Best Places to Travel After the Global Pandemic



While this pandemic sweeps across the globe and countries with closed borders contemplate procedures for gradually re-opening, tourism seems to be furthest from our minds. However, leisure travel is a rewarding and positive experience which can have a transformative impact on people’s lives. As we follow the news and the disease control experts, viewing the emptiness of devastated major cities worldwide, it seems unlikely that leisure travel will ever be the same. It may not. At least not in the near future.


Several considerations and concerns will become the new norm for travelers whether planning a trip locally, within their own country or internationally. Travelers will most likely be concerned more with their health than ever before, as well as the potential risk of getting stuck in lockdown in a place far from home. Crowd-free, hassle-free, and potentially touch-free travel (to the maximum extent) possible will become a priority. Travel to local and in-country destinations may increase first as well as the use of private transportation such as self-driving vacations, private yachts, and private jets, for those who have the means.


Travel is not going to disappear, yet the look and feel as well as the destinations will change considerably, at least for a while. Amazing deals on flights, hotels, tours, private jets and yachts, as well as reopening of local landmarks and tourist attractions in need of income will be too good to resist. While we don’t encourage anyone to travel while restrictions are in place, we do hope that you will consider carefully planned excursions as each country progresses through their cautious and careful reopening steps. Those greatly affected by diminished tourism desperately need your tourism dollars and are quickly implementing procedures to keep you and their country safe from further virus spread.


On that note, we present some great alternative destinations which can be potential future post-pandemic travel rewards to yourself for a long and successful quarantine.


Please note we highly recommend that you consult the WHO and CDC guidelines, your countries State Department warnings and messages, and do your own research before planning your next trip.


12. Montana


Big Sky Country, also known as Montana, is a vast expanse of rugged wilderness where nature meets history and beauty meets culture. Montana is home to Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, the Continental Divide, the historical trail traveled by Lewis and Clark in 1804, the site of the 1876 Battle of Bighorn, and a multitude of charming towns and delicious food.


For Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates click here.


WHO


Everyone will enjoy visiting Montana and there are attractions and activities for all ages and abilities.


Can I bring my dog? Yes, however, there are strict regulations if bringing your dog into Montana. Please review and follow these regulations and these rules.


WHAT


Montana has many must-do places to go and things to do. Below are just a few:

You can find more guides and ideas at Montana’s Official tourism site here.


Suggested packing list for post-pandemic travel here. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


WHERE


Montana is a located in the north western United States. It is defined by its diverse terrain and wide-open spaces. It is home to Glacier National Park in the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains with Yellowstone National Park to the south and Canada to the north.


WHEN


Ideal months to visit Montana are July and August. June and September are also good months for accessing tourist attractions, however, there is the possibility of rain in June and snow in September.


Recommend: Please check for any possible Covid-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions here before making any travel plans.


HOW


From the United States, you can travel by car, train, or airlines. If you are arriving from another country, there are four international airports: Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), Missoula International Airport (MSO), Great Falls International Airport (GTF) and Billings Logan International Airport (BIL). Note: make sure you have the airport that will land you closest to your intended destination.


Suggested International and National Flights: Delta, United, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines


Suggested Luxury Accommodations:


Suggested Accommodations for dogs:

11. Wyoming


Wyoming’s larger than life landscapes and seemingly endless natural habitat for wildlife, along with its national parks, history, culture, and delicious food, make it a must-see destination in the United States. Possible wildlife encounters include bison, elk, bighorn sheep, and eagles. Wyoming is home to the infamous Yellowstone National Park as well as Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge, just to name a few. Wyoming provides outdoor enthusiasts with a plethora of activities such as camping, fishing, rafting, golf, horseback riding, hot springs, mountain biking, rock climbing, ziplining, hunting, rodeos, and more. You may not want to go home after visiting.


For Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates click here.


WHO


Combining outdoor adventure and activities with culture, history and small-town charm, Wyoming has something for all ages and all interests.


Can I bring my dog? Yes. However, we could not actually find any rules and regulations for bringing dogs into Wyoming, so you might want to contact them directly at +1-307-857-4140 before planning your trip. There are strict rules for dogs entering Yellowstone National Park here and Grand Teton National Park here.


WHAT


We highly recommend planning a trip long enough to see Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Devil’s Tower National Monument, as well as the Oregon Trail historical landmarks, the Bighorn Scenic Byway, and any of the many forts and historical sites throughout the state. Wyoming is perfect for scenic cruising, take advantage of it and enjoy.


