has a number of
w recks i ncl udi ng a l arge Greek f rei ght er, t he St avoni ki t a,
w hi ch was sunk i n 1978 t o f orm an art i f i ci al reef i n 120
f eet of wat er.
Type of diving: Shal l ow t o medi um-dept h reef s and
w recks t o sui t novi ce and i nt ermedi at e di vers, w i t h more
advanced di ves f or experi enced di vers. Barbados i s a
good pl ace t o l earn, and novi ces can al so enj oy ni ght
di ves on some of t he shal l ow reef s and w recks.
Highlight s: The St avroni ki t a or St av as i t i s know n
l ocal l y, i s t he most f amous w reck i n Barbados and i s st i l l
rel at i vel y i nt act . It l i es i n t he Fol kest one Mari ne Park
and i s l ess t han hal f a mi l e f rom t he shore.
Marine lif e: Fi sh, coral s, sponges and gorgoni ans are
abundant on t he reef s, w hi l e bl ack coral , sea w hi ps and
sponges adorn t he w recks. Reef dw el l ers i ncl ude
w rasse, yel l ow t ai l snappers, parrot f i sh, t urt l es, morays,
barracuda and numerous smal l er t ropi cal f i sh. Frogf i sh
and seahorses can be seen at pl aces such as Carl i sl e
Bay, w hi ch i s good f or begi nners.
Dive cent res: There are more t han a dozen di ve
cent res al ong t he w est coast and sout h coast as w el l as
di vi ng operat i ons at a number of hot el s, i ncl udi ng
Barbados Bl ue at The Hi l t on, Reef ers & Wreckers
West Si de Scuba and Di ve Hi gh Ti de Barbados.
Barbados has one decompressi on chamber, w hi ch i s
si t uat ed at St . Ann' s Fort , mi dway bet w een t he maj or
di ve si t es and i s st af f ed around t he cl ock by t w o f ul l
t i me doct ors, t rai ned i n hyperbari c medi ci ne and backed
by def ence Force personnel .
Websit e: w w w.vi si t barbados.co.uk
Photograph courtesy of Barbados Tourism Authority
Wi t h more t han 60 coral -f ri nged i sl ands, t he BVI of f ers a w eal t h
of di ve opport uni t i es. There are more t han 100 di ve si t es i ncl udi ng
numerous shi pw recks, and di vi ng t o sui t al l l evel s of abi l i t y.
But i t s bi ggest cl ai m t o f ame i s t he w reck of t he Rhone, t he f i l mi ng
l ocat i on f or i coni c 1976 di vi ng movi e The Deep. It i s t he BVI’ s most
popul ar di ve si t e and rat ed one of t he best w reck di ves i n t he
Cari bbean. The st eam and sai l Royal Mai l shi p sank af t er
bei ng dashed agai nst t he rocks of Sal t Isl and i n a hurri cane
i n 1867 and now l i es on i t s si de i n wat er f rom 20 t o 80 f eet
deep, i t s rel at i vel y i nt act remai ns encrust ed w i t h mari ne
grow t h.
Type of diving: Many reef s are i n f ai rl y shal l ow, shel t ered
wat er so are i deal f or l earners and novi ces. But t here are
deeper reef s of f eri ng more chal l engi ng di ves dow n t o bel ow
100 f eet w i t h pi nnacl es, l edges, canyons and overhangs.
Wi nt er can bri ng current s and surges t o exposed i sl ands.
Wrecks i ncl ude ai rcraf t and art i f i ci al reef s. BVI i s al so popul ar
f or l i veaboard di ve boat s.
Highlight s: The RMS Rhone – w reck di vi ng par excel l ence and
now a nat i onal park. From February t o Apri l di vers can hear t he
haunt i ng song of humpback w hal es echoi ng underwat er as t hey
pass t hrough t he Vi rgi n Isl ands on t hei r sout hward mi grat i on.
Ful l moon i n August bri ngs spect acul ar ni ght t i me coral
spaw ni ng, and several operat ors of f er ni ght di ves t o vi ew
t he phenomenon. Among BVI’ s t op reef s f or di vi ng are
Horseshoe Reef near Anegada and Al i ce i n Wonderl and of f
Gi nger Isl and, named because of i t s beaut i f ul mushroom-
shaped coral heads. The Caves and The Indi ans of f Norman
Isl and f or rare and col ourf ul f i sh.
Marine lif e: Reef s f est ooned w i t h coral s, sea f ans and
w hi ps provi de a home f or many t ropi cal reef s speci es.
Wrecks at t ract school i ng f i sh i n bi g shoal s, and wal l s and
pi nnacl es bri ng l arge j acks, t arpon, eagl e rays, t urt l es and
sharks.
Dive cent res: Di ve operat ors are based on t he mai n i sl ands
of Tort ol a and Vi rgi n Gorda, i n mari nas such as Hodges
Creek, Nanny Cay, Sopers Hol e, Vi rgi n Gorda Yacht Harbour
and Leveri ck Bay, and at resort s such as Pet er Isl and, Cooper
Isl and, and Bi t t er End. Pet er Isl and Resort i s one of t he
cl osest t o t he Rhone and i s next t o t i ny Dead Chest Isl and,
w here Bl ackbeard marooned 15 men w i t h j ust a bot t l e of
rum and t hei r sea chest s. Necker Isl and and many of t he
l uxury vi l l a propert i es al so of f ers di vi ng.
Websit e: w w w.bvi t ouri sm.com
Fri nged w i t h prot ect ed coral reef s and t eemi ng w i t h f i sh,
Bonai re i s a di ver’ s paradi se w i t h more t han 80 di ve si t es around
t he i sl and, many of t hem cl ose t o t he shore and accessi bl e by
shore di vi ng. Yel l ow -pai nt ed st ones mark al l shore di ves. Boat
di vi ng i s usual l y w i t hi n 15 mi nut es of t he shore.
The i sl and was an earl y l eader i n eco-awareness w hen i t
est abl i shed a mari ne park coveri ng i t s ent i re coast l i ne i n
1979. Di vers pay a US $25 - nat ure t ag t o ent er t he
Bonai ri an wat ers. Thi s f ee i s used f or prot ect i on of t he
Bonai re Mari ne Park. As a resul t Bonai re reef s are ri ch i n
bot h f l ora and f auna. Every di ver w ho has not di ved Bonai re
w i t hi n t he l ast year must at t end an ori ent at i on sessi on
coveri ng park i nf ormat i on and regul at i ons.
There i s l i t t l e rai n, so di vi ng i s cl ear and cal m al l year w i t h
vi si bi l i t y f requent l y reachi ng 150 f eet . Wat er t emperat ure
i s i n t he hi gh 28 degrees Cel si us year-round.
Type of diving: Shore and boat di vi ng on t he reef s and
w recks of Bonai re and Kl ei n Bonai re. The maj ori t y of Bonai re’ s
si t es are on t he shel t ered w est ern si de. Kl ei n Bonai re has over
t w o dozen si t es, onl y accessi bl e by boat and current s are
st ronger here. Bonai re di vi ng i s rel at i vel y easy and many of t he
reef si t es are i n shal l ow wat er. But t here are reef and w reck
di ves dow n t o great er dept hs f or experi enced di vers.
Di vi ng i s one of t he mai n act i vi t i es f or vi si t ors t o
Bermuda.
The passi ng Gul f St ream i s w hy t he i sl and has a sub-
t ropi cal cl i mat e and i t s cl ear, warm wat ers support t he
most nort herl y coral reef s i n t he At l ant i c i nhabi t ed by
a w eal t h of mari ne organi sms and f i sh.
But w recks are Bermuda’ s f ort e. Shi ps have f oundered
of f i t s shores f or over 400 years, and i t cl ai ms t o of f er
t he great est number of di ve-abl e w recks i n t he West ern
Hemi sphere at around 300. Di vers get a f ree shi pw reck
cert i f i cat e w hen t hey di ve each of i t s 22 most popul ar
w recks under t he Bermuda Shi pw reck Programme.
Di vi ng i s year-round and wat er t emperat ures hi t t he
hi gh 20s Cel si us i n summer, but t he wat er i s col der i n
w i nt er mont hs and a f ul l w et sui t i s advi sabl e. Vi si bi l i t y
averages about 100 f eet on i t s nort hern and w est ern
reef s i n summer, and can reach 200 f eet i n w i nt er.
Type of diving: Most w reck di vi ng i s shal l ow, i n 50
f eet of wat er or l ess. Some are j ust 30 f eet deep. There
are w recks t o sui t al l abi l i t i es. Bermuda’ s pri st i ne
f ri ngi ng reef s f eat ure rock wal l s, overhangs, caves and
coral gardens f or di vers of al l l evel s as w el l .
Highlight s: Wrecks i ncl ude t he Const el l at i on, a
schooner t hat was t he i nspi rat i on f or Pet er Benchl ey’ s
book, The Deep; t w o paddl ew heel st eamers used as
Conf ederat e bl ockade-runners and a French 60-gun
f ri gat e t hat sank i n 1838. Many of i t s cannons are st i l l
vi si bl e, encrust ed i nt o t he reef. Reef si t es i ncl ude Bl ue
Hol e and Nort h Rock, t he l argest of Bermuda’ s more
t han t w o dozen prot ect ed mari ne areas. The nort h and
sout h shore reef s are desi gnat ed reserves. Humpback
w hal es pass by f rom March t o May.
Marine lif e: Snappers, oct opus, grunt , razor f i sh,
parrot f i sh, barracuda, rays, groupers, l obst ers and t urt l es
are among speci es commonl y seen among t he sof t and
hard coral s and sea f ans of Bermuda’ s pri st i ne reef s.
Dive cent res: There are a f ew di ve operat ors w i t h
cent res around Bermuda i ncl udi ng at some of t he mai n
hot el s. They of f er courses and rent equi pment .
Websit e: w w w.GoToBermuda.co.uk
Bonaire
Tourism Corporat ion Bonaire
Basi s Communi cat i e B.V, PO Box 472, Wagenw eg 252, 2000AL Haarl em, The Net herl ands
T: 00 31 (0) 23 5430704 E: europe@t ouri smbonai re.com W: w w w.t ouri smbonai re.com
Bermuda
Bermuda Depart ment of Tourism
T: 07780 694552 E: annabel l e.marshal l @bermudat ouri sm.com
W: w w w.GoToBermuda.co.uk
Photograph courtesy of Bermuda Department of Tourism
British Virgin Islands
Brit ish Virgin I slands Tourist Board
BVI House, 15 Upper Grosvenor St reet , London W1K 7PJ
T: 020 7355 9585 E: mj eri a@bvi .org.uk W: w w w.bvi t ouri sm.com
Photograph courtesy of Tourism Corporation Bonaire
Photograph courtesy of British Virgin Islands Tourist Board
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Highlight s: Any di ve i n Bonai re i s a hi ghl i ght because
of t he masses of coral s and f i sh. A ni ght di ve not t o be
mi ssed i s on t he t ow n pi er of capi t al Kral endi j k, w hi ch
i s covered i n sponges and coral s and i s home t o t he
l i kes of seahorses and l obst ers. Among w recks are t he
f rei ght er Hi l ma Hooker and t he 19t h Cent ury
w i ndj ammer Bonny Mary t hat rest s i n more t han 200
f eet .
Marine lif e: Accordi ng t o moni t ori ng organi sat i on
REEF (t he Reef Envi ronment al Educat i on Programme),
Bonai re has more speci es of reef f i sh t han anyw here
el se i n t he Cari bbean. More t han 369 f i sh i nhabi t i t s
reef s, Bari Reef al one numberi ng over 300. So chances
of seei ng many of t hem on a di ve are hi gh. Common
speci es i ncl ude chromi s, but t erf l yf i sh, w rasse, t ang,
grunt , parrot f i sh and t rumpet f i sh. Larger f i sh such as
t arpon are al so commonl y seen. Common hard coral s
i ncl ude st ar, sheet , el khorn and brai n coral s, al ong w i t h
f i re coral and sponges.
Dive cent res: There are more t han a dozen di ve
operat ors on Bonai re and cent res are at several hot el s.
They al l of f er courses and rent equi pment .
Websit e: w w w.t ouri smbonai re.com
As w i t h nei ghbouri ng Bonai re, Curaçao has w orl d-cl ass
di vi ng w i t h a shal l ow f ri ngi ng reef w hi ch drops of f t o deep
wat er beyond. Much of i t s di vi ng i s shore-based because
si t es are so cl ose, and boat di ve si t es onl y t ake mi nut es
t o reach.
It s di verse undersea l andscape i ncl udes coral gardens,
gent l e sl opes and vert i cal wal l s and provi des a habi t at f or
a mul t i t ude of coral s and f i sh. The Curaçao Underwat er
Park prot ect s nearl y 1,500 acres of reef and w i l l soon
encompass t he ent i re coast . Vi si bi l i t y averages an excel l ent
100 f eet and wat er t emperat ures range f rom 24° t o 27°C.
Type of diving: Most di ves are of f t he shel t ered w est
coast . There i s usual l y a mi l d current , but di vi ng sui t s al l
l evel s f rom begi nners upwards w i t h easy and saf e di ves on
shal l ow reef s and chal l engi ng drop-of f s and caves dow n t o
deep wat ers. Some si t es are know n f or t hei r st rong current ,
and si t es of f t he sout heast of t he i sl and can get rough
wat er and sw el l s i n st rong w i nds. There are al so several
w recks, w i t h some such as a t ugboat and a Cessna ai rcraf t
f or al l experi ence l evel s. Good ni ght di vi ng i n pl aces.
Highlight s: Curaçao i s surrounded by f ant ast i c di vi ng
areas. The most at t ract i ve of t hese are al l l ocat ed on t he
sout hw est si de of t he i sl and. The st ret ch f rom t he West
Poi nt t o t he l i ght house on Cape St . Mari e i s know n as
Banda Abao. The Cent ral Curaçao di vi ng area covers t he
st ri p bet w een Bul l ’ s Bay and Breezes Curaçao. The
Curaçao Underwat er Park l i es bet w een Breezes Curaçao
and t he East Poi nt .
Marine lif e: Curaçao boast s more t han 400 speci es of
f i sh, sponges, gorgoni ans, coral s and ot her mari ne l i f e,
w i t h 57 vari et i es of coral al one. Reef organi sms i ncl ude
el ephant ear, t ube and barrel sponges, sea f ans, f i re coral
and many hard coral s. Fi sh l i f e i ncl udes scorpi on f i sh,
t ri ggerf i sh, angel f i sh, parrot f i sh, moray eel s, st i ngrays and
l emon and nurse sharks.
