Before You Fly

Baggage Information

Flying with Batteries

As the UK leading tour operator for underwater photographers we know that this is an important issue for many of our customers. Since the rules regarding to batteries (especially Lithium batteries) is under constant review by the airlines and authories, we recommend all our passengers to visit the airlines wbesite for the latest and most uptodate information on how they want you to pack your batteries.

The hand luggage allowance will vary depending on what airline you're travelling with. If you're not travelling with on of the airlines below, please call us or visit the airlines website for more information.

British Airways
1 cabin 23kg bag + 1 personal item 56cm x 45cm x 25cm

EasyJet
1 cabin bag 56cm x 45cm x 25cm inc. handles/wheels No weight restriction

Emirates
1 cabin 7kg bag 55cm x 38cm x 20cm

Monarch
1 cabin 10kg bag 56cm x 40cm x 25cm

Singapore
1 piece Up to 7kg , each Sum of length, width and height should not exceed 115cm.

Sri Lankan
1 piece 7kg 46x36x20cm

Thomson Airways
1 cabin 10kg bag 55 x 35 x 25 cm

The hand luggage allowance will vary depending on what airline you're travelling with. If you're not travelling with on of the airlines below, please call us or visit the airlines website for more information.

British Airways
Usually 23kg max size can be up to 90cm x 75cm x 43cm – including any bits that stick out.

EasyJet
20kg, Max 275cm (length + width + height)

Emirates
Economy 30kgs,

Monarch
20kg + 5kg scuba allowance, please not that no bag is allowed to weigh over 23kg.

Singapore
Economy 30kgs,

Sri Lankan
Economy 30kgs, Max 158cm (length + width + height)

Thomson Airways 20kg + 5kg scuba allowance, please not that no bag is allowed to weigh over 23kg.

At the airport

Check-in

To find your check-in desk, look at the flight information screens at the entrances to the terminals at the airport. The times below provide a general guide for when you need to check in. Please also take into account that traffic around major airports can be very slow and parking can also be time consuming.

Long-haul flights: check-in opens four hours prior to scheduled departure
Charter flights: check-in three hours before scheduled departure

We have teamed up with Holiday Extras to offer you parking, hotels and airport lounges across the UK. You can now book these services from our website, there are a variety of options available when choosing parking at the airport from meet and greet services to long or short stay parking. With the range of airport hotels on offer you can also enjoy a peaceful nights rest before or after your holiday to break up all the traveling. Click here for more information.

Treat yourself to something extra by booking an airport lounge. Enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks, newspapers and magazines away from the crowds. It costs less than you might think too. Click here for more information.

Insurance Information

Our Insurance

Normal Travel and/or home Insurance policies generally have diving added in as an afterthought and do not necessarily offer the best service for people on a scuba diving holiday. With that in mind we got together with an underwriter and produced our own policy that truly reflects the needs of today's traveling diver.

Our incurance is well priced both for singel trip, annual and famliy policies. Please click here to find out more.

Please click here for full schedule of cover.

If you would like us to quote you for a insurance please contact one of our helpful travel consultants on 0800 072 8221, or if your calling outside the uk on +44 (0)1483 411 590. Our insurance is sold with a 14 day cooling off period so if you find that the policy does not meet your needs, you can return the policy and receive a full refund so long as you have not traveled or claimed on the policy. If your holiday departs within 14 days of purchasing the insurance then you will not be entitled to a refund.

Passport, Visa & ESTA

Passports & Visas

Its very important to make sure you are aware of the passport and visa rules for the couthries you're visiting. Most countries require all visitors to have passports that are valid for at least 6 months on your return to the UK. Please see your travelinformation or speak to our travel team for more information.

EU Passport holders and other countries will require a full visa for all our liveaboard charters and shorebased trips to Dahab, Hurghada and Marsa Alam. For our shorebased excursion to Sharm el Sheikh you do not require a visa if you wish to dive only inside the Sinai and the local dive sites. For sites outside the Sinai include Ras Mohammend you will require a visa which can only be obtained on arrival at the airport. For most of our Egypt holidays we can arrange a full Egyptian visa before your departure, please enquire at the time of booking for details.

Tourist visas for 30 days will be issued on arrival only and are free of charge to all visitors in possession of valid travel documents.

When travelling through the United States, you must either travel under the country’s Visa Waiver programme (with an ‘ESTA’), or have a US visa (or be a US citizen).
An ESTA allows you to stay in the US under the Visa Waiver programme for up to 90 days and allows travel to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. An ESTA is valid for two years, (or less if your passport expires in that time).

Airline Extras

Extra Legroom

Every airline have their own rules in regards to extra legroom seats. Please contact our travel team if you would like to know more about how how you can book extra legroom.

Don’t get caught out at the airport – plan ahead to save both time and money. If you think that your hold baggage will exceed the airlines weight limit, we are more than happy to help you purchase extra and/orexcess baggage in advance of travel.

If you have any dietry requirements please let us know at least 7 days before departure. All our boats and destinations are well equiped and experienced in catering for most needs. If you are worried please don't hessitate to contact us.

Visit your local dive cente!

Our recommended dive centres

We have teamed up with a number of fantastic dive centres across the UK to provide you an opportunity to buy equipment and have dive training in your area. These recommended dive centres also offer yearly trips which gives you the chance to dive with divers in your area.

Don't worry if you have to rent diving equipment, all our liveaboards and resorts have rental equipment available. If you need everything or just an extra tank, jsut contact us and we'll get it booked for you. Please note that most liveaboards have very limited stock onboard and it's always best to prebook your equipment in advance.

Whether you want to learn to scuba dive or are already a scuba diver who is looking for a flexible way to fit another dive course into your busy schedule, PADI’s online scuba programs are the way to go. You can get started immediately with the knowledge development portion of the course and work at your own pace using the PADI eLearning® system. This convenient, interactive study option allows you to learn anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection.

Diving Rentals & Extras

Whats included

Tanks, air and weight are included as standard on all our trips.

Don't worry if you have to rent diving equipment, all our liveaboards and resorts have rental equipment available. If you need everything or just an extra tank, jsut contact us and we'll get it booked for you. Please note that most liveaboards have very limited stock onboard and it's always best to prebook your equipment in advance.

Nitrox is great, prebook it, sometime free sometimes expensive.

PADI SSI etc. is great, prebook it, sometime free sometimes expensive.

Techdiving

softnolime and tanks

are available

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