Caribbean Diving Guide 

Reviews of Scuba Diving, General Information and
Picks for Best Vacations

We love Caribbean diving. Let us help you guide your way through the islands.

We have reviews of the places we went scuba diving plus information on weather, water temperatures, location, flights, hotels and more.

We give you our honest assessment of the diving in the islands, most are good - some, not so much.

Diving in the Caribbean isn't cheap so we want to make sure you enjoy that well deserved vacation.

So let's get started.

(Note: Besides the destinations listed below, we also have extensive write-ups and reviews on Bonaire and the Cayman Islands. We have kept them separate since they are so popular.)


Caribbean Diving


Antigua

We got married here and recently returned for another visit. We dove in a different part of the island this time and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Antigua is a great topside destination with friendly people, beautiful beaches and more. Read all the details of our diving and about the island:

View from Shirley Heights in Antigua

This is the view from Shirley Heights in Antigua, overlooking English and Falmouth Harbors. They have a great reggae party there on Sundays. Great way to relax after scuba diving.

Aruba

Aruba is the king of wreck diving in the Caribbean. It is consistently voted as best in this category by divers. It is also one of the most highly visited islands. This may be due to some beautiful beaches and, probably most importantly, its location outside of the hurricane belt. 

British Virgin Islands (BVI's)

The BVI's are a beautiful island chain and are one of my favorite places to visit. I go there a lot and don't always dive since I enjoy it so much. We typically stay on Tortola and Jost Van Dyke if we are land based (we have done several sailing trips here). I recommend both for divers and non-divers alike.

Curacao

One of the ABC islands (along with Aruba and Bonaire). Like its sister island Aruba, Curacao is popular for its shore diving. And if you do decide to do some boat diving, the sites are a short ride away. Curacao is also out of the hurricane belt and boasts a colorful, charming downtown.

Jamaica

Jamaica is one of the most visited of the Caribbean islands. I love Jamaica for its topside attractions and people. The diving isn't the best but it is always good to get underwater, right? While I wouldn't recommend this as a dive trip destination, it makes for a great relaxing vacation spot.

Map of dive sites in Jamaica

Map of dive sites in Jamaica. Though not excellent diving, still a lot of sites to choose from.

St. Croix

St. Croix is one of the US Virgin Islands and makes for a quick trip from stateside since it is so close. We didn't have the best diving experience there but I have heard from several divers who vehemently disagree with me. Scroll down our general page on St. Croix and read some of the comments posted on our "comment" section for another view of diving here. We are planning on going back to give it another shot.

Tobago

Tobago is part of Trinidad and Tobago and is located just off the coast of Venezuela. On the part of the island we stayed, I would say it is more "adventurous" diving than your typical Caribbean diving destination. I found it to be a quiet, laid back island and am looking forward to going back.


Now we get down to the nitty-gritty. What makes our list of top places to dive?

Our Picks For Best Caribbean Diving Destinations

If we get one question from readers, it is "Where is the best place to scuba dive?". It is not easy to pick just one location but we did our best to narrow it down. You can see our picks for best dive destinations in the Caribbean here.

Our Picks For Best Dive Sites in the Caribbean

We have gone one further and made the risky choice of making our picks for best dive sites (read our page for an explanation of why we think this is risky). If you want to see what dives we enjoyed the most, check out our list of top dive sites.

 

So take your pick and go for a great Caribbean diving vacation. We hope you have a wonderful time. These books might also help you with planning your dive trip to the Caribbean:

My Picks



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