Every March I pack my suitcase and escape the final days of the freezing Canadian winter for something a little more enjoyable – a scuba diving getaway!
When I started scuba diving, I never expected that I would be able to fit an annual diving trip into my budget. In fact, I didn’t even log my first twenty or so dives, because I always thought they would be my last. First came home ownership, then came grad school, and then came saving for my upcoming sabbatical, and I always thought that scuba diving would be the first luxury to go.
And yet here I am, suitcase on my floor and t-shirts on the drying rack, getting ready to jet off to Roatan, Honduras for the fourth time. So, how can you join me and plan your own cheap scuba diving trip?
Choose an Inexpensive Destination
When you’re looking for a cheap scuba diving trip, look for a destination with inexpensive options for airport transfers, accommodation, food and entertainment. You can use a site like BudgetYourTrip.com to compare average costs across different destinations for budget, mid-range and luxury travelers. For example, a mid-range traveler in the Cayman Islands is likely to spend more than $250 USD per day before diving, while it’s possible to visit Cozumel, Mexico for less than half of that price.
Book Your Cheap Scuba Diving Trip Early
This year, I will be heading to Roatan, Honduras. At the time of my booking last autumn, my flight cost $1060 USD. Since then, I’ve been too lazy to turn off my Google Flights notifications for this route, and have seen prices climb to over $3000 (two weeks before departure) before dropping down to about $2200 (one week before departure). They never dropped below the price I paid in the autumn, which has me convinced that the cheapest tickets to tropical destinations can always be found far in advance.