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Check 20 Dive Resorts and write reviews of the best.
The result is 10 of the best All-Inclusive Dive Resorts in the World.
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Sometimes you just want to go on holiday and have all the little details taken care of so you can kick back, relax, and dive with minimal pre-planning or hassle.
All-inclusive dive resorts are becoming more popular among dive travelers and it’s easy to see why — with great accommodation, dining, and diving all in one place, it’s never been easier to dive your way around the world.
Here’s our pick of 10 of the best all-inclusive dive resorts in the world.
Top 10 Best All-Inclusive Dive Resorts in the World
Anthony’s Key Resort, Roatan, Honduras
Anthony’s Key is a stunning dive resort with 56 luxury bungalows arranged on a spacious 11-acre property in the heart of Roatan Island. A long-time staple among scuba divers, Anthony’s Key Resort perfectly matches the Island’s lush forests and the colors of Sandy Bay, a slice of Caribbean paradise.
The resort has four different bungalow categories: the Hill Standard and Hill Superior bungalows are immersed in the lush forest on the main island, while the Key Superior and Key deluxe rooms are located on Anthony’s Key, a small private island right in the center of the turquoise lagoon. The resort features an impressive fleet dedicated to scuba diving and an on-site hyperbaric chamber.
Roatan and the Bay Islands of Honduras are famous for being one of the most beautiful diving destinations in the Caribbean. The island sits right on the edge of the western tip of the Cayman Trough, the deepest point in the Caribbean Sea.
Thanks to the island’s location, Roatan’s jaw-dropping coral reef is formed of impressive walls and banks that sink to vertiginous depths and boast an impressive array of coral colors and shapes, all perfectly observable in the clear water. Roatan also offers a famous shark dive, Cara a Cara point, and the ‘dolphin house’ dive, right Anthony’s Key Resort’s property.
Camel Dive Club and Hotel, Sharm El Sheikh – Egypt
An institution among divers traveling to the Red Sea, Camel Dive Club started in 1986 and was among the first dive centers in Sharm El Sheikh. It evolved into the powerhouse that it is today thanks to the passion and commitment of its friendly staff.
The Camel complex consists of its legendary dive center, a four-star hotel with 38 fully-furnished rooms, a bar with a rooftop where divers from all over Sharm El Sheikh meet to chat about the daily sightings while munching on Camel’s famous peanuts, and a variety of restaurants — including an awarded Indian tandoori offering. Plus, with prices to suit all wallets, Camel is an accessible entry into all-inclusive diving holidays.
No logbook is complete without a series of dives registered in Sharm El Sheikh. Sharm and the Red Sea have been venerated since Jacques Cousteau’s early documentaries, and their fame is truly well-deserved.
A few hours by boat from the shore is enough to access several world-class dive sites such as the legendary SS Thistlegorm, considered by many as the most beautiful wreck at recreational depths. Sharm El Sheikh is also the closest port to the Ras Mohammed and Tiran National Parks, home to some of the best reef dives in the world.
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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives
Among the Maldives’ most exclusive resorts, Shangri-La Villingili Resort is a state of the art holiday complex located on the breathtaking Addu Atoll, in the Maldives’ remote south. The resort consists of 72 island villas with private pools and 60 stilt-style luxury water villas, positioned right atop the crystal clear lagoon.
Surrounded by immaculate white beaches and immersed in the Maldivian jungle, the resort offers top-notch facilities, fine dining served by six different restaurants and bars, a spa with a full range of services and treatments for your holiday to be truly relaxing, and a beautiful nine-hole golf course.
Thanks to its unique geography and wildlife, the Maldives is considered one of the world’s true scuba diver heavens. With 26 atolls scattered in a unique constellation and composed of myriad tiny coral islands, the Maldives stretches over 298 square kilometers of Indian Ocean immediately above the equator.
The southern atolls, where the Shangri-La Villingili Resort is located, are the wildest in terms of scuba diving sites. Prepare for an incredible adventure drifting in the strong Maldivian currents immersed into an incredible abundance of marine life. The southern reefs are practically unspoiled. Encounters with sharks, manta rays, and dolphins are the standard in the Maldives.
