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A whole host of reasons why this region is a winner for scuba divers
Fantastic beasts and where, in the Caribbean, to find them (Sponsored feature)
10 Save and protect
How the Caribbean is fighting climate change and protecting its treasures
12 Wreck dives
Historic sites, once abandoned and now home to thriving marine life
13 Caribbean critters
The best there is to see for macro divers heading to the region
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Need-to-know facts for divers
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Warm waters, world-class facilities, enviable conditions and incredible biodiversity - why the Caribbean is the perfect dive destination
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The sun-drenched Caribbean offers a steady year-round climate with very little variation to temperatures, unless you scale a mountain or venture deep inland. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean region boasts a tropical climate with average summer temperatures typically hovering around 32°C. The waters of the Caribbean are warm, clear and have lower salinity levels than the neighbouring Atlantic. Average temperatures are generally around 27°C, varying as little as 3°C. The Caribbean Sea is the source of the Gulf Stream, with this tropically warmed current reaching right across the Atlantic. Waters are warm, clear, calm throughout the year but many divers say visibility is at its best from December to May.
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With hundreds of islands and countries, each with something unique to offer divers, the Caribbean is unrivalled for scuba exploration. Most of the main islands have top scuba diving infrastructure: marinas, great dive shops, English-speaking instructors,
knowledgeable dive guides and a good range of equipment hire facilities. Dive centres often have a base in a hotel or resort or can be booked direct by phone or email. Keen to get in training? The Caribbean has a large number of reputable dive outfits, such as PADI-certified schools. Popular dive sites are at their busiest April to October, when the water is calmest.
Clear waters are a genuine eye-opener for first-time divers in the Caribbean - the joy of dropping over the edge into 150 feet of visibility is an exhilarating promise of things to come. Far reaching underwater panoramas bring untold pleasure and redefine the perfect dive - the views are expansive with greater potential for intimate interaction with marine life and you can easily track your dive party. Whilst diving in the Caribbean’s pools of liquid light, it is tempting to hold your hand in front of your face and ask, “Am I even underwater?”
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Caribbean dive sites offer an abundance of biodiversity and consistently deliver on the sheer magnificence of its coral reefs and habitats. Home to the second largest coral barrier reef in the world, the Caribbean boasts beautiful tropical fish and varicoloured sponges unlike any other place on Earth Discover parrot fish, queen fish, butterﬂy fish and teeny nudibranchs, sea horses, anemones and jawfish or the larger moray eels, nurse sharks, and different species of rays, in warm, fertile waters that are home to humpback whales during migration, giant sea
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turtles and pods of dolphins. The Caribbean offers a diverse range of sites, from spectacular coral reefs to old and new wrecks, shore dives to sheer wall dives and pinnacles, boat dives to gentle drop-offs, and liveaboards that are suitable for all levels. Hundreds of the islands, inlets and cays in the countries that make up the Caribbean have waters that are calm and protected from currents - perfect for novice divers, or families.
Scuba diving is a fun way to tone up your body and exercise without breaking into a sweat. Whilst feasting your eyes on the mesmerising array of underwater delights, the exertion of diving keeps you unwittingly fit. According to PADI research, an average shore-dive in temperate water can burn as many as 600 calories per hour — the same as jogging. A leisurely boat dive in warm, tropical waters burns about 300 calories an hour, equivalent to hiking or a brisk walk.
The Caribbean recognises its environmental responsibility and has worked hard to protect its unique eco-systems, wildlife and marine habitats. Caribbean reefs are a precious resource and a draw for international divers,
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By choosing the Caribbean for your next diving holiday, you are playing a role in keeping its coastal habitat protected
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with scuba tourism contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the Caribbean economy each year. By choosing the Caribbean as the destination of your next diving holiday, you are playing a role in keeping its coastal habitats protected, by funding marine parks and conservation programmes to promote reef conservation, tackle plastic pollution, protect vulnerable and endangered marine species and encourage sustainable diving practices and protocols.
