10 of the world’s best learn-to-dive locations

Posted on April 13, 2018 by Guest Writer

Dahab, Egypt

Why learn here? Easy, inexpensive diving off shallow, sandy shores with gentle drop offs.
What’s there to see? Barracudas, jacks, turtles and blue-spotted stingray; coral reefs in “The Islands”, a magical underwater maze of passages and amphitheatres.
Best time to visit? All year round (July – October gets very hot)

 

Koh Tao, Thailand

Why learn here? Beautiful sleepy island with white sandy beaches and over 50 dive schools offering multi-lingual classes.
What’s there to see? Abundant sea-life from snappers, angel fish and barracuda to whale sharks. Experienced divers will enjoy wreck diving amid HTMS Sattakut.
Best time to visit? January – September

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Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Why learn here? Explore the reefs as you learn whilst living aboard a boat.
What’s there to see? Over 1,500 fish species (including Ocellaris Clownfish, a.k.a. Disney’s Nemo); 400 coral varieties; and 4,000 species of molluscs, to name a few!
Best time to visit? All year round

 

Roatan Island, Honduras

Why learn here? Laid-back diving mecca, perfect for shore dives and boat trips.
What’s there to see? Coral reefs plus hundreds of other marine species including whale sharks, dolphins, West Indian Manatee, spotted eagle rays and turtles.
Best time to visit? All year round (wet season is November – February)

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Gozo, Malta

Why learn here? Warm, clear seas and top-class dive schools for all levels.
What’s there to see? The Blue Hole, Xlendi and Inland Sea, rich with caves, startling colours, coral, seahorses and conger eels. The shallow waters of Coral Garden host parrotfish, octopuses and intricately patterned scorpion fish.
Best time to visit? All year round

 

Cebu, Philippines

Why learn here? Well geared-up with several economical diving resorts amid stunning surroundings.
What’s there to see? Thresher sharks in Monad Shoal; Gato Island and its 30 metre tunnel; Kimud Shoal, home to hammerhead sharks in April.
Best time to visit? All year round (December – April for the best chance of shark sightings)

 

Scapa Flow, Scotland

Why learn here? A sheltered lagoon with good visibility, surrounded by the stunning Orkney Islands.
What’s there to see? Several 1st World War German ships that sunk here in 1919, making this one of Britain’s finest and most significant wreck-diving sites.
Best time to visit? June – September

 

The Abacos, The Bahamas

Why learn here? A relatively quiet Bahamas dive location for novices and experts alike.
What’s there to see? The third largest barrier reef in the world including; protected underwater parks; swim-through caves with thousands of silver baitfish; and the Blue Holes, a unique labyrinth of underwater caves.
Best time to visit? All year round

 

Naxos, Greece

Why learn here? Shallow, warm, clear seas, plus magnificent wreck dive sites.
What’s there to see? A rich variety of fish, crustaceans, molluscs, urchins and more. Explore wrecks of The Marianna (merchant ship that sunk in 1981) and The Beaufighter (World War II aircraft).
Best time to visit? All year round

 

Gibraltar

Why learn here? Clear waters and diving for all levels, with teaching in perfect English.
What’s there to see? Over 30 incredible wrecks, coral reefs and rocky pinnacles; fish including bass, moray eels, bream, octopuses, sunfish and 165 species of invertebrates.
Best time to visit? All year round