Imagine yourself slipping beneath the waves and descending 100 feet below the surface of the water to explore a sunken frigate sitting on the seafloor. Or diving into turquoise blue waters to swim among a colorful reef teeming with tropical fish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife.
Moments like these are treasured opportunities for travelers who like to scuba dive when they go on vacation. You’ll need to be professionally trained and certified before you can scuba dive, though some dive resorts and cruise lines offer beginner courses with supervised dives.
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s best-known dive destinations, but others abound, including the world’s second-largest coral reef system off the coast of Belize. Other great places to dive include Mexico’s Riviera Maya, where you can swim into stunning caverns at Gran Cenote. For wreck diving, nothing beats Bermuda, which boasts more than 300 shipwrecks, including the Hermes, a 165-foot steel vessel still fully intact at 80 feet deep.
Club Members can use Points to stay at RCI affiliated resorts in spectacular scuba diving destinations across the globe. Exchange resorts can be found in Aruba, Cancun, the Dominican Republic and Cairns, Australia, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
To find resorts in scuba diving destinations, log in to your Club account at club.hiltongrandvacations.com and navigate to the RCI Exchange site. Then, click “Vacation Ideas” at the top of the page, select “Featured Interests” and click “Scuba Diving” for a list of resorts near diving sites.
Remember that weekly reservations can be made up to two years prior to check-in. And if the dates you’re looking for aren’t available, you can set up an Ongoing Search and RCI will notify you when your ideal vacation becomes available. The current RCI Exchange Fee is required to set up an Ongoing Search. The Exchange Fee may be refundable if no match is found, provided the Member is otherwise in full compliance with all applicable exchange program requirements.
*RCI does not endorse any of the activities described or mentioned. It is the individual’s responsibility to investigate the safety and suitability of any activity. RCI expressly denies any liability for engaging any activity and for using any guide, vendor or service provider that may be mentioned or described in this article.