Scuba diving vacations and tours, 2014 and 2015

Scuba diving vacations from around the world from specialist responsible operators passionate about diving & conservation. Scuba diving vacations that are fantastic experiences & better for the environment.
Shark conservation in South Africa
Research sharks above & below the water, from £1145 (14 days) ex flights
Learn to dive in Sardinia, Italy
Learn scuba diving in Sardinia, in crystal water, from €410 - €830 (7 days) ex flights
Marine conservation in Belize
Monitor reefs in the Caribbean, from US $1265 (5 days) ex flights
Cayman Islands dive resort, West Bay
All inclusive options on Grand Cayman's north shore, from US $270 - US $330 per accommodation per night (sleeps 2)
Sardinia diving vacations, Italy
Dive the Sardinia caves & wrecks., from €322 - €630 (7 days) ex flights
Liveaboard diving and sailing vacation in Greece
Combine a sailing and diving adventure in the Greek islands, from €711 - €790 (7 days) ex flights
Antarctic diving expedition
An Antarctic expedition for divers & non-divers alike, from £4290 - £5550 (11 days) ex flights
Cuba diving holiday
Scuba Diving Tour Cuba, from US $999 (8 days) ex flights
Beach and diving vacation in Sardinia, Italy
Diving & beaches in the Gulf of Orosei., from €280 - €630 (7 days) ex flights
Learn Spanish and watersports vacation, Dominican Republic
Study Spanish & enjoy watersports in the warm Caribbean, from £335 - £1255 (21 days) ex flights
Marine conservation vacation in Thailand
Join in a fantastic marine conservation project on a tropical island, from £695 (7 days) ex flights
Kosrae scuba diving resort in Micronesia
Scuba diving resort in Micronesia, from US $50 per person per night
Scuba diving and tour in Cuba
Scuba diving and roundtrip Cuba with homestays and/or hotels, from €870 - €1420 (15 days) ex flights
Marine conservation in Malaysia
Conserve the corals in this community focused dive project, from £500 - £1800 (7 days) ex flights
Antarctica cruise, with diving & climbing options
Voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, from US $6900 - US $13000 (12 days) ex flights
Mafia Island vacation
Off beaten track treehouse beach stay on Tanzania's coast, from £1170 - £1495 (7 days) ex flights
Mexico divemaster internship
Work in marine conservation and develop leadership skills, from US $8662 (12 weeks) ex flights
Belize marine conservation internship
High value work experience on idyllic Caribbean island, from US $3595 (4 weeks) ex flights
Diving vacation in Jordan with Petra
Jordan's Red Sea Diving and the Wonders of Petra, from £1384 (9 days) inc UK flights
Cayman Islands family diving vacation
Warm water, Great visibility, Pristine reefs, year round, from US $1355 - US $1990 (7 days) ex flights
Turtle and reef conservation project
Turtle and Reef conservation in Perhentian, Malaysia., from MYR 1462.80 (4 weeks) ex flights
Marine conservation & research, Seychelles
Underwater research and diving in the tropical Seychelles, from US $3315 - US $6375 (4 weeks) ex flights
Turtle conservation volunteering in Thailand
Turtle conservation volunteering on remote Thai beaches, from £878 (14 days) ex flights
Whale Shark conservation in the Maldives
Help in vital research with the magnificent whale shark, from £1495 - £2725 (14 days) ex flights
Marine conservation project in Malaysia
Become a qualified diver by conserving Sabah's marine-life, from £1169 - £2295 (14 days) ex flights
Underwater photography holiday in Belize
Learn about the Marine Environment through the lens!, from US $1195 - US $2150 (5 days) ex flights
The great white shark conservation project in South Africa
Encounter the iconic Great White Shark in South Africa, from £795 - £1245 (14 days) ex flights
Thailand marine conservation and diving holiday
Diving and marine conservation on a beautiful Thai island, from £1096 (14 days) ex flights
Mozambique vacation, marine adventure
Discover the incredible under water world of Mozambique., from US $3640 (11 days) ex flights

100 reviews for scuba diving vacations4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent scuba diving vacations reviews are from travelers who have booked directly through responsibletravel.com. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travelers below.

