Choosing to Live-Aboard: A Diver’s Guide
Venturing out into the ocean on a live-aboard diving trip is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that many people dream of taking. Liveaboard dive trips have many advantages over resort diving vacations, such as being able to access hard-to-reach reefs, but there are other pros and cons to consider.
Why Going on a Live-Aboard Diving Trip Rocks
On top of diving multiple times a day and getting the chance to explore remote dive sites, there are other pros of choosing a liveaboard package for your next trip.
With the opportunity to go on up to three dives a day, with no two the same, a world of underwater adventures awaits. With increased exposure to rare species and unique ecosystems, a live-aboard takes you off the beaten track and away from other dive groups. Specially timed dives can be arranged to witness one off natural events. From witnessing schooling hammerhead sharks in Cocos Island, on the Okeanos Aggressor, to watching the natural phenomena of red snapper spawning at Palau before the full moon on the Rock Islands Aggressor, a live-aboard trip makes it all possible.
Endless sea and stars…
There is something very freeing about living out at sea and leaving behind your daily routine and worries at the shore. Whilst most live-aboard yachts are equipped with Wi-Fi and modern communications, this is a great chance to detach and switch-off. Sitting out at deck each evening surrounded by endless sea and stars is an experience that will nourish the soul.
A touch of luxury with the Aggressor Fleet®
Lap up the live-aboard lifestyle with private bathrooms, luxurious furnishings, chef-prepared meals and an experienced crew to see that your every need is met. On the yacht you will enjoy a comfortable salon with entertainment system and a spacious sundeck to lounge on. Some private yachts, like the Jardines Aggressor, feature Jacuzzis and hot tubs on board, perfect for sipping a glass of Champagne and watching the sunset from.
Night diving at its best
Staying on a live-aboard means that night dives can be coordinated easily, and after your dive you can hop back on board for a warm shower and good night’s sleep, without having to make the long journey back to your resort. The manta night dive in Hawaii, with the Kona Aggressor II, is an experience that will stay with you forever.
Live-aboard trips are great for both solo travelers and couples. The camaraderie that develops on these trips is more than could ever be expected at a resort, as you share these magical experiences together and make new friends.
Things to Consider
Bring the right medicines
Most Aggressor Fleet® trips run from seven to 10 days, and whilst some trips may feature stops on land to explore local cultures and sights, for the most part, you will be limited to what is available on board. It is important to pack well and bring anything that you may need. Bring a first aid kit with medicines to ease congestion and any sinus problems that could develop. Catching a simple cold may not seem like a big deal but if it means you are unable to dive it could ruin your trip. Seasickness tablets are another obvious essential.
Pack a warm sweater
A sweater may not be the first item of clothing that you think of when you imagine tropical beaches and sunny skies, but it can get cold and windy on board at night. It is inadvisable to dive if you are unwell or are experiencing congestion from a cold.
Bring your own mask
Most dive companies will provide you with everything except a mask. Make sure to check exactly what equipment you need to bring and what the company will provide. Many people prefer to bring their own personal mask that fits the size and shape of their face exactly and that they can try out before. You might also like another spare mask handy, in case you get hit by a wave and lose your mask.
Two wetsuits are always better than one
Before you go on your trip check which equipment will be provided. If your wetsuit will be provided, it may still be useful to rent or bring your own spare. If you plan to go on night dives you won’t want to put on a wet wetsuit that hasn’t had time to dry out.
Wear high factor sun lotion
This may seem obvious, but if you have ever tried to get into a wetsuit with sunburn you will know why! Salt and repeated exposure to the sun and wind will leave your skin more sensitive than usual – it is important not to let sunburn get in the way of having fun!
Why Choose Aggressor with Ocean Adventures International
Aggressor Fleet® has been the industry leader in live-aboard diving trips since the company first set sail in 1984. You know exactly what you are getting on the trip and can choose a bespoke itinerary to meet your requirements, from the size of the group to the route that you take. If you have been dreaming of your next live-aboard diving adventure but have been holding off because of the cost, now is the time to book. Ocean Adventures International is offering up to $800 off per person on Aggressor Fleet® trips and reduced group rates if you book before November 15th 2017 with the DEMA Special.