1. Sting Ray City, Grand Cayman Island — Domesticated feedings of friendly stingrays in sheltered bay. Hand-feed rays as they vacuum food up from your hands. More famous then spectacular.
2. The Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize — Famous for its Great Blue Hole. At 1,000 feet in diameter, it is the largest in the world, descending down 440 feet into blackness. Guided dives with deco stops. You will see stalactites hanging from indented caverns. Not many fish, but worth doing once just to say you’ve done it.
3. Half Moon Caye Wall, Lighthouse Reef, Belize — Totally different then “The Blue Hole”. Wall configurations are dressed with corals of every color. Lavish staghorn coral at 20 feet. Sand chutes expose colonies of garden eel that seem to move in slow motion. Good blend of small tropicals and some larger pelagics such as eagle rays, sea turtles or groupers.
4. West Caicos Walls, Turks & Caicos — Many miles of 6000 foot vertical drop-offs, canyons and pinnacles. Thermal-forms are created from cooler ocean waters intersecting with the Caicos Bank… a complete spectrum of corals, sponges, small tropical fish, mid-sized groupers, barracudas, and many larger pelagics… keep one eye in the blue for constant visuals of reef shark, eagle ray, plus occasional hammerhead and manta. Also, sea turtles, nurse shark, stingray and more reef shark.
5. Walker’s Cay, Nassua Bahamas — Domesticated feeding of reef sharks. Organized dive whereby group kneels on sandy bottom while divemaster, wearing protection, chums Caribbean reef shark.
6. Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman — Clear visibility combined with great sunlight filtering create a photographer’s delight. Wall starting at 18 feet with coral and sponges of all types, colors, and sizes. Plenty of smaller reef fish: horse-eye jacks, triggerfish, small tropicals, and larger grouper.
7. RMS Rhone wreck, British Virgin Islands — The wreck of the Royal Mail Steamer R.M.S. Rhone is lying in The British Virgin Islands. It sank in a hurricane in 1867. Today, the wreck is one of the most famous Caribbean diving sites and is declared an underwater national park.
8. Salt Pier or Carl’s Hill Annex, Bonaire — A photographer’s haven for sponges and corals, and many small creatures such as seahorses and frogfish. Famous for its shore diving, walk-in right off beach to reefs of coral and immediate drop-offs. Because of the concentration of small tropical reef fish, just about anywhere in Bonaire you will feel like you are in an aquarium. Not famous for larger ocean fish (pelagics).
9. Green Outhouse Wall, Roatan – Honduras — Canyon with lots of brain coral, sea fans and gorgonians. Plenty of angel fish, big scrawled filefish, schools of tangs, durgeons, barracuda and stingrays cruising throughout your dive. A good blend of colorful sponge and coral, small to midsize tropical fish. Occasionally a sea turtle or spotted eagle ray appears.
10. Columbus Passage, Grand Turk or Salt Cay, Turks & Caicos — Dramatic walls mark the interface between the island’s shallow reefs and the abyssal depths of the Turks Island Passage. Great year round Caribbean diving for corals, sponges, small tropicals or larger pelagics. Most famous for humpback whale migratory path to Dominican breeding grounds during winter months.
11. The Duane, Key Largo, Florida — The Duane is a 327 foot Coast Guard cutter intentionally sunk as an artificial reef in 1987. This wreck sits in 120 feet of water with a prevalent current. The ship’s railings are encrusted with bright red and orange corals. Schools of barracudas and grunts abound.
12. French Cay, Turks and Caicos — Small inhabited reef island with 6000 foot vertical drop-offs all around. Dramatic combination of reef and wall diving, with many reverse angle undercuts. Eagle rays by the pod, sometimes in groups of 4 to 5. Schools of friendly shark plus sea turtles, nurse shark, moray eel. Occasional manta, hammerhead and humpback whales in winter.
13. Santa Rosa Wall, Cozumel — Sponge covered coral heads, gorgonians, azure vase sponges, orange elephant ear sponges. Some swim-throughs in the coral formations. Occasionally you may come face to face with a 20 to 30 pound grouper. Most dives are drift dives.
14. Victory Reef, South Bimini, Bahamas — Between encounters with giant loggerhead turtles and coral-laced canyons, this is a remarkable dive site. You’ll have an opportunity to swim with Caribbean sharks and even big game fish that come in from the Gulf Stream.
15. Cow and Calf Rocks, U.S. Virgin Islands — A very popular shallow dive, you can swim through amazing natural arches and ledges. The reef is rocky and some ledges might contain a sleeping nurse shark or two.