If you want to do as much diving as possible in a short space of time, or are planning a trip to a remote part of the world (many of the world’s best dive spots are only accessible by boat) then a liveaboard diving holiday may be the way to go.

A liveaboard diving holiday involves either hiring your own private boat or, more commonly, joining a scheduled trip with a number of other individuals, and heading out to dive to your heart's content. Often these trips are for the more hardcore divers as people will often do four or even five dives a day, but there are a number of boats that are suitable for those who love to dive, but a little less, or even for those who don't want to dive at all but want to explore by boat (and this just happens to be an Original Diving speciality).

Boats range from cheap and cheerful dive boats in the Red Sea to private yachts in Indonesia and the Maldives. Whatever your taste, there is likely to be a boat that we can find that will fit your requirements. Some of the best diving in the world (and also the least crowded) can only be accessed by liveaboard boat so unless you suffer from terrible sea sickness, liveaboard diving is something to seriously consider.

remote access

If you are looking to get to those dive sites that you just can't get from a resort, a liveaboard diving holiday is the way to go. Indonesia is one of our favourite spots for this type of trip.

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Where to stay

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Silolona

If you want the ultimate in liveaboard luxury then look no further than Silolona. It really doesn’t get much better.

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Red Sea Aggressor

The Red Sea Aggressor is a brand new vessel (launched in 2014) and one of the highest quality Red Sea liveaboard dive boats. Operated by the renowned Aggressor fleet, you can be sure of the best in dive service. Aggressor fleet, welcome to the Red Sea!

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Si Datu Bua

The sister boat to Silolona has arrived, and it is every bit as impressive and luxurious. Defining ‘Dive in Style’, this sailing yacht will allow you to experience some of the best diving spots on earth from the extreme comfort of Si Datu Bua.

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Pelagian Liveaboard

The boutique-style Pelagian liveaboard offers an extremely comfortable way to explore Wakatobi and the surrounding waters and with a maximum of 10 guests onboard, a very personal experience.

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Four Seasons Explorer

Launched in 2002 the Four Seasons Explorer is a 128-ft catamaran – a floating Four Seasons basically. Cruising the central and northern atolls, this is one of the best liveaboards in the world.

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The Odyssey

The best way to experience Chuuk Lagoon is by liveaboard, and The Odyssey is the finest liveaboard in the area.

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MV FeBrina

The MV FeBrina liveaboard dive boat allows you to experience those remote and incredible dive spots of New Britain in great comfort.

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Tiger Blue

The Tiger Blue liveaboard is an immaculate and newly built 34m traditional Phinisi. Being newly built she is one of the faster boats under power, an important consideration when you visit destinations like Raja Ampat where the distances from north to south are not inconsiderable. As well as Raja Ampat, this liveaboard boat operates in the Banda Islands and Komodo/Flores and is available for both private charter and set-date departures throughout the year.

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Palau Aggressor II

The Palau Aggressor II, a 100ft catamaran, can take up to 18 passengers on a spectacular diving experience in Palau. The excellent crew will go the extra mile to ensure you have the best time onboard this Palau liveaboard dive boat.

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Turks and Caicos Aggressor II

From late January to late March each year you can join a Turks and Caicos whale snorkelling trip onboard the Aggressor II to snorkel with humpback whales around Silver Banks. An awesome snorkelling experience.

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Dewi Nusantara

Dewi Nusantara is one of a handful of great quality boats operating in the top diving locations in Indonesia. It doesn't get much better.

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Necker Belle

Sailing and diving in the Caribbean doesn’t get much better than a trip onboard the Necker Belle luxury catamaran, complete with your own private submarine!

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Aquacat

The best option when it comes to liveaboard diving in the Bahamas. The 102 ft catamaran, Aquacat, is a luxurious liveaboard from which you can explore the paradise that is the northern Exumas.

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Arenui Liveaboard

Experience the ‘coral triangle’ - the highest marine biodiversity on earth - in boutique luxury on board a traditional Phinisi. The Arenui liveaboard cruises the waters of Indonesia providing the very best when it comes to diving and activities while sacrificing nothing in terms of luxury and comfort.

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Amanikan Liveaboard

Combine a stay at Amanwana, with a Komodo Expedition. The Aman group are now offering this amazing adventure - from the incomparable and original Amanwana on Moyo Island to the dragon-infested islands of Komodo with their pristine reefs and sensational marine life staying on the Amanikan boat.

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The Seven Seas Liveaboard

The Seven Seas is a 45-metre, traditionally built Indonesian sailing schooner built from the finest ironwood. Custom-designed, she is perfectly suited for cruising, island hopping, diving and relaxation.

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SY Asia

SY Asia is a magnificent, 100ft luxury charter yacht launched in January 2009. She is now available for charter throughout Southeast Asia.

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Maha Bhetra

Imagine a floating Aman hotel that you have all to yourself and you have the Maha Bhetra which cruises from Amanpuri.

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Philippine Siren

Part of the Siren fleet of luxury liveaboards, the Philippine Siren is one of the best options for diving the waters of the Philippines by liveaboard.

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M S/V WAOW

Launched in April 2012, WAOW builds on years' of diving experience and everything you could ever want has been put on board for your complete comfort.

Alexa

Alexa

The fad for phinisi liveaboard boats in the waters off Indonesia’s islands shows no signs of running out of steam (or sail), and the arrival of the Alexa only ups the ante higher.

Where to go

Indonesia

Indonesia

Home to some of the best diving on earth, incredible landscapes and world class hotels, Indonesia is one of our favourite countries. There are some 17,000 islands to choose from but we know the very best spots to head to.

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Maldives

The Maldives is a world-class diving destination, particularly if you like diving with big fish. Above the waves you find pure white sand, blue seas and world-class hotels. What's not to like?

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt has vast historical and cultural aspects, and also offers world class diving, all within striking distance of Europe.

Fiji

Fiji

Stunning soft corals, great marine life, beautiful beaches and the 'friendliest people on Earth'. What's not to like about Fiji.

Micronesia

Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is made up of four states from West to East: Yap, Chuuk (previously known as Truk), Pohnpei and Kosrae. Theses states make up approximately 607 islands (only 65 are inhabited) spread over 2,500km just north of the equator in the Western Pacific.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

This is one of the last few genuine frontier areas left on the planet. Mention Papua New Guinea and people will probably have visions of cannibals marauding through the jungle. Well, nowadays, the only headhunters you’re likely to come across are Australian recruitment consultants on holiday, but they – and you – would be among the first people to explore what is a truly original destination.

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Palau

Located midway between the Philippines and Guam in the western part of the Caroline Islands (this eastern part is known as Micronesia), the nation's claim to fame is now its world-class diving...

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The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands offer great diving and hotels, as well as being home to a world famous wreck-dive, the RMS Rhone.

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Bahamas

Scattered like dabs of possibility on an adventurer’s palette, the Bahamas are ready-made for exploration. Just ask Christopher Columbus, he bumped against these limestone landscapes in 1492 and changed the course of history.

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand diving can be very hit and miss (mostly miss) but speak to us for advice on where you can find the very best diving and some stunning hotels too.

Philippines

Philippines

The Philippines has an incredible amount of variety in the form of WWII wrecks, pristine reefs, world-class muck diving and one of our favourites: the thresher shark.

India

India

Indisputably the most vibrant country in the world. Amazing culture as well as amazing diving.

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