Suggested packing list for post-pandemic travel here. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


WHERE


Wyoming, located the north western United States, is covered two-thirds by the Rocky Mountains and one third by the High Plains. Almost half of the land in Wyoming is nationally owned parks, recreation areas, forests, historic sites, fish hatcheries, and wildlife refuges. It is also the second most sparsely populated state in the United States. Wyoming is bordered by Montana to the north, Utah and Idaho to the west, Colorado to the south, and Nebraska and South Dakota to the east.


WHEN


Wyoming is a year-round destination, however the popular months to visit are mid-June to August to be able to take full advantage of all there is to see and do.


HOW


Wyoming has one international airport in Casper, Casper/Natrona County International Airport (CPR), however, you may want to fly into Denver International Airport (DEN) in Denver Colorado then transfer to a regional airport closer to their final destination. Wyoming several regional airports which may be closer to your destination.



Suggested Flights: United Airlines, Delta, Virgin Atlantic, American Airlines, British Airways


Suggested Luxury Accommodations:

Suggested Accommodations that accept dogs:

10. Alaska


Nicknamed the Last Frontier and the Land of the Midnight Sun, Alaska is land of breathtaking mountains, spectacular glaciers, abundant wildlife, towering icebergs, charming towns, unique culture, and the northern lights. There are luxurious accommodations and cruises, seemingly endless hiking and trekking, world-class fishing, gorgeous road trips, national parks, train rides, historical sites, and amazing food and entertainment. Alaska is mostly considered a spring-summer destination, however there are plenty of winter activities such as skiing, dogsledding, ice-carving, and winter carnivals.


For Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates click here.


WHO


Alaska is a pristine vacation destination for people of all ages and activity levels.

Can I bring my dog? Yes, you can bring your dog to Alaska, but it there are specific rules and regulations to follow. See here and here for how to comply.


WHAT


We highly recommend an Alaskan cruise; however, we encourage you to plan a trip that also includes additional land tours, so you won’t miss out on many of the amazing mountains, terrestrial wildlife, and vast interior landscapes. Traveling by train, air, motorhome, and 4x4 are alternative methods for seeing the best Alaska has to offer.


Suggested packing list for post-pandemic travel here. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


WHERE


Alaska is in the northwestern extremity of the north American Continent across the Bering Strait from Asia. It borders the Canadian province of British Columbia and the territory of Yukon on the east and southeast and shares a maritime border with Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia, on the west. The Pacific Ocean lies to the south and southwest, and the Chukchi and Beaufort seas of the Arctic Ocean lie to the north. Alaska is the largest US state by area and the most sparsely populated, so there’s lots of open space and wildlife.


WHEN


The best times to experience Alaska are from mid-May to mid-September, however the weather is always unpredictable, so it’s best to come prepared. May is usually the driest month, with increasing rain through the summer. And don’t forget that from early May through September, there can be as many as 22 hours of daylight in Alaska depending on your proximity to the north.


HOW


There are 30 international airports in Alaska, so you want to make sure you are flying into the correct airport to arrive at your final destination. Make sure you check with your cruise or tour company to verify the correct airport for your arrival. We have listed four of the best airports in Alaska below to assist in your travel planning.


Airports in Alaska:



Suggested Flights: Alaska Airlines, Delta, United, JetBlue


Suggested Cruises:

Suggested Land Tours:

Suggested Luxury Accommodations:

Suggested Accommodations for dogs:

9. Vermont


The Green Mountain state, Vermont, offers gorgeous landscapes, delicious food, and a plethora of outdoor activities. Vermont also offers many luxury accommodations and excellent cuisine, exquisite artisan cheeses, great maple syrup, and…the home to Ben & Jerry’s ice cream…in case you’re a fan. Vermont is also known as a cruiser’s paradise, whether you prefer motorcycles, bicycles, mountain bicycles, or cars. With Lake Champlain, the sixth largest body of freshwater in the United States, over 800 lakes and ponds, and over 7,000 miles of streams, partaking in kayaking, sailing, fishing, swimming, or canoeing is a must do activity. In winter, Vermont becomes a wonderland with skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledding, sleigh rides, ice climbing, ice fishing, and more.


For Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates click here.


WHO


Vermont is a great destination for all ages and activity levels.


Can I bring my dog? Yes. Vermont is considered to be very pet friendly. Please follow these regulations here and here, and plan ahead. If you are traveling from other countries, review these regulations here.


WHAT


Beyond maple syrup and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Vermont is also home to over 100 19th-century covered wooden bridges and thousands of acres of mountain terrain with gorgeous lakes and streams. For horse lovers, the University of Vermont is the home to the original Morgan Horse Farm, which first developed the breed. From beautiful Quechee Gorge, carved by glaciers about 13,000 years ago, to the impressive Green Mountain National Forest to expansive Lake Champlain to engaging Mount Mansfield and Smuggler’s Notch near Stowe, we recommend that you plan a minimum of 1 week to see all that Vermont has to offer. Seriously though, make sure you visit Ben & Jerry’s…yum!


