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60+ Of The Best Diving Hashtags For Maximum Exposure On Instagram

HashtagsAlong with valuable social media content, one of the most important elements of getting social media attention is the usage of the right hashtags. Especially on Instagram, hashtags are the primary key to attracting potential customers, connecting with similar accounts and hence growing your following.

With hashtags, you can show your photos to people who are not (yet) following you. If someone clicks on a hashtag and if your photo has recently been shared with the same hashtag, he/she will likely see it.

However, not all hashtags are the same. In this post, you’ll read about different hashtag categories you can use as well as the best diving hashtags and diving related hashtags that will certainly maximize your exposure among scuba lovers on Instagram.


Hashtag Basics

Which Hashtags Should You Add?

It might be tempting to include all kinds of hashtags that pop into your head. However, it is essential to determine the size and quality of each hashtag first.

In both posts and stories on Instagram, the main goal of hashtags is to be seen and found by people who might be interested in your content but are not following you yet.

Therefore it is crucial for your photo to remain in the upper area of the individual hashtag feed for a while. This is simply not possible when using hashtags like #diving or #fun because those hashtags have been tagged millions of times, which means new posts are coming in every other second pushing your photo way down within a few minutes. Therefore exposure will be rather low compared to a hashtag feed that only gets new posts every 10 minutes.

Statistics have shown that it’s most effective to combine large hashtags (>  1m tagged posts) with medium-sized hashtags (100k-900k tagged posts) and even a few small hashtags (< 100k tagged posts).

In my experience, it is best to combine the following hashtag sizes:

5-8 hashtags with < 100k tagges posts = Small Hashtags
12-20 hashtags with < 1m tagged posts = Medium Hashtags
Max. 2 hashtags with > 1m tagged posts = Large Hashtags

How Many Hashtags Should You Add?

Many people include the maximum possible amount of hashtags, which is 30.

However, if you put 30 hashtags in your caption, it looks quite spammy to me, which is why I prefer to use 20-25 hashtags and put them in the first comment instead.

After all, the results you get through the right usage of hashtags is rarely a matter of quantity, but quality!


Popular Scuba Diving Hashtags

General Hashtags For Scuba Diving

Diving As An Activity/Hobby:

Large Hashtags:

#scubadiving 4 m
#diving 6.7 m
#scuba 3.6 m
#underwater 5.7 m
#ocean 57 m


Medium Hashtags:

#scubadive 570 k
#freedive 770 k
#onebreath 170 k
#divers 341 k
#discoverocean 158 k
#buceo 550 k
#plongee 106 k
#tauchen 240 k
#waterlust 256 k
#ilovediving 103 k
#instadive 170 k
#blueworld 100 k


Small Hashtags:

#instascuba 41 k
#instaunderwater 3 k
#instaocean 61 k
#scubaworld 38 k


Diving As A Lifestyle:

Medium Hashtags:

#divelife 135 k
#scubalife 240 k
#divinglife 180 k


Small Hashtags:

#scubadiverlife 82 k
#divingisfun 67 k
#scubadivingislife 50 k
Diving Lifestyle
You can use hashtags like #divelife or #divingisfun to show activities related to scuba diving.

Hashtags That Are Related To Your Photo

People Who Dive:

Large Hashtags:

#diver 1.3 m


Medium Hashtags:

#scubadiver 447 k
#girlsthatscuba 102 k
#scubagirl 121 k
#scubadivers 130 k


Small Hashtags:

#scubadivingwomen 50 k
#scubajunkies 60 k
#scubadivinggirls 80 k
#scubadivergirls 27 k
#girlswhofreedive 57 k
#girlswhoscuba 9 k
#scubagirls 30 k
Use dive-related hashtags like #scubadiver or #instructor to describe any people in the photo.

Marine Life:

Large Hashtags:

#sealife 3.5 m
#marinelife 1.2 m
#sharkweek 1 m


Medium Hashtags:

#underwaterworld 705 k
#seaturtle 750 k
#turtlelove 203 k
#coralreef 830 k
#tropicalfish 768 k
#underwaterlife 356 k


Small Hashtags:

#seaturtlelove 10 k
#aquaticlife 80 k
#sharklove 85 k
#whalelove 21 k
Sea Urchins
Use specific hashtags to describe any marine life in a photo.

Underwater Photography:

Large Hashtags:

#underwaterphotography 2.5 m


Medium Hashtags:

#underwaterphoto 607 k
#ocenaphotography 337 k
#uwphoto 295 k


Small Hashtags:

#scubaphoto 96 k
#divingphoto 51 k
#diving_photography 41 k


Related Scuba Brands:

Large Hashtags:

#padi 1.8 m


Medium Hashtags:

#ssi 350 k
#cressi 134 k
#mares 300 k
#apnea 530 k
#scubapro 330 k
#aqualung 100 k
#cmas 130 k
Dive Brands
Add brand-related hashtags to show other divers which scuba brands you like.


Of course, you may always add the destination or dive site of your photo as a hashtag.

If you want to narrow the destination down to diving, a great way to do that is by adding #diving + [country], e.g. #divingphilippines, #divingthailand, #divinggalapagos, etc.

Also, don’t forget to tag any hashtags from a local dive shop or tourism board, e.g. #itsmorefuninthephilippines. It may not be particularly dive-related, though scuba diving is a huge part of many tropical locations. Using official tourism board hashtags, therefore, makes sense if you want to get the attention of potential dive guests or customers.

Other Hashtags:


#divetips 1 k
#diveshop 21 k


Your Own Hashtags

If you want to connect with your customers on a more personal level, why not create your own hashtag?

You can ask your dive guests to use these hashtags when sharing dive images on social media. As a result, you’ll get attention from their photos, AND it’ll be even easier for you to find all the pictures you were tagged in in just one place.

Your own hashtag can be your slogan or the name of your dive center. Or perhaps something random that’s related to the marine life you get to see when diving with you. Be creative!

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Hi, I'm Lena. I've been on the move traveling the world, diving oceans and climbing mountains for almost 10 years. On the blog, I share with you my favorite once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences, places off the beaten path and tips on how you can travel and dive the world without spending a fortune. Also, say hi and join my journey on Instagram - see you there!

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