Divi is celebrating Easter, Caribbean style!

Easter egg hunt in CaribbeanAre you spending your Easter weekend on the islands? If so, we’ve got your inside scoop on the best celebrations, activities and traditions for your Caribbean Easter experience. Here are a few of our top picks:

Go beach camping
Beach camping during the Easter season is a popular activity on many Caribbean islands, especially on Aruba and St. Maarten. This tradition has been around for decades, and locals and tourists alike take part in the experience. Beaches will be full of tents during the week leading up to Easter Sunday, with tons of families enjoying their campouts and reconnecting with the beach environment. There will also be a lot of great activities, like beach tennis and soccer competitions, live music from local artists and entertainment from fellow campers.

Fly a kite
On Barbados, kite flying is a unique Easter tradition that takes place on Good Friday. People of all ages join together to participate in kite-flying competitions and challenges with both store-bought and homemade kites, and it is definitely worth seeing if you’re on the island. The sky will be full of bright colors, and the lively energy will put you in a festive mood!

Set sail
On Good Friday, April 3, Aqua Mania Adventures on St. Maarten is offering the Tango Easter Dinner Cruise for only $75 per person. This sunset sail includes an open bar and dinner buffet with traditional Caribbean fare, plus dancing under the stars! You won’t want to miss this lively cruise to kick of Easter weekend, so stop by the Aqua Mania desk at Divi Little Bay Beach Resort to sign up.

Celebrate with Divi
Many of our Divi Resorts destinations will be in the Easter spirit, with fun activities, special menus at our restaurants and more!

Here are some of the dining specials for Easter Sunday:

On Aruba

  • Windows on Aruba will be offering a delicious prix fixe brunch, featuring unlimited dishes, champagne, mimosas and more.
  • At Mulligan’s, there will be a special Easter menu for lunch and dinner.
  • An Easter breakfast buffet will be offered at Seabreeze.

On Barbados

  • Bajan Breeze will offer a buffet lunch with a carving station.

On St. Maarten

  • On Easter Monday, Divi Little Bay Beach Resort will host a brunch with a prix fixe menu and an underwater Easter egg hunt. Winners of the underwater egg hunt will win special prizes, and all proceeds from the event will go to the St. Maarten Nature Foundation.

Easter Menus

For more special Easter weekend events and dining options at your favorite Divi Resorts destination, check with the front desk. Happy Easter!


Sun Smarts

It’s always sunny in the Caribbean, and we know our Divi owners and guests love to soak up some sunshine during their tropical getaways. But getting your dose of vitamin D doesn’t have to mean harming your skin, and you can easily enjoy a day on the beach or by the pool while protecting yourself from too much sun exposure.

Here are some of our best tips for sun protection – be sure to share them with your friends and family so that everyone can have a sunburn-free vacation this year!

Mom and baby beach

Start your day with sun protection
A lot of people wait until they’re out on the beach or by the pool before they think about applying sunscreen, but it’s much easier and safer to get a head start on your daily sun protection routine. Instead of applying sunscreen when you’re already catching rays, apply it first thing in the morning, before you even get dressed for the day. This way, you’ll already have a layer of protection on your skin when you go outside, and your sunscreen will have the 20 minutes it needs to fully absorb. When you apply your sunscreen before getting dressed, you’ll also be less likely to miss spots, which tends to happen when you apply it around your clothing.

Choose beachwear that is both fashionable and functional
You can protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays and still look stylish for your beach or pool day! Pack a t-shirt or cover-up in your suitcase, or pick up some island wear from a local shop once you arrive at your destination. Hats are a must-have for sun protection, so put on a floppy straw hat, baseball cap or even a cowboy hat to keep your face, scalp and neck shaded throughout the day. It’s also important to protect your eyes while you’re out in the sun, so look for sunglasses that offer UV protection.


Select the right sunscreen and reapply throughout the day
Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and make sure the bottle says “broad-spectrum,” indicating that it will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. You should also check that its expiration date hasn’t passed, since we all have old bottles of sunscreen lying around from summers past. And remember – applying sunscreen is not a once-a-day activity! Skin care experts recommend reapplying sunscreen every two hours when you are spending the day outside to ensure that your skin is fully protected. You should also be mindful of factors that could cause your sunscreen to wear off early, like swimming, sand and sweat, and reapply as needed after activities that cause it to wear off.

