Dive travel inspirations by boot blogger Bettina Winert
Diving destinations in autumn
When it starts to get chilly and autumnal in our part of the world, many people just don't want to let go of summer. A trip in autumn is the perfect way to escape, as the main holiday season is over and in many regions it is not as hot anymore.
Especially the Red Sea or the Arabian Peninsula are better to visit in autumn, as the weather is more pleasant. In the Mediterranean you can also extend the summer wonderfully and make some nice dives. Here are some suggestions:
For those who find it simply too hot in summer, they should travel to Jordan in autumn. From September, the sun no longer burns mercilessly down on the country at the Red Sea, but the sea is still heated by the summer months and offers pleasant water temperatures. Jordan also offers a lot more than "just" a diving destination, because there is so much more to see here.
There is also a lot to discover ashore
You can explore the ancient cultural sites in your own rental car or in an organised round trip that leads from the lively capital Amman in the south to the Red Sea in Aqaba. There are Roman amphitheatres, excavation sites, weathered desert castles, massive fortresses and of course the world-famous town of Petra, known for its rock-cut architecture. Nature lovers also get their money's worth at the Dead Sea and in the desert, in the Wadi Rum. Finally, the tourist resort of Aqaba is a great place to relax by the sea and make comfortable dives.
Many coastal dive sites are suitable for beginners
As it can get quite warm even into November, a 3mm or 5mm suit is sufficient, depending on the month. The dive sites are mainly located in shallow waters and are therefore very suitable for beginners. There are no long boat trips necessary, you dive mainly by the shore. The dive sites may not be as diverse and numerous as in some places in Egypt, but there is enough to see and discover. The Jordanian king himself is a passionate diver and regularly sinks discarded vehicles and ships of his army off the coast, so you can dive a tank here, but also shipwrecks and most recently even a helicopter. If you don't just want to dive in Aqaba, you can make a day trip to Eilat in Israel. The fastest way to get back is a short domestic flight from Aqaba to Amman, if you want to avoid the long drive back by car.
Oman is a fascinating travel destination, so a diving holiday should also be combined with a round trip through the country. Lonely deserts with high dunes, mountain ranges, green valleys with grazing camels and tropical beaches in the south make this country unique and special.
Oman is well suited for independent tourists. If you are travelling in a rented camper, you can stay overnight in nature for free in many places. The country is very modern and well developed, the roads are in perfect condition and it is an extremely safe destination. As in most countries in the Middle East, hospitality is written in capital letters and you are greeted friendly everywhere. As Oman is relatively big, you have to think about the best route in advance and invest a little more time in planning. Some places are easier to reach by domestic flight than by car, the car route should also be pre-planned and some hotels on the route booked in advance.
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After a tour through the interior of the country, the spectacular coast with its beautiful beaches and many dive sites is the perfect end to your trip. The best known dive sites are around Musandam and near Muscat. Dive safaris can also be made. Oman does not offer crystal clear waters like the Red Sea. On the contrary: the visibility is often clouded by plankton and sediments. But this makes the underwater fauna and the fish abundance impressive, there is a lot to discover. From tiny nudibranchs to guitar rays to the gentle king of the seas, the whale shark, divers can encounter everything.
However, every traveller to Oman should be aware that visibility can be limited and that the water can be relatively cool even in summer. For beginners the coastal areas and relaxed dives from shore are more suitable.
If the dive center has small boats, diving excursions can be booked there. These coastal dive sites are also often rather shallow and quite often suitable for beginners.
If you are going on a liveaboard trip, you should have at least 50 logged dives to deal with the bad visibility, cold water and currents. It is recommended to have at least a 5mm suit with you, for those who feel cold quickly you should take 7mm and a hood.
The small island state in the south of Italy is a very special country. The many different influences have made Malta a melting pot of cultures. The Maltese language is the only Semitic language spoken in Europe. Maltese Mediterranean cuisine shows Italian, English and Arabic influences. The architecture has adapted to the conditions of the barren rock island.
Since Malta is still extremely hot in August, the months from September to November are considered the ideal travel time. The water of the deep blue sea is still heated by the strong summer sun, but on land it is slowly cooling down. Ideal conditions to explore the waters off the coast of Gozo and Malta and the islands. Most of the dive sites are off the smaller island of Gozo, many boats sail there daily from the main island.
Mysterious shipwrecks and the feeling of floating
If you are looking for culture, nightlife and shopping besides diving, Malta is the place for you. Those who like it quiet and relaxed should definitely book their accommodation and a rental car on Gozo. There is little to no activity here, but Malta is very busy, with traffic jams and the hustle and bustle. Those who do the dives from Malta go by boat to Gozo every day, the crossing takes approximately half an hour depending on the dive site. From Gozo you can dive from the shore, only a few trips by boat are necessary. The dive site is reached by jeep, the descent into the water can be quite exhausting. Often it leads over sharp rocks and steep, damp stone stairs into the water, here the greatest caution is advised. A certain physical fitness is almost a prerequisite here.
Such dive sites are not suitable for beginners, because these entrances into the foaming water directly on a cliff wall simply require a little experience to dive calmly and relaxed. Malta is also famous for wreck and cave diving, such dives can only be done by very experienced divers and divers with special training in cave diving. But don't worry, there are countless shallow, relaxed dive sites for beginners and those who want to take it easy.
The water is deep blue and clear, almost transparent. Those who float over the remains of the collapsed Azurwindow through the crystal-clear water can feel a little fear of heights like in the mountains, as one has the feeling to float over mountain tops. As far as the suitable equipment is concerned, divers should pack at least a 5mm or even a 7mm with hood for Malta, especially in the great depths, the water gets quite cool. Between the dives you can sit in one of the many beach bars and enjoy the local Maltese cuisine. For days without diving there are round trips on the island, but there is surprisingly much to see and discover. Small villages, spectacular cliffs and an interesting architecture make the small island state a popular holiday destination.