What images spring to mind when you think of holidaying abroad? Many of us look forward to getting away from it all and relaxing on white sandy beaches, perhaps even have a dip in the crystal clear ocean.

However, there are those of us who enjoy exploring below the ocean waves as well as the abundance of sights and sands of the resorts we visit. If you’re looking to do a spot of shark spotting as well as sight seeing, there are a wide range of diving holidays available all over the world.

Whether you’re looking to spend your holiday living on a boat for a period of time or for a scuba day trip, diving holidays could be for you. There are many destinations around the world which have become famous for their dive sites – such as Sharm El Sheikh and the Great Barrier Reef – and offer the chance to experience crystal clear waters and a rich variety of wildlife that inhabit the coral reefs and shipwrecks.

And with a fluctuating financial market, many late deals are available, so whether you’re looking to explore the Andalucian coastline or for holidays in the Seychelles, you’re bound to find a deal to suit your dive. For those who feel a little more adventurous, there are also opportunities to participate in shark dives, which give divers the chance to view them through the bars of a cage.

Coral reefs are also ideal locations for those who have an interest in photography, with a rich variety of marine life inhabiting the nooks and crannies of the coral just waiting to be captured on film. Before you embark on diving holidays, it’s important to have an idea of what it may entail.

Whilst many tours will offer short training courses for first-time divers, more experienced scuba enthusiasts have the opportunity to dive at their leisure. Expeditions are often led by a ‘divemaster’, who offer experience and assistance during your dive.

If taking the plunge isn’t quite your cup of tea but you want to experience the beauty of the deep, many coastal resorts will also offer snorkelling trips, giving you the chance to appreciate the ocean without diving too far down.

David Collins