1. Check if the reviews of the chef of the boat is good! 5 meals a day for a whole week. Imagine if the food wasn’t good…
Picture by Rick Yang
2. Try to choose local guides, as they’ve dived their lives in the area, they would be more familiar with the tides and local conditions. A good guide will be able to spot the elusive ghost Melibe nudibranch that you wouldn’t notice even if you were staring right at it.
3. Bring a camera! Even if you’re not a pro photographer, bring a camera… Even if it’s just a Go Pro. You’d spot such weird looking creatures during your dives that you’ve never seen before. Snap a picture first and find out later.
4. If you’re a keen dive photographer, let the dive crew know beforehand, so that they can group you with other dive photographers. Leisure divers don’t wanna be stuck at the same spot with the dive photographers; and dive photographers don’t like all the interference in their pictures from other divers.
5. In between diving and eating, the best thing to do is to stare out at sea. You never know when a school of Pilot Whales is going to swim by!
6. Bring some entertainment. There’s not much to do onboard at night.
7. Make sure you check your equipment before getting onboard. You wouldn’t want to skip the next epic dive site because of equipment failure.
8. It is imperative that you dive conservatively within your limits. The nearest medical facility or hyberbaric chamber is often hours away. Check that your LOB is equipped with oxygen tanks and has adequate first aid equipment, and get an appropriate dive insurance.