I am currently in the process of trying to sort out a RTW trip and one of the things I would love to do on my trip is scuba diving.At present I do not have any scuba experience and was wondering what would be the best way to go about getting started.I live in the UK so obviously this isnt the place to take it up.Is there and certain places you can recommend or should I just wait til I am abroad?????
Im planning on Scuba diving when I head off on my travels to mate, and speaking to a few people who dive already at home they have told me to head for Ko Samui in Thailand, apparently it has some great sites for diving and the school comes recommened by a few of the lads who have dived there before. Ive never done it beefore either so hopefully they now what they are talking about!!
We stayed in Koh Samui and Koh Pangan earlier this year. We went snorkelling in the Ang Thong National Marine Park and one of the guides told us Koh Toa was THE place to go diving/snorkelling on the east coast. Apparently it has the clearest waters.
As soon as i received my PADI Open Water Diver licence i travelled to Thailand to scuba dive in the indian ocean. It was fantastic!! Me and my wife stayed in Phuket at the Amari Beach Hotel which is a luxurious and relatively cheap hotel that has its own diving school. After u get your licence from there u can rent the neccesary equipment and buy a day Diving trip to Phi Phi islands(where the Beach with Leonardo Di Caprio was filmed). It is about 2 hours by boat from Phuket island.
Crystal clear waters, corals in all the colours u can imagine lots of fish and LEOPARD SHARKS!!!!! Those creatures are just beatiful and harmless. U should go there.
Ha hey my tenth (full member) post So is thailand the best place to go to get you divers licence. I'm going round Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vitenam, Australia, New Zealand and fiji. I'm aware that you can dive in all places, but Im obviosly on quite a tight budget so need somewhere relatively cheap, but safe!!!
All the places that u plan to visit are considered to be underwater paradises at least from what i heard or read. Regarding Thailand i know from my own experience. It is also safe and relatively cheap.It is safe because u always dive in small groups of four divers along with the Dive Master that is leading the dive, u dive to places that are known to experienced divers, u know what u are going to meet etc...As far as the price for a day diving trip which consists of two dives including the equipment and the boat trip i payed about $70.
I'm also from the uk and intending to dive whilst on my round the world trip. I'm PADI advanced qualified and i'd recommend getting qualified before going, purely because it means you can start doing some proper dives straight away. Having said that, i'm sure there are excellent centres in all good dive sites. After diving in the murky, cold waters of Plymouth, the thai seas are going to be bliss!!
Does anyone know how expensive it is/can be to scuba at the Great Barrier Reef - OZ
Something that i would love to do.