Liveaboards Are The Ultimate Way To Maximise Your Diving Holiday
Some people say you haven’t dived properly until you have tried a liveaboard trip. With liveaboards established in many countries throughout the world they are now extremely popular and one of the top ways to dive the best dive sites on earth. Below we look at ten reasons why you should consider a liveaboard for your next diving holiday
1) You can dive remote dive sites
The major selling point of liveaboard dive holidays is the ability to dive the most remote dive sites all around the world. A liveaboard is the only way to explore these sites which would ordinarily inaccessible from land-based operators. This gives you the chance to visit some of the most untouched pristine dive sites in the world, often with the added bonus of sometimes being the only divers there.
2) Less stress as everything is organised for you
A lot of planning usually goes into most vacations, from organising your accommodation, choosing where to eat each day and finding a good dive operator. There is a lot to think about. With liveaboards all the stress is taken care of for you. The crew will organise the itinerary and perform all the logistics for you so all you have to do is turn up.
3) Less time in transit
On a liveaboard, most of the transits between dives sites happen while you are sleeping or during your relaxation times on board. This means that no time is wasted on your holiday travelling to and from dive sites or back to your accommodation. Not only that each day you wake up in at new amazing dive sites, ready to explore.
4) More dives per day / lot of dives in one trip
One of the main reasons many divers love liveaboards is the fact they offer more dive dives per day compared to land based operators. Liveaboards commonly offer between 4 and 5 dives per day. Dive schedules on liveaboards are often flexible, giving divers the choice how many dives they would like to participate in. When you don’t feel like doing a certain dive you can stay on board and relax.
5) Meet like-minded people / socialize
a. Liveaboard holidays are great and give you the chance to meet other people that love diving just as much as you do. In between dives there are plenty of opportunities to socialize and exchange stories with other divers.
6) Unpack and pack only once
We all know how time consuming it is when you have to pack and unpack your dive gear. The good news is with liveaboards you can travel around a vast area and visit new dive sites without having to pack up all your equipment and belongings every couple of days.
7) Dive gear ready to go
As much as we all love diving, one of the most time-consuming part is usually gathering and setting up your equipment then having to carry it to a dive boat or shore side before a dive. However, on a liveaboard your equipment will be sitting ready for you before each dive. Most liveaboards will change or refill your tank for you between dives. All you need to do is put it on before your die and do your buddy checks!
8) Surface intervals are more pleasant as you return to the main boat
Surface intervals aren’t always the most pleasant part of most dive trips. Often dive boats can be crammed leaving you not much room to dry off and relax. On most liveaboards you enjoy the majority of your surface intervals back on the main vessel, with plenty of space, tasty snacks and the chance to dry off and warm up properly.
9) You also get the chance to explore on land
Although most of your time will be spent exploring the amazing underwater world, you have the additional bonus of exploring some incredible above water destinations too. Many liveaboards offer the chance for you to visit a large variety of untouched beauty spots that you wouldn’t normally be able to access.
10) Cost effective
Diving is not the cheapest hobby there is out there and can often be a large part of your vacation budget. Liveaboards offer one of the most cost-effective ways to enjoy a diving filled vacation. The listed prices of liveaboards include all your dives and equipment rental, meals and sometimes alcoholic beverages as well as your accommodation.