If you are planning a diving holiday there are a few basics that you will want to consider first, including where you want to dive, the type of diving you would like to engage in, your skill level, and what type of diving equipment you will need.
Other considerations that you will need to keep in mind include the length of your planned dive holiday and the average temperature of your diving location since this can change your dive experience.
Location is important when planning a dive holiday especially if you want to enjoy some holiday activities above the water as well. For example, the Maldives is one of the best diving locations in the world, but there are not many activities outside of relaxing on the beach and perhaps windsurfing depending on the time of year so it may not be best for a group that contains non-divers.
You will also need to consider you diving skills as some areas demand high diving skill in order to see sights that will make your dive worthwhile, while other locations such as Thailand and Greece offer a wide range of diving locations for everyone.
Generally speaking, if you are an expert diver you may want to look into booking a ski holiday on a liveaboard since these reach the most extensive dive sights and include many fascinating sites that you would not be able to access from the shore. You can expect to pay more upfront for a liveaboard, but remember that meals and all dives are included and the price therefore becomes more affordable.
Diving means different things to different people, so before booking your holiday you should consider if you want to go reef diving, cave diving, or wreck diving. Wreck diving can be thrilling but sometimes reef diving or cave diving will warrant the highest aquatic life views, so take some time to look into what is available in your destination before heading out.
Most of the time you can hire all of the equipment that you will need when you reach a dive centre, and unless you are a master expert this is the best way to proceed, since the natives can best match your equipment to the dive’s requirements. For example the Mediterranean requires extra weight that you may not be used to due to its high salt concentration.
One thing you will usually have to bring on your own, or run the risk of being uncomfortable during your entire dive is a wetsuit, drysuit, or shortie. The temperature of your dive location will determine which of these you will need, so if you prefer one experience over the other you may look to book your holiday during the cold or warm season of a dive location.
The last thing you may want to look into before heading to a dive holiday or while at a dive centre is PADI courses. For beginners this is the best way to learn as the organization is nationally recognized, for those who want to increase their skill levels PADI courses are also the best choice.