1. WHY DIVE IN CENTRALE AMERICA & CARIBBEANS?
You can travel from Mexico to Panama and dive in each of the 7 countries you will cross! From north to south: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama (you can plan 35 dive spots within 48 days in 7 different countries!).
Then in the Caribbean, you have particularly nice diving in Bonaire, Dominica, Bahamas, and Grand Cayman.
2. WHAT ARE THE BEST COUNTRIES IN THE CARIBBEANS TO VISIT FOR DIVING?
DIVE CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Photography by Myriam Byrd: Humpback Whale, Dominicas.
Humpback and sperm whales are all around the island particularly from February to June. You can see them breathing and tail slapping from the surface.
It's almost impossible to spot them when diving even if they are never far from you! Together with dolphins, it's a fascinating daily show!
Dominica, located south of Guadeloupe, is a volcanic island.
Don't miss a night dive there!
You will experience warm water and the gas coming out from the volcano forms like pearls with your torch. The biodiversity is rich and the inhabitant of this island very laid back!
Bahamas, a country of 3000 islands, features breath taking beaches and awesome diving. Bahamas have colorful reefs, vertiginous walls and pelagics.
- Nassau: a unique place to experience shark diving: lemon shark, nurse shark, hammerhead shark and white tips.
- San Salvador.
Photography by Paco Iglesias. Grey Sharks at Freeport
Diving in Bonaire is excellent all year round. Located at 113 km of to the Venezuela's coast, Bonaire is ranked by divers as the best destination for shore diving. Since 1979, Bonaire's water have been declared as a national marine park (BNMP).
Because of this action Bonaire's reefs are in excellent condition. Another reason that this reef remain so healthy is that all divers who visit are required to attend a briefing, followed by a "check-out" dive to demonstrate their buoyancy control before being allowed on board or dive from shore on their own.
Photography of the Hilma Hooker Wreck
Photography of the Hilma Hooker Wreck
DIVE GRAND CAYMAN
Grand Cayman is known for Sting Rays. Ideal location for beginners and more advanced divers, for solo diver and families, Grand Cayman offers everything: coral reefs, wrecks, walls, canyons, shallow dives, drop off, pelagics, small creatures... all this spread out in hundreds of dive sites (365 sites! one per day if you stay there a year!).
- West End are Trinity Caves, Orange Canyons, Eagle Ray Rock dive sites.<br>
- North Sound are the stingray city.
Photography of Stingray City
3. WHAT ARE THE BEST COUNTRIES IN CENTRAL AMERICA TO VISIT FOR DIVING?
DIVE THE CENOTES
South of Playa del Carmen, in the Yucatán Peninsula (Mexico), the Cenotes are geological forms with loads of caves where divers can enjoy a unique experience. Limestone bedrock is pocked with sinkholes filled up with groundwater.
Photography by Philippe L'Homel: Les Cenotes
Just in front of the East Coast of Belize, the second largest barrier reef in the world stretches from the top of Yucatán peninsula, past Belize, to the Bay of Honduras.
- The Great Blue Hole is a famous destination for scuba diving (all levels) and free diving. The waters of Belize are home to hundreds of coral and fish species, including Mako sharks and Caribbean Reef sharks.
Photography by Philippe L'Homel: Belize
DIVE CORN ISLAND
The South East cost of Nicaragua is probably the most beautiful and quite island in Nicaragua where you can enjoy diving with a rich biodiversity of marine life and even do cave diving (they are tunnels and caves at shallow depth).
Photography by Philippe L'Homel: Green Turtle
DIVE COSTA RICA
The water is cool and rich in nutrient here. Hence it is ideal for pelagics like mantas, humpback whales, spinner dolphins, pilot whales and the biggest fish on earth: the whale shark.
- Guanacaste, North Costa Rica on the Pacific coast you can encounter Eagle Rays and horse-eye jacks.
- Cat and Bat islands, you can spot bull sharks.
- Corcovado is reachable mostly by live aboard to spot hammerheads.
Photography by Alan Duncan: Bull Shark