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What do I look for in Maldives Liveaboards?
In no particular order ask about the following when considering a Maldives liveaboard scuba diving holiday,
1 Is there unlimited diving each day?
2 Anything over 20 divers to a vessel can mean it’s more cramped than you would like.
You can also find yourself sharing a cabin, so look into this when you book your Maldives liveaboard
3 A steel hulled vessel is better than a wooden one if you are doing anything but cruising in sheltered waters. If sea sickness is a problem for you then a long hulled vessel will be more stable in open water. Note that long hulled vessels can also mean more people on Maldives liveaboard cruises.
4 Will you be accessing the water from the liveaboard or from a tender? From a tender means you’ll have greater versatility in diving hard-to-reach dive sites. It also means fewer surface swims back to the boat after dive completion.
5 Does the type of diving offered suit your level of experience? Are there a lot of wreck dives and blue water dives in fast moving currents? You don’t want to be twiddling your thumbs on deck whilst everyone else is discovering the amazing Maldives reef, corals and marine life.
And don’t forget about…
Will you have private accommodation with en suite facilities? What about air conditioning and showers? Ask about and expect excellent accommodation and food.
Are the supplies of fresh water adequate? Is there a fresh water-maker on board? Are all drinks included in the liveaboard Maldives holiday price?
And as with any Maldives holiday you will want to know what’s included; Maldives liveaboards should always include, dive gear, dive permits, visas, dive courses, even film processing and battery chargers for cameras etc.
And what about safety gear and communications equipment? What does the liveaboard have and are the crew fully trained to use it? Is your departure point convenient in terms of flights and transfers?
Importantly, how experienced is the boat skipper, the crew and the dive guides? Confidence in a quality service is essential for a relaxed and rewarding liveaboard in the Maldives.
You can book direct with Maldives liveaboards agents and purchase your own air tickets separately from a discount travel agent. Or you can book a dive travel package through your specialist Maldives liveaboard travel agent.
There are a number of popular and respected magazines and journals for the diving community and for liveaboard Maldives breaks.
Just because you may be a beginner doesn’t mean you can’t use the professional arena as a resource.
Check out the online magazines too. See what others have experienced on their Maldives liveaboard scuba diving holidays.
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