Utila in Honduras Wins Best Caribbean Dive Site!

Carlisle Bay, Klein Bonaire, The Blue Hole and Superior Producer in top five

In the Caribbean, hundreds of islands are surrounded by warm, clear waters hiding coral reefs, wrecks old and new, walls, drop-offs and caves. It's one of the world's best places for scuba diving. We asked a panel of diving and Caribbean travel experts to nominate their favorite dive sites in this region, and for the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites.

  • Eagle Shoals
    St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

    While Eagle Shoals is a tricky dive, it's worth it for the spectacular natural "architecture" found underwater. The most famous formation, called The Cathedral, is a cave encrusted in sponges and orange cup coral.
    Photo courtesy of U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism

  • Salt Cay
    Turks and Caicos

    A hidden gem in the Turks and Caicos, Salt Cay sits in the Columbus Passage, where it's possible to see humpback whales migrating to their Dominican breeding grounds in the winter. Caverns, walls and the wreck of a British warship means there's something for everyone.
    Photo courtesy of Turks & Caicos

  • Underwater Sculpture Park
    Grenada

    Grenada's unusual Underwater Sculpture Park features statues made from concrete and rebar, transformed into an artificial reef with a stunning array of marine life.
    Photo courtesy of Grenada Board of Tourism

  • Antilla Wreck
    Aruba

    Aruba is known as the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean, and one of the island's best sites is the Antilla wreck. At this largest wreck in the Caribbean, divers can enter its compartments and see its anchors, boiler rooms and cargo holds.
    Photo courtesy of Aruba Tourism Authority

  • Bianca C
    Grenada

    The Bianca C, a 600-foot cruise liner nicknamed the Titanic of the Caribbean, sunk in 1961 and remains upright beneath the water. Divers who visit the wreck often spot eagle rays, moray eels, nurse sharks, barracuda and even schools of Atlantic spadefish.
    Photo courtesy of Grenada Tourism Authority

  • Superior Producer
    Curacao

    A cargo freighter called Superior Producer sunk in 1977 from being overloaded with too much cargo. Today, it sits almost perfectly upright 100 feet below the surface, where divers can explore its holds and bridge, looking for sponges, coral, great barracudas and schooling tarpons. 
    Photo courtesy of Blaue Flosse / Flickr

  • The Blue Hole
    Belize

    Situated 43 miles from mainland Belize, The Blue Hole is a one-of-a-kind sinkhole dive site famous for its shark viewing opportunities, as well as interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations.
    Photo courtesy of Tony Rath Photography

  • Klein Bonaire
    Bonaire

    Klein Bonaire, a small uninhabited island off the coast of Bonaire, is home to some of the best diving in the region. While shore diving is Bonaire's main claim to fame, boat diving is the name of the game at Klein Bonaire, where divers have more than 20 sites to choose from.
    Photo courtesy of PADI

  • Carlisle Bay
    Barbados

    Carlisle Bay, a natural harbor on the southwest side of Barbados, has been transformed into a marine park, complete with six shipwrecks in close proximity. Suitable for divers of all experience levels, the site is home to sea turtles, sea horses, frog fish, octopus, reef squid, rays and moray eel.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Utila
    Honduras

    Located along the second largest barrier reef in the world, Utila offers diverse topography for divers of all skill levels. Sites surrounding the tiny island include wrecks, deep drop-offs, shallow reefs and caves.
    Photo courtesy of Budd Riker

The top 10 winners in the category Best Caribbean Dive Site are as follows:

  1. Utila - Honduras
  2. Carlisle Bay - Barbados
  3. Klein Bonaire - Bonaire
  4. The Blue Hole - Belize
  5. Superior Producer - Curacao
  6. Bianca C - Grenada
  7. Antilla Wreck - Aruba
  8. Underwater Sculpture Park - Grenada
  9. Salt Cay - Aruba
  10. Eagle Shoals - Grenada

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Liliana Erasmus (10Best), James Morgan (PADI) and Melanie Reffes were chosen based on their expertise of the Caribbean region.

Congratulations to all our winning dive sites!

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