This guide is intended to help you select the most cost effective way to pay for your diving trip, while also asking you to consider helping us to minimise our collection costs.
One of the many benefits of booking your diving trip through Dive The World is that we offer a range of payment options to give you a convenient and cost effective way to pay. We recognise that international bank transfer fees, currency conversions and credit card fees can be a significant addition to your trip’s cost. Most dive operators cannot offer the same range of payment methods. They will usually ask for payment in a specific currency to a bank account in their country or a credit card payment with a surcharge to cover their collection costs.
When you make your booking with us we will send you a Provisional Booking Held Notification. This form will tell you the amount you need to pay. The amount will be expressed in the currency used by the operator that provides the trip but you do not have to pay in that currency. The form will also include instructions detailing the payment methods that we accept - both bank transfers or bank card payments. For many customers, this is all the information they need to make their payment. However, if you have any doubts about what is the best payment method for you then the following information below might help you make your decisions:
There are ways to minimise the costs. We encourage customers to pay by domestic bank transfer where possible. We also endeavour to avoid unnecessary currency conversions by offering payment options in a range of major currencies.
Dive The World accepts bank payments by the following methods:
Dive The World accepts bank card payments using an on-line encrypted payment facility with an integrated Verisign security system provided by PayPal. This system can also accept payments directly from your PayPal account (if you have one).
We can accept card payments in USD, EUR or HKD. If your card is denominated in any of those currencies then you should pay in that currency to avoid currency conversion fees (usually 2.5%). If your card is denominated in any other currency then please pay in HKD as that is our home currency.
We are charged collection fees for receiving bank card payments (a 3-4% fee is charged). Dive The World accepts this fee and, unlike many operators, we do not pass it on to our customers. We want you to choose the payment method that is most convenient for you but we also ask you to consider the size of your payment. If you are making a large payment, say in excess of US$ 3,000, then the collection fees become high. For such large payments, bank transfers are more cost effective so we ask you to pay using that option if possible.