Myths about Live-Aboard Dive Boats
Live-aboard dive boats have been around for a long time and they are really becoming more and more popular in the diving community. What is the Liveaboard Lifestyle? It’s a week aboard a floating boat. Everything is included: diving, deluxe accommodations, meals, snacks, soft beverages. What is the truth about live-aboard diving? Read on…
Live-aboards are for advanced divers only. No, this is not true. On any particular week, guests’ experience on a liveaboard can span from beginner to expert. (Minimum certification of OWD is required with minimum 50 open-water dives.) Nowhere else would you be looked after better than here. And live-aboards are an excellent place to improve your skills for a next-level certification or a speciality course.
Liveaboards are expensive. Though not much is cheap these days, if you compare the cost of a liveaboard and the cost of a comparable resort, including the dive package, transfers and the extra meals and drinks, the price of a liveaboard is very competitive, maybe even less expensive.
You have to dive four times a day. Dive only once a day or not at all if you want. No one will mind in the least. Here are two facts that may surprise you: often non-divers go on liveaboard trips and most divers don’t dive their maximum 4 dives per day limit on a safari trip.
There’s nothing to do but dive. Live-aboards have much more to offer: snorkelling, relaxing, reading, sunbathing, getting to know other people, chatting, partying, doing nothing, etc.
Live-aboards are uncomfortable. No, this is not true. Spacious, tastefully decorated cabins with en-suite bathrooms, a roomy dining room, salon and sun deck make the 1-week diving safari comfortable for everyone. The heart of the boat is the shisha room, reminiscent of the East where stories can be told every night in the shadow of the lingering delicious waterpipe smoke.
Fresh water is severely rationed. Live-aboards make their own fresh water, actually tons of it.
The food is bad. That’s not true! Breakfast, snack, lunch, snack and dinner are offered every day and are all part of your exhilarating dive experience. You’ll almost wish it was by the end of the week when you have to break out the shorts with the elastic waistband.
Liveaboards let you dive the out-of-the-way exotic dive spots. That’s the great thing about liveaboards! You get to live in the lap of luxury while you dive the most remote spots on Earth.
Live-aboards make diving easy. Absolutely! Diving doesn’t get any easier than on a live-aboard. Everything, except for actual diving, is done for you.
Try it and you’ll be hooked. Definitely true 🙂