Fall is the "low season" for tourism throughout the Caribbean, and that means great bargains for travelers. The editors of Rodale's Scuba Diving magazine have chosen the best deals for divers at such Caribbean destinations as the Cayman Islands; Cozumel, Mexico; and the Bay Islands of Honduras.
GRAND CAYMAN, NORTHWEST
DiveTech and Cobalt Coast Resort
The deal: DiveTech and Cobalt Coast Resort have teamed to provide two deals. When one diver and one open-water student book a five-night dive vacation, the student's checkout dives are free. Diver package from $780; student package from $664.
Two students can book a five-night dive vacation, and checkout dives will be two-for-one. First student's package from $914; second student's package from $664. All packages include accommodations, all you can dive, daily breakfast, airport transfers, taxes, service charges and a welcome cocktail. Add-on nights are available. Both offers are good through Dec. 20.
For more information, call toll-free 1-866-622-9626 or visit divetech.com, cobaltcoast.com.
GRAND CAYMAN, east end
Ocean Frontiers and the Reef Resort
The deal: Ocean Frontiers and the Reef Resort are offering a two-bedroom villa for the price of a one-bedroom villa, and two-tank dives for the price of one-tank dives.
A seven-night package costs $699 per person, based on quadruple occupancy, and includes seven nights at the Reef Resort in a two-bedroom villa, five two-tank dive trips, an interactive dive log and a car rental for the stay.
A five-night package costs $499 per person, based on quadruple occupancy, and includes five nights at the Reef Resort in a two-bedroom villa, four two-tank dive trips, an interactive dive log and a car rental.
Both packages are available through Dec. 19 and are subject to availability and blackout dates. Additional nights and diving are available.
For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-888-232-0541 or (345) 947-0000 or visit oceanfrontiers.com and thereef.com.ky.
ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Aqua Action Dive Packages
The deal: Six-dive package, $190; eight-dive package, $270; 10-dive package, $310.
For more information, call (340) 775-6285 or visit aquaactionislands.vi or aadivers.com.
Red Sail Sports' Unlimited Diving Package
The deal: Red Sail Sports Aruba announces its "Unlimited Diving" package _ all you can dive for seven days for just $300. A nitrox upgrade is available. Also, the "Dive and More Dives" package includes five tanks for $150 (any combination you choose), and nitrox upgrades are available. Both are valid through Dec. 19. Red Sail Sports is at the Hyatt Regency, Marriott, Occidental Allegro and Renaissance hotels.
For more information, call toll-free 1-877-733-7245 or visit redsail.com.
Wind Dancer's New Itinerary
The deal: Peter Hughes' Wind Dancer live-aboard began serving Tobago in October, and there are low introductory rates if you book for 2003. One week aboard the Wind Dancer ranges from $1,295 to $1,495 per person, double occupancy.
For more information, call toll-free 1-800-932-6237 or visit dancerpeterhughes.com or peterhughes.com.
ROATAN, BAY ISLANDS
Holidays in Honduras
The deal: Ring in the holidays on Roatan in Honduras' Bay Islands. Two weeks at CoCo View Resort during Thanksgiving (Nov. 22-Dec. 6), Christmas (Dec. 13-27) or New Year's (Dec. 27-Jan. 10, 2004) is $1,400 per person, plus 12 percent tax.
For more information, call toll-free 1-800-282-8932 or visit roatan.com.
Iberostar Cozumel's Fall Fiesta
The deal: The Iberostar Cozumel is offering special rates on two weeks through Nov. 16. The price is $1,149 per person, double occupancy, and includes seven nights all-inclusive, five two-tank guided boat dives, round-trip air fare from Houston, midweek, scheduled and special activities, nonmotorized watersports, meals and beverages (including alcoholic drinks) and hotel taxes and service charges. A group special is offered: When eight pay, the ninth is free.
For more information, call Caradonna Caribbean Tours at toll-free 1-800-328-2288 or visit caradonna.com.
LIGHTHOUSE REEF, BELIZE
Lighthouse Reef Resort Getaway
The deal: Save $185 on a a Lighthouse Reef Resort vacation. A seven-night, eight-day package is priced at $1,460 per person, double occupancy and includes accommodations in a cabana, six days of diving for a maximum of 17 tanks, meals, air fare from Belize City, transfers from Belize International Airport and hotel taxes and service charges. The package is valid through Dec. 13, except from Nov. 16-29.
For more information, call Caribbean Dive Vacations at toll-free 1-888-462-8875 or visit caribbeandivevacations.com.