KOMODO DANCER WEBSITE:aggressor.com/komodo.php LENGTH: 124 feet CABINS: 8 MAX GUESTS: 16 SEASON: Year-round SPECIAL: Service is excellent — 16 to 18 attentive crew members tend to only 16 guests. Komodo Dancer is an elegant, Indonesian pinisi-styled, twin-masted, wooden sailing yacht; all meals are taken outside on the deck, weather permitting.
WEBSITE: aquacatcruises.com LENGTH: 102 feet CABINS: 11 MAX GUESTS: 22 SEASON: Year-round SPECIAL: Aqua Cat offers a chance to win a free cruise every quarter (register on its website), a $2,395 value. Bring your nondiving buddy on this boat: Every day, you can hop aboard the Sea Dog launch (or use one of the 12 onboard kayaks) to get to various beaches, man- groves, and villages where you can sunbathe, snorkel, and shop.
BELIZE AGGRESSOR III WEBSITE:aggressor.com LENGTH: 110 feet CABINS: 9 MAX GUESTS: 18 SEASON: Year-round SPECIAL: After the Blue Hole dive, chef Anna sets up an island barbecue (weather permitting) on Half Moon Caye, a little spit of land that’s home to a red-footed booby sanctuary. It’s the only earth your feet will touch all week.
Belize Aggressor III
SPOILSPORT WEBSITE:mikeball.com LENGTH: 100 feet CABINS: 16 MAX GUESTS: 34 SEASON: June and July for dedicated expeditions; whales can be encountered from May to August during Spoilsport itineraries. SPECIAL: What’s more special than the whales? A three-night “Fly-Dive” minke whale expedition, including a spectacular 150-mile scenic flight over Lizard Island, starts at roughly $1,500.
ARGO WEBSITE:underseahunter.com LENGTH: 130 feet CABINS: 8 MAX GUESTS: 16 SPECIAL: Argo offers a DEEPSEE submersible dive to 295 feet ($1,200 per person) or 1,000 feet ($1,800 per person) for two guests per dive. You’ll see jellynose fish, deep-sea sharks and other ocean oddities on this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Thinking about a live-aboard dive trip? Thes are the best vessels on the sea for the ultimate underwater adventure.