Posted April 28th, 2012, 07:20 PM
If you'd prefer a land based vacation-
Roatan would be my first choice! We're headed to Cocoview for a week in November, but that resort is all about diving. Check out Anthony's key if you want a little bit more variety or stay at a hotel and dive through a local shop. Our favorite independent shop is West End Divers.
We also love staying in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. The diving isn't as amazing as Roatan, but the flight is half the price for us. We were there in March and stayed in a condo, making our own breakfasts and lunches and then going out to dinner to save money. While the flight is cheaper, the diving is more expensive in Hawaii. We dove with Big Island Divers (don't miss the Manta Ray dive for sure!) and stayed here: http://www.bandkscondo.com/KonaReef/index.html
If you want to book a cruise, we prefer Western- Roatan, Belize, Cozumel, and Grand Caymen are some of the best. Last Western cruise we tried to get to Costa Maya but couldn't dock due to winds, so we're not sure of the diving there.
Wherever you go, be sure to let the dive staff know your experience level. This will make the diving much more enjoyable for you