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

General information about the country

The country of lowlands, polders, tulips, cheese, and the legality of certain herbs attracts many tourists — especially younger ones. But except for those things The Netherlands is best known for, it is also a place worth visiting for the diver, firstly because it adjacent to the sea, and secondly because it has many, many lakes.

It is worth knowing that for hundreds of years as well as today, the people of the Kingdom of the Netherlands have been fighting with the sea — tirelessly tearing out important areas and turning them into arable fields. The lowlands constitute about 25% of today's Netherlands. At the northern part of the country, you will find dikes and dams as well as developed polders.

It is worth paying attention to the ubiquitous cyclists at all times of the day and night and you should remember that there: cyclists rule the road. The bicycle infrastructure of the Netherlands is probably the best developed in Europe, if not in the world. But while we can be sure that biking would be very enjoyable in the Netherlands, what would diving look like? What is the infrastructure near the sea like?

Why is Netherlands such a popular destination?

The North Sea coast of the Netherlands is interesting, very fragmented and yet developed. Currently, it spans 750 kilometers, but this value changes as a result of continuous hydrotechnical works. However, when you add the islands that belong to the European part of the Netherlands, the Netherland's coastline spans 1000 kilometers. This coastline is where and why we love to dive in the Netherlands.

After admiring the windmills, the aforementioned cyclists, and many embankments, you will reach the car parks. They are free. Divers also have access to bathrooms, showers, and bathtubs that can be used to rinse their equipment (also without any fees). In many diving spots like this there is a bar where you can have a meal or quench your thirst between dives.

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What are the best dive sites in Netherlands

At most diving spots, you need to have a little extra strength to get to the water entry points because you must climb stairs, follow a boardwalk for a while, and then descend from it. Once you reach the sea, however, everything is perfectly prepared for a diver or freediver. Metal, non-slip stairs with handrails and platforms gently guide you into the water. Things here are well designed so that you can enter the water very safely. Underwater visibilities in the Netherlands can vary dramatically from spot to spot, and remember: this is not the Mediterranean, so you should be prepared to experience lower water temperatures.

Under the water, things are very interesting. Diving in the Netherlands can surprise you very positively, because life under the water here is booming. There are lots of lobsters, various kinds of crabs and large sponges. You can encounter various fish, such as flounder, nudibranch, sea anemone and shrimp — just to name a few. Diving sites are very well marked and prepared. You would have no problem diving without hiring an expensive diving guide. In some spots you can find shipwrecks as well. However, these are usually in deeper waters and for those, you should arrange plans in advance and opt for the help of a professional.

There is no shortage of diving centers, and filling your air cylinder is not particularly expensive. In the Netherlands there are also many lakes, where we often come across well-prepared diving bases, and sometimes with interesting wrecks, like that of a helicopter. So if you want to experience a wonderful dive in a wonderful country, the Netherlands is waiting for you!