Best Economic Scuba Diving Destinations in the World

Best Economic Scuba Diving Destinations in the World

March 29, 2021 Off By Sublaid

No matter the season, passionate scuba divers worldwide are always keen to explore new places to quench their diving thirst. “We dive not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

Many passionate divers tend to push limits in terms of cost, but a budget-friendly trip remains the top priority for many others. To maintain the balance between price and leisure, a scuba driver has to do a lot of calculations for the cost involved in a scuba trip.

This article will share the budget-friendly scuba diving places we must visit without forgoing travelling pleasure.

Let’s head to the list without wasting time.

  • Egypt
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Fiji
  • Bahamas
  • Belize
  • Thailand
  • Australia


One of the oldest civilizations with one of the seven wonders of the world, it links northeast Africa with the Middle East. This geographical location has much more than just scuba diving opportunities. Egypt has always been a top tourist destination in the world.

The prices for scuba diving in Egypt are also very affordable, where you can make customized plans for diving in a range of 34$-500$. Besides this, week long dive cruises are among the cheapest in the world, and there are offerings to try diving as well.

Places to Explore for Diving in Egypt

  • Sharm El Sheikh
  • Ras Mohammed
  • The SS Thistlegorm wreck
  • Straits of Tiran
  • Hurghada
  • Abu Nuhas

and many more


A country with an abundance of beaches and fresh fruit is famous for its scuba diving places. It has been in the eye of tourists for decades. People, even from Asia, love to spend their vacations there due to its economic prices and amazing hosting. Ranging from 22$ to 550$,you can enjoy great value- to luxury diving.

Dive Places to Explore in the Philippines

  • Sulu Sea
  • Malapascua
  • Eastern Visayas
  • Mimaropa
  • Bicol
  • Northern Mindanao


Malaysia stands near the top of our economic scuba diving ratings. Though the rentals are not cheap in comparison to the diving you get, they are economical.

Here is the breakdown of avg prices for scuba diving in Malaysia

Including Equipment Rental: 80RM-150RM

Excluding Equipment Rental: 60RM-110RM

Places to Explore in Malaysia for Scuba Diving

There are many places to dive in Malaysia, and a few are exceptional. Having a visit to Malaysia and missing these heavens on Earth, would mean that you missed out:

  • Mabul and Kapalai
  • Sipadan
  • Layang Layang
  • Pulau Tioman
  • Lankayan


The Maldives is not such an expensive country overall. But when it comes to scuba diving cost, it gets a little on the higher side. When you compare the cost of scuba diving in the Maldives with that of the first world countries, you will find it lower. It is one of the best value liveaboard destinations in the world.

In Maldives scuba diving cost is about $70 to $200. The more you spend, the more luxurious the trip will be. So I would recommend booking a Maldives package with all the activities that will help you to save your money on your Maldives vacation.

Places you must Explore for Scuba Diving in the Maldives

  • The Southern Atolls
  • Far North Atolls
  • Northern Atolls
  • South Male
  • North Male Atoll


A country famous for its drinks and food culture is not far behind in the race of economical diving places of the world. There are beautiful places to stay there as well as you can have a vast range of fine dining, as well as diving places.

The prices range for a scuba diving trip range from 60$ -300$. There are different variations and facilities for the price you pay. So, when you wish to go there and see the detailed packages, you will be comforted by the facilities included.

Diving Places to Explore in Mexico

  • Socorro Island
  • Guadalupe
  • The Sea of Cortez
  • The Cenotes
  • The Yucatan Peninsula
  • Cozumel


A sparsely populated country of about a million people, it is peaceful and attractive for tourism. And especially for the scuba divers, it is nothing short of an underwater heaven.

In terms of cost, it is economical as well. You can have a good scuba dive at various famous places of Fiji in the price range $20-$62, which is impressive.

Places to Explore in Fiji for Scuba Diving

  • Beqa Lagoon
  • Bligh Water and The Koro Sea
  • Taveuni
  • Kadavu
  • Viti Levu

So the above mentioned is our list of economy-friendly places for scuba diving. Bahamas, Belize, Thailand and Australia fall in the rest of the competition to our list. However, note that merely listing out countries, prices and sites is not enough. Equally important is the need to identify the best scuba diving service providers in the world


The prices mentioned in the above list are taken as an average and may deviate by about 20%. Besides this, the price range covers add-ons and levels of luxury. So, the more you can afford to pay, the more luxury or number of dives you can have!