Sun Key Travel specializes in scuba diving trips. I can do individual trips, small or large groups and the variety of destinations is as diverse as your imagination. I have a few areas that are well known for scuba diving highlighted with dots on the dive destination map on this page. Take a tour of this sampling of destinations. There are jaw-dropping walls that plunge into the deep blue, there are colorful coral reefs that are teeming with fish, turtles, seahorses and other creatures and there are awe inspiring wrecks from the distant and not too distant past to explore. The wrecks themselves become a type of reef and are a haven to a great many marine creatures and fish. Then there are the ever-popular pelagics! Sharks, Dolphins, Barracudas, Turtles, Whales, Manta Rays, and Stingrays. There are so many different kinds of destinations and types of diving that it would be impossible to cover them all. I use a great many wholesale dive trip providers to book dive travel in all corners of the world and will take the time to find you exactly the kind of trip YOU want to do.
Not a diver? If you like snorkeling but you have never gone scuba diving and are not sure if would it be for you, I can also arrange for you to experience scuba while you are on vacation in a beautiful tropical locale. Most dive shops offer some kind of opportunity to give scuba diving a try without the full certification course. Generally it is some basic pool training followed by a fully guided shallow dive with a dive instructor. I highly recommend giving it a try. Who knows, you may become as hooked on diving as I am.
Here is a sampling of some of the best known scuba diving destinations and a little about the diving at each destination. For details on each specific dive destination, click on the red pin on the map above.
This area offers a variety of dive types for all skill levels. Cozumel is one of the premier dive destinations in the Caribbean. Diving in this entire area is drift diving. The current gently moves you along a kaleidoscope of colors and textures. There are reef & wall dives as well as canyons to swim through. Truly a beautiful area to dive. The Riviera Maya also offers Cenote diving. This is guided cavern diving in crystal clear water with stalagtites and stalagmites. It is a very unique diving experience but the water is chilly so you need a wetsuit.
The diving in Hawaii differs somewhat from island to island. All islands offer an enormous numbers of turtles. These islands also have a great number and variety of pelagics. Besides the turtles, they have several varieties of whales, Manta rays, Whalesharks & Dolphins. They also offer a number of diveable wrecks. Because the islands are volcanic, there are also lava tubes to dive in. The water here is a little cooler so you will need a wetsuit.
Belize has the worlds second longest barrier reef running along its entire length. It is shallow and very easy to dive. It is also close to shore so the boat rides are short. There are several Cayes (islands) offshore that offer a variety of dive sites on the barrier reef. Outside of the barrier reef is the famous Blue Hole (like a big round vertical cavern in the ocean) and the atolls. Belize has the only atolls in the Caribbean. They offer some very pristine diving. Belize also has a Whaleshark diving season that is pretty reliable.
There are many world class dive destinations in the Caribbean. The Cayman Islands offer some of the best wall diving in the world as well as beautiful coral reefs and swim-throughs. Bloody Bay Wall on Little Cayman is the top wall dive in the world. Bonaire is the shore diving capital of the world and was the first to protect its reefs with a marine preserve surrounding the entire island. The reef is close to shore and shallow on top making the shore diving very easy. The reefs and walls there are simply spectacular and very healthy. The Bay Islands in Honduras also offers phenomenal wall and reef diving. Roatan has Mary's Place dive site that is a swim through you will never forget. Utila is one of the top Whaleshark diving areas too. Other notables are the U.S. & British Virgin Islands, Dominica, The Grenadines, Grenada, Tobago, St Lucia, Saba and Antigua, to name a few.
Australia has the great barrier reef, the largest in the world. They also have a great many unique species of marine animals and miles of coral formations. Fiji is the soft coral capital of the world and offers the most amazing array of color on its reefs to be seen anywhere. Tahiti is a great pelagic destination, they are known for their shark variety. Papua New Guinea has many unique little critters, like pygmy seahorses. It offers all kinds of diving including muck diving where several kinds of those unique little critters abound. Truk Lagoon (now called Chuuk) was a major WWII battle ground (Operation Hailstone) and has the biggest concentration of diveable wrecks in the world. The coral growth on them is amazing after more than 60 years in the shallow warm water of a protected lagoon. Other Micronesia destinations include Yap, famous for their Manta Ray diving and giant stone money & Palau which has a lot of variety like fabulous pelagic diving on Blue Corner, WWII wrecks, stunning reefs and Jelly Fish Lake.
The Maldives is an island nation off the southern tip of India that is made up entirely of atolls. The unspoiled feel of the diving here is legendary. Expect to see Whale Sharks, Giant Mantas, Hammerhead sharks, turtles, anemone fish and many other fish and shark varieties on, wrecks, reefs & pinnacles. To round out the experience, the coral is very healthy and the variety is stunning. It is a long way to get there but well worth the effort.
The Indo-Pacific region of diving has some world famous destinations included. Indonesia has many famous dive destinations like Wakatobi, Bali, North Sulawesi and Raja Ampat. The premier unique critter destination in the world is there in the Lembeh Straits. In Malaysian Borneo, the islands of Mabul, Siamil, Kapalai and Sipidan offer unbeatable and pristine diving. Definitely one of the best diving islands in the world for sharks, turtles, rays and barracudas is Sipidan. Not to be outdone, the Philippines is fast becoming one of the top dive destinations in the world. It is one of the most reliable whale shark sighting locations. There are several areas that hold notable diving including Puerto Galera, Apo Island, Puerto Princesa, Cebu and Dumaguete. It hold many of the same wonderful critters made famous by their neighbors Indonesia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea and offers muck diving, reef diving and pelagics all in one location.