Last Minute Diving Holiday Tips
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Last Minute Diving Holiday Tips



A last minute diving holiday can be fun for the whole family, but it takes some preparation. Scuba diving requires a PADI certificate and you won`t be allowed in the water without one. The four day open water course qualifies you to dive anywhere in the world and is offered worldwide either at the site of your choice or in swim centres at home. Don`t forget to check your equipment is in good working order, apply for any necessary VISAs or diving certificates and get as good an underwater camera as you can afford.






Once prepared, there are some excellent last minute deals worldwide. For those with flexible dates and limited funds, Egypt or Turkey are great for an all inclusive scuba diving vacation. Sportdiver, ww.sportdiver.co.uk/LastMinuteDives offers a wide range of options at reasonable prices. With some all inclusive diving holidays, you can spend a week in Egypt diving the Blue or Red Sea for under £700. Prices include flights, transfers, a week`s full board and up to five days diving. A recent option offered shore diving for under £600 with two dives a day and BandB in a Bedouin tent on the beach.



A bit more time and cash to spare? Then try the Maldives for a last minute diving holiday. Here, for around £2,000 you can book scuba vacations that are ten days afloat observing whale sharks and mantas by night. The price includes return flights, transfers, air conditioned en-suite cabins, all meals and dive equipment.



Further afield

Dive the World is a Hong Kong based site with a great selection of diving holidays in Asia. Diving options include Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma and they offer an online chat service where a specialist staff of experienced divers can help you select your ideal last minute diving holiday. They also list their holidays according to high, medium or low budget with home page boxes to point you to the latest budget diving holiday deals. The Galapagos Islands, Australia and the Caribbean are other popular options



Diving in UK

Most people want to combine a last minute diving holiday with warm weather (and water). In the UK where diving is taken very seriously, warm weather diving is not always possible. There may not be such exotic fish, or clear blue water, but this is where wreck diving comes into its own. There are a number of WW2 wrecks in Portland harbour and for the less experienced The Countess of Erne, an 1880`s cargo/passenger paddle steamer, lies in 10 metres of water up against the harbour wall. For the more adventurous, there are boat-based diving excursions at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys. Here you can dive among the German fleet, scuttled in 1919 to prevent it falling into British hands.



Combination Last Minute Diving Holidays

If you have at least two weeks, it is great to combine your diving with the sights and sounds of your chosen country. An excellent option is Thailand where there is good diving at Pattaya and its Far islands, a two hour drive from Bangkok. The wrecked steel cargo ships, Bremen and Hardeen, are still intact. Here you can see large shoals of tuna, jacks and great barracuda as well as Blue spotted stingrays, moray eels and puffer fish.



Many Bangkok hotels can book scuba vactions and point you to the numerous places hiring and selling diving equipment, or arrange for a course to get your PADI certificate. By staying in Bangkok itself you can combine the spectacular sites of the city - and the night life - with some great dives.



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