WHILE most of our favourite summer destinations are famed for their sun-kissed beaches, clear seas, dining hotspots and great nightlife, you might be surprised to learn that, deep down, a whole new world quite literally awaits.
For some people, what lies beneath the surface is far more important than what is actually above it.
So, if you’re searching for a holiday with a bit more adventure this summer, perhaps a scuba diving based holiday in Bodrum, Turkey, could be just what you’re looking for.
WingsAbroad are offering some great diving courses in the beautiful turquoise waters of Bodrum.
The Bodrum Peninsula is home to the ancient port city of Bodrum, and is famed for its diving locations where you can discover the wonders of the Aegean Sea by swimming right in it.
This is an ideal point for both experts and beginners and provides amazing diving opportunities. Divers have the chance to see schools of colourful tropical fish, murray eels, octopuses, groupers and much more on every dive.
You can also visit some amazing wreck remains that line the seabed. And, with the water temperature staying around 20-26 degrees Celsius, it makes for very comfortable diving.
WingsAbroad have fantastic package holiday deals departing in May, with many further options for June, July and later in the summer.
Travel on May 19 and stay at the Kaseria Hotel, Gumbet on a B&B basis from only €326 per person, or stay in the Baba Beach Hotel, Gumbet, also on a B&B basis, from just €346 per person.
Alternatively, stay in the Summer Gardens Apartments, Bitez on a self-catering basis from only €399 per person.
The price includes return flights from Dublin, seven nights’ accommodation as stated, return airport to accommodation transfers and charges.
There are plenty of choices when it comes to choosing what diving course you want to take part in, with a one-day discovery scuba diving course starting from €49, which is aimed at the absolute beginner.
A two-day beginners’ course is also available, from €165, which is an entry-level certification course that can be completed in just two days, enabling you to dive with a professional to 12 metres.
A four-day beginners course is available from €305.
For divers who already hold a PADI Open Water diving certificate or an equivalent, a two-day PADI-advanced open water course is priced from €230, to further enhance your diving skills.
Rescue courses and a master course are also available, as well as daily dive tours and five-day packages.
Even non-divers are welcome on the diving trip, as, for as little as €21, they can climb aboard the boat and enjoy the stunning blue waters on a day trip, which also includes lunch.
For further information on WingsAbroad, see www.wingsabroad.ie, call 01 871 9444, or contact your local travel agent.
For another undersea option, many diving enthusiasts choose Egypt as their scuba-diving destination – one of the most famed locations for the sport in the world.
Direct Holidays are offering seven nights at the five-star Baron Palms in Sharm el Sheikh from €829 per person on an all-inclusive basis, departing Dublin on May 29. Later dates are also available.
Set in tropical gardens with access to a private, sandy beach the hotel offers bright and modern accommodation and a wealth of activities, including a health club.
The hotel can organise diving excursions with the PADI-approved Camel Dive Club, with prices starting from €95 for a half-day PADI Discover Scuba Diving excursion.
Note that Direct Holidays are not responsible for any excursions booked through a third party during your holiday.
Price includes flights, accommodation and transfers. Direct Holidays have also increased their baggage allowance to 20kg, to allow passengers to bring diving gear.
To book, call Direct Holidays at 01 514 0341, see www.directholidays.ie, or visit your local travel agent.