Where is the Best Place To Do a PADI Diving Course?
Into the blue
As far as difficult questions are concerned, that’s a tough one. With so many fantastic diving sites around the world, and most offering PADI accredited diving courses, it’s hard to choose the best one, and of course, everyone’s opinion is different. Despite this, many people agree on most of the best dive sites in the world, and below you’ll find five that regularly come up on ‘best of’ lists.
All of these sites offer PADI dive courses, meaning beginners can get down and see the abundant marine-life on offer. Of course, it’s important to check that the company you’re going with are reputable and are offering you a course at the correct price, so always shop around before agreeing to anything.
Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Aside from surfing, Australia has some fantastic dive sites, and Byron Bay is certainly one of them. Here you will find turtles, rays and over 1000 species of fish. Diving here is all year around and is a great option for those on a budget, who can’t quite afford the high prices of the Great Barrier Reef.
Ko Tao, Thailand
Another year around diving spot, Thailand is hugely popular for fish spotting, but this is where you will see reef sharks, rays and barracuda too! Japanese Gardens is a great spot for beginners, so you can easily get straight out there once you have your PADI certification. July to September offers the best visibility.
Caye Caulker, Belize
Home of the hugely famous Great Blue Hole, which is certainly best left to the experts, Belize has some of the best diving in the Caribbean with plentiful PADI accredited dive schools to earn your stripes The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is just under a mile away from this part of the country, meaning you will find countless dive trips heading there.
Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The Galapagos Islands are iconic for the giant turtles that call this part of the world their home, but these are not the only species of marine-life you’re likely to come into contact with here. This can be a difficult area of the world to dive in if you’re not used to it, so it’s important to make sure you’re confident after your PADI course before heading out into the more advanced areas, but January to May is a good time to go.
North Male Atoll, Maldives
Come on, The Maldives! The name alone brings up images of stunning beaches and of course diving sites. Kurudu Resort is the biggest in this particular area, and you’ll find PADI courses offered here. Banana Reef and Manta Point are two massively popular dive sites, and from November to April you’re likely to see huge manta rays.
Diving is an art form, but one that can be learnt with the right teacher. PADI courses will give you a skill to take away from your holiday, as well as that stunning tan of course.