No matter if you want to start with scuba diving or you are a Master Scuba Diver and aim to be an instructor. The places around the world where you can get your scuba certification are endless.

In the following list you find a selection of dive centers and liveaboard tours that suit the needs of every diver with every possible skill level.

What info will you find?​

  • From-Price for courses, guided dives and packages 
  • spoken languages
  • PADI or SSI?
  • What kind of diving is offered >> boat or shore?
  • Do they have rental gear and a dive shop?
  • The best hotel deals for every destination.

The article has the goal to become a helpful resource for every diver seeking information for his next trip. New centers will be added regularly. Please let us know if you have any suggestions.

50 Great Dive Centers To Get Your Scuba Certification

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Oceania

Palau Dive Adventures

Palau is located in the Pacific Ocean and is a tropical diving paradise. It has untouched reefs and caves and the marine life is just stunning. Palau Dive adventures offers weekly dive trips with no more than 8 divers per boat. The week starts on monday and ends on friday. During these 5 days you will dive 13 times.

Packages from

$1075

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Philippines

Dive Spot Asia

Reputed for its tranquility, Ocean Bay Beach Resort in Cebu, Philippines, is home to one of the most friendly, well equipped diving centers. If you would like to indulge in scuba diving in a peaceful environment, then Dive Spot Asia is the place for you. Besides the amiable staff who will gladly take you through diving lessons of your choice, you’ll meet mandarin fish and turtles in the Turtle Bay house reef.

Courses from

$69

Guided Dives from

$35

Languages

English, Spanish, German

Associated with

SSI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Neptune Dive Adventures

Panagsama Beach in Moalboal, Philippines owes its popularity to Pescador Island, an adorable dive spot. Neptune Diving Adventure, which is located at the beach, has as a result, become one of the best destination for scuba divers. You’ll enjoy exploring the coral reefs, caves, overhangs and drop-offs as well as the great Cebu marine life.

Courses from

$75

Guided Dives from

$25

Languages

English, Russian

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat, Shore

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Vietnam

DIve Dive Dive Con Tao

With some of the most professional and friendliest staff in scuba diving, Dive!Dive! Dive! which is Western-owned, is home to excellent boat and shore diving in Con Dao, Vietnam. While diving, you have the unmatched opportunity of indulging in the breathtaking beauty of the ocean as well as the islands in Con Dao. It’s an experience you will treasure all your life.

Courses from

$500 

Packages from

$500

Languages

French, English, Spanish

Associated with

PADI, SSI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

3 Scuba Deals per month

Egypt

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There is nothing better than scuba diving in the Red sea with the best. With all your safety needs taken care of, you are free to enjoy a great range of diving in Hurghada, MarsaAlam and Quseir in Egypt. If you don’t know how, the experts at Dive Hurghada will teach you and help you with your next scuba certification.

Courses from

€ 195

Guided dives from

€ 35

Languages

English, Italian, Dutch, Arabic

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Iliios Dive Club

Physically challenged people will never be more at home than Ilios Dive Club in Hurghada, Egypt. Apart from great scuba diving lessons, you’ll get to try your hand at golf as well as many other sports activities in the exquisite Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Resort. The club’s facilities can be easily accessed on a wheel chair and there are no borders.

Courses from

€ 230

Guided dives from

€ 36

Languages

French, German, English, Russian, Polish, Arabic

Associated with

PADI, SSI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Indonesia

OK Divers

OK Divers is located in Padangbai. They will let you feel that you are a part of their diving family. Some of the services they offer include diving safari and diving courses that will greatly help you to learn how to dive. They also offer reasonable scuba diving packages and deals that will fit your budget.

Courses from

€ 75

Guided Dives from

€ 73

Languages

English, German, French, Czech, Slovakian

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat, Shore

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Blue Marlin Dive Gili

Located in Gili Trawangan in Indonesia, the dive center has the unique reputation of having been founded by Simon Liddiard, a famous diving technical instructor and rebreather. Night diving is a popular activity here. Further, you can join in any of the three boat dives daily. You also get the chance to visit the Japanese WWII wreck near Lombok, one of the popular sites in this area.