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The Placencia Resort, Belize
Nestled on one of Belize’s beautiful beaches, the Placencia is among Belize’s most exclusive resorts. The holiday complex consists of luxury accommodation options, all surrounding the main pool. There are also three restaurants, a small casino, and a fully-functional marina from where the fishing and diving trips start.
At Placencia Resort, adventure meets relaxation. Visit the jungle and the local villages, sail out for some scuba diving or big game fishing, or explore the Mayan ruins. If you are planning a purely relaxing holiday, lean back and enjoy a breathtaking sunrise over the Caribbean and sunset over the Mayan Mountains.
Belize offers some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean. In addition to the crystal-clear visibility and the warm temperature of the water all year round, the Belizean reef is one of the largest in the world, second only to the Australian Great Barrier Reef.
Far from being a mainstream destination, Belize offers uncontaminated dive sites teeming with life. Turtles, big barracuda, dolphins, and sharks abound. Soft and hard corals encrust every rock, barrel sponges grow big enough to accommodate a diver in full gear. Belize is home to the Great Blue Hole, an impressive sinkhole-shaped structure famous among divers all over the world.
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Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island, Australia
Designed to offer a private beach hideaway experience, Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island offers a chic blend of sophistication and Australian understatement surrounded by the lush eastern coast tropics. The resort rests on Lovers Bay beach at the foot of Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird.
Capella Lodge features a total of nine contemporary suites decorated with timber floors and custom furniture pieces to create a sophisticated beach bungalow-style environment. The suites are equipped with TV, wi-fi, in-suite entertainment and bar, and oversized rain showers — everything you might expect from a luxury beachside resort.
Comprised of nearly 2900 reefs, 600 islands, and 300 coral cays, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest structure built by living organisms. It is, in fact, the only living structure observable from outer space. Lord Howe Island is located on the southern extremity of the coral sea and as such offers a unique blend of tropical and temperate fauna.
Stingrays and turtles share the waters around Lord Howe with tropical boxfish, bannerfish, and anemones with clownfishes. The transparency of the water and the abundance of nutrients promote healthy, flourishing coral growth. Lord Howe is among the most beautiful World Heritage-listed islands and has been declared a New South Wales Marine Park.
Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Located on the pristine island of Benguerra, part of Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago, Azura Benguerra Island is a luxurious hideaway with just 20 beachfront villas for total comfort and stunning views over the Indian Ocean. Azura is the perfect choice if you’re keen on Mozambique’s wildlife and nature.
The resort was custom-built by hand to minimize the impact on the delicate local ecosystem. There are 20 fully-equipped villas to choose from, each with a private pool and located directly in front of a beautiful sandy beach. The Presidential Villa, Azura’s most exclusive (and expensive) option boast a whopping a private area of over 1000 sqm!
Diving in Mozambique is a unique experience, and the Bazaruto Archipelago is one of the nation’s best places for scuba diving. The Bazaruto Archipelago is not your average diving destination: a diving holiday here is comparable to an African land safari, underwater.
Prepare to meet with some of the most majestic inhabitants of the ocean, as Benguerra and the Bazaruto Archipelago are famous for whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, leatherback turtles, and even elusive dugongs. During the right time of the year, humpback whales can be often spotted cruising the waters surrounding the Archipelago.
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Right in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is the Four Season Landaa Giraavaru, a five-star sanctuary offering all the unmatched luxury and service you would expect from a Four Seasons. The resort comprises a variety of villas and rooms with private pools and breathtaking views on the lagoon’s turquoise water.
At Four Season Landaa Giraavaru luxury, well-being, and conservation blend to provide guests with an unparalleled Maldivian experience. The resort offers a selection of unique outdoor activities, including watersports, panoramic flights with the resort’s seaplane (the Flying Triggerfish) and even submarine tours aboard Deep Flight, a three-person recreational submarine.