Marine conservation in Belize
The diving was fabulous. The instructors are brilliant, very patient and informative! (more)Lucy Keech
The most memorable part was diving with like minded staff and guests who love and appreciate the ocean and contributing to research and conservation...Excellent opportunity and experience. (more)Michelle Lamarca
Tom Owens Caye was a magic location for a chilled week diving in Belize. Polly, Patty and the team were generous hosts. The food was delicious with the lionfish and banana pancakes particular highlights! Diving was excellent. Still feeling good about the lobster survey! (more)Karen Whitham
From US $1265 excluding flights
Arctic diving vacation marine life & wildlife expedition
Memorable parts? All of it! The extremes of weather, the diversity of animals, the quality of the accommodation and facilities, and something you can't plan for - new found friends! Tips? Don't set your heart on seeing anything specific. Be prepared for the changes in weather. It's not as challenging as I expected - to take account of the huge spectrum of ages and abilities. But most of all HAVE FUN! Local benefits? Not so much the local people, though we did buy a lot... (more)Lisa Thomas
From £2990 excluding flights
Beach and diving vacation in Sardinia, Italy
Memorable parts? The snorkelling and attention from the operator made the vacation, not to mention the pristine waters. (more)Chris Brown
From €280 - €630 excluding flights
Marine conservation & research, Seychelles
Great staff, professional, very helpful and great fun! (more)N Prinssen
Very hard work, but worth the effort. I've seen some amazing things that I'm not likely to see anywhere else in the world...our work was mostly focused on monitoring nesting sea turtles and the protection of their nests, as well as conducting a census of the Coco De Mer tree and Giant Tortoises. (more)Naomi Parker
This is one of the most awesome adventures I've had and can't wait to go back. (more)Una Gallinetti
From US $3315 - US $6375 excluding flights
Diving & mountain biking in Vietnam
The food - absolutely delicious everywhere we went, even the meal cooked by our guide in a Tay minority homestead where we ate with the family and drank rice wine welcome shots. Phu Quoc Mango Bay resort - peaceful, eco-friendly, lots of options. The scenery - highlights, Mount Fan Xi Pan from Sapa and Halong Bay. (more)Diana Orton
We had a fantastic time and would recommend this operator to anyone traveling to Vietnam. The management of the tour was excellent. We loved Vietnam, from the food to the people to the places. There is much to see and do and we felt that our tour covered many of the beautiful areas in Vietnam. (more)Annalet van Deventer
Surviving the throng of motorbikes in the streets of Hanoi was the most memorable part. (more)Rachel Crossley
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Liveaboard diving and sailing vacation in Greece
I had a really lovely time. (more)Melandee Brown
Excellent...For me it was the opportunity to see some amazing places, both on land and underwater. The night dive on Polygaios with the bioluminescent plankton was mind-blowing, Avatar style! (more)Mathias Bredvei
It was wonderful to visit islands that we would not normally visit, we particularly enjoyed that some of them were off the beaten track. (more)andrea jackson
From €711 - €790 excluding flights
Learn to dive in Sardinia, Italy
One of the most memorable parts of my trip was a snorkelling excursion along the Golfo di Orosei. Along the way, as we sailed past all the stunning beaches and caves, Cinzia gave us plenty of information about the geography and nature along the coast, but all in a very humorous and fun way. Once in the crystal clear water we were lucky enough to see a couple of weird and wonderful creatures. (more)Christine Morton
Brilliant scenery, great underwater wildlife and quiet roads. Cala Garone is absolutely idyllic in October. (more)Ann Windle
The diving was very flexible and went at our pace. I'd go back again - I'm hoping to finish some more advanced diving courses there. (more)Eimear Monaghan
From €410 - €830 excluding flights
Antarctic diving expedition
Interacting with the wildlife in Antarctica was the most memorable part of the vacation. (more)Robert Pecoraro
All of it was memorable, but if I had to pick it would be my first sight of Antarctica which was at sunrise, wow! And my 30 minute dive with a leopard seal. But it was all amazing. (more)Stacy Valentine
Most memorable was diving around the ice bergs and snorkelling with the leopard seal. Real WOW factor. (more)Judith Bewell
From £4290 - £5550 excluding flights
Antarctica cruise, with diving & climbing options
GREAT!!!!!!! (more)Krisztina Inczedy
