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The Best Warm Water Diving Locations

Diving aestaff COMMENTS 16 Oct, 2017

With winter quickly approaching, now if the time to plan your scuba diving vacation. While scuba diving in winter may not seem like that go-to vacation destination, there are many warm water diving areas around the world that will make the perfect escape from the cold and bitter temperatures that often come with winter in Maryland.

If your family enjoys spending the holiday vacationing in a warm, tropical, and sunny location, why not add a little more fun and try scuba diving. You could scuba dive in so many different locations around the world, allowing you to experience tons of new places and see amazing and unique ocean landscapes.

No matter where you decide to go, the time to start planning is now! If you still need to get a scuba certificate, Atlantic Edge Scuba can help. We offer many different classes and courses that can get you certified to scuba dive, open water dive, and many other types of diving. Our Scuba Try It course allows you to take a short and easy class to see if scuba diving is for you, if it is our Learn To Scuba Course can teach you the ins and outs of diving and get you ready to be certified!

Once your are certified and are able to do open water dives, you are ready to plan the rest of your holiday vacation. While diving in cold water may not seem ideal during winter, it is possible when you are dry suit certified. These dry suits keep the water out, allowing you to stay warm in extremely cold water. This allows you to dive in more locations and not let cold water stop you!

But if you are heading on vacation during the holidays, chances are you most likely want to head somewhere warm and sunny. In this blog, we are going to go over some of the best locations to go diving with warm water, beautiful beaches, and amazing diving spots.


The thousands of Asian islands that make up the Maldives create a unique vacation destination and offer a ton of areas to dive and explore. The crystal clear water the surrounds the islands allow for optimal visibility when diving. This area if full of coral and marine life, making it an ideal diving location and allowing you to see so much of the ocean and everything it has to offer.

December in the Maldives is also ideal. While this area is beautiful all year long, December brings with it warm water and many different creatures living in the ocean. The Maldives offer the chance to see manta rays, eagle rays, and even white sharks! This is a beautiful location both in and out of the water. The exotic and tropical islands create a vacation destination that will be unforgettable. With luxury hotels sitting on the water, it will be easy to fall in love with the ocean and everything in it!

The Bahamas

Another set of islands, on the other side of the world, that offers a ton of great scuba diving is the Bahamas. The 700 islands are surrounded with clear and warm water, offering several amazing diving locations. You will be able to dive in areas with vibrantly colorful reefs off of the Out Islands. Nassau is a great diving location if you want to see some sharks and the wreck from Hollywood’s 007.

Throughout the winter in the Bahamas, the water temperature remains warm, at about 75 degrees fahrenheit. You will love diving in these warm waters and seeing such a large variety of sea life. With so many different areas to see in the Bahamas, you will never get bored of the diving during this vacation.


Scuba diving in Fiji is another amazing adventure that will have your family never wanting to leave. The clear water allows for you to easily see the colorful coral and amazing sea creatures. A Fiji scuba adventure offers a vibrant  and unique experience, known as the “soft coral capital of the world” there is so much to see.

Fiji is an exotic location and is home to many different diving destinations. With places like Sunset Wall, Mount Mutiny’s Wall, and so many other unique features, Fiji is definitely a place that you need to head to at some point in your life for a scuba diving adventure, and what better time than your annual holiday vacation!


This exotic place is made up of thousands of volcanic islands and offers a completely different feel than most other tropical islands. This destination offers a little bit of everything and the scuba diving is no different—find coral reefs, shipwrecks, and a wide array of sea creatures. The Philippines create a unique experience, combining dense jungles with clear blue water. This is a great place for scuba diving and you will be able to find many different places to jump right in.

During a scuba trip in the Philippines, you will be able to pick and choose to find the perfect spots for you and your family. This area offers many amazing locations to scuba dive in, including Apo Island, a WWII wreck, Anilao, Barracuda Lake, and Tubbataha. These are only a few of the many diving spots that will blow your mind on your holiday vacation in the Philippines.


This archipelago neighbors the Philippines and is a one-of-a-kind diving location. Palau is home to some of the most beautiful sea life. Because of its unique beauty and vibrant scenery, National Geographic's has called Palau one of the underwater wonders of the world and one of the world’s last Edens. This is only of the most unique places to scuba dive, and you will love everything it has to offer. 

December is a great time to head to Palau because the visibility is better and the water is still warm. One of the most unique diving destinations is Palau's Jellyfish Lake. While photos of this lake may be terrifying due to the fact that divers are surrounded by jellyfish, these jellies have lost their sting. This means you can swim with jellyfish without fear of being stung, where else in the world can you do this?

These are only a few of the many brilliant and unique locations where scuba diving in the winter is warm and colorful. If you are planning on escaping the cold this winter, spend the holidays somewhere warm, where the beaches are soft and white, the sun is shining, the water is clear, and the scuba diving is out of this world. Get scuba certified at Atlantic Edge Scuba, you can take advance classes that will allow you to experience more diving adventures. Get certified and start planning your tropical vacation now! Contact us today to get started.

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