Scuba Diving In Central America
Central America is usually defined as the part of the North American continent that is located south of the Gulf of Mexico, but there is no exact definition. If you are looking for information about dive sites in Central America but are unable to find them in this section of the articles library, it can be a good idea to take a look in the section called “Scuba Diving in North America” too, since Central America is a part of the North American continent. According to the United Nations definition, Central America consists of all the mainland states south of United States, while the European Union definition does not count Mexico and Belize as Central America. The same is true for the southernmost parts of Central America. If you can’t find a certain dive site in this section we recommended you to take a look in the section called “Scuba Diving in South America”. Panama is for instance sometimes counted as a part of Central America and sometimes not, but the most common way of defining Central America is as a region that ends at the border between Panama and Colombia.
Examples of Central American countries that offer great diving opportunities are Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. In Mexico, the Yucatan peninsula is highly appreciated by scuba divers. A lot of the smaller and larger islands located near the Central American mainland will also provide scuba divers with great underwater environments. The West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea renowned for their supreme climate and water world. Among these islands you will find independent countries, such as Cuba and Jamaica, as well as European overseas departments, e.g. Aruba and the Cayman Islands. Other islands will belong to American nations.
A lot of prospecting scuba divers go to Honduras to receive their scuba diving training when they want to go scuba diving in Central America, since dive schools in Honduras are among the most inexpensive in the world. The island Roatan in Honduras is considered one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world and here you will find the second largest barrier reef on the planet. Utila is another popular dive destination in Honduras. Just like Roatan, it is counted as one of the three main Bay Islands – Islas de la Bahía – in Honduras. The third island is named Guanaja, and is still comparatively undeveloped. Utila is filled with backpackers and is encircled by coral reefs. Around the Bay Islands, the most spectacular dives will usually take place during the night or early morning. Whale sharks can for instance be encountered here at daybreak. Other interesting sea creatures that inhabit these waters are sea turtles, scorpion fishes, barracuda, octopus, moray eels, huge sting rays, eagle rays and lizard fish. The coral life is astonishing and you will find an abundance of soft as well as hard corals. Some of the most popular dive sites are the seamount at Black Hills, the Airport reef, the Blue Bayou and the Black coral wall.
Scuba Diving in Central America Articles:
Scuba diving Honduras - Guide to Scuba diving in Honduras.
Scuba diving in Belize - Introduction to Scuba diving in Belize.
Scuba diving in Costa Rica - Guide to Scuba diving in Costa Rica.
Scuba diving in Mexico - Guide to Scuba diving in Mexico.