The very first Antarctic landing was a photographer's feast that was totally mindblowing at such an early stage of the trip. (more)Louise Yerbury
The most memorable part of visiting Antarctica has to be (as part of the diving contingent) diving with Leopard Seals on two occasions. (more)Mike McCormack
From US $6900 - US $13000 excluding flights
Lionfish spearing marine conservation in Belize
The best diving vacation I did so far and it will be hard to beat. I learned so much about fish identification and substrates and this makes diving much more enjoyable. (more)Ulrike Kachel
The entire trip was a blast! Multiple dives per day without another diver in sight, unspoiled beauty of the amazing reef, incredible food, etc. etc. Everything about this trip was memorable and exciting! (more)Eric Strobel
From US $1195 - US $2150 excluding flights
Shark conservation in South Africa
Memorable parts? My last cage dive. We had one large female shark who did a slow pass right next to the cage. You could see her blue eye moving and focusing as she had a good look at what was going on inside our cage. Tips? I would recommend adding a few extra days on either side of the project so that you can explore Cape Town and do any additional activities that you haven't yet had the chance to fit in. The longer you are there, the longer your "to do" list will get. Local... (more)Annabel Marriott
From £1145 excluding flights
Marine conservation in Madagascar
Was the best thing ive ever done in my life...and if i could afford it i would go straight back (more)Charlie Panayi
The most memorable part of the vacation was meeting people and scuba diving/snorkelling...It was fantastic! (more)Amy Hall
The whole trip was simply amazing!...Firstly the camp is set in the most beautiful place, and on a good night the stars are unbelievable. I've never seen so many! Must have seen at least 5 shooting stars a night as well as the cosmos! (more)Daniel Williams
From £1600 excluding flights
Marine conservation diving in Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Memorable parts? The diving, all of it. Tips? If you are looking to help a worthwhile charity and do some diving then book this vacation. Local benefits? Yes the vacation was volunteering for a conservation charity which recognised the need for thier works to benefit the local people for the charity to be a success. Overall rating? Great. I did not want to leave at the end. (more)Jonathan Osgood
From £1000 excluding flights
Belize marine conservation internship
Memorable parts? 1. Snorkeling with the whale sharks. 2. Good diving instruction to next level of qualification. 3. Chance to do conservation surveys as something more than that which you usually do on a regular dive vacation. 4. chance to dive in Caribbean at dive sites that are not crowded, never were there other dive boats at the sites we dived, thus only 4 to 8 divers at the site from the boat. Tips? 1. To the extent your baggage allowance allows it, take items identified including... (more)Simon Timms
From US $3595 excluding flights
Scuba diving and tour in Cuba
The most memorable parts of the vacation were drinking rum, smoking cigars and listening to music at Buena Vista Social Club (more)Merly Khouw
There have been several memorable part. The diving and the beach at Punta Frances. the beach and sea at Maria la Gorda and the old part of Havana were the most memorable parts. Very nice with a good organization upfront and on location. I can recommend it without any constraints. (more)Joris Ondreka
The most memorable parts were: Being in Havana, and going to the carnival. Diving with sharks at Jardines de la Reina...It really has everything. (more)Sally Laurens
From €870 - €1420 excluding flights
Sardinia diving vacations, Italy
There were five of us and my three children are aged 16, 18 and 20 and we all had a great time. The beaches are fabulous, much quieter than we thought they would be, locals were very friendly and proud to be Sardinian. (more)Mark Rhodes
Excellent....The actual scuba diving course was both challenging and a lot of fun - the staff were great - very generous with their time and encouragement and the island of Sardinia provided the perfect backdrop (more)Meta Rotenberg
Really really good...Definitely the diving as recommended by Responsible Travel, I'm hoping to go back next year. (more)Leanne Marshall
From €322 - €630 excluding flights
Marine conservation expedition in Mexico
Memorable parts? The diving and marine life, the culture, the beauty of the place, i.e too many memorable parts. Tips? Take enough mosquito repellent and enjoy. Local benefits? Yes, definitely from the diving to the teaching English, to the football match with the town. Overall rating? Excellent and returned to Mexico shortly after. (more)Rebecca Emmett
From US $3052 - US $5772 excluding flights
Boutique Beach Resort, Southern Leyte, Philippines
