There are plenty of places on this watery planet where diving is a casual activity. But there are a few locales where it absolutely permeates the culture, taking over every resort, beach parking lot and waterside bar where fish tales resonate across the sand. These are dive islands, places where no one would think of doing anything but. Here are eight of our favorite specks of land where the dive flag rules, and why we keep coming back.
A tropical escape where dive tanks are as requisite an adornment as leis, what keeps Big Island divers coming back is the five marine-life-conservation districts — twice as many as any other Hawaiian Island.
When the full moon rises high over the mangroves in Yap, it shines down on Colonia Town like a heavenly beacon.
Bonaire is known as “the shore-diving capital of the world,” and it really does feel purpose-built for divers, with gently sloping reefs, sheer walls, world-class wrecks, and colorful corals and marine life all within a few steps of the coastline.