CLUE #1 This collection of Caribbean islands is considered the birthplace of recreational diving. You’ll find many treasures beneath these tranquil, turquoise waters: wrecks, vibrant coral walls, a special sandbar teeming with sociable sea creatures. What’s more, this paradise is home to the Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.
CLUE #2 Founded in 2000, the Scuba Diving Hall of Fame honors experts in every essence of the industry. Engineers, enthusiasts, artists, activists—each class of inductees is distinct and diverse. Each year the organization holds a grand ceremony on the greatest island in this archipelago. Though they are awarded in the Caribbean, the chosen community members often span several continents. Honorees for 2013 include doctors, program developers, inventors and other dive tourism innovators.
CLUE #3 One such inductee, an illustrator and conservationist, would revel in the range of marine life in these waters. Amidst this destination’s sunken sights are peacock flounder, puffer fish, goliath groupers, vast schools of silver jacks. Unfortunately, a rising population of lionfish threatens these denizens of the deep.