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Scuba Vacations

We know that no two divers are the same based on ability, requirements, budgets and a whole host of other things.

 

We will be offering a wide range of scuba holiday and vacations including live-a-boards and resort vacation plus some specialised tours including photography, technical and wreck diving holidays escorted by some of the biggest names in diving.

 

There are some excellent opportunities to learn to dive in tropical locations around the world and once you have gained your Open Water Certification or equivalent you can perhaps look forward to trying out one of the fantastic liveabord vacations.

Liveaboard Diving Vacations

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Liveaboard diving vacations are ideal for qualified scuba divers looking to sped as much time as possible underwater.

 

Specialist dive companies offer a range of options ranging from a few days through to several weeks. The great thing is that these liveaboards are typically in great locations, with warm crystal clear waters which are home to some of the most fascinating creatures anywhere on the planet.

 

The dive options are pretty much limitless, as many of the operators offer tailor-made trips especially for you.

 

There is no time lost getting to the dive sites, on board accommodations are typically top-notch and the food is some of the best you will find anywhere.

 

Many of the liveaboard diving vacations require that divers have an advanced open water certificate, a minimum of 30 and sometimes even 60 dives. This is due to the remoteness of some of the dive sites, the strength of the currents and/or the depths of the dives.

Resort Diving Vacations

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Resort Diving Vacations are some of the most popular diving vacations out there. Often set in the Caribbean, South Pacific or along the Great Barrier Reef, Resort Diving Vacations offer great diving, onshore excursions and quality accommodations within a resort setting.

 

The good news is that there are some excellent budget dive resorts which offer outstanding services without breaking the bank. Of course if you want to do this in style there are more than a handful of luxury dive resorts across the world from which to choose.

 

Many of these resort diving operations cater for the absolute beginner as well as the experienced divers out there. Many first-timers have been humbled by the oceans and having dipped their toes in the water decide that they prefer dry land. This is when dive resorts come into their own as there will be plenty to keep the land-lubbers occupied while the rest of us are in the drink, so as to speak.

Adventure Diving Vacations

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Adventure diving vacations can come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from unique wreck dives in remote locations, to diving with whales, cage diving with sharks or mixing it up with land based adventures such as safari’s , tubing, zip-lining or white-water rafting.

 

You can even spend a day literally scuba diving between 2 continents one day and climbing a volcano the next if you fancy a trip to Iceland.

 

Grab your friends and mix it up. You only live once, so you may as well enjoy it!

Group Diving Vacations

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Group diving vacations are a tremendous way to meet new people whilst doing what you enjoy. Let’s face it you all enjoy scuba diving, so the likelihood is you will all get on well.

 

Many of the group diving vacations are led by experts who intimately know the local area, the best dive sites and where to party once you have dried off.

 

Group diving vacations are popular with dive clubs as, depending on the size of the party, can ‘tweak’ the trip to meet their requirements.

 

Family Diving Vacations

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Family diving vacations are a great way to introduce your kids to to the awesomeness that surrounds us. Most kids over the age of 10 will be able to learn how to scuba dive at a basic level.

 

As you will be amongst like minded families, there will be plenty of action for the kids which will give the parents a chance to unwind once you are back on dry land.

 

Most of the family diving vacations options offer onshore excursions, quality accommodation and food choices for even the most picky of eaters.

 

Singles Diving Vacations

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Singles diving vacations are not always as expensive s you may think. Many operators, including liveaboards and resorts, keep single supplements as low as is possible, unlike traditional vacations. As you will probably spending a vast amount of time underwater, sharing a room could even be an option. You never know, you may meet your best dive buddy?

 

If you are a solo traveler this year, do not let it put you off, as there are plenty of options from which to choose. The thing t remember is that you will most likely be meeting other single travelers, so you shouldn’t feel like a gooseberry at meal times or in the bar.

 

 

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

ASIA

AUSTRALASIA & OCEANIA

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Scuba diving in Africa & the Middle East

Scuba diving in Asia & the Far East

Scuba diving in Australasia and Oceania.

Africa offers scuba divers a host of different settings, from the warm waters of Egypt and the western Mediterranean through to the chilly waters surrounding South Africa. Under half of the African continent is south of the equator, so remember when booking that some countries experience their summers in December and January.

 

Scuba diving in South Africa is gaining in popularity especially for White shark diving with the best times being May through till September – for the timid of us out there we can view the enormousness of the great white up close and personal through the security of a metal cage.

 

Egypt’s Red sea diving is world renowned for its visibility its stunning corals – wrecks and heaps of fish to gaze upon in the sheltered reefs and coral gardens for them to hide in on shore. Water temperature ranges from 21 to 30C all year round; the currents are mainly calm and weather-wise 21 to a hot 40C. There is a wide choice of boat diving, shore diving and the exciting adventures of the ultimate diving experience from a live-a-board.

 

Mozambique, Tanzania & East Africa Islands are unprecedented experiences and it can be an adventure in itself in just getting.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Zanzibar! A beautiful island located just off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. Here the marine parks offer underwater cliffs caves wrecks with visibility of more than twenty metres. The marine life here is abundant with lobsters, lion fish, large groupers, dolphins, moray eels, manta rays, ribbon eels and sting rays galore.