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Dive sites in the Caribbean attract visitors from all over the world who enjoy the laidback pace and welcoming warmth of the destinations and their people. Making new friends happens easily at informal dive briefings, leisurely boat trips and through the shared experience of unforgettable diving trips in jaw-dropping Caribbean settings. Friendliness and a gentle rhythm of life ensures the Caribbean region is one of the most relaxing places in the world.•
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GREATS Iconic marine life abounds in the Caribbean Sea, from gliding predators at the top of the food chain, to gentle giants 3
A common sight, the Caribbean reef shark is notable for its robust, streamlined body up to three metres long and dusky-coloured ﬁns and they can often be seen resting motionless on the sea bed, unlike most other species which are always active. Also often encountered are blacktip reef sharks, usually swimming around in groups; tiger sharks, capable of growing to ﬁve metres in length and notable for their blue to light green colouring with a white or yellow belly; bottom-dwelling nurse sharks, which can grow to lengths of over four metres; and the bull shark, which can weigh up to 500 lbs and has a ﬂat snout and unpredictable behaviour.
Barracudas are found in all warm and tropical regions and are distinctive in character with a swift, powerful and slender form and a prominent jutting lower jaw. Covered in small scales, with two well-separated dorsal ﬁns, the barracuda has a large mouth full of large, sharp teeth. Sizes vary but they can reach up to two metres in the Caribbean. Esteemed as sport ﬁsh, Barracudas primarily prey on smaller ﬁsh such as grunts, anchovies and mullets. These are bold, fearsome ﬁsh who are far from shy and meek.
As a distant cousin of the shark, stingrays and other rays, like skates, electric rays, guitarﬁshes and sawﬁshes, are part of around 500 described species in thirteen families. Most species of ray have ﬂat bodies that help them to conceal themselves in the sea bed. Disc-like in shape,
most rays cannot see their prey, due to the position of their eyes on the tops of their bodies, so use smell and electro-receptors similar to those of sharks. Docile in nature, rays are defensive not aggressive, and rarely sting unprovoked. Southern stingrays are the most common species in the Caribbean region together with eagle rays - the former likes to occupy the bottom of the seabed and the latter prefers open waters.
In the Caribbean there are really exciting opportunities to see turtles either nesting or swimming in open waters. Of the world’s seven turtle varieties, the Caribbean is home to four – the hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead and green turtle. Conservation efforts continue throughout the region to improve the population of these magniﬁcent creatures, since only one in 1,000 currently survives to adulthood. Leatherbacks can dive as deep 1.2 metres and stay underwater for up to one hour and visitors to a number of islands can join turtle patrols to spot these ‘Giants of the Deep’ feeding, or returning to shore to nest.
Humpback whales migrate to the Caribbean during the winter. Reaching weights of 44 tons, a healthy humpback whale can live up to 50 years, with the largest ever recorded measuring as long as a 30-yard football ﬁeld. They travel alone or in small pods of two or three, heading to warm tropical waters to mate and breed. Whales communicate through sound as well as body language, like lunging, tail slapping, or breaching. Only the male humpback whales sing.
