The Planet’s Top Luxury Dive Destinations for 2019
What better way to start the new year than having a fantastic luxury scuba diving holiday planned out for you in advance. The team at Planet Dive Holidays are constantly travelling the globe looking for new and exciting destinations that offer a plethora of possibilities both above and below the water. Unlike many other travel companies, Planet Dive Holidays offers a uniquely tailored collection of locations featuring the very best hand-picked, personally vetted properties and dive cruises, with a focus not only on world-class diving, but also a rich cultural experience. With that in mind, here is Planet’s pick of the top luxury diving destinations for 2019:
The Maldives is among the ultimate in luxury dive destinations; one of every diver's bucket-list must-dos. Planet’s handpicked five-star island resorts and liveaboards are now available with up to 50 per cent off between May and September, including free room and board upgrades. If you are looking for a more personal experience, Planet offer one or two berth private luxury dive cruises, so you can fix your own itinerary and duration in combination with an island stay. If you want to spice up your dive holiday, Sri Lanka is just a few hours flight away and can be easily combined with a holiday in the Maldives.
A great place to learn to dive or get away with the family, Mauritius offers incredible value at luxury beachfront hotels that are unmatched elsewhere. With direct flights from the UK, and only a three hour time difference, Mauritius is very accessible and a perfect exotic island location for travelling with non-diving partners and family. Diving in Mauritius is available all year round, and visitors can look forward to excellent reef diving with a chance of spotting the resident sharks and turtles. One of the major draws of Mauritius is wealth of activities available at the resorts, including kayaking, trekking, paddle boarding, sailing, kitesurfing and windsurfing – or just kick back and relax poolside while soaking up the island way of life.
Often overlooked as a diving destination, Oman offers something out of the ordinary, especially as a winter getaway. Among the top selling points are ease of travel (with daily eight hour direct flights from London), an extremely friendly and safe environment (Omanis are famous for their warm hospitality), stunning landscapes, luxury resorts, superb tours and a huge amount of marine life. Divers have a choice of two superb luxury liveaboards, or a number of stunning hotels with world-class dive centres close by. Planet highly recommends tagging on a few nights at one of the high mountain luxury spa retreats in Al Jabal. Due to the oppressive heat during the summer, the cooler months between September and April are best, with sightings of whale sharks almost guaranteed for the first few months of the season in some locations.
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Beautiful clear, warm waters punctuated by drop-offs, caves, tunnels and grottos, are what make Gozo such a beautiful diving destination. With over 50 different dive sites accessible from Gozo, there is something here for all divers to enjoy, from absolute beginners to dedicated techies. Gozo is far less commercialised than the sister island of Malta and offers an authentic experience with the most beautiful small boutique hotels. The tranquil island of Gozo is home to an abundance of traditional restaurants and cafes, along with a variety of cultural sites that are well worth a visit. Planet highly recommends saving one or two nights at the end of your holiday to visit the historical walled city of Valetta, the capital of Malta and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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The team at Planet Dive have personally visited all of the above recommendations, and have hand-picked the hotels they work with, to ensure that divers enjoy the best possible experience during their luxury dive holidays. For more information on Planet Dive's wide range of destinations and itineraries, visit the website at www.planetdiveholidays.com, get in touch with the team using the Online Contact Form, or give them a call +44(0) 1273 921 001