So many key dates to consider in what is a pretty bleak British month. Valentine’s weekends (and proposals) are increasingly popular and if that all goes according to plan, a few years later you’ll be considering February half term as well.

Diving in February

This is the month to get some much needed winter sun, be that in the Caribbean, Australasia or the Maldives. In Thailand, the Christmas thong throng has long since departed and the temperature has yet to reach the sticky heights of March and April, so the beaches of the mainland and islands such as Phuket and the excellent diving around the Similan Islands are a good choice.

When it comes to marine life, you can't do much better than a snorkelling adventure with humpback whales in Silver Banks in the Caribbean or whale sharks off the Tanzanian coast. So many options...and so cold outside.

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The month that contains the quadrennial leap year is also an extremely good month to leap onto a plane and get as far away from the UK as possible. Central and South America fit the bill nicely at this time of year.

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Our favourites for February

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Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat just happens to sit right on the bullseye of the Coral Triangle, which is the area of highest marine biodiversity on earth. With more species of fish and coral than anywhere else on our planet, the diving here is jaw-dropping.

Raja Ampat
Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island

Home to the southernmost coral reef in the world, this little known island is a hidden gem.

Lord Howe Island
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Maldives

The Maldives is a world-class diving destination, particularly if you like diving with big fish. Above the waves you find pure white sand, blue seas and world-class hotels. What's not to like?

Maldives
Diving off Babeldoab Island

Palau

Located midway between the Philippines and Guam in the western part of the Caroline Islands (this eastern part is known as Micronesia), the nation's claim to fame is now its world-class diving...

Palau
Micronesia

Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is made up of four states from West to East: Yap, Chuuk (previously known as Truk), Pohnpei and Kosrae. Theses states make up approximately 607 islands (only 65 are inhabited) spread over 2,500km just north of the equator in the Western Pacific.

Micronesia
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Cayman Islands

World-class diving and laid back Caribbean charm at its best. This is some of the very best diving in the Caribbean.

Cayman Islands
Salt Whistle Bay Beach

St Vincent & The Grenadines

St Vincent and the Grenadines is an archipelago in the Southern Caribbean comprising of 32 islands, including Mustique, Bequia and Petit St Vincent. Endless stretches of white sand. Tick. Gin clear water. Tick. Idyllic island life. Tick. This is a true Caribbean jewel.

St Vincent & The Grenadines
Philippines

Philippines

The Philippines has an incredible amount of variety in the form of WWII wrecks, pristine reefs, world-class muck diving and one of our favourites: the thresher shark.

Philippines
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Andaman Islands

Pretty much as remote as you can get. And as exciting.

Andaman Islands
Tanzania

Tanzania

Combine great safari experiences with some of the best diving in East Africa.

Tanzania
Great blue hole of belize

Belize

Explore the second largest barrier reef in the world, along a 174-mile long coastline.

Belize
Picture of Boats in the sea Mafia Island

Mafia Island

Little known Mafia is one of the only places you are virtually guaranteed whale sharks at the right time of year.

Mafia Island

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