Divers in the United States are finally dusting off their passports and planning new adventures. If you’re ready to book your next scuba vacation but aren’t sure where to go, here are the top scuba diving destinations for Americans in 2022 (so far).

scuba divers cenote diving in mexico

1. México

Whether you’re looking for calm, colorful reefs or heart-pounding dives with the world’s largest pelagics, México has it all. Experience drift diving in the warm waters of Cozumel, explore cenotes in the Yucatan or visit the Pacific coast to dive with mobula rays, whale sharks, or even great whites. View dive resorts in México or choose from a dozen liveaboards.

famous Belize dive site the blue hold

2. Belize

Belize, an English-speaking country located between México and Guatemala, is home to the longest unbroken barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. The warm, clear water is ideal for beginner divers, while the famous Blue Hole offers dramatic deep diving for experienced divers. Stay at a dive resort in Belize, or book a liveaboard trip to visit the outer cayes and atolls.

a manta ray scuba diving in maldives

3. Maldives

With white sand beaches, remote islands and spectacular diving year-round, Maldives is an idyllic destination. It’s also one of the best places in the world to scuba dive with manta rays. There are dozens of dive resorts and liveaboards to choose from, so you’re sure to find a getaway that fits into your busy schedule.

divers help with coral reef restoration in bonaire

4. Bonaire

If you want to be around a lot of fish and not a lot of people, Bonaire is the place for you. Rent a truck, grab some tanks, and explore to your heart’s content. Choose from apartment-style accommodations or full-service resorts. You can also use your scuba skills to help restore coral reefs.

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5. The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has adventures for nearly everyone – beginner divers, advanced divers, hikers and spelunkers. There are deep wrecks, numerous swim-throughs and, oh yeah, humpback whales. Learn more about scuba diving in the Dominican Republic.

When you feel ready to travel, the experts at PADI Travel® are ready to help. They can help you find a family-friendly scuba destination, or plan a vacation where you can get away from it all.

Contact a dive travel expert, or explore COVID diving and travel restrictions by country

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