Family holidays in Europe are probably highest on the agenda here, and with good reason. The warm waters of the Med are an easy hop away, and while everyone seems to have had the same idea, we at Original Diving know the very best family (and bank balance) friendly places to stay and dive in August such as the little-known but wonderful Gozo near Malta.

Diving in August

For those of you looking to avoid children at all costs should consider the extremely long flight(s) to Fiji and French Polynesia which will probably put families off and guarantee relative peace and quiet as well as great diving and weather in August. Also perfect is Indonesia, one of our favourites. And if you can bear the heat then the Red Sea is great for big stuff at this time of year.

Our favourites for August

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Wakatobi

With some of the most pristine reefs on earth, Wakatobi is paradise for those that love coral and the small stuff - particularly the pygmy seahorse!

Wakatobi
Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

This is one of the last few genuine frontier areas left on the planet. Mention Papua New Guinea and people will probably have visions of cannibals marauding through the jungle. Well, nowadays, the only headhunters you’re likely to come across are Australian recruitment consultants on holiday, but they – and you – would be among the first people to explore what is a truly original destination.

Papua New Guinea
Fiji

Fiji

Stunning soft corals, great marine life, beautiful beaches and the 'friendliest people on Earth'. What's not to like about Fiji.

Fiji
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Komodo

Komodo is a stunning destination both above and below the waves. This national park has some of the very best diving on earth.

Komodo
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Northern Sulawesi

North Sulawesi is home to some of the best macro life on earth as well as some of the most pristine walls in Asia!

Northern Sulawesi
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Moyo Island

Moyo Island is perfect for those that love wildlife and are looking for some off-the-beaten-track luxury.

Moyo Island
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The Azores

The Azores offer world-class diving; we think the best in Europe. It also offers some amazing activities around its volcanic scenery.

The Azores
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Gozo

Gozo, Malta's quiet sister, offers great Mediterranean diving, as well as culture, with a collection of charming villages and prehistoric sites to visit; and it's relatively anonymous.

Gozo
Bali

Bali

Bali and Lombok have great variety for divers including wreck diving, muck diving, mantas and even a chance to encounter the extraordinary mola mola.

Bali
Tanzania

Tanzania

Combine great safari experiences with some of the best diving in East Africa.

Tanzania
Mozambique

Mozambique

Untouched beauty along with some of our favourite dive sites. What's not to like about Mozambique?

Mozambique
French Polynesia

French Polynesia

French Polynesia is home to the iconic lagoon at Bora Bora and some stunning diving. The biggest draw is arguably large numbers of sharks but there is much more.

French Polynesia
Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Lizard Island, in our opinion the best place from which to dive the Great Barrier Reef, is situated at the northern end of the Reef, is home to little more than a Marine Research Station, a luxury hotel, pristine beaches, and a population of large lizards.

Great Barrier Reef
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Galapagos Archipelago

Galapagos liveaboard diving, simply the best way to dive the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Archipelago

The trip was amazing!! Massive success and far exceeded our high expectations. Absolute proof that Original Travel's specialised high touch approach is hugely value additive to the discerning traveller!

Jake

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