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The State of Hawaii is a scuba diving destination 2,000 miles SW from the mainland of the United States. The Hawaii archipelago consist of 137 islands and is 1,500 miles long. However, there are only 8 main islands. The largest population of Hawaiians are on the island of Oahu. Ironically, the second largest group of Hawaiians live in or near Las Vegas, Nevada. The islands were first populated by waves of Polynesians from 124AD to 1120AD. The Hawaiian language is similar to spoken Marquesan and Tahitian Polynesian. Captain Cook was the first European to land on the islands in 1778 and called them the Sandwich Islands. However, there is evidence that the Spanish passed by the islands in 1542 on their way from Mexico to the Philippines.  They wrote down their own island names, but kept their route secret. Sea Turtles; The Godfathers of Scuba Dive Magazines?

Nevertheless, after making contact with the Europeans, half the Hawaiian population died from influenza, small pox, and measles. Immigrants from the Gwondong region of China, the Philippines, Korea, Japanese, Germans, and Portuguese were brought in to work the sugar and later pineapple plantations. In 1893 Queen Lili’uokalani was overthrown by a group of US citizens with the assistance of US military troops. In 1959 Hawaii entered statehood. So, 1993 Hawaii received an official apology for the abrupt takeover signed by Bill Clinton.

Diving Kauai, Molokai, & Maui

Scuba diving around the islands is all about the former volcanic activity. You can dive caves, lava tubes, and tunnels; also, canyons, fingers, and craters. The beaches of Hawaii are black sand or white sand depending on the island. The islands have had time to acquired their own species of fish, birds, and plants. On Kauai, the garden island, there are over a dozen dive sites. However, currents and undertows can make many beach dive entrances difficult. Some of the top sites include Three Fingers, Sheraton Caverns, and Brenneckes Ledge. You can also go by boat over to the privately own island in Hawaii called Niihau to dive seldom seen reefs. Over at Maui you can scuba diving around 15 sites including: Molokini Crater, 5 Caves, or Airport Beach.

You can also take a boat over to Molakai and dive Fish Rain or go over to Lanai and dive the Cathedrals and tunnels. Keep in mind it is like a bathtub between the islands and you have a good chance of hearing humpback whales while diving.

Diving Oahu & Hawaii Island

Oahu has another 15 scuba diving sites. However, the local fish population has been more impacted by multiple factors. However, the minesweeper Mahi sunk in 1983, is a major attraction. So, Three Tables and Shark’s Cove are also quite popular. Look for juvenile white tip sharks under the ledges, crevices, and rocks. On the big island of Hawaii there are over two dozen scuba diving sites to choose from. The top dives have to be Pelagic Magic where you go 3 miles offshore at night and dive in the middle of a bioluminescent show, and The Manta Ray Night Dive where you watch mantas feed. You can watch the turtles get cleaned at Turtle Pinnacle. Au Au Crater, Black Coral Forest, Catacombs Manuka Bay and Pohoe Bay are all great dive sites.

To see most of the best dive sites on the Hawaiian Islands, you need to take a liveaboard boat. Finally, plan on a diving a week to fully experience the great diving.

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In the islands you have a choice of luxury resorts, hotels, & inns. Now, you may like to go hiking mountains, visiting falls, and exploring rivers. You can surf, snorkel or boogie board til your heart’s content. Furthermore, Hawaii is the only state to produce coffee. They also have Portuguese sausage and rice for breakfast. So, plate lunches feature spicy Korean beef ribs, sweet Japanese teriyaki chicken, or grilled spam. Finally, dinner menus can be a fusion of Asian delights. They also have American favorites and traditionally cooked Hawaiian treats or feasts.

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The Sands at Grace Bay

The Sands at Grace Bay is a luxury resort located in the Turks & Caicos on Providenciales. More importantly, Grace Bay has 12 miles of white sandy beach and Scuba diving is just one of the many activities you may enjoy while staying here. So, the resort features six 3-story buildings with 114 suites. Junior suites have kitchenettes. 1-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites, and 2-bedroom suites with den, have full kitchens. Air conditioning, fans, and in suite wifi are just some of the amenities. Enjoy our blog article on Turks & Caicos.

