When you go for a destination dive it is nice to have some variety. While you absolutely love diving, you can’t do it 24/7 throughout your entire trip. For the time that you spend above water, you will want to keep yourself entertained as well. There many things that could draw you to a location: food, history, famous landmarks. But for the shopaholic in you, great shopping may take the cake; you can always stock up on great dive gear, after all.
All across the world there are beautiful markets, high-end boutiques and one-of-a-kind stores that mark the streets of some great dive destinations. Find your ideal location and start planning your trip today.
Singapore – This city-state in Southeast Asia is a beautiful place to visit. With a vibrant shopping culture, stop by Haji Lane, ION Orchard, Sungei Road Thieves’ Market and Ann Siang Road, just to name a few. Singapore is a great training destination due to its calm waters. It is the hub of diving in the region due to its convenient location. Local sites, Pulau Hantu and Pulau Jong, are certainly worth exploring no matter your level of experience.
Sao Paulo – The boisterous culture of Brazil is alive and well in Sao Paulo. Grab a few friends and head to Jardins, centering on Rua Oscar Freire, to see some of the most glamorous storefronts. With an expansive coastline, there’s diving all across the country. Take a dip in Laje de Santos Marine Park and witness the masses of manta rays, check out the wreck of the fishing boat Moreia or go deeper at Anchor Ledge.
Dubai – Everything in Dubai is glitzy and glamorous and the shopping reflects that. The Souk Madinat inside the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel even has a waterway that people can travel along to go from shop to shop. Dubai is gaining popularity with divers for its great spots like Fujeirah, Khorfakkan and Musandam, which are along the Gulf of Oman, and Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, which are along the Persian or Arabian Gulf.
Visit the PADI Dive Shop Locator to find a shop near you. You will be able to find additional information for the perfect dive destination for you, anywhere in the world.