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DIVE IN DOMINICA
f you are looking for a Caribbean gorges, and volcanic hot springs. Much destination with a difference, then of its nature appears to have been barely look no further than Dominica. touched by man. Although the main Unspoiled and unforgettable, the airport is located on the north-east coast, seascape surrounding the island is as most divers stay and dive on the calmer breath-taking as its towering mountains west coast. bathed in tropical mists. There are dive sites all along Dominica, also known as ‘The Dominica’s west coast, many Nature Island’, is a paradise of which reﬂect the steep for scuba diving lovers. and dramatic topography Did you know there The water is clear, the topside, with steep are over 22 species of marine life varied and the drop-offs, walls, and cetaceans in Dominica’s weather warm enough volcanic pinnacles. waters? Your chances of to spend an entire day Colourful and healthy seeing these marine in the sea. The waters coral reefs teem creatures are very here are so good in fact, with marine creatures high! Dominica is the only country of all kinds, including in the world where a pod frogﬁsh, seahorses, of mighty sperm whale resides passing hawksbill turtles and year-round! On dedicated whale-watching eagle rays. Not spoiled by industrial trips, sightings of these majestic creatures development or pollution, diving conditions are common, along with dolphin pods, are superb with the average water humpback and killer whales. visibility of 20-30 metres and an average Flying to Dominica is like being transported temperature of 27oC. to the set of Jurassic Park, with tall lush But there is so much more to explore on the green mountains, roaring waterfalls, hidden island too. During your visit to Dominica,
head inland to see many of the 365 rivers scattered throughout the jungle. Visit the Emerald Pool, a 40ft waterfall that feeds a secluded emerald-green pool which is perfect for a quick dip; or head to Trafalgar Falls, two side by side waterfalls over 100ft tall - truly a sight to see. Stop at one of the geothermal baths (sulphur springs) around the island and enjoy a soak in the hot water. And discover 300+ miles of diverse historic hiking trails, encounter historic ruins, rushing & calm rivers, unusual volcanic phenomenon and much more. discoverdominica.com
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DIVE WITH DELIGHT
Dominica boasts over 20 dive sights around the island. Scotts Head Pinnacle is one of the most popular diving sites on the island boasting large rock formations home to the Soldier Fish Cave (not actually a cave, this swim-through is packed with soldier ﬁsh that form a curtain in front of you, brieﬂy parting to allow you into the school as you pass through). Crater’s Edge is further north-west of the island along a volcanic ridge. There are masses of black jack, bar jacks, rainbow runners, tuna, yellowtail snapper and cero. It is not uncommon to be followed by one or two giant barracuda too! Another site, L’abym (meaning “the Abyss”) takes you to a steep underwater cliff diving 500 meters deep. During your immersion, you will ﬂy colourful corals, gorgonians, anemones and sponge, as well as spot stingrays, sea turtles, barracudas, parrot ﬁsh or scorpion ﬁsh.
This undoubtedly is the most famous dive site of Dominica, a few miles south of Roseau. This spot takes its name from the thousands of bubbles escaping from volcanic vents in the sea ﬂoor, just like swimming in a glass of champagne. Easily accessible from the shore, this reef has also become a reference for snorkelers and free divers. Divers are most likely to see sea turtles, seahorses, scorpion ﬁsh, squid, lobsters and crabs. This dive site is accessible to all levels, from beginners to experienced divers.
Dominica’s sheer underwater drop-offs create deep sheltered bays along its western coastline–the perfect haven for the Sperm Whale to breed and calve. Dominica is the only country in the world where the sperm whale resides all year, although sightings are most common between November and March. Just a short boat ride brings you into contact with the world’s largest toothed animal. Swimming with the sperm whales is strictly controlled and licences are handed to only a handful of divers each year.
DISCOVER DOMINICA AND COME ALIVE!
There is so much more to explore on land too - whether you’re looking for a hiking trip through the rainforest, relaxing afternoons in bubbling mud pools, or simply to soak up the sun and breathe in the fresh rainforest air, Dominica welcomes you! The Nature Island has everything from extreme sports to eco tours, from spas to whale watching, plus the Morne Trois Pitons National Park—the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Dominica. No matter what you choose to do, Dominica offers an authentic adventure amid the unforgettable magic of nature unspoiled.
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PROTECT Being at the front line of climate change, the Caribbean is also leading the way in tackling it and protecting its dramatic, sub-aquatic world, says Sarah Woods
o ensure that the Caribbean’s delicate underwater environment is protected for future generations of divers and snorkellers, destinations are working individually and collaboratively. Turks and Caicos has highlighted the plight of green and hawksbill turtles by supporting a marine conservation campaign. Working in collaboration with the government and fishermen, The Turtle Project is using groundbreaking biological and social research to understand the threats to these creatures. In Anguilla, a long-term plan has pledged continued vigilance and protection for the Marine Park System and Associated Shallow Water Habitats and Fisheries – the latest version runs to 2025 and covers 10 marine parks. Key areas of concern include litter in the ocean and anchor damage to reefs. In Martinique, marine life is thriving with more than 225 different reef fish identified. Martinique has been subject to the same legislation as metropolitan France since 1953, resulting in a history of conservation engagement at a local level by French NGOs.
