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Six Awesome Liveaboard Destinations

Six Awesome Liveaboard Destinations

 

Liveaboards provide a one-of-a-kind experience for travelers looking to fully submerge themselves into a diving adventure. Guests are able to spend a week (or more!) filling their days with diving and their nights watching the sunset across the open water. Liveaboards can provide all of the same luxuries as a typical on land resort such as spa treatments, snorkeling, gourmet meals, and excursions. Here are our picks of some of the six best destinations for a liveaboard vacation.


1) Galápagos Islands - Ecuador


                                          


The Galapagos Islands are scattered across the equator and have warm weather year-round. While diving in the Pacific waters surrounding the islands is great all year, December to May is the warmest season with the calmest waters and highest visibility. Divers during this season most often see hammerhead sharks and manta rays. July to November is ideal for more advanced divers hoping for more intense, choppier waters. Although the ocean is generally a bit colder during this season, it is known for nutrient-rich water that attracts all kinds of sea life, specifically whale sharks. Diving in the Galapagos is done on liveaboards from tenders or Zodiacs, and guests are able to have a unique experience living out on the open waters. 


2) Socorro Island - Mexico


                                              

Socorro Island is the largest island in the Revillagigedo Archipelago and is famous for its vibrant wildlife, both on and off the shore. The volcanic island does not have an airport, making it a popular spot for liveaboards. The diving season lasts from November to May as that is when the water is at its calmest. Throughout this season, divers often get to see hammerhead sharks, manta rays, whale sharks, and humpback whales. From January to March, there are even frequent sightings of bottlenose dolphins. In addition to these, sightings of silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, whitetip reef sharks, and silvertip sharks are possible as well. Getting to the Socorros requires an open ocean crossing about 22 hours from Cabo San Lucas, Baja California.


3) Raja Ampat - Indonesia


                                      


Located off the coast of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua, Raja Ampat is an Indonesian archipelago that is known for its extensive biodiversity. The islands form part of the Coral Triangle — an area known as a home to 76% of known coral species. In Raja Ampat’s waters, there is countless marine life and stunning coral reefs to see. The most popular sights include manta rays, reef sharks, walking sharks, turtles, nudibranchs, and so much more. Diving in Raja Ampat is ideal from October to April as it has the driest weather with calm seas that make for smooth liveaboard sailing. The clear waters consistently have a visibility of 80-100 ft all year long, which is perfect for spotting even the smallest of critters. 


4) Tubbataha Reef - Philippines


                                      

Tubbataha Reef is a protected marine park in the Philippines’ Sula Sea. It is known for being a nesting ground for green sea turtles and is made up of a northern atoll, southern atoll, and the Jessie Beazley Reef.  Visitors can only explore the clear waters from a liveaboard as it is located over 10 hours away from land. The diving season takes place from mid-March to mid-June as that is when the water is at its calmest and clearest with a visibility of up to 114 feet. The reef is known for its vast biodiversity as it is reported to have over 1,200 species — 181 of which are threatened.


5) Solomon Islands - Oceania Pacific

                                        


Diving in the Solomon Islands is perfect for visitors hoping for a more private, secluded experience with untouched reefs. There are nearly a thousand islands in the archipelago, and almost all of them are uninhabited. The water temperature is consistently in the low to high 80s, making it comfortable to dive in year-round. However, January through April is monsoon season, which brings the greatest amounts of wind and rain that could disrupt diving. What makes the Solomon Islands so unique is that their waters hold a time capsule that sends divers back to World War II with its numerous plane and shipwrecks at various depths. In addition to these one-of-a-kind wrecks, divers can also explore reefs, walls, slopes, pinnacles, and more. Visitors can choose to spend their time in the Solomon Islands on a liveaboard or from a resort on land.


6) Chuuk Lagoon - Micronesia


                                       


Chuuk Lagoon is a mountainous island that was once a former Japanese naval base during the second world war. The island’s history has been kept alive in its own waters with its array of sunken treasure, submerged ships teeming with marine life, and even human remains. Divers in the Lagoon’s Pacific waters get to explore part of this history, and often even find artifacts such as ammunition or guns. The wrecks vary in their depth, making them accessible for just about any level of diver. The temperature is consistently warm year-round; however, December to April is ideal due to the lack of rainfall and wind during this season. 

