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Where Is The Best Place For Scuba Diving In Europe?

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Where Is The Best Place For Scuba Diving In Europe?

Introducing the drool-worthy and fish-filled crystal clear waters of Gozo…

If you’re wondering where’s the best place for scuba diving in Europe, you’ve landed in the right place. Let’s face it, scuba diving’s an activity rightly held up by adventure junkies across the globe, but… not every diving location is created equal

When you immerse yourself in the depths of the ocean, the experience is wholly dependent on the site’s clarity, diversity, and aquatic life. 

But if you’re thinking about diving in Europe but you can’t get past the picture of the, let’s face it, bleakly opaque waters around Britain, breathe a sigh of relief. You don’t need to go far for things to change.

When it comes to finding the best place for scuba diving in Europe, many seasoned divers will confidently point you in the direction of a tiny Mediterranean island just a 3-hour flight away: Gozo.

Why is Scuba Diving So Good in Gozo?

Scuba diving in Gozo is considered Europe’s epitome of underwater exploration for plenty of reasons. 

Firstly, the island’s location means it benefits from the warm Mediterranean climate, giving you great diving conditions all year round. The water visibility is incredible too, often exceeding 30 metres, which allows divers to witness all the gorgeous diversity of marine life and the stunning underwater landscapes that lie below.

The island’s underwater topography is diverse too, characterized by dramatic caves, tunnels, and arches, along with an array of reefs teeming with colourful aquatic species. Gozo scuba diving offers an intriguing mix of exploration and interaction with a vibrant marine ecosystem that includes eels, octopuses, cuttlefish and a multitude of other fish species.

What’s more, the waters around Gozo are home to a number of shipwrecks and aeroplanes that have been intentionally sunk to create artificial reefs. That might sound a little bit, err, weird, but they serve as an eerily exciting expedition for divers and never fail to make us catch our breath. The strangely intriguing sites give you a unique chance to witness the interaction between artificial and natural ecosystems. It’s great! 

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Where is Gozo?

Gozo’s the second largest island in the Maltese archipelago, right in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily. 

It might be part of Malta, but Gozo has a unique character and charm that distinctly sets it apart from its larger sibling. Despite its small size, Gozo boasts a rich history, unique culture, and an enticing natural beauty that draws in divers from all corners of the globe.

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What’s Gozo Like?

Gozo’s not just about the diving either. This charming island embodies tranquillity and offers a serene contrast to the urbanized main island of Malta. It’s defined by its quaint villages, picturesque hills, old-world stone architecture, and ancient temples (older than the Egyptian Pyramids!). 

Gozo’s rugged landscape and spectacular coastline, coupled with the relaxed lifestyle there make it a paradise above and below the water. That FOOD too! If you love seafood, flatbreads, Mediterranean salads and pastries bursting with honey, you’ll love eating in Gozo. 

Scuba diving in Gozo isn’t just a journey into the depths of the Mediterranean; it’s a journey into the past, through centuries-old shipwrecks and stunning geological formations. For us, Gozo really is the gem of the Mediterranean, and without doubt the best place for scuba diving in Europe.

So if you’re wondering about scuba diving in Europe, look no further than Gozo, the island where the underwater world is as enchanting as the life above it.

On the Bucket List Company scuba adventure in Gozo, you’ll enjoy endless amazing dives and gain your Open Water Qualification (if you don’t have it already). 

For more info on diving in Gozo with The Bucket List Company, click here.

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Why learn to scuba dive anyway? 

Picture this: you’re gliding weightlessly through an underwater paradise, where vividly coloured fish dart in and out of intricate coral reefs and mysterious caves beckon you to explore their hidden depths. 

Good GRIEF it’s altogether otherworldly down there, and learning to scuba dive is your ticket to this breathtaking landscape that simply doesn’t exist above water. 

It’s not just about the sense of adventure and exploration either – it’s about experiencing a profound connection with nature too, where you come face to face with marine life in all its vibrant diversity. 

Diving’s also a wonderful way to meet a community of fellow ocean lovers, wherever you are in the world. Yes, that’s yet another tick in the box for adventure travel (as if you needed one). 

Our founder Keith Crockford had a chat about diving with Rachel Vassallo on The Bucket Lister Podcast. If you’d like to hear more about why you should learn to scuba dive from two people who’ve spent many hours beneath the surface, click here to listen

What is the Open Water Qualification?

Before you dive into the depths of the ocean, it’s obviously crucial to be properly trained and certified. The Open Water Diver certification, offered by several organizations such as PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and SSI (Scuba Schools International), is the most comprehensive training program for novice divers.

(Go on, have a listen to that podcast to find out why we’ve switched from offering the PADI qualification to SSI’S.)

The course encompasses the fundamental principles of scuba diving, including knowledge development, confined water dives to learn basic scuba skills, and open water dives to put those skills to good use. 

Once you’re certified, you can undertake independent diving activities up to a certain depth with a buddy or professional guide, opening up a world of underwater opportunities, like our phenomenal Gozo scuba diving experience.

On our Bucket List Company diving trip to Gozo, you’ll gain your Open Water Qualification and complete several incredible dives. And if you’ve already got your qualification, you can do an advanced qualification or refresh your skills and head out on more amazing dives!

Where Is The Best Place For Scuba Diving In Europe?

Scuba diving in Gozo with The Bucket List Company 

We’ve scoured the globe for the best destinations and are delighted to have taken scores of ambitious adventurers scuba diving in Gozo. 

With The Bucket List Company, likeminded travel junkies get exactly what they’re looking for: an amazing adventure with zero organisation to do, filled with unforgettable experiences, new friendships, great food, flights and accommodation – and handily, you can pay for your trip in manageable monthly instalments too. 

The SSI Open Water Qualification doesn’t hurt either!

Our 8-day scuba diving spectacular in Gozo, so if you want to do something incredible, make sure you check out the itinerary and treat yourself to the adventure of a lifetime. 

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