The solo traveller guide to scuba diving

Whatever you consider yourself, a solo or a single diver, there are many reasons, including lots of good ones, that make us embrace scuba diving on our own. While the buddy system is the general way to practice our favourite underwater sport safely, I can assure you that it won’t be a problem to explore the most exciting parts of the ocean even on your own. Here is a complete guide to scuba diving as an independent solo traveller from where to find dive buddies to the best budget destinations.

How to be an independent scuba diver?

Florine World Adventure Divers at Utila Dive Center

My diving blog is all about my experiences as a solo traveller exploring the world’s best diving spots. To this regard, I gathered information and feedback about the best way to make the most of this experience and meet like-minded friends at the same time:

Where to go scuba diving?

scuba diving bag - fast boat from Sanur Beach to Nusa Lembongan Bali

There are so many scuba diving destinations to choose from! Depending on your experience you might consider aspects of budget, safety or distance from home to make the best choice for you. But first, it’s good to have a general understanding of where the best diving in the world is:

If you haven’t been travelling solo yet and are concerned about feeling homesick, you may consider travelling close to home and/or go for local diving.

In Europe, the best local destinations are:

In America, the best local destinations are:

If you have already tried solo travel before, but still need to take experience, why not try these exotic long-haul destinations amongst the safest in the world?

If you feel more adventurous and are looking to travel on a budget to dive as much as possible while being in a country where it is relatively easy to travel to, South-East Asia is almost unbeatable as one of the cheapest diving destinations:

Preparing a scuba diving trip to Bali

Nusa Lembongan - Best dive sites Bali

The island of Bali in Indonesia remains my favourite place to go on a scuba diving holiday thanks to the beauty of its nature, its fascinating culture and incredible diving without mentioning it’s one of the most affordable scuba diving destinations.

Before booking a trip to Bali, here are the basics you need to check:

Regarding diving in Bali, I wrote in-depth articles with plenty of pictures to let you understand what to expect:

Finally, if you wonder what to do after diving in Bali, you’ll find detailed guides to find inspiration about the best things to do as a scuba diver in Bali:

Come back for more, I will soon add dive travel planning guides for Hawaii, Japan and Polynesia!