Dive cent res: Curaçao has more t han 20 di ve operat ors.
Resort s w i t h di ve cent res i ncl ude Easy Di vers @ Habi t at
Curaçao, w hi ch of f ers 24-hour di ve f reedom, Li ons Di ve
Beach Resort , Breezes Curaçao, Cari bbean Sea Sport s at
Marri ot t Curaçao Beach Resort , Ocean Encount ers, Pl aza
Curaçao and Seascape Di ve & Wat ersport s at Hi l t on
Curaçao, Di ve cent re Scuba Do, Hol i day Beach Di veVersi t y
and Bl ue Bay Resort .
Websit e: w w w.curacao.com
The l argest i sl and i n t he Cari bbean, i t s 3,500-mi l e coast l i ne -
i ncl udi ng i t s of f shore i sl ands and cays - i s surrounded by reef s.
Much of i t s underwat er heri t age i s l i t t l e di ved, and as a resul t i t s
reef s are some of t he best preserved i n t he Cari bbean. There are
a number of mari ne parks and ot her prot ect ed areas, several of
w hi ch have been decl ared UNESCO bi osphere reserves.
Di vi ng areas i ncl ude Mari a l a Gorda, of f t he w est ern t i p; t he
Isl e of Yout h, Cayo Largo, t he coral cays of t he Jardi nes de l a
Rei na, Ancon near Tri ni dad, and Sant i ago de Cuba of f t he sout h
coast ; and Varadero, Cayo Coco, Guadal avaca and Sant a Luci a
of f t he nort hern coast .
Wi t h i t s l ong Spani sh heri t age, Cuba i s t he rest i ng pl ace f or
many shi ps t hat f oundered on i t s reef s over t he cent uri es.
Whi l e many are of f l i mi t s, some can now be expl ored by
t ouri st di vers.
Type of diving: Cuba of f ers superb reef di vi ng, drop-of f s, caves,
w recks and ni ght di vi ng. Some di ves are very chal l engi ng.
Equi pment hi re i s possi bl e and i s payabl e l ocal l y, but di vers shoul d
t ake t hei r ow n equi pment i ncl udi ng a di ve comput er.
Di vers must have at l east a basi c di vi ng qual i f i cat i on.
Di vi ng Courses on of f er i ncl ude f rom OWD cert i f i cat e t o
Inst ruct or under ACUC di dact i c.
Highlight s: Vi rgi n reef s i n cl ear wat er. Among t he best i s
Mari a l a Gorda, w i t h caves, t unnel s and dramat i c drop-
of f s. Ot her spect acul ar di vi ng can be had of f t he Isl e of
Yout h, Jardi nes de l a Rei na and Guadal avaca. Sant a Luci a
has t w o 19t h Cent ury w recks, t he Mort ero and Pi zarro,
w hi ch can be di ved.
At t ract i ons i ncl ude di vi ng w i t h Bul l Sharks i n St Luci a and
al so di vi ng w i t h Si l ky sharks and Cari bbean Reef i n
Jardi nes de l a Rei na.
Marine lif e: Pri st i ne reef s w i t h a prof usi on of coral s,
sponges, gorgoni ans and f i sh. Wal l s and drop-of f s at t ract
l arge snappers, groupers, sharks, mant a rays, barracuda
and ot hers. Whal e sharks can somet i mes be
seen i n w i nt er.
Dive cent res: There are di ve cent res near t he mai n di vi ng
areas and at a number of resort hot el s i n maj or t ouri st
areas. There are al so l i veaboards i ncl udi ng a f l oat i ng hot el
i n t he Jardi nes de l a Rei na.
Websit e: w w w.t ravel 2cuba.co.uk
One of t he Cari bbean’ s t op di vi ng dest i nat i ons, t he t hree coral -f ri nged
i sl ands of t he Cayman Isl ands are t he t i ps of underwat er mount ai ns ri si ng
t housands of f eet f rom t he ocean bed. Thi s underwat er l andscape makes f or
spect acul ar wal l di vi ng, excel l ent underwat er vi si bi l i t y and abundant
mari ne l i f e. Cryst al cl ear wat er, coral gardens, caves, w recks, st eep wal l s
and drop-of f s are key f eat ures of di vi ng i n t he Cayman Isl ands. Grand
Cayman has over 175 di ve si t es, w hi l e Cayman Brac and Li t t l e
Cayman have anot her 75 each, w i t h pl ans t o rai se t he t ot al t o
over 365 si t es w i t hi n t he next f ew years.
The most recent exci t i ng di ve si t e was creat ed i n January 2011 w hen
a US submari ne rescue vessel , t he USS Ki t t i wake, was purposel y sunk
j ust of f Seven Mi l e Beach t o creat e an art i f i ci al reef. Rest i ng at j ust
over 19 met res deep on t he bot t om and 4.5 met res f rom t he surf ace
t he w reck i s i deal f or bot h di vers and snorkel ers. The Cayman Isl ands
has a syst em of mari ne parks and repl eni shment and envi ronment al
zones t o prot ect i t s mari ne eco-syst em. Al l popul ar di ve si t es al so
have permanent moori ngs t o st op damage t o coral and sponges
f rom cont i nual anchori ng.
Type of diving: Take your pi ck – t here i s somet hi ng f or everyone at al l
l evel s of abi l i t y. Numerous shal l ow reef di ves around al l t hree i sl ands, many
w recks and wal l di ves f rom gent l e sl opes t o breat ht aki ng drop-of f s w i t h
caves, gul l i es and pi nnacl es. Excel l ent ni ght di vi ng as w el l . Most di ve si t es
are mi nut es f rom t he shore. The di vi ng i ndust ry i s hi ghl y devel oped and f or
t hose w ho want t o l earn or i mprove, t here are pl ent y of di ve operat ors w i t h
courses.
Curaçao
Curaçao Tourist Board Europe
Vast el and 82- 84, 3011 BP, Rot t erdam, The Net herl ands
T: 00 31 10 4142639 E: i nf o@ct be.nl W: w w w.curacao.com
Photograph courtesy of Curacao Tourist Board
Cayman Islands
Cayman I slands Depart ment of Tourism
6 Arl i ngt on St reet , London SW1A 1RE
T: 020 7491 7771 E: i nf o-uk@caymani sl ands.ky W: w w w.caymani sl ands.co.uk
Photograph courtesy of Lawson Wood
Cuba
Cuba Tourist Board
1st Fl oor, 154 Shaf t esbury Avenue, London WC2H 8HL
T: 020 7240 6655 E: t ouri sm@t ravel 2cuba.co.uk W: w w w.t ravel 2cuba.co.uk
Photograph courtesy of Cuba Tourist Board
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Highlight s: St i ngray Ci t y on t he nort h si de of Grand Cayman
has been named t he best 12- f oot di ve i n t he w orl d and i s a
must f or any vi si t or t o Grand Cayman. The i nqui si t i ve, gent l e
and f ri endl y rays t hrong around di vers and snorkel l ers i n open
wat er. Vi si t ors can sw i m, snorkel and di ve among t he rays
gat hered i n t he shal l ow wat ers. As w el l as t he USS Ki t t i wake,
anot her w reck di ve i s a 330-f oot Russi an f ri gat e, renamed t he
Capt Kei t h Ti bbet t s, w hi ch was i nt ent i onal l y sunk of f Cayman
Brac i n 1996. Compl et e w i t h f our deck guns, i t i s t he onl y
di veabl e Russi an warshi p i n t he West ern Hemi sphere. Li t t l e
Cayman’ s f amous and ri chl y adorned Bl oody Bay Wal l i s
accl ai med as one of t he w orl d’ s t op wal l di ves.
Marine lif e: A pl et hora of bri ght l y col oured coral s, gorgoni ans
and sponges, i ncl udi ng gi ant barrel sponges on reef s, w recks
and wal l s. Fi sh l i f e i s prof use, f rom t ypi cal reef dw el l ers t o eagl e
rays, t urt l es and l arge pel agi c f i sh w hi ch pat rol t he wal l edges.
Dive cent res: More t han 40 di ve operat ors on t he t hree
i sl ands, w i t h cent res at a number of hot el s. Li veaboard di ve
boat s al so operat e i n t he Cayman Isl ands. Hot el s w i t h di ve
cent res i ncl ude Cobal t Coast , Sunset House and Compass Poi nt
and t he new al l sui t e eco-di ve l odge Li ght house Poi nt on Grand
Cayman; Brac Reef Beach Resort – Cayman Brac and Li t t l e
Cayman Beach Resort .
Websit es: w w w.caymani sl ands.co.uk · w w w.di vecayman.ky
The Domi ni can Republ i c i s know n f or i t s endl ess exot i c coast s
and sharp nat ural cont rast s, but t here i s no subst i t ut e f or
experi enci ng t he magi c of t he i sl and f rom underwat er. The
i mmense nat ural di versi t y seen on l and i s proj ect ed t o an
ent i re submerged w orl d of coral reef s, caves, shi pw recks and
mul t i col oured f i sh and f auna - al l wai t i ng t o be redi scovered.
As t he second l argest i sl and i n t he Cari bbean, t he Domi ni can
Republ i c of f ers several regi ons w i t h numerous di ve si t es,
at t ract i ng di vers f rom around t he w orl d w ho consi der our
wat ers an unparal l el ed oasi s f or di vi ng i n t he Cari bbean
regi on.
Type of diving: Di vi ng i n t he Domi ni can Republ i c i s
ext remel y di verse w i t h reef s, wal l s, w recks, and caves f or al l
l evel s of experi ence. Di ves are of f ered t hroughout t he i sl and
on t he Nort h, East and sout hern coast s.
Highlight s: The Mont ecri st i nat i onal park, i n t he nort hw est ,
boast s cryst al cl ear wat ers and some of t he best coral s on i t s
barri er reef. Cavern and cave di vi ng around t he capi t al of
Sant o Domi ngo and i n Boca Chi ca rat e among t he best i n t he
w orl d. The l i t t l e know n sout hw est f eat ures a spect acul ar
vari et y of mari ne l i f e of f t he coast of t he Jaragua Nat i onal
Park. Wrecks t o expl ore i ncl ude t he recent l y di scovered
w reck of Capt ai n Ki dd i n Bayahi be and t he Hi ckory and
Li mon w recks i n t he Underwat er Nat i onal Park of Sant o
Domi ngo. The Li mon, a 115 f oot t ug boat , and t he f amous
‘ Hi ckory’ , a 130 f oot t ransport f rei ght er, are bot h l yi ng at 60
f eet bel ow.
Marine lif e: The Domi ni can Republ i c i s home t o an
amazi ng di versi t y of mari ne l i f e of mant a rays, w hal es,
sharks, manat ees, dol phi ns, moray eel s, barracudas, l i on
f i sh, t oad f i sh, sea horses, porcupi ne f i sh and f our speci es of
t urt l es: l eat herback, green, haw ksbi l l and l oggerhead.
Dive cent res: There are numerous reput abl e di ve
operat ors t hroughout t he count ry. Many are l ocat ed at
maj or hot el s and resort s and of f er packages f or al l
experi ence l evel s.
Websit e: w w w.godomi ni canrepubl i c.com
St i l l rel at i vel y undi scovered, Domi ni ca’ s underwat er
t opography mi rrors t hat of i t s mount ai nous l andscape,
w i t h l ushl y covered reef s pl ungi ng t o great dept hs
of f shore.
It of f ers di vi ng on a par w i t h t he very best i n t he
Cari bbean.
Nut ri ent s washed dow n f rom i t s mount ai n ri vers hel p
provi de a source f or i t s reef s’ l uxuri ant mari ne grow t h,
part i cul arl y sponges i ncl udi ng gi ant barrel sponges,
at t ract i ng masses of f i sh l i f e.
The Scot t s Head/Souf ri ere Mari ne Reserve, w hi ch came
i nt o ef f ect i n earl y 2001, encompasses t hree mi l es of
coast l i ne and i ncl udes many of t he i sl and’ s t op di ve si t es.
Wal l s f rom t he submerged vol cano crat er of Souf ri ere Bay
pl ummet 1,500 f eet , w i t h ri dges and pi nnacl es maki ng f or
spect acul ar di vi ng.
Type of diving: Di vi ng on coral gardens, rock
f ormat i ons, pi nnacl es, l edges, overhangs, caves, sw i m-
t hroughs and st eep drop-of f s f or al l l evel s of abi l i t y.
Di vi ng i s mai nl y of f t he w est coast and cl ose t o t he shore.
Highlight s: Top di ve si t es i ncl ude Champagne, named
because of t he bubbl es t hat come up t hrough t he sandy
seabed f rom underwat er vol cano vent s, and Dangl ebens
Pi nnacl es, a seri es of f i ve pi nnacl es ri si ng f rom 100 f eet
t o 25 f eet and covered w i t h sponges and coral s
i ncl udi ng bl ack coral . Humpback and sperm w hal es as
w el l as dol phi n pods can of t en be seen on di ve boat
t ri ps.
Marine lif e: Abundant reef l i f e w i t h coral s of many
di f f erent vari et y, sponges and gorgoni ans. Fi sh l i f e
i ncl udes squi d, f rogf i sh, squi rrel f i sh, puf f erf i sh, t urt l es,
seahorses, sol di erf i sh, w rasse barracuda and f l yi ng
gunards.
Dive cent res: Domi ni ca has a number of di ve
operat ors i ncl udi ng cent res at some hot el s. Al l are
members of t he Domi ni ca Wat ersport s Associ at i on -
w w w.domi ni cawat ersport s.com
Websit es: w w w.di scoverdomi ni ca.com
w w w.domi ni cawat ersport s.com
From l azy dri f t di ves t o advent ure di vi ng, t he pri st i ne
wat ers of Grenada of f er f un and exci t ement f or di vers
of al l l evel s.
Know n as t he ‘ Wreck Di vi ng Capi t al of t he East ern
Cari bbean’ , t he i sl and of f ers more w recks t han any
ot her Cari bbean i sl and and i s home t o t he Bi anca C -
t he l argest and most f amous w reck i n t he Cari bbean.
Wi t h f asci nat i ng wal l s and reef s and t he w orl d’ s f i rst
Underwat er Scul pt ure Park, Grenada, Carri acou and
Pet i t e Mart i ni que i s f ast becomi ng one of t he most
sought af t er di ve dest i nat i ons i n t he w orl d.
