Why Dive? Well for many it’s a passion and for many it’s an addiction. The mysterious worlds that our oceans contain is a thrill for many to experience and it's considered a privilege to share it with the water’s inhabitants.
The most stunning part of diving is the visual imagery. Marine life is full of vivid colors and patterns. Even this inanimate world exhibits magnificent colors. Every movement under the water is marked by elegance and smoothness, be it a shark, a fish, a ray or coral… time moves at a different speed under the water. There's no room for abruptness or precipitance.
There's no concept of noise. You hardly hear anything other than the sound of your own respiration. Any change in altitude reflects as a difference in pressure exerted on one's eardrums. One's senses becomes enhanced primarily the visual, as what a diver witness’ under water is that special moment under the water.
There are a few locations on the Prime New Developments website that offer gorgeous properties and amazing diving!
We have to start with Isla de Cocos in Costa Rica. Cocos Island, designated as a National Park off the shore of the mainland, does not allow inhabitants other than Costa Rican Park Rangers.
Surrounded by deep waters with counter currents, Cocos Island is admired by scuba divers for its populations of hammerhead sharks, rays, dolphins and other large marine species.
The extremely wet climate and oceanic character give Cocos an ecological character that is not shared with either the Galapagos or any of the other islands in this region of the world.
Isla de Cocos is only for experienced divers, but if you want to go diving there, we recommend Okeanos Agressor to take you. Please check their website at: Okeanos Agressor and take a look at some of their video feed… it truly is incredible: http://www.liveaboardfleet.tv/cocos.html
While in Costa Rica, you have to visit Las Catalinas which is a few hours from where you depart for Cocos. Las Catalinas
Its an amazing project and might be a place for you to store your diving gear!
Belize is stunning, and offers some great opportunities to dive.
Top picks for most travellers are:
Ambergris Cave: Just offshore from the village of San Pedro is Hol Chan Marine Reserve, one of the coolest dives in Belize. It’s a strictly enforced marine park situated at a deep cut in Belize’s barrier reef.
Abundant marine life, healthy corals and throngs of grouper, snapper, barracuda and jacks can be found here. At nearby Shark Ray Alley, you’ll leave dive gear behind and snorkel with nurse sharks and stingrays.
The Blue Hole – You’ve probably seen aerial shots of Belize’s signature dive. At more than 300 metres/1000 feet across and 135 metres/450 feet deep, this spectacular hole-in-the-reef dive is a day-trip away from most of Belize’s dive resorts.
You'll be rewarded by being able to see reef and bull sharks and stalactite and stalagmite formations.
The Elbow - This site has a remote quality that makes you expect big animal action and stunning reefs. Done as a drift dive, the water movement attracts a variety of schooling fish like crevalle and horse-eye jacks. You can also look for barracuda, cubera snapper, Atlantic spadefish and several species of sharks.
Make sure to book your stay at The Placencia while in Belize. This is a gorgeous hotel with casino that can also be found on our site:
Best know for coral/reef diving, Barbados is also very famous for the wreck diving that you can also do.
The fringes and reefs found off Barbados are filled with healthy sponges, coral and plant life. The barrier reefs contain large coral heads which form the habitat for thousands of beautiful fish making perfect conditions for snorkeling. Larger organisms are also found on these reefs, feeding on the smaller fish. The Hawksbill turtle can also be found on these reefs. They are also are home to Sea Horses, Frog Fish, Giant Sand Eels and many other marine creatures.
If wreck diving is of interest, Barbados has several excellent sites. Check out Carlisle Bay, with 200 reported wrecks, and the Stavronikita located at Folkestone Marine Park. These are the two most popular areas to go to. Barbados is ideal for year-round diving but is probably best in the summer months.
We have a few properties you should check while in this amazing country:
For more information on any of our properties, please feel free to drop us a line!
Published by Tina Wallace, Prime New Developments