Super-swanky dive resorts come in all sizes.
But mostly in small.
From Chile to Australia to St. Lucia, the world’s most exclusive scuba hideaways serve fewer than 100 select guests.
Some cater to a maximum of just 20 diving VIPs.
Others tempt groups to reserve their whole private island.
I mean, why share paradise when you can have all that pampering for yourself and your friends?
Without exception, these premium dive lodges offer the royal treatment for even the most spoiled among us.
Spa treatments, cuisine by renowned chefs, impeccable service and, of course, the healthiest reefs and most prolific sea life on the planet.
Here are 10 resorts that treat divers with a special kind of dignity.
Green, jagged, volcanic mountains rising in the background.
Sweeping white sand beaches framed by ridiculously blue waters.
A collection of luxury thatched Fijian bures, or huts, with private swimming pools and Jacuzzis, set among coconut palms on 100 acres of lush tropical gardens.
Oh, and the South Pacific’s only Guinot-branded spa.
The resort serves a maximum of 34 adults in 17 opulently appointed bures — all air conditioned and with outdoor showers.
Guests can can stroll to the beach and snorkel out to extraordinary reefs without breaking a sweat.
Underwater, Fiji has long been a celebrated dive kingdom.
Waterproof cameras will be overloaded at the legendary Rainbow Reef on nearby Taveuni Island where many of Fiji’s 200-plus soft corals are on display in Technicolor.
Fiji has extensive wall diving, ripping drift dives at Somosomo Strait and more than 1,000 fish species to take in.
The very definition of remote, Misool Eco Resort is a private island inside a 465-square-mile Marine Protected Area that’s surrounded by an 18,000-square-mile shark and manta sanctuary.
The resort is hidden deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands more than 100 miles from the closest port and 12 miles by boat from the nearest village.
It’s in the heart of the Coral Triangle, so named because it’s home to a majority of the world’s reef-building corals in the diving Mecca of southern Raja Ampat.
Guests can stay in the extravagant Water Cottages and snorkel or dive around the pilings of their lodge.
There are also beach lodgings.
The resort proudly boasts three staff for each one of their 40 guests.
Staying at Misool Eco may be good for the soul but guests will also be supporting its conservation initiatives.
The resort was directly responsible for getting the Indonesian government to create the Raja Ampat Shark and Manta Sanctuary.
Perhaps most impressive is the 320-square-mile No-Take Zone where all fishing and marine harvesting is prohibited.