Best Airlines to Travel with Scuba Equipment in 2018

May 25 • 2 min read

You can pack your dive equipment and check it in as a regular luggage in most airlines. However, only a few airlines do offer extra allowance or extra weight.

Don’t like paying overages for heavy bags when bringing your dive gear along?? Neither do we! We’ve put our practical research to good use and created our list of best airlines to travel with dive equipment by checked baggage allowance in economy class.

We ❤️ these airlines..and their diving destinations!

Best Airlines to Travel With Dive Equipment

1. CATHAY PACIFIC, 60 kg (132 lbs)

Top Dive Spots: good hub for the Philippines, Palau, and the whole coral triangle

Baggage Allowance: up to 2 x 30kg for most flights, and for flights to/from USA, Canada, and Central and South American countries: 2 pieces of 23kg


2. GARUDA INDONESIA, 53 kg (116 lbs)

Top Dive Spots: Raja Ampat, Komodo, Bunaken, Nusa Penida, Wakatobi, Alor… the list is endless!

Baggage Allowance: 30kg + 23kg


3. EGYPT AIR, 46 kg (101 lbs)

Top Dive Spots: the Red Sea

Baggage Allowance: 2 x 23kg


4. QATAR AIRWAYS, 46 kg (101 lbs)

Top Dive Spots: Oman, the Maldives, Singapore, Bali…

Baggage Allowance: 2 x 23kg


5. EMIRATES, 35 kg (77 lbs)

Top Dive Spots: Dubai is a hub for the whole world: South Africa, Cebu in the Philippines, Singapore…

Baggage Allowance: 35kg


6. AIR TAHITI, 28 kg (61 lbs)

Top Dive Spots: Rangiroa, Fakarava

Baggage Allowance: 23kg + 5kg

7. THAI LION AIR, 25 kg (55 lbs)

Top Dive Spots: Similan and Surin islands, Mergui Archipelago

Baggage Allowance: 10kg + 15kg

Over the years, we see fewer airlines offering free allowance or much weight, so it’s important to pack light. To get some tips, read our article on How to Travel Light (Less Than 10 Kg) with Your Scuba Dive Equipment?

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