Scuba Diving for Kids Part One – 14 Great Places to Visit.

Learning to scuba dive will forever change the way you and your family view the world. You will get to explore breathtaking underwater landscapes filled with colorful marine life and go on adventures that other families only dream of. Anyone from age 10 can learn to dive, making this a safe and fun sport for the whole family. Start the adventure today with these unbeatable places to take your kids scuba diving.  

Top 14 places to take your kids scuba diving.

1. Egypt.

With almost endless options for scuba diving, diving in Egypt tops the list of our places to learn to scuba dive with your family. Diving in Sharm el Sheikh offers a variety of affordable accommodation and warm blue waters that are perfect for taking kids scuba diving. There are numerous house reefs just a few paces from the beaches and you can try day boat and liveaboard diving with ease. Non-divers in your family will enjoy snorkeling in the shallows, and whether you choose to dive or snorkel, you will be drifting over some of the most colorful reefs in the world. For a quieter holiday with fewer crowds, go diving in Marsa Alam. This peaceful resort town with soft sand beaches has excellent diving and you can swim with dolphins, dugongs and numerous sea turtles there.

2. Seychelles.

Made up of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, Seychelles diving offers plenty for families. Mahé, the main hub for tourism and culture, will keep your family entertained topsie and there is a diverse array of granite underwater landscapes to explore. As well as having plentiful fish, sea turtles, and reef sharks, you can swim with whale sharks off the island’s southern side during October and November. These beautiful islands are also a great place to hop on a modern yacht or traditional schooner to enjoy a mix of island-hopping, sailing, water sports and diving with your kids. READ MORE: START THE ADVENTURE - 6 WAYS TO LEARN TO DIVE.

3. Grand Cayman.

Grand Cayman is a world-class dive destination with something for everyone in the family. Experienced divers will enjoy the sheer coral walls plunging thousands of meters and iconic wrecks this island is known for. Grand Cayman is also a great place to learn to dive and take kids scuba diving, thanks to having crystal-clear waters, few currents and easy shore diving. Surround yourself with friendly stingrays at Stingray City, a shallow lagoon perfect for people of all ages, and explore shallow wrecks bustling with life. There is truly something for everyone in the waters of this unique island.

4. Bonaire.

Bonaire, the shore diving capital of the world, has more than 60 dive sites, including coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, and wrecks. It is an ideal destination for diving at your own pace and working your dive days around your family’s needs. Once you have learned to dive, simply hire your dive kit and a car to start exploring. There are shore dives dotted around the island, with healthy corals, sea turtles and tropical fish. Youngsters can gain their confidence in the shallows and take it one step deeper at a time. With such easy yet rewarding diving, the whole family is sure to be enchanted by diving in Bonaire.

5. Australia.

Diving in Australia includes numerous family-friendly destinations such as the enormous Great Barrier Reef. Stretching over 1,429 miles, this impressive reef system is the largest in the world and contains over 900 individual reefs and islands. It is an unbeatable destination for families who want to take kids scuba diving whilst exploring some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Start your vacation by learning to dive at Cairns, the gateway diving the Great Barrier Reef, and a fun city that has safe swimming and plenty of family activities. Once you are certified, join a day boat or liveaboard safari to visit some of the best-loved dive sites in the area. A scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef will be a highlight for any family, as will a crocodile tour and a visit to the oldest rainforest in the world at nearby Daintree. DIVE ANYWHERE YOU WANT WITH YOUR FAMILY. GET CERTIFIED WITH SSI!

6. Jordan.

Jordan might not be on your radar for a kids scuba diving holiday but this friendly, safe country bordering the Red Sea is a real hidden gem. Head to the southwest of Jordan for Red Sea diving among wrecks, coral reefs and to enjoy the vibrant city of Aqaba. There is easy diving from shore and numerous dive sites, all close together. Whilst you are there, make sure you take your family to the stunning ancient city of Petra. Tucked away amid rugged desert canyons and mountains, this once-hidden city is breathtaking and is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

7. Hawaii.

Around 20 per cent of the marine life in Hawaii is unique to these islands. As well as having fish life in abundance, Hawaii is one of the best places in the world to go swimming with sea turtles. The sheltered bays and shallow coral reefs are ideal for new divers, and there are ancient lava tubes and shipwrecks for advanced divers to explore. Make sure you take the whole family whale watching in Hawaii. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.

Stay tuned! Part 2 of this series about family diving will follow shortly...