Grenada’ s si st er i sl and Carri acou or t he ‘ Isl and of Reef s’
of f ers excel l ent and vari ed di vi ng opport uni t i es w i t h
every ki nd of coral i magi nabl e and a vast array of
mari ne l i f e.
Type of diving: Di vi ng i n Grenada i s vari ed, w i t h reef s,
wal l s, t he l argest vari et y of f i sh and t he l argest number
of w recks i n t he Cari bbean. Si t es vary f rom 8m/20f t t o
40m/130f t . Vi si bi l i t y vari es f rom 30f t – 100f t .
Highlight s: Grenada i s home t o t he w orl d’ s f i rst
Underwat er Scul pt ure Park creat ed by Jason de Cai res
Tayl or – a col l ect i on of si xt y-f i ve scul pt ures si t uat ed
on t he seabed w i t hi n one of Grenada’ s new l y
desi gnat ed Mari ne Prot ect ed areas. Fourt een new
l ocal l y creat ed scul pt ures w ere added i n 2010. The
scul pt ures hi ghl i ght ecol ogi cal processes w hi l st
expl ori ng t he i nt ri cat e rel at i onshi p bet w een modern
art and t he envi ronment .
Know n as t he ‘ Ti t ani c of t he Cari bbean’ t he 600f t Bi anca
C w hi ch sank i n 1961 and marks i t s 50t h anni versary i n
2011 i s now a f i rm f avouri t e w i t h experi enced di vers.
It i s now encrust ed w i t h hard and sof t coral s and
sponges and i s f requent ed by school s of j acks and
barracuda as w el l as eagl e rays.
Marine Lif e: Grenada and Carri acou of f er a vast
vari et y of mari ne l i f e i ncl udi ng t urt l es, sea horses, f rog
f i sh, al l t ypes of coral s and beaut i f ul sponges, angel f i sh,
parrot f i sh, l obst er, barracuda and morays.
Dive Cent re: There are several di ve cent res on t he
i sl ands. Many of t hem are l ocat ed at hot el s and of f er
a vari et y of di vi ng packages f or di vers of al l ages f rom
begi nners t o advanced and experi enced di vers.
Websit e: w w w.di vei nt ogrenada.com
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Grenada
Grenada Board of Tourism
c/o Eyes2Market UK Lt d
T: 020 8328 0644 E: grenada@eyes2market .co.uk W: w w w.grenadagrenadi nes.com
Dominica
Discover Dominica Aut horit y
c/o The Sal t marsh Part nershi p, The Copperf i el ds, 25D Copperf i el d St reet , London SE1 OEN
T: 0800 012 1467 E: domi ni ca@sal t marshpr.co.uk W: w w w.di scoverdomi ni ca.com
Photograph courtesy of Discover Dominica Authority
Photograph courtesy of Grenada Board of Tourism
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic Tourist Board
18-21 Hand Court , Hi gh Hol born, London WC1V 6JF
T: 020 7242 7778 E: uk@godomi ni canrepubl i c.com W: w w w.godomi ni canrepubl i c.com
Photograph courtesy of Dominican Republic Tourist Board
There i s no di vi ng i n Guyana.
Guyana, a count ry of st unni ng nat ural beaut y, i s a spl endi d
combi nat i on of t he Cari bbean and Sout h Ameri ca. Guyana
st ret ches 450 mi l es f rom i t s l ong At l ant i c coast l i ne i nt o dense
equat ori al f orest and t he broad savannah of t he Rupununi .
Li f e i n Guyana i s domi nat ed by mi ght y ri vers, i ncl udi ng t he
Demerara, t he Berbi ce and t he Essequi bo, w hi ch provi de
essent i al hi ghways i nt o t he rai nf orest s and j ungl es of t he
i nt eri or. Li t t l e i mpact has been made here, and t oday Guyana
remai ns one of t he w orl d' s most exci t i ng dest i nat i ons f or
advent uresome t ravel and expl orat i on.
Set t i ng out f or t he i nt eri or, you can encount er t he
ext raordi nary nat ural heri t age of Guyana spreadi ng out l i ke
a t ropi cal carpet . Jaguars st i l l roam t he rai nf orest , and t he cri es
of t roupes of how l er monkeys echo t hrough t he t rees. The Gi ant
Ri ver Ot t er, t he Bl ack Cai man, and t he Arapai ma (t he l argest
f reshwat er f i sh i n t he w orl d) sw i m i n t he ri vers of t he Rupununi .
Fl ashes of scarl et , yel l ow and bl ue burst t hrough t he f orest ' s
i nt ense green as macaw s f l y l i ke arrow s across a cl eari ng i n
t he canopy.
The t umbl i ng ri vers and dense rai nf orest s of Guyana are
f i l l ed w i t h ext raordi nary nat ural si ght s. Kai et eur Fal l s,
w here t he 400-f oot w i de Pot aro Ri ver pl unges 741 f eet
dow nward f rom t he Pakarai ma Pl at eau, i s one of t he
w orl d' s great wat erf al l s. The magni f i cence of Kai et eur
st ands beyond any compari son i n i t s maj est y and sheer
si ze. You can al so vi si t t he st ri ki ng beaut y of t he
Ori ndui k Fal l s, t he Marshal l Fal l s, t he Kai et eur Gorge and
remot e Mount Rorai ma - t he i nspi rat i on f or Conan
Doyl e' s Lost Worl d.
For t he advent urer, Guyana i s a pl ace of w onder; f or t he
eco-t ouri st , i t i s a count ry w here nat ure has pl aced i t s
great est ri ches. Feel t he beaut y of t he nat ure w hi sper
across your heart . Di scover an experi ence never t o be
f orgot t en. Di scover t he ext raordi nary w i l derness of
Guyana.
Websit e: w w w.guyana-t ouri sm.com
In January 2010, Hai t i and i n part i cul ar t he capi t al , Port
au Pri nce, was rocked by a devast at i ng eart hquake. The
repercussi ons of t hi s w i l l undoubt edl y be f el t f or many
years t o come.
Touri sm of course provi des a vi t al source of i ncome i n
t he Cari bbean regi on and w i l l be more i mport ant t han
ever as Hai t i begi ns t he process of recovery f rom t hi s
di sast rous moment i n i t s hi st ory.
The peopl e of Hai t i are w orl d f amous f or t hei r art w ork,
musi c and cui si ne, and t he vi brancy f or l i f e shi nes
t hrough even duri ng t i mes of economi c hardshi p.
Nat ure seekers w i l l be amazed at t he ri ch di versi t y and
t he w onderf ul unspoi l ed mount ai ns and coast l i ne, t he
remai ns of i mport ant hi st ori cal bui l di ngs, i ncl udi ng a
UNESCO Worl d Heri t age Si t e and t he beaut i f ul
uncrow ded beaches. Hai t i i s vi rt ual l y unknow n as a
di vi ng dest i nat i on, but i t has some uni que underwat er
t reasures i ncl udi ng reef s w i t h huge sponges and hi st ori c
shi pw recks.
Type of diving: Li mi t ed di vi ng, usual l y f rom mai n
resort s.
Highlight s: Huge el ephant ear sponges i ncl udi ng one
135 f eet deep of f Amani -l es-Bai ns, nort h of Port -au-
Pri nce. Snorkel l i ng and di vi ng are very good t here.
Marine lif e: Li t t l e i s know n about Hai t i ’ s reef s, but
st udi es i n t he 1980s at Les Arcadi ns f ound 35 speci es
of hard coral s as w el l as 12 gorgoni ans and 54 speci es
of sponge accordi ng t o UNEP’ s Worl d At l as of Coral
Reef s. It says t here are al so coral reef s i n ot her areas,
i ncl udi ng round t he i sl ands of La Gonave and Vache,
and al ong t he nort h coast f rom Cap Hai t i en t o t he
border w i t h t he Domi ni can Republ i c.
Dive cent res: There are di ve cent res at some hot el s, at
Port Morgan ( Sout h) and Comi er Beach (Nort h). There
i s al so t he Pegasus Di vi ng Cent re , w hi ch i s si t uat ed
next t o Kal i ko Beach cl ub on t he Côt e des Arcadi ns; t hi s
i s t he beach area, cl osest t o Port -au-Pri nce.
Websit es: w w w.port -morgan.com
w w w.kal i kobeachcl ub.com
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Guadeloupe Islands
Guadeloupe I slands Tourist Board
23-25 rue du Champ de l ’ Al ouet t e, 75013 Pari s, France
T: 00 33 (0)1 40 62 99 07 E: i nf oeurope@l esi l esdeguadel oupe.com W: w w w.l esi l esdeguadel oupe.com
Photograph courtesy of Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board
Guyana
Guyana Tourism Aut horit y
Nat i onal Exhi bi t i on Cent re, Sophi a, Georget ow n, Guyana
T: 00 592 219 0094-6 E: i nf o@guyana-t ouri sm.com W: w w w.guyana-t ouri sm.com
Photograph courtesy of Guyana Tourism Authority
Haiti
Hait i Embassy
10 rue Théodul e Ri bot , 75017 Pari s, France
T: 00 33 1 47 634 778 E: ambhai t i pari s@orange.f r
Photograph courtesy of Pegasus Diving Centre
The Guadel oupe Isl ands: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, La Dési rade, Les
Sai nt es and Mari e-Gal ant e const i t ut e an Archi pel ago w i t h out st andi ng
underwat er marvel s. Wherever you are, of f t he 150 mi l es coast l i ne, you
w i l l al ways be abl e t o di scover, year-round, a spect acul ar submari ne
w orl d.
Type of diving: Shal l ow reef s, underwat er caves, shi p or
ai rcraf t s w recks, canyons, sl opes and drop-of f s dow n t o more
t han 150 f eet , appeal t o al l grades of di vers. Thanks t o
Guadel oupe’ s cryst al cl ear wat ers, vi si bi l i t y of t en exceeds 100
f eet . You w on’ t need t o be an experi enced di ver t o have a chance
t o appreci at e t he aquat i c di versi t y of our submari ne w orl d al l
around t he Archi pel ago.
Highlight s: The West coast of Basse-Terre i s st eep si ded and
al most every headl and w oul d make a good st art i ng poi nt f or a
memorabl e di vi ng experi ence. One of t he most popul ar di ve si t es
i s t he Coust eau Mari ne Reserve l ocat ed of f The Pi geon Isl et s.
Thi s underwat er reserve was made popul ar and named af t er di vi ng
pi oneer Commandant Jacques-Yves Coust eau, co di rect or of t he
w orl dw i de accl ai med f i l m “ Le Monde du Si l ence” .
In t he Nort h, bet w een t he i sl ands of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, you
w i l l f i nd t he nat ural reserve of t he Grand Cul -de-Sac Mari n. Wi t h i t s
barri er reef s, a w onderf ul l agoon, t hi s very area, host i ng t he 18 mi l es
great Coral Reef, i s part of t he UNESCO w orl dw i de bi osphere reserve.
Mari e-Gal ant e of f ers a vast choi ce of si t es, rangi ng f rom 20
f eet deep shi pw recks t o 148 f eet deep sl opes, provi di ng t he
best of di vi ng experi ence. Duri ng your st ay, you can even j oi n
t he Sea Turt l es Prot ect i on Programme. Ot her t op si t es i ncl ude
t he hi ghl y rat ed Le Sec Pât é, of f Terre-de-Haut , Les Sai nt es.
For t he more experi enced di vers, t hi s si t e i s a 40 f eet deep
row of underwat er pi nnacl es, home of f l ocks of sea f ans,
sponges and bl ack coral s.
Of f La Dési rade and t he nat ural reserve of Pet i t e-Terre,
t here are unexpect ed si t es such as Les Cat hédral es, Les
Dal l es, Les Woches or La Grot t e à requi ns. These si t es w i l l
gi ve you t he opport uni t y t o spot , among ot hers, st i ngrays
and nurse sharks…
Marine lif e: An out st andi ng aquat i c f l ora and f auna can be
f ound: El khorn, sof t and hard coral s, sponges and gorgoni ans,
sea f ans, as w el l as reef f i sh (angel f i sh, parrot f i sh, but t erf l y
f i sh … ), but al so moray eel s, barracudas, t urt l es, rays, sharks,
dol phi ns, and w hal es …
Dive cent res: There are 21 di vi ng cent res l ocat ed around
t he mai n di vi ng areas and i n a number of hot el s. Al l of t hem
of f er courses and a vari et y of di vi ng packages f or di vers of
al l ages.
Websit e: w w w.l esi l esdeguadel oupe.com
Mart i ni que i s of t en cal l ed t he " Isl e of Fl ow ers," and i t s
warm soi l i s home t o a ri ot of t ropi cal col our. Ideal f or
hi kers and yacht i es, Mart i ni que has st yl e and i s perf ect
f or a sophi st i cat ed beach hol i day.
Mart i ni que has West Indi an warmt h i n i t s personal i t y,
vi brancy i n i t s l ocal musi c and a l ai d-back i sl and
approach t o l i f e.
There are pl ent y of sport s t o choose f rom on Mart i ni que;
f rom yacht i ng t o gol f, w i ndsurf i ng t o deep-sea f i shi ng
and of course, di vi ng.
Type of diving: An underwat er dream...
Come and di scover t he beaut i f ul w orl d under t he sea.
The sunshi ne penet rat es beneat h t he deep bl ue, maki ng
i t possi bl e t o vi si t w i l d si t es i n nat ural condi t i ons. The
mul t i -col oured underwat er l i f e w i l l ast ound you, (eel s,
l obst er, t ort oi se, mackerel s, sea horses, pl at ax, t reval l ys,
groupers … ) as w i l l t he l ush f l ora (reef s, coral , burgos,
caye d' obi an. Di scover t he underwat er shi pw reck
cemet ery t hat dat es f rom t he Mount Pel ée erupt i on i n
1902, t hi s dramat i cal l y beaut i f ul si t e was di scovered by
Capt ai n Coust eau. There are many except i onal di vi ng
si t es i n Mart i ni que (on t he Cari bbean coast as w el l as
t he At l ant i c coast ).
Whet her you are al one or w i t h a group, everyone over
8 years ol d can di scover t he undersea w orl d of scuba
di vi ng. There' s no short age of remarkabl e si t es f or
experi enced di vers and many di ve cent res can i nt roduce
begi nners t o t hei r f i rst di ve.
Highlight s: The coral reef bet w een St -Pi erre and Le
Pecheur, t hree w recks at St -Pi erre and t he canyons of
Les Canyons de Babodi , w hi ch drop 150 f eet j ust 300
f eet f rom t he shore; Poi nt e Burgos, (0-180 f eet ;
Al l l evel s) Poi nt e Borgnese (10-100 f eet ; Al l l evel s).
