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Butler Bay Wrecks wins 10Best Readers' Choice title

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Readers vote Virgin Islands site best in the Caribbean

The Caribbean has long attracted adventurers to its clear waters and technicolor underwater world, and today, it remains one of the most popular scuba diving destinations on the planet. From wreck dives to plummeting walls, there's a dive for just about everyone in this sun-kissed region. To learn more about these and other dive sites in the Caribbean and around the world, visit PADI Travel

  • Butler Bay Wrecks
    St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

    There’s a wreck for just about every type of diver in Butler Bay off the coast of St. Croix, as well as a few sunken abandoned cars. Among the more popular options are the Rosa Maria, a 177-foot freighter; Coakley Bay, an oil refinery tugboat; and Suffolk Maid, a large trawler.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / DurdenImages

  • Wreck of the RMS Rhone
    British Virgin Islands

    It'll take at least two dives to fully explore the wreck of the Rhone in the British Virgin Islands, but it's well worth the effort. Descending down toward the ghostly ship, divers can see schools of Sennets, grunts and barracuda. The hull is covered in orange cup corals.
    Photo courtesy of iStock photo

  • Turks Island Passage
    Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos

    Salt Cay, situated on the south side of Turks Island Passage, makes an excellent base for diving the deep channel separating the Caicos and Turks Islands. From January to April, humpback whales can be spotted as they migrate through the passage.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Velvetfish

  • 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

  • Klein Bonaire
    Bonaire

    Klein Bonaire, a small island off the west coast of the larger Bonaire, offers divers calm, protected waters with near ideal dive conditions. A largely pristine coral reef has plenty to see, and divers can even visit a nursery site where researchers seed and propagate coral.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / sujesh80

  • The Andros Wall
    Bahamas

    Considered the best wall dive in the Bahamas, the Andros Wall comprises a series of sites where divers can explore underwater mountains and canyons in a wide range of sizes and shapes.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / ultramarinfoto

  • Superior Producer
    CuraƧao

    The 200-foot Superior Producer off the coast of Curacao ranks among the best wreck dives in the Caribbean. Divers visiting the upright ship can explore the wheelhouse and open cargo holds, while seeing groupers, schooling barracuda and loads of anemones.
    Photo courtesy of Turtle and Ray

  • Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park
    Grenada

    This manmade dive site began in 2006 and today comprises more than 50 life-size sculptures within one of Grenada’s Marine Protected Areas. Divers can see firsthand the transition from art to artificial reef.
    Photo courtesy of Boris Kasimov / Flickr

  • Sisters Rocks
    Carriacou

    Situated just 15 minutes by boat from the shore of Carriacou, Sisters Rock is a drift dive site featuring a pair of pinnacles where sharks, turtles and eagle rays swim. The reefs here are protected and covered in soft corals.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / RainervonBrandis

  • M.V. Maverick
    Tobago

    The 350-foot car ferry sits intact and upright off the coast of Tobago, where the marine life in residence includes barracuda, eagle rays, cobia, sea turtles and countless schooling fish. The wreck lies 50 to 100 feet underwater.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Nigel Marsh

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

  1. Butler Bay Wrecks - St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  2. Wreck of the RMS Rhone - British Virgin Islands
  3. Turks Island Passage - Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos
  4. Bianca C - Grenada
  5. Klein Bonaire - Bonaire
  6. The Andros Wall - Bahamas
  7. Superior Producer - Curaçao
  8. Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park - Grenada
  9. Sisters Rocks - Carriacou
  10. M.V. Maverick - Tobago

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Melanie Reffes and Kristin Valette-Wirth (PADI) were chosen for their knowledge of the Caribbean.

Congratulations to all these winning dive sites!

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