Diving in Central America

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    Playground Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    A circular reef in the bay in front of Bocas town forms the Playground. This site has more soft coral formations than most others in the area and green/hawksbill turtles can often be sighted here between April and June. Playground is VERY close to Bocas town, just a short 3 minute boat ride away.…
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    Playground Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    A circular reef in the bay in front of Bocas town forms the Playground. This site has more soft coral formations than most others in the area and green/hawksbill turtles can often be sighted here between April and June. Playground is VERY close to Bocas town, just a short 3 minute boat ride away.…
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    The Whorehouse, aka The… Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    This site is either named for the now-defunct brothel across the bay, or the fact that the site lies in the lee of Isla Colon, adjacent to the airport runway. The water here is usually the calmest of all dive sites and covers a sloping reef which stretches around the base of the island. Sandy plains…
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    The Whorehouse, aka The… Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    This site is either named for the now-defunct brothel across the bay, or the fact that the site lies in the lee of Isla Colon, adjacent to the airport runway. The water here is usually the calmest of all dive sites and covers a sloping reef which stretches around the base of the island. Sandy plains…

    Marker 19 Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    Twenty minutes from base, this site lies between Isla Colon and Isla San Cristobal, centred around marker #19 on the deep shipping channel. The sea floor crests towards the surface here, creating a circular reef with schools of snapper, many kinds of crab and other invertebrates living among large…
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    The Log Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    The Log get its name from the bough of an ancient tree, felled by a storm, that used to break the surface at the dive site. The log’s atill around, though it’s now at the mercy of the tides, and lies on the bottom at around nine meters “somewhere” in a sparsely-reefed bay. The dive site site…

    The Zapatillas Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    Located in the Bastimentos National Marine Park, this twin pair of tiny islands is swept by a nutrient-rich open ocean current. Slightly cooler (but still warm!) water than the rest of Bocas means that the coral growth in the area is spectacular, harbouring sea life to match. The reef starts…

    Polo Beach Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    An underwater labyrinth of rock passages, caverns and swimthroughs. This site gives the feeling of a well-lit cave dive, but direct access to the surface is available throughout 90% of the canyons. Coral growth (and diving) is limited in this area, due to turbid water conditions and large swell for…

    Manuel's Wall Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    Discovered by and named for a prominent local divemaster, Manuel’s Wall lies just inside the deep channel off Isla Solarte. Encourage your captain not to anchor in the sensitive corals atop the wall; this means a free descent to 14m. At the bottom is a very flat, young reef with a heavy damselfish…

    Blowing Rock Corn Islands, Nicaragua

    Experienced divers should not miss the famous "BlowingRock" which is a rock/coral formationteaming with marine life, which climbs from the sea floor,100 feet below, until it broaches the ocean surface. Divers see a mix of tropical fish as well as larger offshore species includingbarracuda, mackerel,…

    Coral Cay Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    This dive sit issituated just off the southeast portion of Isla Bastimentos. Named after the small restaurant onshore, this shallow reef is usually visited as part of the day-long tour offered by the dive centers in the region. Although the corals and sponges are on the small side, they are very…
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    Buoy Line Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    Buoy line is also situated at the northern end of Isla Solarte and slightly to the interior side. A deep water channel marker buoy (serving the channel dredged for the passage of container ships carrying bananas) serves as a convenient descent point to begin the dive. Flat sand at seven meters…
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    Tiger Rock Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    This is Bocas’ crown jewel. Accessible only in flat seas, usually in the summer months, and lies much further out from base than the other, more frequently-visited sites. Tiger Rock is the tip of a seamount, around which you’ll circle during your dive. There is something to see at all depths…
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    Tiger Rock Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    This is Bocas’ crown jewel. Accessible only in flat seas, usually in the summer months, and lies much further out from base than the other, more frequently-visited sites. Tiger Rock is the tip of a seamount, around which you’ll circle during your dive. There is something to see at all depths…
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    Tiger Rock Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    This is Bocas’ crown jewel. Accessible only in flat seas, usually in the summer months, and lies much further out from base than the other, more frequently-visited sites. Tiger Rock is the tip of a seamount, around which you’ll circle during your dive. There is something to see at all depths…

    Zapatilla Cay Bocas Del Toro, Panama

    From Bocas del Toro, an hour-and-a-halfboat ride through the Bastimentos NationalMarine Park takes you to Zapatilla Cay. Panama'sfirst marine park, established in 1988, BastimentosMarine Park conserves marine and coastal ecosystems,including wetlands, mangroves, coral reefs,white-sand beaches and…

    Soyak Island Kralendijk, Bonaire

    This tiny island just off Salang Bay has a number of submerged boulders covered in corals and teeming with fish such as butterflyfish, parrotfish and angelfish. The main highlight to this spot though are the two wrecks lying in 24 meters of water just off the island. They are covered in soft corals…

