Offering some of the best diving in Europe, Malta is a great choice for those looking for a diving holiday destination. This group of 3 small islands sits in the Mediterranean and because of the southern location, enjoys a year round temperate climate. Malta boasts the warmest winters in Europe, and on average only 90 days of rainfall. The country is extremely popular with divers, thanks to the incredible visibility, abundance of easily accessible shore diving sites and many sunken wrecks. Flights here from Europe can usually be picked up pretty cheap, with several budget airlines fly to and from Malta.
Gran Canaria forms part of an African archipelago in the Atlantic ocean; nestled between Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife 150km off the coast of Western Sahara. The marina at Puerto de Mogan is a picturesque fishing village filled with brightly coloured traditional Canarian architecture, pretty canals and little bridges, swathes of bougainvillea and countless palm trees. As you get further back from the beach, the Venice of the Canaries is slowly taken over by holiday complexes that trail down from the sides of the valley. A paltry 840 miles from Europe, this small Spanish paradox is easily reached by direct flights from all over the continent. With cheap 4 hour flights from London and a great road network connecting the airport to towns, travelling here is simple. But how about the scuba diving? Have you ever thought of coming to Gran Canaria for scuba diving? We head over ourselves with Blue Explorers to find out more
When most people think of diving in the Mediterranean, the first things that usually come to mind are fantastic viz, warm waters, some great wrecks and…. perhaps not a huge amount of marine life. Over the last 10 years as Greece has gradually come onto the diving scene, the community in Alonissos have been working hard to change perceptions and spread the word about how great diving can be within Europe’s largest marine park. As such it was high time for Girls That Scuba to head over there to find out all of what the island has to offer.
Europe’s Balkan countries are found on the eastern side of the continent extending from Slovenia, Serbia and Romania all the way down to to tip of Greece. A lesser known part of the continent, the Balkans are slowly becoming affordable vacation destinations for some of Europe’s wealthier western counterparts.
To dive the Balkans is to catch a glimpse of some of Europe’s colder water diving. Venture into the beautiful and less explored waters of the Mediterranean and meet some strange and exhilarating creatures. While they may not be everyone’s idea of a dream dive destinations, the Balkan countries will delightfully surprise your diving standards.
We've all hear about scuba diving in Silfra - the only place in the world you can dive between the American and Eurasian continental plates, and touch both continents at the same time! We hand over to Girls that Scuba member Sigríður Lárusdóttir who lives and works in Iceland to tell us all about scuba diving in this magical place!
The water in Silfra is as clear as pure air, the landscape is breathtaking and the colours are beautiful. Visibility can be 100 meters plus, in fact, the water is so clean that you can take out your regulator and take a sip of the 3°c cold water, which has been filtered for hundreds of years through the lava. For me, it is paradise, and there's no wonder why divers come from all over the world to dive in this continental rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. But it's not only scuba divers; this is a heaven for free diving as well due to the numerous holes and cracks to go through; you can even meet an occasional trout resting.
As Iceland lies far north the temperature is not as most divers dream of, there are many things to take into consideration before dipping into the cold waters. In summertime the warmest waters are maximum 14°C and in winter it can go as cold as down to freezing point. Let's discuss what you are going to need to bring: