Discover the best scuba diving in the world with TradeWinds

Discover the finest places to scuba dive and explore an underwater world teeming with amazing marine life on a luxury TradeWinds yacht charter. Scuba dive amongst the wreckages of ghost ships that time forgot or try to find Nemo and his friends in the colorful coral of the Caribbean Sea.

Go on an underwater adventure and experience the best scuba diving in the world with TradeWinds, as your Captain and crew share with you to the best dive locations. Diving will introduce you to a whole new world - fun, thrilling and a real education as you explore coral reefs and dive around shipwrecks. At TradeWinds we love to dive and for many of our Members diving is an integral part of their TradeWinds experience.

We've selected our favourite places in the Caribbean and Central America to scuba dive. Check out our top ten and decide which one you’ll check off your list first!

  1. THE WRECK OF THE RHONE – BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS -­ MAX DEPTH:75FT

    Topping our list for the best scuba diving in the world and one of the most famous dives in the Caribbean ­is the wreck of the RMS Rhone! After nearly 150 years underwater, the wreck has become home to the bone chilling story of the "Ghost of the Rhone" and a large array of reef species. Keep an eye out for the famous 10ft Green Moray who starred in the 1977 film "The Deep", and two rather large Barracudas named "Fang and Fred".

  2. PILLARS OF HERCULES – ANTIGUA – MAX DEPTH: 60FT

    Just outside English Harbour, and 60 feet below the waves, you’ll find large boulders which are home to lobster and eels. This dive site faces the Atlantic Ocean, which almost always guarantees fantastic visibility. The swells, breaking above, create a 'washing machine' effect, balanced against the Pillars ­ from which the site takes its' name, offering some of the best scuba diving in the world.

  3. SEAL CAY -­ BELIZE -­ MAX DEPTH: 200FT!

    Located just to the west of the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, this scuba dive and snorkel site offers a wide 15ft shelf of pristine corals and abundant reef fish, which drops away to create an amazing wall dive. A wealth of blue "tunicates" gives you the illusion of floating through a field of bluebells. Visit the small cave halfway up the wall in search of lobster and moray eels. Look out for turtles and eagle and manta rays.

  4. STRATMANN TUGBOAT - ST VINCENT -­ MAX DEPTH 50FT

    Scuppered in 2003, the Stratmann, sits upright in 40ft of water on a sandy bottom. Completely covered in soft coral, she is home to a kaleidoscope of colorful marine fish and sea creatures, as well as nurse sharks, barracuda, eagle rays and many others. Just off to the stern of the Stratmann is a magnificent fan coral garden that stretches back to the Devils Table reef at the edge of the bay.

    The Devils Table is a rocky crag of a reef, with deep valleys and towering boulders - and large flat plateaus in between, hence the name. Start your scuba dive at the wreck, swim through the gardens and end up at the table. It really doesn’t get any better than this, and in our opinion, this site offers some of the best scuba diving in the world!

  5. ILE FOURCHE -­ SINT MAARTEN -­ MAX DEPTH: 60FT

    This uninhabited volcanic island was created after a massive explosion that resulted in only the volcanic rim remaining above the surface, and the "plug" providing our anchorage! The dive is on the edge of this crater where you may find yourself accompanied by schools of barracuda, nurse sharks, trunk fish, and even green turtles. From January to May is whale season, and during this time, you may find yourself swimming with a humpback whale or at the very least, within earshot of their sonic chats!

  6. THE AEROPLANE WRECK –­ BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS -­ MAX DEPTH: 35FT

    Located in the waters surrounding the Dog Islands is a one-of-a-kind scuba dive; ­ an aeroplane. The plane belonged to the only British Virgin Islands airline, aptly named BVI Air. In 1992 the plane crash-landed after taking off from Beef Island. Everyone survived, but the plane didn't! Beautiful reef-life has made its home on the wreck, and exploring inside may reveal that lost luggage you've been looking for! Swim up to the cockpit and take the controls, while your buddy snaps away a few photographs. Don't mind the Heineken bottle behind the pilot's seat, it was placed there following the crash!

  7. BALEINE - GUADELOUPE -­ MAX DEPTH: 50FT

    Between Terre de Haut and Ilêt Cabrit lays a navigational hazard called la Baleine where the protruding reef resembles a whale's back with the waves splashing over it looking like its spout. Scuba dive down a coral encrusted channel marker to a maximum of 50 ft. Barrel sponges and Sargent Majors lead us over to the cliffs and canyons that we weave our way through searching for turtles, lobsters and several different species of eels. And in season you can hear the whales calling out in the deep channel between Les Saintes and Guadeloupe, which make this dive an experience to remember.

  8. FRANK’S DIVE -­ BELIZE -­ MAX DEPTH: 90FT

    This superb dive is located at the Southern tip of the 185-mile-long Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef system in the world. Listed as a World Heritage Site, descend the mooring line onto this "tongue and groove" reef system and explore the gullies leading to the 2,500ft drop off. With stunning corals and awesome topography, you can expect all kinds of visitors including sharks, eagle rays, manta rays, dolphins and in season, even whale sharks.

  9. SUNKEN ROCK -­ ANTIGUA -­ MAX DEPTH: 120FT

    Sunken rock feels like diving in an aquarium. Fish of every size and species engulf you; lobsters, sting rays, morays, burrfish, you name it! Reef ledges, drop walls and swim canyons – this site has it all. For those "in the know" this is considered one of the best scuba diving sites in the world!

  10. THE CHIMNEYS – BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS -­ MAX DEPTH: 45FT

    Just off the uninhabited island of "Great Dog" is the perfect spot for some of the best scuba diving in the world. It’s also known as the favourite BVI dive of Captain Jacques Cousteau. The “Chimneys”, aptly named for its narrow swim­ throughs, hosts sponge coral in all the colors of the rainbow. Scuba dive over coral gardens and into sponge encrusted canyons, before swimming through an archway with a cathedral-­like ceiling, decorated in amazing reef life.

Grab your scuba gear and get ready for a phenomenal underwater adventure with TradeWinds. Want to experience the thrill of discovering your own piece of scuba diving paradise? Book your luxury yacht charter now!

Learn to Scuba dive

LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE

Learning to scuba dive is easy and fun! There are dive shops all over the world that you can walk into and take a course. You start with some theory, begin in a swimming pool and quickly work your way up to a scuba dive in the sea. The most common accreditation is with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). PADI has a number of levels beginning with "open water" right the way up to becoming a "dive instructor". You only need to become an "open water" scuba diver to really maximize your fun with TradeWinds! For more information on PADI, please visit http://www.padi.com

Scuba dive with TradeWinds

SCUBA DIVE WITH TRADEWINDS

One cool way to become a scuba diver and unlock the best scuba diving in the world is to do the first part (the theory) at your local dive shop, then come out to one of our destinations and complete your course at one of the dive shops near us before your TradeWinds yacht charter.

Many of our destinations have local dive shops. Here are some links to contact them.

Please note that it is not possible to do the final qualifying dives during your charter, as we can never guarantee to have a dive instructor on-board. If you wish to do your qualifying dives in our warmer waters, then you must arrange to arrive several days before your cruise begins and dive with a local dive shop.

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