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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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WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

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Liquid Sports Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch November 2020

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!

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This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – www.ndiver.com – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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