The World's Best All-Inclusive Scuba Resorts | Sport Diver

World's Best All-Inclusive Scuba Resorts

Anse Chastanet Resort in St. Lucia

Anse Chastanet Resort in St. Lucia.

Becca Hurley

“All inclusive” means “hassle free” for those who want the ultimate vacation experience without having to plan every detail. These 10 resorts offer top-notch diving along with superior accommodations.

1. Anse Chastanet — Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia’s Anse Chastanet is the ideal destination for honeymooning divers. Iconic Caribbean charm creates the perfect escape, and that’s not just on land. The 600-acre property is bordered by sandy beaches that provide easy shore-diving access to Anse Chastanet Reef, a spectacular site that’s home to more than 150 species of fish, hawksbill turtles, seahorses and more.

2. Misool — Indonesia

All inclusive is the only way to experience the magic of Misool, a private-island resort in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Established on the grounds of an old shark-finning camp, the mission of the eco-focused resort is to keep the island — and surrounding marine area — as pristine as possible. For visitors, that means unbelievable diving is just steps from your oceanfront cottage.

3. Allegro Cozumel — Mexico

The island of Cozumel is already widely considered a diver’s paradise, but staying at Allegro Cozumel takes paradise to the next level. Take advantage of one free boat dive per day and additional tanks at a specialty rate, then wind down at any of the resort’s 10 restaurants and bars, including the exclusive divers-only Santa Rosa Lounge.

4. Club Med — Thailand

With a host of activities to keep your kids occupied all day long (including beginner scuba courses for children ages 11 and up), Club Med in Phuket, Thailand, becomes the quintessential vacation destination for families seeking the exotic. Explore all of the wonders of the Andaman Sea, whale sharks and mantas — you guessed it — included.

5. Namale Resort & Spa — Fiji

To call Namale a five-star resort would be an understatement. The adults-only hideaway, located on Fiji’s northern island of Vanua Levu, is the epitome of boutique luxury. And here, with world-class lodging comes world-class diving — a host of sites with sheer vertical walls, massive seamounts and unspoiled reefs lie just minutes from the Namale Marina.

6. Sandals Emerald Bay — Bahamas

From elegant villas to a top-of-the-line fleet of dive boats, Sandals Emerald Bay has every indulgence you’d dream of on a secluded Bahamian island. With an included two tanks per day, dive the finest reefs of the Exumas alongside schools of horse-eye jack, lemon sharks and southern stingrays.

7. Miavana — Madagascar

Madagascar’s best diving happens off the small islands that surround the mainland, like Nosy Ankao, home to the lavish Miavana resort. Take a boat to untouched reefs, or simply walk straight out the door of your villa and into the azure sea, taking in the wonders of a house reef just a few fin kicks from shore.

8. Barefoot Cay — Honduras

With so many underwater marvels to see in Roatan, narrowing down a dive site can be tricky. Let Barefoot Cay’s onsite PADI Five Star Dive Center take care of all your diving needs for the week, from outfitting you with a full scuba kit to helping you decide between caves, crevices, walls and wrecks.

9. Lily Beach Resort & Spa — Maldives

Over-water bungalows create a picture-perfect dive retreat at Lily Beach Resort & Spa. The tropical getaway is located on South Ari Atoll, where signature aquamarine waters are renowned for being home to some of the top dive sites in all of the Maldives.

Lizard Island, Australia

Lizard Island, Australia.

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10. Lizard Island — Australia

There’s no place quite as iconic in the underwater world as the Great Barrier Reef, and Lizard Island is the ideal home base for all of the GBR diving you can dream of. With incredible pelagic life as well as healthy reefs, Lizard Island is a haven for macro and wide-angle photographers

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