Dive Into Club Med’s Columbus Isle
PHOTO: Beneath these waters lies some of the best scuba diving in the world (Courtesy Club Med)
In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and soon after the Italian explorer made it to San Salvador Island. This secluded island, which was first known as Watling’s Island, was then renamed to honor Columbus and has become an elite vacation spot thanks to its private access and its close proximity to the beautiful ocean waters.
It is these very ocean waters that attract scuba divers from around the globe and Club Med’s Columbus Isle offers opportunities for its guests to enjoy the 35-plus diving sites that are close by. Divers can enjoy such sites as Doctor John’s, a site that ranges in depth from 40 feet to 131 feet and includes tunnels and crevices. On a dive at Telephone Pole, which is of similar depth to Doctor John’s, you might see the statue in honor of the explorer himself. There are other dives as well, including Witch’s Cauldron and Runway 10, and each one brings little extra something that you might see or do.
At Witch’s Cauldron, you might see angel fish, brittle star sponges and hammerhead sharks, while at Runway 10 reef octopus, reef sharks and sleeper sharks might show up on your dive. The ocean includes a vast amount of flora that you can enjoy and swim around as well.
Club Med’s Columbus Isle makes sure you are completely prepared for your once-in-a-lifetime dive. They have an on-site recompression chamber and hyper-baric specialized doctor. Nitrox is available as well as ScubaPro rental equipment.
If scuba is not your thing, the Club Med’s Columbus Isle also offers Sailing School, a Waterskiing and Wakeboarding Academy, and a Tennis School. Take lessons and improve your forehand or your waterskiing skills. Or just sit back and pamper yourself with massages, body scrubs, hot stone massages, mud therapy and aromasoul therapies. When you return back to your everyday life, you will feel like the weight of the world has been massaged off of your shoulders.
Club Med specializes in all-inclusive vacations packages and there are 65 Club Med resorts to choose from around the world, depending on if you want a cruise vacation, ski retreat or dive in Mexico.
The Club Med’s Columbus Isle has 216 bungalow-style rooms and two restaurants and three bars for drinking and dining. Watling’s offers a full seafood menu and Christopher’s provides a wide variety of food for a wide variety of tastes. The Verve Lounge and Luna Café can be found at the theater and the pool, while the Azul Bar looks right on to the ocean. The Beacon Bar and Zao Bar is the perfect place to sit back and see the sunset.
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