The 10 Best Liveaboard Destinations For Advanced Divers

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Yearly, new scuba diving locations are found. Lots of them are in hard-to-reach locations, requiring prolonged boat journeys and an Advanced Open Water certification. Fortunately, the liveaboard industry is constantly growing, constructing new and higher ships for reaching these locations. Whether or not you want to go to basic favorites like Komodo or attempt a brand new vacation spot like Sudan, you’ll doubtless discover a dive boat to take you to the most effective liveaboard locations for superior divers.

With so many liveaboard destinations to select from, it may be troublesome to select the right liveaboard trip. Think about these 10 superb but superior scuba locations in your subsequent journey.


a shoal of hammerhead sharks in Cocos Island, Costa Rica, one of the best liveaboard destiantions for advanced divers

1. Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Situated 342 miles (550 kilometers) off the west coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is famed for its scalloped hammerhead shark encounters. To get there, you’ll want a liveaboard to take you on the 36-hour crossing to this lonely seamount. Heavy present attracts a number of pelagic species along with the hammerheads, together with mobula rays, manta rays and the occasional whale shark. This similar present reserves this liveaboard heaven to superior divers solely.

  • Departure Port: Puntarenas, Costa Rica
  • Typical Liveaboard Size: eight to 10 Nights
  • Featured Creatures: Scalloped Hammerheads
  • When to Go: June to December

diving with mola mola in the galapagos as an advanced open water diver

2. The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Well-known amongst divers and non-divers alike, the Galapagos Islands is a bucket record vacation spot above and under the water. Whereas it's potential to dive within the Galapagos from a land-based operation and as a newbie diver, the most effective diving areas (Wolf and Darwin Islands) are accessible solely by liveaboard and restricted to superior divers. In only one week of diving, you’ll see dramatic surroundings dotted with blue-footed boobies, playful sea lions, faculties of hammerhead sharks, feeding marine iguanas and diving penguins. What extra are you able to ask for?

  • Departure Port: San Cristobal, Ecuador
  • Typical Liveaboard Size: 7 to 10 Nights
  • Featured Creatures: Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks, Manta Rays, Marine Iguanas and Whale Sharks
  • When to Go: June to December

three. Hawaii, USA

Straightforward to succeed in for divers within the Americas and Asia, Hawaii’s snug blue waters abound with marine life. Humpback whales might be seen from shore, and dozens of manta rays surround divers throughout night time dives. Between cave diving, night time diving and wreck diving, Hawaii has all of it, notably round Kona. These islands are magical, however to get probably the most diving in your greenback, you’ll need to discover them by liveaboard and have your Superior Open Water certification.

  • Departure Port: Kailua Kona, Hawaii
  • Typical Liveaboard Size: 7 Nights
  • Featured Creatures: Humpback Whales, Manta Rays and Sea Turtles
  • When to Go: December to Might

a whale in socorro, one of the best destinations for advanced divers

four. Socorro, Mexico

Extending nicely out into the Pacific, Mexico holds fairly a couple of of the best liveaboard destinations in the world, together with the Sea of Cortez, Guadalupe and the Revillagigedo Islands (a.okay.a. Socorro). Currents surrounding the latter archipelago appeal to humpback whales, manta rays and hammerhead sharks. These islands are at the least 24 hours by boat from the mainland, and most liveaboards visiting the world require divers to carry at the very least an Superior Open Water certification.

  • Departure Port: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Typical Liveaboard Size: 5 to 10 Nights
  • Featured Creatures: Manta Rays, Humpback Whales, Whale Sharks, and Hammerheads
  • When to Go: November to Might

5. Indonesia

House to over 13,000 islands, Indonesia is best explored by liveaboard. From Raja Ampat to Ambon and Komodo, there are many unique itineraries all through this island nation. Some areas boast the weirdest macro life you’ve ever seen, whereas others are home to whale sharks, mola mola and manta rays. Underwater volcanoes, black sand flats and lovely tender corals are just some of the dive environments discovered right here. You possibly can spend an entire season diving Indonesia and never cowl all of it. Whereas a lot of the diving is beginner-friendly, liveaboard itineraries in Indonesia usually embrace current-heavy and deep dives, good for the superior diver.

