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More Top Diving Hotels Worldwide

Wakatobi Dive Resort on Onemobaa Island in Indonesia

Now that you've had a look at our Top 10 Diving Hotels Worldwide, dive into some additional great choices. We feature waterfront resorts all over the world, from the Cayman Islands to Australia.

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AUSTRALIA

Great Barrier Reef
Lizard Island Resort

Home to the largest collection of coral reefs in the world (with more than 400 varieties of coral), the Great Barrier Reef is...Read the full review.

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BELIZE

Turneffe Atoll
Turneffe Island Resort

Seventy recognized dive sites and three dives a day make Turneffe Island Resort a favorite with divers. Adrift off...Read the full review.

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CARIBBEAN

Bonaire
Bonaire Buddy Dive Resort

The "B" of the ABC Islands (A=Aruba, C=Curacao), Bonaire is one of the Caribbean's least tourist-developed and least...Read the full review.

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CAYMAN ISLANDS

Grand Cayman
Cobalt Coast Dive Resort

Ah, the serenity of the Caribbean: tranquil settings, spectacular views, inviting waters. It's all here at the Cobalt Coast Dive...Read the full review.

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EGYPT

Sharm el Sheikh
Camel Dive Club & Hotel

www.cameldive.com

Camel Dive Club & Hotel
Sharm el Sheik is an extraordinary diving destination in the Red Sea, Egypt, on the southernmost tip of the Sinai Peninsula surrounded by three protected nature areas. Crystal clear waters, magnificent corals, exotic underwater flora and rare tropical fish are just some of the gems you'll discover when you don your wetsuit here. Renowned for its small, intimate hotels, The Camel Dive Club & Hotel, situated in the heart of Sharm el Sheikh’s Na'ama Bay, offers guided dives by PADI-certified instructors from the shore or from boats as well as a variety of dive packages including full or half-day diving. For those with a greater sense of adventure, night and wreck dives are also available. Specially-designed floating platforms allow you to cross the reef and enter the water safely. Chill out in the Red Sea on the dive boats complete with shaded areas and a saloon. Buffet lunches are served on board.

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FIJI

Vatulele Island
Vatulele Island Resort

Given its stage-like perfection, Vatulele Island Resort was unsurprisingly co-founded by a TV producer. Of all the...Read the full review.

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INDONESIA

North Sulawesi
Kasawari Lembeh Resort

Although Indonesia is a long trip for most diving enthusiasts, there's great diving throughout the year (the cooler months...Read the full review.

Onemobaa Island
Wakatobi Dive Resort

There's something especially appealing about a resort with its own "house reef." Especially when that reef features a...Read the full review.

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KINGDOM OF TONGA

Neiafu, Vava'u
Mounu Island Resort

www.mounuisland.com

Mounu Island Resort
This six-and-a-half-acre atoll is designed to be an eco-resort, recycling the rain water and using solar power. Mounu Island, part of the only monarchy in the South Pacific, is one of a 176-island archipelago. Surrounding the locale are pristine waters with 70 meters of visibility and ample sea life including pacific reef fish, soft corals, dolphins, turtles, manta rays, nudibranchs and sea snakes. But the main star of this part of the sea is the humpback whale. Tonga is one of the few places in the world that permits "swimming" with these majestic mammals. Prime viewing season is between May to November when their 6,000 mile migratory path wends through Tonga to Antartica. Don't be surprised if you are woken up in the morning by whales singing. Four fales (Tongan for house), constructed with coconut poles and shingle roofs, allow you to enjoy your own stretch of the white-sand beach.

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MALDIVES

Baa Atoll
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

This isolated island property is a dream destination for scuba divers. Not only is the area home to intricate coral...Read the full review.

Velavaru Island
Velavaru Island Resort

www.velavaru.com

Velavaru Island Resort
Seeking that last lost corner of the world where no one will find you? Velavaru Island Resort is one of only two resorts in the Dhaalu Atoll, a chain of 1,190 coral islets. Consider these waters your own exclusive playground as you head out for daily morning and afternoon dives with a choice from four to eight dives a day. In fact, you can go for almost a week of unlimited diving without visiting the same site twice. Traditional Maldivian dhoni-style boats are used for all excursions, to destinations such as Kuda Giri (a wonderland of red sponges and white fan coral) and Madivaru Kandu (a narrow channel crossing filled with sharks and eagle rays). Bungalows are just steps from the beach, and offer courses from the Banyantree Marine Center including open water, dive master and PADI adventure dives.

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PHILIPPINES

Cebu
Badian Island Resort & Spa

Located on the southwest side of the island, this resort offers sumptuous all-suite accommodation, a Thalasso spa and a...Read the full review.

Turtle Bay Dive Resort

Created by a family of divers with the needs of divers in mind, Turtle Bay is one of the Philippines' top destinations...Read the full review.

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TURKS & CAICOS

Turks & Caicos, British West Indies
Seven Stars

Long known for their clear waters, white sand beaches and relaxing setting, the Turks & Caicos islands offer the perfect...Read the full review.

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UNITED STATES

Kona Coast, Hawaii
Kona Aggressor II

www.aggressor.com/kona.php

Kona Aggressor II
Just for fun, we're listing one that isn't a dive resort: the Kona Aggressor II. This eighty-foot vessel — complete with salon, five double staterooms, one quad room and a hot tub — belongs to the Aggressor fleet, which hosts live-aboard dive holidays around the world. Consider this a floating inn that will transport you to the best dive sites off the Kona Coast of the Big Island. Volcanic topography features lava tubes, enormous craters and arches inhabited by turtles, mantas, frogfish and fanciful Spanish Dancers. Besides a variety of certification courses, you can also take underwater photography and environmental diving classes. Standard itineraries run from Saturday to Saturday.

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