Marine lif e: Reef s have abundant f i sh and coral s.
Dive cent res: There are approxi mat el y 40 di vi ng
school s on t he i sl and, some of t hem at hot el s.
Websit e: w w w.mart i ni quet ouri sme.com
Despi t e t he vol cano w hi ch dest royed much of t he
i sl and’ s t ouri sm i nf rast ruct ure and si ght s, di vi ng i s st i l l
avai l abl e. Because of i t s smal l popul at i on even pri or t o
t he erupt i on t here has been l i t t l e pol l ut i on or damage t o
t he coral s on i t s surroundi ng reef s.
Type of diving: Act i vi t y by t he Souf ri ere Hi l l s Vol cano
current l y l i mi t s di vi ng t o t he nort hern part of t he i sl and.
Most di vi ng i s done on t he w est coast , w hi ch i s i n t he
l ee of t he At l ant i c waves and t rade w i nds most of t he
t i me. The nort hw est can get rough w i t h heavy surf.
Mont serrat has shal l ow reef s i nshore, w i t h deeper reef s,
boul ders and l edges f urt her out l eadi ng t o drop-of f s
f rom i t s cont i nent al shel f. Di ve excursi ons are al so
avai l abl e t o t he uni nhabi t ed nei ghbouri ng i sl and of
Redonda.
Highlight s: Di ves i n t he Woodl ands Bay area i ncl ude
t he Horn, a seamount w hi ch was once a vol cano and
ri ses t o 60 f eet f rom t he surf ace, i t s sl opes t eemi ng w i t h
l i f e. A nearby reef know n as Inner Horn has abundant
w i re coral .
Marine lif e: Typi cal reef and dw el l ers i ncl udi ng cl eaner
shri mps, oct opus and l obst er. Larger pel agi cs and t urt l es
pat rol deeper wat ers, w here t here are huge barrel
sponges, pl us brai n, st aghorn and st ar coral s.
Dive cent res: Green Monkey Di ve Shop and Scuba
Mont serrat of f er courses and equi pment rent al .
The Green Monkey Di ve Shop organi ses di vi ng
excursi ons t o Mont serrat ’ s cl osest i sl and nei ghbour, t he
uni nhabi t ed Ki ngdom of Redonda.
Redonda’ s underwat er w orl d of f ers pri st i ne di vi ng w i t h
magni f i cent vi si bi l i t y at unchart ed si t es. Di vers can
sw i m amongst si x-f oot barrel sponges w i t h gi ant
sout hern st i ngrays, moray eel s and sea t urt l es, w hi l st
nurse sharks, spot t ed eagl e rays and barracudas may
al so be seen.
Al ong t he Leeward si de of t he i sl and an unbroken reef
runs f or approxi mat el y 275 met res.
For non-di vers Scuba Mont serrat has cl ear bot t om
kayaks avai l abl e f or rent , w hi ch gi ve an excel l ent vi ew
i nt o t he ocean.
Websit es: w w w.vi si t mont serrat .com
w w w.di vemont serrat .com
w w w.di vedest i nat i onmont serrat .com
The presence of a number of al l -i ncl usi ve resort s
of f eri ng di vi ng gi ves many guest s t he chance t o t ry
di vi ng f or t he f i rst t i me, or do a f ew di ves as part of t hei r
st ay. A number of prot ect ed mari ne areas have been set
up t o hel p prot ect and mai nt ai n coral s, i ncl udi ng
l ocat i ons around t he hol i day areas of Mont ego Bay and
Negri l . Ocho Ri os has been a prot ect ed area si nce 1966.
Warm wat er and good vi si bi l i t y are t rademarks of di vi ng
i n Jamai ca.
Type of diving: Great vari et y w i t h spur and groove
coral s on i t s f ri ngi ng reef s, caves, canyons, t unnel s,
wal l s, overhangs and w recks. Di vi ng t o sui t al l l evel s
f rom l earners t o advanced.
Highlight s: Mont ego Bay i s f amed f or i t s wal l s and i t s
Ai rport Reef i s rat ed as one of Jamai ca’ s best di ves.
Some of t he best reef s are l ocat ed around Port Royal ,
near Ki ngst on ai rport .
Ocho Ri os has a pi nnacl e cal l ed Devi l ’ s Reef, w hi ch
drops dow n t o 200 f eet f rom 60 f eet and bet w een Ocho
Ri os and Runaway Bay t he Cayman Trench wal l comes
cl ose t o t he shore, pl ungi ng t o 3,000 f eet .
Jamaica
Jamaica Tourist Board
1-2 Pri nce Consort Road, London SW7 2BZ
T: 020 7225 9090 E: mai l @vi si t j amai ca.uk.com W: w w w.vi si t j amai ca.com
Photograph courtesy of Jamaica Tourist Board
Montserrat
Mont serrat Tourist Board
c/o The Sal t marsh Part nershi p, The Copperf i el ds, 25D Copperf i el d St reet , London SE1 0EN
T: 020 7928 1600 E: mont serrat @sal t marshpr.co.uk W: w w w.vi si t mont serrat .com
Photograph courtesy of Monserrat Tourist Board
Martinique
Mart inique Tourism Aut horit y
2 rue des Moul i ns, 75001 Pari s, France
T: 00 33 1 44 77 86 00 E: i nf os@mart i ni quet ouri sme.com W: w w w.mart i ni quet ouri sme.com
Photograph courtesy of Martinique Touism Authority
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Di ves at Runaway Bay i ncl udes t he Canyon, w i t h t w o
paral l el wal l s i n dept hs f rom 40 t o 130 f eet , and t he
w reck of Canadi an mi nesw eeper Kat hryn.
Ot her popul ar di ve si t es are at Fal mout h, w i t h t unnel s,
caves and a wal l w i t h sponges and bl ack coral at Chubb
Cast l e, and Port Ant oni o, w here advanced di vers can
meet haw ksbi l l t urt l es at Al l i gat or Head.
Negri l has several w recks, among t hem t w o Cessna
pl anes.
Marine lif e: Coral cover has recovered t o an ext ent on
shal l ow reef s i n recent years, accordi ng t o UNEP, w hi l e
deeper reef s w ere f ar l ess af f ect ed, part i cul arl y on t he
i sl and’ s sout hern shel f. Hard and sof t coral s, sponges
and numerous f i sh i ncl udi ng nurse sharks awai t di vers
i n Jamai ca.
Dive cent res: Al l -i ncl usi ve hot el groups l ead t he way
f or di vi ng f aci l i t i es, w hi l e t here are cent res at many
ot her hot el s. Jamai ca al so has several l i censed and
regul at ed pri vat e di ve cent res and has t he added benef i t
of a decompressi on f aci l i t y on t he nort h coast .
Websit e: w w w.vi si t j amai ca.com
Reef s and more t han 400 w recks, of w hi ch onl y a f ew
have been i dent i f i ed as yet , are t he hal l mark of t hese
i sl ands. Most di vi ng i s on t he w est ern, l eeward si de and
i n t he channel bet w een t he t w o i sl ands. Vi si bi l i t y can
of t en reach 100 f eet .
There are f ri ngi ng reef s around bot h i sl ands and deeper
reef s on t he st eep sl opes.
In t he 40t h anni versary of t he si nki ng of t he M.V
Chri st ena. A l ocal f erry t hat sank i n t he Narrow s
bet w een St . Ki t t s and Nevi s. Thi s area i s now t o be
est abl i shed as a memori al park and i s t he proposed
corner st one of Nevi s and St . Ki t t s Mari ne Conservat i on
Area.
Scuba Saf ari s' t rai ni ng f aci l i t i es w i l l i mprove w i t h t he
pl anned i nst al l at i on of a sw i mmi ng pool at t he Oual i e
Beach and Nevi s’ commi t ment t o envi ronment al
conservat i on i s demonst rat ed by i t s ongoi ng reef
moori ng programme.
Type of diving: There are di ves f or al l l evel s of abi l i t y,
and many si t es are a short boat t ri p f rom t he shore.
Di vi ng i s general l y rel at i vel y easy w i t h l i t t l e current .
Highlight s: The Thermal Vent s. Thi s reef begi ns at a
shal l ow 35 f eet and pl unges t o 95 f eet . It i s covered
w i t h l arge ' Bl ack Coral ' t rees t hat st em f rom t he si de
of t he reef. Wi t h overhangs and smal l canyons, t he reef
provi des good hi di ng pl aces f or Spot t ed Drum, Hi gh hat s
Arrow Crabs and some of t he l argest Lobst ers. Di vers
can vi si t t he hot vent w here 100 F wat er f i zzes f rom t he
bot t om.
Marine lif e: St i ngrays, t urt l es, sharks, sea horses and
f l yi ng-gunards at si t es such as Nags Head and Booby
Hi gh Shoal s. Many di f f erent t ypes of coral s, sea f ans
and sponges i ncl udi ng huge basket sponges.
Dive cent res: There are di ve cent res i n bot h St Ki t t s
& Nevi s, w hi ch are mai nl y si t uat ed at hot el s or di rect l y
on t he beach. Scuba Saf ari s, Nevi s' onl y di ve shop has
been i n operat i on f rom 1984.
The smal l out f i t speci al i ses i n personal i sed servi ce, w i t h
2 cust om bui l t di ve boat s and prof essi onal st af f al l
eager t o show of f t hei r f avouri t e di ve. Thi s l ocal l y run
PADI 5 st ar operat i on has di scovered over 40 di f f erent
di ve si t es w hi ch may vary f rom vi rgi n, gent l y sl opi ng
reef s t o caverns, l edges, drop-of f s and w recks.
Websit es: w w w.nevi si sl and.com
w w w.nevi snat ural l y.com w w w.scubanevi s.com
Four nat ure reserves prot ect nearl y a quart er of Puert o
Ri co’ s di verse and w el l -devel oped coral reef s. These
reserves ski rt much of Puert o Ri co’ s coast and enci rcl e
i t s of f shore Isl ands. Puert o Ri co of f ers ent i ci ng ocean
t emperat ures of around 81ºF and underwat er vi si bi l i t y
i s general l y up t o 100 f eet and of t en more – maki ng t he
i sl and a real paradi se f or di ve ent husi ast s. Begi nners
benef i t f rom Scuba cl asses i n t he maj ori t y of maj or
hot el s i n Puert o Ri co, as w el l as many of t he di ve shops
on t he i sl and of f eri ng a vari et y of cl asses t o sui t al l
l evel s.
Type of diving: Puert o Ri co appeal s t o al l di vi ng
grades w i t h an of f eri ng of shore and boat di ves, ni ght
di ves, shal l ow reef s, wal l s, l edges, caves, pi nnacl es,
sw i m-t hroughs and w recks.
Highlight s: The best di vi ng i s of f t he sout h and w est ,
at si t es such as t he hi ghl y rat ed Parguera Wal l of f La
Parguera and Guáni ca, w hi ch has deep wal l and reef
di vi ng. Ot her t op di vi ng si t es are t he i sl ands of Vi eques,
Desecheo, Cul ebra, and Mona (know n as t he Gal apagos
of t he Cari bbean), t he l at t er i s l ocat ed 40-mi l es w est
f rom t he mai nl and.
The best shore di vi ng spot s i n t he Isl and i ncl ude: Crash
Boat beach, Shacks i n Isabel a, Cerro Gordo beach i n
Dorado and La Poci t a i n Escambron beach. La Poci t a i s
conveni ent l y l ocat ed i n t he beaut i f ul and hi st ori c di st ri ct
of San Juan, j ust 5 mi nut es f rom mai n hot el s and t he
crui se shi p port . La Poci t a i s nat ural l y prot ect ed f rom
t he waves, maki ng t he area perf ect f or begi nners and
experi enced di vers al i ke.
Marine lif e: Mul t i t ude of coral s and prol i f i c f i sh l i f e,
i ncl udi ng t he chance t o see t urt l es, rays, seahorses and
manat ees on di ves, and dol phi n and humpback w hal es
wat chi ng f rom t he boat .
Dive cent res: There are a number of di ve cent res,
i ncl udi ng some at hot el s w i t h di vi ng cl ose by.
Websit e: w w w.seepuert ori co.com
A veri t abl e t reasure t rove l i es hi dden beneat h t he t urquoi se
wat ers of t he Cari bbean Sea, a w onderf ul underwat er w orl d
know n w el l by t he nat i ves of Sai nt Bart h, as t hey have al ways
been draw n t o t he sea. Generat i on af t er generat i on of l ocal
f i sherman brought i n t he cat ch of t he day as w el l as shel l f i sh
and mol l usks, and t hey are st i l l usi ng t radi t i onal met hods of
f i shi ng t oday.
A si ngl e di ve al l ow s you t o see t he bi odi versi t y of t he mari ne
w orl d i n Sai nt Bart hél emy, and t he l i f e t hat t eems bel ow t he
surf ace. Thi s mari ne l i f e i s prot ect ed i n cert ai n zones t hat are
cont rol l ed by t he Mari ne Park, w hi ch was creat ed i n 1996 and
has had si gni f i cant resul t s. St udi es done by t he sci ent i st s f rom
t he Ant i l l es-Guyana Uni versi t y show t hat t he f i sh popul at i on
mul t i pl i es f ast er w i t hi n t he prot ect ed areas t han out si de i t s
boundari es.
Type of diving: Di vers of al l l evel s can enj oy t he warm,
t ransparent wat er, and cal m seas t hat exi st year round t o t he
w est of t he i sl and. Begi nner di vers at Gros Isl et s w i l l be sure t o
encount er t urt l es. Those w ho are more experi enced w i l l most
l i kel y expl ore t he t hree shi pw recks i n t he Mari ne Park, or
perhaps t he smal l caves on t he smal l i sl ands t o t he nort h of
Sai nt Bart h. The di vi ng i nst ruct ors can al so t ake you t o t he
ri ght spot t o see l obst ers, sunken shi ps, or t he gray sharks at
Pai n de Sucre… And al l of t hese si t es are j ust 10 mi nut es by
boat f rom Gust avi a or Grand Cul de Sac, i n t he shel t ered
wat ers of Sai nt Bart h.
Highlight s: Sai nt Bart h t op di ves are around Pai n de Sucre,
an i sl et of f Gust avi a harbour, around l ' Ane Rouge cape and
Coco i sl et . In Sai nt Bart h, t he di ve boat s t ake j ust a t ot al of
13 peopl e, i ncl udi ng t he prof essi onal st af f, w hi ch precl udes
a “ f act ory” f or di vers! Once you are under t he wat er, you w i l l
underst and t he i mport ance of t hese securi t y measures as f i sh
and t urt l es sw i m t owards you and you onl y meet ot her di vers
by chance.