Siladen Resort & Spa - Indonesia - CV-19

News from Siladen Resort & Spa - Indonesia

* * * Inon Underwater Photography Workshop with Lisa Collins * * *

March 5-13, 2021


It has been a while since we last shared information about Siladen Resort & Spa,  and we thought it was about time to let everyone know what’s going on. It has been over six months since we waved goodbye to the last guests to stay with us, and we are yearning for the day that we can wait on the beach for the first guests to arrive back.  
Dive Travel Awards
On behalf of all the Siladen Family we would like to say Terima kasih banyak — thank you very much!
Your nominations made the resort eligible for the 2020 Dive Travel Awards! Between a staggering 1100 dive resorts, your nominations got us in the Top 25! This is already a great achievement, but the resort is asking for your help one more time and let's see if we can win this thing! Thanks to all of your votes, the resort came in first place in 2017 and 2018, and came a close second in 2019, and we hope we have done enough to pick up the gold medal once again! Being named best dive resort in the world is as prestigious an award as it sounds, and it would mean even more considering how difficult this year has been. 
You can vote here, and the polls are open until the end of October. 

Inon Underwater Photography Workshop with Lisa Collins
Lisa will be giving hands on teaching, presentations, personal feedback and help with photo editing in this 8 night workshop, from 5th to 13th March 2021.
 
During the week Lisa will be teaching a range of subjects from creative macro techniques, flash positioning to avoid backscatter, creative lighting for wide angle and shooting the sun.
 
Siladen and Bunaken are the perfect locations to help you improve your underwater photography – with the professionalism of the PADI 5 star dive centre set up for underwater photographers, the vast amount of dive sites and subjects available in Bunaken for underwater photography, all set against one of the most beautiful and luxurious resorts in Indonesia, first place award winners year after year for best Dive Resort.

NAD-Lembeh Resort - February 5-15, 2022

NAD-Lembeh Resort

Blackwater Dive Adventure

February 5-15, 2022

* *  4 Bungalows Available  * * 

NAD-Lembeh Resort and the Lembeh Strait are famous all over the world for the peerless macro and muck diving. NAD-Lembeh is expert in photography, nitrox, rebreathers – this resort does it all. The dive team is second-to-none, with 15 full-time dive guides who between them have over 100 years of experience diving in Lembeh. NAD-Lembeh offers a 2:1 diver to guide ratio, and is handicap friendly. We have selected the Beachfront bungalows because of the easy access for our mobility-challenged divers.

Lembeh Strait offers a stunning variety of dives and there are more than 70 individual named dive sites. Divers visiting Lembeh are likely to see a vast list of critters. Frogfish, rhinopias, a huge array of nudibranchs and octopus, the Blue-Ringed Octopus and Mimic Octopus, being a highlight. Lembeh is not just muck diving though! On this adventure we will explore all around the island and beyond to find some of the best reef diving in South East Asia.

This trip is timed to coincide with the new moon phase in February to offer the best opportunities for spotting critters during the Black water Night Dives. Our unique adventure offers 10 nights Beachfront bungalow accommodation, 3 meals a day (plus snacks, water, coffee, espresso, tea), evening dinner on day of arrival and breakfast on day of departure, 3 dives per day (total 26 dives), unlimited house reef dives, nitrox for certified divers, airport transfers, and all taxes. There is the option to upgrade the 3rd dive of the day to a Night/ Mandarin Dive for an additional $20 (not applicable for Blackwater Night Dives).

Cost: $2,102 USD per person double occupancy includes our 5% DISCOUNT  

Emperor Harmoni Indonesia - NEW LAUNCH 2020

Emperor Harmoni Indonesia

New Luxury Liveaboard

* * * Expected Launch July 2020 * * *

The MY Emperor Harmoni is currently under construction and ready to launch in July 2020. Emperor Harmoni is Emperor Divers Indonesia's brand new liveaboard, the second for Emperor Indonesia. One of only a select few liveaboards in this region to have two engines, at 48m the ship happily welcomes 20 guests in spacious surroundings.

 

Emperor Harmoni's three decks have six guest cabins on the lower deck and four on the upper. The main deck features a spacious restaurant, lounge area with a 49" HD flat screen, digital movie and music library, board games, bar and a camera suite.

Contact us to book a cabin on this luxury ship now...!


