Diving

JONATHAN is a stable floating dive center and therefore the perfect starting point for everyone who wants to dive in unknown and breathtaking locations. For divespots in locations difficult to access we simply go there by the ship’s own motorboat. A water-cooled and quiet air compressor from BAUER is available on board. Aluminum bottles with 8 or 10 liters volume (INT. Connections), and weight belts are available and do not have to be brought along. Dive Master Karl Heinz knows the best dive sites in the area and can be booked to accompany the dive. First-class diving spots are located in the Grenadines, Bonaire and the Virgin Islands. Unknown highlights are Los Roques and Islas Las Aves in Venezuela or the San Blas Islands in Panama, the south coast of Cuba, the large barrier reef off Belize, or the Bay Islands & Cayos Cochinos off the coast of Honduras.

Bahamas – Exumas

The Bahamas is characterized by several diving areas. The best is the EXUMAS.  In the Exumas, the underwater world with its valuable ecosystems is protected in the “Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park”. We dive partly in this national park but also at other of the more than 260 dive sites that offer pretty much everything a diver could wish: walls, caves, wrecks, large schools of fish, different types of sharks, rays, drift dives, … A two-weeks trip in the Exumas is ideal for discovering the beauty of the remote dive sites and you will leave with a log book full of new memories and wonderful sightings. We also offer one week trips.

Honduras – Bay Islands & Cayos Cochinos

The extension of the Meso-American barrier reef in these two island groups creates a unique subaquatic fauna and flora. Sponges and corals – all untouched and without destruction – large animals such as sharks and rays, but also whale sharks (at certain times of the year) can be seen here. Eagle rays and turtles are frequent visitors around the catamaran, large perches can be seen while snorkeling. What else can be discovered:  walls, caves and – so far exclusive  in the Caribbean – the blue lionfish.

Belize – Barrier reef, Blue Hole

Our dives in Belize are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s right there where you can find the second longest barrier reef in the world – it is undestroyed and completely intact. A whim of nature created a hole in this atoll with a diameter of 300 m and depth of 123 m – the Great Blue Hole, the largest on this planet. We stay there overnight and dive at all times of the day and at night. Belize is known for big fish, wall diving and the unique underwater world. Sharks of all kinds, large groupers or mackerel (jackfish) are often seen. We dive straight from the catamaran. Groups of up to 6 divers can enjoy themselves.

San Andrés Islands – diamonds in the middle of the ocean

The San Andrés Islands are located 90 miles east of Nicaragua, but 300 miles from Colombia. However, they are administrated by Colombia. In addition to the lively nightlife on the main island and on the Sister Island Old Providence, you will find very remote world-class dive sites. There are no diving schools at the best locations in the south and east of San Andrés. Advantage: we  refill our bottles on board and dive independently. The “Cayos Este Sureste” archipelago with Cayo Bolivar is one of these wonderful diving sites. “Cayo Albuquerque” is the best place for steep wall diving. Schools of eagle rays regularly parade in the waters of Cayo Albuquerque.

Cuba – unique dive sites and no divers

Sailing and diving in Cuba means that you have to bring everything with you. There is always a shortage of food. A success of the central planned economy? We therefore sail to Cuba with a fully bunkered ship. The south coast of Cuba in particular offers wonderful diving spots. Both in the “Jardinas de la Reina” and in the “Archipelago Canareos” you will discover a lot of things – sharks, tarpons, manta rays, glass fish etc.  You will hardly ever encounter other divers. We usually anchor with JONATHAN in the shallow water and take the motorboat to the dive site. This is either in the reef itself or on the outer reef. In the meantime, Sabine prepares excellent food for hungry divers.

Intact corals in San BlasIntact corals in San Blas
Nurse sharks in San BlasNurse sharks in San Blas
Sharks, large groupers and mackerel off BelizeSharks, large groupers and mackerel off Belize
Diving in BelizeDiving in Belize
Diving grounds of BelizeDiving grounds of Belize
Diving grounds of CubaDiving grounds of Cuba
Diving grounds of San AndresDiving grounds of San Andres
Diving grounds of San Blas islandsDiving grounds of San Blas islands
Diving grounds Turcs and CaicosDiving grounds Turcs and Caicos
Pelagic eagle rays near San AndresPelagic eagle rays near San Andres
Diving grounds BahamasDiving grounds Bahamas
To the diving grounds by motorboatTo the diving grounds by motorboat
With JONATHAN to remote diving groundsWith JONATHAN to remote diving grounds
Bahamas wreck divingBahamas wreck diving