The Ultimate Dive Vacation on a Live-Aboard
If you want to do the most diving for your vacation dollars, visit the most exotic, uncrowded sites and have easy access to the water in perfect luxury and service, then a live-aboard dive vacation adventure is for you!
Truk Lagoon / Chuuk Live-Aboards
Truk Odyssey – See the ghost fleet of Truk Lagoon, the world’s best shipwreck destination, on-board the Truk Odyssey. This 126 foot air-conditioned live-aboard vessel has nine staterooms all with ensuite facilities. The Odyssey offers a large entertainment lounge, delicious snacks and meals including beer and wine. Divers will enjoy up to five dives a day, nitrox fills for certified nitrox divers. Fascinating wreck, reef, night and shark diving.
Thorfin - This 170 foot air-conditioned custom live-aboard is the only dive boat known to be powered by a steam engine. There are 11 rooms (accommodates up to 22 guests), most rooms have private facilities. Four fast boats take groups of six divers to four different simultaneous wrecks to assure an uncrowded and silt-free diving experience.
Palau Rock Islands Aggressor – A spacious, comfortable catamaran specifically built for divers, stretches 106 feet long and accommodates 18 guests. Once settled in on this comfortable yacht you’ll be ready to focus on the huge variety the underwater world of Palau has to offer.
Palau Aggressor II – This 106 foot vessel has nine staterooms all with private bathrooms, individual climate control and generous storage space in every cabin. Most dives are made from a 30 foot skiff. On the dive deck there is camera table and rise tank. A self-service indoor/outdoor bar is open 24 hours a day.
S/Y Palau Siren - Launched in 2012, the custom built 130 foot Indonesian Phinisi hosts 16 guests on 7 & 10 night itineraries. The Palau Siren offers double or twin bed accommodations with air-conditioning and en-suite cabins.
Ocean Hunter I - Intimate and small for the divers who like an alternative to the larger live-aboards. The Ocean Hunter 1 sleeps only six divers in three air-conditioned cabins. One cabin offers its own private bath, while the other two share a luxurious bath. The salon is very comfortable and has a state of the art entertainment center.
Ocean Hunter III – This 96 foot former research vessel has 8 cabins (accommodates 16) all with private bath and a/c. There is a large dining room and a comfortable salon with sofas and an entertainment system. The Ocean Hunter III travels the waters of Palau and the Western Pacific.
Big Blue Explorer – New to Palau, this 160 foot vessel is fully air-conditioned, offers nine staterooms with ensuite bathrooms and plenty of storage space. Four 24 foot skiffs give the divers plenty of flexibility at each dive site. Nitrox is available. E-6 processing and camera rentals are offered on board.
Solitude One – At 171 feet, the Solitude One is a huge and spacious steel-hulled liveaboard cruising around the islands of Palau. It can accommodate up to 22 divers in 10 spacious cabins all with ensuite bathrooms. Diving is conducted from 2 tenders. There are 6 or 9 night itineraries to choose from.
To experience the tropical splendor of the Great Barrier Reef, live-aboard dive boats such as Mike Ball’s Supersport, Pro Dive’s Tusa Dive, Taka and Spirit of Freedom, all offer trips starting with 3 night adventures. Cod Hole & Ribbon Reefs - Dive the turquoise waters among an amazing chain of diverse coral reefs, where clouds of colorful tropical fish, moray eels, reef sharks, turtles and giant potato cod.
Coral Sea – Beyond the continental shelf that harbors the Great Barrier Reef lays the isolated reef system and crystal clear waters of Australia’s Coral Sea. Dive with the sharks and other large pelagics that cruise this undersea world of pinnacles and sheer walls rising from thousands of feet below.
Fiji Aggressor – The 10-passenger, 101 foot steel monohull explores the reefs, bommies and walls of Nigali Passage, Wakaya, Koro and Namena Islands. Lush soft corals with their brilliant displays of color will dazzle photographers, and exciting drift dives with eagle rays, mantas, turtles, sharks and giant groupers are also on the itinerary.
Nai’a - Custom built for live-aboard diving, the Nai’a accommodates 18 passengers in 9 spacious, air-conditioned staterooms all with ensuite bathrooms. Nai’a’s sophisticated sailing rig affords her the range, comfort and stability of a true expeditionary vessel.
S/Y Fiji Siren - Offering 7 & 10 night trips, this newly built addition to the Siren Fleet will take you through and out of the Vatu-I-Ra Passage to the waters of Taveuni, Lomaiviti, Nomena and Wakaya. Departs year round from its port at Volivoli Beach Resort on Viti Levu.
