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Skill Level: Novice - Intermediate
Water Temp:28-29°C / 82-85°F (Mar-Nov)
25-27°C / 78-80°F (Dec-Feb)
Wetsuit:Dive Skin - 3mm
Visibilty:18-30 m / 60-100 ft (Mar-Nov)
30+ m / 100+ ft (Dec-Feb)
When To Go:Nov-July (Best Weather)

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The Caribbean

The crystal clear, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea offer excellent diving. Most dive sites do not experience strong currents. Thus, this is a good place to learn to dive. Most liveaboards offer entry-level SCUBA diving training and certification.

There is no bad time of year to dive the Caribbean. The climate and waters remain warm year-round. The surface water temperature ranges from 26 to 32 °C (80-90 °F) in the summer, but can dip to 25°C (78°F) in winter and at lower depths. Tropical storms and hurricanes can occur during the summer months. The official hurricane season runs from 1 June through 30 November, however, most hurricane activity occurs between August and October[1].


The Bahamas
Liveaboards: Aqua Cat  Avalon  Cat Ppalu  Dolphin Dream  Easy Goin  Juliet  Morning Star  Pirates Lady  Sea Explorer  Shear Water 

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is an English speaking country consisting of 29 islands, and thousands of cays and islets. It is home to the third largest barrier reef in the world. The Bahamas host a variety of diving, such as wall dives, drift dives, wrecks, caves and blue holes. The massive coral reefs here teem with marine life. It is not unusual for one to spot Caribbean reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, nurse sharks, eagle rays, spotted and bottlenose dolphins, and the occasional tiger shark. The past 300 years have deposited hundreds of wrecks on the surrounding reefs, including pirate ships, Spanish galleons, and American Civil War gunboats. Show Videos


Belize
Liveaboards: Belize Aggressor III  Sun Dancer II 

The 900 kilometer (560 mile) long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is the second largest coral reef system in the world, extending from Cancún to Honduras. 300 kilometers (186 miles) of this reef system is located in Belize. In Belize, one can find 106 species of coral, about 450 islets and cayes, atolls, and over 500 species of fish. It is also home to one of the famous Great Blue Hole, which is one of the largest sinkholes in the world. Show Videos


Cayman Islands
Liveaboards: Cayman Aggressor IV 

The Cayman Islands consist of the islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. These islands were formed by huge coral heads, atop the Cayman Trench. The Caymans are home to many tropical fish, but the main attraction is the magnificent reef itself. One will find fringing reefs, archways, tunnels, grottoes, walls, and steep drop-offs that extend thousands of meters. The waters here are exceptionally clear, calm and warm, with visibilities well exceeding 30 meters (100 feet). The most famous dive sites found here are Stingray City, where divers can closely interact with a local population of about 30 stingrays, and Bloody Bay Wall, which is considered one of the best wall dives in the world. Show Videos


Cuba
Liveaboards: Amazing Enterprise  Avalon I  Caballones  Halcon  La Reina  Tortuga 

República de Cuba. Cuban waters share the third largest reef system in the world. Experience towering reef walls, atolls, swim-throughs, caves, and pinnacles. But even more impressive is the abundance of marine life found here, which rivals any other Caribbean destination for sheer quantities. Sharks are uncommonly plentiful here as well, including silky sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks, nurse sharks, whale sharks, bull sharks, and great hammerhead sharks. Through years of careful conservation and strict bans on commercial fishing, the Jardines de la Reina marine park is one of the most unspoiled dive venues in the world. Most major currencies can be exchanged into Cuba's convertible peso, however, there is a 10% conversion tax for the USD. According to US law, it is strictly illegal for US citizens to engage in any monetary transaction for the purpose tourism in Cuba. Show Videos


Florida Keys and The Dry Tortugas
Liveaboards: Gulf Stream Eagle  Juliet  Playmate  Spree  Ultimate Getaway 

United States. The Florida Keys are a chain of 1,700 islands that extend from the tip of the Florida panhandle southwest to the island of Key West. About 110 kilometers (70 miles) west of Key West, lie the Dry Tortugas. The Dry Tortuga islands were named such by Ponce de León, due to the fact that they have no fresh water and once contained large number of turtles. The Tortugas are uninhabited and can only be reached by boat or seaplane. Diving in the Keys is similar to other Caribbean destinations, with clear warm waters throughout the year. With some exceptions, most dives tend not to be very deep or experience strong currents. The Keys are home to 600 varieties of fish, and many corals, such as elkhorn, stag, brain, and tree corals, as well as sea fans. What sets the Keys apart from other Caribbean destinations are the hundreds of wrecks that scatter the area, many of which date back to the colonial times and the American Civil War. Show Videos


Honduras - Bay Islands
Liveaboards: Tabutne I  Utila Aggressor II 

Honduras. The Bay Islands consist of the three large islands of Útila, Roatán and Guanaja, and several smaller islands and keys. The islands were formed by an underwater mountain range called the Bonacca Ridge, which is part of the world's second largest barrier reef. This portion of the reef system contains nearly every species of coral encountered in the Caribbean Sea. Near Roatán, one will find rather impressive reef formations, including massive walls, deep fissures, chimneys, swim-throughs, and caves. The island of Útila rapidly gaining popularity, and is one of the best places in the world to spot whale sharks. A liveaboard allows one to dive the best sites of both islands. The water temperature is 26 to 29 °C (80-85 °F), but it tends to drop slightly in January and February. The water visibility is consistently 25 to 30 meters (80-100 feet) all year. Show Videos


St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Saba, St. Croix and the BVI's
Liveaboards: Caribbean Explorer II  Cuan Law 

The islands of the east Caribbean were formed by deep-water volcanoes. Their steep, coral encrusted sides sweep down to depths of 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), which are frequented by large pelagic species. There are also seamounts, fringing reefs, and offshore shoals to be found here. While each island has onshore dive operations, a liveaboard offers the opportunity to dive the best sites of all these islands, in comfort and convenience. Show Videos


Turks and Caicos
Liveaboards: Turks & Caicos Aggressor II  Turks & Caicos Explorer II 

The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays, eight of which are inhabited. They are actually located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea. They are surrounded by an extensive coral reef system, with great walls and steep drop-offs. The 35 kilometer (22 mile) wide channel that separates the Turks Islands from the Caicos Islands, is a 2,400 meeter (8,000 feet) deep trench that serves as a conduit for migrating manta rays, dolphins, and turtles. This is one of the best places to see humpback whales, which are common in February, March and early April. Show Videos


Map of Caribbean Liveaboards

References
  1. National Hurricane Center NOAA . Web.

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