Caribbean Liveaboards

Hundreds of sun-kissed islands in the Caribbean Sea, each with it's own cultural and historical charm represent a true paradise for a scuba diving holidays. You will have it all: marvelous underwater scenery, sheer drop-offs and deep walls, mysterious blue holes, swim-throughs and caverns together with shallow reefs and picturesque beaches. Reefs, wrecks, milliards of tropical fish and large pelagics attract many divers all year round (beware of June -October period is at risk of hurricanes in the Caribbean).

Reviews about Caribbean Liveaboards

Caribbean Explorer II Liveaboardhttps://media.divebooker.com/media/images/h128/153682837817efd7942ab6837b546c7b0d9ac6fae2.jpgCaribbean Explorer II LiveaboardExplorer Ventures Liveaboard Diving Fleet, 1 review
9.5

Best vacation ever

My husband and I booked our liveaboard trip with Divebooker, on board the Caribbean Explorer II during September, 2019. We were very fortunate to have excellent weather and diving conditions. The crew was outstanding, which made the experience even better. They were very helpful on the boat, and knew their stuff in the water. The food was excellent. The service was excellent. I highly recommend this company!
2019-09-18
Belize Aggressor IV Liveaboardhttps://media.divebooker.com/media/images/h128/1510412030e7109c3be906017c733ebbb9b1241303.jpgBelize Aggressor IV LiveaboardAggressor Fleet, 4 reviews
10

Wow. What a boat and cre

I booked a 10 day trip. I got lucky and had the master bedroom for myself. Super nice room. Big and roomy. AC in the room. Dvd player to watch movies.
The dive deck was great. Enough room for all of us and easy to dive off to. Under the boat was a big bar they lowered so you can just hang there and do your safety stop. After diving there were 2 hot showers to rinse off and you got your own personal towel after each dive.
Tons of food and drinks. After each dive there was something to eat and drink.
The sun deck was huge. Had a couple of cages at the bar that we could enjoy in the evening when the diving is done. Only thing too bad there was no shade where the sunbeds where. Only at the bar itself.
Crew was pleasant and really helpful. They were there to help. Always one divemaster in the water if you want to tag along and see stuff.
The dining area was big and roomy. Sometimes was the AC a little too cold. Specially when you came out of the water. There was big tv if you wanted to watch a movie and games to play. Fish books to look up stuff and do research.
The only sad part was that one engine broke 3 days into the trip. So we couldn't go to the deep blue hole.
But the boat is going to the drydock and it getting a big make over we heard. So curious what it's going to be like in 8 weeks.
But awesome trip; tons of diving (42), lots of food. Great people. Good times!
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2019-09-19

Questions and Answers

Why go diving on a Liveaboard in the Caribbean

The Caribbean Sea is a vast area that begins from the Bahamas in the northeast and ends at Panama in the southwest. Most of the Caribbean coastline is inhabited and open to scuba divers. Every resort and hotel has its own scuba itinerary, yet they have access only to a handful sites. For this reason going on the Caribbean liveaboard tour is a much more beneficial way to embrace all the regional beauty here.

Due to the large size, the Sea can offer itineraries for divers of all levels and interests. There are enchanting sharks and massive whales in Turks and Caicos as well as endless coral gardens, aquarium-like fishes and unique turtles living at the shores of British Virgin Islands. The Caribbean is all about diversity of marine life, underwater landscapes, diving levels and personal preferences. You can come face-to- face with moray eels longer than your armspan and fish that is smaller than a toy car. The Sea also has lots of places with breathtaking grass gardens and tiny sea horses, shrimps, and sponges. If you’re willing to fit the most into the shortest liveaboard trip, then Caribbean liveaboards availability will definitely help your dreams come true whenever you can or want to! Most boats here offer 7 nights (8 days) trips, while more extended options for 10 nights (11 days) are possible too.

 

Top destinations to visit on a Liveaboard in the Caribbean

BAHAMAS

Bahamas on their own have plenty dive sites on the plate. Here you will find world’s deepest blue hole together with shallower coral gardens and mystique wrecks. The truly unique place is Shark Rodeo at Walker's Cay where you can spot up to 100 reef and blacktip sharks at the depth of only 11 meters to enjoy it regardless of your certificate. Coral Caverns at Green Turtle Cay, Abacos will take your breath with tall coral twisting alleys and large swim-throughs to suck you into adventure. Littlehale’s Lair, Grand Bahama is an ideal spot for underwater photographers to make memorable shots for the Bahamas liveaboard trip. If you’re interested in seeing gracious Manta rays, look for Bahamas liveaboard diving in October, when these magnificent creatures come closer to the shores.

BELIZE

Belize is famous for its cayes, which are coral sand and mangroves islands in between the barrier reef and the mainland. They are home to a vast diversity of  marine species: from tiddly arrow crabs to massive whale sharks. The second largest Barrier Reef in the world can amaze you with sharks, diversity of rays, whales, turtles and thousands of smaller fish inhabitants. In Belize liveaboard diving follows the same pattern with every boat so you will be able to observe major sights here regardless of the boat and itinerary. For seekers of unseen places, caverns and the Great Blue Hole of Belize are available for exploration and enjoyment.