Suggested packing list for post-pandemic travel here. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


WHERE


Vermont is in the northeastern United States bordered by Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and Quebec, Canada, to the north. Vermont is the second least populated state and the sixth smallest by area.


WHEN


The best time to visit Vermont is May through September. However, if you enjoy the snow and winter activities, Vermont is not to be missed during December through March. There are nearly as many festivals, celebrations, and activities during the winter as during the summer.


HOW


Vermont has one international airport, Burlington International Airport (BTV) in South Burlington. However, there are 18 public regional and municipal airports if you need to connect from an airport outside of Vermont.


Suggested Flights: Delta, United, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic


Suggested Luxury Accommodations:

Suggested Accommodations for Dogs:

8. Hawai’i


Hawai’i is considered a tropical paradise and dream destinations for many reasons, but we’re going to focus on the best diving spots. This archipelago is made up of 137 islands spread over 1500 miles. There are eight main islands making up the main tourist destinations of Ni’ihau, Kaua’i, O’ahu, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe, Maui, and Hawai’i, the largest island also known as “Big Island”. The Hawai’ian islands are some of the youngest islands in the world due to their volcanic activity and new islands are currently being formed off of the south coast of the Big Island. Hawai’i offers clear, warm water, great weather, excellent hiking and watersports, and an enormous amount of undersea life. Each island offers a unique style of diving and land attractions. While we love all the islands, we’re going to focus solely on the islands of Maui, Hawai’i (the Big Island), Kaua’i.


For Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates click here.


WHO


Hawai’i offers excellent diving for all levels of divers from beginner to advanced. In addition, snorkeling is excellent, and watersports abound. For those who will have landlubbers traveling with them, there is an abundance of hiking, biking, horseback riding, museums, cultural events, and spas. There truly is something for everyone in Hawai’i.


One note of caution from personal experience working in tourism, diving, and teaching in Hawai’ian waters, no matter what anyone tells you, the offshore waters in Hawai’i are not calm. On the best of days, there are mild swells and on average days it’s pretty “bumpy”. So, if you get seasick at all, plan ahead and bring some kind of seasickness preventative. I absolutely love all water in Hawai’i above and below, but it’s not for those who sicken easily.


Recommended for: beginning to advanced divers, underwater photographers, and critter lovers. Hawai’i offers attractions, adventures, and relaxation for all ages and activity levels, not just for divers.


Can I bring my dog? Yes, however there are very strict requirements that must be met and fees to be paid. Hawai’i is the only state in the US which is rabies-free. Their policies are put in place to ensure rabies does not enter the islands. You can see the rules and requirements here and here. For more information, read this. If you are bringing your dog to Hawai’i advanced planning is a must.


WHAT


We usually recommend liveaboard diving, because it is such an immersive experience, and Hawai’i does have high a quality liveaboard diving available. However, the Hawaiian islands offer so much more than diving, that we feel it would do injustice to not also recommend some serious island hopping and resort stays. Hawai’i offers luxurious resorts along with outstanding dive operators on Maui, Hawai’i, and Kaua’i as well as excellent water sports, island tours, and cultural events. There is so much to do, you may need to plan a longer vacation.


Our top picks for amazing diving of the Hawaiian islands include:

  • Manta Night Dive, Kona, Big Island

  • Pelagic Magic Night Dive, Kona, Big Island

  • Golden Arches, Kona, Big Island

  • Molokina Crater and Back Side, from Maui or Lana’i

  • Cathedrals, Lighthouse Point, and Shark Fin Rock, from Maui or Lana’i

  • Ni’ihau, from Kaua’i

  • Tunnels, Sheraton Caverns, and Brenneckes Ledge, Kaua’i

There are tons more, but these are do not miss dives.


Our things not to miss on your trip include Waimea Canyon on Kaua’i, Na Pali Coast on Kaua’i, Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, the Road to Hana on Maui, Haleakala crater sunrise on Maui.


If you will be diving, the liveaboards and dive operators normally have quality gear. However, if you do want to bring your own gear, keep in mind the airlines fees in today’s travel environment and check with your liveaboard for potential baggage size limitations. We normally like to bring our masks, snorkels, skins, and our own regulators. These can easily be transported in carry-ons.


Suggested packing list for post-pandemic travel here. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


WHERE


Hawai’i is located in the middle of the Pacific in an archipelago made up of 137 islands spread over 1500 miles. There are eight main islands making up the main tourist destinations of Ni’ihau, Kaua’i, O’ahu, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe, Maui, and Hawai’i, the largest island also known as “Big Island”. Hawai’i offers clear, warm water, great weather, excellent hiking and watersports, and an enormous amount of undersea life. Each island offers a unique style of diving and land attractions. While we love all the islands, we’re going to focus solely on the islands of Maui, Hawai’i (the Big Island), and Kaua’i.


