Scorching one minute, torrential rain the next; the Great British Summer is about as fickle as the relationships on Love Island (only two weeks left, thank god). But rather than wait to see what Mother Nature throws at us next, we suggest trading in for an exotic new destination. From diving with the ocean's top predator off Mexico to seeing a secret side of Komodo (bragging rights included) - discover the crème-de-la-crème of diving destinations, perfect for a last-minute escape. And with some spectacular offers to boot, there really is no excuse not to...
GREAT WHITE SHARKS: GUADALUPE, MEXICO
Diving with great white sharks is one of the most thrilling underwater experiences out there. And for close encounters, you really can't beat Guadalupe, 150 miles off the coast of Mexico. Both diving and snorkelling is done in a cage meaning safe, close encounters with these beastly beauties in crystal clear visibility. The icing on the cake? There's a barmy 50% off offer for our favourite new luxury liveaboard, the Socorro Vortex this August…
THE SECRET SIDE OF KOMODO: EAST SUMBAWA, INDONESIA
What if we told you we know a secret spot in Indonesia that reaps all the benefits of the Coral Triangle but without any of the crowds? Introducing East Sumbawa. Located in the far west of Komodo, divers can experience muck and macro diving, thrilling currents and pristine coral gardens - all without another soul in sight. Stay on Kalimaya, which enjoys a prime location near all the best sites - but with limited availability, strike while the iron's hot.
CARIBBEAN CALLING: GRENADA, CARIBBEAN
Grenada is conveniently outside of the hurricane belt, meaning you can visit this Caribbean gem year-round. Diving here is quintessentially Caribbean with shallow dive sites with beautiful coral gardens in bath-warm waters. Add the convenience of direct flights from the UK and 35% off beachfront bolthole Mount Cinnamon and there really is no excuse not to embrace the chilled-out charm of the 'Isle of Spice'.
TICK OFF THE BUCKET-LIST: THE PHILIPPINES
It's low season in the Philippines during the summer which means one thing: relish having some of the world's best dive sites all to yourself. From the threshers of Malapascua to millions of sardines in Moalboal; muck diving madness in Dumaguete and beautiful coral walls in Bohol. The Philippines, quite simply, has it all.
PLAY CASTAWAY: BENGUERRA ISLAND, MOZAMBIQUE
Picture this: you're castaway on a tropical island within a Marine National Park - while there's no sight of Wilson (or Tom Hanks, for that matter), dolphins, turtles and dugongs are ever present. Become gloriously marooned on Benguerra island off the coast of Mozambique which, boasting the Two Mile Reef bursting with marine life, is a diver's paradise.
MARVELLOUS MUCK DIVING: NORTHERN SULAWESI, INDONESIA
If we learnt anything from the Original Dive Underwater Photographers of the Year, it's that there are some truly weird and wonderful critters living in the seas of Northern Sulawesi. Think blue-ringed octopus, mantis shrimp, psychedelic frogfish, Lembeh pygmy sea dragon, bobbit worm and so much more. The Lembeh Strait is the 'muck diving capital of the world', after all.
Get in touch with one of our dive specialists to plan your last-minute diving escape...