Be dive  buddies – Maldives & Borneo

Be dive buddies – Maldives & Borneo

The perfect diving honeymoon simply must include a gorgeous tropical beach with white sand, swaying palms and turquoise water as far as the eye can see

"Serious divers might consider heading to the Cayman Islands or Thailand, where it's possible to tie the knot underwater (your guests get dive tanks or snorkels; the boat captain signals the vows). The less gung-ho can try the Maldives - each tiny island has classic Robinson Crusoe-type features and is ringed by coral reef splendour. Head to the northern atolls for the least busy resorts and the chance to spend time with the sea's gentle giants - mantas and whale sharks.

"The more adventurous should try Kapalai Resort, Borneo. This water village hovers over a crystal-clear lagoon where, from your deck, you can admire both glittering stars and brightly hued starfish. At dusk, tiny mandarinfish emerge, ascend and spawn. The next generation have been released into the sea. Inspiration, surely?"

Beth & Shaun Tierney, founders of SeaFocus (www.seafocus.com) and authors of Footprint's Diving the World

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Learning to dive abroad is often easier than learning in the UK due to the warmer seas and sunny conditions. Just be aware that some countries insist that non-qualified divers have a medical before learning to dive.

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