Cheap Scuba Diving Vacations

I was a graduate student when I started scuba diving. Needless to say, graduate students are not know for having copious amounts of spare cash. Nevertheless, I managed to take some memorable dive-oriented vacations.

Now, to be completely honest, scuba diving can be an expensive hobby, especially if you don’t live near good dive sites. However, with the appropriate planning there’s no reason why someone on even a modest income can’t enjoy what the world of scuba has to offer.


As with all things budget related, it’s all about priorities. In order to take scuba vacations, you have to want to do so more than other, perhaps more immediate, things.

I don’t eat out a lot. I don’t have cable. I don’t buy many clothes. I don’t purchase tons of toys and gadgets. In my mind, a single dive trip is worth more than a PS3, XBox 360, and big-screen TV put together. I have made diving a priority in my life, and as a result, I get to go diving many times a year, despite living in an area unfriendly to recreational divers.

You may not need to be as drastic as me. Perhaps you just want to dive once a year or so. That’s fine. The point is that you need to know where diving lies in relation to other things in your life that tug at your wallet.

Now that you’ve decided that scuba is something you want to spend money on, we can focus on reducing how much money is required.

Three costs

We can break dive vacations down into three costs:

We’ll tackle each of these one by one.

Travel expenses

Probably one of the best ways to reduce travel expenses is to double up. Going to Florida for a family reunion? Stay an extra weekend and make it a dive excursion.

Have a business trip to North Carolina? Rent a car while you’re there and go diving in the Outer Banks.

Keep an eye out for these opportunities. Basically anytime I go anywhere I check if there’s diving nearby.

Aside from this, you need ways to reduce your traveling expenses. There are entire sites dedicated to this, but here are a few ideas:

Travel expenses can be a hefty cost, but there are options for those of us on a budget. The key is to be flexible.


The most significant cost when traveling is often accommodations: food and a place to sleep.

As with travel expenses, there are websites dedicated to saving you money, but here are a few specific ideas:

Be smart, do your homework, and accommodations don’t have to break the bank.

Diving expenses

Unfortunately, scuba-related expenses are often the least flexible. We do have a few options, however:

Scuba diving is not a cheap hobby, but it doesn’t have to break your budget. Plan well and be flexible, and you can probably afford more trips than you previously thought.

What are you favorite tips for saving money on scuba diving vacations? Leave a reply in the comments section below.

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