10 of the UK’s best places for scuba diving and snorkelling


Jo Caird

From the Orkneys to Dorset these sites offer marine life encounters and opportunities to gain a new skill while on holiday

Taking the plunge in British waters may be a different experience to diving in tropical seas but it rewards divers and snorkellers with historic wrecks, reefs covered with soft corals and scuttling crustaceans. Dive schools offer a good way to get a first taste – and snorkelling is available for everyone who can swim. For certification, many dive schools do the theory part of the training in advance online, completing the skills component in person over a few days – a good way to combine certification and a UK holiday.

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