If you have been daydreaming about scuba diving holidays, you may be wondering how to get started in your underwater adventure. Whether you are a relatively experienced scuba diver or you have yet to venture beneath the waves, there are a few ways to plan your holiday.
To help you get started on planning your scuba diving holidays, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Start Planning Your Dream Scuba Diving Holidays
Some things to consider when planning scuba diving holidays include the following:
- Choose a destination. First things first, where do you want to dive? With so many destinations to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming. The best way to decide on a destination is to think about what sort of diving you want to do. Warm water diving is generally clearer and easier, especially if there are coral reefs to explore. Mauritius is known for its shipwrecks, turtles and unbleached reefs. The Seychelles and the Maldives offer pristine marine resorts and an abundance of tropical fish. Zanzibar and Thailand also offer excellent diving.
- Look for all inclusive resorts. All inclusive resorts offer the most affordable and convenient way to enjoy a host of activities. Many offer packages that include flights, accommodation, selected meals and access to dive centres. Even if you only need to fork out for your dives, you will still save a great deal compared to booking flights and accommodation separately.
- Invest in basic equipment. While you can hire the tanks and regulators, it is useful to invest in your own wetsuit, fins, snorkel and mask. This is the best way to ensure a good fit. If you’re diving in warm water, look for a suit that is lightweight and short sleeved. You can also look for reef shoes if you plan to do some snorkelling as well as scuba diving during your stay.
- Book a dive course. Finally, you can get on to planning your adventure by booking a course. There are a few options here. If you are certified but haven’t dived in a while, you can do a refresher course. If you have no certification, you can do a resort course that allows you to do a dive or two during your holiday. You could also do a full PADI course such as the Underwater 1 basic diving qualification. Most resorts will be able to assist with bookings.
We hope that these tips make it easier to plan your dream scuba diving holidays!