We at “Dive the World” began our life in south-east Asia where, some of the world’s richest seas mean amazing scuba diving opportunities. However, in recent years we have expanded our horizons and both we, and many of our worldwide customers, are now looking to see what the Americas have to offer. With so many opportunities for scuba diving, many look first to places like Mexico and the small islands of the Caribbean. They can be great, but here we focus on 3 of our favorite spots in this part of the world…
Our top picks:
Galapagos – THE Bucket List destination
Costa Rica – Diving, adventure and culture
Cuba – The Ocean’s ‘Garden of Eden’
Diving a World Heritage site – Galapagos:
We have yet to meet a diver who has not dreamed of one day visiting and diving the world-famous Islands of the Galapagos.
Earlier this year, diving enthusiasts celebrated when the President of the Republic of Ecuador announced that the Galápagos Marine Reserve is to be extended. The reserve will now provide protection to marine life in an area of approximately 40,000 square kms. A significant addition to the marine park legislation is that now about a third of this marine reserve is a designated ‘no-take’ area, providing further protection to the marine life. The marine reserve and the new ‘no-take’ zones include the islands of Wolf and Darwin – considered to be the crown jewels in the Ecuador diving treasure chest.
Imagining a vacation involving sea lions, penguins, seals, eagle rays, marine iguanas, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, turtles, golden rays and whale sharks is a phenomenal experience. Whether you choose to hop on board a Galapagos live aboard or do a land-based stay with some diving daytrips, the sights and sounds of the Galapagos will live long in your memory!
Costa Rica is recognized as a top 3 Americas destination for its combination of nature, adventure, culture and world class diving.
There are a plethora of reasons why 2.66 million visitors travelled to Costa Rica in 2015. Costa Rica for your scuba diving holiday in Central America offers travellers diverse habitats and eco-systems, a well-developed national park system providing a safe haven for rare and endangered species as well as a nation rich in culture. The nation dubbed as the ‘Switzerland of Central America’, has achieved what most countries aspire to – they have invested in education and peace to maintain democracy and sustainability.
The highlights of your trip will undoubtedly be your world-class diving experiences. One simply cannot visit Costa Rica without a reservation for a live aboard trip to Cocos or Cano Islands. (Limited places are often fully booked, be sure to confirm your diving cruise well in advance.)
Marine life is vast in numbers and they have become accustomed to living in the safe waters of the national park and many casually swim in close proximity to divers. Your diving tour can include over 20 dive sites, however a very special site, Bajo Alcyone, deserves special mention. This site is a submerged seamount and is frequented by battalions of hammerhead sharks. The thrill of this experience is indescribable. Isla de Caño is a completely different diving experience compared to Cocos Island; however it is no less enticing. Diving this biological reserve offers a multitude of dive experiences as well as opportunities to dive with an interesting, mixed assortment of fish, sharks and even whales
The Ocean’s ‘Garden of Eden’ – Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina
When Christopher Columbus named this area of Cuba ‘Jardines de la Reina’ or Gardens of the Queen, little did he know that the true beauty lies below the ocean’s surface? What is even more astounding is that scientists believe that the area has not changed all that much since the time when Columbus sailed these waters.
The remoteness of the area, the protection afforded to it by the Cuban government, (including limiting the number of divers who have the privilege to dive the area) as well as the unique eco-system all contribute to the rich biodiversity and adaptability of the coral reefs and the marine life.
It is little wonder that Jardines de la Reina is the current trending destination
in the diving community. If varied dive sites in warm waters, healthy corals and diverse sea grasses are you cup of tea, this destination delivers. Or if abundant fish species in prolific numbers as well as 6 types of sharks is what you are looking for, then a live aboard diving trip to the Gardens of the Queen Marine Park is for you!