Marine lif e: As many as 183 speci es of f i sh popul at e t he
wat ers around t he i sl and, w i t h 54 di f f erent ki nds of coral and
60 vari et i es of sea sponges i n vari ous col ours and f orms t o
embel l i sh t he reef s.
Dive cent res: There are several cent res, i ncl udi ng some
based at hot el s.
Websit e: w w w.sai nt bart h-t ouri sme.com
St. Barthélemy
Comit é du Tourisme de l’île de St Bart hélemy (CTTSB)
Gust avi a, Quai du Général De Gaul l e, 97133 Sai nt Bart hél emy, F.W.I
T: 00 590 (0) 590 27 87 27 E: i nf o@sai nt bart h-t ouri sme.com W: w w w.sai nt bart h-t ouri sme.com
Nevis
Nevis Tourism Aut horit y
Mai n St reet , Charl est ow n, Nevi s, West Indi es
T: 01305 233 107 E: nt a2001@si st eri sl es.kn W: w w w.nevi si sl and.com
Photograph courtesy of Nevis Tourism Authority
Photograph courtesy of Comité du Tourisme de l’île de St Barthélemy (CTTSB)
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Puerto Rico
Puert o Rico Tourism Company
Thi rd Fl oor, Col echurch House, 1 London Bri dge Wal k, London SE1 2SX
T: 0207 367 0914 E: puert ori co@hi l l sbal f our.com W: w w w.seepuert ori co.com
Photograph courtesy of Puerto Rico Tourism Company
The At l ant i c and Cari bbean wat ers surroundi ng St . Ki t t s
of f er di vers a w eal t h of experi ences f rom col ourf ul reef
f ormat i ons t o f asci nat i ng w recks, easi l y maki ng i t one
of t he t op Cari bbean di vi ng dest i nat i ons. Whet her i t s
shal l ow reef t ops, wal l s, w recks, dri f t di vi ng or j ust
i ncredi bl e di versi t y i n f i sh and cri t t ers, di ve compani es
of f er an exhi l arat i ng choi ce of scuba di vi ng si t es.
The reef s and more t han 400 w recks, of w hi ch onl y a f ew
have been i dent i f i ed as yet , are t he hal l mark of St . Ki t t s
and i t s si st er i sl and of Nevi s. Most di vi ng i s on t he
w est ern, l eeward si de and i n t he channel bet w een t he
t w o i sl ands and vi si bi l i t y i s spect acul ar, of t en reachi ng
100 f eet . There are f ri ngi ng reef s around bot h i sl ands
and deeper reef s on t he st eep sl opes.
Type of diving: There are di ves f or al l l evel s of abi l i t y,
and many si t es are a short boat t ri p f rom t he shore.
Di vi ng i s general l y rel at i vel y easy w i t h l i t t l e current .
Highlight s: A good di ve f or novi ces i s t he w reck of t he
f rei ght er Ri ver Taw, w hi ch sank 10 years ago i n 50 f eet .
It i s al ready encrust ed w i t h coral and i s home t o l arge
numbers of f i sh. Ot her w recks are even shal l ow er, w hi l e
a deeper si t e f or more experi enced di vers i s Nags Head,
w here t he At l ant i c and Cari bbean meet and produce
st rong current s. In Nevi s, ‘ Thermal Vent s’ , ‘ Coral Gardens’
and ‘ Devi l ’ s Cave’ are si t es creat ed by Scuba Saf ari .
Marine lif e: St i ngrays, t urt l es and l arge speci es can be
seen at deeper si t es such as Nags Head, w hi l e smal l er
t ropi cal reef f i sh are t o be f ound on shal l ow er reef s and
w recks. There are many di f f erent t ypes of coral s, sea f ans
and sponges i ncl udi ng huge basket sponges.
Dive cent res: There are di ve cent res i n bot h St Ki t t s
& Nevi s, w hi ch are mai nl y si t uat ed at hot el s.
Websit e: w w w.st ki t t st ouri sm.kn
At t he t i p of an underwat er vol cano, Sai nt Luci a has everyt hi ng
f rom shal l ow sl opi ng reef s t o dramat i c wal l s and seamount s.
Wrecks i ncl ude a number of art i f i ci al reef s, w hi ch have become
home t o huge gorgoni ans, gi ant barrel sponges, vase sponges,
bl ack coral and l ace coral . You can vi si t t he award-w i nni ng
Souf ri ere Mari ne Management Area w hi ch i s a proj ect t hat
hel ps prot ect Sai nt Luci a’ s coast al envi ronment .
Type of diving: Shal l ow coral gardens, reef s and w recks
f or al l l evel s.
Highlight s: Anse Chast enet reef i n t he sout h w est of t he
i sl and i s one of Sai nt Luci a’ s most dramat i c di ve si t es. The
shal l ow s, w i t h dept hs t o 25f t , can be ent ered di rect l y f rom
t he beach. The reef f al l s away f rom 20 t o 140 f eet i n a
uni que coral wal l t hat cont i nues f rom Anse Chast anet Bay
around t he head l and of Grand Cai l l e and i n t owards t he
harbour of Souf ri ere. Every August af t er f ul l moon, huge
numbers of ruby bri t t l e st ars come out at ni ght t o spaw n al l
over t he reef. The Key Hol e Pi nnacl es coral and seamount s and
t he art i f i ci al reef Lesl een M Shi pw reck are al so excel l ent di ves,
w hi l e t he w reck of t he Wai w i net t e of f t he sout h coast i s a
chal l engi ng di ve because of t he current s. Anot her good
di ve i s at t he base of t he Pet i t Pi t on mount ai n cal l ed
Superman’ s Fl i ght w hi ch was used i n t he movi e f or
Superman II. Thi s si t e i s a dri f t di ve and di vers can
“ f l y” al ong i t s gent l e wal l t hat drops t o 1600f t . St rong
current s provi de cryst al cl ear vi ew i ng f or perf ect
underwat er expl orat i on.
Marine lif e: Reef s covered w i t h hard and sof t coral s,
sponges and gorgoni ans t eem w i t h f i sh and mari ne l i f e
such as f eat herdust er w orms. Speci es i ncl ude goat f i sh,
parrot f i sh, chromi s, w rasse and squi d i n shal l ow wat ers,
and t ri ggerf i sh, t urt l es, groupers, j acks and snappers on
deeper si t es. Di vers may al so come across “ The Thi ng,”
a myst eri ous creat ure report edl y up t o 15 f eet l ong w i t h
f eat hered gi l l s and a segment ed body t hat onl y comes
out at ni ght .
Dive cent res: Ei ght di ve operat ors run cent res i n Sai nt
Luci a, i ncl udi ng a f ew at some of t he mai n resort s.
Websit e: w w w.sai nt l uci anow.co.uk
Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia Tourist Board
Low er Ground, 1 Col l i ngham Gardens, London SW5 0HW
T: 020 7341 7000 E: sl t bi nf o@st l uci auk.org W: w w w.sai nt l uci anow.co.uk
Photograph courtesy of Saint Lucia Tourist Board
St. Eustatius
St Eust at ius Tourism Development Foundat ion
Fort Oranj e, Oranj est ad, St Eust at i us, Net herl ands Ant i l l es, Dut ch Cari bbean
T: 00 599 318 2433/2107/3081 E: i nf o@st at i at ouri sm.com W: w w w.st at i at ouri sm.com
Photograph courtesy of St Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation
©Marion Haarsma
St. Kitts
St Kit t s Tourism Aut horit y
10 Kensi ngt on Court , London W8 5DL
T: 020 7376 0881 E: uk@st ki t t st ouri sm.kn W: w w w.st ki t t st ouri sm.kn
Photograph courtesy of St Kitts Tourism Authority
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Few know w here t he i sl and of St . Eust at i us i s, l et al one anyt hi ng about
t he art i f i ci al reef t here cal l ed t he Charl i e Brow n. Good Gri ef ! You don’ t know
w hat you are mi ssi ng!
Fi rst , t he Charl i e Brow n i s bi g, measuri ng over 300 f eet i n l engt h f rom bow
t o st ern. Once a f ormer f i ber opt i c cabl e l ayer f or AT&T, i t was act ual l y named
af t er one of AT&T’ s f ormer CEO’ s Charl es L. Brow n, not t he cart oon charact er.
The shi p was sunk f ul l y i nt act , and now present s one of t he best
w reck di vi ng opport uni t i es i n t he Cari bbean f or al l l evel s of di vers
f rom novi ce t o w reck speci al i st and everyone i n bet w een.
The Charl i e Brow n i s l ocat ed on t he l eeward si de of t he i sl and of
St . Eust at i us (af f ect i onat el y cal l ed St at i a by t he l ocal s). The shi p rest s
on i t s st arboard si de i n 98 f eet of wat er, w i t h t he shal l ow est poi nt 50’
f rom t he surf ace – an opport uni st i c dept h f or mari ne grow t h t o t ake
hol d. Ei ght years of l yi ng on t he bot t om has done t he bi g shi p a servi ce
by t ransf ormi ng i t i nt o a vi brant art i f i ci al reef. Pound f or pound, i t i s
one of t he most popul at ed si t es on St at i a f or f i sh l i f e. On any gi ven
day you are l i kel y t o see t he w reck’ s resi dent popul at i on of Horse-
eyed Jacks – smal l school s of several hundred t hat have a habi t of
surroundi ng you w hi l e on your saf et y st op.
Type of Diving: Ni ght di vi ng, deep sea di vi ng, w reck di vi ng, reef di vi ng,
hi st ori cal di ves.
Highlight s: Our nat ural reef s, t he remnant s of t he ol d t radi ng shi ps, pi eces of
pot t ery, pi pe st ems and an occasi onal bl ue bead t hat w ere once gi ven t o t he
sl aves as sal ary - t hei r onl y w eal t h, make di vi ng on St at i a uni que.
Anchor poi nt , a t hri vi ng reef ; Drop Of f, a phenomenal wal l ; Fi ve
Fi ngers, a seri es of l ava covered reef s; Gebral t ar, a pi nnacl e w hi ch
ri ses f rom great dept h t o j ust bel ow t he wat er surf ace, and f i nal l y
a f ort y f i ve f oot t ug boat part of an art i f i ci al reef cal l ed St enapa
Wrecks. The hi ghl i ght of many a di ver' s vacat i on i s t o di ve w i t h t he
f l yi ng gurnards. St at i a has several di ve areas w here di vers can see
one or up t o a dozen of t hese spect acul ar f i shes. They are
consi dered uncommon t hroughout t he Cari bbean, how ever i n
St at i a' s wat ers one can see t hem everyday.
Snorkelling: Oranj ebay i s a great snorkel opport uni t y t o
appreci at e t he underwat er hi st ory and vi ew canons, anchors,
submerged sea wal l s, crumbl i ng warehouses and t he remai ns of
ol d pi ers. Ent ry poi nt s i ncl ude Oranj e bay beach, Gol den Era Hot el
Pi er and t he Harbour Beach, Ot her snorkel si t es are accessi bl e by
boat : Bl i nd shoal and Twel ve Guns i n t he Sout hern Reserve and
Inner Jenki ns Bay i n t he Nort hern Reserve.
Marine Lif e: Angel f i sh, But t erf l y Fi sh, Fl yi ng Gurnard, Moray Eel s,
Spot t ed Drums, Frogf i sh, Sea Horses, Oct opus, Lobst er, Rays, Sharks,
Turt l es, Baracudas, Horse-eyed Jacks and many more…
Dive Cent res: Gol den Rock Di ve Cent er (grdi vers@gmai l .com),
Scubaqua Di ve Cent er (di ve@scubaqua.com), Di ve St at i a
Websit e: w w w.st at i at ouri sm.com
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A uni que archi pel ago of 32 exot i c i sl ands and cays, St . Vi ncent and
The Grenadi nes of f ers a t rul y di f f erent Cari bbean di ve experi ence.
Locat ed i n t he Wi ndward Isl ands, onl y ni ne of t he 32 i sl ands are
i nhabi t ed - St . Vi ncent , Young Isl and, Bequi a, Must i que, Canouan,
Mayreau, Uni on Isl and, Pal m Isl and, and Pet i t St . Vi ncent . The
unspoi l t wat ers provi de a perf ect set t i ng f or di vers w ho are spoi l t
f or choi ce w i t h a w i de di versi t y of di ve si t es and mari ne l i f e.
Each i sl and has one or more di ve operat i on so you can ei t her
base yoursel f i n one l ocat i on and enj oy day excursi ons or i sl and
hop by pl ane, l ocal f erry or chart er a yacht . The reef s of Pet i t St
Vi ncent , t he Tobago Cays and i sl ands such as Bequi a of f er t he
best reef di vi ng, w hi l e St Vi ncent and Bequi a al so of f er f ant ast i c
wal l and cave di ves.
Type of diving: Shal l ow reef di ves, dri f t di ves, wal l s, caves and
pi nnacl es f or al l l evel s can be f ound here. St . Vi ncent i s t he
l argest i sl and and due t o i t s vol cani c ori gi ns i t i s bl essed w i t h
breat ht aki ng underwat er t opography. Spect acul ar wal l s and
drop of f s are common as are l arge sl opi ng reef s and shal l ow coral
gardens l i t t ered w i t h vol cani c rocks and boul ders, provi di ng
excel l ent ni ght di vi ng. It s bl ack sand background i s perf ect f or
underwat er phot ography. The Grenadi nes st ret ch 45 mi l es t o t he
sout hw est of St . Vi ncent , t hei r beaut i f ul w hi t e sand beaches and
cryst al cl ear wat ers provi de yet anot her di ve advent ure. Dri f t di vi ng
i s common here and l arger pel agi cs are f requent l y si ght ed.
Highlight s: For experi enced di vers, Horseshoe Reef at t he
Tobago Cays i s a drop-of f di ve pl ungi ng dow n t o 120 f eet .
Unusual di ves i ncl ude vol cani c sul phur deposi t s bet w een 65
and 100 f eet of f Pet i t St Vi ncent , w hi ch bubbl e warm wat er.
Si t es of f Bequi a i ncl ude a dramat i c wal l and a rock pi nnacl e
know n as t he Bul l et , w hi ch soars 140 f eet i nt o t he ai r and
pl unges nearl y 100 f eet dow n. Bot h si t es are subj ect t o
rough wat er and st rong current s but of f er an excel l ent
chance t o see bi g pel agi c f i sh.
