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.