Hugh Parkeys Belize Adventure Lodge

Be amazed as you are whisked on a brisk 25-minute boat ride from the bustle of Belize City to the natural tranquility of Hugh Parkey's Belize Adventure Lodge. Located on a 186-acre private island with its own four-acre lagoon, the lodge boasts 12 individual cabanas, one student bunk-house, a rental shop for essential gear, gift shop, restaurant, bar and Belize's only dolphin program and dolphin-care facility. Belize's barrier reef is only a quarter of a mile away, and the great atolls, the Blue...

Us Virgin Islands

Diving on the wreck of the WIT Shoal II. 2.The view over Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. 3. Colorful swim-through. 4. The USVIs are known for undulating, green, inviting islands. The United States Virgin Islands seem almost as if they were invented to solve the classic family-dive-vacation quandary one family member demands a cosmopolitan place where cruise ships call and the boutiques are numerous, another wants a slice of Caribbean life with authentic colonial architecture, and a third demands...

Turks Caicos Sporting Club

There's something wonderful about plunging into the blues and greens of the Turks & Caicos Islands' waters that makes you feel as if you are the first to see them a pioneer. And there's nowhere in the TCI that elicits that feeling more than the private Turks & Caicos Sporting Club at Ambergris Cay. The Turks & Caicos Islands have the fourth-longest barrier reef in the world. With that distinction comes unparalleled snorkeling and diving opportunities pristine walls and reefs teeming...

Destination Primer

AVERAGE WATER TEMP 81 F WHAT TO WEAR Generally a 1.6 or 3mm shorty will be sufficient. AVERAGE VIZ 100+ feet WHEN TO GO Year-round May-December is the off season. WHAT TO EXPECT Your first dive will be a buoyancy check to protect corals in the marine park. This is shore-diving paradise. LANGUAGE Technically Dutch, actually Papiamentu, and most locals speak English. TAXES 5 on most goods and services room tax is 5.50- 6.50 per day. ELECTRICITY 127V may vary locally. TIME ZONE Atlantic Standard...

Cozumel

Inspecting tube sponges near Palancar Caves. 2. Lane snappers on the C-53 wreck. 3. A spotted eagle ray and some permit have a dinner party. 4. The splendid toadfish, found only in Cozumel. Ask the Mayan people who still live there, and they will tell you that there was a time when Isla Cozumel just minutes away from the Yucatan Peninsula in the Mexican Caribbean was the traditional Mayan honeymoon island and a temple city with thousands of inhabitants. Today, all that's left of the temples are...

Bonaire

The diversity of sea life under Town Pier. 2. A peppermint goby perched on a coral head. 3. A Bonaire iguana catches some rays. When Humphrey Bogart said, Play it again, he was talking about a song. But if he'd been a diver, he probably would have been talking about the South Caribbean island of Bonaire. Unique and natural, this Netherland Antilles island just off the coast of Venezuela is ideally situated for play-it-again diving. In the morning, visitors make two-tank boat dives with any of...

Peter Island Resort

In some dive-travel destinations, divemasters save gratuities so they can buy motor scooters, camera gear or board shorts. But in the British Virgin Islands, divemasters often have an entirely different use for part of their tips They spend them on a day of Sea Spa pedicures and Custom facials at Peter Island. Here, in this island nation of pirate history, carefree sailing and absolutely world-class diving, Peter Island adds another level a private island resort with levels of service...

Ocean Encounters

When they're visiting a dive destination, most dive travelers have the same desires they want to dive the top sites without spending too much time traveling between the dock and the site and they want to visit those sites with a top operator. And on and around Cura ao, Ocean Encounters has those dive travelers covered on both fronts. With a fleet of five boats, including the brand new 36-foot Cura ao Star and five locations the main shop at the Lions Dive and Beach Resort, branch shops at...

Sipadan Water Village

Off the northeastern coast of Malaysian Borneo, one of the legends of the dive world awaits the truly discerning diver. The island of Mabul casts an enchanted shadow over the Celebes Sea, where astonishing assortments of macro creatures flourish. A weird and wonderful population exists in the shallow waters surrounding this tiny island. Mabul is famous for its abundance and diversity of exotic small marine life. But there's more. Just a short boat ride from Mabul is the island of Sipadan where...

Grand Colony Island Villas

Grand Beach Accommodations Nine two-bedroom condominiums and 12 three-bedroom condominiums, air conditioning, phone, cable TV, Jacuzzi, full kitchen and veranda Amenities Multi-tiered pool, restaurant, dive shop, gift shop, Hobie Cats, wind surfers, kayaks, bicycles, golf carts and Internet Contact Information Toll free 866466-2179 fax 504-469-8812 website grandcolony.com e-mail banyanbay2 From the comfort of your suite, you step to the veranda and watch the...

