Learn to Dive Caribbean

Summer and the beach, song and dance, Sipsmith and tonic; some things are just better together, and no truer is the case than learning to dive in the Caribbean.

Aside from the fact that the Caribbean has some of the most beautiful islands in the world, its waters are also protected from currents and so are calm, clear and wonderfully perfect for learning to dive. But with so many islands, each with their own unique charm, it can be hard to choose where to learn to dive in the Caribbean. Luckily, we've dived them all and know the best places to learn to dive suited to your underwater interests.

Learning to dive in Grenada has long been touted as one of the best options, and with good reason. There are a huge variety of shallow dive sites guaranteed to hook divers for life, including the world's first underwater sculpture park (which you can also snorkel), shallow wrecks, colourful coral gardens and a wealth of tropical marine life. Stay at Mount Cinnamon, which enjoys a prime position on the beach just a few sandy footsteps away from Dive Grenada, one of the Caribbean's best dive centres, meaning learning to dive couldn't be easier.

Over in Andros in the Bahamas, Small Hope Bay offers complimentary DSD (discover scuba diving) introductions to budding divers which, as far as first dives go, is pretty spectacular. Think: the third largest fringing reef in the world (190 miles long) with beautiful coral formations and Caribbean reef sharks galore (The Bahamas is a shark sanctuary, after all). This is also a great option for a group of divers with mixed certifications because advanced divers can also explore deeper sites such as the Blue Hole.

Avoid any sea sickness learning to dive in Bonaire, where learner divers can dive straight from the shores at any point on the island. Literally. Bonaire is surrounded by a fringing reef so there is a dive spot at every corner of the island. Top it off with some of the best-preserved coral reefs in the Caribbean and some marvellous marine species (hint: it's turtle-y awesome) and you're on to a real winner. Plus, you can learn to dive in Bonaire year-round as it is located outside of the hurricane belt.

For an introduction into the watery world, you simply can't beat learning to dive in the Caribbean.

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