Yoga has numerous health benefits for divers including increased flexibility, muscle strength, improved breathing and good circulatory health. All of which can contribute to better and safer diving with good buoyancy control.
Divers looking to try the ancient practice of yoga can combine it with a scuba diving package in crystal clear waters at various yoga retreats across the globe. Here are our top yoga dive centres, ideal for a break this festive season.
Koh Tao, Thailand
Koh Tao or ‘Turtle Island’ is well-known by travellers in Southeast Asia wanting to learn to scuba dive in the warm, clear waters surrounding the islands. The dive courses here are cheap and there are many dive sites for novices and experienced divers, including pinnacles with colourful fish life, swim throughs, Shark Island and the wreck of former US Navy ship Sattakut. Peaceful yoga studios can be found tucked away from the dive centres with classes for all experience levels.
Try Ocean Sound.
Dahab water visibility can reach 30m and this area offers warm water, a great climate year-round and a variety of colourful shore dives ideal for novice divers such as coral reef dives and eel gardens. There is also the infamous Blue Hole, a 70-80m wide hole that is approximately 94m deep and nicknamed ‘the most dangerous dive site in the world’. The Blue Hole should only be dived by experienced divers. Sunra Yoga offers dives in small groups and a Yoga Diving course suitable for divers, non-divers and those looking to overcome their fear of water.
Try Sunra Yoga.
Tanzania has abundant dive destinations, white sand beaches and dive options ranging from shore dives through to liveaboards. Zanzibar’s coral reefs are home to over 400 species of fish and the area has a variety of dive sites including vertical walls dives, drift dives and Mnemba Atoll. This atoll is known for encounters with green turtles and common dolphins. Divine Diving offers a full array of dive courses and daily yoga classes.
Try Divine Diving.
Koh Lipe, Thailand
Koh Lipe is a small island on the border of Tarutao National Marine Park and the calm waters found there are ideal for novice divers. Being close to other islands, Koh Lipe offers an abundance of accessible coral reef dive sites for novices and experienced divers. More challenging dive conditions with the possibility of seeing mantas and sharks can be found at 8 Mile Rock; a pinnacle 8 miles from land with a diving depth of 16-40m. Keirita’s Yoga & Diving offers Kho Phi Phi and Koh Lipe diving options and a luxurious, liveaboard yoga and diving/snorkelling retreat.