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Travelling with cameras

In the world of dive equipment, everything seems to be going leaner and lighter. You can buy travel regs, travel BCD, heck we’re surprised there aren’t any travel weights* on the market yet. Cameras on the other hand are a completely different story, and it seems that every time you turn around on a dive boat now you’re tripping over something that looks like a NASA Mars lander. Have you ever wondered, how on earth do people take these cameras overseas when they can barely even lift them onto the boat?

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Most airlines have an Economy Class baggage allowance of 20 – 23kg. If you’re going to a liveaboard or a dive resort, then you can get away with packing the bare minimum of clothing. You may even choose to hire dive gear when you get there. If you want to take everything then that’s absolutely fine, but you will need to pay for excess baggage. It will be worth it for that once-in-a-lifetime shot, but be prepared with a credit card or some local currency. Here’s some of airlines with great baggage policies for our divers travelling from Australia:

  • Air Vanuatu – 30kg
  • Solomon Airlines – 30kg
  • Air Niugini – 30kg
  • Singapore Airlines – 25kg (20kg normally) by special request
  • Any flights to the Americas – 2 bags up to 23kg each

Please note that these allowances are subject to change, contact us prior to departure or check your carriers website for the latest baggage allowances.

When you’re choosing a dive resort, look for those with special facilities such as camera rooms, as these are the ones that are likely to be able to handle your equipment on the boat with the most care.  

*Now that one’s a different story. I’m reminded of the American who once turned up on Spirit of Freedom on my watch with his full collection of lead shot weight pouches.