Are you a fan of Scuba Diving? Do you enjoy exploring the depths of the deep blue sea?

Scuba diving is one of the most fun and exhilarating things a traveler can do while on vacation in a tropical location. But did you know THIRDHOME has stunning homes in some of the best diving locations in the world? Keep reading to learn where you can book your next scuba adventure!

Cabo, Mexico

One of the main benefits of diving in Cabo is that the water stays relatively warm all year long, with an average annual temperature of 76°F. Cabo is a desirable vacation spot in all four seasons because the weather is always warm, no matter the month. The types of sea life you can swim with are extraordinary. Divers can expect to see everything from different types of whales to sharks, rays, seahorses, and all types of fish.

The Beachfront Flats (Cabo)

At this beachfront paradise, the only thing standing between you and the Sea of Cortez’s aquamarine waters is warm sand. Nicknamed the “Aquarium of the World,” the Sea of Cortez is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the premier diving spots on the planet, with an impressive array of marine life.

Belize

Belize is home to the Great Blue Hole, one of the world’s most sought-after diving sites and part of the Belize Barrier Reef UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the most famous dive in all of Belize, and most recognized by those who are unfamiliar with the Scuba world.

Still Waters

Located in the main town (San Pedro) on Belize’s largest island, lies one of its most attractive properties in Still Waters. Located near some of the best diving and fishing spots in the world, Still Waters sleeps 11 guests comfortably with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. If you get tired from Scuba, you can relax with local fishing, shopping, dining, and sailing!

Maldives

The Maldives are known worldwide for their world-class diving. Comprised of 1,200+ islands, coral reefs, and coral islands, it’s not hard to imagine why. Better yet, because of the tropical climate, it’s also a place you can dive year-round. You don’t need to cram your trip into a narrow time period! Because of the diverse environments, divers can expect to encounter reefs, drifts, and even wreckage locations.

Not only are the Maldives known for their crystal clear waters and diving opportunities, but they’re also known for having some of the best and most luxurious hotels and lodging in the world. And the THIRDHOME destinations are no different.

Soneva Jani

Why not stay in a floating mansion for a week? Located on a cluster of islands in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll, Noonu Atoll offers diving experiences for all levels and enables you to swim with grey reef sharks, stingrays, spotted eagle rays, barracuda, jackfish, morays, schooling blue-striped snapper, and turtles.

Soneva Fushi

Located not too far from Soneva Jani is one of the nicest resorts in all of the Maldives, Soneva Fushi. Located from the steps of the beach, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom villa offers a private swimming pool and slide, along with a private garden and deck that connects directly to the beach. Like Jani, Soneva Fushi offers world-class diving along with snorkeling, fishing, and other water sports.

Australia

The Great Barrier Reef. That’s it. That’s the sentence. This is the most famous dive spot in the entire world, and it is, of course, located in Australia. But that’s not the only place where divers can expect the trip of a lifetime: The Land Down Under is also known for Yongala, Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, and Navy Pier.

Unique Pebble Beach Home

The Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 islands that lie off the coast of Queensland, Australia and form part of the Great Barrier Reef. The Whitsundays, and the Great Barrier Reef, are one of the most pristine dive destinations in the world, with spectacular coral formations, hundreds of species of fish, turtles, manta rays, and even visiting dolphins and whales.

Are you thinking about making your next THIRDHOME trip a scuba-filled retreat? Click here to find your next beach home exchange, and be sure to check out everything you need to know about diving in 2022.

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What are ThirdHome members saying about their luxury home exchange trips to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Placencia, Belize?

ThirdHome Exchange members recently returned from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Placencia, Belize. Keep reading to learn about their ThirdHome travel experiences!

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Pacific West | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Guests are greeted by striking modern architecture and wall-to-ceiling windows framing the splendid Pacific Ocean views at Villa Pacific West. Elegant designer furnishings, unique artwork and a host of exceptional amenities make this stunning villa a uniquely alluring retreat. This home is located in the breathtaking community of Pedregal, making it a fabulous stay for your next luxury getaway!

ThirdHome member Alexandra says, “Villa Pacific West was beautiful, luxurious, comfortable, relaxing, peaceful. The 180 views over both oceans were spectacular. The villa was well equipped and even came with a daily cleaning service. Communication with the owner and also with the manager was quick and easy.” Click here to read more of Alexandra’s review.

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Villa Jammin Gecko | Placencia, Belize

Villa Jammin Gecko is a three-story custom beachfront estate with five bedrooms and seven baths, located directly on a beautiful sandy beach over looking the Caribbean sea in Placencia, Belize. Amenities include a large game room with a built in wet bar, pool table and large covered patio over looking pool and ocean. A chef’s kitchen, spacious bedrooms and onsite staff are enough to please each and every guest!