The Sands at Grace Bay Diving

Scuba Diving the walls of this destination is a must. In addition, the most experienced dive operator, Provo Turtle Divers, are just minutes east of Sands at Grace Bay. Moreover, you can typically do 2-3 dives a day in clear waters offering an abundance of sea life. Some popular dive sites you may wish to see include: The Amphitheater, Grand Canyon, Shark Hotel, and Coral Staircase. You can dive canyons, walls, pinnacles, and coral reefs. Some other popular dive sites you may wish to see while staying at The Sands at Grace Bay: Double D, Elephant Ear Canyon, Aquarium, Eagle Ray Pass, and The Crack.

Attraction and Activities

At Sands at Grace Bay, you are close to the Provo Golf club. Located in the Princess Alexandra National Park, you can ride jet skis, go windsurfing, parasailing, go on a catamaran trip take a submarine ride, or try kayaks and hobie cats. So, to relax, you can request an inhouse Spa treatment by Spa Tropique. More importantly, Hemingway’s Restaurant & bar is the onsite restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and diner is served overlooking the white sand beach. Moreover, there are several restaurants and shopping areas located nearby including those located at the Regent Village, Saltmills Plaza, and Ports of Call shopping plaza. The Casablanca Casino is not that far away either.

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Barbados is a scuba diving destination in the West Indies in the Atlantic Ocean. The island is approximately 21mi long by 14mi wide. The first islanders settled here around 1600BC. The Arawak moved in around 800-1200AD and then they were replaced by the Kalinaga around 13th century. The Spanish stopped by in 1511 and the English colony came to be in 1627. Barbados sits right on the edge of tectonic plates. Each year one plate passes under the island and the island increases 1 inch in height every 1,000 years. Above all, literally, there are areas where the coral is 300 feet thick. One thing to note, that where there is an abundance of lime stone, there is also an abundance of caves created by rainwater’s slow yet determined solvent properties.

The wet season is June to December, and the dry season is December to May. Enjoy our blog article on The Cuttlefish The Undisputed Master of Camouflage.

Diving Barbados

The most popular wreck out here is the 365ft long SS Stavronikita. The 165ft long Pamir is also quite popular due to its shallower depth. In the Carlisle Bay Marine Park there are 5 wrecks. Maycocks Bay has a long reef and white sands. You may see up to four types of turtle out here including green, loggerhead, hawksbill and leatherback. Hawksbill come ashore to lay eggs June thru November. Some of the other scuba diving sites include: Shark’s Bank, Dottins, Little Sandy Lane, Barracuda Junction, the deep, and G-SpotClarke’s Bank is known for its blue stripped grunts, yellow tail snapper, and an occasional black jack or white sided Atlantis Submarine filled with big eyed tourists. You may also see pods of dolphins, parrotfish and/or Pilot whales.

Accommodations, Attractions, Activities

Barbados has numerous luxury resorts, hotels, and inns. Depending on the accommodations you choose, you may look forward to having access to tennis courts, or working out at a fitness gym. Besides the shopping in Bridgetown, you might like a ride in the Atlantis Submarine Barbados, or exploring Harrison’s Cave. You can also view the Barbados Museum and the George Washington house. So, you can also take a catamaran cruise, visit a wildlife preserve, or go deep sea fishing. Furthermore, you may wish to visit the golfing greens at Sandy Lane or at the Royal Westmoreland. For some strange reason the Mount Gay Rum distillery is quite popular. They’ve been making great tasting rum since 1703. So, the Banks Barbados Brewery is also based in Barbados. You may like to take a hike; the highest point is Mt. Hillaby at 1,115 feet above sea level.

Finally, with the Atlantic surf on the east and Caribbean waters on the west you can find the perfect spot for kayaking, paddle boarding, or Hobie cat sailing. Quaint towns, numerous shops and restaurants, rolling hills, beautiful beaches, and year-round water sports are just some of Barbados great offerings.