Tui Tai - Offering 5 & 7 night adventure cruises that include a variety of activities; mountain biking, sea kayaking, fishing, hiking, visiting remote villages, and more!
M.V. Bilikiki – The 125 foot Bilikiki offers 10 deluxe cabins. The boat explore the Florida Islands, the Russell Islands, Mborokua (Mary) Island and Marovo Lagoon in the New Georgia Islands. The walls, reefs, pinnacles and coral gardens of Solomon Islands support an amazing variety of sea creatures, with exceptional visibility and warm water year round. Within a few yards of each other schools of anemone fish, angel fish, butterfly fish, or bumphead parrot fish can be spotted. Keep your eyes open for “big eye” Trevally and large schools of barracuda.
Papua New Guinea Live-Aboards
FeBrina – The 72 foot FeBrina accommodates 12 divers in 7 air-conditioned cabins, offers 6 – 10 night adventures and has nitrox on-board.
We also represent the Chertan, Golden Dawn, Kalibobo Spirit, Tiata, and Telita all serving PNG.
M/V Carpe Vita Explorer - Launched in February 2011 and is a very exciting and luxurious addition to the Explorer Ventures Fleet! This new 20-passenger, 125 foot wooden-hull safari yacht, along with her 65-foot custom matching dhoni, was built by one of the Maldives most accomplished boat builders. It provides guests with an exceptional and luxurious yachting experience, large, hotel-style staterooms, Jacuzzi and unmatched open-air comfort! All 10 cabins offer a private bath and shower, separately controlled air-conditioning and plenty of storage space. The 2 upper deck cabins are very large with king bed or double beds and study area; the 2 main deck cabins can accommodate 2 individuals with 2 double beds or a couple in 1 queen; the 6 lower deck cabins offer a queen bed and a twin bed.
Maldives Aggressor – A new addition to the Aggressor Fleet, this 115 foot vessel will cruise around palm fringed islands with sparkling white beaches, turquoise lagoons, clear warm waters and coral reefs teeming with abundant varieties of marine flora and fauna. The big attraction, however, are the schools of fish that patrol the reefs in colorful packs.
Ocean Divine - Offering 7 & 10 night diving itineraries November – April and surfing itineraries April – October, you will receive 5-star service and cuisine on board the 110′ vessel, complete with 7 climate controlled cabins, en suite bathrooms, plasma TV’s, and more. Treat yourself to a traditional Balinese massage and enjoy the new sunset lounge on the top deck.
M.Y. Manthiri – This 85-foot long vessel accommodates 12 divers. Feel at home relaxing in the 400 square foot salon that’s furnished with sofas, a multi-system theatre system of TV, stereos and video cameras. Diving is done from an accompanying 42 foot boat called a dhoni, fitted with compressors and safety equipment.
We also represent the Carpe Diem and the MV Orion serving the Maldives.
Indonesia / Raja Ampat Live-Aboards
Arenui - The Arenui is a traditional and magnificent Phinisi classic Indonesian wooden sailing vessel. Holding 16 passengers in 8 exceptionally spacious cabins with itineraries showcasing the best of Indonesia. Itineraries include: May to October around the Komodo National Park area, November Ambon/ Maluku and the Spice Islands in the Banda Sea, Raja Ampat area of Western Papua from December through until April. With a crew of 22 serving a maximum of 16 guests, the aim is to make your cruise a truly relaxing and first-class experience!
Indo Siren – A custom built 130 foot Indonesian Phinisi offering 8 spacious cabins for up to 16 guests. This luxury liveaboard offers a variety of itineraries throughout Indonesia. Nov.-April, 6/10/12 night in Raja Ampat. May -Nov., 10 nights in Komodo National Park. Oct.-Dec., 14 nights in the Banda Sea.
Tambora – Built by traditional boat builders on the Island of Sulawesi, sized to comfortably accommodate a maximum of 16 divers. With eight spacious guest suites and a large en-suite bathroom, the Tambora has taken great care to plan their cruise itineraries to follow seasonal patterns. Their 2010 programs will tae you to four different dive regions, each filled with its own unique set of attractions. Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Aetna Bay with unmatched biodiversity and stunning coral life, the islands east of Borneo in the Makassar Strait, a guarantee for big pelagic action, wreck diving cruises in Bangka-Belitung and he world famous Komodo National Park.
Dewi Nusantara - The 188 foot Dewi Nusantara explores the magnificent reefs and marine life in the heart of the world famous “Coral Triangle.” Dewi Nusantara dive cruises take you to Komodo National Park, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Ambon, Halmahera and Cenderawasih Bay. There are eight spacious air-conditioned staterooms, that can be adapted to either twin or double use, each with its own en suite bathroom. The master and commanders’ cabin aft is the size of a large hotel suite.
