With a diverse coastline of golden sand beaches, secluded bays, rocky coves, soaring cliffs and protected marine reserves, scuba diving in Costa Blanca offers a delightful and colourful underwater world just waiting to be discovered. Since man first struggled into a huge brass bell helmet, cumbersome dive suit and weighted boots and slipped below the waves, our fascination with the world's seas and oceans has led to ever increasing diving technology in the quest to go deeper and explore further.
With the Costa Blanca's superb year round weather, water sports and activities are a big industry, especially in the tourist hot spots such as Benidorm, Alicante and Orihuela Costa where the choice of activities is vast and competition fierce. Throughout the towns and cities are a number of adventure tour operators, dive shops and dive academies that offer activities and courses from a basic introductory dive up to the ultimate qualification of Dive Master. Most also offer scuba diving in Costa Blanca for already experienced divers at a number of wonderful dive site such as vertical reefs, shipwrecks and caves.
Marco Polo Expediciones
Based in Benidorm's city centre on Av. de Europa 5, Marco Polo Expediciones are a leading adventure tour operator offering a mind boggling choice of activities. Although not a dive school, they are a good choice for those wishing to experience scuba diving before deciding to undergo an actual course. They offer an introductory dive of 30 minutes either from the beach or their dive boat that includes all equipment. Alternately they have a unique dive experience called the Underwater Sea Walk where walkers wear a specially designed, lightweight diving helmet attached to breathing tubes and are taken on an underwater tour with guide rails.
Located in the sports harbour in the Bay of Altea, these guys are top notch professionals with a wealth of diving knowledge between their instructors, a fleet of modified dive boats, dive shop and diving itinerary to suit all levels of experience. Such is their expertise, Greenwich Diving offer an astounding 40 different dive courses including all PADI and SSI courses as well as a basic Discover Scuba Diving course and a number of speciality courses.
Dive Academy Santa Pola
This is another highly qualified operation that run an academy and scuba school for children. Located in Santa Pola's port, they offer everything from Seal Team and Bubble Maker for 8-9 year old's, a Discover Scuba Diving course for divers aged 10 upwards and a full selection of PADI, advanced and speciality courses. Their dive shop is right on the water's edge and they also run an exclusive PADI 5 star Instructor Development Centre.
Dive! Dive! Dive!
Dive! Dive! Dive! run two dive shops in the popular holiday resort area of Orihuela Costa, one located at 31 Miraflores IV, Calle Parana in Punta Prima and the other on Av. Torrevieja Mz II in Cabo Roig. Run by Geoff Ridden PADI MSDT ( Master Scuba Diver Trainer) both shops run a variety of courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster. There are also a number of leisure dives to various beautiful dive sites for already qualified divers.