 

Mauritius is another gem of the Indian Ocean located just east of Madagascar. Mauritius is protected by a truly magnificent lagoon where Parrot fish, sweetlips, clown fish, moray eels and many more exotic fish live alongside an excellent display of corals for you feast your eyes upon. It is part of the Mascareigness lslands similar to Reunion, Rodrigues and St Brandon Islands.

 

Warm tropical waters await you in Kenya along with huge fish, turtles and vibrant colours throughout the kaleidoscopic coral reefs and not forgetting the sharks.

 

In conclusion quite a lot of diving in Africa involves being adventurous, patient and happy to dive from a boat but the treasures that wait you can be both exhilarating and enthralling and the wonderful blue waters and sandy shores are a bonus for down times.

 

The door way to a lot of Asia’s well known and striking dive destinations include the Maldives -Sipadam -Manado -Phuket the Philippines and Malaysia and many more including Thailand.

 

Out of the 800 or so different species coral known to man, three quarters are to found in Asian waters there is a plentiful marine ecosystem that extends over thousands of kilometres that spans over many countries makes Asia one of the top places to experience for the scuba fanatic.

 

The coral reefs in Southeast Asia are some of the most important on the planet thanks to their diversity and productivity.

 

Situated at the core of the Indo-Pacific basin, lies one of the richest marine habitats in the world.

• Sipadan is resident to over 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species it is constantly heralded as one of the top dive spots on the planet.
• Barracuda Point Coral Garden with its richness of multi-coloured marine life
• Manado is the main gateway to discovering exciting marine wildlife Bunaken Marine Park. Where you can find over seventy per cent of the fish species
• Donsol – the “whale shark capital of the world
• The Maldives has grown into one of the world’s leading scuba diving destinations, mainly because the wealth of astounding white sand beaches, coral reefs, clear blue warm waters
• Philippines Known to have over 7,100 islands, white sandy beaches, black sandy beaches, palm trees.

 

Malaysia is regarded one of the world’s top dive destinations. As it includes many things to explore including coral gardens, sloping reefs and pinnacles. You can also indulge in cave and wall dives to deep wrecks the crystal warm water hosts striking marine life which can only be found in this region.

 

Asia is definitely a place to consider for your next dive holiday. Come and discover untold beauty and a diverse marine life.

 

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Australasia is a region of Oceania, comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the island of Papua New Guinea and neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean.

 

Papua New Guinea is densely packed with tropical fish and corals. With the constant movement of the surrounding Bismarck, Coral and Solomon Seas, the waters off of Papua New Guinea have a stunning array of species just waiting to be discovered.

 

New Zealand offers a range of scuba diving experiences from both North and South Islands.

Jacques Cousteau once stated that he believed that the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, off New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, were one of the world’s top five diving locations. This is a measure of what you can expect when you go diving in New Zealand.

You can dive wrecks and experience drop-offs and sub-tropical reefs in clean, clear waters. You can explore huge kelp forests, swim with school fish or alongside dolphins.

 

Australia is part of the British commonwealth and comprises of the mainland thousands of islands plus the island of Tasmania.
It is the world’s sixth largest country and boasts over 22,000 miles of coastline making it the water sports capital of the world. Australia has over seven thousand beaches, an incomparable diversity in terms of both land and ocean environments and absolute bliss for scuba divers of all standards.

 

Scuba diving around the Great Barrier Reef is a major dream for millions of divers; attracted by the warm waters and the chance to come face to face with giant turtles, sharks and some of the most beautiful coral anywhere on the planet.

 

Other popular areas include the west of Australia around Perth where divers can party alongside huge whale sharks which measure up to 18 metres. These are the genuine giants of the deep and awe-inspiring to dive with.

 

Due to its sheer immensity and location Australia is ideal for scuba divers throughout the year.

 

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  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Bahrain
  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
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  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Iran
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  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
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  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
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  • Morocco
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  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Qatar
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  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
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  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
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  • United Arab Emirates
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  • Bahrain
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  • India
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  • Japan
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  • Russian Federation
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  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

 

CARIBBEAN

CENTRAL AMERICA

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Scuba diving in the Caribbean.

When most scuba divers in the western world think of diving, the Caribbean is towards the top of the list of must do, warm water diving experiences. The Caribbean offers everything from wreck in the Bahamas to reef dives off any one of the islands.

 

Cuba is often overlooked yet boasts some of the best diving in the Caribbean thanks to warm, clear waters and little pollution. Areas to try include Cayo Largo, Isla de la Juventud and Varadero.

 

Nearby Dominican Republic offers excellent diving along its coastlines and one of the top dives being Silver Bank where hundreds of humpback whales meet to breed during the winter months.

 

Bonaire offer excellent shore diving and the Cayman Islands was voted the best overall dive spots in the Caribbean.

 

The choice is endless and all yours …. So where will you be heading?

Scuba diving in Central America.

