Two of best things about solo dive travel are meeting other like-minded divers and exploring the world on your terms, without compromise. With single cabins on the rise, there’s more choice than ever to go liveaboard diving on your own. Here are our top liveaboards with single cabins at world-class dive destinations.
French Polynesia diving is the stuff of diver dreams, with crystal-clear lagoons, atolls plunging into the depths and endless white-sand beaches to explore.
One of the last places on Earth settled by humans, the 118 islands found there offer plenty of underwater landscapes busy with life. The sleek French Polynesia Master offers year-round diving to the best dive areas of French Polynesia:
• Cruising the famous Tuamotu Archipelago, you’ll dive deep with a ‘wall of sharks’ where hundreds of grey reef sharks gather at Fakarava’s Garaue Pass.
• You’ll also have the chance to drift along in the currents and see mantas, tiger sharks, hammerheads and eagle rays (depending on when you visit), plus reef sharks year-round.
• Keep your eye on the horizon for humpback whales (August to October) when you cruise between the atolls.
This modern liveaboard has everything you could need, including a sun deck with hot tub perfect for relaxing post-dive. There is one single premium cabin available.
If you’re visiting Thailand for a quick dive getaway, the Genesis I liveaboard could be just what you need. Offering 3 and 6-day safaris in the Andaman Sea, the Genesis I takes you to experience the best Thailand scuba diving. This jewel in the crown of South East Asia’s diving, Thailand offers two unmissable destinations visited by Genesis I; the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock:
• Ranked as one of the best dive destinations in the world, you’ll explore huge boulders, caves and reefs at the Similans.
• Adventurous divers can enjoy thrilling current dives at the Similans, or relax with easy-going dives. Either way you might spot zebra sharks, guitar rays and numerous macro critters.
• Fans of big pelagics should head to Richelieu Rock for limestone pinnacles hosting whale sharks, mantas and barracuda.
• Don’t miss Richelieu’s famous purple soft corals and sea fans; ideal for photography.
The Genesis I has two single cabins.
The Panunee is a great choice for Indonesia liveaboard diving, as she was designed by divers for divers. Offering a variety of safaris from 6 to 9 days duration, you can choose from diving at Komodo, Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea or Cenderawasih Bay:
• Komodo and Raja Ampat need no introduction as world-class dive destinations. Choose either and you’ll enjoy some of the best biodiversity on Earth, diving with critters, manta rays and sharks.
• Dive Komodo during August and you might even get to see Mola mola.
• You can swim with numerous whale sharks at Cenderawasih Bay. Tolerant of divers, you’ll be able to get close and take fantastic photographs of these ocean giants.
The Panunee has two single cabins.
The Maldives, an iconic luxury liveaboard diving destination, has a number of sleek liveaboards to choose from including the Adora. This stylish liveaboard is a good choice for divers who want to experience the remote Southern Atolls. The Adora’s Best of Southern Atolls safari includes some of the more remote Maldives dive highlights, including those at Laamu and Meemu Atolls:
• Laamu’s outer reef, rarely visited by other vessels, offers the chance to dive sites few others have experienced.
• Laamu’s deep channels are filled with tuna and jacks, plus whitetip reef sharks and eagle rays.
• You can see manta rays at Meemu Atoll on almost every dive, plus grey reef sharks cruising the rugged underwater cliffs.
• Southern routes often take in some central atolls such as Vaavu Atoll. You can night dive with numerous nurse sharks and stingrays at Vaavu’s Alimatha House Reef.
The Adora has one superior single cabin