Traveling to Dive

As an avid scuba diver you love the fun that scuba diving brings with it, but you don’t want dive in the same place every time you want to dive.  You want to check out different scenery and different locations all around the world.  Imagine diving in different locations and experiencing new and different marine life and colorful coral reefs in a great tropical location.  Scuba vacations open up a whole new world that you can add to your scuba adventures.

Bring Your Gear or Rent Onsite

Whether you bring all your diving gear or rent it at your destination will depend on how often you plan to dive and the cost.  Renting equipment can seem an unnecessary expense but if you can only go diving a couple of time it may be easier than lugging everything with you.  Diving gear is heavy and if you are flying to your destination the airline may charge you for baggage.  If this is a two week vacation where you plan on doing a lot of diving then you would probably much rather have your own gear.

Packing Your Gear

If you are bringing your own gear along with you then packing it becomes an art.  You should consider getting some suitcases that are specifically designed for divers.  They are big and heavy so the airline could end up charging you.  You can also make do with a sturdy backpack to travel with if you don’t have a suitcase.  Pack your items carefully and leave your flippers on the top to help protect the rest of your gear.  Here are some tips on how to pack your gear.

Saving Money on the Trip

Traveling the world to dive in exotic locations may sound like a dream but it doesn’t happen for free.  If you want to save money so you can get more trips for the money then here are some tips to help save on expenses.

  1. Call the airline ahead of time and find out the weight restrictions. Budget airlines tend to be the strictest when it comes to what your luggage weighs, calculate the costs of your luggage into the overall charge of flying to your destination.
  2. Let the airline know you’re bringing scuba gear. Some airlines will waive the weight fees if you’re bringing sporting equipment.  The same can apply if you plan a trip for golfing or surfing.
  3. Prepay for the extra luggage. Some airlines will allow you to pay in advance for the extra weight along with a hefty discount.  You’re not the first person to fly with their own gear and some airlines put together packages for divers like you.

Diving Spots in Europe

When you think of diving vacations Europe is probably not the first thing that comes to mind but there are some great diving spots in Europe.  The cities throughout Europe have a rich history and have attracted tourists for centuries.  There are just as many great diving spots here as you would find in the Caribbean.  Let’s have a look at some of the most interesting places to dive in Europe.

Greece

Greece with Santorini in particular is one of the more popular tourist destinations throughout Europe.  Here you can experience the local culture, history and some beautiful scenery.  Heading over to Santorini there are some really incredible rock formation that came about due to volcanic activity.  Diving here you have the chance to see snapper, grouper, barracudas, octopi and some brilliantly colorful reefs.  If you visit Chios Island there are some underwater caves that you can explore.  Diving is a big industry here and you will find excellent training facilities, and tour operators.  You can have a great diving experience here.

Iceland

Diving in Iceland is not for the inexperienced diver, the waters here are very cold and it will not be anything like diving in the Caribbean or any other warm water.  You are going to need different equipment like a dry suit and frost guarded equipment.  You may want to rent it rather than buying since it is more expensive than regular diving gear.  Despite all of that the diving here is amazing!  The water is crystal clear and there are lots of underwater caverns to explore.

Diving Spots in Europe

Britain

If diving to see shipwrecks is your preference then the UK has some of the best dive sites you will find anywhere.  Head north to Scotland and Orkney to see some intact wrecks.  The visibility is better than you would expect and there is lots of marine life that have made these wrecks home.  Bring along an underwater camera to capture some great shots.

Ireland

All along the coast of Ireland you can find some interesting rock formations but one of the better places to dive is at Diamond Rocks in Kilkee.  Here you can find those rock formations Ireland is so famous for along with plenty of wildlife species.  After you have given Kilkee a try then head over to Carraroe for some more variety of fish species along with some coral reefs.

Europe has thousand of miles of coastline and plenty of different underwater ecosystems for you to check out.  With a history as rich as they have there is no shortage of underwater wrecks to explore either.  Prepare for the trip ahead of time, not all of Europe has warm waters.