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
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.