[dropcap size=big]W[/dropcap]hen planning your next dive holiday, consider one of the world’s most popular destinations.
Each offers a variety of underwater terrain and a wealth of abundant marine life.
The Mexican Caribbean island of Cozumel lies 12 miles away from the Yucatan Peninsula coast and is surrounded by spectacular reefs and coral formations.
The island’s underwater environment is perfect for diving. Gentle currents run parallel allowing divers to drift and take in the natural beauty that is often visible for up to 200 feet. Visitors find 19 dive sites offshore and a selection of freshwater caves scattered about the mainland. Dive shops abound and night life is exciting. Divers find hotels in Cozumel to suit all budgets.
THE ISLANDS OF FIJI, SOUTH PACIFIC
Considered the “soft coral capital of the world,” the Fiji Islands offer a wealth of underwater beauty for divers of all skill levels.
Bega Lagoon, Bligh Water, Kadavu, Taveuni and Viti Levu are but some of the many magnificent locations offering year round warm clear waters that make underwater photography a possibility. Here divers encounter everything from schools of colourful tropical fish to rays, sea turtles, sharks and other marine life.
GRAND CAYMEN, CAYMEN ISLANDS
Grand Cayman attracts more divers than all other local islands.
The types of sites vary from coral reefs that lie in gentle waters just off shore, to the North Wall that plunges 6,000 feet below the surface. Corals and sponges thrive in a rainbow of colours, shapes and sizes. With 100 feet of visibility, see an amazing array of popular tropical fish species and larger creatures that include eels, stingrays and turtles.
With more than 1,000 miles of coastline, the state is an endless marine playground for divers.
Try one of Miami’s wrekreational dives, or go beach diving anywhere from Jupiter to Vero Beach where a mere 75 yards from shore, in just 15 feet of water, corals, sponges and tropical fish await exploration. Journey 10 miles out to sea and watch species weighing hundreds of pounds glide through the ocean. Marine life includes dolphins, giant turtles, manatees, rays and sharks.
Though one of the smallest nations in Central America, Belize remains one of the most visited locations for diving holidays.
Swim with barracuda, grouper and snapper fish in the amazing Ambergris Caye. Descend into the world famous Blue Hole and see the many shark species along with the picturesque array of stalactite and stalagmite formations that hide in the depths.