The Philippines is the gateway to the Coral Triangle, the world’s center of marine biodiversity. The country’s 7,107 islands are a diverse mixture of Asian, European and American cultures. El Nido in Palawan is a marine reserve park that is very popular among divers and snorkelers. Also in the province of Palawan is Coron Bay, the wreck-diving capital of the Philippines.
This intimate eco-lodge and dive resort provides the ultimate in privacy, relaxation and customer service, making sure you experience the finest that Roatàn has to offer. Tranquilseas features just seven private cabanas nestled amongst exotic tropical gardens on a meandering walkway leading to one of Roatàn’s quietest beaches. The sun deck, bar and restaurant overlook the tranquil waters of Sandy Bay, with pristine views and plenty of lounging areas.
National Geographic Adventure named the diving at Bonne Terre Mine in Missouri — explored and filmed by Jacques Cousteau — one of the top 10 adventures in America. Back in the day, the mine’s deepest reaches were not underwater. A massive pump system stemmed the flow of encroaching groundwater as the miners pushed deeper. But when the world’s largest lead mine was closed, the pumps were turned off and water trickled in to fill the void.
The moment guests enter the Maya Palms Beach Resort, they know they’ve arrived somewhere special. As they walk through the grand Mayan Warrior gates, they feel as if they left their lives behind. This tropical hideaway is located on the Mexican Caribbean known as the Costa Maya Riviera. In addition to the virgin exploratory diving on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, guests can enjoy other activities such as shopping, horseback riding and Maya ruins tours. Divers and nondivers alike will love this beautiful eco resort, featuring boutique accommodations.
Spend a week at your very own luxury private Caribbean island paradise. Turneffe Island Resort is located 30 miles off the Belizean coast on Turneffe Atoll, which is part of the 200-mile Belizean barrier reef, the longest reef system in the western hemisphere. The resort has 21 luxury, mahogany and teakwood rooms with private baths, indoor and outdoor showers. All rooms have screened-in porches that offer breathtaking views. Upgrade to a Private Villa nestled between coconut palm trees for added privacy.
Nestled amidst a lush, tropical 600-acre estate with two soft-sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, Anse Chastanet is right in the heart of the island’s marine reserves, with St. Lucia’s legendary twin peaks — the Pitons — as its dramatic backdrop.
If the little island of Tobago is diving’s best kept secret, then Blue Waters Inn is the very heart of that secret. Nestled in its own exquisite bay on the island’s north coast, it is surrounded by phenomenal dive sites. The resort is aptly named, and this is evident from the first breathtaking glimpse of Batteaux Bay. Every room faces the ocean for a view of the water and guests have their choice of suites, kitchen efficiencies and standard rooms.
Wild yet sophisticated, Maui is an island of paradoxes. The rugged upcountry is home to paniolo — Hawaiian cowboys — and to five-star dining. During the day, go refined — golf, yoga, spas — or turn up the adrenaline with surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kite surfing, paragliding, zip-lining or mountain biking.
While the towering Pitons are the island heroes above water, much of St. Lucia’s natural beauty lies below the water’s surface. No matter what type of diver you are, or what dive sites you choose, St. Lucia’s underwater world will keep you coming back year after year.