Northern Caribbean
Bahamas/Turks & Caicos
Central Caribbean
Cayman/Greater Antilles
Eastern Caribbean/
Leeward Islands
USVI through Guadeloupe
Eastern Caribbean/
Winward Islands
Dominica through Tobago
Southern Caribbean
Netherlands Antilles
Western Caribbean
Central America



Though Mexico and Central America are not normally considered part of the Caribbean, their eastern coastlines border the Caribbean Sea. And, considering this area offers some fantastic underwater adventures, it has to be included in any discussion of Caribbean diving.

YUCATAN
At the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula lies the fabled vacation area known as the Mayan Riviera. Encompassing the mainland resort town of Cancun, this area offers some spectacular diving off Isla Contoy, Isla Mujeres and larger Cozumel. Farther down the coast, near the border with Belize, lie the famed Chinchorro Banks. Although not that well known, there is some good diving just offshore Cancun, where colorful reef fish congregate over small walls in the Bahia de Mujeres. Not far from Cancun, both Isla Contoy, and Isla Mujeres have their own specialties. Brain corals are common off Contoy and Mujeres is known for its caves, which often harbor sleeping Nurse Sharks. Cozumel is a divers’ Eden, with most of the experiences being drift dives of one sort or another. These same currents are the reason marine life abounds here. The multitude of individual dive sites offer everything from large fish, such as Barracuda, jacks and sharks, to expanses of coral formations, to sheltered lagoons, to wrecks, to steep drop-offs. Numerous dive sites follow the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan, and there is freshwater diving at inland cenotes. However, some of the best, and most often overlooked, diving is at the coral atoll of Chinchorro Banks. Here there are fantastic sites both on the outside and inside of the barrier reef. In addition to magnificent sponges, corals and reef fish, encounters with open ocean species, including sea turtles and dolphins, are common.

BELIZE
Bordering the Mexican Yucatan is the small country of Belize, and there is magnificent diving off its shores at the famed locales of Ambergris Caye, the Turneffe Islands, Lighthouse Reef and Glover’s Reef. The myriad dive sites off Ambergris Caye feature fantastic coral formations, swim-throughs, tunnels and caverns, heavy concentrations of invertebrates and tropicals and encounters with sharks and rays. Hol Chan Marine Reserve protects the area off the southern tip of Ambergris. The Turneffe Islands are a coral atoll with hundreds of mangrove-covered islets. These support massive concentrations of marine life of all types. Farther out from Turneffe, Lighthouse Reef has its own fantastic marine ecosystem, with the added feature of a huge blue hole. Glover’s Reef atoll offers one of the greatest varieties of reef species found anywhere in the Caribbean, and a marine reserve ensures things will stay that way.

BAY ISLANDS OF HONDURAS
The giant barrier reef system that begins off the tip of the Yucatan reaches its southern end in the Bay of Honduras. The incredible diving in this area is located around the Bay Islands of Utila, Roatan, Barbareta, Guanaja and the Cayos Cochinos. Utila diving is truly virgin, with reefs featuring coral formations and gardens. Elkhorn and Black Corals are a highlight. Whale Sharks are often encountered here. Roatan is the largest and most famous of the Bay Islands. Along both coasts, sharply defined terrain is emphasized, with fissures, drops, ledges and overhangs. There are wrecks and impressive marine creatures of all kinds. Barbareta highlights include wall diving, with a dramatic scarp suddenly plunging to nearly unfathomable depths. In the sport diving zone, there are Black Corals, towers, multitudes of reef fish and pelagics. Guanaja also has its impressive drop-offs, but has shallower reefs inshore as well. There are cave and tunnel formations and several notable wrecks. The Cayos Cochinos offer pristine fringing reefs and deeper sites that have only recently become known to divers. As with the other prime offshore sites in the Central American area, the Bay Islands are visited by dedicated live-aboard dive boats.

 
Western Caribbean

CoCo View Resort, Roatan Imagine spectacular barrier reef wall diving so accessible you can snorkel to it from your front door! That’s CoCo View, Roatan’s award winning dedicated dive resort. Unlimited diving, all meals, 50 ft dive boats and a PADI 5 Star dive shop on site. Beach house rentals also available.
www.roatan.com/cocoview/

Fantasy Island, Roatan A brilliant white sand beach, room service, TV, and all the amenities of a first class beach resort just might fool you into thinking you got dropped off in the Mediterranean. But this is Roatan, with all the charm and incredible scuba diving the island is famous for.
www.fantasyislandresort.com

Posada del Sol, Guanaja Imagine that remote millionaire’s retreat, a Spanish Villa where service is grand, the cuisine grander, and the masseuse just massaged the sun out of the sky and into the sea. Guanaja’s finest resort offers swimming pool, tennis courts, light tackle fishing, and fantastic Bay Island diving.
www.posadadelsol.com

Utila Lodge, Utila The little lodge with big diving, Utila Lodge is the Caribbean’s only SRI sanctioned whale shark research field station. The best boat diving in Honduras includes everything from sea mounts with sheer walls to delicate bluebell tunicates. Join a whale shark research project.
CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE
www.roatan.com/utilalodge