Courses from

$ 65

Guided Dives from

$ 38

Languages

English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Swedish

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat, Shore

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

DSM Dive Gili

DSM Lombok provides daily trips around Gili Air, Gili Meni and Gili Trawangan. It is the onsite diving school of the Living Asia Resort and Spa. Their instructors are suitable for beginners as well as professional scuba divers. Guests and scuba divers can explore Gili Trawangan and the Gili Islands directly from the resort.

Packages from

$ 378

Guided dives from

$ 36

Languages

French, German, English, Russian, Polish, Arabic

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Current Junkies

If you just can’t resist the thrill of scuba diving in strong current, Current Junkies is your perfect match. Fearless and highly experienced, the company’s dive guides will readily equip you with the best techniques in scuba diving to enable you face the strongest currents in Komodo, Indonesia. Located in the Komodo National Park, the live aboard is one of the safest and houses just four guests at a time.

Packages from

$ 892

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

No

Dive Today Resort

Whether you are an expert or just learning scuba diving, Dive Today Resort is one of the best destinations in Bali, Indonesia, for you. In addition to enjoying high quality diving facilities, you have an opportunity to have fun going through Go Pro and PADI Dive courses. You can also go exploring in the caves and wrecks and have a look at the spellbinding scenery of the steep walls.

Courses from

$ 200

Guided dives from

$ 50

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

No

Janji Laut Resort – Indonesia

Offering diving services in a PADI-certified diving centre, JanjiLaut Resort offers you an opportunity to explore Indonesian Sulawesi waters. Besides the ocean, you will also get to view the Bunaken National Marine Park. The resort has five cottages, each divided into two separate rooms as well as a lobby and restaurant serving French-Indonesian cuisine.

Courses from

$ 109

Guided dives from

$ 58

Languages

English, French

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat, Shore

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Thailand

Andaman Dive Adventures

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There is only one dive resort in Koh Lanta, Thailand, you can leave from by big boat—Andaman Dive Adventure. Since the dive groups are small, you get special attention from the resorts dive experts whose experience in PADI diving is unrivaled. On the beach there is a classroom, shop, pool and a boat. You will, therefore, enjoy your holiday to the fullest without having to move in search of additional services.

Courses from

$ 119

Guided dives from

$ 104

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Dive Point Koh Samui

Dive Point Koh Samui was established in 1996. The boat of the dive center is unique because it is a 90 feet long malaysian cruiser that is great to relax between dives. Food is cooked freshly on the boat and your day on the water will be as chilling as it can get. Not to forget, diving in the national parks around Koh Samui is an amazing adventure.

Courses from

$ 109

Guided dives from

$ 119

Languages

English, Russian

Associated with

PADI, SSI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Africa

Wobbegong Dive Centre Zavora is what you expect from diving: Close to nature. Diving from this center offers access to two reef systems and two wrecks. 

Courses from

$ 40

Guided dives from

$ 60

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

This dive center loves to show his clients a holistic approach of diving. It is not only about teaching and how to breathe underwater but also about the essentials that make this sport so wonderful: marine life, the right dive buddies, knowledge of dive sites... Enjoy!

Courses from

$ 67

Guided dives from

$ 50

Languages

French, English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

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Diving from this center will lead to encounters with all kinds of large fish like tuna, sharks, manta rays and barracuda. Yu will find every equipment you need to dive into warm crystal clear water with rich currents and healthy corals.

Courses from

$ 210

Guided dives from

$ 120

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

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This dive safari is designed to maximize your time underwater. The dates are selected to provide the best conditions you can get for this unforgettable holiday.