TURKS & CAICOS

The thriving ecosystem of the coral reef and breathtaking walls create unforgettable experience for Turks & Caicos liveaboard guests. The home to enormous variety of turtles, this place is famous for its alluring turquoise species. Turks & Caicos are in fact 40 different islands separated into two larger parts. Turks is separated from Caicos by the Columbus Passage, which is a water highway for migrating fish, turtles, rays, dolphins and Humpback whales from January through March. One of the biggest islands - Provo - is protected by the National Parks Ordinance, which as a result offers divers abundance of marine life. To get the most of Turks & Caicos liveaboard diving, come to Grace Bay dive site to see small walls with deep coral canyons together with turtles and pregnant reef sharks.

CAYMAN ISLANDS

Almost infinite visibility on Cayman liveaboards made this one of the to diving destinations. Devilish drop-offs and world class wrecks in combination with traditionally marvelous coral reef attract divers from all over the world. Grand Cayman’s North Wall is a dive site that goes into abyss for as deep as 1800 m (6000 ft); this place will stay in your memory because of the spotted eagle rays and abundance of turtles. Little Cayman with its fascinating swim-throuhgs and vibrant colors can become a perfect shot for any underwater photographer. Whether you’re looking for reef diving or wrecks occupy your mind completely, Cayman Islands liveaboard diving can offer it all!

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

British Virgin Islands liveaboards are also famous for turtles and abundance of marine life. Due to the absence of necessity to fish for food here, blossoming corals and schools of diverse fishes continue developing and multiplying everywhere around the islands. Traditional inhabitants of the Caribbean Sea are also common here, including but not limited to nurse sharks, moray eels, barracuda, eagle rays, groupers, spiny lobsters, etc. In case you’re looking for large marine mammals, British Virgin Islands are not the best place to meet them. You will meet many dolphins at the majority of dive sites here, but don’t expect these creatures to be very interested in your personality. British Virgin Islands, however, compensate this fact with unforeseen coral reefs due to the ban on reef anchoring.

ST. MAARTEN / SABA / ST. KITTS

The Northeastern Caribbean is not a traditional touristic place where you’ll face thousands of beach lovers. No, these islands are hidden from the public’s view by the tourist centers and this is what adds to their charm. These islands are famous for the dormant volcano (which is around 900 m /3000 ft high)  and submerged offshore pinnacles. The marine life here will amaze you with barracudas, morays, rays, sharks (from the mellow nurse shark to the white tip reef shark), large schools of traditional reef fishes. During the winter months you may even encounter migratory whales during your dives.  The most famous dive site here is St. Eustatius which is a protected area with large Angel fish, frog fish, sea horses, octopuses, turtles, and curious larger pelagics.

ROATAN ISLAND, HONDURAS

Roatan Island is a part of West End Marine Reserve, which is one of the few places in the world that improve every years in terms of their marine inhabitants. Here dozens of amazing dive sites are at your disposition, but CoCo View Wall is definitely a must-see. This is a huge reef wall that drops into the blue oblivion together with the current will give you the feeling of a fairy tail. The series of deep canyons at Mary’s Place with the tunnels maze and tiniest macro life can leave a mark in your memory forever. Here you will spot huge blue fans, feathery looking sea plumes, and green and gold sea rods that are hardly seen in any other destinations of the liveaboard diving vacation in the Caribbean.

 

Read before you go

Though the territory of the Caribbean is large, scuba diving and Caribbean liveaboards are available here all year round! The weather in the region is similar to the standard weather difference of the Northern Hemisphere. While at different locations and itineraries seasonality may differ, November through May is the best time to come here. Water temperatures vary, but they rarely go lower than 23℃ (73℉) and it gets warmer toward the summer season – around 29℃ (84℉). Visibility is also close to 30 m (100 ft) everywhere, yet it may drop at the shores of Belize up to 6-9 m (20-30 ft) due to the local harsh winds. Beware of the hurricane season that comes here between late June and very early October. While the hurricane rarely comes to the islands in terms of distraction, it brings heavy rains and winds that can spoil visibility and make some dive sites unapproachable. Generally, visibility at all Caribbean liveaboards diving sites offers up to 30 m (100 f), however during the high winds season, which lasts from November to February, visibility may lower to 6-9 m (20-30 ft).

In order to always feel comfortable while liveaboards diving vacation in the Caribbean, take a full 3mm wet suit for spring vacations and 5 mm for winter season. Do not take your diving gloves because in many dive sites they are prohibited (for instance, in all sites of British Virgin Islands). Dive computers are mandatory for every guest on all yachts. Consult with your boat representative about the valves adapters because some boats operate only on YOKE valves.

English is widely spoken in the Caribbean as the main language, yet at some countries local population may also speak some other ones (Spanish, Dutch, local languages). Local currencies may differ, but US dollar is accepted everywhere as well as credit and debit cards. Before coming to any destination in the Caribbean ensure that you do not require a visa, your passport is valid for at least 6 months and you have one free page in the passport for the arrival stamp. There are local fees for the departure and for reservations and protected areas that go up to $150 per diver, so ensure that you take some money on board. For some parks demonstration of a return airline ticket is required, so ensure to print it in advance.  Tips are widely welcomed in the Caribbean for all services and equal 15-20% of the paid sum. Be ready that the Internet is available only at larger hotels and Internet cafes; if you need it onboard, don’t forget to check it with your tour provider. Not all phone cards will be working in the Caribbean, so be ready to buy a local card for contact. Some countries do not allow tourists to bring meat and meat products, so check regulations of your destination prior to arrival.

 

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