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Gift Ideas for Scuba Divers and Ocean Lovers

Looking for the perfect gift for your scuba diving or ocean obsessed loved one or friend? Read the list below for inspiration and potential gifts for Christmas presents or birthday presents for your scuba diving obsessed friend. I’ve selected presents for ocean loving people to suit a range of different online shopping budgets.

Scuba Diver Gift: Dive computer (big budget)

This is on my Christmas list this year (hint hint Mum and Dad). When you’ve got more than a few dives under your belt, you may want to start taking more responsibility for yourself underwater.  Especially if you are thinking about doing a future divemaster course then consider getting a dive computer. A friend I met on a dive boat personally recommended the Cressi Leonardo dive watch (which she actually received as a Christmas gift!). It is certainly much more budget-friendly than others I have looked at and they have a range of different colours. Compare prices and see the different ranges here on Amazon

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Scuba Diver Gift: Books of top dive destinations

I actually bought this as a birthday present for a scuba diving friend. It has incredible photos of dive sites around the world and is definitely an inspiring present for those who love diving.

 

 

Scuba Diver Gift: Practical Present

For your scuba diving buddy who has long hair and is sick of getting hair tangled up in the mask straps behind his or her head. Buy them a scuba mask strap cover, I personally love this mermaid style one and am putting this on my Christmas present list. Click on here to compare prices and see other styles.

 

Eco-friendly Ocean Gift: Diving Themed Water Bottle

Having seen first-hand the amount of plastic floating in the water while diving in Indonesia last year I am now more of an advocate than ever for cutting down on our plastic consumption. Living in Thailand this is not always easy to do as even buying street food comes in so many different containers and in countries where you cannot drink the tap water, plastic bottled water is the only alternative. However there are now more hostels and hotels offering refills (at a discounted prices) and I always take advantage of this. For anyone who wants to save the environment, consider buying them this refillable water bottle and help save our planet, a small step at a time.

Scuba Diving Presents: GoPro and accessories (big budget presents)

While the GoPro is definitely a very generous present to receive (click here to compare prices between different GoPros) there are all sorts of extra accessories that can be bought at a cheaper amount for your already gopro obsessed friend. While I already have a selfie stick and a float, I now am after one of these domes for half water and half land shots. Although they are quite large for travelling!

 

 

 

Fun Gifts for Scuba Divers: Small Budget

I love these cute PADI inspired luggage tags for your friend or family member to add to their suitcases or even their fin or BCD bags.

Ocean Lover Present: Fish Book

Thanks to my lovely parents for this great Reef Fish ID book that I received for my birthday last year. The more I dive the more I want to be able to identify the fish I see and to develop my knowledge further. I have this one as I dive around the Indo-Pacific and it actually seems to be more in depth than most I’ve seen on dive boats themselves. Buy it or a similar one here on Amazon. 

 

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Yellowface Angelfish in Komodo National Park

 

Scuba Diver Themed Gift for Men or Women: Evolution of Diving T-Shirt

I think these diving themed T-Shirts are a great extra gift to give to anyone who loves diving. I actually bought one for my first ever diving buddy a long time ago and I think it was appreciated. Check sizes and stock here and buy yours today. 

 

Ocean Gift: For the Mermaid in your life

Okay, so my awesome sister gave me one of these mermaid fishtail blankets a few years ago and it’s very cosy and perfect for snuggling up on the sofa (especially when you aren’t used to winters in the UK!). It was such a great gift and I was so happy with it! Compare mermaid blanket prices below by clicking on the image.

 

Ocean Gift: For mermaid lovers on a budget

I love this mermaid quote and who doesn’t love a good mug for their cup of tea or coffee? Ones with wittier sayings are even better. Buy yours here on Amazon.

 

Scuba Diving Gift: Practical Present

With the same mermaid quote but a notebook version, for the diver who loves to keep a journal of all their diving adventures and dive trips.

Best Practical Gift for People who love the ocean

I will forever swear by these dry bags. They are so useful and handy and I take mine everywhere with me, to the beach, islands, boat trips and even mountains when it might rain. Buy your dry bag here, I think 5 litre is the best size for a day bag.

 

 

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For an ultimate guide for what to bring travelling in South East Asia read here

 

 

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Scuba Diving Packing List: What to Take on a Dive Boat

I started scuba diving around four years ago and completed my Open Water in Koh Tao, Thailand, like many others. So far I have dived around Asia extensively in Thailand and Indonesia but also in the Philippines, Malaysia and Taiwan so this scuba diving packing list is advice meant for diving in tropical waters. For me, scuba diving is an addiction and the more I do it, the more I want to do. A few people have asked me about what to take diving, so I thought I’d make a useful scuba packing list of what I take on a dive boat. Below are useful items that I always use for diving and pack in my dry bag. Many of these useful dive items I wish I had known about in the beginning of my diving career!