Lionfish Control Projects, set up to counter the threat of this invasive Asian species, are now commonplace across the Caribbean region, with the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominica, St. Maarten, Saint Martin, St. Kitts and Nevis all committed to working towards better understanding the long term threat. In Curaçao, local business Lionfish Caribbean teaches lionfish hunting and organises lionfish cook-offs to get locals eating the problem. Grenada is also tackling the lionfish issue, helping crafters to contribute to sustainable development by using discarded lion fish bones for earrings, bracelets and necklaces.
In Antigua and Barbuda, more than 111,000km² is protected marine habitat with 40 conservation areas. And In 2015, the Antigua and Barbuda Marine Ecosystem Protected Area Trust Inc was established to pioneer research projects and equip the islands to cope with climate change. The National Marine Park in St. Eustatius, created in 1996, continues to reap the rewards of dedicated management and controls in the sheer numbers of reef sharks, nurse sharks, dolphins, eagle rays and hawksbill and green turtles that thrive there. Saint Lucia’s marine reserves are also enjoying success in the restoration of habitats that include coral and artificial reef areas, beaches and mangroves across 24 conservation zones. In Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, seven
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marine parks are part of a network of 35 protected conservation areas, established to protect diverse marine life, including 450 species of fish, 12 species of whales and dolphins and four turtle species. Trinidad and Tobago is proud of Pigeon Point Heritage Park, part of an interwoven complex of interdependent eco-systems that, together with Buccoo Reef National Park and the Bon Accord lagoon, are home to a diverse population of marine and terrestrial wildlife. The Bahamas has announced the creation of 15 new marine parks and three expansions, meaning a total 4.5 million protected hectares - habitat for endangered rock iguanas and nurseries for Nassau grouper, queen conch and spiny lobster.
The Barbados marine landscape is encircled coral reefs, showcasing a diversity of sea life including ﬂying fish and rare hawksbill and leatherback turtles. Key threats include rising sea temperatures and on this issue Barbados is well-supported by a number of environmental groups, such as The Barbados Environmental Conservation Trust. In Guyana, mangrove and coastal protection is a key issue as mangrove forests provide vital protection for over 90% of the population who live within naturally low-lying ﬂood-prone areas along the coast.
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Volunteer conservation holidays give visitors the chance to make a difference
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Similar concerns exist in Haiti, where conservation project Village Planete, has partnered with USAID to replant almost four kilometres with 10,000 mangroves along the country’s north coast – restoring an ecosystem that supports fish, crabs and birds.
In Jamaica, a youth-led conservation initiative called Jamin’ challenged the traditional harvesting of mangroves for charcoal production – resulting in a new Governmentmanaged National Forest Management and Conservation Plan (NFMCP) in 2017.
In Belize, young people are the target market for volunteer conservation holidays, giving visitors the chance make a difference to its great barrier reef. Participants can expect to swim alongside whale sharks, monitor coral reef health, analyse biodiversity and support a busy marine conservation team. The National Parks Trust of The British Virgin Islands (NPT) has expanded from one National Park (Sage Mountain) in 1964 to 21 - with more in the planning. Since 1991, the NPT has been conserving coral reef from anchor damage, by installing mooring buoys. •
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Ocean currents, rocky reefs and tropical storms have helped shape the Caribbean’s dive scene by adding some fascinating sunken ships to the underwater experience 2
The thrilling USS Kittiwake is one of the best wreck dives in the Caribbean. Submerged in 64 feet of water, this hulking ex-US Navy ship was purposely sunk off Seven Mile Beach in January 2011 in order to create a world-class dive site – and it more than lived up to the hype. Today the site is engulfed with bright-coloured reef fish and the vessel’s five decks provide intriguing hiding places for sponges, grouper, urchins and squirrelfish.
