Learning to scuba dive will forever change the way you and your family view the world. You will get to explore breathtaking underwater landscapes filled with colourful marine life and go on adventures that other families only dream of. Anyone from age 10 can learn to dive, making this a safe fun sport for the whole family. Start the adventure today with these unbeatable places to learn to scuba dive.
With its almost endless options for scuba diving, Egypt tops the list of our top places to learn to scuba dive with your family. Sharm el Sheikh has a variety of affordable accommodation and warm blue waters that are perfect for learning to dive. There are numerous house reefs just a few paces from the beaches and you can try day boat and liveaboard diving with ease.
Non-divers in your family will enjoy snorkeling in the shallows, and whether you choose to dive or snorkel, you will be drifting over some of the most colorful reefs in the world. For a quieter holiday with fewer crowds, base yourself at Marsa Alam. This peaceful resort town with soft sand beaches has excellent diving and you can swim with dolphins, dugongs and numerous sea turtles there.
Made up of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, the Seychelles has plenty for families to enjoy above and below the waterline. Mahé, the main hub for tourism and culture, will keep your family entertained and there is a diverse array of granite underwater landscapes to explore.
As well as having plentiful fish, sea turtles and reef sharks, you can swim with whale sharks off the island’s southern side during October and November. The Seychelles is also a great place to hop on a modern yacht or traditional schooner to enjoy a mix of island-hopping, sailing, diving and water sports with your kids.
Grand Cayman is a world-class dive destination with something for everyone in the family. Experienced divers will enjoy the sheer coral walls plunging thousands of meters and iconic wrecks this island is known for. Grand Cayman is also a great place to learn to dive, thanks to having crystal-clear waters, few currents and easy shore diving. Surround yourself with friendly stingrays at Stingray City, a shallow lagoon perfect for people of all ages, and explore shallow wrecks bustling with life. There is truly something for everyone in the waters of this unique island.
Bonaire, the shore diving capital of the world, has more than 60 dive sites, including coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and wrecks. It is an ideal destination for diving at your own pace and working your dive days around your family’s needs. Once you have learnt to dive, simply hire your dive kit and a car, then start exploring. There are shore dives dotted around the island, with healthy corals, sea turtles and tropical fish. Youngsters can gain their confidence in the shallows just off the beaches and take it one step deeper at a time. With such easy yet rewarding diving, the whole family is sure to be enchanted by Bonaire.
Australia has numerous family-friendly dive destinations, including the enormous Great Barrier Reef. Stretching over 1,429 miles, this impressive reef system is the largest in the world and contains over 900 individual reefs and islands. It is an unbeatable destination for families who want to combine scuba diving with exploring some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Start your vacation by learning to dive at Cairns, the gateway diving the Great Barrier Reef and a fun city that has safe swimming and plenty of family activities. Once you are certified, join a day boat or liveaboard safari to visit some of the best-loved dive sites in the area. A scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef will be a highlight for any family, as will a crocodile tour and a visit to the oldest rainforest in the world at nearby Daintree.
Jordan might not be on your radar for a family holiday but this friendly, safe country bordering the Red Sea is a real hidden gem. Head to the southwest of Jordan for Red Sea diving among wrecks, coral reefs and to enjoy the vibrant city of Aqaba. There is easy diving from shore and numerous dive sites, all close together. Whilst you are there, make sure you take your family to the stunning ancient city of Petra. Tucked away amid rugged desert canyons and mountains, this once-hidden city is breathtaking and is one of the 7 New Wonders of the World.
Around 20 per cent of the marine life you will see in Hawaii is unique to these islands. As well as having fish life in abundance, Hawaii is one of the best places in the world to go swimming with sea turtles, which you will find in abundance off the beaches. The sheltered bays and shallow coral reefs are ideal for new divers, and there are ancient lava tubes and shipwrecks for advanced divers to explore. Make sure you take the whole family whale watching in Hawaii. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.
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