What to take on a dive boat:

1. Gopro. There are many other similar video cameras for diving but the Gopro is still a popular, small and useful item for diving. It took me too long to get mine and I missed out on some great footage of diving with turtles in the Gili islands in Indonesia.
Scuba Diving Tip: When learning to do your Open Water or Advanced qualification and doing other dive courses you are, generally speaking, not permitted to use cameras. Compare prices for GoPro HERO4 BLACK and Gopro Hero 5 on Amazon here.

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Turtles and Stunning Coral in Komodo National Park

2. A red filter for the GoPro. It took me a long time until I cottoned on to this as before I received my red filter (thanks Dad!) all my photos and videos were so blue and not showing the real beauty of the coral. You lose red colour the deeper you dive. See which red filter fits your underwater camera here. 

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How my photos looked before I bought a red filter!

3. Gopro selfie stick, a recent purchase that allows me to get closer to animals or corals without disturbing them with my bubbles or presence. Buy a similar one like this Selfie Stick GoPro Hero on Amazon.

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Getting up close to some fish

 

4. Bikini or swimwear. I personally prefer to wear a bikini under my wetsuit as it is easier when you need to go to the toilet on the dive boat.

Scuba Diving Tip: I usually wear a bikini with straps so that I won’t flash anyone while peeling off my wetsuit but I also make sure it doesn’t have any ties near my neck that might irritate me when my wetsuit is zipped all the way up.

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In my happy place

5. Rash vest, if you are a wimp like me and get cold even when diving in warm waters that average 29C/84F degree sea water then consider a rash vest to wear underneath your wetsuit.
Scuba Diving Tip: When diving in countries like Thailand and Malaysia, most dive centres only provide short wet suits and even might charge extra for a long wetsuit which I am not prepared to pay. Browse brand name rash vests here

Scuba Diving Tip: choose a rash vest with a zip all the way up the middle – makes it so much easier taking it on and off!

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6. Tiger balm/ decongestant – you cannot equalise with a cold or blocked nose so these are useful for keeping your sinuses open. I have used Actifed as a very strong decongestant which always helps me equalise but you shouldn’t use it for diving consecutive days. There is also a risk of reverse block so use with caution. Buy your tiger balm and nasal sprays on Amazon or wait until you arrive in Asia as they are equally cheap here.

7. Socks! – you might not look like the coolest diver out there but if you’re wearing fins without booties for days on end then socks will stop them from rubbing (and protect my nail varnish!)

8. Dry bag – forever a fan of these. Keep your stuff dry when climbing on and off boats, from ocean spray and monsoon weather. Buy yours here for a reasonable price.

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Dry Bag – it goes everywhere with me from dive boats to hiking National Parks

9. Spare contact lenses – if like me you need to wear contacts to actually see the fish then make sure you take a spare pair with you. I find that clearing your mask underwater particularly stings when wearing contacts and changing them between two dives can help. I use daily contacts for diving.

Scuba Diving Tip: only soft contacts can be used for diving.

10. A hoody – maybe just for people who feel the cold but multiple dives lower your body temperature so at the end of the diving day I’m often feeling the cold.

11. Suncream – I know we shouldn’t be wearing suncream to protect the reefs but I am still about protecting my skin from damage and I usually top up in between dives. I figured climate change will probably destroy the reefs more than my suncream – but maybe that’s just me being selfish.

12. GoPro extensions – something to make your gopro float that doesn’t include air. I’m still looking for a GoPro floating selfie stick so if anyone knows where I can buy one then let me know please. I used to have one of these orange devices that float but you it means you cannot see the screen on my GoPro Hero 4. Buy a floating GoPro device here.

13. Your log book – recently I’ve made sure I write in my log book in between dives – especially when doing three dives a day, to help me remember and write about the moment.

14. A sarong – I never bother with heavy beach towels nowadays and I prefer to travel with lightweight, quick drying sarongs instead. I might not always head straight home after a dive and I don’t want to be carrying around a wet, heavy towel to the bar for post diving beers. I love a turtle themed one like this one 

Read more here for the best dives sites in Thailand

Looking for more packing advice? Here are my backpacking essentials that I never travel without

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