ThirdHome member Pamela says, “Our group of eight had a wonderful week at Jammin Gecko! The house was spectacular and it was hard to pull ourselves away for other activities. We enjoyed the beach, kayaking, biking and fishing. The staff took such great care of us and we were truly pampered!  ” Click here to read more of Pamela’ review.

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Made popular in Europe, plunge pools are becoming a popular alternative to larger and harder to maintain pools. They also help home owners save big on water, space and electricity.

According to Home Advisor, a standard in-ground pool can cost up to $57,000, while plunge pools cap out around $25,000. An average or mid-sized pool will typically exceed 600 square feet. Plunge pools are loosely defined as being less than 600 square feet and being less than 6 feet deep. If you’re looking to add a dose of luxury to your backyard without breaking the bank, a thoughtfully laid out plunge pool might do the trick. Or you might just want to jump into a few of the pools below during your next stay.

Check out our Top 6 ThirdHome Plunge Pool Picks to inspire your next stay or home renovation project:

6. Placencia, Belize

Little Harvest Caye Plunge Pool


Private Island of Little Harvest Caye

Capping off an amazing open-air living space is Little Harvest Caye’s plunge pool. Featuring stunning ocean views, in-water seating and a volleyball setup, this plunge pool is designed for summer fun and relaxation. This pool is perfect for poolside piña coladas and endless sunbathing, while keeping fresh water requirements low. Fresh water is a commodity on many salt water islands, especially the private ones. That’s why this plunge pool design works so perfectly for Little Harvest Caye. It’s just enough pool to cool off, have fun and feel like you’re staying in true luxury.

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5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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Casa Arrecifes

Two plunge pools for the price of one! This Cabo San Lucas property features two kidney shaped pools that jut into the coast, giving the illusion that the surf could hit you at any moment. Even better, one of these pools is actually a hot tub. This is a popular combination for fans of Contrast Therapy–a post workout technique in which athletes immerse themselves in extremely cold water followed by hot water. Believed to increase circulation and help the muscles relax, Contrast Therapy has also found popularity in an audience apart from professional athletes: luxury homeowners. Homes like Casa Arrecifes allow guests to unwind in unique fashion and with incredible views.

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4. Canggu, Indonesia

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Como Uma Canggu-Luxury Penthouse

Welcome to the most romantic plunge pool in Bali. Located at the Como Uma Canggu beachfront resort, these penthouse plunge pools are the best thing to happen to a master suite since heated floors and in-room jacuzzis. On the larger end of the plunge pool spectrum, this pool measures in at about 540 square feet. Step through the Master suite’s sliding glass doors and you’ll notice the 45 degree receding roofline adorned by green ivy. Giving you the best of both worlds, this roof design keeps the deck area partially shaded while letting the pool be fully exposed to the sun and dramatic ocean views.  If you’re looking for an idyllic tropical getaway look no further. You may consider installing one off your master bedroom back home after experiencing this kind of luxury first-hand.

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3. Kalkan, Turkey

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Ketchy Villa

Facing Kalkan Bay, this Turkish Villa pool terrace is a refreshing mix of modern and old world charm. Featuring a blue-tile infinity plunge pool, this villa’s pool area pushes the limits of what a plunge pool can be. Rooftop pools usually require great feats of engineering and architecture, considering the additional load placed on the structure. And retrofitting a property for a rooftop pool usually isn’t worth the trouble, much less building an infinity pool (another mechanical feat). That’s why there’s so much to appreciate when staying at Ketchy Villa. The owners managed to transform a classically designed seaside Turkish home into a modern luxury holiday retreat, in large part due to the rooftop plunge pool feature. Be sure to consult an architect or engineer before installing one on your roof!

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2. Las Vegas, Nevada

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Palms Place Penthouse

If you thought Ketchy Villa’s rooftop design was daring, consider swimming over Las Vegas at this plunge pool at the Palms Place Penthouse. A cantilevered t-shape design allows this tiny pool to hover over the city, making for stunning city views. If you have a fear of heights, the transparent bottom may shock you at first. But the surrounding glass safety walls and reinforced tile entry will soon redirect your attention to the bright lights of Vegas. The 1,000 square foot balcony also features living and entertaining space around the plunge pool. If you’re looking for unique plunge pool design, this is the pinnacle.

