The big to the small in Utila's waters: whale sharks, gaudy clown crabs (seen here) and Caribbean reef octopus.Gaudy Clown Crab (Platypodiella spectabilis) perched on top of a sponge at 60ft off of Little Little Bight, Utila.
There’s shore diving at Cane Bay, wall diving at Salt River Canyon and macro diving at Frederiksted pier on St. Croix, plus a lively waterfront and some luxurious hotels that won’t break the bank.Sponge scenics at Cane Bay wall with Orange Elephant Ear Sponge and Convuleted Barrel Sponge (pictured above).
One of the world’s most diverse destinations, you have plenty of dive opportunities in Indonesia. Take advantage by hopping on a live-aboard, like the boutique Arenui (arenui.com), which on a 10-day trip will take you to the best spots — and do so in style.
The Maldives’ turquoise waters and private islands bring to mind big-budget luxury. And while you can dive Maldives on a budget, resorts like Banyan Tree and the Four Seasons Explorer (fourseasons.com) let you live it up.Anemonefish, Amphiprion percula, Poking out of a Magnificent Sea Anemone, North Ari Atoll, Maldives (pictured above).