Diving is a thrilling recreational activity, one of the only ways to truly immerse in and explore a magical underwater world with its fantastical inhabitants, vibrant hues, coral reefs, and amusing little critters. While there are only so many ways to enjoy the beauty of the ocean, the popular question often asked among scuba divers is: liveaboard vs. resort diving, which one is right for you?
In today’s post, we’ll share everything you need to know about liveaboard vs. resort diving to help you make the best decision for your next diving trip. Here at Mikumba Diving, we take our fellow divers to the most beautiful and popular dive sites in Komodo and Raja Ampat, as well as across the Banda Sea, so get ready for some great insights on liveaboard vs. resort diving!
Liveaboard vs. Resort Diving
Liveaboards are boats or yachts used for diving trips. Divers would essentially stay onboard throughout the duration of their dive trip as they traverse the waters to multiple dive sites. It’s a smart, cost-efficient, and convenient way to enjoy a diving trip, especially when you have a number of dive sites you’d like to explore over a number of predetermined days. It’s also one of the only ways to explore Komodo and Raja Ampat, as both these locations are made up of many islands covering hundreds of kilometres in every direction.
A liveaboard lets you easily access these dive sites in Komodo and Raja Ampat without having to embark and disembark multiple times throughout the day. Staying on a liveaboard means you can maximise your dive time as you will be based directly on the water. You won’t be bound to a boat schedule that has to go back to land which gives you more flexibility over times of dives to avoid the crowds.
A dive resort on the other hand lets you stay at a resort and dive from the shore or from dive boats that depart from the resort. When it comes to liveaboard vs. resort diving, the latter is ideal for divers who want to combine diving with other activities, such as swimming, sunbathing, and sightseeing. It’s a good compromise for divers who are travelling with non-divers.
At a dive resort, you will have access to amenities like a swimming pool, a spa, and a number of dining venues and entertainment options. With liveaboards vs. resort diving, dive resorts would provide dive boats for both open-water divers and shallow diving, which would depart and return according to their dive schedule.
Both liveaboards vs. resort diving give you a safe and comfortable place to rest, dine, relax, and store your diving equipment. In between dives, you can unwind with your fellow divers, enjoy a delicious meal or a massage, or just relax in one of the many spaces onboard the liveaboard or at the resort.
What To Expect On A Liveaboard?
Your liveaboard experience will vary depending on the type of vessel and the package that you choose but rest assured that when you book a liveaboard diving experience at the Komodo National Park or Raja Ampat with Mikumba Diving, you’ll have only the best and most luxurious experience headed by a team of experienced dive masters and crew and with the highest safety standard in place. Our boats – Nusantara and Jelajahi Laut – are not only beautiful and spacious, but they’re also thoughtfully appointed with creature comforts and modern amenities.
Komodo Liveaboard With Mikumba Diving
Nusantara measures 21 metres long and 3 metres wide and is fully equipped with a diving deck, a dining area, a sun deck, and a shaded top deck. The dorm below deck can sleep up to eight and is fitted with privacy curtains, a fan, light, power sockets, and plenty of storage space, and she has two bathrooms with western-style toilets and showers. There are four more mattresses on the sleeping deck for those who wish to sleep under the stars.
Raja Ampat Liveaboard With Mikumba Diving
Luxurious mid-range liveaboard Jelajahi Laut is built from the ground up by experienced divers. Jelajahi Laut – which means “explore the oceans” in Indonesian – can accommodate up to 12 guests normally (and 14 on a full charter) with six cabins and ensuites with hot water and AC, a large sun deck with air-conditioned dining and living rooms.
Best Diving Season In Raja Ampat
The best time of the year to dive in Raja Ampat would generally be between October and April when there is minimal rain, milder winds, calmer seas, and better visibility. Having said that, it’s important to note that Raja Ampat doesn’t have an “off” season per se so you can expect warm & sunny temperatures and amazing underwater visibility all year around.
Book Your Next Liveaboard Diving Trip With Mikumba
So now that you know the difference between liveaboard vs. resort diving, it’s time to book your diving trip with Mikumba Diving. Don’t forget to check out our hot offers page for some unmissable deals and discounts. Contact us for more information or to book your diving trip with Mikumba Diving!