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1. Palm Springs, California

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Palm Springs Modern

Simple, modern and beautiful. This Palm Springs home features an elegant plunge pool that blends seamlessly into the landscaping. Earth tones, rock and desaturated greens dot the hillside complementing the pool’s blue, and the patio’s white, umber and sienna decor. It’s no wonder Elle Decor and Land Rover both used this location for brand photo shoots. The desert locale is perfect weather for enjoying a refreshing splash. The pool also has a heating feature for cold desert nights when the stars are at their peak visibility. If you’re looking for a subtle touch of luxury that can fit into most residential designs, this plunge pool is the perfect choice.

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Being marooned on this island in Belize wouldn’t be half bad. Gilligan would definitely approve.

You’re flying about 10 miles from the coast, and around 40 miles from the capital of Belize- with the helicopter prop whizzing heavily above you. The royal blue shade of the sea is uninterrupted except for the occasional light blue tint of shallow waters. Amongst it all sits Royal Belize Island, your island getaway.

belize aerial

The cockpit tilts back slightly as the pilot makes his descent. Thatch-roofed umbrellas waver and water ripples under firm helicopter gusts. The skids hit the grass, the engine shuts down, and for the first time, you realize how unutterably quiet it is in this tropical isolation. Your heart slows by a few beats.

belize helicopter

Steps away is your red-topped villa. The walls are almost entirely glass as if the villa were inviting the sea in for a cup of coffee. From here it’s difficult to tell, but there are an entire 7.5 acres of island to explore. But first, the island staff greets you and accommodates your every need.

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You finally get to settle into your villa while the rest of your group makes themselves at home at the 2 other villas on the property. They’re all very modern and within footsteps of the water. You discover that when sitting on the front porch the tradewinds make your hairs stand on end and leave goosebumps on your arms. The vista from your chair is sublime. You wonder, why did I wait so long to come?

belize deck

Between all the houses are communal spaces in lavish thatch-roof huts. You saunter in to find that a mojito has already been prepared for your arrival.  There’s a masseuse table in the corner, and you remember that you’d booked a private spa session through ThirdHome’s Travel & Concierge department. You mentally pat yourself on the back for the forethought.

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You feel renewed, limber and several years younger. You say to yourself, I could lay here in this face cradle all day, but you couldn’t possibly. Not when there’s a chartered boat captain waiting to take you saltwater fly fishing! Your captain arrives and hands you a top of the line Orvis fishing rod, made specifically for tackling those wily bonefish.

Belize fishing

Your skipper transports you to various atolls, cays and reefs. He mentions to your crew that these are perfect locales for scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking. Your crew, in invisible agreement, begins to strap on their diving fins. SPLASH!

belize scuba

The next day, over brunch, you propose a jungle adventure to your crew. “Travel at high speeds through the jungle on Belize’s longest zip line and venture to the well hidden Bocawina Falls,” you read aloud from your Travel & Concierge materials, “natural pools and refreshing waters await.” It all sounds promising, and within no time the rainforest is flying by you at 60+ miles per hour.

belize zipline

Afterward, your crew wants to venture through Cave Branch River, Belize’s longest cave tube float. You explore over two miles of the ancient Mayan underworld followed by a hike through a mixture of ancient Yucatan relics and natural beauty.

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For some reason, you feel that Royal Belize Island was too cushy- too easy. You came for the true castaway experience! Your skipper fulfills your desire and transports you and your crew to Ranguana Caye for the night.

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Ranguana Caye features island staff, a beach bar, and three rustic cabanas. Here you find even more fishing, scuba, and watersport opportunities. Your crew lauds this rare find, and you smirk- eat your heart out Tom Hanks.  A fishing spear has never felt so natural in your well-worn island hands.

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You awake in a tizzy to find that your island tan is gone, as is your straw hat. Traffic, clacking keyboards, and a bombardment of city noises return you to reality. And the reality is this: you are only a few clicks away from returning to the private island experience of a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Royal Belize Island awaits you and your 10+ guest crew!

Packages for this Curated Journey start at $4,999 per person, and the trip is fully customizable to your party.

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ThirdHome is very excited to announce one of its newest affiliates, Belize Ocean Club Adventure Resort. Settled on the long peninsular stretch of Maya beach, this beautiful resort lives up to its promises of adventure. With nearby jungle and ocean attractions, Belize Ocean Club Adventure Resort offers a dose of adrenaline along with tropical beachside relaxation.

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Only a slender stretch of private beach divides one of Belize’s largest pools from the Caribbean Sea. Have a drink at the swim up bar while watching the tide engulf the sand, or take out one of the complimentary paddle boards to test your balance.

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Start your sun-soaked days in the comfort of Belize Ocean Club’s expansive suites. This all-suite resort boasts beautiful rooms that each come with a kitchen, dining area, living room, and balcony. Each balcony has a water view of either the lagoon (sunset) or ocean.

