All-inclusive resorts are great for those who want to enjoy unlimited food, drinks, and outdoor activities while on vacation. But if you’re a scuba diver, you’re also probably interested in finding a place with an on-site dive shop. However, finding the right resort for your stay can be challenging. Waking up and jumping straight into the water is an unbelievable scuba diving experience that you can only do in some select locations in the world.
If you’re looking for an inclusive resort where you can dive every day, then look no further. I’ve found a few outstanding places with top-notch service, beautiful accommodations, and the ability to book diving trips without leaving the property.
What are the Best All-Inclusive Resorts with Scuba Diving?
The Caribbean is one of the best options for diving, thanks to the crystal blue waters, tropical atmosphere, and accessibility to most destinations in the US. The Occidental Grand Cozumel in Mexico, the Laru Beya Resort & Villas in Belize, and the Paradise Beach Hotel in Honduras are all great all-inclusive destinations with fantastic diving conditions.
You can also explore further around the world in Thailand (Club Med Phuket), Australia (Bedarra Island Resort), or Egypt (Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort).
However, there are a few lesser-known diving spots that may also appeal to you if you want a more unique diving experience. In this article, I’ll share why these resorts are worth visiting and what you can expect during your dive trip!
Occidental Grand Cozumel – Mexico
Cozumel has been named by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 5 diving destinations in the world, and from my personal experience, it truly lives up to its reputation.
Not only are the waters incredibly clear (with visibility up to 160 feet), but their also home to more than 500 different species of fish and 350 types of mammals, mollusks, and algae.
If you’re looking for an all-inclusive resort close to the reef, stay at the 5-star Occidental Grand Cozumel. They’re located on the same property as the Pro Dive International Occidental Cozumel – one of the leading dive centers in Mexico.
Pool diving classes are included as part of your all-inclusive stay, along with kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, and windsurfing.
Laru Beya Resort & Villas – Belize
With a picturesque location on the Placencia Peninsula, the Laru Beya Resort & Villas is guaranteed to be the setting for your memorable vacation. Accommodation, meals, beverages, kayaks, snorkels, bikes, and air transportation to the resort from Belize International Airport – it’s all included at this resort!
You can also add diving packages to see some of the best Caribbean dive spots in the country, including the awe-inspiring Belize Blue Hole.
With a depth of over 400 feet, this natural wonder is fringed by colorful coral reefs and filled with enormous underwater stalactites and stalagmites. Trust me – it’s one of those things you have to see in person to believe!
Club Med Phuket – Thailand
When you stay at the Club Med Phuket, you’ll be able to see something new every day when you dive. Look for zebra sharks and whale sharks in Shark Reef, explore the underwater caves of Koh Dok Mai, or swim with turtles and manta rays and Karon Beach.
Tours are operated by Eurodivers Phuket, which has a dive center at the resort.
Even if you’re not a diver, you can still enjoy the array of amenities offered at Club Med. During your stay, you’ll enjoy unlimited meals and drinks and unique classes like Thai Boxing, Thai cooking, flying trapeze, archery, golf, and so much more.
Bedarra Island Resort – Australia
Diving the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is a bucket-list item for more adventure enthusiasts.
After all, it’s easily one of the best scuba diving sites in the world! And while most people choose to stay on a liveaboard (a multi-day boat trip designed especially for divers), there are still some great all-inclusive scuba diving resorts on land too.
For example, take the Bedarra Island Resort. With only eight villas, it’s the epitome of luxury and includes gourmet meals, sporting equipment rentals, and unparalleled privacy on one of the most beautiful islands in the country.
The resort also offers a comprehensive scuba program, from introductory PADI diving to open water certification. In addition, dive programs are personalized based on your interests and skill level, making this one of the best all-inclusive dive resorts I’ve seen.
Anse Chastanet Resort – St. Lucia
The one-of-a-kind Anse Chastanet Resort is truly a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers alike. With a coral-rich reef just steps from the shore, this resort is perfect for first-timers and advanced divers.
They’ve partnered with SCUBA St. Lucia, the oldest dive shop on the island and PADI Green Star™ Dive Center Award winner, to organize trips out into the calm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean.
In addition to its dive packages, Anse Chastanet Resort also offers courses and certification classes for divers of all skill levels.
Rooms can be booked alone, with a breakfast and dinner plan, or as an all-inclusive. For divers, they also offer a “Coral Kaleidoscopewhic SCUBA package,” which includes seven nights with meals, 12 beach or boat dives, and all-inclusive use of water sports equipment (snorkeling, kayaking, paddle board, mini-sailing, wind-surfing).
Paradise Beach Hotel – Honduras
If you plan to visit the many diving destinations around Honduras or the Caribbean Sea, staying at the Paradise Beach Hotel is a great choice. Located on the shores of West Bay Beach, the resort features an inclusive package with meals, drinks, and airport transfers.
And thanks to the on-site PADI dive center, you’ll be able to dive the Roatan Barrier Reef – the second-largest coral reef system in the world!
But besides the reef, there are so many other diving adventures you can do in Honduras. Popular dive locations include the El Aguila shipwreck, the Cara a Cara reef shark dive, and the 82-foot Coco View Wall.
Furaveri Maldives – the Maldives
While most people travel to the Maldives for the idyllic tropical vibes and posh over-water bungalows, it also attracts divers due to the beautiful coral reefs and abundance of marine life.
And if you want to have one of the best dive experiences of your life, I recommend spending a few nights at the Furaveri Maldives. Located on a private island surrounded by impeccably clear waters, this resort offers an all-inclusive package with meals, drinks, and activities like a sunset cruise, windsurfing lessons, and water sports rentals.
The dive shop on the island makes it easy to book any classes or tours you want. There are beginner dives, adventure dives, specialty courses, and certification classes. They also offer bulk packages where you can take multiple dives a day for a discounted rate.
Sandals Emerald Bay – the Bahamas
Unlike most of the resorts on this list (where diving trips are an extra fee), Sandals Emerald Bay has SCUBA diving as part of their all-inclusive package. Certified divers can dive twice a day with one tank or once a day with two tanks, while resort-certified divers can go once a day (up to 40 feet).
And since there are 30 different dive sites around the island, you won’t get bored returning to the same place each time. This is really the most comprehensive dive program, not just out of all the resorts in the Caribbean, but I think in the entire world!
Your stay at Sandals also includes meals and drinks at any of the 16 restaurants and 11 bars, water sports, golf tee times, and live entertainment. Plus, it’s located on a 500-acre property with a mile-long stretch of white sand beach, so you can really enjoy the laid-back vibes of your tropical vacation.
Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort – Egypt
A luxury oasis in the middle of the desert, the Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort is a favorite all-inclusive option for those interested in diving in Egypt.
It’s located on the coast of the Red Sea on Abu Dabbab Beach, with a healthy coral reef system waiting for you right offshore. It’s also a thriving habitat for various sea life, including sea turtles, guitar sharks, and the endangered dugong (one of my favorite animals!).
The resort shares grounds with the prestigious diving.DE dive center, where you can book open water dives, wreck dives, or even night dives. After your excursion, you can spend the rest of your afternoon by the pool or at one of the seven on-site bars and restaurants.
For scuba divers, there’s nothing more thrilling than exploring different parts of the underwater world.
And although most diving packages are additional costs, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the amenities and facilities of an all-inclusive resort after your excursion! So if you’re looking for a relaxing vacation with the ability to dive whenever you want, then book your stay at one of these resorts. I know you won’t be disappointed!