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Dive Adventure  Holidays Pacific Islands

Travel Tips on Dive Holidays

To allow you to get the most out of your trip, we have created this Travel FAQ that will assist you when travelling overseas with Dive Adventures:

  • Airline Tickets
  • Travel Insurance
  • Special Medication
  • Clothing
  • Malaria and Health
  • Passports and Visas
  • Luggage
  • Dive Equipment
  • Dive Computers

Airline Tickets

Our Airline tickets arrive approximately 10 days before travel, which allows plenty of time for duty free shopping.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is most highly recommended for your protection and covers you for things such as loss of luggage, cancellation, medical expenses and if you are really unlucky a diving emergency. Insurance forms are available from us.

For the latest travel insurance brochure, click Insurance PDF (484kB)

To get a quote or to process your travel insurance on line (which covers you for diving also) click AussieTravelCover

Special Medication

If you have any special medical requirements, please note that many drugs behave differently while you are diving. Please notify us of any medication you are using, so we can note it in your travel file.

Clothing

The Pacific Islands are very casual and have a tropical climate. Pack mainly T- shirts, shorts and swimmers. A light long shirt and pants to wear at dusk to avoid mosquito bites, "Rid" insect repellent and plenty of sunscreen are all worth packing.

Malaria and Health

Malaria is transmitted by a certain type of mosquito. It is a potentially fatal disease present in various regions of the Pacific and Asia. There are many different strains of Malaria dependent on your destination. It is ESSENTIAL that you seek expert advice on prevention and which anti-malaria drug is most suitable for your destination. Also, specifically check with your physician for any drug’s compatibility with diving and possible side effects. To prevent mosquito bites wear insect repellent, cover up - particularly at night, refrain from wearing perfume or aftershave, always try and wear light coloured clothing. Current immunisation is also recommended against :

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Diptheria and Tetanus
  • Polio & Typhoid
  • Rabies

Please seek professional advice from your physician or for further details contact Travel Vax on 1300 360 164.

Passports and Visas

Make sure your passport is current with at least 6 months validity from your return date of travel and has at least 2 blank pages remaining before travel. It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure all passport and visa requirements for your destination (including all transit destinations) are met prior to departure.

Luggage

Limit your luggage to two pieces.

A large Back-pack style dive bag with lots of separate compartments to carry your dive gear and clothing, and a small carry bag for the plane is ideal.

Keep a T-shirt and shorts, plus toiletries, your travel documents and money in the small carry bag, just in case your main bag doesn't arrive.

Most international flights have a checked baggage allowance of 20 - 23 kg. On internal domestic flights the checked baggage allowance can be much less. Excess baggage fees apply above the free checked baggage allowance.

**Please be aware of the new security Measures regarding liquids, aerosols & gels being carried on all International flights as of 31st March 2007.**
For more information please visit: http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/

New Luggage Rules PDF Click here to download a PDF of the new luggage rules (521Kb)

Dive Equipment

  • Check your scuba gear thoroughly before the trip as repairs overseas are difficult to carry out. We recommend your regulator especially is thoroughly serviced before the trip to ensure a trouble free holiday.
  • If you are contemplating deeper dives, especially wreck diving, make sure your regulator is of a high performance type to safely handle your breathing needs (your Dive Store will advise you).
  • Ideally a 3 mm steamer is used in the tropics. Lycra suits are only suitable for short dives. If traveling during the cooler season or in an area prone to thermoclines, a 5mm wetsuit or an additional hood or 2-3 mm top are recommended for extra warmth. Make sure your suit covers both your arms & legs as coral cuts and stings are very painful.
  • At least two good underwater torches and appropriate training are a minimum requirement for looking inside wrecks, caves and also for night dives.
  • Reef shoes are great to take, as they allow your feet to breathe and offer foot protection when exploring the islands in between dives.
  • Also a catch bag to keep your mask, fins, knife and gloves together between dives and as a quick way to rinse these items in fresh water after each dive.
  • When packing your dive gear, wrap up any delicate items in your wetsuit or towel to avoid damage.
  • You won't need tanks or weightbelts as they are supplied by the Dive Resorts.

Dive Computers

Dive Computers can greatly increase your bottom times & safety on a trip and are compulsory in some locations, particularly on liveaboards where 3-4 dives per days over multiple days is the norm.

Other pages which may be of interest to travellers may be found on our Travel Links page

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Sydney
Unit 607, Level 6, 379 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Australia
Tel: (02) 9299 4633
Fax: (02) 9299 4644
Reservations: 1300 657 420
Email: sydney@diveadventures.com.au

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Unit A 5.2, 63-85 Turner Street
Port Melbourne, VIC 3207
Australia
Tel: (03) 9646 5945
Fax: (03) 9646 8589
Toll Free Bookings: 1800 242 724
Email: melbourne@diveadventures.com.au

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