Memorable parts? Our stay in the resort was wonderful. Nice accommodation like an oasis in a very remote part of Southern Leyte in Sogod Bay. Wonderful views, very helpful staff, friendly and responsible management. Really top! Tips? Nothing special. Traveling to the resort is best by taking a plane from Manila to Tacloban; from there on an around 3 hour ride to the resort is not so interesting but necessary. Local benefits? Yes, local people were actively involved as staff... (more)Jean-Marie Noreillie
From PHP63000 per couple per week
Little Cayman Island diving vacation
Memorable parts? Every day of my vacation there was a great moment. Diving was superb, the food excellent and people extremely service orientated and pleasant to talk with. They are very professional and also appreciated your service when booking my vacation. This makes it easier for me as well and I am grateful for it. Tips? Travel with British airways instead of American airlines. It is certainly shorter (distance and time), you don't have the hassle to go through the USA and American... (more)Benjamin Briere
From US $1747 - US $2323 per person per week
Mexico divemaster internship
Memorable parts? Diving with dolphins, realising the benefit that the data will provide. Tips? Be aware that there are MANY bugs on some of the bases so bring heaps of DEET, and a mozzie net (box style, due to bedding arrangement, is best). Ensure you are comfortable living and working with the same people in reasonably 'rustic' conditions. If you have difficulty getting on with people or finding the good in them you may have some hard times. Local benefits? Yes. Overall... (more)Simon Brownlie
From US $8662 excluding flights
Marine conservation in Malaysia
Everything was exciting, having breakfast while watching dusky lungers, doing snorkel tours and swimming with sharks, doing jungle treks, enjoying a beautiful Island and meet a lot of people which became very quickly friends. It was the most exciting vacation in my life and I really recommend it. (more)Wendy Heck
Engaging with nesting turtles during the night and witnessing the hatching of baby turtles from nests in the hatchery. This was truly memorable... I loved every sandy, sweaty moment! (more)Chris Smith
The most memorable part was watching baby turtles hatch and then releasing them down the runway. (more)Fiona Best
From £500 - £1800 excluding flights
Thailand marine conservation and diving holiday
Memorable parts? The diving on Sail Rock, probably one of the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand Tips? This is a small village with basic amenities so be prepared to take it easy and relax as there is a lot of down time where nothing is happening. If you get bored easily then make sure you have brought things to occupy your time or better still make an effort to get out and about the island. Local benefits? Not really to the extent that I would have liked, sure spending... (more)Stan Batchelor
From £1096 excluding flights
Saba ecolodge accommodation, Dutch West Indies
Fabulous. We loved the great hiking trails on Saba and the cooking at the ecolodge where was stayed was absolutely fabulous! (more)Colleen Reese
Meeting Tom and the others at the lodge. Their depth of knowledge and willingness to share about Saba were very engaging and endearing. (more)Katherine Lippel
The flora and fauna in and out of the water are spectacular. We went snorkeling and saw sharks, sea turtles, spiny lobster, sea urchin, sponges, coral, and at least 20 types of fish. (more)Linda Hesh
From US $75 - US $95 per cottage per night
Thailand beach resort
Memorable parts? Walking on a completely empty long golden beach. Watching the monsoon rains from our windows. Kayaking in the mangrove swamp and watching the monkeys. Tips? If you book in October you may get only rain and not see the sun (we quite enjoyed the rain but some people might not.) Local benefits? Yes, the resort is very sensitive to ecological issues and they are constantly working to find the best ways to dispose of rubbish, generate power etc. They seem to have... (more)Tessa Watt
From €75 - €150 per person per night
Mafia Island vacation
Snorkelling and diving amongst a myriad of fish in all colours and sizes was the most memorable part. (more)Stephen Kearney
The highlights were staying in the tree houses. Scuba diving in Chole and Chumbe (more)Sunna Altnoder
The resort, people and everything were just perfect, we couldn't have had a better time and hope to return there in the future. The staff of this operator have just been amazing and we can't praise Louise enough, so thank you. (more)Mr and Mrs Horsey
From £1170 - £1495 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
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A bit disappointing really

