Looking to get wet this summer without blowing your budget? We’ve rounded up 10 packages in destinations throughout the U.S. and Caribbean, where you can escape for less.
These five tips will help you find better deals wherever you’re traveling
- Be Flexible Many resorts and live-aboards will offer last-minute specials when cabins or rooms go unfilled. If you’re flexible with your dates, this is a great way to save a few hundred dollars. Check each resort’s website, as well as the Deals & Offers page on www.expedia.com and the Last Minute Packages page on www.travelocity.com.
- Travel During the Shoulder Season High-season rates can kill a budget, but the conditions during the off-season aren’t always ideal. Choosing dates on the cusp allows you to take advantage of the best rates without sacrificing your underwater experience.
- Check scubadiving.com Our Dive Deals section offers a constantly changing assortment of deals at popular resorts and live-aboards. And each deal is specifically for divers, so you won’t have to sort through the general travel packages to find a dive-specific vacation that suits you.
- Go All-Inclusive While it’s nice to venture out to area restaurants and bars, an all-inclusive resort will really help you stick to your budget. You know the price up front, so you can relax and enjoy the trip without worrying about money.
- Bring Friends When you travel with a group, you can rent a larger condo or apartment, and the price per person for accommodations is much more wallet-friendly. Condos also usually come with kitchens, so you can save on the food bill as well. And if you bring enough friends, many operators offer group dive discounts.
Affordable Hawaii - Seasport Divers/ Poipu Inn, Kauai
The towering volcanic peaks of Kauai plunge into the Pacific forming ridges, pinnacles, archways and caverns where lava meets the sea. Continue reading »
Drift Diving Action - Sundown Diving, British Columbia
The temperate waters that encircle Vancouver Island create some of the richest diving on North America’s west coast. Continue reading »
Local Live-Aboard - Truth Aquatics, Northern Channel Islands, California
Exploring the kelp beds of the Channel Islands National Park is like diving in a giant forest filled with fascinating creatures. Continue reading »
Great for Groups - St. George’s Caye Resort, Belize
Located on a private residential island just 20 minutes by boat from Belize City, St. George’s Cay Resort is a good choice for groups. Continue reading »
Wreck Trek - Pro Dive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale lies on the same reef system found in the Florida Keys, but the real action here happens on the more than two dozen wrecks that lie within a 50-minute boat trip from the dock. Continue reading »
Versatile Vacation - Ocean Frontiers, Grand Cayman
The Cayman Islands are uniquely positioned in the dive world to offer both advanced diving at the deeper sites off the East End and along the vast Cayman Wall, as well as family-friendly and novice-diver activities at sites like the famous (and more accessible) Stingray City. Continue reading »
No Frills Diving - Scuba Club Cozumel, Mexico
For divers, Scuba Club Cozumel gets right to the point. There’s no messing around with spas or sightseeing tours; you just check in, drop your bags and hit the water. Continue reading »
Diving 24/7 - All West Apartments and Diving, Curaçao
If you don’t want to be limited by a boat schedule, then head to All West in Curaçao to take advantage of unlimited shore diving. Continue reading »
Diving for History Buffs - Bonne Terre Mine, Missouri
Bonne Terre Mine is a maze of underwater passageways that meander through what is essentially a five-level underground city — a piece of history flooded in time. Only an hour south of St. Louis, the now-defunct mine makes a great weekend dive getaway. Continue reading »
Laidback Getaway - Dive BVI, British Virgin Islands
The sleepy little island of Virgin Gorda, with its secluded beaches, historic forts and a seemingly endless supply of the island’s most popular rum drink, the “Painkiller,” will put any traveler at ease. Continue reading »