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Based off the coast of Australia, True North offers some of the best opportunities for remote and unspoilt diving in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Though not a scuba diving focused boat, this luxurious ship is exceptionally well set up for divers and well-practised in finding the very best spots and sightings.
True North has just eighteen very comfortable cabins, with en suite bathrooms and in-cabin entertainment systems. The larger Explorer Class staterooms on the Upper Deck and River Class rooms on the Main Deck have king sized double beds (which can be converted on request), while the Ocean Class twin rooms on the Lower Deck have two singles. Away from the cabins there are several spots for guests to relax during voyages or in the evenings, including a sundeck, observation lounge, and formal lounge - where the on-board naturalist or guest lecturer gives evening presentations on the voyage's destinations.
The dining room on the Lower Deck offers panoramic views out across the ocean, allowing guests to appreciate the surroundings while they dine on a fine array of excellent Australian and pan-Asian cuisine. The chefs use the freshest available ingredients, featuring lots of fish - which will often have been caught that day by guests - all complemented by a fine selection of Australian wines. For true dining with a difference, guests can enjoy one of True North's heli-picnics, where the on-board helicopter (did we forget to mention that?!) whisks diners to a beautiful picnic spot, such as a waterfall, for a traditional Aussie barbie with a very original twist.
In terms of diving opportunities, guests will want to choose their cruise carefully. True North offer a wide range of different routes, meaning the choice will be dictated by exactly what kind of diving and snorkelling experience and sea life spotting opportunities you are after. The Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay cruise is a particular favourite for ocean lovers wanting to explore the undiscovered West Papua, a hub for countless friendly Whale Sharks - the world's biggest fish - and an array of stunning coral reefs. True North is also proud to be working closely with Conservation International to tag and track the Whale Sharks in Cenderawasih Bay, so providing invaluable data to protect the species.
The West Coast Explorer, Coral Atoll Cruise, Raja Ampat Explorer, and The Mystery of Melanesia cruises all also offer fantastic diver friendly trips. With these covering the world-acclaimed Ningaloo Reef, the maze like lagoons of the Rowley Shoals, Raja Ampat's coral-encrusted lava flow, and the crystal clear waters of the Louisiade Archipelago, there is plenty to keep even the most experienced divers enthralled.
On most of the dive focused cruises a dedicated marine biologist and team of underwater naturalists will accompany guests and offer fascinating lecturers as well as on hand diving experience.
Jacqui, Original Diver