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Scuba diving island paradise

Diving areas are a type of lot assignment that was introduced in The Sims 3: Island Paradise and reintroduced as a rabbit hole in The Sims 4: Island Living.

The Sims 3: Island Paradise[]

Unlike other lot types, diving areas are completely underwater, and Sims can only visit them by scuba diving, unless they are just boating on the surface or swimming. The only part of the lot that's visible without scuba diving is the ocean and the diving buoy, which Sims can use to initiate diving.

There are four default diving areas in Isla Paradiso. Each of them can only be accessed by Sims who have a sufficient level of Scuba Diving skill, and the lot names are also referred to in skill increase notifications even for Sims that aren't in Isla Paradiso. Below is the list of the diving areas in Isla Paradiso:

  • Rocky Reef (Scuba Diving level 2)
  • Davy Jones' Locker (Scuba Diving level 4)
  • Mermaid Grotto (Scuba Diving level 7)
  • Pearl's Deep (Scuba Diving level 9)

Diving areas are the only lot assignment that does not allow children to visit autonomously.

The prebuilt diving areas in Isla Paradiso have a fair few sealife, fish, seashell, bottle, and map fragment spawners. Players who intend to build their own diving areas, should keep in mind to place such spawners liberally around on the seafloor, especially if they take on underwater fish opportunities involving e.g. eels.

Mermaid townies will occasionally show up underwater at these lots and can be interacted with, provided that the game has spawned any such townies at the time of the dive.

Prebuild diving lots in Isla Paradiso[]

Rocky Reef[]

Rocky Reef
Rocky Reef scenic
Type Lot TS4 Generic Community
Lot size 64x64
N° of floors 1+1
Bedrooms 0
Bathrooms 0
World Isla Paradiso
Game The Sims 3: Island Paradise

Located just south of the Isla Paradiso main island (e.g. Port Playa, Crystal Waters Beach). Recognizable for its many stone archs and some mushroom-like corals.

Davy Jones' Locker[]

Davy Jones' Locker
Davy Jones' Locker scenic
Type Lot TS4 Generic Community
Lot size 64x64
N° of floors 1+1
Bedrooms 0
Bathrooms 0
World Isla Paradiso
Game The Sims 3: Island Paradise

Located some distance northeast of the Isla Paradiso main island; the likely fastest access point is from Peaceful Port. Recognizable for a U-shaped canyon where small parts of old boats are resting (Moats, cannons, anchors, bottles, etc.). Contains an underwater cave and a treasure chest.

Mermaid Grotto[]

Mermaid Grotto
Mermaid Grotto scenic
Type Lot TS4 Generic Community
Unfurnished lot value §8,272
Furnished lot value §8,272
Lot size 64x64
N° of floors 1+1
Bedrooms 0
Bathrooms 0
World Isla Paradiso
Game The Sims 3: Island Paradise

Located between Accolades Institute and Port Pepper. Recognizable for its thick vegetation, including using the "Ocean Floor" terrain instead of sand. Contains two underwater caves (which lead to one another) and two treasure chests.

Pearl's Deep[]

Pearl's Deep
Pearl's Deep scenic
Type Lot TS4 Generic Community
Unfurnished lot value §8,192
Furnished lot value §8,192
Lot size 64x64
N° of floors 1+1
Bedrooms 0
Bathrooms 0
World Isla Paradiso
Game The Sims 3: Island Paradise

Located a bit northwest of Science Island; the likely best commuting point is Nautilus Laboratories. Recognizable for looking like a long abandoned and flooded village of a pre-Columbian civilization, most likely the Olmecs based on the names of the head statue objects. Contains an underwater cave (which leads to, and unlocks boat transport to, Diver's Den) and two treasure chests.

Trivia[]

  • It's possible for advanced players to edit other premade worlds and make their own diving areas, as diving areas are not exclusive to Isla Paradiso. All worlds except Oasis Landing have been known to support diving areas in some way.[1]
  • While the SimGurus have said that making dive lots is not possible, it is possible to make them without the use of mods by following this tutorial.
  • The Mermaid Grotto is a reference to Disneyland's meet-and-greet area Ariel's Grotto, since Ariel is a mermaid from Disney's The Little Mermaid.
  • Whereas most real-life underwater fishers use spears to stab through and kill the fishes, divers in Island Paradise simply grab the fishes with their hands instead.

The Sims 4: Island Living[]

Diving Areas are located by finding a Buoy with a red indicator, usually in huge open waters. Selecting the buoy gives an array of options:

  • Dive Gear...
    • Diving Knife (§250) - Enables Diving for Seashells
    • Rebreather (§750) - Enables Scuba Diving (Unavailable to Mermaids)
    • Spearfishing Gun (§500) - Enables Spearfishing (Requires Level 4 Fitness skill)
    • Treasure Tool (§1200) - Enables Diving for Treasure
    • Underwater Camera (§1000) - Enables Taking Underwater Photos if Sim also owns Dive Gear Rebreather
  • Free Dive Around Here (Requires Level 3 Fitness skill)
  • Snorkel (Unavailable to Red Buoys)

Once all Dive Gear is purchased and the Sim has reached Fitness Level 4 these options are available:

  • Free Dive Around Here
  • Free Dive For...
    • Free Dive for Seashells
    • Free Dive for Treasure
  • Scuba Dive
  • Scuba Dive For...
    • Scuba Dive for Seashells
    • Scuba Dive for Treasure
  • Spearfish
  • Take Underwater Photos

Once a Sim dives down they will disappear for a while before they come back while bubbles float to the surface; sometimes they will momentarily return to the surface just to dive back down.

Mermaids cannot Scuba Dive as they can Free Dive without the need of the Fitness skill and can still purchase Dive Gear, excluding the Rebreather. However, they will still need a Fitness of Level 4 to purchase the Spearfishing Gun. Mermaids also do make bubbles while diving.

References[]

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