 

Central America is surrounded by the warm waters of the Pacific to the west and the Atlantic Ocean / Caribbean to the east

 

The Belize Barrier reef was voted one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Underwater World’ and is home to over 500 species of reef fish plus 86 species of hard and soft corals; and not forgetting the famous Blue Hole which is part of the 900 km long Meso-American Reef System, running from Cancun in the north to Honduras in the south. Whale sharks can be found between April and May and are a fantastic badge of honour for any diver to see.

 

Costa Rica has lots to offer including hump back whales and Manta rays the Isla del Coco take a trip on a live-a-board for several days. This trip is for the more determined divers as it takes 32-36 hours sailing to travel the 300km from Costa Rica. Playas del Coco, not to be mistaken for the islands is a good point to start your adventures which includes Catalina Islands this is also a popular spot for people to see the leatherback turtles.

 

Central America is well known amongst experienced divers and with more dive centres becoming available beginners are now having the chance to enjoy the joys and discovery of that area.

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Belize

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EUROPE

NORTH AMERICA

SOUTH AMERICA

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Scuba diving in Europe.

 

Although diving in Europe has some exciting and fascinating dives you’re going to need some sort of protection; a wet suit of some description will be essential and preferential to rubbing lard all over your body. The air temperature is warm in some places {not in the UK or Scandinavia obviously} but your very likely going to get Goosebumps when you first immerse yourself into some European waters.

 

The UK has more wrecks per mile than anywhere in the world it’s certainly not the Caribbean but there is excitement to be found

 

France offers some varied dives cave – wreck dives Nice, Antibes, Saint Raphael, La Londe are the best diving destinations in the South of France. These destinations stand out for good visibility and warm weather.

 

It might be time to get the sun tan cream to the ready just in case; I’m sure you don’t want that ‘mask look’ on your face all the time …. Surrounding by the Atlantic Ocean, Cantabrian sea and the Mediterranean, Spain allows you to dive in a mix of cold and warm water which in turn attracts a varied marine life the protected areas.

 

Italy and the Adriatic beckon’s for the warm-blooded divers out there. Croatia is well-preserved and remains relatively tourist free. ‘Korcula’ keeps safe a two thousand year old merchant shipwreck with corals both hard and soft and lots of fish to look at.

 

Diving in Greece and Cyprus is suitable for novices all the way through to technical divers who can experience the deeper dives; also not to be missed are some great night dives.

 

Killer whales can be seen in the Lofoten islands in Norway during October and January the fresh H20 contains rich plant life due to the warm waters flowing in from the Atlantic which can make sea waters reach 15* and boasts visibility of around 20 meters.

 

Now we haven’t listed all the different European dive sites this was just a little taste of what’s on offer and there is a lot!!!

 Scuba diving in North America.

 

North America includes the USA, Canada and Mexico bordered by the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans.

 

Scuba divers can experience ship wrecks, caves and reefs of all sizes but the water can be cold in the northern latitudes. So get the dry suits ready! The cold Pacific waters of California are home to exceptional kelp forests.

 

For those of you who like it even colder you can try diving in Alaska or Canada but don’t forget your dry-suits and thermals underneath ! These waters are not for the warm blooded folk amongst us but finding marine lifer such as filter feeders are something you will not find in warmer climes. Vancouver is controlled by huge tides to which you may need to be more of an experienced diver. Reasons to dive include Orcas, Sea lions, Giant octopuses and wolf eels.

 

North America also offers some warm water diving in the Gulf of Mexico where summer temperatures can make diving an absolute pleasure.

 

Many regions of Florida cater for all levels of scuba diver as well as relatively easy dives around wrecks south of Miami and along the Florida Keys. Wreck divers are well catered for in North Carolina is you fancy an Atlantic challenge.

 

In the warm waters of Mexico you can dive in the plentiful Sea of Cortez were you can find some spectacular marine life; see the legendary Cozumel and in Quintana Roo region discover cave diving in the unique Cenote systems.

 

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Scuba diving in South America.

 

South America is the fourth largest continent located in the western Hemisphere and south of the equator. Home to three hundred and seventy million people in South America’s twelve countries there are scuba diving opportunities in nearly every country.

 

One of the most prestigious dive spots in the world are where the warm and cold waters combine and the currents gather at the Galapagos Islands. This world heritage site is frequently visited by Sir David Attenborough who has made several documentaries about the unique marine wildlife that lives here.

 

In Argentina you can experience Whales, Orcas and sea lions whilst Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha offers some of the best Atlantic diving in the southern hemisphere.

 

Don’t forget Chile; the waters are cold here and diving is still not very popular. Getting down to Easter Island which is one of the remotest island on our planet here you can find perfect visibility and probably no other divers so if you like your own company here is ideal but the strong currents can limit diving water temp can reach 72 Fahrenheit or 22 Celsius.Lesser known scuba dive sites can be found in Ecuador and Venezuela with over fifty dives sites.

 

The list is endless! A divers passport will certainly be full visiting different areas in south America all you need to do is find the time to explore the treasures waiting for you !

 

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