DESTINATION: BAY ISLANDS, HONDURAS
Tucked into the southwest corner of the Caribbean, about 30 miles north of Honduras, the Bay Islands feature superb natural reef systems and an abundance of wildlife.
Part of the second largest coral reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the islands of Roatan and Utila are surrounded by vibrant coral, multicoloured fish, turtles, rays and sponges as big as fridges!
On Roatan, there are zip lines and canopy tour adventures, plus sea kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, windsurfing, jet skiing and kite boarding.You can explore the island by horseback, visit Arch’s Iguana Farm or hang out atWest End Village, with its happy hours, live bands and restaurant specials.
Where to stay: Anthony’s Key Resort A village of bungalows cocooned in lush palms, this all-inclusive resort provides luxury amid the unspoilt landscapes of Roatan.The only high rises you will find here are the towering coconut palms. Even non-divers and snorkellers can swim nose-to-bottlenose with the resident pod of dolphins that play in the surrounding natural lagoons. From £108pn.
Uber scuba trips to suit non-divers
The Bay Islands feature superb natural reef systems and an abundance of wildlife
With its wall dives, swim-through caverns and varied marine life, Fiji has a world of underwater wonder to discover.
A year-round diving location, recommended sites include Beqa Lagoon, Shark Reef and Viti Levu. For beginners, as well as more experienced divers, the Rakiraki dive site is hugely enjoyable.
There are plenty of pastimes for non-divers on this South Pacific archipelago. Watch a rugby game, kayak between islands, or just relax on the pristine white sand beaches sipping Fiji’s national drink, kava.
Try kayaking, white water rafting, zip lining, jungle-trekking or skydiving. Hike to the summit of an island peak or explore its limestone caves.
With its wall dives, swim-through caverns and varied marine life, Fiji has a world of underwater wonder to discover
Where to stay: Blue Lagoon Beach Resort Located on Nacula Island, in the Yasawa Islands, this multi-award winning four-star resort offers a castaway experience and excellent diving.A strip of soft sand fringes the crystal-clear Nacula Bay lagoon to create a spectacular base for both diving and hammock-snoozing.
A labyrinth of trails begins just at the base of the hill behind the resort, leading to hidden mangroves and isolated beaches where lobsters bob in the waters. From £64pn.
The captivating underwater treasures around the Mediterranean islands of Malta are worthy of their very own Dive Trail.
Designed to showcase locations suitable for beginners and experienced divers, it reveals submerged caves, seven natural reefs and shipwrecks.
Discover spectacular tunnels and caverns teeming with marine life at Coral Gardens, just off the north east coast.
The Blue Hole, over on neighbouring Gozo, meanwhile, is a blue-hued rock pool and underwater limestone cave.
Back on dry land, the Maltese archipelago basks in 300 days of sunshine, boasts picturesque coastlines, mouthwatering food and a fascinating cultural scene.
The captivating underwater treasures around the Mediterranean islands of Malta are worthy of their very own Dive Trail
Valletta, Malta’s Unescorecognised capital city, is terrific for exploring on foot and is bursting with opulent palaces, historic churches and modern architectural masterpieces.
At the forefront of the festival scene, the island attracts every type of creative talent to its shores to offer an eclectic calendar of events from theatre and comedy to digital arts and outdoor gigs.
Where to stay: Ramla Bay Resort is perched on the waterfront in the far north of Malta, overlooking Malta’s sister islands, Gozo and Comino.
Recently refurbished, it offers a selection of buffet and a la carte restaurants run by award-winning chefs, as well as a secluded private beach, water sports, scuba diving facilities, a juice bar and hip hangout Mojitos Beach Terrace, which is ideal for sunset cocktails down on the sand. From £87pn.
DESTINATION: ST LUCIA
Divers travel from all over the world to enjoy the colourful reefs, sheer walls, wrecks and coral-covered pinnacles in the underwater seascapes of St Lucia. The protected nature and relatively shallow depth of the dive sites on the island also make it perfect for beginners on their first ever dives.
Divers travel from all over the world to enjoy the colourful reefs, sheer walls, wrecks and coral-covered pinnacles in the underwater seascapes of St Lucia
A nature lover’s paradise, this Caribbean dream has lush rainforests, volcanic peaks and beautiful beaches to explore.
Plus you can seek out the island’s drive-in volcano, climb to the top of Gros Piton (one of the island’s twin peaks), discover the Botanical Gardens and learn about the island’s history at Fort Rodney in Pigeon Island National Park.
Where to stay: St Lucia Harmony Marina Suites This peaceful, adults-only oasis occupies a spectacular waterfront setting at Rodney Bay.
Enjoy strolls along the boardwalk, or take a swim with the turtles and tropical fish, which patrol the waters right outside your room. The resort is home to a five-star PADI dive centre, as well as a yoga and Pilates studio. Local restaurants and bars are just steps away from this hidden retreat. From £77pn.
At the meeting point of the Western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the crystal clear waters around the Bahamas offer an incredibly diverse range of diving environments and snorkelling opportunities.
You’ll find the world’s thirdlargest barrier reef offshore, plus deep walls, fascinating wrecks, blue holes, tunnels, caverns and some of the best shark diving in the world.
An archipelago of 700 islands, its sheer size means there are plenty of non-diving activities too.
In Nassau, the Bahamas’ capital, sample the rum at John Watling’s Distillery, which dates back to 1789. Or for some action-packed family fun, head to the Aquaventure water park.
There’s lots to offer nature lovers, including the 25-acre Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve and the Glass Window Bridge in Eleuthera, which separates rich blue waters of the Atlantic with the calm, azure water of the Bight of Eleuthera. Or simply sail away to one of its many deserted white and pink sandy beaches to chill in the tropical heat. Where to stay: Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Set in 26 acres of lush foliage and palm-tree dotted beaches, the Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach is a luxurious all-inclusive resort and dive centre on the south shore of Grand Bahama island.
It’s one of the best places in the Caribbean to see sharks, including grey Caribbean reef sharks and tiger sharks.
This secluded resort is also ideal for beach weddings and romantic dinners on the sand. From £134pn.
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Published at Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:15:00 +0000