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in this issue

2 min.
you’re off and away!

The book Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, published in 1990, was the last book written by the late Theodor Seuss Geisel — best known by his pen name, Dr. Seuss. It’s often read at college graduations — “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places!” — but I was reminded of it when we began work on this issue. The purpose of this annual dive-travel guide is simple: to give our readers a look at the world’s best dive destinations and the information they need to plan a dive vacation, either land based or via liveaboard. And hopefully, to inspire you to expand your horizons. As Dr. Seuss put it: “You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” The issue you hold in your hands is conceived months before…

2 min.
a year in review

Los Cabos is wellknown for beachside parties, but the scene underwater provided as much excitement, with sea lions, mobula rays, gulf grouper and schools of jacks on the guest list. Andy Zunz Managing Editor, Sport Diver Roatan’s variety makes it stand out. I dived a wreck, sand flats filled with jawfish, and a fish-filled reef complete with a wall — and that was all just one site! Robby Myers Assistant Editor, Scuba Diving, Sport Diver Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen is like nowhere else in the Caribbean. Because it’s been protected for so long, reefs with critically endangered corals are able to thrive — and they’re magical. Melissa Smith Managing Editor, Scuba Diving There is nothing quite like the vibrant colors and abundance of marine life you can find in Raja Ampat. If I could only…

1 min.
easy escapes

Only scuba divers understand the feeling of being at home in the ocean — the inner calm that comes with being completely weightless, the beauty of sunbeams shining down on corals, the face-to-mask privilege of encountering animals such as sea turtles gliding in the current. Quickly accessed destinations with warm water and vibrant marine life are the stuff of dreams for divers who are laid-back travelers. All they have to do is stuff their swimsuit and sandals in a bag, hop on a direct flight, pack warm-water dive gear and, just a few hours later, giantstride into some of the best diving on planet Earth. Pack your travel gear and flip-flops for these blissful dive spots. FROM LEFT: GREG LECOEUR; FRANCESCA DIACO; ISTOCKPHOTO…

3 min.
dynamic dives

Southwest Reef New Providence Island, Bahamas Take your camera for this series of patch reefs — 25 feet at its deepest — that are covered in finger sponges, anemones, star corals and sea fans. Although there’s always the chance of seeing big stuff — namely nurse sharks and hawksbill turtles — this site is more about smaller finds, including lettuce sea slugs and channel clinging crabs. Calvin’s Crack Roatan, Honduras Named for the 10-foot-wide cleft in the reef — starting in about 20 feet of water — that takes divers to the wall’s edge at about 85 feet, Calvin’s Crack is a beautifully coral- and gorgonian-decorated tunnel. When divers wind back to the top of the wall, odds are high for encountering seahorses, toadfish, lobsters and a host of crabs. Hermes Bermuda Many ships have come to grief…

1 min.
3 tips for picking your next dive destination

1 Budget For most divers, budget is the first thing to consider when deciding where to go. Once you know how much money you have allotted for your trip, do some research into your top three destinations to figure out the total costs of airfare, accommodations and diving for your entire stay. 2 Diving Style Some divers want to plunge into the abyss, riding fast drifts along deep walls. Some are all about wrecks or caves. Others prefer to max out their bottom time looking for exotic fish in shallow reefs. Don’t just assume a destination is right for you simply because a lot of divers go there. Make sure its diving suits your interests. 3 Season Every dive destination has high and low seasons. For some, the seasonal changes can be dramatic. And temperature…

1 min.
5 spots for topside fun

1 Nassau Straw Market New Providence Island, Bahamas Too often, goods sold in island markets are imports. Not so with this market: Much of the hats, purses, place mats and more are made on the islands. 2 Da Conch Shack Provo, Turks and Caicos Islands This open-air, onthe- water beach bar is a local favorite for plates of fried conch served with a strong rum punch that fuels the party Wednesday night to Sunday afternoon. 3 Soggy Dollar Bar Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands Everyone befriends everyone after their second painkiller cocktail — a mix of rums, pineapple and orange juices, and cream of coconut. 4 Coba Maya Ruins Riviera Maya, Mexico These ruins, 27 miles northwest of Tulum, stand as a well-preserved collection of raised stone pathways and temples, including the 137- foot Nohoch Mul pyramid — an excellent…