Solo Scuba Diving: A Guide to Travel Alone

Embarking on the thrilling deep-sea adventure of scuba diving solo opens up a world of possibilities. Contrary to common perceptions, diving solo doesn’t mean you have to navigate the ocean depths or negotiate the complexities of choosing the perfect dive resort or liveaboard all on your own. In fact, it’s an exhilarating journey that allows you to tailor every aspect of your underwater exploration to your preferences.

Here’s a guide tailored specifically for solo scuba divers, designed not just to make your solo dive trip enjoyable but to transform it into an extraordinary experience. Discover the freedom and joy of solo scuba diving as we navigate through the intricacies of planning and executing a trip that aligns perfectly with your desires and preferences.

Choose The Perfect Dive Resort or Liveaboard for Your Solo Scuba Diving Adventure!

Solitude Adventurer Journey to Indonesia by Solitude World

It all starts with the exciting task of choosing the ideal dive resort or liveaboard of your liking. Your solo scuba diving experience is unique, and the choice of your dive resort or liveaboard plays a pivotal role in making it extraordinary. It’s not just about navigating the depths of the ocean; it’s about curating an experience that resonates with your solo exploration spirit. Of course, we recommend Indonesia, Palau, or the Philippines, but this applies to any destination in the world.

Look for places that cater specifically to solo travellers or have favourable reviews from solo divers. Once you’ve considered the basics, such as the safety records, dive site accessibility, and general good vibes, also take into account the following:

Accommodation Options

Check if the accommodation offers single rooms or shared options. While a single room offers privacy, a shared room can be a great way to meet fellow divers. Solitude Liveaboards and Resorts provides a range of options, ensuring both comfort and the opportunity to meet like-minded divers.

Experience the utmost in comfort and camaraderie with Solitude Liveaboards and Resorts. Choose between Acacia Resort or the inviting Lembeh Resort for a perfect blend of privacy and social connection. For a more immersive stay, explore our distinctive liveaboards— Solitude Adventurer (Indonesia), Solitude Gaia (Palau), and Solitude One (The Philippines & Palau). 

Dive Groups Size and Guides

Inquire about the size of dive groups, the expertise of guides, and the availability of solo diving equipment. Smaller groups can offer a more personalised experience and may make it easier to connect with others. Larger groups may also be good for meeting new people, although it can be overwhelming for some – We generally recommend smaller groups for this and overall safety reasons. At our Solitude locations, we’ve discovered that the optimal ratio is a maximum of 6 divers per dive guide for group and liveaboard diving. However, at our resorts, we prioritise a 2-3:1 ratio whenever possible, which is why we adhere to this guideline ourselves.

Extra Activities

Look for resorts or liveaboards that offer additional activities. This could include marine biology talks, photography workshops, or land excursions. These activities provide more opportunities to socialise and participate in some unique new experiences, perfect for those looking to dive alone or with a buddy.

Discover our exclusive dive bar and photography opportunities at Acacia Resort. Expand your knowledge in captivating marine biology talks, and enhance your skills with photography workshops. These activities provide unique opportunities for socialising, creating memories, and connecting with fellow divers.

At Lembeh Resort, Indonesia indulge in a range of non-diving activities, from the Minahasa Highland Tour where you can see many volcanoes, or our Tangkoko National Park Tour with the smallest monkeys on earth. Unwind and capture the breathtaking surroundings with our photography sessions, ensuring your solo scuba diving adventure extends beyond the ocean depths.

Solo, Not Alone. How to Meet Fellow Divers As a Solo Diver.

Two scuba divers in wetsuits, preparing to dive together

Dont be Shy! Introduce Yourself

Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to other divers and the crew. A friendly introduction can open doors to new friendships and dive buddies. Remember, you’re all there for a shared love of diving!

Join Group Activities

Participate in group activities and social events. Group dives, communal meals, or casual gatherings on the deck are all excellent opportunities to mingle and share stories.

Learn more about Solitude Liveaboards and Resorts‘ itineraries and activities that make it easier for travellers to connect.

Be Open and Respectful

When socialising, be open to learning about others’ experiences and viewpoints. At the same time, respect personal boundaries and preferences. Divers come from diverse backgrounds and from all over the world, embracing this diversity will enrich your experience.

Share Your Experiences and Listen

Engaging in conversations about your diving experiences can be a great icebreaker. Equally important is to listen to others. This can be an excellent way to learn about hidden dive spots, get tips on underwater photography or just have a lighthearted conversation with pleasant people .

Offer and Accept Invitations Politely

If you’re invited to join a group for a dive or an excursion, and it interests you, go for it! Also, don’t hesitate to invite others to join you for an activity. However, always be polite and understanding if someone declines.

Joining Guided Dives

Guided dives are not just for beginners; they can be a great way for solo divers to dive safely and socialise. All of Solitude’s dives are guided; our guides are also known for their expertise and friendliness, you’ll love them!

Use Social Media

Before or after your trip, use social media platforms to connect with fellow divers you’ve met. Many resorts, including Solitude Liveaboards and Resorts, have active social media communities where you can stay in touch and share memories.Click to follow Solitude on Instagram or join Solitude’s Facebook Community.

Respect the Environment

As a diver, you have a responsibility towards the marine environment. Show respect by following eco-friendly diving practices. This not only protects the ocean but also sets a good example for fellow divers.

Enjoy Your Own Company

While socialising is a significant part of the experience, enjoying your own company is equally important. Solo travel gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace and reflect on your experiences.

As a solo scuba diver, your journey is about exploring the wonders of the ocean, discovering new dive sites, and connecting with fellow divers. By choosing the right resort or liveaboard, like Solitude Liveaboards and Resorts, and engaging with the diving community, you’re set for an incredible adventure that’s safe, fun, and socially enriching – and who knows, maybe even make dive friends for life!

Elevate Your Solo Scuba Diving Experience with Solitude World

As you set forth on the thrilling journey of solo scuba diving, let Solitude Liveaboards and Resorts be your trusted companion in crafting an extraordinary underwater adventure. Our commitment to providing unparalleled experiences for solo divers sets us apart.

Picture yourself loving the vibrant underwater world, knowing that every detail of your solo dive trip has been meticulously considered. Solitude offers a diverse range of accommodation options, ensuring not only comfort but also the chance to connect with like-minded solo divers. 

Join us in exploring captivating destinations, from the stunning reefs of Indonesia to the pristine waters of Palau and the Philippines. Our expert guides, renowned for their friendliness and expertise, will accompany you on guided dives, ensuring safety and enhancing your socialising opportunities. Solitude Liveaboards and Resorts invites you to make your solo scuba diving experience not just enjoyable but truly extraordinary. Embrace the freedom, relish the adventure – choose Solitude.

Get in touch with us to start planning your dive trip today.