For those who are serious about their love of diving, the quest for new and exciting diving locations is ongoing. Some of the top diving destinations in the world are located within the warm, deep blue waters of the Caribbean. These destinations are colorful, vibrant, and often filled with scores of shimmering underwater life.
Whether you are an experienced diver or just beginning to dip your toe in, the following top five dive site destinations in the Caribbean are sure to blow you away! Book Your Stay Now
The island of St. Croix, one of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, is located in the Caribbean Sea. This small, bustling, island is well-known among divers for its unique underwater landscape. Unlike other diving sites, St. Croix offers its divers miles and miles of wreck, reef, and wall diving.
Some of the suggested diving sites are:
- Frederiksted Pier – perfect for catching a glimpse of octopus, moray eels, sea horses, spotted scorpionfish, golden-eyed shrimp and much more! Great for both daytime and nighttime dives
- Butler Bay Wrecks – great for those who love exploring. This site has two main wreckage areas with five wreckages in total: Rosa Maria, Suffolk Maid, North Wind, Coakley Bay, and Virgin Islander. Wrecks are both shallow and deep and divers can choose which locations are best suited for their skills. Check our accommodations!
This island is located in the Leeward Antilles and is renowned as one of the best diving destinations in the Caribbean. Bonaire, considered one of the ‘Caribbean Netherland’ islands, is a diving paradise that allows its guests year-round, 24/7 diving opportunities. There are 63 official dive sites on the main island, with an additional 26 on Klein Bonaire. If you are interested inshore diving, then this is the diving destination for you! Of the 89 official sites, 54 of them are shore dive sites. The Bonaire National Marine Park is one of the main attractions to the island, with visitors coming from all over the world to experience the stunning underwater scenery.
Little Corn Island
Located just off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, Little Corn Island is a magnet for a rather underground international diving community. Those who know of the island speak highly of its charm, outside of it being one of the best diving destinations. This little island is covered in lush greenery that perfectly mirrors the striking beauty of the waters that surround this majestic destination. Divers can expect to find turtles, dolphins, Atlantic spadefish, and multi-colored sponge coral at the various dive sites available. Little Corn Island boasts over 60 varieties of rare and exotic marine life. Divers are sure to come face to face with many of these varieties, which include squirrelfish, yellow striped goatfish, spotted scorpionfish, and both spotted and green moray eels. Check our experiences!
There are 20 official dive sites off of Little Corn Island, suitable for divers from all experience levels and each breathtakingly beautiful. Little Corn Island is one of the few places in Nicaragua that have access to sections of the gorgeous, world-renowned Belizean Barrier Reef. Star corals, sea fans, pillar coral, and staghorn coral are prevalent through the reef and provide the perfect hiding spots for hermit crabs, coral crabs, and spotted trunkfish.
Visit the Tarpon Channel site for a chance to see the stunningly captivating Great Hammerhead Shark or take a nighttime dive at Stanley Reef to catch a glimpse of the deep blue-black midnight parrotfish.
The smaller counterpart to its main island of Trinidad, Tobago has long been a diver’s most well-known, well-kept secret. Tobago draws in divers who are interested in exploring the plethora of wildlife (there are 400+ species of fish and other marine life!) while being able to cater their dive to their abilities. The island offers numerous scuba diving destinations that range from the most beginner level (no current) to advanced (strong currents). Sharks, turtles, dolphins, and manta rays are prevalent at each site – you’re sure to run into one of these beautiful creatures during your dive!
This delightful town is located off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is one of the most popular diving destinations in the world. Most experienced divers have either already dived in Tulum or have the island on their diving bucket list. Tulum offers its visitors cenotes dive sites, which are captivating dive sites within natural sinkholes created by collapsed cave ceilings. Cenotes were incredibly important to the Mayan civilization that inhabited this area and are home to caves full of towering stalactites and stalagmites, sparkling clear-blue water, and remarkable wildlife such as barracudas, tarpons, turtles, and the occasional whale shark or manatee. Casa Cenote, Angelita, Garden of Eden, and Dos Ojos are just a few of the well-known cenotes that can be explored during your trip to Tulum. There are over 6,000 cenote diving sites in Tulum, spread out across the gorgeous and expansive Yucatan Peninsula. The vibrancy of the reefs, the deep green of the tropical forest, and the magnificent views of the ancient underwater caves are acclaimed by divers around the world and bring in repeat and new visitors to Tulum year-round.