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About scuba diving in Netherlands

The main country of the Netherlands is located in Western Europe, but its territory also includes three islands in the Caribbean (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao). The Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and islands that belong to France in the Caribbean. The three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, the Hague, and Rotterdam. The Netherlands (formerly known as Holland) is well-known worldwide for its beautiful canal towns and windmills, dozens of bikes, fields of tulips, art, and culture. Besides famous sights, museums, and galleries, the Netherlands has a variety of different activities for all. Bounded by the North Sea to the north and west, the Netherlands provides good diving opportunities. Find out the benefits of scuba diving in Netherlands with us. Scuba diving here is generally for technical divers, with lots of wrecks to explore. You can also dive in rivers and lakes. Although there are no colorful reef fish, there are still lots of very interesting marine species to be found under water, including sea stars, North Sea crabs, eels, shrimp, cold-water anemones, jellyfish, swimming crabs, velvet swimming crabs, and many lobsters. The main dive sites are located in the province of Zeeland, which is located in the southwest of the Netherlands. There divers can explore the Grevelingen, a salt-water lake that has no current. Scharendijke is also a popular location, but quite murky. It has a small wreck and a variety of marine species. The three islands Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao are famous islands in the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Divers of all levels can explore reefs, walls, caves, and wrecks with abundant marine life. Some of the most popular dive sites in the Dutch Caribbean Islands are Superior Producer, Playa Kalki (Alice in Wonderland), Mushroom Forest, 1000 Steps, Bari Reef, Angel City, Hilma Hooker, Karpathathe Natural Bridgeand  the Pedernales wreck.

When to go to Netherlands

Scuba diving in the Netherlands is available from April to October. The air temperature averages around 3C/37F in winter and 18C/64F in summer. The average water temperature is 7C/45F in winter and 15C/59F in summer. The Dutch Caribbean Islands are year-round destinations, and scuba diving is available throughout the year. Air temperatures average 28C/82F, and the average water temperature is around 25C/77F. 

 

What to see

Among marine species divers can spot turtles, manta rays, stingrays, eagle rays, grouper, barracudas, moray eels, and octopi, as well as brain corals, star corals, sea fans, barrel sponges, and abundant reef fish such as yellowtails, scorpionfish, and jacks in abundance.

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