The Great British Summer: burnt barbecues, questionable tan lines, extreme pollen forecasts and endless drivel on the TV (we're looking at you, Love Island). It's a surprise anyone wants to go abroad really… For those who are looking to escape though, there is still some last minute availability in some of our very favourite destinations, many of which are at their absolute best during the summer months. So dig out your suitcase, get your passports ready and let us plan your escape to more exotic climes…
Kalimaya Dive Resort, Indonesia
Few people know about East Sumbawa Island, which is exactly why it's so great. Be one of the few lucky souls marooned at Kalimaya Dive Resort and spend days diving the house reef or 30 surrounding sites, which vary from muck to coral to current diving. Insider tip: dive Sangean Volcano for its constantly bubbling reef and macro critters.
ThirtySeven Gozo, Gozo
Only a hop, skip and a jump from the UK (or a three hour flight), Gozo boasts clear, calm waters which make it one of Europe's most pleasant diving destinations. Whether you stay for a long weekend or the entire week, the diving is as varied as it is thrilling (check out our favourite dive sites here). Use ThirtySeven Gozo as a base, a charming 400 year-old converted farmhouse with friendly, welcoming staff.
Pole Pole, Tanzania
Nestled on the shores of Mafia Island overlooking Mafia Island Marine Park you'll find Pole Pole. And while there is plenty to do above water (from island hopping to spotting elusive hippos around the Rufiji River), below the waves is simply outstanding. Whether snorkelling or diving, there are over 400 species of fish to spot in equally varied marine habitats (think: fringing coral reefs, drop-offs and rock walls).
Atmosphere Resort & Spa, Philippines
Although summer is technically the Philippines' wetter season, Atmosphere Resort & Spa's prime position in the Visayas region means it only experiences the odd shower, so guests can revel in warm, sunny skies without the crowds. Explore the house reef for all manner of unusual macro critters or head further afield to Apo Island.
Qamea Resort & Spa, Fiji
When dive sites consist of Purple Wall, Swirling Coconut and Rainbow Reef, you know the diving will be exotic. And luckily for you, many of these dive sites are situated within ten minutes of Qamea Resort & Spa (and in some cases straight from its shores). But if you do fancy hitting the sea, they also offer a rather marvellous day trip to dive the world-famous Somosomo Strait and equally remote Yellow Wall.
Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
The only resort in the remote southerly Laamu atoll, Six Senses Laamu offers barefoot simplicity in the utmost decadence. But what really sets this private island paradise apart is its passion for ocean conservation. The hotel is partnered with Project Aware and home to an army of marine biologists, including the Blue Marine Foundation and Manta Trust. Head out to explore and learn about the surrounding reefs.
Petit St Vincent, St Vincent & The Grenadines
A 115-acre volcanic island fringed with white sandy beaches and aquamarine waters, Petit St Vincent is a place where time stands still. And while there are many tiny islands that dot the Caribbean, Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques Cousteau, chose to open his dive centre here. Why? Wreck, reef and drift dives and even a bubbling hot spring; you name it, it's got it. Plus, if you book now there's a special seven night offer to take advantage of.