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The Kingdom of Thailand is approximately the size of Texas. On the northern side the country borders (Burma) Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. On the southern side it borders Malaysia, The gulf of Thailand, the Andaman Sea, and the Malacca Strait. Phuket Island is down near the southern end and is one of the most popular scuba diving destinations in the nation. So, the land was first settled some 20,000 years ago. Modern temples, temple ruins and Buddhist shrines make this a must visit country. Enjoy our blog article Thailand’s Amazing Andaman Sea.

Diving Thailand

It would take more than a couple of scuba diving trips to see all the dive sites in the Andaman sea. One the north end divers are out at Burma Banks, and the Mergui Archipelago. On the southern end are the Adang Archipelago and the Satun Sea. From Phuket you can take several days long liveaboard trips to the northern or southern dive sites. Phuket also has day trips to close by islands. In Thailand, shore boat trips are also done from Krabi, Koh Lanta, and Satun. From Khao Lak and Koh bon you can take trips out to the Similan Islands. What you may see out here includes corals, mantas, shrimp, lobsters, octopus, frogfish, sharks, and whale sharks.  There are swim throughs, pinnacles, caverns, overhangs, and drift dives. Moreover, there are also caves, wrecks, tunnels, and submerged reefs barely ever seen.

So, there are also untold beaches and shore dives to explore. Dive sites are named for the color of soft corals that dominate the area. Turtles and seahorses make sure your camera is used as much as possible.

Accommodations, Attractions, Activities

In Thailand, resorts, hotels, youth hostels, and beach bungalows are available, but to see the distant scuba diving sites you’ll need a liveaboard to get you out to the remote reefs and islands. The temples and temple ruins could keep you very busy. The ruins of Wat Mahathat, Wat Phra Si Sanphet, and the temples of Wat Arun, and Wat Phra Kaew are just a few of the larger temples. Keep your eye out for smaller temples especially near the river or waterways in Bangkok. For water activities, there is snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Phuket is famous for its nightlife by the beach. The food in Thailand is fantastic and you could spend a year just trying to savor every dish and accompanying sauce that over 2,000 years they have perfected.

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Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands are east of Papua New Guinea, West of Fiji, and southwest of Hawaii. There are 992 islands out here and more than half are unoccupied. Melanesians first appeared on the islands over 30,000 years ago. So, scuba diving is a more a recent event. More importantly, around the islands are cuts, tunnels, caves, and the longest lagoon in the world.  Coral reefs and sandy flats make the perfect backdrops to take images of frog fish, ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorses and small crustaceans. For many scuba diving activists this would be enough to fill a bucket list. However, the Solomon Islands became the host site for the battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. During 6 months of fighting, some 100 ships and 600 aircraft were destroyed, sunk, or damaged beyond repair.  Enjoy our blog article: Enjoy our blog story: 110,000 Reasons to Go Liveaboard

Diving the Solomon Islands

Morovo Lagoon is so large that it has inner islands of which some are man-made. Twin Tunnels are macro creature filled lava tubes where you can go down one and up the other. There are inland pools that cut through the jungle and break out into open water. Large pelagics are viewed around Mary Island and mantas like to roam Devils Highway. Around the Solomon Islands you’ll see soft corals, hard corals, cuttlefish, octopus, squat lobsters, crabs and more. Schooling fish include bigeye jacks, trevally, and bumphead wrasse. As for the war, the Imperial Japanese navy left transport ships, a submarine, supply ships, and even a flying boat. The Americans left bombers and a wildcat. When the Americans finally left the Solomon Islands they scuttled most military supplies at White Beach.

There is also the Wreck of the Ann and a couple of fishing boat wrecks to view. Arnavan Islands have a turtle reserve, so plan on seeing lots of hawksbill turtles.

Accommodations, Attractions, Activities

Liveaboards allow you to view the most dive sites at one time. There are some land-based resorts in the Solomon Islands, but you will have to fly between the islands to visit certain dive sites. Bring anti-malaria pills especially for times when you are near land. The Vilu War Museum and the American War museum are a must see. You can walk through a rain forest, encounter water falls, or swim in a river. If you have time, you can visit archaeological caves and see skulls collected by former head hunters. Finally, you can go to a local village market or purchase items right from their small craft to your big boat.

