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Top 5 Liveaboards for Shark Lovers

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It’s Valentine’s Day and not everybody wants a bouquet of flowers and chocolates from their loved one. For shark lovers and adventurous divers, there are some great liveaboards to choose from to share time with your dive buddy for life and show a little shark love in 2018.

Diving with great white sharks from Nautilus Belle Amie in Guadalupe

Here are our top 5 liveaboards for shark lovers:

Guadalupe Island, Baja California

This wouldn’t be a shark diving article without mentioning the premier place to dive with great white sharks. Guadalupe liveaboards offer the opportunity to get up close and personal with great whites in calm, crystal clear and turquoise waters. Other great white diving locations have cooler water temperatures, but Guadalupe’s water temperature is a relatively warm 19 to 22 degrees Celsius. This makes it easier to spend longer in the water with these magnificent sharks. The shark diving season is approximately July to December, with the larger female sharks appearing in October and November. Liveaboards depart from San Diego and there are a variety of Guadalupe liveaboard diving vessels available. Divers looking for luxury should consider the custom-built Nautilus Belle Amie; complete with soundproofing for better sleep, premium suites, and a fantastic food and wine selection.

Nautilus Belle Amie Guadalupe

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Ari Atoll is the most reliable Maldives location for whale shark diving, as well as being great for manta rays, reefs sharks and turtles. The dive sites are dominated by thilas, or pinnacles, and kandus, which are current-filled channels from the open ocean that attract large marine life. Maamgili Beyru in the southern part of Ari Atoll is great for juvenile whale sharks year-round, with balmy water temperatures of 26 to 29 degrees Celsius. There are numerous Ari Atoll liveaboard diving vessels to choose from and divers looking for serious luxury and pampering should consider the Scubaspa Ying, complete with six full-time spa therapists.

Encounter whale sharks from Scubaspa Ying

Room with a view: A treatment room aboard Scubaspa Ying

Tiger Beach, Bahamas

Tiger Beach is fantastic for diving with tiger sharks and is just an hour off the coast of Grand Bahama Island. With no current, great visibility, and dive depths of 6 to 30 meters, it is easy diving with some of the world’s most characterful sharks. October to January are the peak months for tiger sharks, though they are present year-round. Divers can also enjoy nurse sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, and lemon sharks. The Bahamas Master has tiger shark and dolphin combination safaris; visiting Tiger Beach and White Sand Ridge, which is famous for dolphin encounters.

Photo: Robert Wilpernig. Courtesy of Bahamas Master

Bahamas Master

Monad Shoal, Malapascua, Philippines

Monad shoal is an underwater island at 20 meters depth, famed for its thresher shark encounters. With thresher sharks being critically endangered, this is one of the few areas in the world where divers have a high chance of seeing these shy and cautious sharks. The Monad shoal acts as a cleaning station for thresher sharks visiting in the early morning, so expect to be in the water at dawn. The current and depth at Monad Shoal make it more suited to advanced divers and nitrox diving is recommended. Liveaboard diving there is possible year-round and the water temperature is consistently warm, at 24 to 30 degrees Celsius. The beautiful S/Y Philippine Siren yacht is perfect for a luxurious liveaboard and offers Monad Shoal as a destination.

Philippine Siren

Malpelo Island, Colombia

Malpelo Island is a tiny island in the East Pacific Ocean, accessed by Panama liveaboard diving. It has a well-deserved reputation for abundant schooling sharks, though is less well-known than its equivalent at Cocos Island in Costa Rica. Divers at Malpelo can enjoy large schools of hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, and numerous free-swimming moray eels. Divers may also see Galapagos sharks, sandtiger sharks, and whale sharks. The sea conditions of this wild and remote dive area can make it challenging and great for drift dives. The peak dive season is May to September, with silky sharks arriving in large numbers during July and August. Only one liveaboard dive cruise is allowed at this UNESCO World Heritage Site at any one time, making it a crowd-free shark diving experience.


Discover more liveaboard diving holiday solutions around the world at Liveaboard.com.

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Roots Red Sea is the Travelers’ Choice

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There is a remote spot on the coast of the Egyptian Eastern Desert that has been steadily developing an enviable reputation amongst the worlds diving community. It’s absolutely no surprise then that Roots Red Sea has just received TripAdvisors top award, Travelers Choice, the 10th year running it has been recognised with awards from TripAdvisor!

With a passing glance, many divers have dismissed a visit to this gem, its rustic appearance and remote location seemingly enough to deter further consideration. However, those that take a closer look have been rewarded with simply a totally unique experience with awesome diving, an unbelievable welcome and life long memories.

Winning an award once could be luck, every year for 10 years, there has to be a reason. Why not go to find out what it is?

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Nays Baghai

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Gemma and Ian chat to Nays Baghai. Inspired by The Blue Planet as a child, Nays’ work as an underwater cinematographer and photographer has been showcased by numerous premier brands, including Rolex and Sony Alpha.  Nays was featured amongst the Top 30 finalists of the Australasian Top Emerging Photographers competition in the Portfolio and Animal categories. He is a PADI-certified Freediving Instructor and Master Scuba Diver, and can dive to 40m both with and without tanks.

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Find more podcast episodes and information at the new www.thebigscuba.com  website and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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The resort is nestled around an ocean front deck and swimming-pool (with pool-bar) which is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner cocktail at the end of a busy day of critter-diving.

All accommodation is full board and includes three sumptuous meals a day. Breakfast and lunch are buffet meals and in the evening dining is a la carte.

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