Benefits of a Liveaboard Dive Vacation
There are some reasons why experienced divers prefer to dive from a diving boat rather than staying at a land-based accommodation. Let’s go through them.
Unique dive destinations:
Some of the world’s best dive locations are far from the coast and can only be reached by Liveaboard. For example all the Historical, Geological and big shark destinations in the Red Sea: SS Thistlegorm, Abu Nuhas Reef, Daedalus reef, Rocky Island And Zabargad.
The best sites:
Even when you can go to a resort, you’re quite limited by the range local dive boats can travel. This fact can dramatically diminish the number of accessible dive sites. With a liveaboard, you’ll explore a much bigger area and you’ll be diving in the best dive sites the whole area has to offer, not just the ones you can reach from shore.
With a land-based dive operator, you can usually do a maximum of 3 dives a day (4 with some rare exceptions). When you dive from a dive safari, usually the minimum number of dives per day is 3, but often you’ll be diving 5 times each day.
On most of the liveaboards, you prepare your equipment on the first day and disassemble it on the last one. There’s no need to prepare your BCD for each dive and no need to carry your equipment around.
Meet new people:
As the PADI motto states, “Go Places, Meet People, Do Things.” Diving is not only about diving, but it’s also about meeting people and exploring new places. Dive safaris occur in quite confined areas where it is very easy to meet new people and make new friends.