Europe is the quintessential summer destination for British travellers and July is a fabulous month to dive in places like Malta, Gozo and the Azores. There are still plenty of reasons to head further afield though...
Diving in July
The Galapagos experiences the Humboldt Current which brings cold water, rich in nutrients and plankton, and attracts huge amounts of marine life and birds and makes for great - if chilly - diving. On the other side of the world the weather and diving conditions are perfect in Indonesia and Borneo; a great time to experience the wonder that is Sipadan.
July sees the Maldives turn into a feeding frenzy, with Hanifaru Bay in the Baa Atoll attracting hundreds of manta rays who feed in the atoll's nutrient-rich waters. Whale sharks are also popping up all over the place, from across the Maldives to Ningaloo Reef in Australia to Isla Holbox in Mexico and even Belize - if you know where to look (hint: that's where we come in).
Indonesia is one of the best places to dive in July, with endless opportunities for adventure, from liveaboard diving across Komodo to exploring the remote reefs of Alor to photographing weird and wonderful macro critters while muck diving in Northern Sulawesi.
Humpback whales are starting to arrive in Mooera in French Polynesia, which is one of the few destinations in the world where you can snorkel with humpback whales. Another place is Ningaloo Reef in Australia, which also attracts these ginormous gentle creatures from July.
The Top 5 Places to Go Diving in July
Spend the summer ticking off the bucket-list - these are the top five places to go diving in July.
- Indonesia - Diving in Northern Sulawesi in July brings all manner of marvellous macro critters in the Lembeh Strait - from flamboyant cuttlefish to nudibranch, mimic octopus and frogfish...the list goes on
- Mexico - Snorkel with whale sharks off laid-back island paradise Isla Holbox before heading south to Tulum to dive in the freshwater filled limestone cenotes
- Belize - Home to the Great Blue Hole and the second largest barrier reef in the world, not to mention epic adventures on land (think: janguars in the jungle, ancient Mayan ruins and beautiful white sandy beaches)
- French Polynesia - Swim with the ocean's greatest singers, the humpback whale, as these gentle giants arrive into the turquoise lagoons of Mooera in July
- Gozo - Europe's hidden gem, Gozo has some of the best diving in the Mediterranean, with warm weather, crystal clear, calm water, fabulous wrecks and plentiful marine life. Need we say more?
For a truly unique experience, dive in Iceland in July when the Silfra fissure is covered in long green algae locally referred to as “troll hair” – it’s very surreal, even more so considering you are diving in no-man’s land between the North American and Eurasian continents.
Louisa, Original Diver