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Scubaspa Maldives

Scubaspa Maldives comprise a fleet of vessels located in the Maldives. Yin and Yang are two identical 165ft long luxury scuba diving yachts. So, they were built in 2013, and renovated in 2015. Each ship can hold 40 guests. Manta Suites and Dolphin Suites with oval panoramic windows are located on the main deck.  The Cowrie suite and the sea star suites with portlights are on the lower deck. Moreover, each suite has air conditioning, ensuite bathrooms with shower, room for storage, safety deposit box and wifi. Enjoy our blog article on The Maldives: A Garland of Islands in the Indian Ocean

Scubaspa Maldives Diving

Both yachts are PADI 5-star scuba diving resorts and teach intro to advance diver courses. Diving is done from one of the two 60ft long dhoni (dive boats). Local reef ecosystems include channels, overhangs, drop offs, shallow coastal and deeper underwater islands called Thila. More importantly, there are 187 corals, 1050 fish, 400 mollusks, and hundreds of crustacean species. Scubaspa Maldives guests will be rewarded wherever they choose to dive. So, whale sharks and manta rays are top attractions for Ari and North Male Atoll. Manta Point dive site showcases manta ray cleaning stations. South Male Atoll channels attract many pelagic fish. Rasdhoo Atoll is famous for Scalloped Hammerhead sharks. Also, Aduuls Atoll has Turtle Point with increasing numbers of turtles, white/black tip reef sharks and eagle rays. Lastly, Baa Atoll has brilliant carpets of swaying soft corals with an abundance of reef fish. Nitrox is available.

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The chefs onboard Scubaspa Maldives prepare 3 buffet meals daily unless they are cooking a BBQ feast on a deserted island. They cook international favorites and local cuisine as well as lobster to order and fresh seafood. Above all, these two sister ships are uniquely designed with Spas with 6 treatment rooms. You might say that they are a fleet of floating 5-star luxury spa resorts. So, they work with individuals, and you can also get a couples massage. When not diving or getting a message, you might like to relax in a lounger or sit in a hot tub. There is a mini fitness center and yoga classes are offered by a yoga master. There is also an open air cinema.

They also have special charters available for 7 night or 4-night holidays, trips to the Deep South, Far North, Central Atolls, as well as cruises for those that love shark week, love whale sharks, love mantas week, freediving week, Christmas and New Years week, solo travelers cruise, weddings, anniversaries, last minute cruises, and much more.

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Namale Resort

Namale Resort is a scuba diving destination on the north island of Vanua Levu. There are 22 private bures and villas set out on a 525-acre former coconut plantation. There are garden bures, ocean view bures, Honeymoon bures, villas, and Luxury grand villas with 2 bedrooms. It’s the perfect adults only get away. Furthermore, if you need more privacy, you can rent out the entire Namale Resort. So, each accommodation has complimentary wifi, private deck, and mini fridge. Enjoy our blog article on Experience the Fiji Firewalkers of Beqa Island.

Namale Resort Diving

Namale Dive is the onsite scuba diving center. The Namale Pearl is parked at the private cove and waiting to take you almost anywhere in this region of the soft coral capital. Here, you can arrange multiple day 2-tank packages. In addition, rental gear and enriched air are also available. Some of the top destinations near the Namale Resort are the Namena Marine Reserve, Purple Gardens, Lepper’s Wall, and more. So, most divers visit here to view the kaleidoscope of several hundred soft coral species colors. However, Ribbon eels, clownfish, and juvenile coral trout along with 1,000 other species of fish put on a daily colorful display. Oh, and don’t forget the 500 species of uniquely shaped and colored mollusks. Finally, the turtles, sharks, and sea snakes avail themselves for the perfect photo/image opportunity.

Attractions and Activities

For indoor options, Namale Resort has a Spa, fitness center, an oceanfront basketball court, billiards, darts, a bowling alley, and private lounges. To enjoy time outside, there are two resort pools, hot tubs, a 9-hole golf course, and a tennis and volleyball area. Outside, you can go kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, or go on a reef walk. Tours to waterfalls, villages, game fishing, and sandbar picnics are also arranged.

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Dreams Cozumel Cape

Dreams Cozumel Cape Resort and Spa in Mexico is an all-inclusive scuba diving resort. They offer 154 guest rooms or suites with Garden, Pool, or Ocean views. Enjoy 24 hour room service or multiple restaurants and bars. Rooms also have a balcony, mini-bar, flat screen TV with satellite channels and wifi even in public areas. Enjoy our blog article Destination Spotlight: Cozumel, Mexico.

