It’s always exciting and a bit overwhelming to prepare scuba diving vacations for beginners. You are going to fly to somewhere new, beautiful, and probably remote to explore a pristine underwater and meet one of the most wonderful marine life on earth. However, preparation for diving holiday is way different than a regular vacation and it can take months! Especially when you want to bring dive gears along for your travel. So read on and follow our complete guide on dive trip made specially for beginners.
Planning A Scuba Diving Vacations for Beginners
First stage. Planning your dive trip from scratch.
Planning Dive Destinations:
- Choose the best time frame for travelling, especially when you are tied to school or working in an office.
- Browse for the right dive site based on your skills and the season when you’ll travel. For example, heading for Manta Ray tour in Bali or Komodo, Indonesia, are great options for scuba diving vacations when you are a beginner and available to travel between June to August.
- Find a middle ground for the destination. Choose something that’s not too touristy so you can have a good diving experience. But don’t choose something too remote like Papua Indonesia or Cocos Island Costa Rica. As a beginner, you’re not in the level of forsaking comfort for remotest destination. You’ll still be in search of your own sweet spot of scuba diving vacation, so it doesn’t hurt to make it easy in the first few trips.
- See if there’s travel warning in the country
- Choosing Dive Shop & Accommodations:
- If you have the money and want the utmost convenience of a dive trip, try dive resorts.
- Cheaper alternatives like villas, B&B, or common hotel are also great
- Liveaboard is great if you want to visit multiple dive destination on the trips
- Look for dive shops with good reviews for handling scuba dive trip for beginners.
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Making Reservations for Your Dive Trip
Step two. Contacting operators, agents, and everything else to make your reservations.
- It’s time to request a visa. Also check if your passport is still valid until 6 months from your planned departure date.
- Start applying for travel and dive insurance. Make sure it covers any emergency medical insurances, diving accidents, cancellations, and trip interruptions. It’s always a good idea to be fully prepared for any situation.
- Check exchange rates and buy the currency at best price. Better to be prepared with foreign currency from your home country now than exchanging it at the airport later.
- Visit your doctor if you have certain conditions. Otherwise, make sure you’re healthy for the trip.
The Packing Stage
We know. Packing can get tedious. But we’re here to help you get everything you need to the bag, one item at a time.
Packing Gears for Scuba Diving Vacations for Beginners
You can always rent dive gears at the liveaboard or the dive shops. However, it’s always a good idea to invest in some personal gears that fits perfectly with your body:
- Dive certification cards (very important!)
- Regulator and mouthpiece
- Dive mask
- Travel BCD
- 3mm dive suits or shortie
- Full foot fins
- Fin straps
- Small dive computer
- Dive socks
- Log book or dive journal
- A mesh bag to carry your dive gears
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Essential Packing List for the Trip
What you need to pack beside clothings and all personal items like toiletries and stuffs.
- First aid kit and personal medication
- Adapter and chargers
- Ear plug
- Travel documents in a waterproof envelope
- Credit cards and cash (some in the currency of your destination)
- Zip lock bags for any needs
- Light jackets
- Strapped sandals
So that’s it! Are you ready for your scuba diving holidays for beginners?