Fancy a few days diving? We thought so!
With more pressures on our time than ever before, and flight departures offering improved flexibility, Regaldive are finding it increasingly common to arrange short breaks for our keen divers itching to get their diving fix!
If you just can't find time for a full one or two week diving holiday but would love to don mask and fins and slip into your wetsuit for at least a few days of fantastic warm water diving this summer, then Regaldive may just have the perfect solution.
For many years we've been arranging shorter breaks on request for our clients, but recently we've noticed a real trend for four or five night stays, with long weekends or mid-week mini getaways on the increase. With a great amount of choice in flight connections, Regaldive are pleased to be able to offer the flexibility to stay four or five nights in either the Red Sea, Lanzarote or Malta & Gozo.
Malta & Gozo
The Maltese Islands are renowned for their spectacular underwater topography, fascinating history and beautiful clear waters. The islands can be reached from the UK in just over three hours, making a short break an attractive option.
Malta truly offers something for every diver. The island's history as disputed land has led to an impressive collection of ship, plane and submarine wrecks that have really put Malta on the map for wreck diving. Dozens of shipwrecks, historic and artificial mean that Malta is a key technical diving destination but it's also an ideal place to learn to dive.
Gozo is one of the few remaining unspoilt Mediterranean islands and a haven for divers', with its simple, rural charm. Underwater arches and tunnels have been carved out of the coastline and offer divers endless points of interest around its 27-mile coastline of natural rugged beauty and normally great underwater visibility.
With several flight departures each week, travel for four or five nights and enjoy up to three dives per day - plus night dives! Log up to 10 dives in just three days!
Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Situated just off the coast of Africa, Lanzarote is the most easterly of the Canary Islands. Only four hours flight away, Lanzarote is an ideal destination for UK divers: combining year-round warm temperatures and stunning diving.
Lanzarote's volcanic landscape that is so impressive on the surface is equally as awe-inspiring underwater, with lava flows and cave formations providing divers with some fantastic areas to explore.
Divers are well catered for thanks to the balmy climate and stunning diving, including reefs, caves and wrecks. Lanzarote is suitable for divers of all levels, offering bays protected by rocky outcrops suitable for beginners as well as plenty of options for the more experienced diver, with many drop-offs, wrecks and caves to explore. The harbour wall wreck dive site is a designated Underwater Park containing a number of wrecks.
The rocks are covered in anemones, sponges and soft corals and are home to a variety of marine life, including grouper, tuna, barracuda, monkfish, moray, octopus, rays and seahorses. At certain times of the year, it is also possible to see dolphins and whales.
With the convenience of regular flights from most regional UK airports, divers can travel for four or five nights and maximise their diving time with the convenience of a four-hour flight from the UK.
Fancy diving somewhere a little different? The island of Sardinia has a colourful history, warm climate, a scenic coastline and some intriguing underwater highlights. It’s also a fantastic destination to take your non-diving, beach-loving friends. Flight time is only 2 hours 20 minutes. There are several charter and scheduled airlines flying regularly, in season from May to October.
Divers head to the Emerald Coast in the North East to dive the sites of the marine park in La Maddalena archipelago, Palau Sardinia and Lavezzi (Corsica). Suitable for all abilities the topography is granite, with swim-throughs, overhangs, sponge-encrusted caves, huge gorgonian fans and drop-offs. Plus there’s the wreck of the Angelika cargo ship to explore. Marine life is plentiful and expect to see plenty of nudibranch, spiny lobster and octopus plus huge grouper, Mediterranean eagle rays and barracuda at the 40+ dive sites in the region.
The sheltered bays and shallow waters make this an excellent place for those taking their first bubbles. Our local PADI 5-star resort partner provides a comprehensive range of PADI courses as well as daily diving trips. Water temperatures are between 19 and 25°C in summer and autumn, dropping to 15°C in early spring.
One of the best dive destinations in the world, the Red Sea is just a five-hour flight from the UK, making a long weekend or mid-week getaway a real possibility. Take advantage of regional departures and choose from a range of Red Sea resorts, including Hurghada, El Gouna, Safaga, Marsa Alam and Hamata - for anything from three to six nights!
Give Regaldive a call on 01353 659999 to ask a member of our team for more information on our short breaks. Why not see if you can fit in a few extra days of diving this summer!
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