- Reaction score
- Ohio, USA
- # of dives
- 500 - 999
Grand Cayman, sadly, was brutalized by SCTLD in 2020-21. My sense, and I hope I'm wrong, is that Little Cayman and Cuba have the only intact hard coral systems remaining in the Caribbean.In Bonaire, there's also that pesky Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease and the marine park's measures to attempt to control its spread to contend with, though I understand SCTLD is all over the Caribbean. I was in Roatan recently, and learned and saw for myself how SCTLD had thoroughly destroyed certain species of coral in the last few years.
Doc, one possibility you did not mention is St. Croix. The reefs have been ridden hard, and the hard corals are gone. But there are easy boat dives aplenty, depending on conditions (which should be comfy by December), and the Frederiksted Pier is a first-class dive, worthy of a number of long, slow dives over a week; the island is gorgeous; and its status as an American territory means easy travel--no passports or customs.I am hoping to take them somewhere with great, warm, and easy diving in Early December.