    The Sarah Wreck Anguilla

    By far the biggest of the wrecks, it sits out toward the 12 miles of reef that runs between Prickly Pear and Island Harbour. Like most of the wrecks, she was sunk intact and upright in the water. The cargo areas and the hull sit in 80ft of water but the top of the wheel house is only 30ft. There was…
    This wreck sits in 82ft of water by the stern. It is intact and upright but has received damage due to storms that have passed though over the last six years, however rather that detracting from the dive site it has added a strange eerie feel to this wreck. Some of the biggest lobsters to be found…
    This is Anguilla's only steel freighter wrecks sites that was not sunk on purpose. It was in the process of being cleaned up when a fire on board got out of control and was left to burn its self out. However over night the wreck sunk in the sandy area outside of Road Bay and only the top of the mast…

    Beacon Reef Anguilla

    This site it situated with steep cliffs and caves as a backdrop to the reef site. The caves only go back about twenty feet so they are not diveable. What we have here though is a very wide plateau at about 22 feet; it has trenches that run at 90 degrees to the shoreline until they meet the drop-off…

    Lobster Reef Anguilla

    This reef takes its name from the Caribbean lobster that can be found moving about over this hard coral reef. Most reef sites in Anguilla are made up of Soft coral however this is a huge horseshoe shaped plateau that starts in 25ft and goes to a drop off at 45 ft, from there we hit a sandy bottom in…

    Sea Fan Anguilla

    This reef is what we consider the safest dive site in Anguilla. The boat is anchored on a Sandy bottom in 7 to 8 feet of water. It is protected by three reef structures which means that is always calm with very little water movement.However once you hit the start of the reef in 15 feet of water you…

    Yellow Submarine Bonnaire North, Bonaire

    Diving in Yellow Submarine is an interesting divesite,Typically, visibility is Good ( 10 - 30 m), and the average depth is 20 m / 65.6 ftTo reach Yellow Submarine you have to do it from the shoreThis dive site is best suited for all levels of divers divers.
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    Witches Hut Bonnaire North, Bonaire

    This easy shore or boat dive, with light currents and a depth of 6-30 meters, offers novice divers a chance to see mountainous star coral with abundant fish life. Angelfish, rock beauties, and butterfly fish make their homes in the rocky reefs.

    WIT Shoal Wreck Saint Thomas Island, Virgin Islands

    Probably the most famous dive in the USVI, the WIT Shoal is a popular deep wreck.Located some miles out from St Thomas, it was illegally sunk in shallower waters when it was supposed to be sunk off the deep dropoff miles further out.However, the wreck is relatively in tact, and having sunk in 1984…

    WIT Concrete Wreck Saint Thomas Island, Virgin Islands

    The largest of the deep wrecks off St Thomas, the WIT Concrete sits on a sandy bottom at about 100 feet.The wreck is upright and largely intact.It is possible to penetrate, but no real ambient light comes in and so lights are needed, and penetration training would be advisable.The wreck is home to a…
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    Windsock Bonnaire South, Bonaire

    A shore or boat dive, Windsock offers the novice diver the chance to cruise the area located at the end of the runway off Flamingo Airport. Divers often see turtles and rays.

    Windjammer Bonnaire North, Bonaire

    It is closed to shore dive due an accident with two divers. Contact with a dive operator to dive boat only. Very nice dive. In the shallow you will see a lot of big parrotfish. The Windjammer change its position due a storm.

    Willemstoren Lighthouse Bonnaire South, Bonaire

    Take care of the currents (moderate to strong) and of the rough entry! Great dive if the surf is down... I saw turtles and rays on my last visit.
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    White Slave Bonnaire South, Bonaire

    You have to go over the amazing coralreef system to see turtles, barracudas, large schools of fish. On the way back to where you started, cruise over the sandy part and meet the whirling-the-sand eagle rays. We saw 4 at a single dive.
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    Whistling Cay Saint John Island, Virgin Islands

    West Point Lighthouse Reef, Belize

    Very nice drop-off with great marine life.

    Wedge Rock Eleuthera and Harbour Island, Bahamas

    This dive site is basically a series of small islands on a sandy bottom.Beyond this, a wall drops off to depths exceeding the limits of recreational diving.Very nice dive!This was one of the final mooring and dive sites on the Southern Bahamas itinerary for the Nekton Pilot (a live aboard dive…

    Weber's Joy Bonnaire North, Bonaire

    This easy shore or boat dive, with light currents and a depth of 20-100 feet, offers novice divers a chance to see mountainous star coral with abundant fish life. Angelfish, rock beauties, and butterfly fish make their homes in the rocky reefs.

    Webber`s Joey Bonnaire North, Bonaire

    Wanda's Lust Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

    Diving in Wanda's Lust is InterestingTypically, visibility is Good ( 10 - 30 m)The average depth is 39.6 m / 129.9 ftTo reach Wanda's Lust you have to do it By boatThis dive site is best suited for CMAS * / OW divers.

    Vista Blue Bonnaire North, Bonaire

    Vicky's Reef San Salvador, Bahamas

    Lots of black coral on the wall, sponges and macro life with bluebell tunicates on the coral. Stingrays, turtles, groupers and snapper are often seen here.

    Vertigo Saint Croix Island, Virgin Islands