If you want to go on scuba diving vacation, you should definitely look into the Club Med resorts where divers can even access intensive dive programs. Every Club Med locations are staffed with instructors who are NAUI and PADI certified, and they often offer full service for scuba diving. Their intensive programs are available in the South Pacific and the Caribbean. You can find the service at resorts like Caicos Islands in Bahamas and Turkoise in the Turks. These locations are great for coral reef viewing even they are not the lushest locations in the Caribbean.
If you hate to move a lot from your hotels to your dive boats and then to restaurants, you will love Club Med even better since they have everything available on sites. They provide the full services like any other high-end resorts, including excellent rooms, dining experience and facilities for in land and water sports. One very nice thing about Club Med is that they offer instruction programs for different activities like water skiing, sailing and you can have some fun at night enjoying their entertainment on stage.
Scuba Diving With Club Med in Turks and Caicos
- It is important to note that their scuba diving programs are available at extra cost. You can enjoy 5-day packages where there are a two tank trips every morning and a night dive for every week. Or if you just want to try, you can try a single tank dives. In my experience, there are normally 50% non-divers and 50% divers in the Club Med Turkoise location. You can tell the divers by seeing them who are the first one will be in the dining room in the morning and go to bed the earliest at night.
- Those divers that I met are often the return guests. This resort is also a nice spot for couples when one of them is a diver. The non-divers can enjoy many other activities that available at the resort while other can enjoy their diving sessions. They can always get back and relax together in the afternoon or at night. AS a single traveler, I went to the Club Med without any problem of fitting in since I was always asked if I want a couple or a single table. One nice thing about the resort is that the way it designed makes it very easy for guests to socialize. I have made friends with people from all over the world including North America and Europe.
- The dive boats at Club Med are huge. There are many rows within the boats, both on the sides and in the center. They can have up to 40 divers on boat for each trip. I was feeling like I was on a cattle boat because of the size. Yet, it surely must nicer than cattle boat since there is a large upper deck and back platform for boat riders. One thing about the boat that beginner scuba divers will appreciate as the boat has two safe stops bars.
The beginners can just hold on to the safety stop bars and it takes 3 minutes. There is also a regulator to detect anybody who is love on air. You can choose to go with your buddy groups or go with guided groups which are led by a dive master. It is better to go with the guided groups since you do not have to worry about navigation.
You diving experience at Caicos and Turks will be very great with their steep walls that you encounter during the first session of every dive. When you return from the dive, you will cross a reef system where is the inhabitant of many small marine life. There is a barracuda called Charlie which often shows up and hang out with divers at the safety stops bars.
You can find the diving experience, in general, similar with one in the Bahamas, however, it is not as crowded since Caicos and Turks are not overly commercialized yet for diving. If you are willing to pay some extra, you can enjoy a 3 tank trip to further explore the larger marine life than the usual trips. People who take this option generally have great feedback since they can see a lot of marine like and sometimes some shark sightings as well.
If you want to check out some of the Club Med, I recommend that you should first verify your locations and check if they currently have the intensive programs on for diving. You might also encounter different atmosphere in different Club Meds. You can meet some quiet or some lively with party scene. Whichever location that you choose, Club Med guarantees that you will enjoy their excellent scuba diving program and their staffs are always very professional. You will love the experience and it is worth checking out and if you want some companies for your diving trip.