Saturday, January 15, 2011

Scuba Dive Holidays - Family Packages and Tours

Scuba dive holidays are one type of family vacation that are filled with adventure and excitement. Whether you are an experienced diver, or the whole family intends to learn to dive while you are on vacation, all levels are catered for. There is an endless wonder of fantastic diving locations to choose from and dive holidays open up a whole new world of adventure under the sea. It's an experience like nothing else.

Scuba Dive Holiday
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Dive holidays do take a little more planning than your average vacation, but don't be daunted by the work ahead of you. It will all be paid off as soon as you slip into the water. If you're taking the whole family on a dive holiday there are a number of things you'll need to consider when planning your trip.


The simplest way to organize your dive holiday is to book a package. Most packages include accommodation and meals, as well as dive gear hire and trips out to the reef. If there are beginner divers in your group, make sure you check that the resort offers lessons. Generally, dive lessons take place around the resort pool. You spend a bit of time learning the basics, some quick theory, and the rules of scuba diving in general. Then you jump in the resort pool and have a lesson in shallow water. Gaining your diving ticket can take just a few hours and then you're ready to dive out in the deep.

Take the time to find out what pieces of equipment the resort includes in its package. If you're an experienced diver you may want to take certain pieces of your own gear, but in general most dive packages include a number of days of single-tank boat dives, or possibly night boat dives, buoyancy control weights, belt, tank and a guide. Suits are usually extra, whether or not you'll need one will depend on the location. The tropical waters of the South Pacific are deliciously warm!

All dive holidays sold by tour operators must include a certified guide. If they don't - don't book them! Many packages will also insist on dive insurance and that is highly recommended, in addition to regular travel insurance. These policies are usually quite cheap, so don't skimp on this issue. There are dangers associated with diving and it would be foolish to ignore them.

Lastly, make sure you're happy with the accommodation and the area where your resort is situated. You will need to have dry days on your dive holiday, so it's important that you can have just as great a time out of the water as in it. Consider an island location that gives you a chance to sample some local culture as well as the mysteries of the deep.

Scuba dive holidays are unforgetable vacations that will live on in your memory forever. Take the time to plan your vacation well, and you'll be enjoying some fantastic underwater sightseeing in no time.

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Some of the most popular locations for dive holidays are in Fiji. If you're considering a dive holiday in Fiji, visit Diving in Fiji for lots of info on how to get some five star diving deals with budget accommodation that will stretch your diving dollar further.

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