FAQ

  • Q: How much experience do I need to dive from a liveaboard?
  • A: You just need to be certified on most. Our liveaboards provide dive guides and often times specific courses available onboard. If you prefer you can dive with your buddy independently as well.
  • Q: Can you help with any accommodation and transportation needs prior to or after the liveaboard portion?
  • A: Of course! We would be happy to assist you in organizing your accommodation, transport, tours and/or activities at your destination.
  • Q: Do I need travel insurance?
  • A: We highly recommend that each guest purchase accident, medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance. Most insurance has to be purchased as soon as you pay your deposit for your vacation in order to cover things such as hurricanes.
  • Q: Do I need vaccinations before going to my destination?
  • A: When traveling in tropical areas, it is always a good idea to make sure you are up-to-date with your typhoid, tetanus/diphtheria, hepatitis and polio vaccinations. Please check with your doctor for the latest recommendations. Be sure to check the CDC web site for country by country recommendations.
  • Q: What about Malaria?
  • A: Malaria is normally not a problem because you are out at sea; however, youare often traveling through malaria areas when going to and from your liveaboard so you should consult your doctor and the CDC and make your own informed decision in regards to medication.
  • Q: What if I am prone to seasickness?
  • A: If you are predisposed to seasickness, we strongly urge you to bring some motion sickness medication.
  • Q: Will I have to share a cabin if I am traveling alone?
  • A: Some liveaboards do have single cabins available and those that do not will always find a same sex roommate for you or you can choose to pay a surcharge to have a room to yourself.
  • Q: What about crew gratuities?
  • A: Gratuities for the crew are usually not included in your trip price. If you appreciate the service provided by the crew, we suggest a gratuity of approximately 10% of the published package price per person, and you can adjust up or down as you see fit. All tips are typically split equally among the boat’s crew.
  • Q: Do I need evacuation/dive insurance?
  • A: We strongly recommend that each guest purchase comprehensive evacuation and dive accident insurance.Emergency evacuations from remote locations can cost in excess of US$100,000. CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Q: I get sea sick, can I still go on a Liveaboard?
  • A: Most areas on liveaboards seasickness is not a problem, no one wants to rock and roll on a boat, so the liveaboards do their best to stay in areas where the seas are flat and calm. There are some parts of the world however where the waters are known to be rough, such as crossing to Cocos Island and the Galapagos. We would suggest you chose an alternative destination if seasickness is a serious issue. Also, if you are predisposed to get seasick we urge you to bring some motion sickness medication with you just in case.

 

  • Q: What sort of liveaboards do you work with?
  • A: The liveaboards we work with are all high end boats with all en-suite cabins and the nicest amenities so you can spend your time diving, eating and sleeping.

 

  • Q: How long are the itineraries?
  • A: Caribbean Itineraries are normally only 7 nights, however the Pacific trips range from 10 to 14 nights.

 

  • Q: What are the best destinations for muck diving?
  • A: Ambon, Lembeh, Alor & Halmahera, Indonesia & Papua New Guinea

 

  • Q: What are the best destinations for pelagics?
  • A: Cocos, Malpelo, Panama, Galapagos, Maldives

 

  • Q: Where can I go to get a mix of everything?
  • A: Indonesia and Papua New Guinea have the most diversity and highest species counts in the world; however, Indonesia does not have a lot of sharks in certain areas, so you would have to chose which part of the country you are visiting carefully for what you want to see.

 

  • Q: What are the different types of diving?
  • A: There are a variety of types of diving including muck, macro, reef, drift, technical, and wreck diving.

 

  • Q: What are your group trips like?
  • A: Our group trips are mostly a group of experienced divers who are very well traveled around the world and make several dive trips a year. They are fun, exciting, and personally chosen by our staff members for the potential for excellent diving.

 

  • Q: Do I bring my own dive gear?
  • A: Divers usually bring their own gear, however we do have some boats that supplyall gear for no additional charge and others that provide rental gear for an additional charge. All we need to know are what is needed and the sizes in advance.

 

  • Q: What should I bring?
  • A: Bring as little as possible. Foreign airlines charge very heavily for overweight bags and these charges start with as little as 22lbs. For a liveaboard a few swimsuits, one pair of pants, one long sleeved shirt or hoodie, (you can get cold in the evening after diving all day) a couple pairs of shorts, some t-shirts and maybe one dress for you ladies. This should last you for quite awhile on a liveaboard. There are many companies that sell lightweight clothing that you can wash in the evening and it is dry by morning.

 

  • Q: Do I need a passport? 
  • A: Everyone needs a passport with at least 6 months left before the expiration date and at least 3 blank Visa pages. Not totally blank pages, but 3 pages that say Visa at the top. There can not be a single stamp on the pages.

 

  • Q: Do I need a Visa?
  • A: Many countries require Visa’s, some are Visa upon arrival and others must be acquired in advance. Be sure to ask us about the appropriate Visa needed for the country you are visiting.

 

  • Q: I have special dietary requirements, is this a problem?
  • A: Not in most cases. Just let us know as far in advance as possible so the boat has plenty of time to stock, as all the items are not easy to obtain in remote areas.
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