So you've got your PADI, you've checked out a few of the world's regular diving hotspots but now you've really caught the diving bug. If you're keen to plunge ocean depths in style, there are some great ways to do this with a luxury edge.
There are many exclusive five star resorts across the world that count among their offering scuba diving courses and facilities. You can choose your destination based on the kind of diving you are interested in. Grenada for example is one of the key locations for wreck diving, so if you fancy exploring sunken treasures this could be the place for you. If you're looking for sea life on a large scale, Mozambique could be a good choice. It's famed for year round sightings of stunning Whale Sharks and Manta Rays. Whatever your choice, diving breaks with a base in a luxury resort offer the comfort of a five star hotel by night and the freedom of the waves by day. Some would certainly consider this the best of both worlds.
Group Charter Diving
Most regularly called liveaboard diving breaks, these trips enable you to have the relative privacy of a yacht charter living on board a boat with others who also have a passion for diving. Specialist companies have a number of scheduled sails you can join. You can find these available for all budgets but, since we're talking luxury diving breaks, you'll certainly find top end options. With this type of diving it's important to bear in mind a couple of things. These are scheduled trips so you must be aware that you may start with the boat at moorings but you could be at sea for several days on the go and diving is the name of the game so the group may be diving up to four or five times a day. The great thing about this kind of diving trip is that you can access sites only reachable in this way. You'll find plenty of liveaboard options in Indonesia and the Maldives in crystal clear waters with incredible sea life.
Luxury Yacht Charter
For the ultimate in five star diving experiences you could go the whole hog and charter your own yacht, either with crew or without if you're an experienced sailor. If you have a reasonably sized group this is more affordable than you think, comparatively priced per head to an ocean cruise. Chartering with a specialist company offers the opportunity to explore at your own pace and, if you choose the crewed variety you'll have a crew with local knowledge at your service that can get you out of the typical tourist hotspots and off the beaten track a little for a really exclusive experience. Though this is a great way to explore some of the world's most hidden diving spots, you don't have to travel to the other side of the world. There are some great Mediterranean spots too.
Taking a diving trip doesn't have to mean shivering on the back of a rough and ready dive boat. If you want to combine the exhilaration of exploring everything the oceans have to offer with luxury accommodation there are plenty of choices out there for the discerning scuba enthusiast.