Scuba Dive On Your Next Trip

We all have dream travel destinations. Whether it’s Rome, Iceland, Bali or South Africa, there are magical places we’re all waiting to cross off our bucket lists. But rather than explore by land, see the world like you’ve never seen it before–from below the surface!

As you might already know, I love everything about scuba diving. I got my PADI Open Water Certification in Bocas Del Toro, Panama about four years ago, and just recently completed my Advanced Open Water certification in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. If you have never done it before, you have absolutely got to try it!

Here are ten reasons to scuba dive on your next trip!

Underwater

You’ll See the WHOLE World

Did you know that 71 percent of the earth is covered in water? Imagine what you’re missing! Rather than circling around the same 29 percent of the planet forever, take the time to see the world from a different perspective.

Bimini Shipwreck

You Don’t Know What You Are Missing

Sure, the ocean is beautiful from above, but it is absolutely breathtaking from below. I’m a sucker for a beautiful beach, but getting to see shipwrecks, ancient ruins, coral, and countless varieties of sea life while diving takes the cake!

Turtles in Mexico

You Can Help to Protect Marine Life

Forget about dolphinarium shows and aquariums. If you really love animals, go see them in their natural habitat. Rather than supporting the practice of keeping animals in captivity, learn how to swim down and see their homes.

Scuba Diving in Cozumel

You Can Dive Any Time of the Year

Don’t sit around waiting for summer! Who needs warm weather when you can create your own adventure 365 days a year by exploring the underwater world? Getting caught in a storm on your tropical vacation can definitely put a damper on your trip.

Instead of pouting, suit up for some scuba diving in the pouring rain — you’ll typically find that all is calm unda-da-sea!

Scuba Diving in Cozumel

You’ll Find Peace and Quiet

Diving is SO therapeutic! When you are underwater, the whole world is suddenly quiet and all you can hear is the sound of your own bubbles. There’s no place I’d rather escape, to get away from it all, than in the deep blue sea.

Scuba Diving in Mexico

Scuba Diving is Universal

Getting PADI certified means you can dive anywhere in the world without having to learn a new language or take any other courses (unless you want to go through advanced training). You can simply grab your gear and start exploring every corner of the globe.

Scuba Diving

You’ll Make New Friends

Diving is a great activity for solo travelers! It is the perfect way to explore the world on your own while getting to know other scuba divers. You may find an immediate connection with other solo traveler, couples and friends that share also share a passion for diving!

GoPro Scuba Diving

You’ll Learn Self-Control

While controlling your rate of descent and ascent through the water, you have also got to manage your breathing. A bit like yoga, scuba diving is a perfect way to learn how to move and control your body.

Marine Life Maldives

It’s a Priceless Experience

Why waste your hard-earned cash on souvenirs that you will forget about in no time. Spend your money on experiences, not things! Collecting memories that you can cherish for a lifetime is one of the greatest joys of travel.

Maldives Reefs

Discover Inaccessible Destinations

There are just some places that you can’t book a flight to! See the hidden corners of the earth that you can only swim to. Explore the Silfra Fissure, Great Barrier Reef, Blue Hole, and countless other “wonders of the underwater world!”

Watch: My Scuba Diving experiences around the world!

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.