Top 5 Breathtaking Diving Locations In The Caribbean
The vast Caribbean is filled with awe-inspiring spots that thrill any underwater explorer. Boasting over 7,000 individual islands, the Caribbean is also home to some of the wildest and most fascinating sea life on the planet.
Diving in the Caribbean
Boasting over 7,000 individual islands, the Caribbean is home to some of the wildest and most fascinating sea life on the planet.
There are countless diving spots, and it is quite possible to compile a list of 50 locations. That is why we are reviewing sites that most divers consider exceptional for the beauty of the underwater environment or the overall dive experience. We, therefore, introduce to you the top 5 breathtaking diving locations in the Caribbean.
Wreck Of The RMS Rhone, British Virgin Islands
The unfortunate sinking of the RMS Rhone in 1867 has been a blessing to divemasters in the British Virgin Islands. This tale of how a previously “unsinkable” ship succumbed to a Caribbean hurricane is one that every BVI divemaster loves to share. This authentic Caribbean shipwreck is among the most popular diving locations in the entire Caribbean.
Besides its past, the wrecked ship has grown a unique marine ecosystem. Plenty of underwater creatures have made a habitat of the vessel’s sheltered areas. Because of this unique ecosystem, the Wreck of the RMS Rhone has been designated an Underwater National Park. Hence, divers should be aware that conditions may be attached to their dive in and around the area. They must ensure that the natural environment there is disturbed as little as possible.
Wreck Of The RMS Rhone
The site of the wreck is exceptional at sunset when the moon illuminates the tranquil lapping waves. There you will have the opportunity to see an entirely different world of life. You need a minimum of two dives to experience the Rhone fully. This is because the ship split into two halves when it sunk. Lifeforms include turtles, yellow cup coral, encrusting sponges, sergeant majors, yellowtail snappers, sennets, grunts, and more.
Crown Point, Tobago, Trinidad, and Tobago
Crown Point is a tourist attraction at the southwest tip of Tobago that has proven immensely popular because of its welcoming nature. Crown Point is ideal for every diver, from beginner to advanced. Wreck divers, underwater photographers, researchers, and nature fanatics will love this location.
The two favorite diving sites at Crown Point are Majeston and Flying Reef. Both locations feature nutrient-rich waters that make it easy for the diverse corals and fish to thrive. If you are lucky, you may watch a school of Bermuda chub fish chase each other over the colored coral and sponge reefs. Sightings of seahorses, queen angelfish, and lobsters are also common.
Trou Diable (Devil's Hole) & Rosemond's Trench, St Lucia
St Lucia has always served as an incredible location to scuba dive, snorkel, or ‘Snuba.’ The waters around the island house over 150 different species of fish and adorable corals reefs that add vibrance to this underwater carnival. Divers on a yacht charter can explore remote diving sites to explore the more elusive lifeforms, including frogfishes and seahorses.
Trou Diable (Devil's Hole) & Rosemond's Trench
The best two diving sites in St Lucia are the Trou Diable and Rosemond's Trench. Otherwise referred to as the Devil's Hole, Trou Diable is a location for the advanced diver. It features some of the healthiest reefs in the world that appear at the 40ft mark of this 100ft deep dive site. This location showcases a colorful array of fish and an occasional turtle. Night dives are also quite popular in St. Lucia, and there are plenty of spots that are perfect for budding macro photographers.
Réserve Cousteau, Guadeloupe
Réserve Cousteau, Pigeon Islands, was proclaimed as one of the top dive sites worldwide by diver and explorer Jacques Cousteau. Diving this protected marine area should surely be on any enthusiastic diver’s bucket list. The Réserve Cousteau brought the Pigeon Islands to the international spotlight and has since attracted throngs of diving tourists year-round.
The waters around the island are now protected as an underwater park to protect the seabed and limit fishing. This protects the amazing biodiversity of coral reef sponges and marine life, including crayfish, seahorses, eels, turtles, and fish. All these marine lifeforms are visible by scuba diving, snorkeling, and glass-bottom boat touring. The sunken boat wreck and statue of the eponymous explorer are the other highlights of the reservation.
Karpata, Bonaire, ABC Islands
With over 50 islands to hop between, Bonaire is renowned for warm, clear waters and picture-perfect beaches. A short distance from the busy marine reserve is the pristine coral reef of Karpata. This breathtaking location allows divers to experience some of the liveliest marine life the ocean has to offer.
Bonaire's northern coastline is a heavenly Caribbean diving destination that attracts both advanced divers and ambitious snorkelers. Expect to feel like you are in a man-made aquarium. Sloping down to over 100 feet, the Karpata reef is overflowing with tropical fish and corals of all shapes and sizes. It is also one of the best places to find green, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtles nesting on the eastern side of the coast. Feel free to dive with them. This site also allows you to swim with the French angelfish, blue tangs, and green moray eels.
Diving In The Caribbean
There’s more to the Caribbean islands than golden beaches and swaying palm trees. Dip your toes into the warm Caribbean waters to experience an entirely majestic world teeming with turtles, sharks, and tropical fish. From steep coral reefs to volcanic cracks and crevices, Caribbean diving unlocks a world of underwater landscapes for divers of all ages to explore.
As a final thought, diving sites around the Caribbean offer something for everyone regardless of skill and experience. You can experience reef diving and wall diving in waters that offer up to 100ft of clear visibility and pleasant water temperatures of around 80 degrees. There are also amateur diving sites for budding divers. Exploring these diving locations is always helpful by yacht charter. This provides you with absolute freedom to choose your diving location and access the most serene, remote parts of the Caribbean. Boatsters luxury yacht charter creates an opportunity for you to experience nature’s untamed beauty in all its glory.
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