Caribbean Diving Holidays: An Overview

The islands and hotels of the Indian Ocean might be vying for the affections of those in need of luxurious winter sun, but the competition means the Caribbean has had to pull its socks up, and this remains a very special destination.

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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.
  • With one of the longest travel seasons and within easy reach of Europe and the US, a Caribbean diving holiday remains a favourite.
  • Sharks in the Bahamas, wrecks in the BVIs, reefs in the Cayman Islands...the list of reasons to love diving in the Caribbean goes on.

Our Guide to Caribbean Diving Holidays

The Caribbean is also surprisingly diverse, with British, Spanish, French, American and African influences making for a fascinating and mixed goodie bag - for example, Cuba and Jamaica, two of the largest countries in the Caribbean, feel continents apart from each other.

Add a seductive combination of turquoise waters and dramatic (often volcanic) landscapes to the rich cultural heritage and a selection of activities from diving to sailing and its no wonder the Caribbean continues to capture the imagination.

The strange thing about a Caribbean diving holiday is that great diving and great hotels seem to be almost mutually exclusive. On the one hand, head south to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) or north to the Cayman Islands and you'll find some exceptional diving but the accommodation can be disappointing. On the other hand, travel to better known places such as Antigua, Jamaica and Barbados and you'll stay at fantastic resorts but the diving isn't up to scratch. 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.


Top picks for Caribbean

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The British Virgin Islands

Caribbean

The British Virgin Islands offer great diving and hotels, as well as being home to a world famous wreck-dive, the RMS Rhone.

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Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands

Caribbean

World-class diving and laid back Caribbean charm at its best. This is some of the very best diving in the Caribbean.

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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.

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Aerial view of Grand Turk

Turks & Caicos

Caribbean

The Turks and Caicos is home to some wonderfully white sand and clear blue seas. Oh, and some very good diving.

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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.

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Little Cayman Sunset

Little Cayman

Cayman Islands

World-class diving and laid back Caribbean charm at its best. This is one of the very best Caribbean diving destinations.

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Andros Island, Bahamas

Andros

Bahamas

Diving, world-class bone fishing and some of the best hotels in the Bahamas make Andros the ideal getaway for those wanting beach and activity.

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Abacos Island

The Abacos

Bahamas

Beautiful colonial architecture and untouched white sandy beaches, the Abacos are stunning and are particularly good for family holidays.

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Exuma Cays

Exumas

Bahamas

The Exuma Islands in the Bahamas have been called the Caribbean’s answer to the Maldives, and with good reason: there are 365 tiny islands adrift in wonderfully translucent seas.

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Harbour Island Beach, Bahamas

Harbour Island

Bahamas

Harbour island is home to a three mile long pink sand beach and lovely hotels.

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Peter Island

The 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Picture of diving wrecks off Turks and Caicos Aggressor II

Turks and Caicos Aggressor II

Turks & Caicos

From late January to late March each year you can join a Turks and Caicos whale snorkelling trip onboard the Aggressor II to snorkel with humpback whales around Silver Banks. An awesome snorkelling experience.

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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.

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