Most scuba divers have dreamed about jetting off to a five-star diving resort for a decadent vacation at their most beloved scuba diving locales. Now, there’s a new way for globe-trotting divers to enjoy the experience of an elite resort without being tethered to dry land!
Enter the age of the luxury liveaboards.
Liveaboards are becoming more and more popular as divers discover that they can see infinitely more dive sites, and get more diving in to boot, by simply staying on board and cruising to a realm of far-reaching areas. It’s a great way to see expansive reefs and dive destinations, like the Philippians, the Great Barrier Reef, and the miles of waters off of Indonesia or Fiji, and it’s often comparable in price to hotel accommodations and multiple dive trips.
And because of this rise in popularity, a new wave of liveaboards have come to the surface with a full suite of amenities that are more commonly found at 5-star hotels. Gone are the days of tiny cabins and crowded deck spaces – the new liveaboard experience rivals any prestigious dive resort.
Are you ready to start daydreaming? Then check out these features that this new fleet of luxury liveaboards can offer.
Many liveaboards have support boats that charter divers to and from the day’s specific dive sites, but some luxury liveaboards make the support vessel as decadent as the mothership itself.
These boats may offer little extras like climate controlled cabins, hot showers, and even lounge areas for relaxing in style – even when you’re in a wetsuit.
Just imagine regrouping after a tough day under the water by enjoying a little room service with sparkling champagne, or even an in-room massage.
Luxury liveaboards are starting to bring the resort experience to the sea, with personal masseuses and chefs to up the ante for refined vacationers.
Watch the miles of water drift by from the view of your hot tub, or settle into the bar and lounge to enjoy a drink in the open night sky. Luxury liveaboards have incredible decks that can feature on-site bars or even outdoor restaurant-style dining areas, hot tubs or Jacuzzis, and plenty of brilliant views in every direction.
Some luxury liveaboards have been known to boast massive flat screen TVs with more than 400 movie channels on demand! Others have thick viewing spheres where passengers can admire the surrounding sea life without ever leaving their room. More decadent than a cruise ship cabin, these private accommodations are second-to-none when it comes to getting a good night’s rest.
The best thing about a luxury liveaboard is the places you’ll go. With home ports that include Costa Rica, Indonesia, the Maldives, and even the Egyptian Red Sea, passengers can travel to otherworldly locations while enjoying a truly first class experience.
The best news? As the trend towards exceptional liveaboard accommodations continues, divers will be able to book their elite liveaboard trip without having a billionaire’s bank account. Do your research, and start planning for a fantasy diving vacation that’s, surprisingly, not that far out of reach.