Gardens of coral, elusive toadfish, giant clams, take your pick with these scuba trips on three different budgets in wide-ranging locations.
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Part of the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean, unspoiled Bonaire sports a laid-back divers' culture.
|Less than $1,700||Bonaire is enriched by a marine sanctuary that's inhabited by tarpon, seahorses, moray eels, frogfish, and, depending on the season, whale sharks and nurse sharks.||The Deep Blue View has 5 spacious rooms in a pretty villa set on lush garden grounds. A pool-side patio dotted with hammocks is the site of weekly barbeques.||All dive sites are accessible from the shoreline, there's good visibility year-round, and you can drive 24 hours a day.||Shore Dive package from $1,690/couple for seven nights, with breakfast, truck rental, unlimited shore diving (with tanks, air, and weights), airport pick-up, marine park fee.||599/717/8073, deepblueview.com|
Off-the-radar Turneffe Island is a quiet coral atoll that's part of the second-largest reef system in the world.
|more than $2,000||Twenty-five miles from the mainland in the western Caribbean, this idyllic island is populated by rare white-spotted toadfish, eagle rays, jewfish, moray eels, reef sharks and horse-eye jacks.||The eco-minded, well run Turneffe Island Lodge comprises beachfront rooms and cabanas with screened-in porches and outdoor showers, plus a PADI dive center.||Remote but still in North America, Turneffe boasts rich nearby dive sites, including the legendary Blue Hole and Elbow.||Dive package from $2,300/person (double occupancy) for seven nights, with meals, airport and boat transfers, 12-15 one-tank dives, a trip to Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye.||800/874-0118, turneffelodge.com|
Nukubati is a rarefied peaceful private island in the South Pacific with personal diving guides at the ready.
|Just off the northern coast of the larger Vanua Levu, Nukubati is a short boat ride from the Colossal Great Sea Reef, which is home to manta rays, dolphins, turtles and whales.||The pristine island accommodates just 14 guests in airy beachside suites and bungalows and offers tennis, massages, and fresh-caught seasfood daily.||Nukubati is the only Fijian resort with access to the Great Sea Reef, and every couple has access to it's own boat and PADI "dive master."||$4,570/couple for seven nights, with all meals and beverages, daily laundry service, one 30-minute massage per person, three two-tank boat dives per person.||888/692-4375, nukubatifiji.com|