My daughter is becoming more confident with her swimming but isn't very motivated to continue to learn so I wanted to take her away this summer where she can really get excited about it.
Where would anyone suggest is great for snorkeling, to swim surrounded by fish and is considered as a safe destination to visit?
We were in the Florida gulf coast earlier this year which was great but the sea was too rough for her so ideally a calm sea would be great.
I have been to Cyprus many years ago and liked the island so I'll research the best places to snorkel there thank you.
I thought about the Maldives but I honestly think we would get bored, I should have mentioned that as a family we need plenty to do, we are not 100% pool or beach dwellers and Maldives seems to be mostly a chill on the beach kind of place, happy to be corrected however.
I've read that snorkelling is good in Hawaii, specifically the Big Island and another good destination is the Yucatan, Mexico.
Nearer to home there's the Medes Islands and the Cabrebra Archipelago, Spain, plus Malta and Sardinia.
SMa, I'm very intrigued as we could get flights to Inverness and just a long weekend would be awesome.
You say 'pick the right season', when are you thinking would be our best bet?
However, I assume that your daughter is of school age and that you live in England if you are talking about flying up to Inverness? If you wait until her school holidays start then the weather can often be unsettled on the west coast and late July and through August is the peak season for Midgies! There's a reason why the Scottish School holidays start in late June and they're all back at school by mid-August at the latest. :-) And of course you'll be wanting her home in time for the start of the new school year. So given that the late Spring Bank holiday in 2020 falls on May 25th then her Spring Half Term Holiday might be your best bet if her school takes the last week in May for it. And I was serious about the wetsuits but it is often possible to hire them from the surf and scuba schools along the west coast.
I always wondered why the Scots had early summer holidays, I just presumed it was to take advantage of quieter and cheaper times, but now I know that it's down to the midges haha.
We have wet suits, I must remember to pack them
If families are prepared to fly from eg Newcastle or Manchester then they can get good cheap deals before the English holidays start but as soon as the schools break-up here then flights and holidays from eg Glasgow or Edinburgh from late June and through July into early August can be just as horrendous as August from any of the English airports! Even though I worked in HE, our term/semester pattern followed very much the same one as the schools and one of the joys of retirement is being able to go on holiday avoiding both sets of achool holidays :-)
FYI to all who replied, I have booked a mid week trip to Malta and am looking at getting up to Scotland before the midge season :-)
Thanks everyone, a very helpful forum :-)
That's awesome thank youOn 20th June 2019 at 09:38am, SMa said:
Quite by chance when looking up something else, I came across this link which might be of interest if you haven't come across it already follwoing Judith's suggestion of Malta:
On 12th June 2019 at 10:44am, candell said:
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