Liveboard dive trip from

$ 2221

Languages

French, English

Associated with

PADI

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

No

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At Spanish Dance Divers you get great diving for fair rates. Zanzibar offers a wide range of dive spots and this dive center will lead you to the best ones. In case you need to refresh you dive skills you you can get a refresher course for free.

Courses from

$ 85

Guided dives from

$ 55

Languages

​French, German, English, Spanish

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes, including underwater camera

Dive shop

Yes

Arab Divers

The center runs daily trips to the best Aqaba dive sites. The first dive center was established in 1995 and you will feel this experience in every part of the team's service. Diving at this place is everybody´s real passion.

Courses from

$ 268

$ 70

Languages

German, English

Associated with

PADI, SSI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes, including underwater camera

Dive shop

Yes

Europe

gulen-dive-resort

Gulen Dive center has returning visitors from around the world and the diving here is suited for all levels of experience. Everything is situated right next to the sea and being here is an adventure. No matter if you are below or above the surface. Visit one of the fastest growing destinations in Europe and be amazed by Norway's unique landscape.

Courses from

€ 535

Languages

English, Russian

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Waterhoppers Diving School

Waterhopper Diving School is a diving center located in Rhodes. In the year 1978, this diving center was established in Greece and they started their operations on Rhodes in the year 1990. Today, they are considered as a well reputed diving school. This diving school has friendly, experienced and qualified diving instructors who work hand in hand to offer the best standards at an affordable price.

Courses from

€ 53

Guided Dives from

€ 60

Languages

English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Hungarian, Polish, Swedish 

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat, Shore

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Paradise-dive-center

Paradise Dive Center offers everything you need for your convenience including a pick up from your hotel. It is located at the north coast of the island what will make your diving experience relaxing and quiet. The facilities of Paradise Dive Center offer pool, bar, showers and sun beds.

Courses from

€ 335

Guided dives from

€ 42

Languages

French, German, English, Russian, Swedish

Associated with

PADI,

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

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This academy is based just 10 minutes away from Alicante airport. If you want to go diving in this area Dive academy Santa Pola is the place to go.

Courses from

€ 111

Guided dives from

€ 85

Languages

French, English, Spanish

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

full_Shore_dive_aquatic malta

Diving for beginners or spezalized training. Everthing is possible. This PADI 5* dive center offers all diving variaties you can imagine. The experienced instructors will lead you to wrecks, caves or beautiful reefs. It´s your call. Always based on your experience level of course.

Courses from

€ 227

Guided dives from

€ 101

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

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Diving sometimes is a science. But it also is a fun sport. Adriatic Diving and sailing combines both aspects to perfection. Here you will find complete service from casual diving to wreck diving and the center is one of the best equipped in Croatia.

Courses from

€ 559

Guided dives from

€ 67

Languages

French, German, English, Italian, Spanish

Associated with

Naui

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

No

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Arraia means "ray" in Portuguese. The name is no coincidence. Chances are high that you meet a representative of this species as they are quite common in the Azores.

Courses from

€ 106

Guided dives from

€ 39

Languages

English, Spanish, Swedish

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

dive-the-azores

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or master scuba diver. This dive center will take care of all your needs. No matter of your ambition is recreational, technical or professional.

Courses from

€ 106

Languages

English

Associated with

SSI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

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Diamon Diving is located in the south of France. Diving the Cote d´Azur is often underestimated. The underwater life is very diverse and the combination with the french lifestyle you will make it a visit to remember.

Courses from

€ 106

Guided dives from

€ 39

Languages

English, Spanish, Swedish

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

3 Scuba Deals per month

Carribean

Scuba St. Lucia – St. Lucia

Housed by the Anse Chastanet Resort, Scuba St. Lucia is just a few steps away from the beach in St. Lucia. Perfectly equipped for scuba diving, it offers boat as well as beach dives. In addition, you can shoot videos and take photographs underwater. With abundant marine life in clear water, St. Lucia is one of the best choices for a scuba diving experience.

