Looking for Caribbean-style dives in convenient Mediterranean locations? There are a host of stunning wrecks and diving locations all round Europe waiting to be explored this summer. Whether you want to discover shipwrecks in France, take underwater photographs in the Algarve or take a night-time dive in Spain, our Scuba Diving in Europe guide, with information provided by our European Breakdown Cover, will ensure you reach your destination.
Cap d'Agde, France
Cap d'Agde is one of the finest diving resorts in France. Unlike other resorts, Cap d'Agde's 10 diving clubs and schools focus on eco-friendly diving where the mooring areas having been chosen to protect the sea bed. The resort is fit for divers of all ages and expertise, with children over the age of 5 being able to experience their first ‘baby diving’. Adults can explore wrecked ships, flora, fauna and an underwater trail found along the volcanic cliff.
Find directions from Calais to Cap d'Agde with RAC Route Planner – 9 hours 22 minutes.
One of the most popular diving destinations in Portugal is the Algarve’s 5-star PADI Gold Palm Dive Centre. For beginners, there are specialised classes that offer an introduction to scuba diving whilst more experienced divers can partake in the PADI-recognised diving courses, taught in English, Portuguese and German. To complement the courses there are a number of trips designed for visitors; the Anchor Reef is a beautiful dive for beginners, notably where the reef forms an archway, and the Praia do Pintadinho site along the cliff wall offers stunning marine life.
Find directions from Calais to Algarve with RAC Route Planner – 19 hours 40 minutes.
Liguria is home to Italy’s Portofino National Marine Park. In recent years the scenic town has become known for attracting an exclusive clientele with the bay harbouring super yachts. For all the exclusivity, the town has not lost its historical and quaint feel. The marine park itself is home to cliffs, seabeds and rocky underwater environments. There is also the popular Posidonia oceanic meadow, home to many species of marine life, including scorpionfish, crabs, octopus, cuttlefish and the bivalve Pinna nobilis.
Find directions from Calais to Liguria with RAC Route Planner – 10 hours 49 minutes.
Spain’s Scuba Moraira PADI 5-Star Dive Centre is one of the Costa Blanca’s best and longest running PADI dive centres. Home to over 25 different dive sites including Moraira, Javea, Benitachell and Calpe, the centre can cater for novices and experts alike. As well as daily boat rides being available for divers, for those who are particularly keen there cavern dives and even night dives! Not only is it located on one of the most attractive, beautiful coastlines in Spain, the centre is a mere 45-minute drive from Alicante airport and approximately 60 minutes from Valencia airport.
Find directions from Calais to Moraira with RAC Route Planner – 15 hours 55 minutes.
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