Diving in the Central America

Central America

Quick Facts

Submerge yourself in the warm waters of Central America, offering a taste of both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. If you’re looking for dive destinations with a bottomless view of fish and flora, make your way to Costa Rica’s Isla de Coca or Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan. You can even enjoy the coral reef ecosystem off the coast of Honduras.


    This Central American country boasts two bucket-list worthy diving experiences—the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere and the famous blue hole. After your dive, explore Belize’s jungles on horseback or check out some Mayan ruins in Belize’s Cayo District.

    Surfing, volcanic activity and a rugged landscape—yep, adrenaline junkies will find plenty to keep them busy in the Central American country. For divers, check out Los Cobanos or crater diving in Coatepeque lake.

    The best diving in Honduras is in the Bay Islands where you can expect to see tropical fish, whale sharks, manta rays, sea turtles and more. Looking for more thrills? You’ll love the zipline tours, river rafting and horseback riding.

    Not many countries offer diving in both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, as well as freshwater diving in volcanic crater lakes. Put on your flippers and head to Nicaragua for all that and more, including interesting colonial cities, verdant rainforests and pristine beaches.

    Extending from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, Costa Rica boasts sandy beaches, active volcanoes and lush jungle. Underwater, divers can glide through coral reefs, volcanic rock formations, caverns and caves alongside kaleidoscopic marine life.

    Lake Atitlán is the deepest and highest-altitude lake in Central America, and Guatemala’s most popular diving spot. Here, you can expect to see all kinds of oddities including sunken hotels and an ancient Mayan village (yes, really). Above water, nature lovers will enjoy exploring the jungles, waterfalls and volcano peaks.

    Thanks to its rich biodiversity and two diverse coastlines (the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean on the other), Panama offers exceptional diving to all levels. Humpback whales, manta rays, stingrays, tuna and sea turtles are just some of the amazing marine life you can expect to encounter here. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up your own white-brimmed hat on your way home.