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28 May 2024, Katie Hale

learning to dive, learn to dive, family diving

Introduce your loved ones to diving with Learn to Dive and Family Weeks! Do you get FOMO when travelling with non-divers? Either you spend half of your holiday away from them or you have to forgo the thrills of the underwater world. Learn to Dive and Family Weeks are the perfect way to indulge your diving passion while sharing precious holiday memories with your friends or family.

Boy wearing a diving mask

How does it work?

Family or Learn to Dive weeks allow divers and non-divers to spend time together while focusing on the activities they enjoy and developing diving skills.

Many itineraries feature affordable diving certification training, so your travel companions can learn to dive and prepare to join you on diving adventures. As these liveaboard departures are designed to be inclusive, they offer a range of snorkelling and fun dive activities for those who don’t wish to certify.

Boy on a liveaboard learning how to dive

These holidays are an excellent way for beginner divers to try out a Maldivian liveaboard experience or develop their diving skills by taking courses. Socialising with others who share similar interests is just a bonus.

If you prefer to be resort-based, you can opt for Family Weeks at one of the spectacular Atlantis Resorts in the Philippines and take advantage of their excellent family deals. 

Summer travel options in 2024 & 2025

The Maldives

Turtle in the Maldives


Liveaboard Diving Beginner’s Tour: Family fun between Male and Vaavu Atoll

Take advantage of a variety of affordable courses and family rates on this week-long Beginners Tour itinerary. Having completed diving theory in advance, learners can train under perfect conditions and complete up to four courses including their Open Water certification. Once certified, divers can explore Vaavu Atoll which has the thrilling possibility of shark encounters, along with other highlights. More experienced divers can hop aboard the dhoni (a traditional boat) to access some of the area’s more challenging dive sites, while newer divers can go on their first dive safari with expert supervision from an experienced dive team.

Amba liveaboard in the Maldives

Departs 13 Aug 2024, 7 nights from £1239 (boat only)

MV Keana

Family Week: Perfect for snorkellers, beginners and children

Spend 10 nights in a Maldivian paradise exploring warm turquoise waters for exciting marine life and beautiful corals with a highly experienced diving team at your disposal. Beginning at Hulhumalé Lagoon in the North Malé Atoll, Keana takes you on an ocean adventure around the remote atolls during which you may enjoy encounters with manta rays, sharks, turtles, dolphins and friendly whale sharks. The vessel accommodates up to 18 guests in comfortable upper-deck cabins and features an outdoor bar and dining area, along with a lovely sundeck with spectacular views of the sparkling ocean and the pristine white sand beaches of the tropical islands. Both divers and snorkellers will have opportunities to discover incredible reefs teeming with colourful fish. 

Dolphins by Keana liveaboard in the Maldives

Departs 8 Aug 2024, 10 nights from £1774 (boat only)


Family Tour: Child and eco-friendly adventures

Seascape is a trailblazer for responsible diving practices. From its award-winning reef protection measures to its sustainability focus onboard, this is the perfect choice for eco-conscious travellers. The luxurious 41-metre-long vessel can host up to 28 guests in spacious and well-appointed cabins, and it's possible to dive up to three times per day. They operate programmes aimed at children and family groups, focusing on beginner-friendly sites that are also excellent for snorkelling. More experienced divers will be interested to know that Seascape is renowned for thrilling dive safaris.

Seascape liveaboard in the Maldives

Departs 28 Jul 2024, 27 Jul & 3 Aug 2025, 7 nights from £1975 (boat only)

The Philippines

Siblings on a tree trunk in the Philippines

Atlantis Puerto Galera & Atlantis Dumaguete: Family Weeks

Atlantis Dive Resorts are offering a range of exceptional deals for family groups this summer. The Family Week special offers include free stays, free meals, and free diving places for kids (one free child per paying adult), plus further discounts for young adults aged 18-30 when travelling with parents. Non-divers can also enjoy a ‘Try Scuba’ session for free!

Swimming pool at Atlantis Dumaguete Resort in the Philippines

You and your family can explore the diverse dive sites in the famed Coral Triangle, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites, wrecks, black volcanic sands and critter hotspots. Puerto Galera is a beautiful Man and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO with accessible diving, diverse coral reefs and exotic marine life. Dumaguete, in the Visayas region, hosts a diverse range of macro species, including ghost pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish, and various seahorses and octopuses. It also grants easy access to the Dauin Marine Sanctuaries and Apo Island - one of the finest diving destinations in the Philippines. 

Coral reef in the Philippines

Both of the resorts are situated in stunning beach-front locations. Atlantis Puerto Galera is famed for its unique ‘Flintstones’ resort design, while Atlantis Dumaguete has tropical landscaped gardens, thatched-roof bungalows and a stunning waterfront restaurant. 

Swimming pool at Atlantis Puerto Galera Resort in the Philippines

Atlantis Puerto Galera: 7 nights from £2895 (flight inclusive)

Atlantis Dumaguete: 7 nights from £2995 (flight inclusive)

Family Week deals at the Atlantis Dive Resorts are available on selected dates in July, August, November and December 2024.

Please contact our dive team for more details about Atlantis resorts, liveaboard adventures in the Maldives or the full range of Family Weeks available.