Diving as a couple
When choosing a honeymoon location, why not try something you have never done before: go diving! Click through for great diving locations for a very special honeymoon, PLUS a two-for-one PADI offer on an Intro to Diving lesson before you go.
Diving in the Maldives
Undoubtedly one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world is the Maldives, tiny gems of lush green palm trees and pure white sand dotted in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by warm, crystal-clear waters teeming with marine life, even non-divers can join in the fun by snorkelling in the shallows. However, to see the best that these remote atolls have to offer, you want to head out on the dive boats, where you will be treated to encounters with sharks, manta rays, eagle rays and turtles, not to mention a myriad of colourful reef fish.
Egypt: perfect for honeymoon diving
Egypt is often overlooked as a honeymoon destination, but this is a crying shame as the country offers a fantastic climate with constant sun and hot temperatures, and the diving is second to none. Best of all, you can stay in luxurious five-star hotels and resorts without breaking the bank, so you can enjoy all the pampering you require while still logging dives on some of the world’s best walls, reefs and shipwrecks.
Bahamas: best diving in the Caribbean
Sun-drenched white-sand beaches fringed with palm trees, warm clear waters lapping gently, sprawling resorts catering to your every whim and some of the best diving in the Caribbean at your fingertips can only mean one thing – the Bahamas. Whether you want busy and bustling with a kicking nightlife, or idyllic and unspoilt – the numerous islands in the Bahamas archipelago will be sure to supply what you need.
Diving in Indonesia
If you want something a little more exotic for your honeymoon, then the massive archipelago that is Indonesia could be just the ticket. From tourist-haven Bali to the lesser-visited spots of North Sulawesi, you are sure to find superb diving characterised by weird-and-wonderful critters, many endemic to the area, along with hotels for all budgets, from the bargain-basement to the extremely expensive.
Cornwall is great for UK diving
If you don’t fancy long-haul honeymoon diving, why not look closer to home? The south coast of Cornwall has some amazing hotels where you will be treated royally, while right off the shore you have access to some of the best diving in the UK. Whatever your fix, from shipwrecks to colourful fish life and mammals, Cornwall can deliver.
Try diving at a discount
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the largest diver training organisation in the world. PADI have teamed up with You and Your Wedding to offer readers the opportunity to try a ‘Discover Scuba Diving’ experience. It’s a great way to try out diving before you head off on honeymoon together. It is a pool-based programme with a qualified PADI diving instructor, and includes all equipment.
To take advantage of this great offer, visit the PADI web site www.padi.co.uk/two4one to locate your nearest PADI participating Dive Centre. Friendly staff will be happy to enlighten you on the Discover Scuba Diving experience, and advise you about the many different courses that PADI offer which will fit around your lifestyle and needs. For any other information call 0117 300 7802 or visit www.padi.com