5 Best Places to Learn to Dive
We all have to learn somewhere and when it comes to diving destinations, these have to be the top 5 best places to begin your new addictive hobby.
Those who are day dreaming about diving in South Africa are sometimes not aware of the fact that we offer a different type of diving. So different in fact, that those who wish to partake in it need both experience as well as the right qualifications for most of the top destinations. This is why it is so important that you learn how to dive before you take to the depths. And the best place to get your fins is to head to any one of these 5 fantastic sites.
Ko Tao in Thailand
When it comes to diving in Thailand, Ko Tao is considered to be the best place to do it. Beneath the waves, divers can see whale sharks as well as all sorts of interesting tropical fish. Ko Tao is also one of the best places for those who are only just learning to dive. The destination has a number of shallow sites to explore, including the Japanese Gardens and there are a few operators in the area offering lessons for beginners. Ko Tao is great for diving all year round, but for the best visibility it is best to dive between July and September. November and December tend to be rainy months and visibility is severely hampered.
Red Sea, Egypt
Dahab, with its perfect coral reefs, gorgeous beaches and great places to enjoy diving, is a place where both novices and advanced divers will find a lot to enjoy. The area is also well known for its “blue hole”, a diving attraction that has lured in numerous advanced divers. Dahab is the ideal place to learn to dive because it is not the most popular place. In fact, it is situated some 90km south of Egypt’s main dive destination Sharm el-Sheikh. The site offers year round visibility of up to 30 meters. It’s best to not travel between May and September when summer is simply scorching.
Caye Caulker, Belize
The Belize Barrier Reed Reserve System is second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. And its stunning underwater sightings make it the perfect place to go diving. Fees to dive here are pretty low, when compared to neighbouring Caribbean Islands. Divers can look forward to diving here all year round although it is good to keep in mind that the rainy season runs from December to April when the waters can be quite choppy.
Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
This spot is at the convergence of three ocean currents and it is home to sea lions, turtles, hammerhead sharks, marine iguanas, and rays. The Galapagos has strong currents and quite cold waters which does make diving here a bit of a challenge. This is ideal for those who have just learned to dive and want to improve on their skills. Again, diving here is generally good all year round, with January to May being the best times.
North Male Atoll, Maldives
The great thing about this diving location is that it has numerous holiday resorts which offer guests the option of going diving. This allows learners to book their dive with their trip. The ocean is home to an interesting, colourful marine life and healthy coral reefs, some of the healthiest in the world. The best times to dive here are between November and April. During this time the ocean is calm and there are plenty of manta rays to see.