Courses from

$249

Guided dives from

$39

Languages

English, French, German

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

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If you want to go unlimited this is the place to be. You can get unlimited diving packages for both shore an boat diving. Bonaire and Klein Bonaire combine around 80 dive sites. You won´t get bored and if you need a break from diving the islands offer a variety of other nature activities such as bird watching and mountain biking. Enjoy.

Packages from

$1075

Languages

French, English, Dutch, Spanish

Associated with

PADI, SSI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

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Buddy Dive Resort is well known by most divers. Bonaire is famous for diving. Especially for night diving with tarpons and you will enjoy the it to the fullest when you spend your holiday with these guys. All skill levels feel at home at this resort.

Packages from

$1155

Languages

German, English, Dutch

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

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You will find diving at this center very convenient. it is the one of the only dive centers on the island that have their own boat dock so your next dive is just a small step away. You can learn to snorkel, discover diving for the first time or become a divemaster if you are ambitious. Many customers come back every year. There has to be a reason.

Courses from

$ 110

Guided dives from

$ 99

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

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Aruba is famous for wreck diving but also has great coral reefs. Whatever is your choice, Jads Dive Center will make your dreams come true.

Courses from

$ 99

Guided dives from

$ 94

Languages

English, Dutch, Spanish

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

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Aqua Action Dive Center is located on St. Thomas. The center has specialized on custom scuba and snorkeling trips. You can also be trained up to instructor level. Another great benefit is the fact that Aqua Action is certified for divers with physical challenges. Thumbs up for such a variaty of choices.

Courses from

$ 90

Guided dives from

$ 119

Languages

English, Spanish

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

OK Divers

Curacao is the biggest island of the Netherland Antilles and located right north of Venezuela. Scuba Lodge and Suites offers first class quality diving courses that are perfect for both novice and professional scuba divers. The dive instructors are very experienced and will give everything they have to make your dives fun and enjoyable.

Courses from

€ 73

Guided Dives from

€ 242

Languages

French, German, English, Dutch, Spanish

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat, Shore

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Deefer Diving Grenada

To learn scuba diving, you need an experienced but patient instructor. Deefer Diving in Carriacou, Grenada, has just the right ones. With 33 dive spots accommodating fast drift dives and deep wrecks for experienced divers as well as comfort reef dives for underwater photography and beginners, all you have to do is pick your choice. The company also rents out and sells snorkel equipment.

Courses from

$ 115

Guided Dives from

$ 55

Languages

German, English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Huracan Diving – Belize

This dive center is located very close to the beach and surrounded by pure nature. They 4 rooms ready for their guests. Scuba Diving in Belize will make your dreams come true. You wil find a huge marine ecosystem that is the home famous dive sites like the Aquarium, Cathedral and Half Moon Wall.

Packages from

$ 1249

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

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St. Eustatius is a small destination in the Carribean. The dive center knows that and will give everything to make your visit the most memorable experience of your lifetime.

Packages from

$ 1191

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

No

South and Central America

Dive Zihua Mexico

If you’re planning to spend your holiday in Mexico, it might be a good idea to try Dive Zihua in lower Zihuatanejo. Besides meeting some of the most fun-loving people, you’ll get acquaintance with friendly staff, passionate about diving and environmental conservation. In addition, you will have the adventure of your life exploring the reefs and rocks.

Courses from

$ 100

Guided dives from

$ 60

Languages

English, Spanish

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Both

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Blue Angel Dive Shop

No one would turn down an exhilarating experience scuba diving with some of the best instructors during the day and have a great view of the sun setting on the ocean from a private balcony in the evening. Blue Angel Dive Shop offers nothing less in Cozumel, Mexico. There is also a pool and wireless internet available for free in the restaurant and the lobby.