Dreams Cozumel Cape Diving

Juan Leca’s Dive House and dedicated dive training pool are onsite. As a PADI 5 star scuba diving facility and they do intro to scuba up to specialty scuba courses.  They also do night dives as well as 2 tank boat trips to some 18 dive sites. From Dreams Cozumel Cape you can view over 300 species of fish and over 100 species of coral. Stingrays, groupers, barracuda, turtles, nurse sharks, spiny lobsters, and eels are everywhere. You’ll have the chance to do explore walls, pinnacles, and tunnels. Most importantly, many of the dive sites near Dreams Cozumel Cape are easy drift dives. Dive boats commonly drop divers off. Afterwards, the boats drift with the bubbles until the divers resurface. Some of the popular dive sites include Santa Rosa, Al Cedrals, The Caves at Palancar Reef, San Francisco, La Francesa, the Bricks. Oh, and don forget the Plane wreck! In addition, you can also dive at nearby Chankanaab National Marine Park.

Attractions and Activities

At Dreams Cozumel Cape Resort and Spa, not only do you have access to four restaurants and two beach bars, but you also have access and privileges at the two sister resorts. So, Secrets Aura Cozumel and Sunscape Sabor Cozumel are just a few steps away. After a swim in the pool, snorkeling, biking, kayaking, the fitness center, or resting on a lounge chair, you may wish to go into town. The Dolphinaris, and the Kaokao Chocolate Factory are popular tourist destinations, but don’t miss the Mayan Show back at the resort.

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Bandos Island Resort

Bandos Island Resort is a scuba diving destination in the Maldives. The resort has 215 accommodations that range from Garden Villas to Sunset Water Villas. So, each room or villa has a flat screen cable tv, air conditioning and mini bar. Beach Villas have a bath tub and outdoor shower while Premium Villas have a jetted tub. The Bandos Island Resort Beach Pool Villas have an infinity pool. Moreover, the Sunset Water Villas have a private pool and direct lagoon access via a private staircase. Enjoy our blog article; The Maldives: A Garland of Islands in the Indian Ocean.

Bandos Island Resort Diving

Dive Bandos is the onsite scuba diving center. There are more than 40 dive sites to explore out here, but the first one should be the Bandos Island Resort House Reef. Manta Point and Banana Reef are also very popular along with most channels, passes, rocks, and caves. Moreover, the local islands are home to 1100 species of fish, 5 species of turtles, 187 species of coral, 145 species of crab, 48 species of shrimp, and 21 species of whales and dolphins. More importantly, there is an onsite Medical Clinic with a decompression chamber.

Attractions and Activities

At Bandos Island Resort, Gallery Restaurant offers buffet style dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Grill Bar has fresh seafood and grilled entrees. So, Sea Breeze is a café that offers a la carte Italian entrees, Indian curries, burgers, and pizzas. Umi Yaki uses Japanese style teppan hot plates with a dash of theatrical flipping and sizzling with its selections. Furthermore, at Bandos Island Resort you can enjoy an Intimate dinner on the beach, a Candle-Lit Dinner, or a Lobster Dinner for two. At sunset, the place to be is Huvan; the Sundeck bar at the end of the walkway covered tombolo. More importantly, Sand Bar is where you can find karaoke, live music, and discotheque events.

Above all, there is something quite relaxing about the swim up Pool bar. It could be the shade, the soft fragrant breeze, or the feeling of bubbles from the jetted stools; we are still testing our theories out. Keep in mind a visit to the Spa, jet skiing, kayaking, the fitness center,  a glass bottom boat tour, a tour of Malé, a whale shark expedition, a sand bank picnic, a sunset dolphin cruise, or other island hopping or snorkeling adventure.


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Emperor Explorer

Emperor Explorer is a 138ft long scuba diving liveaboard vessel located in the Maldives. The wooden hull motor yacht was built in 2019. The vessel has 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins each with air conditioning, bathrooms with showers, charging ports, and storage space. Each cabin also has a tv, dressing table and mirror, and reading lights. More importantly, the lower deck cabins have portholes, while the middle and upper deck cabins have sea view windows. Enjoy our blog article on The Maldives: A Garland of Islands in the Indian Ocean.