Don’t miss a spot
It’s easy to forget to apply sunscreen to certain areas, especially your scalp, feet, hands and places on your back that you can’t easily reach. But these places can get sunburns just like the rest of your body, so it’s important to cover them! Buy a spray-on sunscreen to cover your scalp, making sure to apply extra to exposed areas, like the part in your hair. The same sunscreen can be used to easily spray the hard-to-reach areas, like the space between your shoulder blades.

Catch some rays the safe way this year by being smart about your sun protection!

Do you have a favorite fashion accessory that also shields your skin from the sun? How about a go-to brand of sunscreen that lets you bronze without burning? Share your best tips and ideas for sun protection on our Facebook page or in the comment section below!

Time For A Dive! 17 Dive Tips to Reduce Air Consumption

17 Tips To Reduce Air ConsumptionIt’s been a long and chilly winter in many places, but not on our Caribbean islands! On Bonaire, for example, it’s a balmy 85 degrees today – the perfect weather for a day in the water!

In our opinion, one of the best ways to shake off the cold weather blues is to join us on an underwater adventure. That’s why we want to invite you out to sea with Divi Dive Bonaire, our own PADI 5-star dive center at Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino.

Our Divi Dive team welcomes divers of all experience levels and offers various scuba diving courses and certifications to get you ready to explore the ocean depths. Of course, our team focuses on one of the most important rules for diving: to be well informed about safe diving practices before you head into the water. That’s why our team would like to share some dive tips from the Divers Alert Network with you, so that you can be better prepared for your underwater exploration!

Today’s tips from the Divers Alert Network: 17 Ways to Reduce Air Consumption

  1. Streamline your equipment. Stash accessories in pockets or leave them behind. Reduce the lengths of your hoses where you can and route them close to your body. Clip in your console and your octopus. Choose a BC sized properly for your body and for the buoyancy you need; too much causes excess drag.
  2. Drop weight. The less weight you carry, the less air you have to put into your BC to maintain buoyancy, so the less bulk you have to drag through the water. You use more air dragging more bulk around. Most divers can drop two pounds or so.
  3. Get neutral. And get trimmed properly, so that when you’re neutral, you’re horizontal. That minimizes the size of the “hole” you have to make in the water when you swim.
  4. Move slowly. Water resistance increases exponentially with speed. Swimming twice as fast requires four times as much energy. All your movements should be in slow motion.
  5. Kick within your slipstream. Keep your fins within that “hole” in the water made by your body. Wider kicks increase drag.
  6. Use efficient fins. Some deliver more thrust for a given effort than others, especially split fins. See ScubaLab tests in our Gear section for details.
  7. Don’t skim the bottom. Both the bottom and the surface cause turbulence that robs energy if you swim within a few feet of them.
  8. Make long surface swims on your back. And breathe surface air: It’s free.
  9. Pause after inhaling. Under water, your breathing pattern should be inhale, pause, exhale, inhale, pause, exhale. The pause (held with your chest muscles, not by closing your throat) allows more gas transfer to take place in your lungs and less oxygen to be wasted.
  10. Breathe slowly. Friction between the incoming air and your mouth, throat, lungs, etc. increases exponentially with speed. More friction means more energy expended for less air actually arriving in your lungs. Move the air slowly.
  11. Breathe deeply. The more complete each breath is, the fewer of them you have to take. Breathe “from the diaphragm,” trying to completely fill and completely empty your lungs.
  12. Use a high-performance regulator. Better regulators minimize the work of breathing. They minimize the amount of air you burn just getting air.
  13. Maintain your regulator. They lose performance and increase work of breathing with use and age, and need regular maintenance.
  14. Readjust your regulator. On many regulators, the purpose of the adjustment knob is not merely to prevent free-flowing on the surface. It’s also to minimize work of breathing at depth. Periodically during your dive, open the valve until the regulator just begins to bubble, then back up on the adjustment a bit.
  15. Stop all leaks. Lots of little bubbles add up. Usual suspects: tank O-ring, BC inflators, console swivels.
  16. Stay above. At five feet less depth than your buddy, you’ll see almost everything he does, but you’ll use substantially less air. (Though the difference is greatest at shallower depths.)
  17. Manage currents wisely. Learn how to detect, avoid and cope efficiently with adverse currents.

Want more tips from the Divers Alert Network? Visit www.diversalertnetwork.org for more information and articles about diving safety. Then come see us at Divi Dive Bonaire for your training and certification; we’ll have you ready to discover the underwater world in no time!