Hollywood actor, Josh Hutcherson, has become a certified scuba diver in preparation for his new film, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
The 19-year-old actor was forced to take the scuba diving qualification before he could start filming for his new movie where he stars alongside Vanessa Hudgens. The new film is a sequel to Journey to the Centre of the Earth which came out in 2008.
Hutcherson headed to the Caribbean island of Turks and Caicos for his scuba diving training and a crash-course in underwater safety.
The young actor explained: “I was most anxious about the scuba diving scenes. Vanessa was already scuba certified but I got scuba certified for the movie.
“I got certified in Turks & Caicos and it was just so beautiful, going in caves and seeing schools of barracuda… If youre not certified, every time you go out you have to take a little training course so its a lot easier if you just get certified and then you can go down a lot deeper.”
The film also stars Dwayne Johnson who is renowned for his role as the professional wrestler The Rock. Johnson is playing Hutchersons stepfather in the film and he also went scuba diving in Turks and Caicos to gain his scuba diving certification.
The filming took place in Hawaii and Vanessa Hudgens spoke about her scuba diving experiences on the island of Oahu.
“The adventures I got to have in my downtime – I would take my car and drive around, go to the North Shore, hang out, check out the waves, go on a bunch of dives cause I’m certified.
“I’m such an adventurer, and I love being on the island.”
Turks and Caicos is one of the best destinations for scuba diving holidays in the Caribbean with its crystal clear turquoise waters and wide selection of diverse diving sites.
Situated in the West Indies, north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and southeast of The Bahamas, the tropical islands boast white sand beaches that are fringed with beautiful coral reefs. Divers can explore underground tunnels, caves, walls and extensive reef systems that are home to an array of magnificent marine creatures.