A diver watches a curious Caribbean reef shark swim past at the The Gullies, West Caicos. (Note: this was two days after a hurricane passed through the area, so the viz was really murky, especially by Turks and Caicos standards.)
Asia Pacific’s best-kept secret is Phi Phi, home to accommodations that suit every budget. Dive healthy, colorful reefs nearby, or take day trips to cool sites like Hin Deang/ Hin Muang, King Cruiser wreck and Shark Point.
You don’t need gobs of cash to enjoy a great dive vacation (though it doesn’t hurt). The proof is these nine awesome dive trips for every budget.Alconarian and gorgonian coral with schooling anthias dominate this Fijian reef scene (pictured above).
The big to the small in Utila's waters: whale sharks, gaudy clown crabs and Caribbean reef octopus (seen here).Caribbean reef octopus (Octopus briareus) meticulously caring for her eggs at 65ft at Little Little Bight, Utila.
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).