Where to Go Diving with Your Kids

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Have your older kids and teens caught your contagious love of scuba diving? Then it’s time to start planning a vacation that revolves around your mutual hobby.

A scuba diving vacation can be a great way to reconnect with your family, create new memories and take part in an activity that you all enjoy. When you do decide to take a dive-centric trip with kids, where on earth should you go?

As avid divers know, there are quite a few dive sites that are not kid or family-friendly. Located in remote corners of the world, or boasting beautiful sites that are best explored by experts, it can be hard to determine if a scuba diving destination is a spot that everyone in the family can enjoy.

So start planning your scuba diving adventure by checking out these time-testing and accessible destinations first. Known for gorgeous sites that are readily available for divers of all skill levels, these vacation spots has a little something for everyone.

Grand Cayman Island

With calm waters and exceptional visibility, Grand Cayman Island is a favorite with the younger scuba diving set. Kids can swim with stingrays in shallow waters, and the younger crowd will find plenty of areas that are great for snorkeling.

Kids will also adore the cool USS Kittiwake an easy-to-reach wreck that’s best known for its help in recovering debris from the Challenger space shuttle.

Hawaii

With some resorts that cater to divers of all ages, and offer some recreational activities out of the water, Hawaii is an all-inclusive destination for hours of fun by or under the water.

Check out family-friendly destinations like the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa or the Monaco Sheraton Kauai Resort that offer guided trips or even poolside classes for beginners.

Monaco

An ideal destination for training newly established divers is Monaco. Here they can sign up for classes at L’Ecole Bleue (The Blue School) where they can dive with a master.

With additional “courses” in marine biology, snorkeling and free diving for beginner to advanced divers, kids will get a grand education in a two-to-five day session.

Fiji

While some destinations off the coast of Fiji are better suited for more advanced divers, families will find a good selection of kid-friendly diving experiences off this tiny island as well.

For example, the Vomo Island Resort offers a “practice area” for kids 10 and up to hone their skills before taking a plunge. The Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji has teen-centric trips like a dive or snorkeling adventure at a secretive site called “Shark Alley.”

Florida

The Paradise Coast of Florida is renowned as a great destination for families. Florida features a nice and easily accessible world of wrecks and reefs that are home to an array of sea life including nurse sharks and sea turtles.

Vacationers can also head south to the Keys, where the majority of the sites within cool parks like the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park are 50’ ft. deep at the most.

Regardless of where you land, do your research. Are there activities at the resort that the kids will enjoy? Are dive experts on hand who have experience dealing with younger scuba enthusiasts? With a little planning, and a family discussion or two, it’s easy to embark on a family vacation that revolves around scuba diving.

Check out our inventory of kid gear. If you live in the Dallas area, swing by our shop in Carrollton, and we’ll help you find the best gear for your needs.

Any other tips you can share? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Where to Go Diving with Your Kids
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Have your older kids and teens caught your contagious love of scuba diving? When you do decide to take a dive-centric trip with kids, where on earth should you go? Known for beautiful sites that are readily available for divers of all skill levels, these vacation spots has a little something for everyone.
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6 responses to “Where to Go Diving with Your Kids”

  1. John Tarrace says:

    Bonaire Island is fantastic! It has a ton of options for kids from snorkeling to the Buddy Dive Resort which has Buddy Rangers for kids 5 to 10 years old.

  2. Dee Andrews says:

    Kure Beach in North Carolina is great for kids 12 and older. There are over 5000 historic shipwrecks there for the whole family to explore. I can’t say enough.

  3. Archer Mendoza says:

    I can recommend the Cotton House Resort on the Caribbean island of Mustique. They have a “house reef” where kids can practice their scuba diving.

  4. Jamie Lightsey says:

    If you can afford to make the trip to Las Terrazas Resort in Belize, do it. Absolutely spectacular! There are dive options for the whole family and kids can participate in the Bubblemaker program where they can become Junior Open Water Certified while on vacation!

  5. March Wellington says:

    Florida’s Paradise Coast is pretty spectacular if you ask me. We went there last year for summer vacation. If you love ship wrecks and want to get up close and personal with nurse sharks and sea turtles, it’s definitely worth checking out.

  6. Darla Hampton says:

    One of our dream dive vacations is Azura Benguerra, a luxury resort in Mozambique. They have a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre for kids 8 and up. And the whole family can then dive in the Indian Ocean with clown fish, green and leatherback turtles, humpback whales, reef sharks, moray eels, whale sharks and manta rays. Can you tell I’m kind of obsessed with the idea? 🙂

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