The MV Superior Producer wreck was created when a cargo ship, overloaded with Christmas cargo, sunk en route to Venezuela, soon after it left the port at Willemstad. Its now an attraction for divers from all over the world. As soon as you descend the fringing reef, the dark shadow of the stern gives way to reveal the entirety of this magnificent 50m vessel. Covered in a vast kaleidoscope of moving colour, the wreck is now encrusted with more than 30 years of growth and home to numerous colonies and species of corals,
sponges, gorgonians and sea whips as well as tarpons, barracudas, snappers and Jacks.
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The RMS Rhone was wrecked off the coast of Salt Island back in 1867. Now clad in coral, this former Royal Mail ship’s iron hull is at the heart of an 800 acre site. As the first and only Marine National Park in The British Virgin Islands, this is the most celebrated dive site in the BVIs, with a fine fringing reef habitat and richly-fertile sea grass beds. The Steamer sunk during a hurricane and lies in two sections, much of it wholly intact, in waters between 30 and 90 feet deep and in a scenic marine park stretching to Dead Chest Island. Divers can see decking, rigging, the steam engine, and propeller and expect to encounter lobster, eel and kaleidoscope of brightly-coloured fish and sea turtles.
Dubbed the ‘Titanic of the Caribbean’, MV Bianca C is located just a mile off scenic Grand
Anse beach, where she plummeted to her final resting place after setting sail from Venezuela for the Canary Islands in 1961. An explosion onboard the 600-foot cruiseliner killed a crewman and sent around 700 passengers and crew scrambling to the life rafts. Today she is very much at home under 165 feet of water. This wreck is spellbinding in size and scale and the scuba experience is just as awe-inspiring, with large shoals of reef fish, beautiful sponges, pristine coral, sharks and rays.
Bajans have the sea in their blood and are proud of their dive sites, especially their history-rich wrecks. Divers have long enjoyed Carlisle Bay where shallow waters open up to six wrecks - the oldest of which is the Berwin, a 45-foot French tugboat lying at 25 feet that went down in 1919. Protected from the strong currents, it’s an ideal location for underwater photography due to the resplendent colours of its fish, the turquoise waters and the eerie shadows, coral formations and mysterious nooks and crannies it has created.
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It’s not all about big beasts and some divers really do sweat the small stuff. Here are some top spots for lovers of macro diving heading to the Caribbean
These mollusks, in the same family as snails, slugs, limpets, and sea hairs, number some 3,000 species. Their name comes from the Latin nudus (naked) and Greek brankhia (gills), in reference to the gill-like appendages which protrude from the backs of many nudibranchs. These often brightly coloured and intricately patterned creatures may have tentacles on their heads that help them with mobility, smell and taste. When threatened they hide them, making �them less obvious to predators. � �
Part of the decorator crab family, which uses sponge or algae as camouflage, the teardrop crab is usually blue in colour and up to 2cm wide. Hiding on the reef, at depths of 5-45 metres, the teardrop crab prefers to feed under the cover of darkness, rising slowly to the top of the reef when it feels safe. Two types of teardrop crabs are found in the Caribbean – the Cryptic Teardrop Crab, with light blue to purple claws with dark speckles, and the Southern Teardrop Crab (pictured).
Frogfish are usually found in shallow waters and are robust and rather lumpy, with large mouths and often prickly skins. Growing to about 30cm long, frogfish vary in colour and are often patterned to blend with their surroundings, some even changing hue. Generally lying quietly on the bottom or crawling slowly along using their pectoral fins, frogfish will wait for hours for prey, hidden between corals. One of its dorsal spines acts as a lure, with a bait that wriggles like a small fish, worm or a shrimp.
Decidedly not equine, the seahorse is a fish that swims upright, but their elongated faces lend them a horselike appearance. The smallest measures barely an inch and all are covered with bony plates for protection. A coronet at the top of their heads is as unique to each seahorse as a thumbprint is to a human. The Caribbean is home to three species: dwarf, lined and longsnout. Seahorses must eat constantly to keep themselves from starvation and are notable for their monogamous coupling.
