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Diving in Central America

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Central America boasts some of the world's most diverse marine habitats. Dive over wrecks, in cenotes and with sharks.

Diving in Central America

Quick facts

Central America is a very narrow isthmus of southern North America extending from Mexico to Panama. If you're looking for large pelagic animals, head to the Pacific to dive Mexico's Socorro's Island, Costa Rica’s Cocos Island or Colombia's Malpelo Island – to mention just a few of the areas iconic spots. If you want warm water bustling with life, head to the Caribbean to dive Roatan’s walls, Belize’s Blue Hole or dive at Mexico's famous Cozumel. Other iconic dives include Drake Island for pirate wrecks, crater diving in El Salvador and the Corn Islands in Nicaragua for the famous "Blowing Rock". Some site are only accessible by liveaboard and others are just steps off the beach from your resort. Rich culture and friendly people add to a scuba diving trip to this region

Where to dive

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  • Belize

    Belize is well-known to divers for the world’s largest blue hole, but its diving scene also features amazing coral reefs and whale shark adventures. As the saying goes, big things sometimes come in s…

  • Costa Rica

    From diving with hundreds of hammerhead sharks at Cocos Island to the bull sharks of the Bat Islands, no matter what adventure you crave, you’ll find it in Costa Rica.

  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala

    Less known for diving than its Central American neighbors, Guatemala still hosts plenty of underwater environments to explore. Take a trip under the surface in Lake Atitlán or Puerto Barrios.

  • Honduras

    Tucked in the heart of Central America, Honduras is abundant in natural beauty and amazing dive sites. There are tropical rainforests to tour, rivers to raft and white sand beaches on which to lounge.

  • Mexico

    From snorkeling with whale sharks in Isla Mujeres to Guadalupe's great white sharks and mystical cenotes, Mexico is a land of diverse, exhilarating dive opportunities.

  • Nicaragua

    Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Nicaragua offers a variety of gorgeous shorelines, rare corals, and even volcanic crater lakes for divers seeking a truly unique experience.

  • Panama

    Two marine environments form the flanks of Panama and entice divers in search of both pirate treasures and those of sea life.


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