Top Ten Resorts to Learn to Dive

There is nothing quite like your first dive. That moment when oxygen tank strapped to your back, you realise the impossible is possible - you can breathe underwater and witness the kaleidoscopic world of the deep blue. With over 71% of the earth's surface covered by water, there are endless opportunities to experience something new - so why not join the wonderful world of underwater exploring by learning to scuba dive? Learning to dive has never been easier, you can go from being a complete beginner to a fully qualified diver in just four days. If you are looking to get into the world of scuba diving, here are our top ten picks for the best resorts to learn to dive.
1. Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

Deep in the Indian Ocean, hidden away in the Laamu Atoll, Six Senses Laamu is a tropical paradise surrounded by palm-fringed beaches and turquoise waters. When it comes to learning to dive, this place has got you covered. With an excellent dive centre and three marine NGO's on the island you can combine some of the best dive training in the Maldives with the chance to gain an in-depth knowledge of the wonderful marine life that calls the waters of the Maldives home. The only resort in the Laamu Atoll, you'll have the waters to yourself while you learn. Combine world-class instructors with the perfect marine classroom and you've got a winning combo when it comes learning to dive.

2. Small Hope Bay, Bahamas

A stunning family-run hotel on the sugar-white beaches of the Bahamas, you'll struggle to find another resort in the region with such a friendly and lively atmosphere. This dive-focused resort is the perfect place to start your diving journey with fantastic diver instructors, an excellent dive centre, offering the PADI Discover Diving course, and a diving award ceremony for divers in the evenings - it's hard not to love this place.

3. Mount Cinnamon, Grenada

Located on the serene southwest coast of Grenada, with stunning views of the sparkling Caribbean Sea, Mount Cinnamon is in the perfect spot for anyone who wants to learn to dive. This resort's coveted location is made even better by the five-star PADI dive centre that calls the resort home. In small and personalised groups, you'll learn the basics of scuba diving with expert instructors and gain all the skills you need to go and explore the volcanic coastline and vibrant reefs of Grenada.

4. The Oberio, Egypt

Sitting at the edge of the Red Sea, the Oberoi is home to a private beach, a pampering spa and of course world-class diving. Home to its very own certified PADI centre this resort offers a plethora of diving opportunities and an outstanding coral reef. When it comes to taking your first few breaths underwater, this resort has got you covered. With Open Water, Adventure and Rescue Diver courses and even dive master instruction, the courses here cater for everyone from beginners to experienced divers.

5. Kempinski, Gozo

Less than a four-hour flight from London, Malta is the perfect European diving destination and for those looking to learn to dive, look no further than the Kempinski Hotel. Close to Dwejera Bay, the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is surrounded by lush subtropical gardens and offers stunning views of the Mediterranean. The resort's fantastic family-friendly facilities make it the perfect place for families, especially those looking to learn to dive together. This resort ticks all the 'learn to dive' boxes - from the perfect summer conditions and the excellent water visibility to the safe shallows, which make the perfect diving classroom.

6. Pole Pole Tanzania

Nestled into the tropical jungle on Mafia island, with stunning ocean views, Pole Pole (meaning "slowly slowly" in Swahili) is a luxury eco-lodge on the doorstep of Tanzania's first marine park. Perfect for those who are new to diving, thanks to it's fantastic dive centre and excellent instructors, you'll be in safe hands here as you take your first few breaths underwater. The calm, sheltered waters are the ideal place to learn the basics of diving and there is plenty to see when you are ready to dive in deeper waters.

7. Amun Ini, Philippines

This tropical beach resort is a hidden gem that combines the best of beach and jungle, with superb diving to boot. When it comes to diving, beginners are in expert hands. With an amazing dive team and small, personalised groups, it's the ideal place to get into diving. Once you have your 'underwater-legs' the resort's stunning house reef - which is accessed by boat - is the ideal spot for starting your underwater adventures.

8. Siladen, Indonesia

Siladen is an enchanting dive resort, set ona 59-acre island complete with an idyllic white sand beach which is a rarity in this part of Indonesia where the majority of beaches are black. The resort's dedicated dive team is fantastic - offering wonderful, personalised and friendly service - plus the water conditions are perfect for beginner divers. The hotel's expert dive centre is ideal for novices and experienced divers alike and is particularly great for children.

9. Soneva Fushi, Maldives

Set in the remote Baa Atoll, Soneva Fushi is the epitome of barefoot luxury - an eco-chic jungle hideaway complete with villas and an amazing dive centre. Beginner divers should head straight to the island's fantastic Soleni Dive Centre where they will be greeted by the expert dive team and gain access to different PADI courses on offer. The centre also happens to be fantastic for families. You'll get the whole Atoll to yourself so you can concentrate on getting to grips with the diving basics before heading to (slightly) deeper waters to explore the wonders of the marine world.

10. Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah, Oman

Nestled between the rugged Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman, Shangri-La Bar Al Jissah is a hidden gem, just 15 minutes from the vibrant capital of Muscat. The hotel is the perfect place for families wanting to learn to dive together. The dive centre is ideally located in the resort and offers special programs for children who are too young to dive (under ten years old). Once you have honed your skills, head out into the ocean and get ready to marvel at the interesting marine life that call the waters home - you'll see turtles and rays, among many other wonderful animals. Another added benefit is the resort's proximity to the UK, making it the perfect option for a week's holiday.

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