Packages from

€ 824

Guided Dives from

$ 72

Languages

French, English, Spanish

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat, Shore

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Aquanauts Mexico

Found in Hotel Hacienda Morelos in Mexico is one of the best scuba diving and exploration services provider: Aquanauts Dive Adventures. Apart from getting a memorable scuba diving experience in coral reefs and cenote caverns, you will leave with diving skills from PADI-certified classes. You can also go on sport fishing adventures and private tours whenever you like.

Courses from

$ 149

Guided Dives from

$ 79

Languages

English, Spanish

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Deep Blue Dive Adventures

Enjoy the sun-washed beaches and the warm offshore islands of Papagayo Gulf in Costa Rica. With almost twenty dive sites you have a wide variety to choose from, including volcanic reefs dives and drift dives. While at it, you will make acquaintance with white tip reef sharks, bull sharks, guitar sharks as well as sea turtles, mantas and Sting rays.

Courses from

$ 109

Guided Dives from

$ 80

Languages

English, Spanish, French, German

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Summer Salt Dive Center

Summer Salt Dive Center is a reputed dive center in Costa Rica. They offer top quality diving adventures and exceptional diving courses. Apart from Costa Rica, they also have their diving center in Guanacaste and Playas del Coco. They are composed of professional and fully skilled scuba diving instructors who will help you to discover the real beauty of the ocean.

Courses from

$ 129

Guided Dives from

$ 75

Languages

English, French, German, Spanish 

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Roatan Divers

Roatán is an island north of Honduras and Roatán Divers can be found at the west end of it. It is as a 5 Star Dive Resort that focuses on environmental responsibility, comfort, safety, personal attention and first class quality service. The instructors are highly trained and the equipment is state of the art.

Courses from

$ 95

Guided Dives from:

$ 69

Languages

English, German, French, Spanish, Swedish

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

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The Galapagos island are located in the south pacific and are part of Ecuador. The Silberstein dive center re-opened in 2006. It is part of the hotel silberstein on Santa Cruz. Diving on Galapagos is different to many other places around the world and the highly trained instructors will get the best out of it during every dive

Packages from

$ 1191

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

No

Australia

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Since the year 1969, Mike Ball Dive Expeditions has been setting standards in the diving industry of Australia with excellent Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef and liveaboard expeditions. No matter what you are searching for, corals, sharks or other big fish, Mike Ball Dive Expeditions has you covered. On a trip with them you do 3 dives per day on many occasions and you will have the time of your live.

Packages from

$ 1189

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

USA

Sail Fish Scuba

The Florida Keys are famous for diving and for their sunken vessels and artifilal reefs in particular. Sail fish scuba can get you to all these dive spots. Boat and dive shop are located at the same place what makes organisation really uncomplicated. Sail Fish Scuba offers to take photos of you underwater if you wish to have some.

Courses from

$ 215

Guided Dives from

$ 115

Languages

English, Arabic

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

India

Lacadives India

India’s first dive company, Lacadives has been offering diving as well as diver training facilities and services for years. Its dive centers are located in Chidiya Tapu and Wandoor in the Andaman Islands. It operates dive training centers in Bangalore and Mumbai. The company organizes live-aboard tours to popular dive spots all over the world.

Courses from

$ 63

Guided Dives from

$ 42

Languages

English

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Sri Lanka Diving Tours

Sri Lanka is located south of India in the Gulf of Bengalen. It is an amazing travel location and very suitable for diving. The main attraction is a WWII wreck called HMS Hermes . Sri Lanka Diving Centers operate 3 dive centers around the island and will provide the best service all year round.

Courses from

$ 99

Languages

English, German

Associated with

PADI

Boat or shore diving

Boat, Shore

Rental option

Yes

Dive shop

Yes

Final Words

Hopefully the above list helps you find the dive center and hotel for your next unforgettable scuba diving trip.

Everything was chosen carefully to cover destinations from around the world and give you an idea of the vast selection of possibilities that you have. 

Most of the dive centers are suitable for beginners, advanced and professional divers.

If you have any questions or want to tell us about a dive center that you think should be added to this list just send us a message.

  • July 11, 2016
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