Are you trying to decide where to go and what to do on your next family holiday? Trying to balance out the wants and needs of everyone in your group? Why not try something new and exciting which will bring you together and give you a choice of incredible destinations? Dive right into 2018 with a scuba and water sports adventure holiday.
Whether you’re holidaying alone, with a group of friends, as a couple or with kids, all of your adventuring needs will be catered for and you’ll be able to create memories that last a lifetime. Becoming more active, spending quality time with loved ones and experiencing natures finest beauty are just a few reasons why a water sports holiday should be on your bucket list.
If scuba diving is your thing or something you’ve always wanted to try, the world is literally your oyster. But sometimes it can be a little daunting not knowing where the most awe-inspiring underwater paradise’s lie. If you’re ready to grab your wetsuit, check out this list of our favourite hot spots:
Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island, Malaysia
This wall of coral is home to cruising sharks and barracuda; you are guaranteed to see big things here. Occasional strong currents blast over an underwater prairie where you’ll be surrounded by white tips, turtles, jacks, bumphead parrotfish and of course the barracuda that give it its name.
Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia
An upwelling means this splendid wall dive is indeed favoured. Expect to see sharks, barracuda, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse and snappers among other things. If you can tear your eyes away from the fish for a moment, the wall hosts thick coral with morays, nudibranchs and mantis shrimps being just a few of the underwater attractions.
The Yongala, Australia
The Yongala is a shipwreck off the coast of Queensland. You may see manta rays, sea snakes, octopuses, turtles, bull sharks, tiger sharks, clouds of fish and spectacular coral – this spectacular spot is full of life.
Thistlegorm, Egyptian Red Sea:
This is a large historical wreck which needs several dives to do it justice. A British vessel, the Thistlegorm was attacked from the air and sunk in 1941 whilst carrying a cargo of war supplies: rifles, motorbikes, train carriages, trucks.
Shark and Yolanda Reef, Egyptian Red Sea:
Three dives in one: anemone city, shark reef with its spectacular drop off and the wreck of the Yolanda. Currents make this good for drift dives and for pelagic fish.
Great Blue Hole, Belize
Very deep, wide, hole outlined by coral reef and inhabited by sharks. There is nothing quite like it; 30 metres visibility coming over the bathwater warm reef of vibrant colors, descending into a cool, deep blue hole where the water begins to waver and shimmer as you enter the transition from salt to fresh water at about 15 metres. Just make sure you’ve got all of the right kit from somewhere like Simply Scuba, or even something like an underwater camera to capture it all. Watching the enormous tuna and other pelagics dive into the hole to clean themselves as you briefly remove your octopus to taste the fresh water. Then descending another 25 metres to explore the ancient caverns.
Lake Garda, Italy
If you’re keen to get in the water but scuba diving isn’t your thing, Lake Garda offers a variety of watersports such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking, flyboarding, kitesurfing, motorboating, parasailing, paddle boarding, wakeboarding, water skiing and jet skiing! Needless to say, you won’t be stuck for things to do, plus you’ll be surrounded by glorious mountain ranges as you take the plunge into the lake.
With this incredible variety of destinations that will tickle your fancy, you won’t be left disappointed. Have you been to any of these destinations before? It would be great to hear what you think!