5 Great Spots for Surf and Scuba Diving

For those of you who already dive or for those who are looking to get into it, here is a list of resorts that offer some great diving for those flat days or for when you are able to drag yourself away from the waves!

Anugerah Surf and Dive Resort: Rote is considered one of Indonesia’s new frontiers in dive exploration, with a diverse array of dive sites all along the coastline, combined with a handful of offshore islands, all bursting with new spots to explore. Despite the prevailing SW swell in dry season, there is always somewhere to go within an hour’s boat ride from Nemberala. Anugerah Surf and Dive Resort offers the only dive school on the island, with a full range of dive courses, equipment and facilities, including dive boats, a training pool and PADI certified instructors. Whether you are a complete beginner or a certified diver wishing to build on your existing skill set, Rote is the ideal place to enjoy a complete ocean experience!

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Hope Town Harbour Lodge: Abaco is a diver’s paradise and boasts some of the finest scuba diving in The Bahamas. There are daily dive trips (weather permitting) and private charters are also available. Smaller groups are preferred with a maximum of six divers plus a Licensed Captain and a PADI Professional Divemaster or Instructor, to make it a more personal experience. Hope Town Harbour Lodge offers packages with DiveTime.

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Memmo Baleeira: The Algarve’s spectacular beauty promises great dive sites, considered some of the most magnificent on mainland Portugal. In summer, the prevailing wind is from the north, ensuring a calm sea and favourable diving conditions. Divers will be amazed by the variety of local species. Local fish such as bodiões and judias, black and white sea bream, moray eels and octopus swim in and out of the many crags and hollows that are typical of this region. There are also plenty of shipwrecks at depths of between 10-30m, with many located in fairly shallow waters and thus ideal for beginners. The temperature of the water varies between 13ºC and 22ºC. Memmo Baleeira offers packages with DiversCape.

Vanira Lodge: From Taravao to Teahupoo, and passing by Tautira, you can discover the 15 renowned diving sites and many others that are waiting to be explored. A wild and untouched peninsula, incredible fauna and flora, and whales from July to November. Vanira Lodge can help organise dive tours with Tahiti Iti Diving.

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Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi: The Maldives boasts an amazing array of marine life, from bronze whale sharks, to bright tropical fish and colorful coral. Highly regarded and in the top 10 ‘must dive’ sites for international divers, the Maldives offers crystal clear water, array of marine life, dramatic drop offs and abundant reef life. You can access up to 40 different dive points including: MS Victory Wreck, Octbetilla, Manta Point, Shark Point, Rainbow Giri, Lions Head, Paradise Rock, Aquarium, Coral Garden, Banana Reef and more whilst staying at Hudhuranfushi Resort.

As many other hotels offer some great diving, here are a few more suggestions: Tavarua Island Resort, Six Senses Laamu, Hotel Tamarindo, Cinco HotelHoliday Inn Resort KandoomaCoconuts Beach Club Resort & SpaGrand Hôtel Des Bains, Ayada Maldives

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