The liveaboard regime consists of eating, sleeping and, of course diving four to seven times each day.
Having a choice of dive sites right under your feet is immensely gratifying in its simplicity. Following breakfast, stroll back to the deck, suit up and dive.
Surface intervals are spent reading a book, watching a movie, eating or napping. Then, dive again.
Many divers undergo an interesting change in their own skill level between the time they first step on board and the day they step off. Novices and intermediates quickly develop into advanced divers. Another plus: no precious time is wasted waiting at boat docks or schlepping dive gear back and forth. In addition to diving as often as desired, most of your other needs are taken care of on a liveaboard, allowing you to achieve your other objective: relaxing and diving.
Photographers especially favor liveaboards. Many liveaboard companies offer processing on board and state-of-the-art camera tables, and again, no schlepping of heavy photography equipment on and off the boat every day. Less change of damage and more time to concentrate on just the photography.
Far flung locations and exploratory trips are best done by liveaboard. Liveaboards go to places that the typical diver would otherwise never be able to visit. The choice of boats is growing.
Dive Global can help you find the liveaboard that best suits your needs. Liveaboards are more expensive, but if diving is your main goal, they often turn out to be cheaper than land-based diving holidays.
Pack lightly and leave all fancy clothes at home. Barefoot is usually ok so you will not need any shoes.
Bring your own gear
Some boats do provide rental gear but it is always better to have your own.
Don’t forget to bring a wetsuit. 5-7 dives a day can make you cold, even in the warmest tropical locations.
There are no shops nearby to stock up on broken, lost or forgotten items.
Bring a soft gear pack
Liveaboards are not the ideal storage vessels.
Think about converters and ask in advance what electrical standardis on board.
Get ready for a lot of diving!