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Best Dive Locations

Posted by on May 29, 2013
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Bob Ward

Fiction author with a zest for adventure travel. Blogs, tweets, videos, and pins for research and fun. He also hosts Ward's Adventure Travel Research & Trip Journal, a weekly podcast available on EFN, iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and more.

If you want to know the best scuba diving locations, simply ask your local dive shop. Usually, the staff and instructors are the best source of current information on which scuba locations offer the most interesting reefs, the most accommodating shops and lodges, and the most overall bang for the buck. They live and breathe scuba diving, so call them up and ask them or visit their websites. Most likely, they also host group tours to popular destinations, returning often to the “secret” places their clients like best, which may not be the “featured” dive location in the magazine you just read. You can hardly go wrong by following their lead.

Here are the top 3 destinations of the instructors I spoke with personally:

1) Bonaire…Why: Best shore diving in the Caribbean. You rent a truck, drive up and down the shoreline, get out and dive. The island is south of the hurricane belt, so the reefs remain pristine. The island itself is boring, so tourists avoid it. ┬áIf you’re a diver, Bonaire is paradise. You have to descend underwater to discover the treasures. Lodging, restaurants, and dive shops are well-run and affordable.

2) Thailand…Why: Exotic and beautiful accommodations. Reefs are still largely undamaged because of limited dive tourism (compared to other destinations). From the USA, it will cost more to get there, but it’s worth it. You will see things in Thailand you won’t see anywhere else, and you’ll come home with more interesting stories. The instructors I spoke with had the most enthusiasm when talking about Thailand.

3) Cozumel…Why: Caves and turtles (although cave diving is a specialty). Drift diving via boats. Very accommodating for travelers. Very easy to plan your vacation. Margaritas are great. Lots of shopping, groceries stores, restaurants, and bars. Check out Scuba Club Cozumel.

Hope this helps.

Bob.

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