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Three Great Places to Dive in the Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago, Monserrat and Costa Rica
Trinidad and Tobago, Monserrat and Costa Rica are perfect for divers and non-divers alike. All three tropical destinations offer travelers unique aquatic
adventures in a laid back atmosphere. Here's some of the great places to dive and explore.
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In Costa Rica, divers can explore both Pacific and Caribbean waters, with the
biggest dive sites located in the Pacific side. Cocos Island and Isla Murcielagos
(Bat Island) are the best places for diving with sharks and other large species. Playas del Coco in the Guanacaste region, Catalina Islands (Flamingo,
Guanacaste) and Cano Island, famous for having Costa Rica's largest concentration of
coral-building organisms along the Pacific Ocean, are perfect for divers wishing to
encounter hundreds of multicolored fish such as angelfish, damselfish,
butterflyfish, needlefish, squid and rays/ It's also great for exploring underwater caves and
breathtaking coral reefs.
Montserrat's coral reefs are teeming with exotic wildlife, some of which can't be
found anywhere else in the world. Travelers can swim from Little Bay toward
Rendezvous Beach, the island's only white sand beach, and go diving to explore the
rich coral and marine life, including playful dolphins, pipefish, eagle rays, green
turtles and nurse sharks. Divers can also access the two caves that house
Montserrat's colony of Antillean fruit-eating bats with a tour guide.
Tobago has a few true coral reefs, such as Angel Reef and Buccoo Reef where divers
can find thousands of barrel, rope and tube sponges on the reef, which are home to
countless invertebrates, hydroids and fish. Divers who wish to catch a glimpse of
the largest brain coral in the world should head to Speyside, which is located on
the northeastern tip of Tobago. Divers can also expect to spot barracudas, dolphins,
turtles, even the occasional manta rays as well as butterfly fish, queen and French
angels and parrotfish in this area.
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August 3, 2016