Northern Caribbean
Bahamas/Turks & Caicos
Central Caribbean
Cayman/Greater Antilles
Eastern Caribbean/
Leeward Islands
USVI through Guadeloupe
Eastern Caribbean/
Winward Islands
Dominica through Tobago
Southern Caribbean
Netherlands Antilles
Western Caribbean
Central America

The largest islands of the West Indies stretch across the center of our “Caribbean” for about 1,300 miles. Including Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, they comprise what is known as the Greater Antilles. However, our discussion of central Caribbean diving would not be complete unless we also included the small but famous Cayman Islands.

While political concerns still cloud the present and future of diving off Cuba, the excellent underwater offerings continue to attract divers. There are many good dive sites near shore in shallower water, but the drop-offs along the continental shelf are the most dramatic. This is especially true off the smaller islands and islets that line Cuba’s southern coastline. Here you will find walls and caves, magnificent growths of sponges and gorgonians, groupers, Eagle Rays, schooling tropicals, and encounters with pelagics.

Though sometimes overlooked by divers, Jamaica has a lot to offer underwater as well as topside. Montego Bay is a feast for the eyes. Colorful tropicals, seafans and sponges dominate the scene. A few minutes by boat off Negril Beach and divers will find mini walls packed with invertebrates, and even a huge cavern.

The large island of Hispaniola is another area often overlooked by divers. At the western end, the country of Haiti has several underwater options, including many historical shipwrecks. At the eastern end of the island, the Dominican Republic has a wealth of diving opportunities. The southern coast offers excellent wreck diving and even some inland freshwater cave systems. The eastern coast has an 80 mile reef system featuring spur and groove formations and a host of marine life. Diving off the Samana peninsula ranges from breathtaking drop-offs and towers to lush reefs covered with Elkhorn and black coral.

Most of the best of Puerto Rico diving is found a few miles offshore. The eastern end of the island is home to excellent reefs, particularly off the small islands of Vieques and Culebra. The southern coast has lush walls and heavy concentrations of fish life. Off the western end of Puerto Rico, Desecheo Island is an oasis of marine adventure rising from the deep, crystal clear water.

The small Cayman Islands probably offer more fantastic diving per square mile than anywhere else in the Caribbean. With dedicated live-aboard dive boats, comprehensive marine parks, hundreds of moored sites, premiere dive operations and topside facilities of all varieties, these islands are a diver’s mecca. While there are terrific dive sites off the East End of Grand Cayman and in the Northern Sound, the greatest concentrations of dive sites are focused on the western end. Here there are vibrant shallow reefs and walls, canyons, tunnels and caves, wrecks and so much marine life your eyes will pop. Cayman Brac offers consistently great underwater visibility and fantastic shallow reef and wall diving. A huge Russian frigate waits in only 60 feet of water. Legendary walls are the highlight of Little Cayman diving. And these walls are often accented by canyons and swim-throughs and chimneys. There are great shallow reefs available as well.

Central Caribbean

Bob Soto’s Diving

The Seaview Dedicated Dive Resort. Cayman’s Newest (and Oldest) Dive Hotel. On the quiet side of Georgetown. Now operated by Bob Soto’s Diving and Lone Star Bar & Grill and, yes…Will Kelly is back as GM. Best 24 hour/day shore diving in Cayman! Refurbished. GREAT RE-START RATES FOR WINTER.
Call Will at (345) 945-0558
Fax (345) 945-0559

PADI Instructor Courses. LEARN WHERE YOU WANT TO EARN. Eight IDC’s and IE’s in 2001. Full training, accommodations, meals, pools, shore diving…everything at the Treasure Island Resort. Not the cheapest…just the best value. Training with the oldest and most respected diving company in the world in 80 degree water is just a bonus.
Call Ash McKnight, Course Director
(345) 949-2606 Fax (345) 949-8731

WINTER LAND-DIVE PACKAGES with optional airfare, unlimited boat and shore diving and other great extras. Great Values!
1-888-753-7400 Fax: (345) 949-8731

