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Ask scuba divers what the allure of their favourite sport is and they’ll likely say it’s the thrill of the unknown, not to mention that every dive is unique. Experienced and novice divers alike will find an abundance of diving holidays at Barceló hotels, with 48 locations worldwide that offer spectacular diving opportunities. Going diving is the best way to complete your beach holiday.
The Caribbean Sea is a great diving destination and Aruba is a beginners’ dream. This island boasts warm seas with gentle swells, making it easy to learn to breathe from a tank and swim effortlessly underwater. Moving up to Mexico, the Mesoamerican Coral Reef stretches from the Yucatán all the way to Honduras. Divers can explore this vast system from Barceló hotels along the Riviera Maya, Cancún, and the island of Cozumel. Schools of shimmering fish and coloured coral clusters dotted with purple and orange sponges are sure to wow any diver. Thanks to conservation efforts, sea turtles are also common and it is also possible to see manatees, which are sometimes referred to as sea cows. The reef is home to the world’s largest population of this friendly, rotund and docile mammal.
Thanks to its diversity, Palancar Reef in Cozumel attracts novice to expert divers from all over the world. Coral beds give way to deep crevices harbouring huge reef fish. On the Pacific coast, Banderas Bay is a top-rated diving destination, and Barceló hotels in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta are perfect launching points. Pros can go on two-tank expeditions out to sea. Meanwhile, beginners head to Los Arcos, where the ocean has carved granite into arches and caves that shelter octopuses and eels.
The Spanish Canary Islands, off the coast of Morocco, entice divers eager to explore fantastic seascapes formed when volcanoes erupted and lava hit the sea. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, these islands are warmed by sea currents that maintain their mild climate. On the island of Fuerteventura, the Barceló Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa hotel has partnered with Deep Blue Diving School to provide dives for beginners and experts. Expect to see swarms of zebra fish and barracuda. Some divers bring sardines to feed the almost two-metre-long manta rays that sometimes hover close enough to touch.
For a spectacular experience, try a night dive. Torch lights reveal amazing sea creatures that come out after dark to hunt. Exploring a shipwreck is every diver’s dream, and the Mediterranean Sea is littered with sunken ships from times gone by. Novices will find themselves swimming next to shipwrecks by the caves in the Bay of Palma; experts can even explore some of them. To discover one of the best wrecks in the world, divers head for the Red Sea. The Barceló Tiran Sharm hotel is located in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. It’s near the Thistlegorm, a British ship sunk by German bombs in 1941. Resting at a shallow depth, it’s accessible to divers of all skill levels.