For dive buddies looking to celebrate their love or spend a honeymoon on the ocean, there are plenty of luxurious liveaboards and remote white-sand destinations to choose from. Here are our top 4 liveaboards for couples and honeymooners:
Scubaspa Ying, Maldives
Nothing says honeymoon like diving the Maldives and the Scubaspa Fleet has two premier luxury liveaboards offering spa treatments, 6 full-time spa therapists, and fine dining. The Scubaspa Yingand Scubaspa Yangliveaboards offer year-round dive safaris to the central atolls of the Maldives, where divers can enjoy diving in warm, turquoise waters with whale sharks, manta rays and more. There are plenty of different dive sites to explore and divers and non-divers alike can indulge in spa packages, morning yoga, kayaking and exploring remote beaches.
Aqua Tiki II, Polynesia
Polynesia is a South Pacific paradise of around 188 islands, only half of which are inhabited. The rest are an untouched archipelago of volcanic islands with stunning landscapes and pristine atoll diving. Divers can expect to see big pelagics, such as blacktip and silvertip sharks, silky sharks, humpback whales, hammerheads, manta rays and also dolphins.
The Aqua Tiki II catamaran is ideal for couples looking for an intimate dive safari exploring the atolls, enjoying peaceful beach walks, and sailing the seas. This liveaboard caters for just 8 guests in 4 en-suite cabins and has a cocktail bar, library and trampolines. With short and extended safaris available, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
For a more adventurous liveaboard with marine life found nowhere else on earth, the Galapagos Islands are surely top of the list. The islands are perfect for nature-lovers and the best dive sites are only accessible by liveaboard diving. Divers can enjoy Galapagos sharks, marine iguanas, penguins, scalloped hammerheads and manta rays, to name but a few of the species present.
It isn’t just about the wildlife though; the Galapagos Sky is a luxury liveaboard for up to 16 guests. It has cabins with en-suite bathrooms, camera rentals, a luxurious lounge, and warm towels after every dive. This liveaboard has just about everything a diver needs for a perfect and romantic safari exploring the Galapagos.
Philippines Solitude One
With over 7000 islands in the Philippines, there are plenty of dive sites to explore including coral reefs, wreck dives and muck diving areas. Divers can expect to see a variety of life, including tiny muck critters, mandarinfish, whale sharks, and of course Monad Shoal’s thresher sharks. The Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park is the jewel in the crown of Philippine diving though, being one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This stunning area of pristine reef is teeming with life and can only be dived from March to June each year.
The Solitude One is ideal for exploring the Tubbataha National Park by day and relaxing in the Jacuzzi at night. Dive groups are small on this vessel, to allow for intimate dives without the crowds, and there is a digital camera studio for ensuring those honeymoon photos are captured.