Belize is a wall diver's paradise. Sheer walls like Painted Wall, Half Moon Caye Wall and Quebrada are adorned with huge crimson gorgonians and giant orange elephant ear sponges. Moray eels, spiny lobsters and tiny arrow crabs hide in every crack, crevice, cave and tunnels of these beautiful coral formations. These are just a few things you will see at Lighthouse Reef, Half Moon Caye and Turneffe Reef. And the Sun Dancer II is the perfect boat to get you to some of the best diving in the western Caribbean.
With clear, calm waters, prolific reefs and a huge diversity of marine life, the Maldives provides all you could ever want in a live-aboard diving experience. With its breathtakingly lovely backdrop of scattered atolls with turquoise lagoons and coconut-palmed, white-sand islands, the picture-postcard cliché definitely applies.
Imagine returning from a dive on Cannibal Rock in the southern region of Komodo National Park and being greeted by wooden masts rising beside the verdant, cloud-capped hillsides. The Arenui's handsome traditional profile is a reflection of Indonesia’s distinguished boat-building heritage.
The feeling of being watched overwhelms me, and I turn. A fleet greater than 20 strong is charting a course in my direction. With profiles like the noses of B-52 bombers, the bumphead parrotfish fix their gazes on me as they pass, and I, in turn, watch spellbound. I am experiencing the best of Australia's Great Barrier Reef during a week-long stay aboard the custom-built Spoilsport.
It pays to be the early bird. Awakened by dawn reaching through the porthole, I peek out blearily at Jackson Bight, a bay of plenty on the north side of Little Cayman. Another day of diving from the Cayman Aggressor IV! As the only live-aboard servicing the rich waters of the Cayman Islands, the 110-foot vessel splits time among the hundreds of world-class dives around Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Completely tricked out to serve divers, the ship offers nine comfortable staterooms with private showers, an easy-to-navigate dive dick with large camera table and an air-conditioned lounge for escaping the elements.
It’s a fantasy we scuba divers all share: Picture yourself so far out in the big blue ocean that no land is visible anywhere, and all there is to do is dive, eat, dive, relax, dive, unwind and, oh yeah, dive.
Luxury liveaboard - the Arenui - offers a special MANTA cruise in Indonesia’s Raja Ampat, with Dr Andrea Marshall onboard for specialist talks and insights into manta research (20-31 March 2013). Check the website for the latest cabin availability and for details on other cruises in Raja Ampat or Maluku, Ambon, Alor, Flores and Komodo.
Dive into one of the world’s great natural wonders and discover a region full of earthly delights in Queensland. Here is a list of 10 perfect reasons to plan a scuba diving vacation in Australia’s Sunshine State. No. 1? The Great Barrier Reef, of course!