Q: Why dive with Worldwide Diving Adventures?
A: Our trips are planned around diving the best destinations at the best time of year with the best operators. We pride ourselves on getting “out there”, arranging dive trips to destinations that you will never forget. WDA has been taking divers around the world since 1972. We’re not afraid to go places off the beaten path, or find the best spots right in our back yard.
Additionally, we have the best clients on the planet– no joke! The people that travel with us are a close knit family. We have a large rate of return clients who have been many special places together and made incredible memories. Our typical group of clients is friendly, open, excellent divers, with an adventurous spirit and ready for anything.
Q: What are some tips for travel?
Tips and Travel Notes:
- A smile goes a long way.
- Produce such as salad is generally ok to eat at big hotels, ask if produce has been washed in bottled water. I tend to stay away from anything that doesn’t have a peel.
- If something doesn’t feel right, turn around and go back to the hotel. Keep your eyes open and stay alert.
- BRING A PEN with you, and a noteook. You need pens in the airports and on your flights to fill out arrival cards and visa information.
- Eat yogurt (for live active cultures) 10 days prior to travel.
- Call your credit card company to inform the dates of travel, sometimes they’ll put a block on the card to prevent international purchases. I can do it online with my Visa.
Money and Passports:
- Money Belt – your passport is the most important, most expensive, most sought after item sold on the black market. You can keep it in the safe at the hotels, but keep on you in a money belt when traveling (you don’t necessarily need to wear a money belt on flights, but on buses and while walking about).
- Bring small change – clean dollar bills often work.
- Get ready to bargain.
- SCAN a copy of your passport and visas and email it to yourself and a family member. Also keep paper copies in a separate place in your luggage.
- Keep paper copies of emergency numbers and US embassies.
- Consider a passport cover to conceal that you have a US passport.
- Suggest getting visas in advance; however these can be obtained at the airports, sometimes with significant waits.
- SCAN copies of your visas and email them to yourself and family.
- If you are getting visas upon arrival, bring exact change.
- In case of lost luggage, bring a change of clothes, dive mask, and medications in your carry-on. Regulator and computer if there is room.
- Bring eye-mask, pillow, ear plugs, sleeping meds and sleep if you can on the flights.
- Water bottle and emergency packet/electrolyte supplement.
- Reserve your seats in advance if you want a window or an aisle. Otherwise you’ll be stuck in the middle. Go to the airport early to try and get upgrades or different seats.
- Carry a PEN with you on the flight and have it easily accessible.
- Carry your passport with you on the plane, don’t leave it in the overhead compartment, because you’ll need to write down your passport number on the arrival card. The arrival card is given to the customs agent at the airport when you arrive.
Airport Arrival and Departures:
- When you land, you will go first through customs. You will need your arrival card that was given to you on the airplane. This arrival card is stamped and handed over to the customs agent.
- After your passport is stamped, proceed to the luggage area and collect your luggage. There are desks available if there are problems with missing luggage.
- Often domestic flights are on small planes with no air conditioning, have a pair of shorts or top to wear. Have your camera handy as you often get exceptional views.
Q: How do I reserve a space? When are payments due?
A: Follow links on each Trip Descriptor page to the “Reservations” button. Make a deposit or final payment via the appropriate drop down selection. For Channel Islands trips, final payment is due 30 days before departure. International trips vary according to the date the trip is reserved.
Q: How thick should my wetsuit be?
A: Water temperatures vary greatly around the globe. Here is a partial list of destination temperatures and appropriate exposure suits:
|Destination||Water Temp (F)||Recommended Exposure Suit|
|Monterey||53-57||Drysuit, or ¼” (8mm) wetsuit, hood/gloves|
|Northern Channel Islands||55-62||Drysuit, or ¼” (8mm) wetsuit, hood/gloves|
|Southern Channel Islands||57-70||Drysuit, or ¼” (8mm) wetsuit, hood/gloves|
|East Africa||80-83||1/8” (4mm) wetsuit, shorty, skin|
|Galapagos||73-86||1/8” (4mm) wetsuit, shorty, hood/gloves|
|Sulawesi||76-83||1/8” (4mm) wetsuit, shorty, skin|
For water temperatures in the United States, visit the NOAA Coastal Water Temperature Guide at http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/
Q: Will I see sharks?
A: We hope so! Because sharks are beautiful, graceful animals, many of our trips are designed to see sharks. Bill Finstad did his Master Thesis on the circadian rhythm of sharks, and has appeared in several documentaries during his studies on blue sharks. Sharks we commonly see in California are the Angel, Horn, Leopard, Soupfin, and Swell sharks. With a total of 370 species of shark, only seven are known to have attacked humans: Bull, Tiger, Oceanic White Tip, Great White, Blue, Galapagos and Mako. Of all reported attacks only 1% are fatal. Usually, a shark attack is the result of mistaken identity – the shark believing a swimmer, diver or surfer is natural prey, such as a turtle or seal – and that’s why, often after one bite, the victim is rejected by the shark. More people die every year from bee stings, dog bites, falling coconuts and lightening strikes.
Q: Will I need any vaccinations for travel?
A: Recommended vaccines protect travelers from illnesses present in other parts of the world. Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors including your destination, whether you will be spending time in rural areas, the season of the year you are traveling, your age, health status, and previous immunizations. To find out which vaccinations are recommended, search the region you will visit on the website: http://www.cdc.gov/travel/destinat.htm
Q: Do you do private charters?
A: YES! We do private charters on our 40ft. sailing catamaran, Te Poerava. Amount of people depends upon the duration of the trip, with locations varying throughout the Southern California and Channel Islands areas. Additionally, we can arrange to do private trips to the Gaviota coast just North of Santa Barbara, with enough advanced notice. Private charters can be arranged for specific activities, such as lobster diving, photography, freediving and more. As always, you will get spur of the moment marine biology lessons from Kristy. Please contact us for rates and to make reservations.