Dy­namic Dives

Sun­lit reefs, vi­brantly col­ored fishes, prowl­ing sharks, ac­ces­si­ble wrecks: These easy- to- get- to lo­cales have it all

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South­west Reef New Prov­i­dence Is­land, Ba­hamas

Take your cam­era for this se­ries of patch reefs — 25 feet at its deep­est — that are cov­ered in fin­ger sponges, anemones, star corals and sea fans. Al­though there’s al­ways the chance of see­ing big stuff — namely nurse sharks and hawks­bill tur­tles — this site is more about smaller finds, in­clud­ing let­tuce sea slugs and chan­nel cling­ing crabs.

Calvin’s Crack Roatan, Hon­duras

Named for the 10-foot-wide cleft in the reef — start­ing in about 20 feet of wa­ter — that takes divers to the wall’s edge at about 85 feet, Calvin’s Crack is a beau­ti­fully co­ral- and gor­gonian-dec­o­rated tun­nel. When divers wind back to the top of the wall, odds are high for en­coun­ter­ing sea­horses, toad­fish, lob­sters and a host of crabs.

Her­mes Ber­muda

Many ships have come to grief on Ber­muda’s shal­low reefs, but Her­mes, one of the is­land’s most in­tact wrecks, is not one of them — it was pur­pose-sunk in 1985. This 165-foot for­mer U. S. Coast Guard buoy ten­der now sits just 1 mile from shore in 80 feet of wa­ter, with its wheel­house at just 45 feet. The lo­ca­tion fea­tures av­er­age vis­i­bil­ity of 100 feet or greater, and it’s a habi­tat for sergeant ma­jors, dam­selfish and bar­racuda.

Black Co­ral Wall Turn­effe Atoll, Belize

Try not to be dis­tracted by the beefy nurse sharks and

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