WHEN


The islands of Hawai’i are considered a year-round destination, however there are definitely better times to visit especially if you want to dive some of the top dive sites such as Ni’ihau or the Back Wall of Molokini Crater. While the offshore waters generally have good visibility, many dive operators just don’t offer trips to Ni’ihau or the Back Wall of Molokini Crater in the winter months. However, there are plenty of good dive sites for the enter year.


High season: December to March and June to September


Low season: April to May and October to November


Recommend advance planning: since this is a popular destination, we recommend planning your trip at least 3 to 6 months in advance. Some liveaboard dive operators sell out well before that, so do your research early.


HOW


There are three international airports in Hawai’i and two are on the same island. Most people fly into the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and then transfer to a local flight to arrive at their island destination. However, there are two international airports on the Big Island of Hawai’i, and you want to make sure you fly into the Kona International Airport (KOA) if you will be staying on the west side of the island. Be sure to check with your tour, liveaboard, or accommodation to make sure you know the correct airport in which to arrive.


Suggested Flights: Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, United, Delta


Suggested Liveaboards: Kona Aggressor II


Suggested Dive Operators:

Suggested Luxury Resorts:

Suggested Accommodations for dogs:

7. Northern Marianas


The Northern Marianas Islands are a commonwealth of the United States made up of 14 islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. The Mariana Archipelago is north of Guam and it’s three most well-known islands are Rota, Saipan, and Tinian. Geographically speaking, the Marianas are the northernmost islands of Micronesia. Northern Mariana’s clear waters and plentiful marine life make it popular with divers and snorkelers, however there are a variety of activities and attractions for those who want to stay on land such as casinos, golf, museums, ruins, WWII artifacts, festivals and fiestas, and stunning views.


For Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates click here.


WHO


The Northern Marianas Islands offer watersports, activities, and attractions for all ages and fitness levels. Saipan, Tinian, and Rota all have excellent diving including caverns, wrecks, coral, and abundant marine life.


Recommended for: beginning to advanced divers, underwater photographers, and critter lovers. Always check with the CDC here before traveling internationally to ensure you are following all the recommended guidelines and obtaining the necessary vaccinations. For additional information read here.


Can I bring my dog? Yes. However, the importation of dogs to the Northern Marianas is very similar to Hawai’i, Australia, and New Zealand and will require a lot of pre-planning and coordination on your part. Please see the following for all the requirements and rules here, here, and here. For a personal perspective please read here. Remember, to bring your dog will require a minimum of 6 months pre-planning.


WHAT


The best way to see all that the Northern Marianas Islands have to offer is to stay at a resort and plan day tours and island hopping. Saipan can easily be toured by car or tour bus and most resorts can arrange your tours for you.


If you will be diving, the dive operators normally have quality gear. However, if you do want to bring your own gear, keep in mind the airlines fees in today’s travel environment and check with your liveaboard for potential baggage size limitations. We normally like to bring our masks, snorkels, skins, and our own regulators. These can easily be transported in carry-ons.


Suggested packing list for post-pandemic travel here. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


WHERE


The Northern Marianas Islands along with Guam comprise the Mariana Islands archipelago in the northern part of Micronesia. These are volcanic islands with active volcanoes on several of the unpopulated islands. If you look on a map, the Northern Marianas Islands are basically in the middle of the western Pacific.


WHEN

While the Northern Marianas Islands are considered a year-round destination due to their ideal climate, the islands do lie in a typhoon belt and can be very rainy from July to October. Therefore, we suggest visiting December through June.


Recommend advance planning: if you intend to bring your dog, we recommend planning your trip at least 6 months in advance. Also, there may be vaccinations that you need to obtain in advance of your trip. Please check here and here for that information.


HOW


The Northern Marianas Islands have three international airports (listed below) each on a different island. When planning your trip, you definitely want to make sure you arrive at the correct airport for your accommodations.


International Airports:


Suggested Flights: United, Asiana Airlines


Suggested Dive Operators:

Suggested Accommodations:

6. American Samoa


Talofa! Meaning “Welcome” in Samoan. American Samoa is most welcoming island in the middle of the Pacific with fun, friendly people who love to showcase their Polynesian culture with dancing, singing, and playing with fire. Here you have all the wonderful food, watersports, cultural activities, and natural beauty of Hawaii, without the masses of tourists, and more. If you love waterfalls, gorgeous beaches, jungle hiking, snorkeling and diving, stargazing (yes, you can see the Milky Way), friendly Polynesians, amazing food, and practically no tourists, then American Samoa is for you.


For Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates click here.


WHO


American Samoa offers excellent diving for all levels of divers from beginner to advanced. In addition, snorkeling is excellent, and watersports abound. For those who will have landlubbers traveling with them, there is an abundance of hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, museums, cultural events, and spas and wellness services. There truly is something for everyone in American Samoa.


One note of caution from personal experience working in tourism, diving, and teaching in Pacific waters, no matter what anyone tells you, the offshore waters in American Samoa are not always calm. So, if you get seasick at all, plan ahead and bring some kind of seasickness preventative. I absolutely love all water in the Pacific Ocean, but it’s not for those who sicken easily.


Recommended for: beginning to advanced divers, underwater photographers, and critter lovers.


Can I bring my dog? Yes. However, there are policies are put in place to ensure rabies does not enter the islands. You can see the rules and requirements here and here.


WHAT


We usually recommend liveaboard diving, because it is such an immersive experience, however, there are no liveaboard dive boats that cover American Samoa at this time. However, American Samoa offers so much more than diving, that we feel it would do injustice to not recommend some serious island hopping and resort stays. There are so many top-notch accommodations, excellent watersports including diving and snorkeling, island tours, and cultural events that you may need to plan a longer vacation.


If you will be diving, the dive operators normally have quality gear. However, if you do want to bring your own gear, keep in mind the airlines fees in today’s travel environment and check with your liveaboard for potential baggage size limitations. We normally like to bring our masks, snorkels, skins, and our own regulators. These can easily be transported in carry-ons.


Suggested packing list for post-pandemic travel here. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


WHERE


American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States. It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The main island is Tutuila; however the Manu’a Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island are also well worth a visit. American Samoa is located west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and approximately 300 miles south of Tokelau. The Fagatele Bay National Marine Santuary around the island of Tutuila was formed to protect and preserve corals, marine life, and the healthy ecosystem in and around the island.


WHEN


American Samoa is considered a year-round destination, however there are definitely better times to visit especially if you want to see Humpback Whales and Sperm Whales. Best time for viewing Humpback Whales is August to November.


Dry season: April to October


Wet season: November to March


Recommendation: Make sure you check with the CDC on any required immunizations or special planning necessary when traveling to American Samoa.


HOW


There is one international airport in American Samoa: Pago Pago International Airport (PPG) on Tutuila island. However, the island of Upolu in Western Samoa has the Faleolo International Airport (APW), (not part of American Samoa), which could then be used to plan an island hop flight to American Samoa. Be sure to check with your accommodation to make sure you know all the steps needed to arrive to your destination.


Suggested Flights: Hawaiian Airlines (only airlines to American Samoa), Fiji Airways, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia


Suggested Dive Operators:

Suggested Luxury Accommodations:

Suggested Accommodations for dogs: Hotel Millenia


5. Marshall Islands


Geographically part of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands epitomize tropical paradise with expansive reefs, walls, marine life, inland forests, and almost 1,200 islands, islets, and atolls. The area also provides abundant wreck diving as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site at Bikini Atoll. The Marshall Islands is considered one of the best dive spots in the world due to its crystal-clear water, abundance of wreck and reef diving, and the world’s largest shark sanctuary. However, the Marshall Islands also offer fantastic fishing, an abundance of secluded atolls, and great accommodations. Situation between Hawai’i and the Philippines, these islands are less touristy than either Hawai’i or the Philippines with many of the same amenities. My husband swears he has had “the best” shark encounters diving the Marshall Islands then any where else in the world.


For Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates click here.


WHO


Travelers of all ages, experience, and fitness are welcome in the Marshall Islands. There are options for experienced divers to the most skilled sun bathers.


Recommended for: beginner to advanced divers, underwater photographers, snorkelers, and critter lovers.


Can I bring my dog? Yes. However, there are strict policies similar to Hawai’i that are put in place to ensure rabies does not enter the islands. You can see the rules and requirements here and here. Due to the strict requirements, we highly recommend advanced planning for a trip to the Marshall Islands.


WHAT


We highly recommend a liveaboard for serious divers who want to cover as much underwater territory as possible. However, if you want a chance to partake in both land and sea adventures, or you have non-divers in your midst, there are great snorkeling and land tours available. There are plenty of accommodations on the islands where you can stay if you will not be traveling on a liveaboard.


If you will be diving, the liveaboards and dive operators normally have quality gear. However, if you do want to bring your own gear, keep in mind the airlines fees in today’s travel environment and check with your liveaboard for potential baggage size limitations. We normally like to bring our masks, snorkels, skins, and our own regulators. These can easily be transported in carry-ons.


