A week diving at Mount Cinnamon resort in Grenada is our top pick for learner divers. Take your first plunge into bath-warm waters and even inexperienced divers will be able to explore colourful coral gardens and shallow reefs. Here you can gain your Open Water Diving certificate, which will allow you to dive with a buddy to a depth of 18 metres. We recommend getting all of the theory and pool work done before heading off on holiday, freeing you up to spot colourful critters for your logbook.
Original Diving (020 3582 4990/www.originaldiving.com) offers a two week holiday learning to dive at Mount Cinnamon, Grenada from £6,000 including accommodation, diving, flights and transfers.
Best for: Snorkelling
Not quite ready to take the plunge (pun intended) and still want to feel the sun on your back? Our favourite place to snorkel is Pink Beach on the island of Komodo, Indonesia. The sand is pink and the marine line is similarly other-worldly; located in The Coral Triangle the coral is some of the healthiest in the world so you may be forgiven for thinking you've discovered another plant entirely. For Game of Thrones fans, the island is also home to the only “dragons” on earth, the mighty 165kg Komodo dragon.
Original Diving (020 3582 4990/www.originaldiving.com) offers a two week snorkelling trip to Indonesia starts from £2,750 including all accommodation, flights and transfers
Best for: Family Diving
If you are hoping to nurture your mini-Attenboroughs into wildlife-loving teens and adults then we can't recommend a Maldives family diving holiday enough. At Six Senses Laamu, once children are qualified, (the minimum age is eight for a Bubblemaker course and ten for the Junior Open Water qualification), they can shallow dive to spot and identify mantas with the Manta Trust. If your child identifies a new individual, from their distinct markings, they get the naming rights. Cool, hey?
Original Diving (020 3582 4990/www.originaldiving.com) offers a week long Maldivian escape at Six Senses Laamu from £8,450 per family of four (two adults, two children), including half-board, international flights, sea plane transfers and diving for the children.
Best for: Diving and Adventure
Unsure whether to fully commit to a straight-up aquatics adventure? Diving off the tropical island of Mafia Island can be combined brilliantly with some land-based safari action in Tanzania, which means you can dip a metaphorical toe into the ocean before deciding whether to go full dive holiday. Likewise, head to Salalah in Oman if you're a culture vulture looking for first-time diving. One day you'll be retracing Wilfred Thesigner's footsteps across the Empty Quarter desert, and the next you'll be getting up close and personal with the Arabian Sea's macro life.
Original Travel (020 3582 4990/www.originaltravel.co.uk) offers a two week safari and scuba adventure from £4,850 per person, including all flights, transfers, accommodation, fly camping adventure and a scuba dive package.
Original Travel (020 3582 4990/www.originaltravel.co.uk) offers a one week dive and desert trip to Oman from £1,950 per person, including all flights, transfers, accommodation.
Best for: Diving in Style
For newbies that love the idea of diving but will also require a very high thread count head toVamzi Island in Mozambique. Vamizi Island is home to a collection of six exclusive and incredibly private villas. Each villa is individually styled, and designed by award winning South African architects to ensure both creative, and sustainable design. For ultimate bragging rights, one of the world's best dive sites Neptune's Arms is only accessible from the island.
Original Diving (020 3582 4990/www.originaldiving.com) offers a luxurious week in Mozambique from £3,950 per person including accommodation, flights and transfers.
Best for: Shortest Time Away from your Desk
Go to Gozo. Clear seas and great visibility make Gozo one of the best places to dive in Europe year round, with reefs, caves, wrecks and the famous blue hole to explore. It's just a 3 hour flight from London, which means you can do your first try dive (aka Discover Scuba Diving) and stop-off on the neighbouring island of Malta for a quick tour of Valetta (2018's Capital of Culture) all in a long-weekend. Phew!
Original Diving (020 3582 4990/www.originaldiving.com) offers a long weekend diving in Gozo starts from £1,000 per person including accommodation, flights and transfers.