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Underwater Tourism - October 2018

“Often known as the ‘rainforests of the sea’, some of the world’s most spectacular and fascinating landscapes can be found underwater on coral reefs, which account for just 0.1% of the seabed yet support 25% of all marine life. Wrecks and reefs are common destinations for a global community of active divers keen to immerse themselves with the unique life underwater and there is a vast range of diving holidays on the market that range from dive resorts, liveaboards and ad-hoc, one-off dive experiences. However, there is more to underwater tourism, and the challenge of constructing hotels and buildings underwater endures while niche activities such as shark diving and SNUBA [‘snorkel’ and ‘scuba’] are supporting growth of the industry. New technologies have emerged that help make diving safer and the development of high-tech submarine tourism offers great potential for a safe, yet sustainable method of exploring the underwater world.”

- Jessica Kelly, Senior Travel Analyst

This report looks at the following areas:

  • What is the global value and volume of the diving-tourism sector?
  • What is coral-reef tourism and how does it contribute to coastal livelihoods?
  • What are the main underwater-tourism activities and where are the best destinations?
  • Who are the major operators and influencers in the market?
  • How is diving tourism contributing to the preservation of crucial underwater habitats and marine life?

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

    • Data Sources

      • Global Overview of Underwater Tourism

          • A brief history of scuba diving
          • Recreational Scuba Diving – The Market

            • Global economic indicators
              • US
                • Europe
                  • Japan and China
                    • Australia
                      • Figure 1: Estimated dive-related spending in Australia, 2014
                      • Figure 2: Dive-related spending in Australia by state, 2014
                    • Coral reefs
                      • Figure 3: The world’s coral reefs by surface, 2018
                    • Value of coral-reef tourism
                      • Figure 4: Value of coral-reef tourism, 2017
                      • Figure 5: Value of coral-reef tourism by destination, 2017
                    • Global volumes and participation
                      • Figure 6: Newly certified divers in top US states, 2007-17
                    • Scuba-diving certification
                      • PADI – Professional Association of Diving Instructors
                        • NAUI – National Association of Underwater Instructors
                          • BSAC – British Sub-Aqua Club
                            • CMAS – Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques/World Underwater Federation
                              • SSI – Scuba Schools International
                                • Cost of certification
                                  • Figure 7: Selected PADI certification courses while overseas, 2018
                              • Underwater Tourism Activities

                                  • Scuba diving and snorkelling
                                    • Dive resorts
                                      • Figure 8: Selected dive resorts, 2018
                                    • Liveaboard dive vessels
                                      • Figure 9: Selected luxury liveaboard boats & trips, 2018
                                    • Dive retailers and outlets for day diving
                                      • Shark diving
                                        • Figure 10: Top shark-diving destinations & annual values, 2017
                                      • Cave diving
                                        • Freediving
                                          • SNUBA and helmet diving
                                          • Other Underwater-Tourism Activities

                                            • Submarine tourism
                                              • Accommodation and dining
                                                • Photography
                                                  • Weddings
                                                  • Underwater Destinations

                                                      • Figure 11: World’s top 10 dive sites, 2018
                                                    • Wrecks and reefs
                                                      • Africa
                                                        • Asia
                                                          • Australasia and the Pacific
                                                            • Caribbean and Central America
                                                              • Europe
                                                                • North America
                                                                  • South America
                                                                    • Polar regions
                                                                    • Other Underwater Destinations

                                                                      • Museums and artificial reefs
                                                                        • Sunken cities
                                                                          • Underwater hospitality
                                                                          • Diver Profiles

                                                                              • Divers from the US
                                                                                  • Figure 12: Who are US active divers?, 2014
                                                                                • European divers
                                                                                • Operators and Influencers in the Market

                                                                                    • Atlantis Submarines
                                                                                      • Caradonna Adventures
                                                                                        • Divebooker
                                                                                          • Dive Worldwide
                                                                                            • Green Fins
                                                                                              • Original Diving
                                                                                                • PADI Travel
                                                                                                  • Planet Deepblu
                                                                                                    • Planet Dive Holidays
                                                                                                      • Poseidon Dive Adventures
                                                                                                        • Scuba Diving
                                                                                                          • Scuba Travel
                                                                                                          • What Next?

                                                                                                            • Diving tourism: protecting the underwater environment and sustaining coastal communities’ livelihoods
                                                                                                              • Submarine tourism set for growth
                                                                                                                • Future underwater developments

                                                                                                                Underwater Tourism - October 2018

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