Suggested packing list for post-pandemic travel here. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


WHERE


The Republic of the Marshall Islands is an island country and United States associated state consisting of over 29 atolls and 1,156 individual islands and islets. It is located east of the Federated States of Micronesia, north of Nauru, northwest of Kiribati, and south of Wake Island. These islands have a long and varied history that begins ancient volcanoes, Micronesian colonists and encompasses some devastating war and nuclear testing. However, the Marshall Islands have become a pristine scuba diving and culturally diverse tourist destination, although not as crowded as many other destinations in the South Pacific.


WHEN


The Marshall Islands are considered a year-round destination, however there are definitely better times to visit especially if you want to avoid the rainy season.


Dry season: December to April


Wet season: May to November


Recommendation: Make sure you check with the CDC on any required immunizations or special planning necessary when traveling to the Marshall Islands.


HOW


The Marshall Islands has one international airport, the Marshall Islands International Airport (MAJ) on the island of Majuro. Most incoming flights to the Marshall Islands come from Honolulu International Airport (HNL) in Hawai’i, or Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM) in Guam.


Important: Be sure to check with your tour, liveaboard, or accommodation to make sure you know if you need to reserve additional transportation to arrive at your final destination.


Suggested Airlines: United, Hawaiian Airlines


Suggested Liveaboards: Truk Master


Suggested Dive Operators:

Suggested Accommodations:


4. Guam


Guam has some of the world’s best scuba diving, clearest, warmest waters, and most beautiful beaches. The people are warm and hospitable, the food is a culinary melting pot with everything from local, homemade scrumptiousness to European delicacies, and the lifestyle is fun, festive, and friendly. Whether you are looking for outstanding diving, luxurious spas, exciting watersports, and hiking, or just a romantic getaway surrounded by serene island beauty, Guam is a perfect destination.


For Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates click here.


WHO


Guam offers great diving for all levels of divers. For advanced divers, there are drift dives, deep dives, wreck dives and even an active Tec diving community. For beginner divers, there are many highly qualified dive operators and shallow dives with plentiful marine life and corals. In addition, there are an amazing number of other activities including hiking, snorkeling, off-roading, sky diving, parasailing, sport fishing, ziplining, go karts, and golfing. Guam offers luxury spas, shopping, and outstanding beaches for those who want to move at a slower pace.


Recommended for: beginner to advanced divers, Tec divers, underwater photographers, critter lovers, and snorkelers.


Can I bring my dog? Yes. However, there are strict policies similar to Hawai’i that are put in place to ensure rabies does not enter the islands. You can see the rules and requirements here and here. Due to the strict requirements, we highly recommend advanced planning for a trip to Guam.


WHAT


We recommend a resort stay with diving and land activities planned with high quality tour operators to make the most out of your stay. This way, if you have non-divers in your midst, you can have your diving and spend time with your travel partners and experience all that Guam has to offer.


If you will be diving, the dive operators normally have quality gear. However, if you do want to bring your own gear, keep in mind the airlines fees in today’s travel environment and check with your airline for potential baggage size limitations. We normally like to bring our masks, snorkels, skins, and our own regulators. These can easily be transported in carry-ons.


Suggested packing list for post-pandemic travel here. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


WHERE


Guam is an unorganized, unincorporated territory of the United States in Micronesia near the Marianas Islands in the Western Pacific. The island was settled approximately 4,000 years ago by the indigenous people of the Marianas Islands. Guam has been occupied by the Japanese, Germans, and the United States. It is the largest and southernmost island in the Marianas Archipelago and the largest island in Micronesia. With year-round warm water and weather, it boasts beautiful jungles, stunning beaches, and a picture-perfect paradise.


WHEN


Guam is truly a year-round destination. The rainy season is September to December and the windy season is December to April, however diving, water sports, and other attractions are open year-round.


HOW


Guam has one international airport, the Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (GUM). You can fly into this airport from several international cities around the world.


Suggested Airlines: United, Japan Airlines, Delta, Asiana Airlines, ANA, Philippine Airlines


Suggested Dive Resorts/Operators:

Suggested Luxury Accommodations:

Suggested Accommodations for dogs:

3. US Virgin Islands


If perfect weather, glorious white-sand beaches, turquoise water, and a vibrant culinary scene are what you crave after being cooped up in the house during the pandemic, then look no further than the US Virgin Islands. The islands of St Thomas, St Croix, and St John offer great diving and other watersports, wonderful hiking in six national parks, history and culture, festivals, and food. Plus, for US citizens, these islands are quick and inexpensive to fly to and easy to enter. The US Virgin Islands have something for everyone from exciting adventures underwater, to dreamy sailing on azul Caribbean water, to relaxing in a luxury spa or a on a pristine beach. And you can stay away from the crowds by visiting St John or join in on the festivals in St Thomas and St Croix.


For Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates click here and here.


WHO


The US Virgin Islands offers underwater, on water, and on land activities for everyone and anyone. Whether you want to relax or rev up, these islands have it all.


Recommended for: beginning to advanced divers, underwater photographers, critter lovers, and snorkelers.


Can I bring my dog? Yes. However, there are strict policies that are put in place to ensure certain diseases and parasites do not enter the islands. You can see the rules and requirements here and here. For additional information, forms, and assistance, refer to this site here. Due to the strict requirements, we highly recommend advanced planning for a trip to the US Virgin Islands.


WHAT


We love sailing, so for those of you who are also addicted to the wind and the seas, we highly recommend chartering a sailing yacht. We suggest resorts on St Thomas and St Croix for those who want to partake in both land and sea adventures, and all of the trendy shopping, dining, spas, and foodie events. We suggest St John for those who prefer a more laid back, secluded experience. Or, better yet, you can extend your travel to include a week on each island.


If you will be diving, the dive operators normally have quality gear. However, if you do want to bring your own gear, keep in mind the airlines fees in today’s travel environment and check with your liveaboard for potential baggage size limitations. We normally like to bring our masks, snorkels, skins, and our own regulators. These can easily be transported in carry-ons.


Suggested packing list for post-pandemic travel here. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


WHERE


The US Virgin Islands are an unincorporated and organized territory of the United States in the Caribbean Sea just south of the British Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico is to the northwest, with Anguilla to the northeast, and St Kitts and Nevis to the southeast of the islands. This territory consists of the three main islands of St. Thomas, St Croix, and St John, as well as 50 other minor islands and cays.


WHEN


The US Virgin Islands are considered a year-round destination; however, this area is subject to hurricanes during May through October. This can affect your trip, but it can also bypass the islands all together. For example: we planned our trip for the end of September and early October. As we arrived, a hurricane watch was announced. Our first day of diving was affected with very rough water and low visibility, but we still had a great dive on the Rhone. However, by the time we boarded our sailboat, the weather had turned perfect again. Weather changes quickly on islands, but there is plenty of weather warnings and notices so that you can plan.


Recommend: we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance even if you are not scheduling for the months of May through October.


HOW


There are two international airports in the US Virgin Islands: the Cyril E. King International Airport (STT) on St Thomas and the Henry E. Rohlsen International Airport (STX) on St Croix. Be sure to check with your tour or accommodation to make sure you know the correct airport in which to arrive.


Suggested Flights: Delta, United, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, JetBlue


Suggested Dive Operators:

Suggested Yacht Charters:

Suggested Luxury Accommodations:

Suggested Accommodations for dogs:


2. British Virgin Islands


The British Virgin Islands are a sailor’s paradise, but it doesn’t end there. These islands are home wreck diving, reef diving, abundant marine life, caves, caverns, and many secluded beaches. The British Virgin Islands is home to the famous “the Baths” which was formed over 70 million years ago where you can walk through enormous boulders, caverns, and then jump in the water and snorkel with beautiful marine life like colorful cuttlefish, rays, and tropical fish. These islands have several private islands resorts, waterfront restaurants and bars, including Willie T’s bar that is an anchored ship, fantastic spas, mega amounts of watersports, and amazing cuisine. These islands are for landlubbers and water-people alike.


For Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates click here.


WHO


The British Virgin Islands offers underwater, on water, and on land activities for everyone and anyone. Whether you want to relax or rev up, these islands have it all.


Recommended for: beginning to advanced divers, underwater photographers, critter lovers, and snorkelers.


Can I bring my dog? Yes. However, there are strict policies that are put in place to ensure certain diseases and parasites do not enter the islands. You can see the rules and requirements here and here. Due to the strict requirements, we highly recommend advanced planning for a trip to the British Virgin Islands.


WHAT


We recommend a liveaboard for serious divers who want to cover as much underwater territory as possible. For this destination, we also suggest trying a sailing yacht charter. And if, you’ve always wanted to learn to sail, this is the place. We had an absolutely amazing time sailing and diving (and eating). However, if you want a chance to partake in both land and sea adventures, or you have non-divers in your midst, there are great dive resorts available as well as land tours.


If you will be diving, the liveaboards and dive operators normally have quality gear. However, if you do want to bring your own gear, keep in mind the airlines fees in today’s travel environment and check with your liveaboard for potential baggage size limitations. We normally like to bring our masks, snorkels, skins, and our own regulators. These can easily be transported in carry-ons.


