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ibj40

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Check out Puerto Aventuras on the Yucatán mainland.
 

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Some of the dive-resort house-reefs in Raja Ampat are very nice & shallow like Missol Eco Resort, Raja4 Divers in Pulau Pef, and Raja Ampat Dive Lodge.

You can see a bird’s eye view of the house reef of Raja4 Divers in my trip report to Pulau Pef, Trip Report - Pulau Pef - Little Raja Ampat Trip Report

In Raja4 Divers house reef, there is a 4-foot giant clam (~ 50 years old as giant clam growth rate is about an inch / year) in 20-foot depth with soft coral growth on its shell. You can see Walking Sharks roaming around in the evening. Very pristine reef.
 

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Lembeh in Indonesia.
Tulamben comes no where near!

How to get to Indonesia over next few months is another story.

Agreed 100%. Tulamben is IMO not a dive destination. It's an okay place to dive if you're in Bali for a holiday. Besides, the USS Liberty is 30-80ft, not <30ft.
 

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Catalina Island Dive Park
La Jolla Cove
Lots of other shore dives in So Cal along the coast

Maui -lots of shallow shore dives close to shore

St Croix Frederiksted Pier (I could dive this every day for a week)
St Croix Cane Bay (100 yard swim to reef and after that there is a deep drop off)

Have you checked out shorediving.com ?
 

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Bermuda. Shallow diving everywhere. Short flight too.
 

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You already mentioned Key Largo, which offers shallow reef diving over a flat bottom (but also deep wreck options for those who want them). Bonaire shore diving would let you cruise the upper strip of a sloping wall, and there's a site called The Cliff that'd be really nice for this type of dive.

One I haven't seen mentioned is St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I've only got 4 dives there. 2 Were referral OW training dives (max. depths 25 and 35 feet deep; no idea whether they were named sites or not); 2 were recreational dives on a cruise stop, at Armando's Paradise (max. depth 43 feet) and Navy Barges (max. depth 39 feet).

I think roughly 40 feet max. is more practical than 30 if not shore diving, but diving over a flat 'hard bottom' may be more mentally reassuring than over a sloping or vertical wall.
 

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Roatan’s South side, from French Key then East to Calvin’s Crack.

The coral heads run 5 to 40 deep marking the top of the vertical wall. Stay on top, the best stuff is there, anyway!

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Shore dive available 24/7:
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An intact 140’ wreck in 65-35’ sand, top in 22fsw, a shore dive....
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