Raja Ampat Aggressor - This 100 foot long vessel cruises through the waters of North Sulawesi April thru September, then moves up to Raja Ampat October through March. There are 8 fully air conditioned cabins (sleeps 16 guests), all with private en-suite bathrooms.
M/V Pelagian – The 115 foot Pelagian liveaboard is part of the Wakatobi team (Wakatobi Dive Resort) and will now be cruising the Western Banda Sea, and greater Wakatobi area.
Komodo Indo Aggressor – This 100 foot traditionally crafted, two masted wooden motor sailor, accommodates 16 adventurous divers exploring the Komodo National Park and the islands East of Flores to Alor during two separate itineraries throughout the year.
MV Pindito – One of the first liveaboards to explore the uniquely diverse Indonesian waters, Pindito offers 8 en-suite teakwood-paneled cabins. There are several itineraries to choose from. The Banda Sea – Raja Ampat cruise starts from Ambon in direction of Saparua, and Nusa Laut to the Banda Islands. Following the east coast of Ceram it heads directly to the islands around Misool and continues via Jef Fam into the Dampier Straight before ending in Sorong. Manta rays, barracuda, rare wobbegong and epaulette sharks offer plenty of variety.
Dive Damai & Dive Damai II – A new concept in the diving industry: a boutique liveaboard. “Damai” is an Indonesian word meaning “peaceful,” providing tranquility above the water while avoiding crowds down below. Dive-Damai is dedicated to small groups and offers the chance to enjoy diving remote areas in Indonesia, while experiencing unprecedented service and an unlimited amount of dives and bottom time.
MV Mermaid I - A 90 foot, double engine steel motor yacht. She comfortably holds 15 guests in 1 Master State Room (king bed), 1 Single and 4 Deluxe Cabins (double or twin beds) and 2 Budget Cabins. The master, single and deluxe cabins have en-suite bathrooms, refrigerators and panoramic sea view windows. The budget cabins are below deck with en-suite bathroom and refrigerator. This vessel cruises the best dive spots in Komodo National Park & Raja Ampat on 9 night itineraries.
MV Mermaid II – A 105 foot, double engine steel motor yacht. She easily accommodates 16 guests in 8 deluxe cabins and 2 guests in a budget cabin below deck. All deluxe cabins are on the man deck with large panoramic sea view windows. Each cabin has a double or single bed, air conditioning and private en-suite bathrooms. Mermaid II offers 7 night itineraries in Komodo National Park, Raja Ampat and the Alor Islands.
White Manta / Black Manta / Blue Manta – built and designed by divers or divers. The fleet offers itineraries around Raja Ampat, Komodo Islands, Sangalaki, Layang Layang, Similian Islands and Cenderawasih Bay
WAOW – A beautiful three mast sailing vessel offering luxurious accommodations with style. WAOW is a 198 foot traditional wooden vessel with 10 cabins and 24 crew members. WAOW offers itineraries throughout Komodo, Alor, Banda Sea, Forgotten Islands, West Papua, Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, Cenderawasih Bay and Sulawesi diving areas with Indonesia. Itineraries range from 7 to 12 nights depending on seasons. You will enjoy diving in style!
Thailand Aggressor - The true treasures of the Andaman Sea are found at famous sites such as the Similan Islands, Phi Phi Islands, Richelieu Rock, Hin Daeng, Koh Raja and Shark Point, where the warm, clear water draws large schools of tropical fish, manta rays, and the awe-inspiring whale shark.
MV Pawara – The Pawara is a custom-built, luxury live-aboard diving ship. There are 10 cabins all designed to maximize your comfort on board. Each cabin is equipped with air conditioning and en-suite private bathroom.
Atlantis Azores - This 107 foot aluminum hulled vessel recently underwent a major refit. Along with luxurious new interior, she offers the same excellent service you may be familiar with from Atlantis Resorts. The Azores will take 16 passengers, depending on the season, on 6 different itineraries including Bohol and the Southern Visayas, Southern Leyte, Tubbataha and Anilao. Most cruises also offer the opportunity for land excursions in the area.
SY Philippine Siren - The Siren is the newest luxury live-aboard dive vessel sailing the waters of the Philippines. She was purposely built for divers; all cabins have private ensuite bathrooms and showers. The Siren will run 7 night itineraries to Tubbataha for the short three month season and will operate 10 night charters sailing the waters of the Visayas for the remainder of the year. Special itineraries are available.
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