Planet Dive's Top Two Luxury Mediterranean Diving Destinations
Diving holidays are all about exploring the underwater world. Strapping on a tank and venturing beneath the surface to explore caves, reefs, wrecks and more while encountering strange and beautiful marine life. However, there is only a certain amount of time you can actually spend in or under the water during your break. And no matter how spectacular the diving, you may also want your onshore experience to be just as glamorous.
The Mediterranean is well known for its clear waters and excellent diving but it also offers its fair share of luxury accommodation. So, with this in mind here are Planet Dive Holiday’s top two diving destinations in the Med that you simply have to visit this summer.
Gozo is the smaller of the two main islands that constitute Malta. Expect beautiful clear waters with huge drop-offs, and a whole network of tunnels, caves and grottos to explore. Diving in Gozo is backdropped by spectacular underwater scenery and makes a fantastic place for beginners to learn and more experienced divers to test their skills. With more than 50 sites, there really is something for everyone below the water.
The same is true on land too. Although it’s a small island, just 17km by 14km, there is an abundance of fine dining options and up-market wine bars to check out. The towns, which are beautiful and traditional by day, really come alive by night.
Again, there is a good choice of luxury accommodation options with fantastic boutique hotels offering an intimate, secluded setting for you to relax. Some of the best include Thirtyseven Gozo and Ta Cenc. Plus, there is the option to extend your stay in Malta itself, taking advantage of five-star hotels and exploring the rich culture and vibrant atmosphere of the city.
Sardinia is one of the most stunning islands in the Med, easily reached from the UK in just a few hours by plane. The pristine waters around the island are frequently gin-clear, leading some to nickname it the Caribbean of the Med.
You can dive grottos, wreck sites and caves along its rugged coastline and around the many rocky outcrops along the shore. There are many deep bays, rias and inlets you can explore too.
However, the onshore experience can be just as unique. Despite the island’s laid back and rural charm, there is plenty of luxury on offer here too. Stunning local cuisine and excellent wines are just the tip of the iceberg. Rent a boat and spend a day exploring above the surface. Windsurf, hike or climb your way around the island, then return to a choice of five-star accommodation options, with facilities for the entire family such as kids clubs and amazing pools. Some of Planet’s favourite accommodation options include the Hotel Capo D’Orso and Valle Dell Erica.
This choice of luxurious resorts, combined with superb diving conditions and proximity to the UK make it one of the best choices for a summer diving holiday.
If you are looking for a little luxury on your next diving break, then both Sardinia and Gozo really tick all the right boxes. And with regular short haul flights from a choice of providers, you could be there sooner than you think. Contact Planet Dive Holidays today to start planning your next getaway.