Scuba diving in the UK may conjure up visions of dark, murky waters with giant fish hiding in the seaweed. However, Britain is home to some of the most beautiful scuba diving spots in Europe. Don’t book that far-flung diving holiday just yet…

Located just off North Devon, Lundy Island was the first area to be named a Marine Conservation Zone in the UK. it is one of the most vibrant marine life areas in the country with 10 diveable wrecks and great visibility. Expect to see lobsters, moon jellyfish, urchins as big as footballs and playful seals if you’re lucky. Don’t book that far-flung diving holiday just yet…

Scapa Flow is one of the most famous dive sites in the World. 52 German Naval ships were scuttled here during the second world war and the wrecks now attract divers from all over the world. Blockship Tabarka is a favourite among many divers. It was voted as one of Europe’s best dive sites because it’s easily accessible at 14m to 18m, covered in sea life, and surrounded by crystal clear water.

If you are looking for a spectacular British reef to explore, head to the Skomer Marine Reserve. Just off the coast of Pembrokeshire, it’s protected from fishing and development which means that the reef is teeming with sea life. There are wall drops which descend to over 50m, caves and over 500 wrecks to explore including the Lucy, a popular dive for advanced divers. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals, colourful sea slugs, catfish, lobsters and rare seahorses.

The Red Sea has some of the best diving in the world. It is part of the Great Rift Valley: a trough running from Israel to some degrees south of the equator. This immense crack in the Earth's surface makes for an extremely deep sea, reaching nearly 3000 m. It also explains small islands like the Brothers dive site. Steep-sided and far from land, they were probably thrown up by volcanic actions as the rift opened.

With around 1000 species of fish and 150 species of coral, the Red Sea is rich in life.

The average water temperature ranges from a low of 20oC in February to 31oC in September in the far south. The winds are often weakest during full moon. As the Red Sea has few storms, her corals are intricate and beautiful.

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Every coastline in the world is littered with the remains of mankind’s attempts to traverse the seas and oceans of our world. Conflict, storms, uncharted reefs and pure bad luck have led to the loss of hundreds and thousands of vessels over the course of human history, yet much of it remains just below the surface of the water, where divers have the opportunity to explore the often fascinating and tragic stories behind the loss of some of these magnificent vessels.

Aside from their historical importance, shipwrecks provide a haven for aquatic life that can often become more abundant than even the nearby reefs. Many ships have been deliberately sunk for exactly that purpose, providing new opportunities for exploration and conservation.

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