Emperor Explorer Diving

They use a 78ft long Dhoni/tender for all scuba diving activities. This allows for precise pick up and drop off points. This also allows for more room to move around the liveaboard while giving you ample storage for dive gear. Plan on diving up to 4 times a day weather permitting. Keep in mind that there may be strong and or unpredictable currents so for Emperor Explorer guests diving the northern areas they request that you have an advanced diver rating and 30 logged dives. For those diving the southern area they request proof of 100 logged dives. For all your efforts to reach this unique destination you may get to view big attractions like whale sharks and mantas, and smaller attractions such as frogfish and seahorses.

The islands are home to 1100 species of fish, 5 species of turtles, and 187 species of coral. Furthermore, you may see 147 species of crab, 48 species of shrimp. You may also possibly sight 21 species of whales and dolphins.

For all future reference while staying on Emperor Explorer, Kandu means channel, and Faru is a reef rising up in a channel. Moreover, a Thila is a reef or pinnacle reef rising up inside an atoll. A Giri is like a thila, but much smaller. When you have a thousand islands, this system makes most dive sites easier to remember. Take the popular dive sites such as Fotteyo Kandu, Hembadhu Kandu, and Ziyaara Kandu. Just by the names you already know they are channel dives and most likely have caves, overhangs, swim throughs, small arches, or they lead to small reefs and have sharks, turtles, moray eels, or schools of fish. Kuda Faru, and Eri Faru are reefs in the channels where one would expect to find gray sharks, white tips, silver tips, and Napoleon wrasse. Okobe Thila, Kudarah Thila, and Mas Thila, all have tons of corals.

Attractions and Activities

Aboard Emperor Explorer, meals are served buffet style. Enjoy diner with a complimentary glass of wine. Open air dinning is on the stern of the main deck. Soft drinks, fresh juices and alcohol can be charged. They have a sun deck for relaxing as well as a spa. A charging station, rinse tanks and camera table are available. Dive equipment rentals are also available. 7–10-day trips to different destinations depending on the time of the year and currents. The Best of the Maldives trip truly gives you insight into the best diving around. Plan on a couple of night dives and a BBQ on a secluded beach weather permitting. You may even get a chance to snorkel with a whale shark. Keep in mind that enriched air is free for those that are Nitrox certified as well. Diver insurance is also required.

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The Sands at Grace Bay

The Sands at Grace Bay is a luxury resort located in the Turks & Caicos on Providenciales. More importantly, Grace Bay has 12 miles of white sandy beach and Scuba diving is just one of the many activities you may enjoy while staying here. So, the resort features six 3-story buildings with 114 suites. Junior suites have kitchenettes. 1-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites, and 2-bedroom suites with den, have full kitchens. Air conditioning, fans, and in suite wifi are just some of the amenities. Enjoy our blog article on Turks & Caicos.

The Sands at Grace Bay Diving

Scuba Diving the walls of this destination is a must. In addition, the most experienced dive operator, Provo Turtle Divers, are just minutes east of Sands at Grace Bay. Moreover, you can typically do 2-3 dives a day in clear waters offering an abundance of sea life. Some popular dive sites you may wish to see include: The Amphitheater, Grand Canyon, Shark Hotel, and Coral Staircase. You can dive canyons, walls, pinnacles, and coral reefs. Some other popular dive sites you may wish to see while staying at The Sands at Grace Bay: Double D, Elephant Ear Canyon, Aquarium, Eagle Ray Pass, and The Crack.

Attraction and Activities

At Sands at Grace Bay, you are close to the Provo Golf club. Located in the Princess Alexandra National Park, you can ride jet skis, go windsurfing, parasailing, go on a catamaran trip take a submarine ride, or try kayaks and hobie cats. So, to relax, you can request an inhouse Spa treatment by Spa Tropique. More importantly, Hemingway’s Restaurant & bar is the onsite restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and diner is served overlooking the white sand beach. Moreover, there are several restaurants and shopping areas located nearby including those located at the Regent Village, Saltmills Plaza, and Ports of Call shopping plaza. The Casablanca Casino is not that far away either.

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Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort has 60 luxurious villas and studios perfect for scuba diving enthusiasts staying on the southern end of Roatan Island. Roatan is just offshore and north of the Honduras mainland. In all, they have 8 different styles of accommodations ranging from 2-bedroom Beach Front Villas to Pool Side Studios. All rooms come with air conditioning. You may also prefer a kitchenette or full kitchen and much more. The resort is all-inclusive, but they also have a Premium all-inclusive plan which features even more dining options. Enjoy our blog article on The Bay Islands, Roatan, Utila, Guanaja, and More.

Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort Diving

Onsite is the Mayan Divers dive center. They have four scuba diving boats ready to take you around the island of Roatan. You can even do a day charter over to nearby Utila Island. Beside all the typical Caribbean fish, lobsters, coral, octopus, and turtles, guest sometimes encounter whale sharks. So, some of the dive sites include: Aquarium, El Aguila wreck, Turtle Crossing, and Black Hills Seamount as well as other reefs and seamounts. Typically, they offer two morning dives, an afternoon dive and or a night dive. You can also do shore diving right in front of the Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort. You may wish to hire a divemaster guide so you don’t miss viewing a single sea creature.

Rental gear/kits are available, but reserve ahead. More importantly, they also teach specialty courses such as open water diver through wreck diver, night diver, enriched air diver, and underwater photography just to name a few specialties.

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While staying at Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort You can also snorkel off shore or swim in one of two freshwater pools. Moreover, you might also like to try kayaking or paddle boarding. After a day of great scuba diving, you may wish to lounge in chairs, sit in the jacuzzi, or visit the spa. They have a Pirates Kid Club to keep those 12 and under busy. They also have night entertainment. So, Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort has 5 bars. They also have a total of 4 restaurants. The Balam is buffet style and open breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Macao, located next to the pool, serves comfort food such as burgers, pizza, and Honduran Tacos. If you choose the Premium all-inclusive package you can also enjoy lunch and dinner ala carte Caribbean food at Calkets. So, ala carte fusion food is served at San Simon Beach Club.

Above all, you are close to outside excursions such as zip lining, animal encounters, or dolphin and mangrove excursions. Finally, shuttle service can take you to and from the airport or downtown.

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Tiburon Explorer Galapagos

The Tiburon Explorer Galapagos is a 125ft long liveaboard and has 9 cabins for a total of 16 scuba diving guests. The cabins have air conditioning, private bathrooms, ocean views, and flat screen tv’s. They also have a crew of up to 9, plus two guides and the vessel is based in the Galapagos Islands. You can fly to the islands from Guayaquil or Quito, Ecuador. Enjoy our blog article on these 15-18 main islands; The Galapagos Islands: A Natural Selection for Divers.

Tiburon Explorer Galapagos Diving

This is where the nutrient filled waters of the North Pacific and South Pacific Oceans collide. Therefore, these waters are filled with large pelagics that come here to feed on smaller fish and plankton. Strong currents up to 5 knots, and down drafts make this area unsuitable for scuba diving with less than advanced diver certification and 50-100 logged dives in similar current conditions and using similar dive equipment. In exchange for your accumulated dive knowledge and physical fitness, you may see 28 different species of sharks, and 500 species of fish: 17% of these creatures are only found in these islands. So, just like Darwin, while onboard the Tiburon Explorer Galapagos, you may view flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, equatorial penguins, and indigenous seals, but you see them all from the state-of-the-art vessel.

You may also do some 17-19 dives in one of the most exclusive and legendary ecosystems in the world.

Attractions and Activities

Warm up in the large area of the sundeck or lounge in the shade on the partially covered sundeck area, or in the hot tub. The Tiburon Explorer Galapagos dive deck has a large camera table and charging station. So, two large pangas or tenders shuttle divers out to the scuba diving sites. A typical day includes: wake up, dive, breakfast, dive, lunch, dive, snack, and dive again. Transit days only allow 2-3 dives per day. A typical trip runs from Saturday to Saturday. From June to December when the waters are colder, you need a 7ml wetsuit, hood, and gloves. The rest of the year you may get by with a 5ml wetsuit, but a hood and gloves are recommended. Moreover, when the waters are colder, the hammerheads go to school. When the waters are warmer, you may see whale sharks.

Finally, while on board the Tiburon Explorer Galapagos, plan on doing at least two shore excursions. You may land and do an excursion on Seymour Island and visit the Santa Cruise highlands where the giant tortoises like to hang out. You may also have time to shop in the town of Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Center.

To say that the Galapagos Islands make up a thriving ecosystem is an understatement. Think you’ve seen it and done it all? Then exploring the Galapagos Islands is the next trip for you.

