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.

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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.


Top picks for Latin America & Antarctica

Great blue hole of belize

Belize

Latin America & Antarctica

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

Where to go

Ruins on the beach in Riviera Maya

Mexico

Latin America & Antarctica

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

Where to go

Iguana Underwater, 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

Palm Trees Belize beach

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

Picture of Chichen Itza Mexico

Yucatan Peninsula

Mexico

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

Where to go

Turtle Waving

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 just 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 is a plantation style villa located on the Ambergis Caye, just minutes from the Belize Barrier Reef and a boat ride away from the iconic dive site, the Blue Hole.

Where to stay

Turtle Inn

Turtle Inn

The Belizean Coast

The place to stay in Placencia is Turtle Inn. This hotel sits on a narrow spit with the ocean on one side and a lagoon, home to 'sea cows' on the other. The Turtle Inn was created by Francis Ford Coppola and it feels a bit like a film set. He and his team have done a remarkable job of restoring the land here. Built under soaring thatched roofs, the resort features a blend of Mayan and Balinese influences. This theme runs through the design: carved stone reliefs, antique-style painted doors, ornate timber friezes, stone paths lined with candles… even if you didn't know the owner's identity, you can't help but feel there's something theatrical about it all.

Where to stay

Aerial View of the Beach

Maroma Resort and Spa

Yucatan Peninsula

Belmond Maroma Resort and Spa is a tranquil beachside resort located in the middle of a nature reserve on the Yucatán peninsula.

Where to stay

Esencia

Esencia

Yucatan Peninsula

Once the retreat of an eccentric Italian Duchess, Hotel Esencia is a chic beachside hotel on 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 luxury beachside resort located just outside Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.

Where to stay

Picture of the Galapagos Sky

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.

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