Dewi Nusantara Liveaboard - Cenderawasih Bay 2020 and 2021 SPECIALS

Dewi Nusantara - Indonesia's Premium Liveaboard

Cenderawasih Bay Group Specials

Pay for 5 - 6th Diver is FREE

If you have met some great dive buddies on your travels and talked about taking a future trip together why not have an Indonesian reunion. Travel all together on Dewi Nusantara as a small group in summer 2020 or 2021 taking advantage of this great offer!

Pay for five spaces and get the sixth space free on all Cenderawasih Bay cruises in July & August 2020/2021!

* * *  Contact us for additional discounts * * *

Cenderawasih is so much more than whale sharks! It is remote wilderness, endemics, world war wrecks, stunning topography and remote villages with friendly tribal locals. It is also a fabulous snorkelling destination if you have non diver friends or partners that usually have to stay at home when you go on a dive trip.

Current Availability: Year 2020
 
Cruise 2016: 22nd Jul-2nd August 2020 Cenderawasih Bay (Manokwari to Manokwari)
Cruise 2017: 3rd-14th August 2020 Cenderawasih Bay (Manokwari to Manokwari)
Cruise 2018: 15th-26th August 2020 Cenderawasih Bay (Manokwari to Sorong)
 
Price per person (11 nights)
 
Deluxe US$6999
Master US$8499
 
Plus US$255 port/park fees & US$275 long distance fees
 
 
Current Availability: Year 2021
 
Cruise 2112: 1-11th July 2021, Cenderawasih Bay (Sorong to Manokwari)
Cruise 2113: 13-23 Jul 2021 Cenderawasih Bay (Manokwari to Manokwari)
Cruise 2114: 25th July-4th August 2021 Cenderawasih Bay (Manokwari to Manokwari)
 
Price per person (10 nights)
 
Deluxe US$6699
Master US$8118
 
Plus US$255 port/park fees & US$295 long distance fees
  

** FLASH SALE ** Liveaboards 40% OFF

** FLASH SALE **

Liveaboards 40% OFF

Master Liveaboards  *  Siren Fleet   *   Blue O 2

Destinations

Maldives  * Indonesia * Philippines * Palau * Solomons * Thailand * Truk

But wait, there's more...!

If you think 40% OFF is a good deal, then contact us for an even better discount.

Sale on Monday June 10, Tuesday June 11 Wednesday June 12 

 

Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa

Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa

Bunaken Island - North Sulawesi - Indonesia

The Bunaken Oasis Resort is our latest offering in Indonesia and is luxury at its best.

Bunaken Oasis redefines diving in Bunaken.  Positioned very much at the luxury end of the spectrum, the aim is to provide a 5-star experience whilst keeping the ecological footprint to a minimum.

The resort offers 12 large, traditionally-built villas, including one family villa with two bedrooms, and one villa near the Long House for those who may have difficulty walking.

A major focal point of the resort is a free form infinity pool, with sun-loungers and easy access to the bar, for those who want to spend time above, rather than below, the water.

In addition to a chill-out cocktail bar and a full-service restaurant serving Indonesian and international cuisine, guest amenities also include an air conditioned library, a fully-equipped classroom in the Dive Centre with 4k flat-screen TV, especially useful for photographic groups, and a spacious camera room with more charging points than you will ever need.

The Bunaken Marine National Park is a protected, though fragile, environment, and we are committed to taking our eco-responsibilities very seriously.  Using our own bore holes, or even sea-water, with water makers and ultraviolet treatment, we have ensured that all the water in the resort is fully drinkable, and we can avoid the need for one of the greatest pollutants of our time - plastic bottles.  In addition, all waste water will be processed through a water-treatment plant. Contact us for pricing and availability...!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diving is from one of our brand-new, purpose-built dive boats (1 x 17 metre fibreglass catamaran, 3 x 14 metre and 2 x 16 metre traditional wooden boats ). All of the boats provide freshwater deck showers, catering facilities, flushing WCs, and excellent facilities for photographers. However, the resort is most proud of is the space you’ll enjoy on board.

And technical diving is available...!

Oasis Explorers is a newly-launched technical training facility located at Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort and Spa in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The facility is the first in Bunaken Marine Park to offer multi-agency technical training, trimix and CCR compatibility, and a vastness of unexplored deep dive sites, all in the setting of an award-winning luxury dive resort. Expect a state-of-the-art filling station, specialised equipment, experienced surface support and expert advisors.

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