  • Departure Port: Numerous, however usually, Sorong for Raja Ampat and Labuan Bajo for Komodo.
  • Typical Liveaboard Size: 5 to 12 Nights
  • Featured Creatures: Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Mola Mola and Lots of of Macro Critters.
  • When to Go: Yr-round. (October to April for Raja Ampat. April to November for Komodo.)

the maldives from above, one of the best liveaboard destinations for advanced divers

6. Maldives

With 26 pure atolls and hundreds of dive websites, the Maldives is the perfect destination for a dive safari. White sand banks and luxury yachts dot a panorama of sapphire-colored sea on this island paradise. Under the floor, a community of pinnacles and channels attracts hammerhead sharks, manta rays and whale sharks amongst a whole lot of different reef-dwelling creatures. Whereas these seas might seem peaceable, diving within the northern and southern sections of the Maldives could be difficult because of the geography of the atolls. Most liveaboards in these areas require visitors to have logged at the least 50 dives.

  • Departure Port: Male, Maldives
  • Typical Liveaboard Size: 7 Nights
  • Featured Creatures: Manta Rays and Whale Sharks
  • When to Go: December to April

7. Tubbataha Reef, Philippines

Residence to 600 species of fish, 300 species of coral, 11 species of shark and 13 whale and dolphin species, Tubbataha Reef Pure Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Website located 93 miles (150 kilometers) southeast of Puerto Princesa within the Philippines. The one approach to attain this collection of shallow coral reefs and sheer drop-offs is by liveaboard. There are such a lot of pristine dives websites surrounding these two atolls that you simply’ll want a minimum of every week to get your fill!

  • Departure Port: Puerto Princesa, Philippines
  • Typical Liveaboard Size: 6 to 13 Nights
  • Featured Creatures: 13 Species of Shark, Manta Rays and Sea Turtles
  • When to Go: Mid-March to Mid-June

diving the white wall in Fiji, one of the best liveaboard destinations for advanced divers

eight. Fiji

Generally known as the “Smooth Coral Capital of the World,” Fiji’s outer reefs boast robust currents, creating a few of the best shark and pelagic dives in the world. With qualifications like these, Fiji is a must-dive location for superior divers. Beneficial dive websites embrace the the world-renowned Beqa Lagoon, Shark Reef and Viti Levu Coral Coast. Whereas land-based diving is feasible in Fiji, a dive constitution will definitely permit for extra exploration of distinctive and uncrowded dive websites.

  • Departure Port: Nadi, Viti Levu
  • Typical Liveaboard Size: 7 to 10 Nights
  • Featured Creatures: 9 Species of Shark, together with Bull Sharks, 12 Species of Whale and A whole lot of Reef Fish Species
  • When to Go: April to November

giant school of fish in palau

9. Palau

With a uncommon number of dive environments, Palau is wild and beautiful with wrecks, sheer partitions, high-speed drifts and blue holes. The dive website referred to as Blue Nook is well worth the journey alone. Right here divers connect themselves to the wall utilizing a reef hook with a purpose to watch big numbers of pelagics drift by, together with numerous sharks. Whereas Koror is the primary hub for the islands, most of the dive websites are over an hour away by speedboat. To get probably the most out of your diving journey, you’ll want to book a liveaboard.

  • Departure Port: Koror or Malakal
  • Typical Liveaboard Size: 7 to 10 Nights
  • Featured Creatures: Whitetip Reef Sharks, Gray Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, and Tuna
  • When to Go: November to June

st johns reef in the deep south of egypt

10. The Deep South, Egypt

Egypt’s Red Sea is a vacation spot for all scuba diving talents, however the wonderful southern dive websites supply an off-the-beaten path various to these close to Sharm El-Sheikh. St. Johns, Daedalus, Brothers, Fury Shoals and Elphinstone are all massive ticket dives for liveaboard patrons. With that in thoughts, boats crusing Deep South itineraries are giant and cozy, offering a variety of luxuriousness. On the entire, the websites in southern Egypt are extra appropriate for superior divers. As well as, many operators stipulate a minimal of 30 dives, as these areas are deep and may expertise some robust present.

  • Departure Port: Port Ghalib or Marsa Alam, Egypt
  • Typical Liveaboard Size: 7 Nights
  • Featured Creatures: Hammerheads, Oceanic Whitetips, Thresher Sharks, Dolphins and Dugong
  • When to Go: September to November and April to June

For those who’re not an Superior Open Water diver but, enroll and start the course online here. Once you’re prepared and need to guide any of these liveaboard diving holidays, get in touch with one of many PADI Travel scuba journey specialists. We’ll be glad to give you extra info. Keep in mind, the Seven Seas are yours to discover!

Written by Sandro Lonardi

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