Turneffe Island Lodge - Belize
The Belize Barrier Reef is the longest in the Northern Hemisphere and offers a range of diving holidays for beginning and expert divers. An official World Heritage Site, the reef extends 174 miles down the coast of this small Central American country. It offers classic reef forms as well as incredible spur and groove reef formations with more than 500 fish species, including five species of butterfly fish, and jewfish, stingrays and nurse sharks at Shark Ray Alley.
The Turneffe Island Lodge, on Turneffe Atoll with its 30 recognized dive sites, was chosen by Gayot.com as one of the top 10 diving hotels in the world. This 14-acre resort sits on a private island with four lodges and eight private cabanas. It offers 15 weekly dive trips to locations such as The Blue Hole, an enormous underwater cavern charted by Jacques Cousteau, The Elbow and Half Moon Caye.
Turneffe Island Lodge
440 Louisiana St., Suite 300
Houston, TX 77002
Playa Ocotal Beach Resort - Costa Rica
One of the best scuba diving regions on the Pacific coast is Drake's Bay in Costa Rica where you'll find stellar coral formations around Isla del Caño and Isla del Coco. It is home to 18 species of coral, three species of dolphin, 57 types of crustaceans as well as whale sharks, giant mantas and sea turtles. As the only all-in dive resort in the country, Playa Ocotal Beach Resort offers a great diving holiday for travelers looking to visit Costa Rica. The hotel offers panoramic views of Papagayo Gulf in its12 bungalows, five suites and 42 standard rooms. It is also the first PADI-certified Gold Palm Resort in the country. One of its five 32-foot dive boats travel to Catalina Island and Bat Island daily. The resort has also put an increasing focus on eco-tourism and were granted the Tourism Sustainability Award in 2001 by the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism.
Playa Ocotal Beach Resort
Playa del Coco
PO Box 1
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
011 (+506) 2 670-0321
Aggressor Liveaboard Yachts - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Listed as one of the top seven underwater wonders of the world, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador are still relatively unknown by many divers because there are no major coral reefs there. But as Darwin discovered in his own voyage to the islands, there is a extraordinary mixture of marine animals, with 25 percent of the species indigenous to the Galapagos. Here you can discover for yourself the Galapagos penguins, the smallest penguin species and the only living north of the equator, as well as sea turtles, dolphins and scalloped hammerheads sharks.
Galapagos National Park recently created a liveaboard restriction for most boats traveling through the 30 dive sites on the islands. One of these, the Aggressor Fleet, offers diving packages while staying aboard one of its 14-passenger, 100-foot yachts. The company offers on-board guides knowledgeable in the history of the volcanic islands as well as bird watching excursions between scheduled dives. Its holiday packages include accommodations aboard the yachts, diving, equipment and all-inclusive meals.
209 Hudson Trace
Augusta, GA 30907
Anthony's Key Resort - Honduras
Roatan Island in Honduras is surrounded by the second-largest coral reef system in the world and Cayos Cochinos (the Hog Cays) a sparsely populated marine reserve, making it one of the best destinations for divers in Central America. Much of the island revolves around the scuba operations but it is still accessible to mainland Honduras' rugged interior. Rated as one of the Caribbean's five best dive resorts by Frommers.com, Anthony's Key Resort stands alone as a diving destination in this sparsely visited country. The resort's bungalows are on a private island that you are taken to by water taxi from the mainland where the lobby, restaurant and bar are situated. Guests are assigned their own boats upon arrival from which they are taken on dives to explore a marine world populated with several shipwrecks, eel gardens, schools of eagle rays and a variety of tropical fish.
Anthony's Key Resort
Bahia Tours, Inc.
699 S. Federal Highway
Hollywood, FL 33020