Belgium — diving centers, country, description and general recommendations for tourists

General information about the country

Have you ever considered going diving in Belgium? Belgium is a relatively small country in western Europe — You can drive from one side of the country to the other in less than 4 hours. Although it may be small, Belgium has a big list of things to be proud of: Belgium’s capital city of Brussels alone is headquarters to both the European Union and NATO, and the home of Nemo 33, an indoor swimming pool which held the record for being the deepest swimming pool in the world for over 10 years, and as of writing this, is still the 2nd deepest in the world.

Former home of the deepest pool in the world

Nemo 33 in an indoor swimming pool that held the record of deepest indoor swimming in the world for over ten years (between 2004 and 2014)! It is a great place to train diving. The water at Nemo 33 is kept at a c onsistent 30 degrees celsius, meaning you can comfortably go for extended dives, even without a dry suit. There are many simulated caves for divers to explore and windows for land lovers to observe their underwater friends from.

Quarries, lakes, and caves galore

Although Belgium borders with the North Sea on one side, its real diving attractions are inland, in all of the lakes, quarries, and caves it houses. In many places you can expect good visibility (10 meters or more) and you will find many interesting sites with wrecks of abandoned mining equipment, vehicles, etc. Some great sites to visit are Carriere De Vodelee, an abandoned mining operation, and Plate Taille, where you can find the wreck of a helicopter!

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Other things to see and do in Belgium

You may not have heard much when it comes to diving in Belgium, but you’ve probably heard about Belgium chocolate — it’s regarded as the best in the world, after all. Wherever you may be staying, you should most definitely go to the nearest old town and indulge in some exclusive chocolate at a local chocolate shop. While you’re on the town, be sure to try some local craft beers — Belgium is known for them as well. If you’re in Brussels, you will have no shortage of historic and/or generally interesting places to visit like the Art & History Museum or the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken (both come highly recommend by us).

Should you go diving in Belgium?

The bottom line is: yes. Belgium is a small country with a big list of things to offer, and among those things are unforgettable diving experiences for both beginner and experienced divers. Plus, don’t forget: there is lots and lots of delicious chocolate to be tried. Try Belgium for your next diving adventure!