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Scuba Diving | The Best Diving Holidays Around The World

Where is the place to travel for scuba diving? Where can I dive in coral reefs? What are the best scuba diving holidays for families? We have the answers you need.....

Want to know where to book the best scuba diving holidays for an affordable budget?

Diving holidays are not only available all over the planet, they’re also tonnes of fun and a great way to keep active on holiday.

Whether you’re interested in wreck diving, coral reefs, swimming with marine life or just scuba diving in general, there is a location perfect for exactly that, you just need to find it.

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Before heading on a scuba diving holiday, its important that you make sure you have the necessary scuba diving certifications and find out if you need to book any scuba equipment prior to arrival.

Once you know you’re safe to dive, you can choose the holiday that works best for you.

Instead of trawling through brochures however, let us make it easy for you, here are our list of diving holidays for every type of scuba diver.

Best Holidays For Wreck Diving

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Wreck dives are among the most popular diving holidays for recreational divers Photo: iStock

There are many wreck dives all over the planet, that can be explored and discovered on by all level of divers.

The different danger levels of wreck diving depend on the type of eve you decide to do, between non penetration wreck diving, limited penetration diving and full penetration wreck diving. Divers should check the kind of dives possible for a wreck and whether they’re qualified for it, before booking a trip, as many divers may be unwilling to do any more than a limited penetration dive.

If wreck diving is the main focus of your holiday, you can find diving companies that offer full wreck diving itinerares. the Get Wrecked diving package in the Red Sea not only includes flights and 21 dives, but also gives ou the chance to explore 19th & 20th century wreck dives with penetration opportunities including Thistlegorm, Abu Nuhas, & Dunraven wrecks.

Die hard ‘wrecks’ will find the Red Sea in Egypt a dream, with the Straits of Tubal acting as a shipwreck graveyard, full of artificial reefs to explore.

If you’re looking for a technical diving experience, there are many of those available. Tek Wreck is a trip that includes flights and instructors on your wreck exploration, it has a focus on also logging some technical hours while away.

Best Holidays For Shore Diving

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Shore diving involves swimming out to the dive site from the beach or rocks Photo: iStock

Shore diving is simply a type of scuba diving where the diver sets off the shore of the ocean, instead of sailing out on a boat pre-dive.

There are many benefits in shore diving, especially for people who suffer from sea sickness and prefer not to spend time on a boat before a dive.

Bonaire has been voted the shore diving capital of the caribbean, if not the planet, because of the strict marine protection laws that are enforced onto each of its bay, as well as its clear waters, perfect for divers. The island has over 80 dive sites and 17 dedicated snorkel sites, along with amazing wildlife and wrecks to explore.

Another world class spot for shoe dives is Oahu, in Hawaii. Shore diving can be dangerous if divers don’t know the swell and tide times, Oahu’s calm waters make for the perfect environment to try out your first longer shore dives.

Best Holidays For Corals Reef Diving

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The Great Barrier Reef is the most popular reef diving location on the planet Photo: iStock

If you want to go coral reef scuba diving, the best place to go has to be the Barrier Reef.

Made up of nearly 2900 individual reefs, 600 continental islands and 300 coral cays, The Great Barrier Reef is the only living structure on earth that can be seen from outer space. The world’s healthiest coral reef, it’s the world’s largest single structure comprised of living organisms.

The Northern Ribbon Reefs and Osprey Reef are the two most popular ref dives, however there are hundreds of different experiences on offer.

Diving holidays on the reef range from Liveaboard to passing cruises and onshore accommodation.

Liveaboard Diving Holidays

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Live aboard diving holidays are available for different budgets and diving levels Photo: iStock

If you want to really experience the feeling of living in the ocean for your time away both below and above the ocean surface, then a liveaboard trip is a good choice.

These diving holidays allow you to live on the boat you dive off each day and therefore give you the freedom to explore more dive sites  and find more wreck dives over your time away.

The great apart of liveaboard trips is that you can choose the right one for your budget, while still covering the same amount of ground and getting in the same amount of dives per day.

Some liveaboard trips focus on providing luxury and 4/5* accommodation, alongside daily diving, while other cheaper options tend to focus more on the amount of diving you can do each day, with around the clock opportunity working as the main pull for divers.

Popular places for liveaboard holidays include Turkey, Egypt and The Maldives. Companies such as RegalDive offer different live aboard holidays that base itineraries around different interests such as sharks, secret spots and overall tours of famous dive areas.

Best Holiday For Family Diving

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Diving resorts frequently offer different itineraries for children and parents Photo: iStock

While you may feel like you want to spend every moment of your diving holiday under the surface of the ocean, if you have kids with you,we’re betting that they don’t feel the same way.

Kids as young as eight can get their first taster underwater and diving is an amazing hobby to give to the little ones. As well as being an amazing way to keep active, it’s also one of the best ways to install a sense of adventure in young children, while teaching them about the planet and marine life living under the water.

This doesn’t mean however, that kids will want to spend as long scuba diving as you, so booking a holiday that offers a selection of activities is the best idea for a family scuba diving holiday.

Wakatobi in Indonesia offers activities such as Kayaking, kite making, treasure hunts for kids around their diving resorts, so you can spend half the day under the ocean and the other half playing in it!

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