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UK Diving

I dive regularly in the UK throughout the year. Yes, it is cold in the winter. The sea temperature often gets down to 6-8°C, but there is plenty to see. We have some fantastic wreck diving and there are even colourful fish.

Here's some pictures that I took on a trip to Falmouth one year.

I regularly organise trips diving in the UK, so if you fancy joining me, have a look here.

Santa Ponsa, Majorca, March 2002

For the second year in a row, we decided to go on an Easter break with Flight Options. This time I booked direct and was spared having to use Lastminute.com's website. We chose to go to Santa Ponsa in Majorca. The flights were with Monarch, and whilst the flight out was a very early 7.30am, the return flight on Easter Monday evening was due to get into Gatwick at 8.00pm, so work the next day didn't look like a problem. About four weeks before we were due to go we received a letter saying the flight time had been changed to arrive at 9.45pm, which was a bit annoying.

Gibraltar, September 2001

The rock of Gibraltar was known to the Romans as Mons Calpe, which was one of the pillars of Hercules standing at the entrance to the Mediterranean. Over the years it was important strategically. It was part of the Moorish empire until 1462, when Spain finally got her hands on it. Then in 1704, British and Dutch troops took the rock as part of the Spanish was of succession. The Treaty of Utrecht gave sovereignty of the rock to Britain and it's been British ever since. It is a now British Dependant Territory with its own government

Pego, near Denia, April 2001

The weather in the UK was appalling and, as Easter was coming up soon, I thought it might be a good idea to go away. So I had a look on lastminute.com to see if they had anything interesting. They had a 4 day trip to Valencia for £309 based on 2 people sharing. The flight times looked good. The plane was to leave Heathrow at 19.15 on the Thursday before Easter arriving in Valencia at 22.15 local time. Then the return flight left at 22.55 on the Monday and arrived in

Costa Blanca, Spain, August 1995

I dived with 4 outfits in Spain in 1995. My girlfriend and I first dived with an outfit called Tabarca Sub. They're actually based in Santa Pola, which is the town nearest to the island of Tabarca. There's actually a marine reserve around the island, for which you require a permit. They don't have a permit, so they dive right on the edge of the marine park. The guy who runs it is a really nice bloke, but he doesn't really speak a great deal of English. You have to ring him up to book because they just have a lockup near the harbour, so if your

Costa Blanca, Spain

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max Temp °C 16 18 20 22 25 29 32 32 30 25 21 17
Min Temp °C 6 6 8 10 13 17 19 20 18 14 10 7
Sea Temp °C 14 13 14 15 16 20

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, October 1996

We went to Gran Canaria for the last two weeks in October. Our holiday was booked through Freespirit, which is part of First Choice that does holidays for adults only. We were staying at the Ipanema Park Hotel in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is a resort built on a cliff face, so you have to be a bit careful to pick a hotel that's not right at the top of the mountain. Ipanema Park wasn't too bad, though there were 140 steps down to sea level. We tended to get a taxi back, so generally we only walked down them, since it cost less than 400 pts. Ipanema Park was an

Caye Caulker, Belize, January 2008

I got the bus up from Flores in Guatemala. As we got close to the border, a money changer got on board. He told everyone that they'd run out of money in the islands and as the next day was New Year's Day, we should change all our money with him including US dollars as we would only get B$1.85 to the US dollar rather than the official rate of $2. He looked like a criminal out of Miami Vice. I assumed he was lying just because his lips were moving. However, quetzales aren't worth anything outside of the country, so I changed the few I had. He tried to short change me.

Grenada, September 2007

I booked my flight with XL.com. It cost £282 for the return fare from Gatwick to Grenada. The seat wasn't exactly the most luxurious and there were plenty of “opportunities to buy” various things, but a meal was included, there was a film, and at that price I'd have sat on the floor. I'd booked the Siesta Hotel in Grand Anse with Expedia. It cost me £216 for a double room for a week. Arriving at the airport, I found myself a cab and made the short journey to the hotel. I walked into the hotel and

Aruba, September 2003

I first got the idea of going to Aruba from the First Choice brochure. One of their cheaper hotels, the Mill Resort, looked promising. I wasn't that keen on the charter flights with Air 2000 because they left mid-week, so I decided to see if I could do it cheaper myself on the Internet. I found flights with KLM for £558.50 that left midday on Saturday and got back around 2pm on Sunday. I also contacted the Mill directly. They quoted me $102 a night, so I decided to book the flights and leave the accommodation until later.

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