Top PADI® ‘Discover Scuba’ Dive Locales for Novice Divers

May 06, 2016 - Sandals Resorts - Watersports

Powdery, white sand beaches, savory gourmet dining experiences, innovative accommodations, and unlimited refreshing beverages—does it get any better than this? Yes! At Sandals, alongside these amazing services, amenities and accommodations, exciting water sports and fun-filled diving experiences are available too…even to new divers!


If you’ve been thinking about giving scuba diving a go, you might want to start with Sandals’ PADI® Discover Scuba Diver Program, an introductory course that prepares you to dive in one day! Not only will you be diving in no time, you’ll also discover some of the most beautiful dive locales in the Caribbean—here are some of the top dive sites ideal for novice divers.


Mari Nari | The Bahamas


The Spotted Eagle Ray can be seen here. This site is also teeming with grunts, sergeant majors, Blue Tang, yellow tail snappers and many more tropical fish. The JAWS 4 Cessna plane, which Robert Cane “landed” in the ocean, is also at this location!


Dive site accessible from: Sandals Royal Bahamian


DC3 | The Bahamas


This locale was used in the film, Into The Blue, starring the late Paul Walker and Jessica Alba. You’ll take an easy glide to the wall where you can look over into the abyss, 6000 feet down!


Dive site accessible from: Sandals Royal Bahamian


Purple Rain | Grenada


Purple Rain is one of the Caribbean’s healthiest reefs. Washed by currents at different times of the month, it has an enormous amount of bottom life including yellow, purple and orange sponges, coral whips, scrawled filefish, and black durgon. Purple Creole Wrasse often rain on the reef.


Dive site accessible from: Sandals LaSource


Fish Reef | Great Exuma


This reef is located directly north of the Sandals Emerald Bay Marina. It is a shallow reef ideal for beginners. Schooling fish are regularly seen at this site including white grunt, yellowtail snapper, blue parrotfish and squirrelfish.


Dive site accessible from: Sandals Emerald Bay


Surprise Reef | Jamaica


With caverns perfect for hiding nurse sharks, turtles, colorful sponges and lots of black durgon, Surprise Reef is surprisingly cool! You’re also sure to see French grunt, Maroon spotted fish and schools of blue chromis on this dive.


Dive site accessible from: Sandals Negril