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The North African country of Algeria is not a well-known dive destination. But there is some good diving from Algeria, in the Mediterranean. Sadly, Algeria is not a country without its problems, having suffered more than its fair share of conflict. We’d advise checking government travel advice before you go. If you can, do. It’s a stunning and fascinating corner of the world, ripe for exploring.
Algeria has beaches, deserts and ancient cities to see. If you want to explore underwater, take an Algeria scuba diving trip. There are a few dive schools around, although you might struggle to find an English-speaking school. Try and speak a little bit of French if you can.
You’ll find a wide range of marine life in Algeria’s waters, which get nice and warm in summer: up to around 25 degrees. Dive into red coral reefs, and spot grouper, wrasse, octopus, cuttlefish and more. The marine life and fauna is similar to elsewhere in the Mediterranean.
The Taza Marine Park has some good dive spots. It is a protected area of crystal clear waters and some unusual wildlife, including some sea turtles and dolphins. Divers can explore among its islets and rich fauna. Another good place to dive is Tabarka, just over the border with Tunisia. It has some interesting rock tunnels which will challenge experienced cave divers, and is famous for its big schools of grouper.
An Algeria scuba diving holiday is a great way to explore another side of this off the beaten track destination. It has some unusual dive sites and a great range of marine life to see in its warm waters.