It’s not hard to book an epic diving vacation if you do it the right way. But it’s not something that you can just jump right into. It takes some research and a bit of planning to make sure that everything is just right. Here’s a look at a few of the things you should consider before booking your own epic diving vacation.
One of the first things you should consider when looking to book a dive spot is to consider the type of diving you like to do. If you’re into diving deep walls, you should obviously be looking at places that cater to that type of diving. The same goes if you’re more into cave or wreck diving. Just because a destination gets a lot of divers flocking to it doesn’t mean that it’s the best destination for you, specifically.
When it comes to booking your hotel for your trip, you should consider calling the property directly. While some great deals can certainly be found online, many properties will match those prices. Plus, an agent that works directly on the property you’re booking with can hook you up with other amenities and extra perks that usually can’t be found online.
Once you’ve got your destination chosen and your hotel picked, it’s time to pack your gear. There are varying schools of thought when it comes to which gear you should pack for a trip. Some divers believe that packing any gear at all is a mistake. After all, if you’re heading to a destination popular for diving you should be able to rent all of the gear you need, and that can remove a lot of stress when it comes to packing. However, there is also something to be said for diving with gear that you’re familiar with. If you’re planning to rent most of your equipment, we’d still suggest packing your own mask and dive computer.
Finally, if you’re going to be using a dive operator to handle all of your dives, make sure that you’re going with a business that’s well-established in the area. We recommend only going with tour operators that are PADI-affiliated.