Marine lif e: Reef s and rocks have many sof t and hard
coral s, sponges, anemones and gorgoni ans, and prof use f i sh
l i f e i ncl udi ng f i l ef i sh, t rumpet f i sh, barracuda, moray eel s
and scorpi on f i sh. Deep di ves bri ng encount ers w i t h nurse
sharks, rays, t urt l es, groupers, j acks and t una. St Vi ncent
and The Grenadi nes i s al so know n as t he cri t t er capi t al of
t he w orl d and di vi ng of f t he coast of St . Vi ncent of f ers
excel l ent opport uni t i es f or encount ers w i t h f rogf i sh,
seahorses, col ourf ul mol l usks, crust aceans, anemones and
t uni cat es.
Dive cent res: Di ve cent res are l ocat ed on St . Vi ncent and
vi rt ual l y al l i sl ands i ncl udi ng Bequi a, Canouan and
Must i que.
Websit es: w w w.di scoversvg.com
There are about f i f t y di vi ng si t es spread out around
Sai nt Mart i n, an i nf i ni t e space wai t i ng t o be expl ored
beneat h t he surf ace of t he At l ant i c Ocean and t he
Cari bbean Sea, maki ng i t one of t he most prest i gi ous
di vi ng dest i nat i ons i n t he Ant i l l es Arc.
Here, al l year around, di vers f i nd perf ect huge coral reef s
reserve many exci t i ng di scoveri es among t hei r maze-l i ke
st ruct ures or bel ow t he vaul t ed cei l i ngs of t hei r caves.
A w eal t h of t ropi cal aquat i c f auna may be seen i n t he
rocky dept hs, among t he aquat i c pl ant s as w el l as
around t he w recks i nt ent i onal l y sunk t o serve as
art i f i ci al reef s provi di ng habi t at s f or f i sh, crust acea,
t urt l es and seashel l s.
Much ol der, t he remai ns of t he Prosel yt e, an Engl i sh
f ri gat e w hi ch was shi pw recked i n Phi l i psburg Bay i n
1801, of f ers a movi ng archaeol ogi cal si t e w i t h i t s
canons, huge anchors and vari ous obj ect s f rom a l ong-
gone naut i cal w orl d.
Type of diving: Reef di vi ng i n shal l ow and moderat e
dept hs. Wreck di vi ng i s al so possi bl e.
Highlight s: Sai nt Mart i n’ s most popul ar si t es i ncl ude
t he f acades " i n t he w i nd" and " out t he w i nd" of
Ti nt amarre and " t he Creol e Rock" i n Grand-Case.
Marine lif e: There are many gorgeous coral reef s
covered w i t h mul t i -col oured sponges and sof t coral s;
t hese serve bot h as f i rst -rat e havens and ri ch hunt i ng
grounds f or t he mul t i t ude of bri ght l y col oured t ropi cal
f i sh w hi ch i nhabi t t hem. Di vers may al so see t urt l es,
sharks, barracuda, st i ngrays and eagl e rays.
Dive cent res: There are several cent res, i ncl udi ng some
based at hot el s. The cent res are w el l -equi pped and
happy t o w el come begi nners w i shi ng t o become
cert i f i ed as w el l as advanced di vers i n search of
advent ure.
Websit e: w w w.st mart i ni sl and.org
St. Maarten
St Maart en Tourist Bureau
W.G. Buncamper Road, 33 Phi l i psburg, St Maart en
T: 00 599 542 2337 E: i nf o@e-st maart en.com W: w w w.vacat i onst maart en.com
St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Photograph courtesy of St Vincent & The Grenadines Tourist Office
Saint Martin
Saint Mart in Tourist Of f ice
10 rue Pergol èse, 75116 Pari s, France
T: 00 33 153 299 999 E: pari s@i l edesai nt mart i n.org W: w w w.st mart i ni sl and.org
Photograph courtesy of Saint Martin Tourist Office
St Vincent & The Grenadines Tourist Of f ice
10 Kensi ngt on Court , London W8 5DL T: 020 7937 6570
E: svgt ouri smeurope@aol .com W: w w w.di scoversvg.com
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Di ve ent husi ast s w i l l enj oy t he cryst al l i ne wat ers
surroundi ng St . Maart en t hat al l ow f or cl ear vi si bi l i t y
up t o 200 f eet . Out st andi ng wat er cl ari t y al l ow s
excel l ent vi ew s of col ourf ul f i sh and coral , w hi l e t he
warm wat er w el comes sw i mmers year-round. Coral
reef s are t eemi ng w i t h mari ne l i f e, provi di ng more t han
40 excel l ent di ve si t es of f St . Maart en’ s coast . Day t ri ps
are avai l abl e t o St . Maart en’ s nei ghbouri ng i sl ands such
as Angui l l a and Sai nt Bart h, w hi ch al so of f er superb
di vi ng. There are a coupl e of di veabl e w recks and some
l arge caves. A mari ne reserve prot ect s many of t hese
coast al areas.
Type of diving: Reef di vi ng i s avai l abl e i n shal l ow
and moderat e dept hs, w hi l e w reck di vi ng has become
popul ar w i t h t he si nki ng of several shi ps t hat serve as
art i f i ci al reef s of f t he coast of St . Maart en. Begi nners
may w i sh t o st art at Li t t l e Bay due t o i t s cal m, shal l ow
wat er w i t h a maxi mum dept h of 25 f eet and t he
preval ence of di ve shops i n t he area.
Highlight s: St Maart en’ s most popul ar si t es i ncl ude t he
HMS Prosel yt e not abl e Bri t i sh f ri gat e w hi ch sank
i n 1801 on a reef near Great Bay, as w el l as Tei gl and,
a more recent w reck w here di vers can spot l obst er hol es
and school s of f i sh and st i ngray. Anot her hi ghl i ght i s
Moonhol e, a l arge crat er of f t he east ern si de of t he
i sl and t eemi ng w i t h coral gardens and exot i c, mul t i -
col oured sea l i f e. The Maze i s al so popul ar due t o i t s
cave di vi ng and vi si bi l i t y, how ever, an occasi onal
surf ace current has been not ed so i t i s recommended
f or i nt ermedi at e and expert l evel scuba di vers onl y.
Marine lif e: Many speci es of coral s, crust aceans and
reef f i sh coveri ng t he f ul l col our spect rum. Di vers may
al so see t urt l es, sharks, eel , barracuda, angel f i sh,
st i ngrays and eagl e rays.
Dive cent res: There are several di ve cent res and
operat ors i n St . Maart en, i ncl udi ng some based at
hot el s.
Websit e: w w w.vacat i onst maart en.com
Photograph courtesy of St Maarten Tourist Bureau
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Di vi ng i s st i l l i n i t s f oot st eps i n Suri name. A f ew pri vat e i ni t i at i ves have been under-
t aken t o organi se di vi ng expedi t i ons i nt o t he st orage l ake and t he Suri name ri ver.
Suri name i s wai t i ng t o be expl ored. One of t he most unspoi l ed areas of t he Amazon
basi n, Suri name of f ers t hat once-i n-a-l i f et i me t hri l l of expl ori ng t he undi scovered.
Wi t h over 80% of i t s l and covered w i t h dense rai nf orest and accessi bl e by pl ane
and over l and and by f erry, Suri name i s unl i ke ot her Cari bbean dest i nat i ons.
The t ouri sm i nf rast ruct ure i s grow i ng as more and more peopl e choose
t o expl ore t hi s f asci nat i ng count ry. Wel l organi sed t our operat ors conduct
t ours f or speci al i nt erest groups i nt o t he i nt eri or.
The concept of eco-t ouri sm i s appl i ed by several of t he t our compani es and
resort ow ners, empl oyi ng most l y l ocal resi dent s and support i ng communi t y
based proj ect s. Vi si t ors are al l ow ed a rare gl i mpse of j ungl e l i f e, w hi l e
support i ng t he l ocal i ndi genous and maroon communi t i es as w el l .
Most of t he count ry’ s popul at i on i s concent rat ed on t he coast . Paramari bo,
t he Capi t al , i s a f asci nat i ng bl end of t ypi cal , ol d col oni al archi t ect ure.
Suri name i s t rul y mul t i cul t ural ; count l ess churches, t empl es and mosques adorn
bot h si des of t he road and t he musi c and cui si ne i s an i nt ri gui ng f usi on of cul t ures.
A dif f erent out look: Berg & Dal Cul t ural and Ri ver Resort i s si t uat ed al ong
t he Suri name ri ver. A t ranqui l pl ace w here l uxury meet s w i t h sw eet t radi t i ons
f rom t he nearby Maroon vi l l agers.
Brownsberg Nat ional Park: The Brokopondo di st ri ct i s home t o one
of t he w orl d' s l argest reservoi rs, t he Prof. Dr. W. J. Van Bl ommenst ei n
st orage l ake, about t wo hours f rom Par’ bo by car. Gui ded t ours are
avai l abl e and i ncl ude a short wal k on t he Mazaroni pl at eau l ocat ed i n
t he park w i t h a vi ew over t he l ake.
The Cent ral Suriname Nat ure Reserve: The f amous Ral ei ghval l en
rapi ds are here. Thi s i s a Nat ural UNESCO Worl d Heri t age Si t e and
cont ai ns a hi gh di versi t y of pl ant and ani mal speci es. Ani mal s spot t ed
i ncl ude t he j aguar, gi ant armadi l l o, gi ant ri ver ot t er and over 700 bi rd
speci es.
Wat ching Seat urt les: The Gal i bi Nat ure Reserve i s onl y accessi bl e by
boat , about 1 1/2 hours f rom Al bi na. The reserve i s uni que and very
i mport ant t o mari ne t urt l es and t hei r conservat i on. The l eat herback
popul at i on t hat nest s at Gal i bi i s one of t he l argest i n t he w orl d.
Birdwat ching: There are so many rare and exot i c bi rds i n Suri name
you w on’ t need t he bi nocul ars. Checkl i st s exi st f or bi rds w hi ch have
been spot t ed t hroughout t he count ry. Bi rdwat chi ng t ours i nt o t he
j ungl e are avai l abl e f or t he more advent urous and advanced
bi rdwat chers.
Websit e: w w w.suri name-t ouri sm.org
Despi t e bei ng separat ed by j ust a f ew mi l es of wat er, Tobago has been bl essed w i t h
al l of t he at t ri but es of a w orl d-cl ass di ve dest i nat i on, perhaps at t he expense of i t s
si st er t o t he sout h, Tri ni dad. The i sl and’ s nut ri ent -ri ch wat ers support some of t he
most amazi ng reef s i n t he Cari bbean. It s proxi mi t y t o Sout h Ameri ca pl aces i t i n
t he pat h of t he Guyana current , w hi ch f eeds t he area w i t h t he nut ri ent s f rom
Venezuel a’ s Ori noco Ri ver. Thi s at t ract s an expl osi on of mari ne l i f e f rom t he
mi croscopi c t o t he maj est i c – In f act , w i t h an area of 12’ by 16’ , Tobago
boast s w hat i s possi bl y t he w orl d’ s l argest brai n coral at “ Kel l est on Drai n”
of f t he vi l l age of Speysi de.
Di vi ng i s year-round, w i t h vi si bi l i t y usual l y i n t he range of 70 - 90f t /23-30m.
Wat er t emperat ures range f rom hi ghs of 82F/28C t o l ow s of 75F/24C
(i n January and February) and most di vers f i nds t hat a 3mm neoprene sui t i s
suf f i ci ent t hermal prot ect i on. There are over 400 speci es of f i sh and mari ne
creat ures around Tobago and on any di ve you’ l l have t he opport unt i y t o
vi ew anyt hi ng f rom t he t i ni est cri t t ers t o t he more maj est i c ani mal s,
maki ng i t al so an underwat er phot ographer’ s dream.
Type of diving: Tobago i s sui t abl e f or di vers of al l abi l i t i es, and i s know n f or i t s
dri f t di vi ng on st rong current s w i t h some great adrenal i ne di vi ng on i t s At l ant i c
coast , f or more experi enced di vers. The i sl and boast s opul ent hard coral s and
massi ve barrel sponges, t w i st i ng t hem i nt o st range shapes; and t he pl ankt on l i vi ng
i n t he coral somet i mes at t ract nat ure’ s mari ne gi ant s l i ke t he mant a ray.
Highlight s: At t he sout h end of t he i sl and, dri f t al ong “ Fl yi ng Reef ” past huge
pl at e coral col oni es and t he sof t wal l of Bermuda Chub, keepi ng an eye open f or
nurse sharks and st i ngrays. A l i t t l e f art her nort h on t he Cari bbean si de,
l i es t he w reck of t he MV Maveri ck w hi ch si t s at 100f t /33m and was
sunk as an art i f i ci al reef i n 1997. Wi t h t he upper deck si t t i ng at a
dept h of 60f t /18m, i t ’ s accessi bl e t o di vers of al l cert i f i cat i on l evel s.
Each May, t hi s i sl and host s a f un-f i l l ed w eek of di vi ng, part i es,
equi pment demos, games and i nt erest i ng semi nars on di vi ng, saf et y
and mari ne l i f e at t he annual Tobago Underwat er Carni val .
Don’ t mi ss i t !
At t he nort hw est ern end of t he i sl and, “ The Si st ers” i s a seri es of rock
pi nnacl es ri si ng f rom t he deep, pl ayi ng host t o hammerheads and ot her
w i l d creat ures. “ London Bri dge” i s at t he nort heast ern t i p and i s a
spect acul ar di ve, even w hen t he condi t i ons don’ t al l ow goi ng t hrough
t he arch. Tarpons, t urt l es and sharks are f requent l y si ght ed. “ Japanese
Gardens” resembl es i t s name and i s a si t e t hat i s awash i n col our.
Marine lif e: Bi g sponges and huge coral f ormat i ons, i ncl udi ng t he
l argest know n brai n coral i n t he w orl d. Lot s of f i sh, l arge and smal l
i ncl udi ng seahorses, st i ngrays, nurse sharks and t urt l es.
Dive cent res: The Associ at i on of Tobago Di ve Operat ors has members
l ocat ed i n t he nort hern and sout hern part s of t he i sl and and
i nf ormat i on about pri ci ng, t ours, t rai ni ng and di ve si t es can be f ound
on t hei r w ebsi t e w w w.t obagoscubadi vi ng.com.