Scuba Diving Vacations

Scuba diving is a form of underwater diving and allows divers to stay underwater for long periods of time thanks to the scuba set of compressed air that they carry with them. There is a wide variety of scuba diving vacations available for absolute beginners as well as experienced divers. Red Sea diving vacations are very popular as the Red Sea is regarded as one of the best dive locations in the world and is noted for its marine life and corals. Red Sea diving vacations will reveal diverse aquatic sea life in abundance, including more than 1200 species of fish and 2,000km of reef extending along the coastline.

Many people go on Egypt scuba diving vacations to access the Red Sea. A well-liked Egypt diving destination is Dahab, which is a small town on the southeast coast of Egypt and has many dive centres. Dahab diving has gained worldwide fame and enjoys large numbers of tourists. You can go Dahab diving any time of year as it has pleasant weather all year round.

Dahab is characterised by shore diving, with depths for all levels amongst the maze of coral islands. Dahab diving can suit all levels - there are gentle reef slopes and coral gardens for beginners and some more challenging sites such as the Blue Hole or the Canyon for the more advanced. As well as diving in Egypt, other popular diving locations include diving in Lanzarote, Arctic diving, Antarctica diving, Sardinia diving vacations and scuba diving in Italy.

Dive Courses

If you want to learn to dive, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the worlds largest recreational diving membership and training organisation which offers several diving courses, ranging from the entry levels of‘scuba diver’ and ‘open water diver’ to the ‘advanced open water diver’ and ‘master scuba diver (divemaster)’. PADI courses are performance-based dive programs and emphasise practical knowledge and safety, dive physics and chemistry.

The Open Water Diver (OWD) entry-level certification is one of the most popular courses and consists of knowledge development, confined water dives, and open water dives. The Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD) focuses on refining the skills learned in the OWD, allowing the diver to explore a broader variety of diving to a maximum of 30 metres including deep diving, drift diving and night diving.

The Divemaster qualification is generally used by a diver who has overall responsibility for a group of divers. During Divemaster training, candidates learn dive leadership skills through classroom and independent study, completing water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises. PADI members include dive centres, resorts and educational facilities all over the world and teach the majority of the world’s recreational divers so you can learn to dive on a diving vacation in a gorgeous location such as Greece, Egypt, Mexico or Indonesia.

Wreck Diving

There is something quite ghostly about exploring a sunken shipwreck which is teeming with the life of a coral reef. Most divers can’t resist exploring sunken vessels, aeroplanes and automobiles which soon become a safe haven for thousands of species and corals. Wreck diving is specialist but is accessible to divers of all abilities – some are available from the shore and can be enjoyed by beginners. Regions such as Micronesia, the Caribbean and Pacific have so many wrecks that they can be the focus of an entire diving vacation.

Whale Shark Diving

Whale shark diving is very popular as the Whale Shark is the biggest fish in the sea, reaching up to 18m in length, and is usually found in warm, tropical waters. There is little known about this graceful creature, which is supposed to have originated 60 million years ago. Many people go on whale shark scuba diving vacations which contribute to its conservation as it is currently listed as a vulnerable species and is frequently targeted by commercial fisheries.

Great white shark diving vacations are also sought after by those looking for the ultimate thrill. The Great White Shark is a predator, preying mainly on seals, and is found in the coastal surface waters in all major oceans. Great White Shark diving involves cage diving which offers you the unforgettable experience of having Great Whites swim around and above you.

Liveaboards

Liveaboard diving vacations are a great option for those wishing to access remote areas and maximise the number of dives they can experience – up to four or five a day. Single travelers will find that liveaboard diving vacations offer a great opportunity for socialising and people who want to go diving with children will also benefit, as the facilities are all close to hand. You can choose a liveaboard diving vacation pretty much anywhere including the Polar Regions, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and the Caribbean.

Want to know more about scuba diving vacations before you go?

Find out more about diving by reading these scuba diving articles.

Make sure your dive doesn’t destroy what you’ve come to see. It's a privilege to be able to enter and experience the magical underwater world. However coral reefs around the world are under extreme threat, and if we want to ensure that our kids can enjoy the same wonderful experiences then we need to dive responsibly. Read Justin's top tips in this responsible scuba diving article.

New to scuba diving? Find out more about learning to scuba dive from Helena who learn to dive in the Red Sea in 2007. Read her advice in this learn to scuba dive article.

Our friends at Coral Cay Conservation have put together the following tips and guidelines to help travelers be more responsible divers. By taking these simple steps when visiting areas with coral reefs, you are helping protect the health of coral reefs and the marine life that depend on them for survival. Read their advice in this guidelines for scuba diving article.
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