Europe has long been a firm favourite for the quintessential family escape. And while it may not spring to mind when planning a family diving holiday, this continent packs a serious punch. Plus, short haul flights from the UK make these destinations an ideal place to learn to dive before committing to a long haul adventure. Add to that some of the best family-friendly hotels and you’re on to a real winner.
There's no better place to introduce the rugrats to diving than
in Gozo. The laidback neighbour to
Malta, Gozo boasts warm, calm waters with crystal clear visibility
while fascinating wrecks, unique topographies and the Blue Hole
keep drawing families back.
The Azores' volcanic
islands, Europe's answer to Jurassic Park, have long been a
favourite of Original Divers. There may not be dinosaurs, but head
out on the waves and there's more than enough marine life to keep
the whole family gawking, from whale and dolphin watching to diving
with sharks and rays (for advanced divers), and the fascinating
critters that lurk in the boulders of local dive sites.