Explore really remote diving destinations that are out of range of land based dive resorts.
The dive destination covered in this post are considered out of range of land based diving resorts. Therefore, they are accessible only via liveaboard dive excursions.
Naturally each liveaboard and dive location offers a unique experience. Popular dive destinations such as the Red Sea and the Maldives, for example, are excellent dive locations, but they are also within range of land based resort dive centers. The 4 dive destinations covered in this post are not reachable from resort dive centers and therefore somewhat less frequented.
Read on for more details about how liveaboard excursions to these remote sites have many advantages over resort based diving both below the surface as well as topside.
To many divers, a liveaboard vacation is the ultimate getaway. It is a vacation focused solely on diving often with four or five dives a day. Your day is filled with diving and you relax during your surface interval knowing the dive deck crew will have your gear ready for the next dive. At the end of the day, it is prepared for the next day waiting in the same place. You often can do a sunrise dive before breakfast, seeing the marine life coming out of hiding and those that were active in the darkness of night hiding away from the light of day. As the light increases from the rising sun, the reef changes, and you are there to experience it. Back on board you get ready for your day, after breakfast, it is another dive. No worries about finding a place to eat or waiting in line, meals are just a few steps away. On most liveaboards, a few times each week will be a twilight or a night dive before dinner.
Cocos Island Cosa Rica
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( Liveaboards available in Costa Rica
Cocos Island National Park of Costa Rica is the most remote destination for liveaboards. After an international flight into San Jose, Costa Rica liveaboard guest spend the night in the city. In the morning they are picked up and transported to the yacht located at the port of Puntarenas, two hours away. Once aboard the yacht, you will have ample time to become familiar with the liveaboard and your fellow divers, it is a 36 hour sailing to the island. H/T Deeperblue.com
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
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(Liveaboards available in Indonesia
Raja Ampat Archipelago is one of the world’s last wild places. The Archipelago – four main islands and up to 1,500 smaller islands, islets and cayes – is located off the northwestern section of the island of New Guinea. A portion of Papuan’s “Bird’s Head Seascape” it is considered the crown jewel and covers 50,000 square kilometers. There are 1,430 species of reef fish that have been identified in Raja Ampat with more found each year. The Bird’s Head Seascape has the most known species in the world, 1,628 species of reef fish. However, scientist note that studies in Raja Ampat are fairly recent. The area has ten times the number of coral species than the Caribbean. H/T Deeperblue.com
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Galapagos ( Liveaboards available in Galapagos)
The diving in Galapagos is unmatched in the world, you will hardly find a diver who can cite a different location with the diversity of marine life you will find in this island chain. It is not so much the number of species, it more the range of types. You can dive in high 20 degree water in the morning and see a range of tropical marine life, move the boat to the other side of the island and the water is 10 degrees cooler and you are seeing cold water marine life. H/T Deeperblue.com
Philippines (Liveaboards available in the Philippines)
The Philippines has always been considered a great diving destination, however, infrastructure and poor dive services has always held it back. Those issues are being remedied, diving is becoming more popular and the number of international divers visiting is climbing rapidly. Many of the best diving is best done by liveaboard and the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is only available from liveaboards. Tubbataha was declared a national marine park in 1988. H/T Deeperblue.com
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