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Top Ten Diving Destinations In The Caribbean

Explore Deeper

There’s more to the Caribbean than just sun-baked shorelines and silky-soft sand: beneath the surface, it is home to some of the best diving destinations in the world. With many of the islands fringed by coral reefs, and with tropical temperatures supporting a diverse range of marine life, you’ll find plenty to see here if you choose to explore below the water line.


And how better to see it than on a Caribbean yacht charter? With many charter yachts well-equipped for dive excursions with full scuba equipment on board and often with a divemaster on the crew, you’ll have the flexibility to explore a plethora of different types of diving.  


We spoke to our Y.CO Charter experts to find out where to go if you’re looking to explore deeper on your next luxury yacht charter. So, before you grab your wetsuit, read on to discover the top spots to go if you’re hoping to explore deeper on your next yacht charter.  

Adventure Awaits

01: BONAIRE

 

A patch of arid land in the Caribbean Sea, Bonaire is not for everyone, but it’s everything for divers. Named the shore diving capital of the world, thanks to the vibrant reef - a designated national park - just a few feet from its shoreline, it offers 86 exceptional dive sites and is home to over 350 recorded fish species. Diving in Bonaire offers something for everyone too, with a range of sites that cater to every diving ability, and many shallow reefs that are ideal for snorkelers, should you wish to bring the family along.

 

 

02: ST LUCIA

 

Known as the jewel of the Caribbean, ST LUCIA is distinctive by her majestic twin Pitons. But the island’s dramatic topography continues under the water. Dive along dramatic walls beneath the Piton Mountains, or try Superman's Flight, a drift dive in the shadow of the Petit Piton. Or try a night dive excursion at the Anse Chastanet reef, which comes alive after dark, promising sightings of sleeping parrot fish, large basket stars, octopi, squid and even bioluminescence. 

Otherworldly Experiences

3: CAYMAN ISLANDS

 

While the CAYMAN ISLANDS are famous for its Stingray City and the resident “tame” rays, there are many more scuba diving sites that the islands offer: 365 to be precise; one for every day of the year. Anchor off Little Cayman and scale its Bloody Bay Wall, an otherworldly vertical forest of neon corals, or explore the spooky Kittwake wreck, a former US submarine rescue ship that sits eerily upright on the seabed.

 

 4: GRENADA

 

Grenada is renowned among scuba divers as the Shipwreck Capital of the Caribbean, with a seabed that’s peppered with a multitude of sunken vessels, including the famous Bianca C, a 182m passenger ship that sank not once, but twice. Advanced divers can experience the unique feeling of “swimming” in her upper deck swimming pool – 50m under the surface.  Diving in Granada also offers access to the only underwater sculpture park in the world – with each one attracting a variety of colourful marine life.

A Dive For Every Day Of The Year

Unlimited Underwater Possibilities

5: ST CROIX

 

Go scuba diving in St Croix and experience unlimited underwater possibilities: this is the only island in the Caribbean where you can dive a wall, a reef, a wreck and a pier all in the same day. The island itself might be small – just 22.7 miles long and 8 miles wide at its widest point – but what it lacks in size it makes up for in marine diversity, with the US Virgin Islands being home to over 500 species of fish and 40 species of coral.

 

 

6: ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

 

The twin islands of ANTIGUA and Barbuda are a dreamscape for scuba divers, offering warm water and great visibility. Head to the sprawling Cades Reef for sightings of nurse sharks, rays and lobsters, or delve down to the Andes, the wreck of a Merchant Ship from the turn of the century. Don’t forget your underwater camera – the shallow depth of the water surrounding this three-masted beauty allows light to permeate round it, leading to some fantastic photo opportunities.

Deep Encounters

7: DOMINICA

 

For an experience that can be likened to swimming in a huge glass of champagne, charter a yacht in DOMINICA and head to the Soufriere Scotts Head Marine reserve. Known as Champagne reef, here volcanic gas fizzes to the surface, creating a totally unique dive experience. The volcanic landscape gives the sea bed a unique topography, with fantastic wall dives and crevices to explore beneath the shoreline.

 


8: SABA ISLAND

 

If you’re looking to escape the crowds, then diving in SABA ISLAND is for you. Its remote location makes it hard to visit if you don’t have a superyacht, and as a result, those who do are likely to have its pristine waters and well-preserved reefs almost entirely to themselves. Try a drift dive at Diamond Rock with its tunnels and canyons, or head to Eye of the Needle, a pinnacle that reaches to 90 feet below the surface, for encounters with green and hawksbill turtles, and the occasional hammerhead and whale sharks that swim up from the depths below. 

Dive Off The Beaten Track

9: TOBAGO

 

TOBAGO has long been known as one of the best diving destinations in the Caribbean. There’s something to suit all levels here, from sheltered reefs with no current to more advanced drift dives. There’s even a “beginner’s” wreck dive in the form of MV Maverick, a former ferry that was deliberately sunk over a decade ago to create an artificial reef. Although it sits on the seabed at 30m, its top deck is 15m below sea level making it suitable for all levels.

 

10: GLOVER’S REEF

Belize’s smallest and most southerly atoll, Glover’s reef is unmatched by any dive location in Belize. Far from the busy scuba diving hubs of Ambergris Caye and Belize city, its untouched and virtually unchartered reefs and 50 miles of sheer drop-offs make the journey worth the effort. Head to the Aquarium for sightings of huge schools or wrasse, horse-eye jack fish and yellowtail snappers, plus the occasional dolphins and turtles, or go to Manta Wall for nurse sharks and huge groupers, almost as big as yourself.

Unlimited Underwater Possibilities Await