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Ask the expert: scuba diving tips

A popular activity in Australia and around the Pacific Islands, scuba diving is a great way to explore the unique reefs and marine life.

Ask the Expert: Scuba diving tips

We chatted to Ian McKinnon, veteran diver who has logged more than 5000 dives, and owner of Scuba World on the Sunshine Coast. Here are his top Pacific Island destination, tips on how to prepare for a dive, and the differences between scuba diving and snorkelling.

What makes diving in the Pacific Islands unique?

The close proximity to Australia – you only have to go a short way to be diving on some of the world’s greatest dive sites.

What are your top three diving spots in the Pacific Islands?

Tufi, PNG
Yasawa Islands, Fiji
SS President Coolidge, Santo, Vanuatu

What advice would you give to someone who is apprehensive about diving?

Find an experienced, friendly instructor who has loads of patience.

What ages/fitness levels is diving generally suited for?

Diving suits most ages, a person comfortable in the water can easily be taught. Reasonable fitness level required. (NOTE: For P&O Cruises Scuba tours the minimum age is 12 and the maximum age can range between 55 and 70 depending on the tour/destination).

Ask the Expert: Scuba diving tips

Can you enjoy scuba diving in the South Pacific without going very deep?

Absolutely, some of the prettiest corals and marine fish are located in shallow reefs.

Where is some of the best shallow diving in the South Pacific?

Mele Reef in Port Vila, Vanuatu

Could you describe a few pros and cons of Scuba diving versus snorkelling?

Scuba diving requires a lot more training than snorkelling and more specialised equipment is required for scuba diving. Conversely, Scuba diving doesn’t require to return to the surface to take a breath, divers can remain underwater for an hour or more and divers can go deeper than snorkelers.

Ask the Expert: Scuba diving tips

For information on how to prepare for a scuba dive visit PADI – the Professional Association of Diving Instructors – the leading body governing diving best practice.

Snorkelling:

Introductory Scuba – Not suitable for adults over 70

Certified Scuba dives – Not suitable for adults over 70

Ian McKinnon of Scuba World

Ask the Expert: Scuba diving tips

Certified Scuba Dive - The Twin Bommies

Enjoy a dive in one of Port Vila’s renowned dive sites - the Twin Bommies which are inhabited by a variety of tropical fish, all are accustomed to divers!
2.75 hours (30 - 45 minute dive) | 109.99 | N/A

Glass Bottom Boat & Snorkel Safari

Swim with Nemo in warm, sheltered Port Vila Harbour on board Vanuatu's brand new custom built snorkelling boat.
1.75 hours | 59.99 | 29.99

Introductory Scuba Dive - Konanda Reef

Hesitant about your first dive? This is a perfectly safe and fun way to break the ice. Dive in the Konanda Reef area and discover a large variety of hard coral and fish life.
2.75 hours (30 - 45 minute dive) | 129.99 | N/A

Introductory Scuba Diving - The Twin Bommies

Enjoy an introductory dive in one of Port Vila’s renowned dive sites, the Twin Bommies which are inhabited by a variety of tropical fish, and are accustomed to divers!
2.75 hours (30 - 45 minute dive) | 129.99 | N/A

Certified Scuba Dive - Konanda Wreck

Port Vila is renowned for its proximity to highly acclaimed dive sites. Enjoy a 45-minute dive on one of the area’s renowned shipwreck, the Konanda Wreck.
2.75 hours (30 - 45 minute dive) | 109.99 | N/A

Dream Cove Sail and Snorkel Adventure

Join a classic 60’s motorised sailing yacht, bound for sheltered Pango Peninsula. Pass Irririki and Ifira Islands before dropping anchor at Mele Bay, a sheltered area in Dream Cove. Relax and daydream on the deck of the yacht or take the dinghy ashore. Enjoy a swim and view the local marine life inhabiting the coral reef. There is also the chance to feed the fish in this natural aquarium.
4 hours | 79.99 | 39.99

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