Caribbean Diving Holidays: An Overview

The Caribbean remains one of the most special destinations on the planet with its combination laidback luxury, diverse islands (of which there are over 700) and easy access from both the UK and US. The diversity above the waves is reflected beneath and there's something for everyone when diving in the Caribbean.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • While the general quality of the diving in the Caribbean may not rival some other regions, pick your spot right (that's where we come in) and you can still find stunning diving coupled with stunning accommodation
  • Some of the most spoiling hotels you will find anywhere on earth (Petit St Vincent, take a bow)

Our Guide to Caribbean Diving Holidays

Culturally the Caribbean is incredibly varied with influences from the British, Spanish, French and Americans all apparent. Each island also has its own distinct vibe, for instance if you want some authentic Caribbean flare, head to Grenada, whereas the Bahamas is more catered towards tourism, while St Vincent & the Grenadines is the place for a hyper-luxurious, exclusive holiday experience.

Did you know

  • Only about 2% of Caribbean islands are inhabited
  • Geologists believe that the Caribbean Islands evolved from an arc of volcanoes that erupted beneath the ocean billions of years ago.

The strange thing about a Caribbean diving holiday is that great diving and great hotels seem to be almost mutually exclusive. Here at Original Diving, we have spent a lot of time hunting down the places where you can have both great Caribbean diving and great accommodation.

To get more specific about the diving, there's a huge variety of marine experiences on offer in the Caribbean, from incredible shark encounters in the Bahamas (and also swimming pigs for a slightly less intense experience!), to wreck diving in Grenada and healthy coral and macro life in St Vincent and the Grenadines.


Top picks for Caribbean

Bahamas City view

Bahamas

Caribbean

Scattered like dabs of possibility on an adventurer’s palette, the Bahamas are ready-made for exploration. Just ask Christopher Columbus, he bumped against these limestone landscapes in 1492 and changed the course of history.

Where to go

Salt Whistle Bay Beach

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Caribbean

St Vincent and the Grenadines is an archipelago in the Southern Caribbean comprising of 32 islands, including Mustique, Bequia and Petit St Vincent. Endless stretches of white sand. Tick. Gin clear water. Tick. Idyllic island life. Tick. This is a true Caribbean jewel.

Where to go

Scuba diving in Grenada

Grenada

Caribbean

Known as the 'Isle of Spice', due to its large production of nutmeg, Grenada occupies 133 square miles of coveted land and consists of three islands: Grenada, Carriacou, and Petit Martinique.

Where to go

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Peter Island

British Virgin Islands

This perfect Caribbean diving destination is privately owned and almost impossibly large. Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands, comprises 1,800 pristine acres fringed with endless white-sand beaches.

Where to stay

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Southern Cross Club

Little Cayman

The Southern Cross Club offers access to the stunning diving of the Cayman Islands and a laid-back Caribbean atmosphere sets this resort apart from its brash neighbours on Grand Cayman.

Where to stay

Kamalame Cay Resort

Kamalame Cay Resort

Andros

Just a short flight from Nassau takes you to the stunning Kamalame Cay private island resort, whose sandy shores are adjacent to the third largest, yet least explored, barrier reef on earth.

Where to stay

Tiamo Resort

Tiamo Resort

Andros

Located on the pure white sandy shores of south Andros, the remote Tiamo resort is the perfect place to get away from it all and truly unwind.

Where to stay

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Fowl Cay Resort

Exumas

Fowl Cay Resort, once a family's dreamy private retreat, is now a tiny luxury boutique hotel surrounded by incomparable aquamarine waters, and home to some of the best diving and snorkelling in the Caribbean - not always an easy thing to find.

Where to stay

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Aquacat

Exumas

The best option when it comes to liveaboard diving in the Bahamas. The 102 ft catamaran, Aquacat, is a luxurious liveaboard from which you can explore the paradise that is the northern Exumas.

Where to stay

Picture of the beach view at Pink Sands Resort

Pink Sands Resort

Harbour Island

The Pink Sands Resort is a beautiful resort set amongst lush tropical gardens and on the edge of Harbour Island’s famous Pink Sands Beach in the Bahamas.

Where to stay

Amanyara

Amanyara

Turks & Caicos

Amanyara is located on a private 1,000 foot white-sand beach on the northwest coast of Providenciales, the capital island of the Turks and Caicos.

Where to stay

Petit St Vincent

Petit St Vincent

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Just 50 years ago Petit St Vincent was a scruffy and run-down, uninhabited island. Queue Haze Richardson, a legendary Caribbean sailor, and the island was transformed into one of the most exciting of the Caribbean islands. Since his death in 2008, it has enjoyed further restoration, putting it on the map as one of the most illustrious and exclusive Caribbean hideaways.

Where to stay

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