Frequently-asked questions about live-aboard diving!

Q. Where is the world's best diving?

A. Wherever God put it. In other words, not necessarily convenient airports or shore based diving. In the Pacific and Red Sea, this can mean hundreds of miles away.

Q. Is that why people trade the space and comfort of a hotel to live on a dive cruiser?

A. Absolutely. For thirty years now, sophisticated divers have traded shopping, tennis and sitting around a hotel to get unlimited diving on superior, undamaged reefs. Live-aboards are the only way to reach those sites. Another secret at the heart of live-aboard diving is VALUE, as signified by the COST PER DIVE. Simply put, it means that when you purchase a dive vacation, the total cost (airfare, hotel, meals, transfers, taxes, etc.) can reach $2500 to $5000 per person. Using a $2500 total as an example, consider this: If you do ten dives that week each dive will cost you $250. If instead you go on a quality live-aboard and do thirty dives that week, your cost per dive is only $83! That is value...

Q. What do you mean by "unlimited diving"?

A. Unlimited diving means that you can go diving any time the cruiser is not in transit to a new place. Some divers do three dives per day using this freedom, others will do as many as seven. It genuinely is up to you.

Q. Will I be comfortable living on a live-aboard for a week or more?

A. Modern, well-managed live-aboards offer comfort, cleanliness and convenience equal to that of a dive resort. Many now have water makers, ice cube dispensers, and E-6 processing in addition to comforts such as clean linens, private baths and queen-sized beds. There are, of course, boats which don't have everything listed, but the comfort standard rises each year.
Q. How many divers are on a typical live-aboard cruiser? A. There is no such thing as a typical live-aboard cruiser. Some are built for four passengers, or six; the larger vessels host up to eighteen. Each derives its uniqueness from its marine life, its comforts and the nature of its crew. The best ones offer unforgettable adventures.

Q. Is there a problem with seasickness?

A. That depends on the locale. Places such as Palau or Papua New Guinea or Truk Lagoon offer lots of shelter in any weather. More important, I try to schedule all clients on cruises during what have historically, been the calm-weather months. Remember, the dedicated boat crews don't want to endure rough water, either. They know their area, and arrange their itineraries for maximum comfort.

Q. What do you do when you aren't diving?

A. You'd be surprised how much of the day is consumed by diving when you are at world-class sites. In addition, modern live-aboards offer TV-VCR's, audio systems for music, sun-deck or salon for reading and interesting divers with whom to share your diving adventures. The explosive growth of live-aboard diving is a testament to its clear superiority as seen by sophisticated divers.
Q. What does everyone do in the evenings? A. Believe it or not, an active day of diving, sun and salt air uses a lot of energy. There are evening movies or slide shows, but many divers sleep well after several dives.
Q. How can you really have privacy on a dive cruise? A. Modern live-aboards offer privacy equivalent to that of a hotel. Many have private suites, queen-sized beds and private bath/showers. The social areas are increasingly spacious and comfortable.
Q. If that is true, a lot of divers should be switching from hotels to live-aboards. Are they? A. Live-aboard diving has a powerful growth rate, almost all of which is comprised of divers abandoning shore resorts. Over the years, more than 95% of those who try a quality live-aboard never take another hotel-based vacation.

Additional questions are welcomed.

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