Diving Holidays: Why You Should Take the Plunge [Go! Girl Guides Article]

Crossposted from Go! Girl Guides, where I’m a contributing blogger. Check out the site for more great articles from other freewheelin’ travellin’ girls that go!

Does the idea of a beach holiday simultaneously entrance you with its promise of relaxation, yet make you cringe with boredom?

There’s nothing quite like sipping a mai tai in a deckchair by the beach, but if you’re a Go! Girl, there are only so many days you can take before you get bored out of your mind from just sitting and suntanning your entire holiday away.

But I found the solution, a way to enjoy the sun, sand and sea yet never get bored: I picked up diving, and I’ve never looked back since. I try to go on a yearly pilgrimage, short breaks between daily life and intense sightseeing journeys, and I always look forward to them.

Here are three reasons why you should take the plunge and go on a diving holiday:

Eat. Sleep. Dive.

If you’re looking to take a truly restful break, where you don’t have to worry about anything at all, consider going on a dive holiday. A typical trip starts off with breakfast and a morning dive. Then you have lunch, and you dive again. Maybe you’ll take a nap and in late afternoon on long summer days you can normally squeeze in another dive. Then it’s time for dinner and the more adventurous brave the waters in the dark for a night dive. Rinse off and repeat the next day. Eat. Sleep. Dive.

There’s something simple and straightforward about diving holidays, where all you need to do is look forward to your next dive. Most dive centres will have their trips planned out for the day, and all you’ll need to do is show up and gear up and you’re good to go. They’re usually pretty flexible too, so if you want to sit out a dive or two, there’s usually no problem either.

A whole new world

There’s also no way you’ll get bored, because every time you descend beneath the waves, you’ll find yourself privy to a completely different world. Granted, there are some world class aquariums out there nowadays that allow you to experience this underwater view without getting wet, but every descent in the ocean presents new opportunities and you’ll never know what might turn up; I particularly love chancing upon the odd turtle, or a grey reef shark, or shoals of barracuda, and I’m hoping that one day I’ll see that elusive Whale Shark!

There’s also something a little startling about encountering this bluish undersea world every time I dive, a reminder that the world is a lot bigger than the land, buildings and trees that you see every day… the earth consists over 70% water after all, so visiting all the countries in the world would still only mean that you’ve visited a quarter of the world!

A Bonding Affair

Dive trips are a great way to make new friends as you’ll never dive alone (you have to have a buddy!). Also, there will be boat rides or rest periods between dives without a smartphone or wi-fi signal in sight, so you can chitchat and swap stories without distraction. Local dive instructors meet a ton of people in their job and are usually pretty friendly by nature, so you can count on a good tale or two if you make friends with them. Not into making new friends? Diving is a great way to bond with a buddy or partner, and if you have a big enough group of friends, you can probably wrangle a boat just for your group!

And did I mention the post-dive parties? There’s a 12 hr no-alcohol rule when you’re diving to ensure safety, but once the gear is rinsed and packed away, the divers are renowned for breaking out the beer cans and disco balls to party the night away!

I can’t wait for my next dive trip! Malapascua and Thresher Sharks, here I come!

Have you ever thought about diving? What stories do you have to tell from your trips?

I realized only after writing this article that I had expounded quite briefly on my love for diving and dive holidays back in 2010 when this blog first started, so it is something quite dear to me. I started diving way back in 2004:

Tioman (2004). Sorry pix is so small, blogging had only just started to catch on and I was figuring photobucket out

Took an immensely long break till 2007 where I had to get a refresher with my other friends taking their open water course:

Tioman (2007), on the boat roof getting a tan during the trip back. No underwater pix then.

But since then I’ve tried to dive at least once a year if possible, just to keep my skills fresh and take a real break


Cebu (2008). This is one of the nicer pix that I've taken underwater... love the silhouettes!


Sipadan (2009), taken by my instructor while we were surrounded by a whirling ball of Barracuda
Redang (2010). First night dive with lots of little crabs!
Kuantan/Tioman (2010) It was my first live-on-board but diving-wise it was quite a bust because visibility was quite poor, especially at night!

2012: Malapascua, Cebu here I come!

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