With the holidays behind us, most of us are thinking forward to the things we’ll be doing in the coming year. All over social media, personally, I’ve seen “okay the holidays are over, can we have summer now?” Certainly, it’s traveling time.
While it’s great to dream of blue skies and seas, calm warm nights, and all the fun that comes with them, it’s also important to plan ahead. Getting the first reservation is always key. Good deals, some of which are limited, go quickly, and with them our hopes of saving a bit of cash while having a good time.
Luckily, that’s where Planet Deepblu comes in. Our booking platform here offers trips of all kinds. Liveaboards, resort experiences, dive courses, new certifications, and even snorkeling can be found among the hundreds of options available to book directly with dive shops through our platform. When you do this, you know you’re getting a direct connection to quality dive experience providers and that you can ask them whatever you want before you book as well as when you’re getting ready to get traveling. We’d love to talk about all of them, but for now, here’s a sampling around the globe.
In Kauai, Hawaii, Garden Isle Dives provides you the opportunity to get off of the shore and directly into the turtle-filled waters of the island. According to them, on arrival your gear is ready and they’ll “even put your fins on for you” if you need it. This experience is great for divers of all levels because these pros know their reefs and are ready to help out anyone. The dive shop also offers boat dives, so you’re not limited to just one option.
Are you an advanced open water diver looking to take it up a notch? Advanced Diver Mexico has you all set with a sidemount course that can teach you how to experience the convenience of not having a cylinder strapped to your back. These experienced divers who are well acquainted with the nooks of the Yucatan are ready to share their professional knowledge while assisting you in becoming the best scuba diver that you can be.
For just $30USD, Stingray Divers will take you out for an unforgettable day of snorkeling in Thailand. Based near seven different islands with a variety of local marine life and an abundance of great experiences, these friendly guides are going to show you the ropes of one of the planet’s lushest offerings. If you’re looking for scuba, their two tank dive is only $88 and is a more advanced way to check out what’s in supply and make memories.
For just $170 you can access tanks, weights, and unlimited air for six days through Bahia Apartments and Diving in Curacao. This package is perfect for any open water diver, and as it has apartments in the name, they also provide accommodations for when you’ve worn yourself out. The dive experience providers work with Project AWARE to promote sustainable tourism along Playa Lagun, so you can know that you’re helping the environment while experiencing it.
Since being sunk just a few years ago, the USS Kittiwake has become one of the most popular dive destinations in the Cayman Islands. The Lobster Pot Dive Center works with you to provide dives for groups of any size, and training, and the Kittiwake tour is one of their best. While normally there’s a fee to enter the marine park, that is covered in the $125 cost of the trip. This 5-deck vessel is an impressive piece of American military history and now the home of many creatures in its artificial reef.
Looking for mantas and a Deepblu discount in Indonesia? We’ve got you covered! Nico Dives Cool Bali is ready to take you out on the water to experience these amazing animals “flying” under the sea. For $143, this package includes your ride, equipment, a towel, food, two dives, and all the taxes and fees associated so that you don’t have to worry about them.
Let’s close out this one with a bit of luxury. This liveaboard, through Zeppelin Dive and Sail in Honduras, is ready to take you out on an adventure where you leave work behind, get into a new groove, and simply focus on the important things in life like diving and relaxing. Their custom 47 foot sailboat can be your home for a five nights for $2,195. You’ll spend your time on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest system in the world, and you’ll get to see all of the caves, towers, corals, and other open water dives along the way. The best part is that this vacation is mobile, so you’ll be island hopping along the way. Zeppelin will also set you up with island stays before and after the trip, so you can choose to be on holiday as long as you wish.
– Todd Allen Williams, Senior Editor