For your comfort and peace of mind, nothing beats bringing your own gear on your dive trip. Unlike before, airlines do not give exemptions for diving equipment. However, local air carriers have come up with special packages for divers, so that bringing your own equipment could be more affordable.
If you’re a Mabuhay Miles member, you can avail of the SportsPlus Program, which allows you to bring 20 kilos of sporting equipment each time you take a PAL flight (except PAL Express and Econolight ticket holders) for a flat annual rate. Fees are as follows:
|SportsPlus Philippines||· Twenty (20) kg on Philippine Airlines domestic flights||US$30|
|SportsPlus Asia||· Twenty (20) kg on Philippine Airlines flights within Asia||US$60|
|SportsPlus Global||· Twenty (20) kg on Philippine Airlines flights worldwide excluding US and Canada; or,
· one (1) extra piece of luggage to/from US and Canada (not exceeding 20kg)
For diving, this covers: diving tank (aluminum or steel) without oxygen, weight belt (lead), back pack with scuba diving paraphernalia, snorkel, mask and fins, wet suit, underwater camera, depth gauge or decometer, air regulator and BCD.
By paying a Sports Equipment Fee of Php1,000 every time you fly, you are entitled to bring sports equipment weighing up to 15 kilos – this is on top of the free baggage allowance. Those availing of the Go Lite fare are not entitled to avail the Sports Equipment Fee. Tanks by the way, are not allowed.
No deal.The applicable excess baggage charges apply.
Airlines around Asia: Air Asia
This air carrier, which flies from Clark to Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur, charges Php 750(outbound) and RM 50 (inbound) for sports equipment weighing up to 15 kilos.
Sporting equipment will be accepted for travel depending on the availability of space and is charged a rate of Singaporean $30 or Australian $60 (or local currency equivalent) per item, per flight.