Comical and therefore highly entertaining to watch, jawfish hide amongst the nooks and crevices of the reef, using burrows from which they peer out on to the world. Should they feel unsafe, or another fish swim too close, the jawfish will spit sand out towards them in a jet. The yellowhead jawfish is the most common: a tiny, fairy-like fish with a bright yellow head, iridescent white body, and huge, cartoonish eyes. Divers often see them hovering above the reef, attempting to be invisable.
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feel it for yourself Dive into a tropical oasis in one of the best dive destinations in the Caribbean and enjoy an array of things to do and a feeling quite unlike any other AN ISLAND PARADISE
Located in the southern Caribbean, the beautiful island of Curaçao is where vacation dreams are brought to life. With over 35 beaches and a distinct blend of European and Caribbean culture - it transcends any experience you’ve ever had before. Apart from the friendly locals, tasty dishes, and breathtaking views, what makes this Caribbean paradise uniquely special is what lies below its azure blue seas. Home to some of the best diving spots, this underwater abyss provides an experience that can’t be replicated anywhere else.
A DIVER’S DREAM
With an average daily temperature of 84 degrees and an average water temperature of 82, Curaçao provides the ideal setting for diving year-round. Those who come get to enjoy over 70 spectacular dive spots with great visibility, healthy reefs, unlimited shore diving, and one of the healthiest marine animal cultures in the Caribbean. Divers can even stay at one of the many PADI certified diving hotels and resorts on the island for a fully immersive experience.
A PRIME DESTINATION While many of the Caribbean destinations pose weather restrictions during the hurricane season, Curaçao is situated under the hurricane belt allowing full access to divers yearround. Traveling is also made easy as guests can take one of the nonstop, roundtrip flights from the Netherlands, Frankfurt, New York, New Jersey, Charlotte, Miami, Toronto, Montreal and many more getaways in South America and the Caribbean.
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Mushroom Forest is one of the most famous dive sites in Curaçao. Over time hard coral formations have grown in such a way that they resemble mushrooms, hence the name. Underneath each one of the coral formations an abundance of marine life awaits to be admired and photographed. Barracuda Point, known as Punt’i Piku, sits near the mouth of the Spanish Water and is home to the barracuda who often follows divers simply out of sheer curiosity. For divers looking for an adrenaline rush, Black Rock (Piedra Pretu) poses quite the adventure. Located on the southern part of the island, this site has a steep wall dive that drops 120ft.
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Just off Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman lies the Kittiwake shipwreck. The 2,200-ton ship was once used as an Auxiliary Submarine Rescue vessel across the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Atlantic and Indian oceans. Nowadays itâ€™s more commonly used as a safe haven for large marine life such as sea turtles, grouper, stingrays and barracuda. Keen divers have been exploring the Shipwreck and ArtiďŹ cial Reef since its submersion in 2011.
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Don’t feed the ﬁsh or touch the animals or coral. Their protective layers can be stripped away.
Before you take the plunge, here are a few things you should know...
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If you’re a novice looking to take the plunge, there are hundreds of dive schools across the Caribbean and PADI is the most popular certiﬁcation.
Always snorkel or dive with at least one other person - it’s safer and more fun to explore together. Don’t forget to wear a watch too!
Never stand or walk on a reef and tread carefully on shallow water around reefs. Shufﬂe your feet to avoid stingrays, and watch out for sea urchins’ spines.
Don’t wear jewellery. Caribbean ﬁsh, barracudas especially, are drawn to shiny objects that look like their natural prey of small silver ﬁsh.
You can never stop learning when you dive. Dive centres across the C Caribbean aribbean offer courses for speciﬁc skills like underwater photography, conservation or to be a rescue diver.
Children can learn to dive as young as eight and with their natural curiosity and afﬁnity to learn new skills can make great scuba divers.
For more information please visit www.caribbean.co.uk or call +44 (0)208 948 0057
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Warm waters, world-class facilities, enviable conditions and incredible biodiversity - why the Caribbean is the perfect dive destination