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Best Scuba Diving Vacations

Updated on July 23, 2013

Best Scuba Diving Vacations

Scuba Diving vacations are a very popular way to add a little adventure to your vacation. Some people will go on a scuba diving vacation to try something new while others are such avid divers they will plan almost every vacation around diving. Whether you're a pro or just looking to try something different these popular vacations have a lot to offer. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the best scuba diving vacations and underwater adventures around.

Scuba Diving Vacation in Jamaica

Best Scuba Diving Vacations

Getting started

Scuba diving is an amazing sport that literally opens you up to a whole new world. One thing you need to keep in mind before you seek out the best scuba diving vacations is there is more to diving then just showing up and jumping in the water. Unlike snorkeling, scuba diving requires a lot more of a learning curve and you will need to either get certified or limit yourself to what is known as a resort dive.

A typical certification can take about 5 days and you will get an internationally recognized certification when you finish the course. This is definitely the way to go if you plan on diving a lot or want to go for more of the deeper dives. If your unsure of whether you want to invest the time and money then a resort dive is the way to go.

The resort dive will still require you learn some diving basics as well as practice breathing underwater. After you have done that you will be able to go on a dive with a certified instructor. These dives are in shallow waters, 30 feet or less, and you are usually limited to one tank per day. You will also only be able to dive again with the dive shop that trained you.

The resort dive is a great way to get your feet wet, so to speak, with scuba diving. If after doing a resort dive you know your next vacation will revolve around finding one of the best scuba diving vacations, you will want to get certified. You can do a lot of, if not all of the certification in your home town. This way your next trip will be more about the diving!

Another great thing about scuba diving vacations are the resorts you will stay at. These places usually come with all the amenities of an all inclusive vacation so when you done diving you still have a lot of options. The above water scenery is usually as beautiful as the underwater scenery and you can find some great package deals on the best scuba diving vacations.

Scuba Diving With Sharks In The Bahamas


Locations For The Best Scuba Diving Vacations

When it comes to finding the best scuba diving vacations one of the most important things is location. There are so many unbelievable places to dive with amazing things to see it can really make choosing very hard. Here are some of the more popular locations for the best scuba diving vacations!

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most famous, if not the most famous of all diving locations. It is located off the coast of Australia in the Coral Sea. This reef is filled with tons of different living creatures and is the largest single structure made by living organisms. Because there is so much to see it's without a doubt one of the best scuba diving vacations you will go on. They have everything from whales, sea turtles, sharks, stingrays and the list goes on and on. This is truly one of nature's wonders and a must see for divers.


Although not very well known, especially to the novice diver, Indonesia has a lot to offer and is a must see for the best scuba diving vacations. Here you will find over 3000 species of fish. Indonesia also boasts the largest coastline of any country making for plenty of amazing diving opportunities. Besides the large array of fish you can also see underwater volcanic mountains, over 600 types of coral, ship wrecks and more. If your looking for underwater adventure Indonesia is the perfect spot. It's also surprisingly affordable as well.


When it comes to just about any tropical vacation it's hard to not mention Mexico and some of the best scuba diving vacations can be found in Mexico as well. Mexico has some great diving from Cozumel to Cancun and is simply geared towards great vacations. Almost any vacation resort in Mexico will have a scuba diving package available as it's one of the most popular activities there. Mexico also has the second largest barrier reef, in the Chinchorro Banks. You can dive all day and party all night with a scuba diving vacation in Mexico.


The Bahamas is another one of those destinations made for scuba diving vacations. They offer about 1000 dive sites through over 700 islands. There is something for every type of diver in the Bahamas from shark dives to blue hole dives, cavern dives, shipwrecks and so much more. You can easily choose from a quiet out of the way place or a bustling resort. No matter what type of scuba diving vacation you're looking for, the Bahamas has a package that can accommodate it. There are also a ton of great deals when it comes to airfare, hotels and packages.

These are just some of the amazing destinations available when looking for the best scuba diving vacations. Scuba diving is an amazing sport and most people who try it fall in love with it quickly. Feel free to leave comments on your favorite destinations in the guest-book.

Scuba Diving Indonesia

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    • cmeyer245 profile image

      cmeyer245 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm not sure what happened to the poll. But thanks for the "like".

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      why can't i vote on the poll i wonder? a like tho from btf

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      GreenGardenGuy 5 years ago

      Some day I'll be able to afford to go scuba diving!

      I also gave you a Squid Like because of BTF.

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      kateclough lm 5 years ago

      Squid like for you from a fellow BTFer! :)

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      bensen32 lm 5 years ago

      I would like to see more info here but this is a good start.

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      yano jl 6 years ago

      I was lucky enough to dive the reefs of the leeward islands in the Caribbean (Grand Turk, Provo). I highly recommend it as a diving destination.