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LIST: SCUBA DIVE HOLIDAY TOUR OPERATORS

Whether you are a beginner, wanting a 'learn to dive' course, or an experienced BSAC or PADI diver wanting to see a Goliath Grouper in Florida, or dive on the wreck of the USS Vandenberg... these are specialist dive operators and operators or travel agencies with a dedicated dive programme offering scuba holidays and courses, either shore-based or on liveaboard boats, worldwide.
Aquatours 0870 4423288 Scuba diving holidays worldwide including, Gozo, Cyprus Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Kenya, Maldives, Seychelles, Bali & the Cayman Islands.
Baobab Travel 0870 382 5003 Eco-tourism specialists with dive programmes to Egypt, Tanzania & Zanzibar, and South Africa.
Barefoot Traveller 020 8741 4319 starHolidays to many of the world's key dive locations in the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and the Far East. Barefoot pick their resorts and package their holidays for divers and non-divers so that non-diving partners and family members are treated equally.
Crusader Travel 020 8744 0474 A portfolio of unusual dive destinations worldwide 'for intrepid divers'.
Dive Quest 01254 826322 SCUBA diving holiday specialist, offering tailor made long-haul holidays for divers and those wanting to learn. They offer both shore-based and liveaboard holidays as well as photographic workshops and group tours. Complex itineraries to far flung locations are their speciality.
Dive Tours 01244 401177 Worldwide diving holidays, both liveaboard & shore-based.
Dive Worldwide 0845 130 6980 starDive Worldwide specialises in bespoke, individual, family and group dive holidays with the emphasis on new and off-the-beaten-track dive destinations all over the world (including cold water dives in polar regions, for the really keen!). New destinations for 2007 include some of the most remote and untouched dive destinations on earth such as Fernando de Noronha and the mid-Atlantic pinnacles, St Peter and St Paul Rocks. DW are part of the Wildlife Worldwide group.
Diving World 020 7407 0019 A range of liveaboard and shore-based dive holidays worldwide, including Tahiti, Red Sea, Malta, Cocos island, Galapagos, Indonesia & Australia.
Mosaic Holidays 020 8574 4000 Dive packages in Cuba, Egypt, Maldives, Sri Lanka & North Cyprus
Neilson 0870 333 3346 Neilson, the well-known ski & snowboard operator, have recently re-positioned themselves more broadly as an 'activities' specialist, one important strand of which is diving. They offer shore-based & liveaboard diving holidays in Egypt, the Maldives, the Caribbean, Turkey, Croatia and Greece.
OonasDivers 01323 648924 Specialist dive company, particularly for photographic dive holidays, offering Red Sea, Thailand, Burma and South Africa.
Planet Dive Holidays 01273 921 001 Shore-based and live-aboard diving worldwide.
Regaldive 0870 2201 777 starWell-known diving holiday specialist offering shore-based & live-aboard scuba holidays at over 20 destinations worldwide, including the Red Sea, Oman, Maldives, Pemba, South Africa, Djibouti, Manado, Bali, Komodo, Irian Jaya, Thailand, Borneo, Galapagos and Truk.
Scuba Dive Asia 0800 096 7416 When they say "Asia" they really mean it. Customised dive trips, resort based or liveaboard, for individuals, groups, technical divers, photo clubs and dive centres, in all the exotic dive destinations you've ever dreamed about, from Indonesia, Thailand, Maldives, Red Sea, and Malaysia, to Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, Palau, Chuuk, Yap, Solomon Islands, Andaman Islands, Burma and Philippines.
Scuba en Cuba 01895 624100 You'd think they just cover Cuba. But they've expanded. Now they offer scuba en Croatia, Mexico, Tobago and the Seychelles too!.
Scuba Tours Worldwide 01284 748010 Shore-based and live-aboard diving worldwide, including their 'home territory', the Maldives (sub brand Maldives Scuba Tours) and dive locations in: Cocos & Malpelo; Galapagos Islands;Sea of Cortez & Socorro Islands; Seychelles; Zanzibar & Pemba; Sudan; Indonesia; Papua New Guinea; Malaysia; Palau; Yap & Truk.
Scuba Travel Worldwide Holidays 0800 072 8221 Their speciality is liveaboard dive holidays in the Red Sea, Sudan, Thailand, Maldives and East Africa for clubs, families, couples, schools and individuals. They also operate hotel based and learn to dive holidays worldwide.
Snooba Travel 0870 162 0767 snorkelling & scuba diving holidays to 30 weird and wonderful destinations throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Canada, Asia, Indian Ocean, Mexico and Bermuda!
Thomson Explorers 0871 231 4691 Pound sign In Sept 09 Explorers, previously an independent Thomson brand, was subsumed into its parent company, though for some reason Thomson have kept the Explorers identity. Explorers used to have an extensive programme of dive holidays, both shore-based and live-aboard, in the Red Sea (including Saudi Arabia), Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Micronesia, Mozambique, Caribbean, Australia and the Galapagos Islands, which, for the time being at least, seems to have been reduced to a learn-to-dive programme in the Red Sea.
Tropical Sky Family Diving 0843 636 4551 starFamily Diving spotted and cornered a hole in the dive market; enthusiastic divers who have children and have lost the freedom to take conventional diving holidays. They provide qualified childcare while mum & dad are underwater. They offer dive holidays in Mauritius, Maldives, Gozo, Sharm El Sheikh, Grenada, St Lucia and Tobago.

Notes

  • The Hotel Millepini just outside Padua in Northern Italy houses the world's deepest swimming pool. Y-40 is a facility designed for freeform and scuba divers with multiple shelves at different depths and a max depth of 40 metres (137ft), and all at a balmy 32ºC.
  • DivetheCaribbean.com is a useful site with a directory of local dive operators in the Caribbean.
  • Zuza Expeditions (01326 374989) runs Zuza, a 22m sailing research vessel fully equipped to conduct worldwide explorations and charters. This summer, 2005, they are running a series of short trips in UK waters, diving on famous wreck sites from Falmouth up to Scapa and back. They are selling berths on these trips and similar trips in the future.

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