Websit e: w w w.vi si t t obago.gov.t t
Out st andi ng di vi ng vi si bi l i t y of t en i n excess of 150 f eet ;
consi st i ng of shal l ow banks surrounded by deep wat er. The
reef s enci rcl i ng t he banks and i sl ands are ext remel y di verse,
w i t h 37 coral speci es and more t han 400 f i sh speci es
recorded. The i sl ands have a syst em of mari ne sanct uari es
t o prot ect t he undersea envi ronment . Moori ngs are provi ded
so boat s do not have t o anchor, t hereby keepi ng our mari ne
parks pri st i ne and undi st urbed.
Type of diving: There i s shal l ow reef di vi ng as w el l as
except i onal wal l di vi ng on deep wal l s, canyons, seamount s,
l edges and sw i m-t hroughs. The Turks and Cai cos Isl ands l i e
on t he edge of t w o undersea mount ai nt op pl at eaus w i t h
st eep wal l s t hroughout . Cl oser t o t he shore t han al most any
di ve si t e anyw here, you can sw i m al ong t he edge of an aw e-
i nspi ri ng abyss, st ari ng i nt o t he dark w here t he ocean f l oor
drops of f rapi dl y t o as deep as 7000 f eet . Wi t h such vari ed
t ypes of di vi ng everyone f rom t he novi ce di ver t o t he
advanced di ver i s cat ered f or. Summer wat er t emperat ures
are bet w een 82 t o 84 degrees Fahrenhei t at t he surf ace. A
l i ght w et sui t i n t he f orm of Lycra, Darl exx or Pol art ec are t he
common choi ces used. Wi nt er t emperat ures are bet w een 74
t o 78 degrees Fahrenhei t and a 2 t o 3mm w et sui t i s requi red.
Highlight s: The remot e i sl and of Sal t Cay i s one of t he best
pl aces t o experi ence t he rare chance t o di ve w i t h humpback
w hal es as t hey pass t hrough t he Col umbus Passage on t hei r
way t o t hei r mat i ng grounds. The mi grat i on season i s f rom
December t o Apri l , w i t h February bei ng t he most l i kel y t i me
t o see t hem. Sal t Cay i s home t o t he w reck of t he 1790
Bri t i sh man o’ war Endymi on, w hi ch sank i n about 40 f eet of
wat er. West Cai cos i s a popul ar di vi ng area and has some of
t he best wal l di ves. Addi t i onal l y, on t he i sl and of Grand Turk,
t he reef begi ns at dept hs of bet w een 7 and 10 met res bef ore
dramat i cal l y pl ungi ng some 2000 met res t o t he ocean f l oor.
Marine lif e: Abundant mari ne l i f e f rom smal l nudi branchs
t o t he gi ant humpbacks. The wal l s at t ract l arge pel agi c
speci es i ncl udi ng mant a and eagl e rays, t urt l es, sharks,
groupers, dol phi ns and w hal e sharks.
Dive cent res: There are many di ve cent res but t hey are
mai nl y l ocat ed on Grand Turk and Provi denci al es. Al l
operat ors have di vi ng equi pment avai l abl e f or rent , PADI,
NAUI and SSI cert i f i cat i on recogni sed. Operat ors t ake saf et y
very seri ousl y. How ever, i n t he ext remel y unl i kel y event of
need; decompressi on f aci l i t i es are avai l abl e on t he i sl ands.
Websit e: w w w.t urksandcai cost ouri sm.com
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Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago Tourist Of f ice
Li on House, 111 Hare Lane, Cl aygat e, Surrey KT10 0QY
T: 0800 804 8787 E: t ri nbago@i hml .com W: w w w.vi si t t obago.gov.t t
Photograph courtesy of Trinidad & Tobago Tourist Office
Turks & Caicos Islands
Turks & Caicos I slands Tourist Board
PO Box 868, St ubbs Di amond Pl aza, Provi denci al es, Turks and Cai cos Isl ands
T: 07545 705 086 E: i nf o@t ci l ondon.org.uk W: w w w.t urksandcai cost ouri sm.com
Photograph courtesy of Turks & Caicos Tourist Office
Suriname
Suriname Tourism Foundat ion
Dr. J.F. Nassyl aan 2, P.O. Box 656, Paramari bo, Suri name, Sout h Ameri ca
T: 00 597 424878 / 410809 E: i nf o@suri name-t ouri sm.org W: w w w.suri name-t ouri sm.org
Photograph courtesy of Suriname Tourism Foundation
Whet her new l y cert i f i ed or advanced, di vi ng i n t he U.S.
Vi rgi n Isl ands i s easy, accessi bl e and of f ers an array of
experi ences f or al l di vers. Combi ne St . Croi x’ s
underwat er nat i onal monument , St . John’ s prot ect ed
underwat er reserve and St . Thomas’ col l ect i on of w recks
and reef s t oget her w i t h 500+ speci es of t ropi cal f i sh, 40
t ypes of coral , dozens of experi enced di ve operat ors and
t he resul t i s t he U.S. Vi rgi n Isl ands.
Type of diving: Shal l ow reef s t o drop-of f wal l s i n St .
Croi x, St . John and St . Thomas provi de di vi ng f or al l
l evel s. By boat or shore, w i t h ni t rox or compressed ai r,
di vers w i l l f i nd many opt i ons i n t he U.S. Vi rgi n Isl ands.
Highlight s: In t he U.S. Vi rgi n Isl ands, di vers can f i nd
average wat er t emperat ures of 80 degrees and vi si bi l i t y
up t o 100 f eet . Each of t he t hree i sl ands t hat compri se
t he Terri t ory has uni que underwat er experi ences t o of f er.
St . Croi x i s bl essed w i t h spect acul ar wal l di vi ng and t he
most abundant near shore and beach di vi ng i ncl udi ng
t he pi er at Frederi kst ed, one of t he l eadi ng pi er di ve
si t es i n t he Cari bbean. Know n f or i t s pri st i ne beaches
and prot ect ed bays, St . John of f ers spl endi d reef di vi ng
at nearby uni nhabi t ed cays and al ong i t s sout h shore
w i t hi n t he wat ers of t he Vi rgi n Isl ands Nat i onal Park.
Meanw hi l e, St . Thomas boast s over a dozen w recks,
such as t he 327-f oot WIT Shoal II, a Navy LST w hi ch
served i n Worl d War II, and a vari et y of ot her si t es
f eat uri ng coral gardens, t unnel s, archways and
overhangs home t o sea t urt l es, nurse sharks and
school i ng reef f i sh.
Marine lif e: Reef s and w recks t eem w i t h coral s,
sponges and over 500 speci es of t ropi cal f i sh. Di vers
may al so encount er sea t urt l es, st i ngrays, sharks and
even el usi ve creat ures such as seahorses and bat f i sh.
Dive cent res: Di ve cent res w i t h school s abound
t hroughout t he USVI, w i t h many based at resort hot el s.
Websit e: w w w.Vi si t USVI.com
Boast i ng t he l ongest st ret ch of Cari bbean coast l i ne t o
be f ound i n any one count ry, Venezuel a has i t s f ai r share
of bl i ssed out beach resort s. But t hi s st i l l l argel y under
vi si t ed count ry i s one of st aggeri ng vari et y w i t h much
more t o of f er.
The cl ear warm wat ers of t he Cari bbean coast l i ne are of
course i deal f or snorkel l i ng, di vi ng and al l manner of
wat er based act i vi t i es. Inl and, t hose seeki ng advent ure
are spoi l t f or choi ce w i t h a w eal t h of sof t and
chal l engi ng act i vi t i es on of f er.
There are w et l ands, t he st eamy Amazon, rol l i ng
savannah punct uat ed by f l at t opped mount ai ns and
perhaps most f amous of al l , t he w orl d’ s hi ghest
wat erf al l , Angel Fal l s pl ummet i ng al most 1000m f rom
t he peaks of t he Parque Naci onal Canai ma.
Venezuel a’ s mari ne t reasures are concent rat ed of f i t s
of f shore i sl ands, not abl y Los Roques. An archi pel ago of
40 i sl ands, i t was decl ared a nat i onal park i n 1972 and
i s one of t he l argest mari ne parks i n t he Cari bbean as
w el l as bei ng t he ol dest .
U.S. Virgin Islands
U.S. Virgin I slands Depart ment of Tourism
P.O. Box 6400, St . Thomas, VI 00804
T: 00 1 340 774 8784 E: i nf o@usvi t ouri sm.vi W: w w w.Vi si t USVI.com
Photograph courtesy of U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism
Venezuela
Venezuela Tourist Depart ment
c/o The Embassy of t he Bol i vi an Republ i c of Venezuel a, 1 Cromw el l Road, London SW7 2HR
T: 020 7584 4206 E: t uri smo@venezl on.co.uk W: w w w.venet ur.gob.ve w w w.mi nt ur.gob.ve
Photograph courtesy of Venezuela Tourist Department
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Ot her reef s exi st of f t he mai nl and coast at pl aces such
as Morrocoy and Mochi na, al so bot h nat i onal parks
nearl y 30 years ol d, al t hough t he coral i s l ess di verse.
Type of diving: Li veaboard di vi ng i n Los Roques or
day chart ers f rom Gran Roque. Di vi ng on reef s, rocks,
l edges, pi nnacl es and wal l s w i t h dept hs f rom 25 f eet t o
more t han 150 f eet . St rong current s i n pl aces.
Highlight s: Vi rgi n reef s t eemi ng w i t h f i sh, and vert i cal
wal l s w i t h many l arge pel agi c f i sh.
Marine lif e: More t han 50 coral speci es have been
i dent i f i ed at Los Roques al ong w i t h nearl y 300 speci es
of coral reef f i sh. Large f i sh f requent l y seen i ncl ude bi g
eye j acks, t arpon, eagl e rays, sharks and barracuda pl us
t urt l es.
Dive cent res: Li veaboard f rom Caracas, and di ve resort
i n Los Roques. Ot hers can be f ound on t he Venezuel a
mai nl and.
Websit es: w w w.venet ur.gob.ve w w w.mi nt ur.gob.ve
Airline Allowances
Get t i ng t o and around t he Cari bbean i s easy, and ai rl i nes have expanded
capaci t y t o t he regi on f rom t he UK w i t h ext ra f l i ght s and bi gger ai rcraf t .
The regi on i s w el l served by ai rl i nes w i t h schedul ed servi ces f rom t he UK
and t here are al so a grow i ng number of chart ers and i nt ernat i onal carri ers
of f eri ng good connect i ons.
Di vers have t o bear i n mi nd w ei ght al l owances, especi al l y i f t hey pl an t o
t ake t hei r ow n equi pment .
Ai rl i nes are much st ri ct er on w hat you are al l ow ed t o t ake on board,
part i cul arl y si nce Sept ember 11. No sharp obj ect s can be t aken i n t he
cabi n, and bot h ai rl i nes and ai rport s enf orce cabi n l uggage ent i t l ement .
Some ai rl i nes gi ve di vers an addi t i onal al l owance f or di vi ng equi pment .
Pl ease ensure you check w i t h t he ai rl i ne regardi ng al l owances bef ore
t ravel l i ng.
Inter-Island Travel
Int er-Cari bbean t ravel i s al most ent i rel y by ai r – t hough boat s can be f ound
i n some i sl ands. There are some regul ar f erry servi ces avai l abl e i .e. bet w een
t he East ern Cari bbean i sl ands or a f ast er servi ce bet w een t he French West
Indi es and t he Vi rgi n Isl ands. There are al so several nat i onal and regi onal
ai rl i nes.