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Roatan Charter
Roatan Charter Your Specialist in Honduras Travel Since 1981.
800-282-8932 ext 301
Fax: 352-588-4158
PO Box 877 San Antonio, FL 33576
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www.roatan.com
email: fantasyislandresort@bonnebeach.com


Located on the Sunbreeze Hotel, offers best in diving. PADI Resort Facility equipped with 43' boats departing daily to Blue Hole, Turneffe Atoll and 4 local dives. Special dive packages available from $599.00.
Call now 800-641-2994
E-mail: aquadives@btl.net
Website:
www.aquadives.com


Avalon Reef Club – Belize

Located within 300 yards of the famous dive and snorkel haven known as “Mexico Rocks,” this fabulous Belize beach resort highlights world-class reef scuba diving and fishing activities. Avalon Reef Club is the essence of sun, surf, sport, and spacious white sand. Toll free 1-800-770-6844


Cozumel
See why the Flamingo Dive Resort is becoming the island’s most popular spot for divers in the know! Recently renovated, its features include large AC rooms, cable TV, ocean view sun deck, new cyber cafe, diving with BLUE BUBBLE DIVERS, fast boats, small groups. Skin Diver Reader Special: book a 5-night/3-day package and get a free dive knife!
800-806-1601
www.flamingodiveresort.com
e-mail: SKIN-DIVERSPECIAL@HOTELFLAMINGO.COM

Families, divers, non-divers love our 45-acre paradise in the Marine Reserve. Small, informal, guest-focused resort operates its own restaurant and dive operation. Package includes A/C rooms, 3 boat dives daily, 1 night dive, 3 meals daily, airport transfers, Historic Village, Natural Aquarium Buoyed Snorkel Trail, and more.
Call 1-800-4ROATAN

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www.bibr.com
e-mail: bibrusa@aol.com


Blackbird Caye Resort

Enjoy all that Belize has to offer--Reefs, Ruins and Rainforests. Dive and Snorkel the second largest barrier reef in the world! Explore ancient Maya ruins! Horseback ride through tropical rainforests. Check out Blackbird Caye’s new Dolphin & Marine Field Station operated by the Oceanic Society! Come...See... Explore...Experience!!!
Call now 888-271-3483
www.blackbirdresort.com
e-mail: dive@blackbirdresort.com
www.royalmayan.com
info@royalmayan.com
Cozumel Island, Mexico World-class Caribbean diving is within your reach! Colorful reefs, dramatic walls, and relaxing drift diving…budget to luxury and all-inclusive accommodations…discount airfare. Call Bay Adventures toll-free at 1-888-599-3483 to speak with a travel professional who knows Cozumel. Dive into www.bayadventures.com for weekly specials!
e-mail: info@bayadventures.com.

This lively all-inclusive beachfront resort has 220 spacious, air-conditioned guestrooms, private balconies, tow pools, oceanfront restaurant, Palapa bar, gift ship, gym, Kids’ Klub, full service PADI dive shop, private beach & pier. Includes: three meals daily • domestic beer, wine & cocktails • nightly entertainment • beach snorkeling • more! Dive specials!
1-800-327-2254
CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE
www.cozumelcaribe.com


Laguna Beach Resort

Utila’s most exclusive. Private peninsula, secluded emerald beach, fringing coral reefs, 9 waterfront bungalows, ocean front restaurant, gift ship, custom dive boats, world-class diving, bone fishing, diving, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, diving, relaxing on the palm-fringed beach. “The whale sharks make Utila waters their playground, why don’t you!”
1-800-66-Utila Fax: 337-893-5024
www.utila.com
e-mail: awhite@utila.com


Marriott Casa Magna Cancun Resort

Located in the heart of Cancun’s hotel district, the Marriott CasaMagna Cancun Resort will provide you the tranquility of life in paradise. Sparkling turquoise waters and white talcum sand are the backdrop for this Mediterranean-style resort. In addition to the allure of our magnificent beach, and our 450 spacious rooms, a full range of amenities and world class service await you. For reservations and information, call 1-800-223-6388.

Lose yourself in the island accommodations at Ramon's Village Resort in San Pedro, Belize. Stunning thatched roof cabanas hidden beneath coconut palms, air-conditioned and fan cooled for idyllic comfort, await you.
Splash in the cerulean waters of the Western Caribbean from our white sand beach and view the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere just one-half mile from our resort. Dive two rare and breathtaking atolls, plus Jacques Cousteau's famous Blue Hole, aboard our Pro 42 dive boat The Miss Gina.
Discover Ramon's Village....A wonderfully intriguing vacation resort!
Call 1-800-MAGIC 15 for a free brochure!
e-mail: info@ramons.com
website:
www.ramons.com



Reef House Resort, Bay Islands

Discover spectacular diving at secluded, intimate tropical island Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras. A coral wall is a fin kick away from the bar. Dive packages include all meals, three boat dives daily, night dives.7 nights $725 pp/do Snorkelers $550 pp/do.
TOLL FREE 800-328-8897
www.reefhouseresort.com
e-mail: reefdiving@aol.com

We can help you plan a luxury vacation to Cozumel, a Mexican Island in the Caribbean, including meals and diving. Villa Dzul-Ha is no more expensive than staying in one of the island’s better hotels. Villa Dzul-Ha is a luxurious three-bedroom home located on the south beach of Cozumel four miles south of downtown.
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www.divescuba.com