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Scuba Diving And Snorkeling On Holiday

July 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 188

Numerous people who enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling decide on their vacation destinations with their hobby in mind. Some of the top holiday destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling are the Caribbean, Mexico, the Mediterranean and Thailand. Most people like to go to view the aquatic wildlife, which means that the water has to be relatively clear.

Most divers like to search for marine animals and scenery, whilst others like to look for wrecks. As it happens fish and plants like to colonize wrecks as well because they provide protection from predators.

So diving wrecks provides excitement and the chance to observe wildlife. However, there is the added anticipation of treasure hunting.

If you fancy the concept of diving wrecks and looking for artefacts and treasure, you have to know that wrecks are perilous, because you can be caught on railings, trapped in cabins or even get your oxygen line cut by some sharp edge, causing you to come up too quickly, which could give you the bends.

Not just that, but it is often illegal to go treasure hunting on wrecks that are not in international water (that is, more than fifteen miles off shore) and that usually means deep water where there is little chance of you being rescued if you become a cropper. Diving wrecks without a guide is a very dangerous venture indeed.

However, most countries where scuba diving and snorkeling are well-liked holiday pastimes also have diving schools, schools and instructors on the beaches or associated with the better hotels.

For instance, in Thailand, there are literally hundreds of diving schools for holiday makers in Pattaya, Phuket, Hua Hin, Ko Samui and Pi-Pi. You can either approach one of these schools yourself or ask your hotel to suggest one.

Most of the diving clubs in these popular seaside resorts in Thailand are run from bars by ex-pats, but this does not mean that they are not entirely professional. Individuals like to dive in the warm sea in the morning and early afternoon and then retire to the bar to eat something and plan the next day's trip. Most of these bar-diving clubs either have their own boats or go halves with a boat with friends.

Membership is normally free or it may be a nominal amount in order to comply with local laws, but it is unlikely to be more than $10 for a fortnight. If you do not have your diving gear with you, you can usually rent it or if you have never been diving before, you can get your basic diver's certificate during your holiday.

Numerous divers use the diving trail to see southern Thailand. The destinations that I mentioned above are not too far apart. You could drive it in a hire car, travel in a bus over night from one to the other or fly from one resort to the next in 30-40 minutes. Car hire, VIP bus travel and internal flights are fairly cheap in Thailand.

Owen Jones, the writer of this piece, writes on a variety of topics, but is currently concerned with Source: EzineArticles

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