Located on Florida’s southeast coast, the Palm Beaches are home to thrilling reef and wreck diving year round. This collection of almost 40 beaches is also home to some of the county’s best resorts and topside diversions.Watch the video for three reasons to dive the Palm Beaches.
It’s not flashy, but quiet and understated: St. Vincent and the Grenadines — 32 islands in total (with only nine inhabited) — is an eco-paradise with waterfalls, rainforests and reefs, and is highly regarded for rare critters and spectacular underwater life.
This island nation is one of those magical destinations that defies categorization in terms of diving and overall adventure. Palau’s got walls that are vertical fields of plate and soft corals, channels teeming with sharks and other big life, and reef patches where macro fiends can geek out hunting for nudibranchs and sea slugs.
If you want burgers and piped-in Bob Marley, you don’t want Tobago. This sister island of Trinidad, found off the Venezuelan coast, is a confluence above and below water. Topside, this means complex dishes and a multicultural people with a whole lot of festivals. Underwater, it means speed and size — sure, you can find nudibranchs, but that’s not likely what landed Tobago on your list.
Of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas and St. Croix are more developed: You’ll find Coral World Ocean Park on St. Thomas, a casino on St. Croix and golf courses on both. St. John boasts 7,000 acres of national park, much of it underwater. But there’s variety on every isle. You’ll find secluded beaches on St. Croix, a craft-beer bar on St. John and mangrove kayak tours on St. Thomas.
The Caribbean’s most popular drift-diving destination, Cozumel excels in offering divers the most in-water bang for their buck. Riviera Maya, just a ferry ride away, is known for international hot spot Playa del Carmen, the quieter beaches of Tulum and, among divers, its Swiss-cheese limestone foundation — an underworld of limitless cavern diving. The quiet seaside town of La Paz in Baja is in direct contrast to Mexico’s flashier coastal destinations. Don’t let the tranquility fool you though — La Paz is also the jumping-off point for amazing diving adventures just offshore.
Mostly desert topside, this island draws divers for the treasures beneath the waves. Healthy reefs consistently rank highest in the Caribbean for fish diversity, including quirky inhabitants like frogfish and seahorses. Out of the hurricane belt, it’s popular with shore divers year-round, and also draws windsurfers and kiteboarders; together, they support a burgeoning colony of multi-ethnic eateries in the main town of Kralendijk.
The small island of San Salvador in the Bahamas, just 360 miles southeast of Miami, is one of the premier scuba diving and fishing meccas of the world and home to Riding Rock Resort and Marina. Custom-designed for dive travelers, the resort offers 42 standard pool view and deluxe oceanfront rooms.
Lovely ships, spectacular dives, and friendly crews await you on Siren Fleet Luxury Liveaboards. Their exotic cruises provide premier service for you and fifteen of your dive buddies. Amenities like air-conditioned cabins, outdoor dining and breezy sun decks make your trip one you will never forget.