Thanks to the white-sand beaches and bath-warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a firm favourite when it comes to the world’s best scuba diving holiday destinations. Underwater, you’ll find whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and moray eels. As well as the big names, you’ll spot a lot of smaller rainbow-patterned fish vying for your attention, from cobalt-blue snappers to canary-yellow angelfish. The best bit? Thanks to the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, visibility as far as 50 metres is standard in these parts. Diving first-timer? Most resorts in the Maldives have a scuba diving facility, and there are a number of trips that take you to the top diving spots around the island.
Whether you’re looking to brush up your skills on a diving course or get the perfect underwater shipwreck shot, diving holidays in Malta come up trumps. You’ll have over 100 dive sites to choose from, with a range of depths from shallow waters to deep tunnels 50 metres under – making it suitable for beginners, advanced and technical divers. Even better, its caves, reefs and shipwrecks are all in easy reaching distance from the shore or by boat, thanks to great transport links around the island. Wondering which is the best spot? Paradise Bay is a small sandy cove lapped by clear waters. It’s home to goat fish and giant sea snails.
Free diving in the Dominican Republic comes with the chance of spotting humpback whales, as well as mangrove forests and brag-worthy shipwrecks. And, thanks to its warm waters and good visibility, it’s a year-round destination for keen divers. Most dive operators plan excursions around customers, along with plenty of sites suitable for beginners – the south is a great option thanks to its calm waters. Don’t forget, Caribbean diving holidays also come with the added benefit of sugar-soft beaches, colourful Colonial towns and jerk chicken by the BBQ load.
Egypt’s Red Sea is filled with over 1,200 species of tropical fish, from stingrays and puffer fish to green turtles and spinner fish – that totals 10% of the world’s fish species. That’s not all, though. There’s also 200 types of soft and hard coral for you to capture on camera. Alternatively, swim among 19th and 20th-century shipwrecks near Sharm el Sheikh, or make Hurghada your base and head to Giannis D wreck. Here, you’ll find dolphins, reef sharks and parrotfish among others.
The underwater village of Pavlopetri, in the Peloponnese region of Greece, covers an area that’s roughly the size of six football fields, and comes complete with roads, houses, temples and gardens. Even drinking cups and looms for weaving have been discovered at the site. It’s thought the town was abandoned in 1100 BC, shortly after an earthquake brought its foundations into a state of disrepair. You’ll find it just off Pounda beach, near Viglafia. You’ll also find underwater statues in Cancun, a sunken ferry in Cyprus, a former drug running ship which was scuttled in Bonaire, a minesweeper ship near Cozumel, and the practically intact Thistlegorm freighter in the Red Sea.
The TUI BLUE Alaya, formerly known as the TUI SENSIMAR Alaya, comes with all the trimmings of a chic, adults-only retreat – including swim-up rooms, à la carte dining and five pools.
The TUI MAGIC LIFE Kalawy is just the ticket for action-packed holidays – with four pools, lots of activities and a coral reef on the doorstep.
The ROBINSON Club Maldives blends its trademark high-octane activities with the relaxing atmosphere of a tranquil island getaway.
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
More from TUI
About TUI MyTUI app Cookies Notice Manage Cookie Preferences Privacy Notice Terms & Conditions Media Centre Travel Jobs Affiliates Discover Lakes & Mountains Discover Weddings App Store for Ios Google Play Store Travel Money Holiday Budget Calculator TUI Group First Choice Holiday Brochures Travel After Brexit Holiday WeatherNHS Discounts
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook.com/FCOtravel
More information is available by checking /destinations/info/travel-aware
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk.
The advice can change so check regularly for updates
All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Some of the flights on this website are also financially protected by the ATOL scheme, but ATOL protection does not apply to all flights. This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each flight before you make your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk. ATOL protection does not apply to the other holiday and travel services listed on this website.