Suggested packing list for post-pandemic travel here. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


WHERE


The British Virgin Islands are a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean Sea with Puerto Rico to the west, the US Virgin Islands to the south, and Anguilla to the east. These islands consist of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over 50 other minor islands and cays. Approximately 16 of the minor islands are uninhabited. Several of these islands of host to private island resorts.


WHEN


The British Virgin Islands are considered a year-round destination. Most travel experts recommend heading to the British Virgin Islands between September to November since the winter months are the busiest and most expensive.


This area is subject to hurricanes during May through October. This can affect your trip, but it can also bypass the islands all together. For example: we planned our trip for the end of September and early October. As we arrived, a hurricane watch was announced. Our first day of diving was affected with very rough water and low visibility, but we still had a great dive on the Rhone. However, by the time we boarded our sailboat, the weather had turned perfect again. Weather changes quickly on islands, but there is plenty of weather warnings and notices so that you can plan.


Recommend: we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance even if you are not scheduling for the months of May through October.


HOW


There is only one international airport in the British Virgin Islands, the Terrace B. Lettsome International Airport (EIS) on Beef Island. However, depending on the airline you are using and your departure location, you may want to fly into the Cyril E. King International Airport (STT) on St Thomas the US Virgin Islands and take a ferry to Road Town, Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. We flew into St Thomas and then took a ferry which was very easy and gave us some time to explore St Thomas as well.


Be sure to check with your tour, liveaboard, or accommodation to make sure you know the correct airport in which to arrive.


Suggested Flights: JetBlue, United, Delta, American Airlines


Suggested Liveaboards: Cuan Law


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Suggested Accommodations for dogs:

1. Federated States of Micronesia


Made up of 607 islands, including Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae, the Federated States of Micronesia is one of the most remote, iconic, and beautiful tropical paradises in the world. The diving in these islands closely rivals that of Palau and the cultural and biological diversity is unparalleled. This island chain provides pristine coral reefs and a rich abundance of marine life due to less crowded dive sites. These islands offer magnificent mountains, valleys, grasslands, forests, lagoons, caves, ruins, and pristine beaches. Along with the extensive history and culture, the islands offer liveaboard diving, watersports, hiking, high end accommodations and spas, delicious cuisine, and shopping.


For Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates click here. For other warnings check here.


WHO


The Federated States of Micronesia offer diving for all levels of scuba divers as well as plenty of water sports and land-based activities suitable for non-divers, snorkelers, water sports enthusiasts, and landlubbers.


Recommended for: beginner to advanced divers, underwater photographers, critter lovers, and snorkelers.


Can I bring my dog? At this time, we could not find any information about bringing your dog into the Federated States of Micronesia. You may want to contact them by phone (691) 320-5133 or email at fsminfo@visit-fsm.org.


WHAT


We highly recommend a liveaboard for serious divers who want to cover as much underwater territory as possible. However, if you have non-divers in your midst, there are great dive resorts available as well as land tours and water sports.


If you will be diving, the liveaboards and dive operators normally have quality gear. However, if you do want to bring your own gear, keep in mind the airlines fees in today’s travel environment and check with your liveaboard for potential baggage size limitations. We normally like to bring our masks, snorkels, skins, and our own regulators. These can easily be transported in carry-ons.


Suggested packing list for post-pandemic travel here. Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance for your trip.


WHERE


The Federated States of Micronesia consists of four states, from west to east, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae, that are an independent republic associated with the United States (Compact of Free Association). The 607 Pacific islands lie northeast of New Guinea, south of Guam and the Marianas, west of Nauru and the Marshall Islands, and east of Palau and the Philippines. Pohnpei is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nan Madol, the Ceremonial Center of Eastern Micronesia. Due to the excellent tropical climate, diverse culture and history, and amazing diving, these islands are a must see.


WHEN


The Federated States of Micronesia are considered a year-round destination. There is usually less rain during May through November which is ideal for land tours and most above surface water sports.


Recommend advance planning: since this is a popular destination, we recommend planning your trip at least 6 months in advance. Some liveaboard dive operators sell out well before that, so do your research early.


HOW


If you are flying internationally, you may have to fly through Guam or Honolulu, Hawai’i. The four main states each have an international airport (listed below). Be sure to check with your tour, liveaboard, or accommodation to make sure you know the correct airport in which to arrive.


International Airports in the Federated States of Micronesia:

Suggested Flights to Palau: United


Suggested Liveaboards:

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Note: We have curated these recommendations from dive experts, luxury accommodations information, personal experience, and from the statistics on areas least infected by the corona virus pandemic from the WHO and CDC websites. We do use affiliate links in our website and blogs, however, there is no additional cost to you (sometimes even better prices) and the small commission we make helps support the cost of maintaining this site. We thank you in advance for your support and wish you the best dive trip ever!

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