Fantasy Island Beach Resort

Fantasy Island is a dive resort that is quite literally like no other in the world. It occupies its own 21-acre island in the Bay Islands of Honduras and has its own beautiful white-sand beach (a rarity in the Bay Islands). Monkeys swing overhead in the trees, and peacocks strut proudly around the grounds. Divers can step off the beach and be on the wreck of the tanker Prince Albert or at any of three world-class wall dives in a matter of minutes. And between dives, guests can enjoy a massage...

Th ree Wide Worlds

By North American standards, Honduras might seem a tiny place The country would fit three and a half times into California, or six times into Texas. Yet Honduras is packed with so much natural, cultural and archaeological diversity, that it is often described in terms of three distinct worlds. The first world is the world of tropical nature. The highest peaks in the mountainous central highlands are capped with the mysterious and beautiful tropical cloud forest. The north and south coasts are...

Tawali Resort

Awali is the resort that divers have been dreaming of. Built on a limestone bluff 80 feet above a secluded area of Milne Bay in remote Papua New Guinea, Tawali is reachable only by boat. The entire resort was constructed by local craftsmen and decorated with beautifully carved totems and Milne-Bay woodwork, some of which took two years to complete. All work was completed entirely by hand as there was no electricity in this remote region prior to the construction of Tawali. Yet the...

Buddy Dive Resort

An aerial view of Buddy Dive Resort 2. Al fresco dining over the electric blue waters 3. Rooms feature spacious living areas Many of Bonaire's visitors wish they could relocate to this diver's paradise. Perhaps that's because at Buddy Dive, the accommodations have all the amenities of home. Studios, hotel rooms, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with fully-equipped kitchens and spacious living areas provide the perfect environment to relax and recharge. You're never more than a moment's...

Ocean Divers

They say that if you want to know about the quality of a business, you should ask for references, and Ocean Divers, a PADI 5-Star IDC and National Geographic dive center in Key Largo, is outstanding. For one, in 2006, the readers of Florida Monthly magazine voted Ocean Divers Florida's Best Dive Shop for the seventh year in a row. In a way, that's unsurprising because check in and either stow your gear or Ocean Divers is now in its fourth get outfitted with completely up-to- decade of setting...

Calendar of Events

Small children up to the age of 12 take to the streets of Willemstad dressed in colorful costumes to have fun and show off in their own full-scale parade. Gran March, or The Grand Parade This is when thousands of participants from many groups show their fantastic costumes and very creative floats as they dance and strut to the music of the Road March along a 10-kilometer route. An even larger number of spectators in the tens of thousands dance, jump and sing along with exuberant expressions of...

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Cacique Royale

Boatswains Beach Grand Cayman

Cacique Royale, a charming luxury resort, is designed for dive enthusiasts on Grand Turk, the quaint capital island of the Turks amp Caicos Islands. Cacique Royale is rated by diving authorities as one of the world's most desirable diving destinations, boasting the third-largest barrier reef. Grand Turk offers an incredible 8,000-foot drop and exceptional visibility only the Great Barrier Reef rivals Grand Turk diving for diversity of sea life and variety of dive experiences. Cave, wall and...

Welcome to the Worlds Best

No matter where in the world the staff of Sport Diver travels, it seems that we always get some variant of The Burning Question What's the best place in the world to dive or Where's your favorite spot I usually answer, Right here. It's generally true that the place I happen to be diving at any given time is my favorite at that moment like many divers, I'm a carpe-diem sort of person. And that response has the additional merit of honoring the number-two rule of scuba diving Stay on good terms...

Golden Rock Dive Center

Dominated by a dormant volcano called The Quill, the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius so bustled with commerce in the days of sail that it was known as the Golden Rock. Today, shipments of gold and spices have been largely replaced by sun, sea and sand as this tiny island's principal stock in trade. And the undersea wonders of St. Eustatius are just now beginning to attract notice in the diving world. At the apex of St. Eustatius' scuba renaissance are the Old Gin House Hotel and the Golden...

Live Aboard Bermuda IV

Bermuda Wreck Constellation

Bermuda IV, Bermuda's only live-aboard yacht, takes the concept of live-aboard diving charters to a new level. Spacious and elegant, Bermuda IV is at home cruising in the beautifully clear, warm waters for which Bermuda is famous. Owned and skippered by Captain Mike, a Bermu-dian, Bermuda IVs experienced crew focuses on giving guests first-class and friendly service. From the first sip of champagne at the welcome reception to the last handshake before leaving the ship five days later, guests...