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Papua New Guinea

Some of the best locations for scuba diving in Papua New Guinea include Tawali, Tufi, Lissenung, and Walindi. So, humans first appeared in PNG some 50-70,000 years ago. There are over 840 spoken languages on this 2nd largest island in the world. They also have 730 species of birds including 41 species of the Bird of Paradise. Moreover, they have over 2200 species of reef fish. The war with the Imperial Japanese Empire also left lots of wrecks and artificial reefs to explore. This entire diving area is a Muck Divers dream come true. For more details, visit our blog articles: Papua New Guinea: Diving At The Edge of The World. Part One and Part Two.

Diving Papua New Guinea

Milne Bay area of Papua New Guinea

Tawali is a hand crafted resort where the House Reef has mandarin fish. So, Dinah’s Reef features frogfish, and Wahoo Point offers Hammerheads, minke whales, and whale sharks.

Collingwood Bay area of Papua New Guinea

Tufi Resort over sits a panoramic view of a fjord. The House Reef has WWII relics and seahorses. Blue Ribbon Reef has colorful eels. Clancy’s Reef has reef sharks including white hammerheads.

New Ireland Providence of Papua New Guinea

Lissenung Island Resort gives you a private island scuba diving feeling. The House Reef goes 2/3rds around the island and has 6 species of clown fish. Albatross Passage has large pelagics and Bermuda Drop has lots of colorful coral.

Kimbe Bay area of New Britain Island in Papua New Guinea

Walindi Plantation Resort has 40 scuba diving sites. Ingles Shoal and Ono’s Point are both spectacular seamounts. So, the MV Oceana also docks here after exploring the Bismarck Sea.

In addition, plane wrecks out here include a P38 lightning, B17 “Blackjack” Bomber. So, some ships wrecks include PT boats, a merchant ship, the Sanko Maru, and mini-submarine. Moreover, there is a Japanese freighter, PBY Catalina, torpedo bomber, Jake bomber, sub chaser, and Japanese Zero.

Accommodations, Attractions, Activities

These are all boutique resorts in far off exotic locations. Because of the time it takes to get out here, visitors to Papua New Guinea typically spend a week or two out here. Furthermore, these locations cater to serious divers, photographers, videographers, and wreck enthusiasts. You may have some contact with locals, but these locations are far away from mainstream tourist attractions. Activities are mostly water related and may include snorkeling, kayaking or paddle boarding depending on your destination. Above all, birding is the major activity exception. Many tourists come to Papua New Guinea just to see some 40 species of the Bird of Paradise. So, the other 700 species of birds are just icing on the cake.

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The Sultanate of Oman is the oldest independent state adjacent to the Arabian Sea.  They accepted Islam in the 7th century AD. Moreover, earlier local inhabitants used stone tools similar to those from the Horn of Africa. The ancient tools from one site are aged at over 106,000 years old.  The Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman provide unparalleled scuba diving around large coral reefs in the deep fjords of Musandam (Gulf of Oman). Down at the southern end near Salalah, Oman, tall kelp beds await exploration. In the area between these two points resides a multitude of untouched and undiscovered reefs and wrecks. Moreover, some 1300 to 1500 species of fish inhabit this incredibly dynamic region. Enjoy our blog story: 110,000 Reasons to Go Liveaboard

Diving Oman

Musandam on the northern tip is known for scuba diving around The Caves and Lima Rock. Around the Caves expect to see some of the 5 types of turtles found in these waters, cuttlefish, sharks, rays, goldfishes, lobster, shrimp and more. Lima Rock is a drift dive area perfect for advanced divers and has lots of small creatures and even occasional whale shark sightings.

