EXPLORING THE DEPTHS – PLANNING THE PERFECT DIVING HOLIDAY

It has been said that the ocean is a city with its life underground. There are few better ways then to experience the sheer beauty and wonderment of the ocean than by planning a diving holiday. Watching the action through a glass-bottomed boat is one thing; seeing, touching and being a part of the action is another thing altogether.

The basics of planning a diving holiday largely revolve around two issues – choosing a suitable location, and choosing what type of tour package suits your needs. These are influenced by where you wish to travel, the time of year you’ll be traveling, your skill level and the type of diving experience you’re after.

Choosing a suitable location
The time of year, your skill level and the environment you wish to dive in all impact on the location where you choose to dive. Reef-diving allows you to experience some of the most beautiful scenery nature has to offer, whereas exploring sunken wrecks and other man-made diving attractions provide a very different but challenging adventure.

Choosing a tour package to suit your needs
There are many options available when it comes to choosing a tour package for your diving holiday. These may encompass optional hotel transfers, the size of the tour group, the type of diving experience (for example whether you’ll be exploring reefs or shipwrecks) and whether you want dive during the day or at night.

Many diving tours cater for specific skill levels. As an example for the novice diver, many tour packages also include diving lessons and extra time to build up your confidence before you really take the plunge.

The size of the group that you dive with is largely a matter of preference. Dive with a larger group of people and you’ll meet plenty of new people and have a great time; dive with a smaller group and you are likely to get more one-on-one time from instructors, be able to dive in quieter areas and perhaps even get more time in the water.

Whether you choose to dive at night or during the day, each experience is exhilarating and has unique benefits. While natural visibility is much better during the day, using a flashlight to see things close up means that you might actually end up seeing more at night. Additionally, many sea creatures are nocturnal; the critters you see during the day might be very different to those you encounter after dark.

A diving holiday can be truly amazing. There are many options that can be tailored to suit the type of experience you are after, and that allow you to get the most out of your holiday. It will take a bit of research and pre-planning on your part, but you’ll discover yourself that the results really are worth

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