In June 2011, Baa was designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, placing it in the company of other world-famous sites including the Galapagos and Komodo.
It is thought to be one of the few places in the world where whale sharks meet to reproduce and the bay regularly sees some of the largest congregations of manta rays and whale sharks in the world, especially when the rising tide pushes nutrients into the bay. A snorkeling set is all that’s needed to admire the plankton-eating giants of Hanifaru Bay, but if you strap your tank on, the Maldivian reefs with their currents and rich coral life are just as exciting as the whale sharks and mantas.
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Breathless Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico
Overlooking the Marina and conveniently located on Medano Beach, Breathless Cabo San Lucas is an elegant adults-only retreat featuring 169 exclusive suites with breathtaking views over the Pacific. The resort features access to the beach and swimming area, two stunning infinity pools, and an award-winning sky lounge.
A selection of world-class restaurants serves delicious recipes from all over the world smart-casual style with large tables for the guests to sit together and socialize. With the hotel’s “Unlimited-Luxury” plan, guests can benefit from an impressive variety of dining options, drinks, and services, without the need for a plastic bracelet.
Baja California, and more specifically Cabo San Lucas, is home to some of the most action-packed dive sites in the world. The tip of Baja California is the place where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean creating a unique set of conditions that promote an explosive abundance of marine life.
Cabo San Lucas is one of the best places in the world to dive with massive schools of majestic hammerhead sharks, among the most mysterious inhabitants of the ocean. For unknown reasons, hammerheads congregate in huge groups composed of hundreds of specimens in the waters here.
Blue Bay Dive Resort, Bangka Island, Sulawesi
Blue Bay Divers is a small boutique resort located on the tiny Sahaung Island next to Bangka, the world-acclaimed diving destination off the northeast coast. The resort consists of a limited number of ocean-front accommodation options nestled on a small patch of emerald green forest, white-sand beaches, and turquoise lagoons.
The resort offers an all-inclusive formula with three delicious meals a day prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. It is a secluded haven right in the heart of one of the most beautiful diving locations in the world, perfect for a week or more of world-class scuba diving and unparalleled tranquillity.
Prepare your underwater camera and polish your macro lenses if you’re planning a diving holiday in Lembeh. The Lembeh Strait, the stretch of water enclosed between Northeast Sulawesi and Lembeh Island, is home to some of the smallest, oddest, most eccentric inhabitants of the coral reefs.
Divers headed to the Lembeh Strait are avid collectors of sightings, carefully registering everything they spot amidst the flourishing corals. Sharpen your vision and defog your mask carefully before the dives and you could spot pygmy seahorse, frogfish in hundreds of different colors and patterns, colorful nudibranchs, and even the elusive sea dragons.
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Portulano Dive Resort, Batangas, Philippines
The perfect tropical hideaway to relax in and do some unforgettable dives in the Philippines, Portulano Dive Resort features a limited number of sea-view rooms surrounded by lush tropical forest. Each room, built respecting the local style and vibe, provides a welcoming atmosphere while offering all the home comforts you need for a super relaxing stay. The rooms are air-conditioned or equipped with fans, comfortable beds, and clean towels.
The resort offers scuba diving, snorkeling trips, and stand up paddle surfing excursions to admire the breathtaking landscapes and coastline. The emphasis is on relaxation and well being and the resort serves its signature meals with options for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone with specific intolerances.
In addition to being a paradise for macro photographers, the Philippines is one of the best spots in the world to encounter thresher sharks. These stunning creatures are capable of reaching 6 meters in length and can weigh in at a hefty 200 kilograms!
They are one of the few shark species known to engage in breaching, a behavior typically associated with cetaceans. Thresher sharks are capable of leaping out of the water with their entire body, generating awe among viewers. In addition to the thresher sharks, the Philippines offers healthy reefs and an incredibly abundant micro-life.
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We don’t know about you, but we would definitely stay in each one of these resorts! What’s your favorite all-inclusive dive holiday destination? Share your tips and dive travel stories in the comments below.