Daymaniyat Islands are scuba diving islands in the Gulf of Oman. Aquarium in the Eastern Daymaniyat Islands is the most famous dive site with tons of small fish and occasional sightings of pelagics such as mantas and humpback whales. Coral Garden and Police Bay are in the western island group and Black Tip Reef and Garden of Eden are located in the central island group. Moreover, the sandy beach areas of these islands are nesting grounds for Hawksbill and Green Turtles.

Scuba diving off of Muscat, Oman

Fahal Island (Shark Island) has an abundance of soft and hard corals. In addition, a tugboat wreck rests just past 90ft of depth.

Bandar Khayran is the home to 15 dive sites. Seahorse Bay, Mermaid Cove, and Al Munassir (a 276ft long vessel sunk in 2003).

Scuba Diving near Salalah, Oman

Al Hallaniyat Islands are a group of five islands. Khuriya Muriya Island is the home of seasonal 30ft tall kelp beds. So, there is also a British ship sunk by the Germans in WWI here. This area is only assessable by liveaboard boats. However, it’s one of the places where you might encounter dolphins, humpback whales and sperm whales.

Merbat Island also has kelp beds until October and the dive sites can be reached by boat or by 4 wheel drive jeeps.

Accommodations, Attractions, Activities

There are a few scuba diving resorts, but to see the most dive sites within one trip or along the coastline it is best to travel by liveaboard. The National Museum of Oman, the Royal Opera House, Nizwa Fort, the Wadi Ghul (Grand Canyon), and other Wadis (oasis) are all spectacular sights. Finally, it might be fun to take a Dhoa sunset cruise. You can also take a coastal cruise to look for dolphins. Night city tours are popular. Above all, do a hop on and off bus tour in Muscat, or take a camel ride into the dessert.


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Papagayo Beach Resort

Papagayo Beach Resort is a scuba diving destination in Willemstad, Curacao. The resort has a large manmade swimming lagoon over at the Beach Club, and is a 3-minute walk to Jan Thiel Beach & Bay. They have 2-bedroom villas with garden rooms, 2-bedroom villas with ocean views, 3bedroom villas, and even a Royal Suite Villa. The luxury villas have AC flat screen tv’s and open plan kitchens. Enjoy our blog article: Curacao. Can We Say Choices?

Papagayo Beach Resort Diving

Dive Center Scuba Do is the local scuba diving place to go. They are a short walk away at Jan Thiel Beach near Zanzibar, the restaurant with amazing ribs. Dive Center Scuba Do offers multiple guided and non-guided shore dives. Depending on the day, they do drift dives from Barbara Beach to Directors Bay, and Directors Bay to Tugboat. You can do full day diving to West Point to Cas Abou. Moreover, they do boat diving over at East Point, Klein Curacao, and other west coast beaches. Finally, they do wreck diving on the 115ft deep, 400-ton Superior Producer or on the 15ft deep Tugboat. They also teach PADI courses including many specialty courses such as Lionfish Hunter, wreck diver, deep diver, drift diver, and night diver, to name a few. Expect to see turtles, stingrays, dolphins, eels, sponges, soft corals, hard corals, and a plethora of happy fish.

Attractions and Activities

Papagayo Beach Resort has its own restaurant.  Furthermore, 11 other restaurants are within a short stroll from most villas including the Beach Café near the Beach Plaza and Beach Club. The Beach Plaza is home of the Van Den Twerl Supermarket as well as several gift and clothing shops. Laman Spa and Wellness and Diamond Beach Casino are also located in this area. Thursday nights you can dine and dance, Friday nights are for live music and later DJs. Mojito’s and Bites is another hot place to dance and enjoy night clubbing. At adjacent Blue Coast Water Sports, you might like to try a hydro-flight or jet ski during the day or just become a lounger next to the lagoon at the Beach Club and vigorously work on a tan.

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Dreams Curacao Resort, Spa and Casino

Dreams Resort, Spa and Casino is a scuba diving destination in Willemstad Curacao. They have 197 rooms that range from Deluxe Island and Deluxe Pool rooms up to Junior or a Presidential suite. This is an all-inclusive resort with unlimited luxury with 5 onsite cafes and restaurants, plus 24/7 room service. The rooms also include free wifi, balcony, and flat screen tv. Enjoy our blog article: Curacao. Can We Say Choices?

