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Where to book a dive trip in 2022 – The 7 best places

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Where to book a dive trip in 2022 – The 7 best places

If you are a scuba diver, freediver, or snorkeler, chances are high that you love to travel.

And even if you haven’t received your certification, yet, you are probably thinking about doing so right now!

Whether this is your first dive trip or the 20th, the same question comes up all the time: Where to book a diving vacation at the best price, with great service and support?

The options are sheer endless both online and through other means.

To make it easier for you to make your next diving vacation a success, these are the best places to book a dive trip in 2022.

Where to book a dive trip in 2022

These are the best places to book your next diving vacation for any budget:

LiveAboard.com

LiveAboard.com homepage
Liveaboard diving is one of the favorite types of dive travel for all divers.

Liveaboard diving is one of the best ways to spend your diving vacation and a favorite among most scuba divers.

In fact, some of the best dive sites in the world are only accessible by boat which means it should be on every diver’s bucket list.

The best place to find liveaboard diving cruises and vacations is LiveAboard.com.

As their name suggests, they are solely dedicated to liveaboard dive travel and feature one of the largest collections of cruises in the world.

As of September 2022, you could book a total of more than 31,000 cruises on 550+ boats with them. It’s safe to say wherever you want to dive, you’ll find it here!

I have booked with them on two occasions to the Philippines and Egypt and was very happy with the service all around!

They give a price guarantee, live support, and don’t charge any booking fees.

The 27,000+ reviews you can find about their service online are also proof that people around the world are really happy with them.

TypeOnline dive travel platform
Types of diving offeredLiveaboard cruises
Customer Support24/7 phone, email & contact form. Call back service available
Refund policyFlexible cancellation up to 91 days in advance, 24 month free COVID rescheduling
Company locationNetherlands
Support LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, German, Dutch, French, more…
Favorite FeatureAccurate boat & trip descriptions
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Padi Travel

PADI travel homepage
PADI also has a travel agency attached.

Every scuba diver knows PADI (although not everyone likes them) and PADI Travel is their exclusive dive travel platform.

You can find liveaboard diving, dive resorts, courses, and even snorkeling trips here.

I have booked liveaboard diving in Thailand with PADI Travel back when it was still running as diviac (a company which they bought) and had a good experience.

PADI divers will like the easy way the entire process integrates with their eLearning experience and that they can easily book their scuba referral to finish their diving courses at a different spot.

Please note though that you do buy into the PADI ecosystem which comes with higher prices than on some other platforms. Moreover, only PADI dive centers and partners are featured and other agencies do not participate.

If liveaboard diving is your main focus, I’d pick something else, too.

TypeOnline dive travel platform
Types of diving offeredEverything from dive resorts to liveaboard diving and snorkeling
Customer SupportEmail, phone, contact form & live chat (note the working hours)
Refund policy48h free cancellation period
Company locationUSA
Support LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, German, Dutch, French, more…
Favorite FeatureFree DAN dive accident insurance (orders over $2,500)
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Social Diving

Scuba divers around underwater rock
Book your diving vacation with us for personal support and custom tours!

If you want the convenience of booking your dive travel online but with personal and knowledgeable support, why don’t you book your next diving vacation with Social Diving?

Instead of simply booking you into whatever trip is currently available, we create a personal diving and travel package for you.

In contrast to other travel agents, you have full control over every step of your diving trip and there are no “off-the-shelf” tours.

We are also not tied to only certain providers and tour operators and instead choose whatever fits your custom requirements the best.

You can also browse some of our featured liveaboard deals!

TypeCustom dive trip agency
Types of diving offeredAny
Customer SupportPhone, email, Contact form, video chat, WhatsApp chat
Refund policyDepends on your chosen tour
Company locationGermany
Support LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, German
Favorite FeatureCustom trips
Facts for Social Diving

Scuba diving trip packing list

GetYourGuide

GetYourGuide homepage
GetYourGuide is great for all kinds of travel activities.

While you won’t book your entire diving vacation here, GetYourGuide hosts arguably the largest travel events collection in the world.

The platform is perfect for those who like to travel and dive in between, but not do an exclusive scuba diving trip.

Snorkeling, diving courses, excursions, whale watching, whatever kind of activities you want to book on your vacation, you will find it here.

If you’re looking for something to do when you’re not in the water, GetYourGuide is even better.

Wherever I travel, I check what to do on their site and was never disappointed.

