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Jan 6th, 2002, 09:36 AM
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Stephanie C.
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Question for divers

We've been to Cayman and loved the diving there. What are your other recommendations for islands with good diving?
 
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Jan 6th, 2002, 10:14 AM
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One of the other highly regarded placed for diving is the Turks and Caicos Islands.....
 
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Jan 6th, 2002, 10:54 AM
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I am not a diver but have read about the diving at the Great Wall in Turks as well. Seems to be a very good spot from what I have read.
 
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Jan 6th, 2002, 11:02 AM
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Based on my husband's diving experiences to date (and the videos):
- Cozumel
- Playa del Carmen (Akumal)
- Aruba
We had Grenada picked out for our vacation this year and there was plenty of info on the net about the diving there. Unfortunately, the airline/tour operator went bust and so we are heading back to PDC and Cozumel, but my husband was quite looking forward to the diving in Grenada.
 
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Jan 6th, 2002, 12:26 PM
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Stephanie,
Check out the diving in Belize. It's suppose to be as good as the Caymans.
 
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Jan 6th, 2002, 12:32 PM
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Can't believe no one has mentioned Bonaire. I understand it is giving Grand Cayman an good run for the best diving in the Caribbean.
 
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Jan 6th, 2002, 01:15 PM
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The Turks and Caicos islands have many good dive sites. Bonaire also is a good dive location, but not much for beaches or dining choices.
 
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Jan 6th, 2002, 01:39 PM
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I used to teach diving & was certified in 1981. I've logged ALOT of dives over the past 20 years; here's my opinion:

Bonaire -- The best shore diving in the world, and some of the best diving period. Problem: Little topside activity (few restaurants, almost zero nightlife). For hardcore divers or a short stay.

Grand Cayman -- Great blend of diving and topside attractions. Diving off the East End is by far the best -- much better than the more popular West End (Seven Mile Beach) diving.

Little Cayman & Cayman Brac -- Hardcore divers only. Nothing to do on top of the water.

Cozumel -- The best advanced diving in the hemisphere. Strong currents (drift diving) and deep. Not a good choice for beginners. Also some fun things to do topside.

Aruba -- Like Cayman, another great choice for solid diving AND tons of fun topside. More nightlife than Cayman, and better restaurants as well. MY TOP PICK for overall great destination (but definately not the absolute best diving).

Dive safely and Enjoy!
 
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Jan 6th, 2002, 01:48 PM
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Have you thought about Asia?

There are some great dive sights near Phuket.

In terms of the Caribbean, there is some nice diving near Bimini island in the Bahamas. However, other than for the occasional shore excursion to the "Complete Angler Bar", I'd check into a live-aboard.
 
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Jan 6th, 2002, 03:05 PM
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Thank you all for your suggestions! I'm going to do some further checking. We'd probably go at the end of May. Ted - thanks especially for your suggestions -- I am a beginner level and my husband is more advanced.
 
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Jan 6th, 2002, 03:30 PM
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Don't forget Curacao. I was just there at Habitat Curacao. It was great diving...and very warm water. Curacao is relatively unspoiled. The reefs are in god shape and there is wall diving although not quite as sheer as Grand Cayman.
Cozumel is excellent also.
You can't go wrong with GC, Coz, Curacao, Bonaire.
 
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