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26 Aug 2020, Phil North

direct flights, non-stop flights

Over recent months, many of us have taken a breath to consider what is important to us. Time and again we are hearing from clients that exploring that natural world and taking every opportunity to peer beneath the blue, are part of a new life balance.

In times of uncertainty however, some of the more far flung dive destinations may appear too ambitious. There are a wealth of incredible diving destinations, just one flight from the UK.

Take a dive into our selection of the best holidays with non-stop flights.

Malta

Just three hours from the UK and with a number of regional departure options, Malta & Gozo are the closest top dive destination from the UK. Stay in a range of accommodation from self-catering apartments to well-appointed hotels and enjoy great wrecks and wonderful dive sites from professional dive centres. Suitable for beginners and continuous diver training.

Divers in Malta

Image by Pete Bullen

Bahamas

With regular flights to Nassau, the exciting diving of the Bahamas is only a short hop away. Enjoy the excellent diving directly from the island including heart thumping shark adventure dives or join a liveaboard and head to the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. In addition, the beautiful Out Islands of the Bahamas are easily accessible. The choice is yours.

Caribbean reef sharks in Nassau, Bahamas

Mexico

Head to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula for some wonderful diving opportunities, superb beaches and fascinating Mayan history. A 10-hour direct flight from London puts you within range of the unique Cenotes – a highlight for many – colourful reefs, turtle encounters and thrilling drift dives from Cozumel island. This region offers great value with a range of accommodation options as well as appealing diving opportunities.

Diver exploring Cenote Ponderosa in Mexico

Egypt - Red Sea 

The classic diving destination is back to its best, with a wide range of flights now available to all the top diving areas – Marsa Alam, Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh. Under 5-hours from the UK, eager divers can indulge themselves in the wonderful coral reefs and historic shipwrecks that make this area famous. A wide range of accommodation options are available from dedicated dive resorts to luxury hotels. Liveaboards are also a popular option.

Diver exploring the motorbikes on the Thistlegorm Wreck near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea, Egypt

Tobago

With regular flights from the UK, the idyllic island of Tobago is easily accessible and yet remarkably uncommercial in flavour. There are a range of diving options for every budget and dive sites suitable for both beginner and intermediate divers. Despite its small size, a twin centre trip is a great option.

Pigeon point beach, Tobago

Maldives

Visit the Maldives from October through to April and benefit from direct flights from London, ensuring this world-class dive destination is a snap to reach. Fly into Malé, the capital, in just 10 hours and head off to your island of choice by speedboat. Or join a liveaboard for a diving safari in the central atolls. Divers can expect thrilling marine life including manta rays and whale sharks in addition to the topside charms of this famous archipelago.

Manta ray in the Maldives

Lanzarote

The westernmost member of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote offers much for divers, including great flight connections and a short 4-hour flight. Expect interesting and varied dive sites for all levels of divers, plus great beaches and consistent sunshine to keep you smiling between dives.

Angel shark in Lanzarote

Grenada

There are several flights through the week from the UK to the spice island of the Caribbean, Grenada. The island nation oozes charm and is enduringly popular with divers. Excellent wreck diving attracts more experienced divers, with plenty of reefs and sites for the less experienced too. Extend your diving holiday to take in the neighbouring Island of Carriacou – the land of reefs.

Diver exploring a coral reef on an old anchor in Grenada

Oman

Perched on the eastern edge of the Arabian peninsula and facing the Indian Ocean, Oman benefits from nutrient rich waters that positively brim with marine life. A pleasant climate for large parts of the year along with a dramatic and beautiful coastline add to the appeal. An increasingly popular option for divers, there are both resort based and liveaboard options available and Muscat is just over 7-hours away.

Coral reef and pink goat fish in Oman

South Africa

There are several ways to fly to South Africa. From March to July it’s possible to fly direct to Durban. The Kwazulu-Natal coastline offers access to the famous sites at Aliwal Shoal and the arrival of several shark species, most notably the raggies. In addition, embark on a memborable Sardine Run adventure from here.

Ragged tooth shark in South Africa

To book any of these diving holidays, get in touch with our dive experts. Our flexi booking promise gives you complete confidence when booking your next dive holiday, and we can also offer low deposits and changeable holiday dates if your holiday is affected by a Covid-19 issue.

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