Scuba diving has become an increasingly popular sport over the last decade. Many holiday resorts now offer dive packages to their guests, but it is becoming more and more common for people to go on targeted dive vacations, a real scuba trip in other words.
Scuba diving, although classed as an extreme sport because of the associated dangers, is mainly a very relaxing sport and there are plenty of dive vacations that you could consider if you are interested in scuba diving.
Types of Dive Vacations
There are a few different types of dive vacations:
- All-inclusive dive resorts that specifically cater to dive tourists – both those looking to gain a scuba certification and experts
- Live aboard dive vacations where you travel on a boat and spend several hours each day diving in different locations
- Normal vacations where you go on vacation like normal and book dives once you arrive through a dive company not affiliated with your hotel.
Usually the only types of dives available in these circumstances are shore dives unless the group decides to get in touch with a local dive company. It is also only a good idea for experienced divers to take part in this type of vacation.
Whether you plan your holiday schedule around diving or the other way around is completely up to personal choice, but more and more travel agents are able to assist you in tailoring the best holiday package to suit your needs.
Popular Destinations for a Scuba Trip – Africa
One of the most popular destinations for a dive vacation in Africa is Mozambique, particularly Tofo. Tofo offers fantastic opportunities for coral diving and the marine life is amazing. You are likely to come across whale sharks, humpback whales and manta rays. Holiday cottages are also available in abundance.
South Africa is another popular destination for divers, particularly for those who want to go shark diving.
It is also possible to opt for an extended stay, spending part of the holiday diving and another part of the holiday on safari, basically enjoying nature above the water and under the water.
Popular Destinations for a Scuba Trip – Australia
Of course, it is important to remember that damage has been done to this fantastic reef because there have been so many divers who have been careless and completely disrespectful.
However, there are other destinations in Australia as well that are fantastic for diving, again allowing you to combine diving with a great destination. Some holiday cottages in Australia even come included with diving gear, which makes it even more interesting.
Popular Destinations for a Scuba Trip – North America
North America is an often forgotten scuba diving destination, but it actually offers some of the best dive sites around. The Florida Keys, in particular, have some fantastic opportunities and holiday accommodation is incredibly cheap. This is a great place to go on a family holiday, having a nice pool present in the villa for those in the party who are not all that interested in diving, for example.
One of the great things about a scuba trip is that everybody can take part in it. More and more families are now going on diving holidays to dive as a family, particularly those with slightly older children.
By renting a holiday home, you are not only making sure that you are able to take the whole family diving, but also that everybody can have a great time once the diving has finished.
You could even opt to go diving in France, particularly along the Cote d’Azur, where the waters are very comfortable, the beaches are long and white and everybody can have a great time.
A scuba trip can be the trip of a lifetime, or the start of a regular holiday. You will be able to travel the world, dive the most amazing sites and experience ancient and modern cultures alike by opting to rent a holiday home in a popular diving destination.
Besides the ones mentioned above, there are many other destinations that you could consider, such as Thailand and Egypt for example, where diving sites are some of the best in the world and accommodation is cheap.
You will probably find that you will significantly reduce the cost of your holiday by opting for this scenario, rather than booking on a diving holiday, even if you have to buy your own equipment (although you are likely to be able to rent it, in a similar way to skis during a skiing holiday).
What are your tips for a relaxed scuba trip? Let us know in the comments below
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Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.