Photograph courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority
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Caribbean Tourism Organisation (UK) Members
AIRLINES, CRUISE LINES, HOTELS/ REPRESENTATION AND TOUR OPERATORS
AIRLINES
Air Europa
T: 0871 423 0717
W: w w w.ai reuropa.com
Brit ish Airwarys
T: 0844 493 0787
W: w w w.ba.com/cari bbean
Caribbean Airlines
T: 0870 774 7336
W: w w w.cari bbean-ai rl i nes.com
LI AT
T: 001 268 480 5601
W: w w w.l i at ai rl i ne.com
Virgin At lant ic Airways
T: 0844 874 7747
W: w w w.vi rgi n-at l ant i c.com
CRUISE LINES
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
T: 01473 746 170
W: w w w.f redol sencrui ses.com
HOTELS & ACCOMMODATION
Advant age
Management Group Lt d
T: 020 8487 9881
W: w w w.amgl t d.bi z
Almond Resort s
T: 0870 907 9601
W: w w w.al mondresort s.co.uk
Biras Creek Resort
T: 0800 883 0756
W: w w w.bi ras.com
Carribbean Collect ion (The)
T: 01372 475 783
E: l ynng@t hecari bbeancol l ect i on.co.uk
Cara Hot el Market ing
T: 020 8874 8333
W: w w w.carahot el market i ng.com
Clear Market ing I nt ernat ional
Tel : 0845 217 7844
W: w w w.cl ear-market i ng.com
Cot t on House, Must ique
T: 00 33 153 89 88 88
W: w w w.gl ahot el s.com
Eagle Travel Market ing
T: 020 8339 6888
W: w w w.cl assi chi deaways.com
Elegant Hot els Group
T: 0800 917 3534
W: w w w.el egant hot el s.com
Escape Market ing
T: 020 7183 5058
W: w w w.escapemarket i ng.net
Essent ial Det ail
T: 020 8977 6099
W: w w w.essent i al det ai l .co.uk
Fairmont Raf f les
Hot els I nt ernat ional
T: 020 7520 4230
W: w w w.f rhi .com
Group Promot ions
T: 01582 79 22 60
W: w w w.group-promot i ons.com
Harlequin Hot els & Resort s
T: 01268 242 467
W: w w w.harl equi nhot el sandresort s.com
Hilt on Hot els
T: 08705 90 90 90
W: w w w.hi l t onhot el s.co.uk
Jolly Beach Resort
& Spa Ant igua
T: 00800 1235 6559 (f reephone)
W: w w w.j ol l ybeachresort .com
Kerzner I nt ernat ional Resort s
T: 01753 899 800
W: w w w.kerzner.com;
w w w.oneandonl yresort s.com
LCM Communicat ions Lt d
T: 01732 863 048
E: l ynne@l cmcommuni cat i ons.co.uk
Market ing & Reservat ions
I nt ernat ional
T: 0208 741 5333
W: w w w.rexresort s.com
Marriot t Hot els I nt ernat ional
T: 0800 221 222
W: w w w.marri ot t .com
PL Consult ant s
T: 020 8660 6753
W: w w w.pl consul t ant s.co.uk
Resort Market ing
I nt ernat ional Lt d
T: 01245 459 900
W: w w w.resort -market i ng.co.uk
RockResort s
T: 001 786 953 7703
W: w w w.rockresort s.com
Sandals & Beaches Resort s
T: 0800 742 742
W:w w w.sandal s.co.uk
Sirenis Hot els & Resort s
T: 00 34 917 148 515
W: w w w.si reni shot el s.com
Smugglers Cove Resort
& Spa, Saint Lucia
T: 001 758 450 0551
W: w w w.smuggl ersresort .com
SuperClubs
T: 0161 884 0964
W: w w w.breezes.com
Toad Hall Caribbean
Tel : 01548 852 407
Web: w w w.t oadhal l cari bbean.com
Tradewinds - Ant igua
T: 001 268 462 1223
W: w w w.t w hant i gua.com
True Blue Bay, Grenada
T: 001 473 443 8783
W: w w w.t ruebl uebay.com
TOUR OPERATORS
Bahamas Flavour/
Discover Jamaica
T: 0870 066 9975 / 020 7078 7518
W:w w w.bahamasf l avour.co.uk/
w w w.di scoverj amai ca.co.uk
Brit ish Airways Holidays
T: 0844 493 0787
W: w w w.ba.com/cari bbean
Caribbean Expressions
T: 01752 878 010
W:w w w.expressi onshol i days.co.uk
Caribt ours
T: 020 7751 0660
W: w w w.cari bt ours.co.uk
Complet e Caribbean
Tel : 01423 531 031
W: w w w.compl et ecari bbean.co.uk
Elegant Resort s
T: 01244 897 999
W: w w w.el egant resort s.co.uk
Flight Cent re
T: 0800 587 0058
W: w w w.f l i ght cent re.co.uk
Funway Holidays
T: 0844 573 5888
W: w w w.f unwayhol i days.co.uk
Golden Caribbean
T: 0845 085 8080
W: w w w.gol dencari bbean.co.uk
Havanat our
T: 01707 646 463
W: w w w.havanat our.co.uk
Hayes & Jarvis
T: 0871 200 2211
W: w w w.hayesandj arvi s.co.uk
I ndividual Holidays
T: 01753 892 111
W: w w w.i ndi vi dual -hoi l days.com
I TC Classics
T: 01244 355 400
W: w w w.i t ccl assi cs.co.uk
Kenwood Travel
T: 020 7749 9245
W: w w w.kenw oodt ravel .com
Kuoni Travel
T: 01306 744 305
W: w w w.kuoni .co.uk
Newmont Travel
T: 020 8920 1122
W: w w w.new mont .co.uk
Q Holidays (Sackville Travel)
T: 0870 720 1127
W: w w w.qhol i days.co.uk
Responsiblet ravel.com
W: w w w.responsi bl et ravel .com
The Holiday Place
T: 020 7644 1749
W: w w w.t hehol i daypl ace.co.uk
Thomas Cook Signat ure
T: 0844 871 0678
W: w w w.t csi gnat ure.com
Trailf inders
T: 0845 054 7777
W: w w w.t rai l f i nders.com
Tropic Breeze
T: 01548 831 550
W: w w w.t ropi cbreeze.co.uk
Virgin Holidays
T: 0844 557 4015
W: w w w.vi rgi nhol i days.co.uk
A good travel agent can advise you on all aspects of travel to the region.
Please visit www.caribbean.co.uk/travelagents for a specialist in your area or call 0208 948 0057
Pl ease not e t hat al l det ai l s w ere correct at t i me of pri nt i ng (March 2011).
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Caribbean Tourism Organisation (UK) –
National Tourist Offices
Anguilla Tourist Board
c/o CSB Communi cat i ons
Sui t e 11, Parsons Green House
27 – 31 Parsons Green Lane
London SW6 4HH
Tel : + 44 (0) 207 736 6030
E: i nf o@angui l l a-t ouri sm.com
W: w w w.angui l l a-vacat i on.com
Ant igua & Barbuda
Tourism Aut horit y
Vi ct ori a House, 4t h Fl oor
Vi ct ori a Road
Chel msf ord, Essex
CM1 1JR
Tel : 01245 70 7471
E: t ouri smi nf o@aandbt ouri sm.com
W: w w w.vi si t ant i guabarbuda.co.uk
Aruba Tourism Aut horit y
c/o The Sal t marsh Part nershi p
The Copperf i el ds,
25D Copperf i el d St reet
London SE1 0EN
Tel : 0207 928 1600
E: aruba@sal t marshpr.co.uk
W: w w w.aruba.com
Bahamas Tourist Of f ice
10 Chest erf i el d St reet
London W1J 5JL
Tel : 0207 355 0800
E: i nf o@bahamas.co.uk
W: w w w.bahamas.co.uk
Barbados Tourism Aut horit y
263 Tot t enham Court Road
London W1T 7LA
Tel : 0207 299 7175
E: bt auk@vi si t barbados.org
W: w w w.vi si t barbados.co.uk
Belize Tourism Board
64 Regent St reet
Bel i ze Ci t y, Bel i ze
Tel : + 501 227 2417
E: i nf o@t ravel bel i ze.org
W: w w w.t ravel bel i ze.org
Bermuda Depart ment
of Tourism
T: 07780 694552
E: annabel l e.marshal l @bermudat ouri sm.com
W: w w w.GoToBermuda.co.uk
Tourism Corporat ion Bonaire
Basi s Communi cat i e B.V.
PO Box 472
Wagenwag 252
2000AL Haarl em
The Net herl ands
Tel : + 31 23 543 0704
E: europe@t ouri smbonai re.com
W: w w w.t ouri smbonai re.com
Brit ish Virgin I slands
Tourist Board
BVI House, 15, Upper Grosvenor St .,
London W1K 7PJ
Tel : 0207 355 9585
E: mj eri a@bvi .org.uk
W: w w w.bvi t ouri sm.com
Cayman I slands
Dept . of Tourism
6 Arl i ngt on St reet
London SW1A 1RE
Tel : 0207 491 7771
E: i nf o-uk@caymani sl ands.ky
W: w w w.caymani sl ands.co.uk
Cuba Tourist Board
1st Fl oor, 154 Shaf t esbury Avenue
London WC2H 8HL
Tel : + 44 (0) 207 240 6655
E: t ouri sm@t ravel 2cuba.co.uk
W: w w w.t ravel 2cuba.co.uk
Curaçao Tourist Board Europe
Vast el and 82-84
3011 BP, Rot t erdam
The Net herl ands
Tel : + 31 10 414 2639
E: i nf o@ct be.nl
W: w w w.curacao.com
Discover Dominica Aut horit y
c/o The Sal t marsh Part nershi p
The Copperf i el ds,
25D Copperf i el d St reet
London SE1 0EN
Tel : 0800 012 1467
E: domi ni ca@sal t marshpr.co.uk
W: w w w.di scoverdomi ni ca.com
Dominican Republic
Tourist Board
18-21 Hand Court
Hi gh Hol born
London WC1V 6JF
Tel : + 44 (0) 207 242 7778
E: uk@godomi ni canrepubl i c.com
W: w w w.godomi ni canrepubl i c.com
Grenada Board of Tourism
c/o Eyes2market UK
Tel : + (0) 208 328 0644
E: grenada@eyes2market .co.uk
W: w w w.grenadagrenadi nes.com
Guadeloupe I slands
Tourist Board
23-25, rue du Champ de l ’ Al ouet t e
75013, Pari s, France
Tel :+ 33 1 40 62 99 07
E: i nf oeurope@l esi l esdeguadel oupe.com
W: w w w.l esi l esdeguadel oupe.com
Guyana Tourism Aut horit y
Nat i onal Exhi bi t i on Cent re
Sophi a, Georget ow n, Guyana
Tel : + 592 219 0094/6
E-mai l : i nf o@guyana-t ouri sm.com
W: w w w.guyana-t ouri sm.com
Hait i Embassy
10, rue Théodul e Ri bot
75017 Pari s
Tel : + 33 1 47 63 47 78
E: ambhai t i pari s@orange.f r
Jamaica Tourist Board
1-2 Pri nce Consort Road
London SW7 2BZ
Tel : 020 7225 9090
E: mai l @vi si t j amai ca.uk.com
W: w w w.vi si t j amai ca.com
Mart inique Tourism Aut horit y
2, rue des Moul i ns
75001 Pari s, France
Tel : + 33 1 44 778 600
E:i nf os@mart i ni quet ouri sme.com
W: w w w.mart i ni quet ouri sme.com
Mont serrat Tourist Board
c/o The Sal t marsh Part nershi p
The Copperf i el ds,
25D Copperf i el d St reet
London SE1 0EN
Tel : 0207 928 1600
E: mont serrat @sal t marshpr.co.uk
W: w w w.vi si t mont serrat .com
Nevis Tourism Aut horit y
Mai n St reet ,Charl est ow n
Nevi s, West Indi es
Tel : 01305 233 107
E: nt a2001@si st eri sl es.kn
W: w w w.nevi si sl and.com
Puert o Rico Tourism Company
Thi rd Fl oor, Col echurch House
1 London Bri dge Wal k
London SE1 2SX
Tel : 0207 367 0914
E: puert ori co@hi l l sbal f our.com
W: w w w.seepuert ori co.com
Comit é du Tourisme de l’île
de St . Bart hélemy (CTTSB)
Gust avi a, Quai du Général de
Gual l e
97133 Sai nt Bart hel emy, F.W.I.
Tel : + 590 590 278 727
E: i nf o@sai nt bart h-t ouri sme.com
W: w w w.sai nt bart h-t ouri sme.com
St . Eust at ius Tourism
Development Foundat ion
Fort Oranj e, Oranj est ad
St . Eust at i us, Net herl ands Ant i l l es
Dut ch Cari bbean
Tel : + 599 318 2433/2107/3081
E: i nf o@st at i at ouri sm.com
W: w w w.st at i at ouri sm.com
St . Kit t s Tourism Aut horit y
10 Kensi ngt on Court
London W8 5DL
Tel : 0207 376 0881
E: uk@st ki t t st ouri sm.kn
W: w w w.st ki t t st ouri sm.kn
Saint Lucia Tourist Board
Low er Ground,
1, Col l i ngham Gardens
London SW5 0HW
Tel : 0207 341 7000
E: sl t bi nf o@st l uci auk.org
W: w w w.sai nt l uci anow.co.uk
St Maart en Tourist Bureau
W.G Buncamper Road 33
Phi l i psburg, St . Maart en
Net herl ands Ant i l l es
Tel : + 599 542 2337
E: i nf o@e-st maart en.com
W: w w w.vacat i onst maart en.com
Saint Mart in Tourist Of f ice
10, rue Pergol èse
75116 Pari s, France
Tel : + 33 1 53 299 999
E: pari s@i l edesai nt mart i n.org
W: w w w.st mart i ni sl and.org
St .Vincent & The Grenadines
Tourist Of f ice
10 Kensi ngt on Court
London W8 5DL
Tel : 0207 937 6570
E: svgt ouri smeurope@aol .com
W: w w w.di scoversvg.com
Suriname Tourism Foundat ion
Dr. J.F. Nassyl aan 2
P.O. Box 656
Paramari bo, Suri name
Tel : + 597 424 878/ 410809
E: i nf o@suri name-t ouri sm.org
W: w w w.suri name-t ouri sm.org
Trinidad & Tobago
Tourist Of f ice
Li on House, 111 Hare Lane
Cl aygat e, Surrey KT10 0QY
Tel : 0800 804 8787
E: t ri nbago@i hml .com
W: w w w.vi si t t obago.gov.t t
Turks & Caicos I slands
Tourist Board
Tel : 07545 705 086
E-mai l : i nf o@t ci l ondon.org.uk
W: w w w.t urksandcai cost ouri sm.com
U.S. Virgin I slands
Depart ment of Tourism
P. O. Box 6400,St . Thomas, VI 00804
US Vi rgi n Isl ands
Tel : + 1 340 774 8784
E: i nf o@usvi t ouri sm.vi
W: w w w.Vi si t USVI.com
Venezuela Tourist Depart ment
c/o The Embassy of t he Bol i vari an
Republ i c of Venezuel a
1 Cromw el l Rd
London SW7 2HR
Tel : 0207 584 4206
E: t uri smo@venezl on.co.uk
W: w w w.venet ur.gob.ve;
w w w.mi nt ur.gob.ve
Please note that all details
were correct at time of printing
(March 2011)
Hotels & Resorts
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www.caribbean.co.uk/accommodation
Compl ement i ng t he vi brancy and exci t ement of t he Cari bbean i s an
i ncomparabl e di versi t y of accommodat i on. The choi ce and range of
accommodat i on i n t he Cari bbean i s vast , cat eri ng f or everyone f rom t hose
w ho want rust i c, t radi t i onal -st yl e cot t ages and i nns t o guest s w ho pref er
bei ng pampered i n f ul l servi ce resort s.
Cari bbean propert i es cont i nue t o upgrade t hei r f aci l i t i es, w hi l e new ones
are bei ng opened i n several dest i nat i ons. Some hot el s cat er part i cul arl y f or
di vers, such as Sai nt Luci a’ s Anse Chast enet , w hi l e many have di ve cent res
as part of t hei r wat ersport s operat i ons. Those t hat don’ t have di vi ng on
si t e usual l y l i nk up w i t h a nearby di vi ng school , as i n t he case of Al mond
Resort ’ s Al mond Cl ub & Spa on Ant i gua; The Fl amboyant Hot el & Vi l l as,
Grenada, The Bl ue Hori zons Garden Resort , Grenada and Young Isl and,
St . Vi ncent & The Grenadi nes.
Al l -i ncl usi ve resort s somet i mes of f er di vi ng as part of t he package f or
cert i f i ed guest s and of f er t he chance f or new comers t o t ry i t or t ake
i nt roduct ory l essons. Among resort s i ncl udi ng di vi ng are Rex Resort s’
propert i es; Sandal s and Beaches Resort s and SuperCl ubs Breezes Resort s
& Spas and Hedoni sm Resort s i n Jamai ca, Bahamas, Cuba, Domi ni can
Republ i c and Curaçao. Di ve packages vary at each resort .
Cert i f i cat i on t o a st andard such as PADI Open Wat er general l y cost s
ext ra, t hough.
Di vi ng can al so be a f ami l y af f ai r. PADI’ s Bubbl emaker programme, of f ered
by many di ve cent res, i nt roduces di vi ng t o chi l dren as young as ei ght , w hi l e
ot her programmes t ake youngst ers aged 10 and above t hrough vari ous
l evel s of qual i f i cat i on.
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