Cayman Airways

For warm and friendly Caymanian service and more flights to the Cayman Islands there is only one choice, Cayman Airways. We offer the most flights from Miami, Tampa, Houston, Orlando & non-stop service to Kingston, Ja & Cayman Brac. For more information or reservations call your local travel agent or Cayman Airways @ 1-800-G-CAYMAN.
One of the top diving destinations in the world! Dive, snorkel, relax and enjoy “Caribbean Tropical Paradise” in your very own 1, 2, or 3 bedroom fully equipped condo on spectacular Seven Mile Beach. We offer both resort and smaller-sized properties. Discount diving packages available.
Cayman Condo Reservations, 1-800-999-1338
Conveniently located in George Town harbor and the newly built Comfort Suites. Foster’s operate a fleet of 4 spacious dive boats customized for your convenience. Full service facility with instruction and a variety of diving daily. Low cost packages, airfare and accommodations, free diving transfers and excellent shore dive.
800-83-DIVER / GT Shop (345) 959-5679
Fax: (345) 945-5133
Grand Cayman’s finest technical diving specialist joins the newest resort on the island, Cobalt Coast Resort. Dive Tech offers a full-service dive center with dive packages, daily boat trips, night dives, shore dives from Cobalt Coast and Turtle Reef. The complete dive experience at the intimate oceanfront resort. 1-800-992-2015 or 345-949-1700.
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The new tradition in Grand Cayman is now open ! The ALL NEW Holiday Inn Grand Cayman offers 233 spacious rooms, large pool & jacuzzi, restaurant, lobby bar, beach snack shack, fitness center, plus one of the best views of famous Seven Mile Beach. Full-service Dive Center located on site. Just call 1-800-HOLIDAY to make your reservations.
Visit our site here.
Little Cayman’s premier resort complimented by Reef Divers’ award-winning dive operation. Dive legendary Bloody Bay Wall, enjoy friendly staff and wonderful meals at the Caribbean’s #1 rated, full-service dive resort, Little Cayman Beach Resort.
Call 1-800-327-3835 or 813-323-8727

Ocean Diver, the only luxurious live-aboard in Cuba, diving the South coast, departing weekly from Cayo Largo. Incredible pristine diving. Americans welcome.
phone: 345-949-5551
fax: 345-949-8729
Talk to our customers, and get the real story on Treasure Island Divers. Visit our website at: and go to our “Talk to Our Customers” page. We stand on our reputation. Unlimited dive packages year-round, great boats, great staff–and giving you the best service is what we’re all about!
P.O. Box 30975 Grand Cayman, BWI •
Toll Free U.S. & Canada: (800) 872-7552 • (954) 351-8998 • Fax: (954) 351-9740
The Southern Cross Club’s 11 air-conditioned beachfront cottages are spread over 800 feet of white-sand beach. World famous diving, sport fishing, outstanding cuisine and a great international staff complement this rare and beautiful resort. Maximum of 12 divers per dive boat. Spoil Yourself, you deserve it.
US Reservations: 800-899-2582 • 619-563-0017 website:

Dive right off shore, day or night, and see Sunset House’s beautiful 9-foot tall bronze mermaid. Her arms stretch out protecting Sunset Reef, making it one of the most talked about dive sites in the world today. Rebreathers and Nitrox are available. Take an all-day 3-tank trip or half-day 2-tank trips. Everything you need is here: Sunset Divers, Sea Harvest Restaurant, “My Bar” and Cathy Church’s Underwater Photo Centre.
Tel: 877-854-3228 • Fax: 345-949-7101

Sunshine Suites Hotel

Brand new suites with fully-equipped kitchens. Four-Star accommodations – nicest on the island. Special facilities for divers: gear washing area and double-locked equipment storage. Dive packages available jointly with Fisheye Diving. Very competitive rates. Top-rated casual restaurant.
Toll Free 877-786-1110