Useful diving information
Different types of dive vacation explained, as well as various dive options, from wreck diving and macro diving, to exploring underwater caves and blue holes
We can craft vacations with a touch of diving, or complete dive vacations. You can also choose an on-land base or a live-aboard, where you're on water throughout. The different options are explained below, as well as various dive specialisms, depending on what you want to explore under water. If you'd like more information, please contact our diving travel specialist.
Vacations with a splash of diving
Whether you’re an experienced diver who just wants to do a few dives during your vacation, or you’re a novice who wants to learn to dive, we can tailor a vacation that includes some scuba diving, whilst allowing time for plenty of other activities or relaxation. As diving is more popular now that it ever has been, many beach hotels have a dive center on site, or there’s likely to be one nearby. So whether you’re the only diver in your party, or there’s a few of you wanting to explore the blue planet, we can tailor something to suit everyone. One option is to choose a dive operator that schedules morning diving so you can be back by lunchtime, giving you the afternoon to spend with the rest of your party on land.
Complete diving vacations
If you’re looking to go on a specific diving vacation to hone your skills and spend as much time as possible under water, we can put together a dive itinerary to suit your requirements. Jet off to a world-class dive destination such as Sipadan in Malaysia, or Fiji in the South Pacific. The first thing to decide is if you want a land-based dive vacation or a dive vacation onboard a live-aboard (see below). Either way, we have a number of exciting options we can share with you.
Landbased dive vacations are perfect for those vacationing with family or with non-divers, as they offer more flexibility. Most destinations will operate boat-diving to get to the reef and nearby dive sites, but there are some destinations such as Bonaire in the Dutch Antilles, or parts of the Red Sea, where you can shore-dive. This can be a great option slightly wobbly sea legs who suffer from seasickness. It also means you don’t have to stick to boat schedules.
Live-aboard diving is most suited to the more serious diver, and to those looking to do as many dives as possible during their vacation. The main advantage of a live-aboard diving vacation is that you can access remote dive sites and avoid the crowds. A typical day on a live-aboard will adopt the following routine: eat, sleep, dive, eat, sleep, dive - for some people this is the perfect dive vacation! Some live-aboards incorporate land excursions into the itinerary so you can explore the local area above water. Although a live-aboard vacation may initially look like an expensive option, it can work out as remarkably good value, with meals usually included. And of course, you do get more dives in. Live-aboards in the most desirable diving locations get booked up far in advance, so if you can, plan your live-aboard dive vacation early.
Different underwater interests
The term 'macro diving' is used in relation to diving amongst tiny creatures, as photographers use macro lenses. There are certain destinations which offer fabulous ‘macro diving’, where you can encounter weird and wonderful 'macro' creatures such as the pigmy seahorse, ghost pipefish, leafy scorpionfish and frog fish e.g Kapalai, Malaysia, Lembeh Straits, Indonesia.
Sharks and Pelagics
If there’s a particular species you want to see, we can advise on the best places to go and at what time of year to view them. For example, whale sharks can be spotted in Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, between April and July. Or for the ultimate shark adventure, head to the waters around South Africa.
Ship and plane wrecks create artificial reefs, providing whole new habitats for marine life. A fascinating way to explore these accidental microcosms, wreck diving presents whole new challenges for scuba divers. We can advise on where you can try wreck diving, from the Philippines, to Grenada and Egypt.
Technical diving is fast becoming a popular extreme sport, allowing divers to go a bit deeper, for longer. ‘Tec diving’ enables a diver to dive beyond the depths of recreational diving through training in the use of mixed gas systems and techniques. The depths provided in the Red Sea or at Puerto Galera, Philippines, are perfect for technical diving.
This requires specialized training, but there are some destinations, such as the Cenotes in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, which are more accessible to the vacation diver. The stalagmites and stalactites of underwater cave systems and the blue holes (sunken cave systems) of the Bahamas and Belize are especially good.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to dive under the ice? To observe the spectacular marine life found in cold waters, such as Leopard Seals and penguins? This diving specialism should only be attempted once you’ve had specific training and learned applied safety techniques from a qualified instructor.
Today’s technology has allowed us to become increasingly adventurous with photography, and taking the right camera underwater is no exception. While underwater photography can be more challenging than taking photos on land, you can capture all kinds of extraordinary sights this way – how else can you possibly demonstrate the amazing things you’ve seen your friends?