Latin America & Antarctica

Central & South America Diving Holidays: An Overview

A destination on the up thanks to an enticing blend of attractions and a new found place in the public consciousness. Whatever you are hoping for we will have a spot-on suggestion.

Neill, Louisa and Alex are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Some of the best big fish action on earth in the Galapagos and the Pacific generally.
  • Almost guaranteed sightings of whale sharks in Belize if you are there at the right time.
  • The stunningly beautiful cenotes of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Water so crystal clear it feels like you are floating in air.

Our Guide to Central & South America Diving Holidays

We can of course recommend the very best places for diving throughout Central America, from Mexico and Belize to Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands but we can do more than just that. Want breathtaking landscapes? We can advise on some that may render your jaw duly dropped, such as the pampas of Argentina or glaciers in Chile.

Wildlife nuts can travel to a secret spot that we know deep in the Pantanal wetlands in Brazil where jaguar sightings are all but guaranteed. We can arrange tailor-made adventures into the remote Amazon rainforest, or mountaineering with expert guides in the Andes and diving in the Galapagos Islands. Party animals have to visit Rio and history buffs the various - invariably spectacular - ruined cities of the great indigenous peoples, the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas.

Central America and South America have some of the best scuba diving opportunities in the world, including the second largest barrier reef in the world in Belize, and scuba diving vacations with fearless wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, to name just a couple of options. Then there is Mexico, Cocos Island, Brazil…the list could go on and on.

In short, whether just diving, or whether looking to combine diving with some culture of adventure on land, Latin America is certainly a destination worth considering.


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Diving the world-famous cenotes in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is one of my best ever diving experiences. It is a must!

Louisa, Original Diver


Top picks for Latin America & Antarctica

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Belize

Latin America & Antarctica

Explore the second largest barrier reef in the world, along a 174-mile long coastline.

Where to go

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Mexico

Latin America & Antarctica

Two different coastlines, two totally different types of diving, both offering something very special.

Where to go

Ecuador & the Galapagos

Ecuador & the Galapagos

Latin America & Antarctica

Home to a rich variety of wildlife, both above and below the waves, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.

Where to go

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The Belizean Coast

Belize

One of the only places in the world where you are guaranteed whale shark encounters at the right time of year.

Where to go

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Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico

Superbly varied diving and superb hotels make the Yucatan Peninsula a wonderful place to visit.

Where to go

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Galapagos Archipelago

Ecuador & the Galapagos

Galapagos liveaboard diving, simply the best way to dive the Galapagos Islands.

Where to go

Matachica

Matachica

The Cayes

Matachica Beach Resort is located a stone’s throw away from Belize’s Great Barrier Reef, and is backed by tropical rainforest.

Where to stay

Spa Suite, Victoria House

Victoria House

The Cayes

Victoria House in Belize lies between picturesque white beaches and coconut groves with lush tropical gardens planted with hibiscus, bougainvillea and oleander.

Where to stay

Turtle Inn

Turtle Inn

The Belizean Coast

The place to stay in Placencia is Turtle Inn. Set on a long, narrow spit of land, just inches above sea level, Turtle Inn is sandwiched between the open ocean to one side and a lagoon, home to manatees or ‘sea cows’, on the other.

Where to stay

Aerial View of the Beach

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

Yucatan Peninsula

Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa is an idyllic beach resort located on a secluded stretch of the Riviera Maya, in the middle of a nature reserve on the Yucatán peninsula.

Where to stay

Hotel Esencia

Hotel Esencia

Yucatan Peninsula

Once the beachside retreat of an eccentric Italian Duchess, Hotel Esencia is a chic beach retreat set on a two-mile stretch of white-sand beach along the ‘Riviera Maya’ of Mexico’s Yucatán coast, and still retains that feeling of a private home.

Where to stay

The pool at Viceroy Riviera Maya, luxury hotel in Mexico

Viceroy Riviera Maya

Yucatan Peninsula

The Viceroy Riviera Maya is a boutique beachfront resort located just outside Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, yet feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the town.

Where to stay

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Galapagos Sky

Galapagos Archipelago

The Galapagos Sky liveaboard, formerly Sky Dancer, has eight comfortable staterooms, each with twin beds, which can be joined together, a private shower and a window or porthole view.

Where to stay

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