Dreams Resort Diving

Caribbean Sea Sports is the local scuba diving center. They have been next to the beach here for more than 15 years. They have a Pro 42ft boat that takes up to 22 divers out at a time, they offer two tank boat dives followed by free unlimited shore diving. Dive sites include locations at Seldom Reef, Bullen Bay Wall, Bachelor Beach, Double Reef, and Directors Bay. While staying at Dreams Resort you can also do guided shore dives, night dives, or take one or more PADI dive courses. The beaches are small, but the home reef diving is great, you just have to look closely to spot the seahorses. Nitrox or Enriched air is also available. They also do half day snorkel trips, and fishing trips.

Attractions and Activities

Dreams Resort, Spa and Casino offers 3 ala carte restaurants including Portofina; Italian cuisine, Oceania; seaside restaurant, and Seaside Grill featuring steaks and other grilled items. World Café is buffet style and open for breakfast and lunch. Finally, you can get your fresh morning cup of coffee and pastry at Coco Café. For adult beverages, Dreams Resort has the Hideaway Beach Bar, and the Crafty Iguana Brew Pub. This brewery offers Tex-Mex as well as handcrafted local microbrews. Moreover, for those looking for one bar open from morning until after midnight, Rendezvous Bar is located next to the main lobby. As for exercise, they have tennis, volleyball, a pool, and whirlpool. Caribbean Sea Sports also rents kayaks, paddle boards, and dive lights for night time snorkeling adventures. They also have their own Spa. The resort is 15 minutes from the airport.

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Bird Rock Beach Hotel

Bird Rock Beach Hotel is a scuba diving resort in Basseterre in St. Kitts in the Caribbean Sea. They have 46 accommodations. The resort suites and rooms are in 7 2-story buildings and all with ocean views. The 2nd floor units each have a private balcony. Furthermore, all rooms have Cable TV, air conditioning, ceiling fans, and 110v & 220v outlets. So, after a day of diving, you can take a bath or shower in your private bathroom. The Bird Rock Beach Hotel also offers free WiFi. Enjoy our article on The Cuttlefish; The Undisputed Master of Camouflage.

Bird Rock Beach Hotel Diving

Dive St. Kitts is the onsite scuba diving center. They have a 32ft long mono hull fast boat that can reach most local dive sites within 10 minutes. The boat is based in a private harbor and has showers and stowage lockers onsite too. Their 5-day dive packages offer daily 2-tank morning dives and at least 1 night dive. From Bird Rock Beach Hotel, they even pick up divers from the cruise port and all the hotels in Frigate Bay. The house reef is full of life from octopus, turtles, and occasional sea horses. You can either do this dive from shore or go farther out by boat. Some other popular dive sites include Bloody Bay, Paradise Reef, White House Bay, MV Talata, Corinthian, and the River Taw. Nags Head is a wonderful drift dive. The Caves off Nevis Island is worth the excursion.
What you will see is remnants from 400 years of war such as cannon balls, musket balls and coral encrusted anchors. So, there are also wrecks within the last 100 years, coral gardens, and pelagic fish freeways. January-March humpback whales visit here and March-May 6ft long female leatherback turtles come to shore and nest.

Attractions and Activities

Sunburst Restaurant at Bird Rock Beach Hotel offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. From European to American and even West Indian influences, you will not leave hungry. Moreover, the hotel has all inclusive packages as well as other meal plan arrangements. Rocky’s Beach Bar & Grill is the place to go from the pool, private beach, or after a day full of diving and snorkeling. Besides sitting at the pool bar, or lounge chairs, or on the black, white, or golden sand beaches. You can visit the tour desk near the front desk and discover deep sea fishing or shopping in Basseterre. Above all, you have to visit the 38 acre Brimstone Fortress. Finally, prepare to take plenty of pictures of Vervet monkeys that French soldiers left here some 200 years ago, and have adapted to the laid back life style remarkably well.

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