Open Water Diving

If you’re thinking about getting certified in open water diving, we’ll be the first to tell you that it’s a fantastic idea. Diving is a wonderful hobby that will keep you coming back for more, and luckily, there’s no shortage of dive sites around the world to discover. Whether you’re a traveller looking to start a new hobby, a couple on their honeymoon wanting to try something new together, or a family looking for another way to bond, being Open Water certified is the first step in your diving adventure. While you’ll find stunning diving destinations for beginners around the globe, here are a few of our favourite places to get Open Water certified and to get those first few dives in.


With warm waters throughout the year, great visibility, and an abundance of marine life, Grenada is one of our top choices for open water diving. While it's known as the 'shipwreck capital of the Caribbean', there are also plenty of spectacular dive sites for new divers and those getting back into diving after a long break.

We particularly love Granada because it has a variety of sites suitable for beginners. You can dip your toe into wreck diving at the Veronica L with its beautiful encrusting cup corals; experience something a little different at the Molinere Sculpture Park, which tells the story and history of the island; or become entranced by the colourful coral wall at Flamingo Bay.


Egypt has no shortage of dive sites to choose from, but when it comes to getting certified in open water diving or improving your skills, we'd recommend Hurghada every time.

There's a fantastic house reef at the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh that's easy to reach from the jetty, with vibrant healthy corals and diverse wildlife. It's not uncommon to spot reef fish, sharks, octopus, blue spotted rays and even dolphins if you're lucky.


With white sand for days and crystal clear waters, the Maldives is one of our top destinations for honeymooners looking to try open water diving. Yes, it's full of luxury resorts and world-class beaches, but beneath the water, the Maldives has some beautiful reefs, with gorgonian fans, sponges and colourful corals.

It's a top spot for beginners due to its calm waters and great visibility, with more challenging dives for advanced divers too. The Maldives is a fantastic location for seeing mega-fauna, and sightings of whale sharks and manta rays are fairly common.

If you're thinking of heading off on a diving adventure, let our team of experts help you to create a tailor-made itinerary. The marine world has so much to offer and an open water diving certification is the first step to seeing it all.

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Emily C and Eleanor are our 'Open Water Diving' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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