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Cuba-Costa Rica Scuba Diving for a Magical Underwater Experience

 

After spending my early years snorkelling around rockpools and the beaches of Florida, I was fascinated by the hidden worlds beneath the waters – those little communities of fish, crustaceans and alligators (although I rightly didn’t go near those) that seemed to have their own schedules and methods of coexisting with one another. These daydreamy explorations were not helped by my hopes of growing up and becoming a mermaid (that’s what growing up next to Weeki Wachee does to you) and wondering whether this fish or that manatee would befriend me.

Eventually I grew up and began to brave the undulating waves of the Caribbean sea and other waters in my aquatic explorations. And while my mermaid dreams were dashed like a wayward ship on the rocks long ago, my love for exploring the ocean has held strong.

So when White and Blue contacted me wanting to publish a piece on the best destinations for scuba diving vacations, it brought back all my childhood memories of diving beneath waves and exploring those little worlds. How could I refuse, especially with their suggestions of Cuba and Costa Rica?

 

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Enjoy the underwater adventure with amazing scuba diving vacations. There is no better way to explore the amazing tropical wonders than with a cruise that will take to the deep waters and in some of the best diving destinations in the Caribbean Sea. Scuba diving vacations are ideal for novices and pros and offer a combination of leisure and sport in an all-inclusive, relaxed atmosphere. You can explore some of the most spectacular coral reefs, shipwrecks and colourful marine life in the Caribbean Sea, especially in Costa Rica and Cuba.

Costa Rica underwater offers beautiful marine life ready for exploration. You can enjoy interacting safely with marine life including mantra rays, cow nose rays, eagle rays, white-tipped reef sharks, turtles, parrot fish and various moray eels, reef fish and invertebrates. Enjoy amazing escorts from sea horses, trumpet fish, puffers, crawfish and snappers as you dive.

Scuba diving excursions in the Caribbean Sea is done on volcanic rock formations which host an assortment of attractive, small sponges, corals and gorgonians. Yellow cupcake corals and white soft coral covers most of the pinnacles. In some of the dive sites, you will also see black corals that are still in existence. The water temperature is generally comfortable at 26º- 29ºC (78º – 84ºF). if you want to see some of the large pelagic-zoned creatures such as pilot whales, humpback whales, whale sharks and giant manta, take your scuba diving trip between December and March.

Costa Rica has some amazing dive sites including Tortuga, Punta Argentina and Monkey Head (Cabeza de Mono) with a maximum depths of between 10m (30ft) and 30m (100ft). Cuba also provides amazing diving sites including Cayo Levisa, Bay of Pigs, Maria la Gorda and Santiago de Cuba, among others. Enjoy a memorable underwater adventure in some of the most spectacular diving spots in Central America. Let your adrenaline rise as you explore new pathways underwater. Enjoy the thrill of life in some of the best diving destinations in Cuba and Costa Rica thriving with a wide range of aquatic flora and fauna.

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Do you have any favourite diving locations?

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Exploring the Island of Santorini

Santorini is considered to be an island of absolutely magical images, love and harmony. Visitors from all over the world flock to the island to admire the charming scenery, unique natural formations, impressive architecture and remarkable monuments, which make Santorini one of the top tourist destinations.

To start with, get yourself a nice boutique accommodation for an absolutely private experience, even in the busiest places of the island.

What to see

In the southern part of Santorini you will find Akrotiri, mainly famous for its prehistoric settlement being one of the most important in the Aegean. The settlement is quite large, presenting an impressive sewerage, and scientists have named it a second Pompeii, buried under the volcanic dust featuring  two-floor or three-floor buildings with wall paintings and furniture. Earthquakes and eruptions signified the settlement’s destruction.

Close to Akrotiri you’ll find the amazing Red Beach featuring red rocks and pebbles, as well as the White Beach accessible only by boats running daily.

Another site of great historic importance is ancient Thira dating back in Hellenistic and Roman period. Highlight of the site is its unobstructed view over the island’s horizon.

Apart from archaeological sites, Santorini is also well-known for its unique architecture, that is, the cave-like houses carved in rocks. Samples of such structures you’ll find in the village of Karterados.

Having heard so much about the volcano, it would be a pity not to pay it a visit. Just head for the ports of Athinios or Fira and take the small boats to the islet of Nea Kameni where you can climb the volcanic hill.

What to do

If you feel active and would like to try an adventurous activity during your holiday, then opt for a scuba diving excursion. Diving in Santorini’s rich seabed is an experience you’ll only live once. Due to the volcanic eruption, formations in the area’s underwater section are one of a kind. You’ll certainly be amazed by the wealth of underwater caves, walls, reefs and marine life as well. Don’t hesitate to try this out even if you haven’t done it before, as there is a plethora of certified scuba diving schools on the island offering short or longer training, equipment available for rental and a great selection of packages including day trips around the island.

Rich in beauty and things to do and see, Santorini is definitely a place worth visiting.

 

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