TypeOnline activities platform
Types of diving offeredEvent diving (excursions, courses & snorkeling)
Customer SupportEmail, phone, WhatsApp chat
Refund policy48h free cancellation period
Company locationSwitzerland
Support LanguagesAny
Favorite FeatureFree cancellation & rescheduling
Facts for GetYourGuide

Expedia.com

Expedia homepage
Expedia is perfect for booking flights, accommodation and even diving events.

Expedia is one of the largest travel platforms in the world and you have probably heard of them or booked with them before.

They are not a diving-exclusive travel agency but instead you can book anything from flights to resorts, rental cars, and diving with them.

Expedia offers the lowest prices and a huge collection of deals. The best part about them is their comparison engine which allows you to find the cheapest prices on any trip you want to do.

Scuba diving wise they are great for Discover Scuba Diving events, wreck diving, diving excursions and anything else you could want.

I like their service and use it for flights, rental cars and even resorts.

The only thing you will not find here are liveaboard safaris.

TypeOnline travel platform
Types of diving offeredDiving excursions, day trips, discover scuba diving & more
Customer SupportLive chat, email
Refund policyFull refund options available, even for flights
Company locationUSA
Support LanguagesAny
Favorite FeatureRewards program
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Online Travel Agency

Scuba diver at Zenobia wreck in Zyprus
There are many dive travel agencies online.

There are plenty of smaller online dive travel agencies that you can call or book with online.

Depending on their size, location and focus, they may offer exclusive tours or be a partner for local dive centers, resorts, and boats.

The greatest benefit of using an agency is in case of flight delays etc., as your travel agent is responsible for ensuring you can start your trip and will find an alternative for you.

I cannot say anything about the majority of them, however, they’re a good option if you’re looking for packages that already include flights, transport, and diving.

Only pick one that specializes in dive travel to make sure they know what they’re talking about.

I personally do not use external ones as we have our own travel agency with Social Diving, however, this is not to say there aren’t other good ones out there (although I prefer Social Diving 😉).

Look out for good refund policies and compare prices before booking.

The added personal support often comes at a higher price (which makes sense) but the drawback is that they are often tied to their specific partners.

TypeOnline dive travel agency
Types of diving offeredDepends on agency
Customer SupportUsually phone & email
Refund policyVaries
Company locationVaries
Support LanguagesUsually English + local languages
Favorite FeatureMore personal than larger platforms
Facts for online travel agencies.

Local Travel Agency

Large group of divers at shore
Local travel agencies are often not specialized in scuba diving.

Chances are high, wherever you live, you will find a travel agency in your city.

They are often tied to larger travel companies and exclusively sell their featured trips.

Their biggest advantage is that you get face-to-face personal support, the complete package for transportation and travelling, and have someone close by to ask questions.

I have booked with a few in my area in the past, but unfortunately, I was never completely happy with them.

It’s rare to find a local scuba diving-focused travel agent and most simply cover “normal” travel and the diving must be booked extra.

However, if you’re looking for a normal vacation with maybe a day or two of diving or snorkeling in between, they can be a good choice.

TypeBrick and mortar travel agency
Types of diving offeredMay or may not include diving
Customer SupportPersonal, phone & email
Refund policyVaries
Company locationVaries
Support LanguagesYour local language
Favorite FeatureVery personal
Facts for travel agencies.

Directly with dive center/operator

Harmony III yacht anchoring at beach
Booking directly with operators is best when you know the diving destination well.

Last but not least, you can always book directly with tour operators and dive centers.

For example, for cruises in the Bahamas or Indonesia, I recommend Allstar Liveaboards who operate several ships in these areas (and others) and are known around the world.

By booking directly with them, you can skip any travel agent and get personal support from the operator.

Pricing wise this only makes sense if you are used to local or online travel agencies who charge a booking fee. LiveAboard.com, for example, does not charge any.

The drawback is of course security of your payment, especially with smaller or unknown operators, as you can never be sure how trustworthy they are.

Dive centers are often easier to book, as they have a physical location and you can often find reviews on their Google or Yelp pages.

On the other hand, there are often so many of them at any given spot that you need to consult other divers or in online forums/groups about their experiences with them.

The best way to find cool dive centers and operators are, in my experience, shows and exhibitions where many different ones can be found at one place.

Conclusion

These are the best places to book your diving vacation with in 2022.

Which you choose depends largely on the type of dive trip you’re planning, your budget, and what kind of support you prefer.

My favorites are LiveAboard.com and of course our very own Social Diving. 😉

Do you know any other great places for booking a diving trip? Share it in the comments!

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Cheers

Julius

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