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If you’re a fan of tapas look no further. Belize Ocean Club’s many dining options specialize in modern Belize and Central American cuisine. Each dish is made with the freshest locally sourced ingredients. Dive into one of Belize’s seafood dishes and you may not need a weight belt during your SCUBA excursion.

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Rejuvenate your senses in the Belize Ocean Club’s spa. This over-water spa looks directly out onto the Caribbean, so you can watch the blue waters glide by as you receive your hot stone massage.   Full body scrubs, manicures, pedicures, and deep tissue massages are also available for your delight.

belize ocean club adventure resort

Belize Ocean Club Adventure Resort is the proud recipient of the 5-star rating from PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). Their on-site outfitter can take you to all of  Belize’s underwater bucket-list destinations including The Blue Hole. Get up close and personal with the eclectic and diverse ecosystem of the Caribbean.

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Belize Ocean Club even has its own private island, Ranguana Caye. The Ranguana Tropical Island Experience is offered so guests can enjoy Belizean island life for the day! We can’t think of a better place to play castaway. Snorkel, dive, fish, paddle board, kayak, hammock nap, sunbathe, drink, eat and play beach games. Ranguana Caye has it all. 

Belize Ocean Club Adventure Resort

Don’t just limit yourself to the sea. Belize Ocean Club Adventure Resort also features many inland excursions including jungle waterfall adventures.

Belize Ocean Club Adventure Resort

Discover the hidden secrets of the ancient Mayan ruins. For more excitement, tack on the Jaguar Preserve tour onto this inland journey.

Belize Ocean Club Adventure Resort

Zip at high speeds through the Bocawina jungle while taking in all of its natural beauty. All of this and more can be arranged through ThirdHome’s Travel & Concierge department in conjunction with Belize Ocean Club.

belize ocean club adventure resort

Discover the charm, adventure, and serenity of Belize today with Belize Ocean Club Adventure Resort.

Click here to view the suites at Belize Ocean Club and book your trip today!

There’s no better way to escape the chaos of the modern world than the seclusion of a private island. For most, the idea of a private island seems unachievable and purely speculative. But now, through ThirdHome, you can book the private island retreat of a lifetime.

ThirdHome has curated an exclusive trip to Belize on the Private Island of Little Harvest Caye for you and 14 other guests

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Get whisked away from Placencia Airstrip to the ultimate self-sustaining island. Welcome to Little Harvest Caye. Houses and strips of the beach are covered in high-end solar panels, powering the entire island with ease. The island also features a rainwater collection system making Little Harvest Caye the most eco-friendly island off of Placencia. Small island, smaller footprint.

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Start your day poolside while the island chef prepares your meal in his gourmet kitchen. The chairs you’re lounging in were crafted by local artisans and custom made for Little Harvest Caye. You’ll find Mayan carvings (including many of the doors) throughout the property, giving light to the region’s rich ancient history. Every bit of this island was handpicked to create a unique island experience.

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Each footstep in the sand gives the impression of down feathers parting between your toes. Welcome to the most private beach you’ve ever been on. No spring break crowds, no strangers, simply you and your island crew splashing away in the azure blue waters.

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Little Harvest Caye has several communal areas for your group to eat lunch, enjoy a cocktail or read a book. The thatch roof and open sides allow the ocean breeze to follow you wherever you go.

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There are plenty of opportunities for games and recreation in the communal area. Ping pong, wide screen TV’s, movie screen and a projector are included. Although, who would need to turn on the television in a place like this?

Belize private island

Each of 5 bedrooms are air conditioned, but the wind rolling off of Placencia through your patio door will be more than enough to keep cool. The property has 1 king bed, 4 queen beds, and 3 children’s beds (5 feet). Each suite has a private ensuite bathroom. An outdoor shower is also included to wash away all the sand you’ll be covered in.

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Adventure calls out from the Blue Hole waters and the coast of Belize. Little Harvest Caye provides kayaks, snorkels, guest boats, and paddle boards for near-island exploration. But other excursions can be planned with ThirdHome’s Travel & Concierge program including a Jaguar Reserve Tour, Scuba Diving Tours, Sailing Tours, Zipline Adventures, Mayan Ruin excursions, horseback riding, and deep sea fishing.

This private island getaway is only available for the week of August 26-September 7, 2017.

Exclusive stay fees are 15 Keys +$995 exchange fee+ $1323.50 per person with a minimum requirement of 10 people to book.

Click here to learn more about this Exclusive Stay. Book soon before it’s too late!

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