Wreck diving at Rabaul (graveyard of numerous downed WWII planes and ships) is just one of the many options available via live-aboard charters that depart from Walindi Plantation Resort in Papua New Guinea. Closer to the resort, excellent diving is available offshore in Kimbe Bay, home to over 400 species of hard coral.
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Camel Dive Club & Hotel in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, is perfectly situated for spotting exotic Red Sea marine life, like this lionfish. The resort is also a prime hangout for expat divers and tourists alike.
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Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort runs daily dive and snorkel trips to Belize’s South Water Caye Marine Reserve, as well as longer outings to must-see dive spots like Glover's Reef, the Turneffe Islands and Lighthouse Reef, as well as the Blue Hole.
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Located on a private isle off the larger Indonesian island of Sulawesi, Wakatobi Dive Resort has its own three-mile house reef brimming with sea life like this yellow-lip triplefin.
The dive center at Little Cayman Beach Resort runs three daily dives to any of the nearly 60 pristine dive sites that ring this tiny Caribbean island. You can also arrange a trip to neighboring Cayman Brac to dive the Cayman Islands' signature wreck dive, the MV Captain Keith Tibbets.
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Scuba Club Cozumel came on the scene in 1976 as the first dedicated dive resort on what has, in the intervening years, become the most popular and accessible dive destination in the Caribbean. Drift-dive Cozumel's world famous reefs and walls at any time of day. Scuba Club's boats run morning, afternoon, evening, and night-diving charters.
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Guests at Turneffe Island Resort have twice- to thrice-daily access to more than 70 unique dive sites stretched along the southern end of Belize's massive Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. On full-day trips, divers can hit must-see dive spots at Half Moon Caye, not to mention make a once-in-a-lifetime dive into the Blue Holeone of the most famous dive sites in the world.
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Opened in 1960, the eco-oriented Small Hope Bay Lodge was one of the first dive resorts in the Bahamas, and 50 years later, it's still owned and operated by the original family. Located on the large, yet barely developed, island of Andros, divers have access to more than 60 dive sites that stretch along the Andros Barrier Reef and overlook a deep oceanic trench called the Tongue of the Ocean.
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Utila Lodge is a discerning diver's getaway on a tiny island in Honduras that lives and breathes scuba diving. Visit during the spring and late summer months for a chance to swim with the migratory whale sharks that ply the deep waters just offshore.
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At Grand Turk's Bohio Dive Resort, unlimited shore diving is available right off Pillroy Beach, from which divers have easy access to the shallow coral gardens and the steep drop just offshore. A short boat ride away, steep submarine walls are frequented by mantas, eagle rays, and humpback whales (in season).