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M/V Truk Master

M/V Truk Master is a 91ft long scuba diving yacht. They have 8 cabins with ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning. 3 cabins are on the lower deck, 4 on the main deck, and 1 on the upper deck. The vessel was renovated in 2016. So, they can hold up to 16 guests, but allow 12 divers only per trip. MV Truk Master has itineraries for Truk Lagoon for 7 or 10 nights. Their trips to Bikini Atoll in the Marshal Islands may last up to 14 nights. Enjoy our blog article on Truk Lagoon. Why Dive A Wreck When You Can Dive An Entire Fleet?

M/V Truk Master Diving

Do you like scuba diving on wrecks? Truk Lagoon or Chuuk Lagoon is 80 times larger than Pearl Harbor. Japanese ships of all types filled the lagoon. The larger ships were moved a week before the Americans attacked February 17 & 18th, 1944. During the attack, 15 Japanese warships and 32 merchant ships sank. M/V Truk Master will take you to some of these sights plus you may view a few other ships that sank even before the battle. Plates, helmets, masks, sake bottles, and tanks, remain where they came to rest as the ships sank to the bottom of the lagoon area. In addition, both sides shot down what accumulated to 100’s of war planes. You can see some of these planes too.

Some of the lesser dove wrecks are deep and you need to be technically trained before you get to view them. Bikini Atoll trips are for Tech divers only. Other wrecks you can easily reach the main decks. M/V Truk Master can prepare you with the equipment you need for almost any dive including: air, nitrox, heliox, mixed O2 gases, and rebreather supplies such as CO2 absorbents or cylinder configurations. Please make all personal requests well in advance. Some ships frequented in Chuuk Lagoon include: Hoki Maru, Nippo Maru, Fuitzuki Destroyer, Betty Bomber, and the San Francisco Maru. There are over 300 types of coral growing on the wrecks and places such as Pizion Reef. Lots of fish and sharks patrol this underwater sanctuary.

Attractions and Activities

The dining area on M/V Truk Master is the place for buffet meals on the main deck. More importantly, you can in advance arrange for vegetarian meals. They also have a lounge area here, as well as a bar. So, the sun deck is the place to catch some rays. Finally, on Bikini Atoll where a hydrogen bomb blasted the lagoon some 250ft deep in 1954, the water now forms a safe barrier between you and the radioactive and hazardous wrecks and artifacts.

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M/V Solomons Master

M/V Solomons Master is a 90ft long scuba diving liveaboard based in Papua New Guinea. In 2015 they renovated the yacht. M/V Solomon Master, has 12 cabins and they hold up to 20 guests. The lower deck standard single and standard twin share cabins have shared bathrooms. The upper deck classic rooms have ensuite bathrooms. Enjoy our blog article on 110,000 Reasons to go Liveaboard.

M/V Solomons Master Diving

You’ll find 992 islands out here. However, only 147 of these islands are inhabited. They typically do 10-night / 11-day scuba diving trips around the islands. More importantly, they travel to such places as Guadalcanal, Honiara, Munda, Rebaul, and Tufi. Some of the popular hot spots include: Leru Cut, Mirror Pond, Mbulo Caves, and Cave of the Custom Shark, Mary’s Island, Morovo Lagoon, Devil’s Highway and Twin Tunnels. While on M/V Solomons Master, you can explore a plethora of World War II and the battle of Guadalcanal wrecks. Some popular wrecks include: Bonegi I the Hirokawa Maru and Bonegi II the Kinugawa Maru. The Searpens, Wildcat F4F, Douglas Dauntless bomber, a Japanese I1 submarine, the H6K4 Kawanishi Flying Boat, Japanese supply ships, a B-17 Bomber, and “White Beach”. You might also like diving the Wreck of the Ann and the Uepi fishing pier.

Attractions and Activities

International and local cuisine are prepared buffet style in the dining area on the main deck. They can also arrange for vegetarian or Gluten free on request if done well in advance. Fresh lime juice, coffee, and tea are free. Soft drinks, cocktails, beer, and wine are available for purchase. In addition, the main deck has a large lounge and tv area. Nitrox is available. Moreover, they have a dedicate camera area, use two zodiac tenders or Dohoni. You may also have time for snorkeling and shore excursions to visit archaeological caves, see the skulls of former head hunters, and/or view waterfalls and rivers. Moreover, you can visit the Vilu War Museum and the American War Museum, or purchase local foods, wood carvings, and experience local markets and customs.

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