Do you prefer the adventure and beauty of the mysterious and spectacular world beneath the ocean’s surface? Then you will definitely want to plan your next vacation at one of our top picks for best Caribbean destinations for diving and snorkelling.
Amazing visibility and calm, deep water is why Grand Cayman makes our list of best Caribbean destinations for diving and snorkelling. The entire family can enjoy snorkelling in the Cayman’s. The clear, current-free water is safe and gentle, perfect for all ages and skill levels. There is amazing snorkelling right off Seven Mile Beach. Just jump in and enjoy the underwater beauty.
Grand Cayman has some great wall diving. You can swim over the top of these underwater mountains, where depths range from 40 to over 2,000 feet. The ocean comes to life with lots of colourful, tropical fish, turtles, barracudas, eels and spotted rays. Stingray City is a must see and one of Grand Cayman’s top attractions. Divers, snorkellers and any level of swimmer can mingle with and even feed the sting rays. If underwater adventure is what you’re looking Grand Cayman is where you want to go. Pack your gear or rent it at one of the many dive shops and explore the world under the sea.
Aruba makes our list of best Caribbean destinations for diving and snorkelling not only because it is home to many beautiful reefs, but it also has amazing wreck diving. The floor of the ocean around Aruba is a wreck-diving mecca, there are 42 dive sites, including more than half a dozen shipwrecks. The sites range from 10 to 30 metres deep and the water is almost always clear, perfect for novice and advanced divers.
Some of the wrecks are there by destiny others by design, sunk intentionally to create and enhance reef systems. But all are amazing and home to colourful marine life. Many are so close to the surface they are easily explored by snorkelling. Malmok Beach and Boca Catalina have calm shallow waters with lots of tropical fish, perfect for snorkelling and diving. If you don’t want to get wet, but still want to experience the mystery of the ocean the Atlantis Submarine takes you 130 feet below the surface passing by reefs and two wreck sites. With so many options, underwater enthusiasts can spend days exploring.
The reefs that surround Nassau are magical, making it one our top choices for best Caribbean destinations for diving and snorkelling. Explore underwater movie sets while swimming with tropical fish, sting rays, reef sharks and more. Most of the reef systems are off shore, so you will need to book a tour or boat to access some of the most interesting sites. Check out Nari Nari, the Cessna wreck sunken specifically for Jaws IV.
Stuart Cove’s Dive Centre, has thrilling underwater adventures for all skill levels including calm snorkel tours, shark dives and night dives. Nassau’s rich maritime history; from Columbus and pirates to modern day tankers and tugboats make for fantastic wreck diving, The ocean surrounding Nassau and in fact all of the Islands of the Bahamas is amazingly clear with great visibility which makes it perfect for divers, snorkellers and free divers.
Turks and Caicos
Much of the coastal waters around Providenciales are protected national parkland, no fishing allowed. For this reason and also because the water is warm, clear and almost always calm, Turks and Caicos makes our list of best destinations for diving and snorkelling. Turks and Caicos is a great place to learn to snorkel and scuba dive. The currents aren’t strong and the water is wonderfully warm. The visibility is excellent and divers can explore ancient shipwrecks, look for artifacts, see fascinating marine life, or you can even try diving for conch.
For the adventurous, you can head out to deep waters and check out a 6000 foot vertical wall or a shipwreck or two. If deep water isn’t your thing you can just snorkel right off the beautiful Grace Bay Beach. Grace Bay has two prime snorkelling spots that are easy to get to; Smith’s Reef and Bight Reef, both provide a place to enjoy an active marine garden full of colour and tropical fish. Bight Reef even has a snorkel trail with signs that describe the different corals and how they grow. However you choose to explore the underwater world of Turks and Caicos the ocean here is a playground for divers and snorkellers.