There’s no doubt that diving makes you hungry and the vast swathes of food polished off at lunchtime on any dive boat are proof of that. And with the average 45 minute dive session burning over 500 calories, there’s no such thing as over-indulgence on a dive holiday. Many of Regaldive’s destinations are known for having great food but divers looking for the best diving and dining should head to the Caribbean...
Divers with a sweet tooth will be spoilt for choice on the Spice Island of Grenada where chocolate has made its mark on everything from cocoa tea to spa treatments. Visit between 18th and 24th August 2014 and join in Grenada’s first ever Chocolate Festival. Guests staying at the beautiful True Blue Bay Resort can enjoy a daily breakfast with chocolate specials, visit the Chocolate Factory and attend a multitude of chocolate themed cooking and tasting events.
Perfect for non-diving friends and family, the Chocolate Festival programme is also designed to allow plenty of time to ensure visitors can get their daily diving fix. Divers can burn off the calories from their indulgence by venturing below the water to Grenada’s 50 plus dive sites including the Bianca C and Hema 1 wrecks, adrenaline charged drift dives and an underwater sculpture park.
A seven night stay at the True Blue Bay Resort, departing on 17th August 2014, costs from £1,539 per person to include return flights, transfers and B&B accommodation. The Chocolate Festival Program costs an additional £125 per person and an eight dive, dive pack costs from £233 per person. True Blue Bay is something of a foodie heaven, also boasting the award-winning Dodgy Dock Restaurant and Lounge Bar, a unique waterfront venue well-known for its Caribbean with a Mexican twist cuisine, and spectacular sunsets.
Finally, visitors to Grenada can add a little spice to their trip with a visit to one of the many nutmeg processing plants on the island. As the second largest exporter of nutmeg in the world, spices account for a large part of the Grenadian economy and you can also see cinnamon, cloves, ginger and other spices being farmed here. Toast your holiday with a delicious rum cocktail or two in the Caribbean tradition but watch out for the local tipples which can be up to 80% proof!
Home to diving freedom is Bonaire, the top shore diving destination in the Caribbean and one where even the car licence plates proclaim this ‘Divers’ Paradise’. Part of the Dutch Antilles in the Southern Caribbean, Bonaire imports much of its food from other countries but has developed a reputation over recent years for excellent cuisine with a mixture of local and international flavours. Bonaire is also a regular winner of the Taste of the Caribbean competition where teams of chefs from 20 different Caribbean countries compete against each other for the title of Caribbean Chef of the Year.
Divers staying at the popular oceanfront Buddy Dive Resort benefit from superb access to the house reef with steps leading directly down to the sea and the many underwater photography opportunities that Bonaire is famed for. Conveniently located above the dive dock, 'Ingridients' is one of the best gourmet restaurants on the island. Here, every dish is prepared using fresh local ingredients to reflect a new style with a Mediterranean / European twist. Meals can be enjoyed watching the dive action below, or enjoying the amazing panoramic ocean view and sunsets.
Monday night is Lion Fish Night! They might look beautiful underwater but non-native lionfish have become a huge problem in much of the Caribbean where they breed faster than rabbits and can reduce native marine creatures by 90% within a matter of weeks. In Bonaire, as on many other Caribbean islands, lionfish are most definitely on the menu as a sustainable and environmentally-friendly food choice, and taste delicious too!
A seven night stay at Buddy Dive Resort in Bonaire costs from £1,427 per person to include return flights, transfers and B&B accommodation. A six days unlimited shore diving pack costs from £95 per person.
Laid back Tobago is all about diversity – on land, and underwater. One of Regaldive’s most popular destinations, Tobago’s position, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, allows for a stunning combination of dive sites and diving styles.
The Guyana current flows around the Altantic coast and the northern tip of Tobago providing some of the most spectacular drift diving in the Caribbean and attracting sharks, turtles and rays, as well as super-charged corals. The Caribbean coast benefits from the influence of the Orinoco River, whose nutrient rich waters support an abundance of marine life. The reefs are generally more sheltered here and boast colourful and thriving fish stocks and also the wreck of the Maverick, a former car ferry sunk in 1997 that lies in 30m.
Above water, Tobago is a similar melting pot in terms of culture and cuisine. A rich mix of African, Indian, Chinese, European and Middle Eastern influences informs everything from street food to fine dining. Fans of Indian food in particular will find much to tempt their taste buds here including the famed ‘Doubles’ sandwich (a filling of curried chickpeas and spicy sauce between two pieces of fried flatbread) that regularly tops best sandwich lists around the world.
A seven night stay at the Grafton Beach Resort on the north coast of Tobago costs from £839 per person to include return flights, transfers and B&B accommodation. A five day dive pack (10 dives) costs from £237 per person. This lovely resort is new to the Regaldive programme and offers a superb location on a hillside overlooking palm-fringed Stonehaven Bay. It’s also minutes away from one of Tobago’s best-known restaurants, the Seahorse Inn, which is as recommended for its incredible beachside setting, as for its fresh seafood and fine fare.
Call the Regaldive Team on 01353 659 999 to find out more.