Where to Go Diving in Summer

For us Brits, organising your dive diary for the summer months sees the conundrum between flocking to far flung climes in search of bragging rights and epic natural marine events, or staying in Europe in search of a spot of summer sun and diving a little closer to home. When it comes to where to go diving in the summer, the options are endless – from the inviting sugar-white shores of French Polynesia, to the sparkling waters (and proximity) of Gozo, and everything in between. Which is where we come in. Our team of experts are on hand to help you choose the perfect place to spend your summer diving holiday, whether it’s the ultimate action-packed trip or a relaxed fun-filled family adventure.

June is the month to explore the South Pacific - from epic shark diving in French Polynesia, to spotting oceanic hammerheads around Kadavu or watching manta rays arriving Tahiti. Have you got a bucket list dive in mind for the summer months? Look north, to the chilly waters of Iceland, for a dive you'll never forget in the Silfra Fissure. In June the fissure is draped in vibrant green algae, or 'troll hair' as the locals call it; it's an unmissable sight. As the summer months progress, Europe starts to come into its own, with the Azores playing host to all manner of pelagics in its offshore sites, while the clear waters of Malta and Gozo are more reminiscent of the Caribbean than Europe. Warm, calm, clear waters, amazing wrecks and lots of marine life - what more could you ask for?

Further-flung destinations are calling in July. It's a great month for a liveaboard trip to Indonesia, muck diving in Lembeh Strait or perhaps diving in the freshwater-filled, limestone centoes of Tulum in Mexico. By the time the balmy months of August and September roll around you could opt to turn up the adrenaline levels and go cage diving with great white sharks off Guadalupe Island, Mexico. If you're looking for a slower pace, we can help you book a more sedate trip with a whole lot more 'relax'. Venture to the Solomon Islands for some blissful under-the-radar coral, cave, wreck and muck diving alongside plenty of indulgent, lazy beach days. By the time back-to-school rolls around in September, it time to head to Egypt, to dive fascinating wrecks including the Thistlegorm WW2 wreck and to see a spectrum of marine life, from oceanic white tip sharks to Spanish dancer nudibranch. Those searching for smaller crowds on land and less bodies in the water, however, should head to Fiji. The weather is glorious in September and the reefs are being returned to their marine residents, after a summer of land-visitors, allowing you to explore them in blissful solitude.

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