Up close and personal: 7 tricks to ensure you have amazing encounters with marine life every dive.

Up close and personal: 7 tricks to ensure you have amazing encounters with marine life every dive.

Ever see a photo of a turtle that’s so impossibly close-up that you’re sure the turtle’s head must have been touching the camera dome when it was taken, and wonder how the photographer got so close to a wild animal?

turtle on great barrier reef close up to camera surrounded by coral

It’s not only because sea turtles are often adorably friendly (the ones that reside in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia are some of the friendliest). Professional underwater photographers and experienced divers have some of the most up close encounters with wildlife, and there’s a reason why.

There are a few tricks that will help you get that little bit closer to marine life, resulting in even more magical and heart-pumping dives that really allow you to get back in touch (almost literally) with nature.

Don’t chase the wildlife!

If a strange-looking animal came charging at me whilst furiously blowing bubbles and kicking up and down as fast as they could, I’d turn the other way and swim too.

How many of us have spotted a manta ray and sped up to get that little bit closer? When the feeling of adrenalin and excitement takes over, it can be hard to ignore it and stay cool, calm and collected.

Fight the urge to chase after the shark/ray/turtle. If it’s swimming quickly already, trust me, you’ll never catch it. If it isn’t, remaining slow and kicking in a controlled and calm manner will allow you to sidle up right beside it.

Get your buoyancy just right.

When I learned to dive, my instructor made me perform every single skill in my Open Water Course neutrally buoyant. At the time, it made me throw my gear at him in frustration. Now, I can’t thank him enough.

Being able to control your buoyancy and trim is one of the most important skills to master when it comes to scuba diving. When you have your buoyancy down pat and are streamlined in the water, you are more relaxed and in control which allows you to focus on other things, like searching for marine life or practicing underwater photography.

Good neutral buoyancy results in not only more enjoyable diving where you feel relaxed and in control, but safer diving. Not only this, but a curious marine creature is more likely to come and say hello to a diver who maintains neutral buoyancy throughout a dive, than someone who is going up, down and everywhere.

Don’t block the path of an animal

Making an animal feel threatened is a sure fire way to annoy it, and even get yourself injured.

Always remain next to a marine creature, rather that above or in front of it. And it goes without saying not to block its exit path.

Keep your hands off!

This is important. Not just for getting that little bit closer to an animal, but for your own safety and for theirs.

It’s tempting when you’re mere inches from an animal to reach out and give it a pat, but 99% of the time this will cause the creature to swim off or turn around and give you a bite. We can harm fragile species of coral simply by touching them, as many coat themselves with protective secretions.

The lion fish is

Many marine species of coral and fish are poisonous, and there is no quicker way to ruin a liveaboard dive trip than to touch something that will send you to hospital!

You should feel humbled that a marine animal allows you to get in to such close proximity with it. It’s a rare and special feeling. Enjoy it, and keep your hands to yourself.

Know your gear

This rule is a blanket one for any dive.

Knowing your gear will mean you’re not fumbling around underwater. You’re in control. Control equals a calmer diver, which in return equals closer encounters with marine life.

If all else fails, stop!

You’re on a liveaboard trip in the Maldives, and you’ve spotted a dark shadowy shape coming towards you out in the never-ending expanse of blue. It’s a manta ray!

manta and diver side by side in open water
Image by Mike Veitch

Rather than swimming towards it, stop. Again, this is where neutral buoyancy will help you out. You can hang motionless in the water, not floating up, not sinking down, as the enormous ray comes towards you and glides over your head.

Look for the little things in life

Close encounters with marine mammals, reptiles and pelagic is always mind-blowing, but there are countless other tiny species out there that are just as incredible.

two pygmy seahorses side by side on pink coral
Image by Ocean Real Images

Pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and the seriously underrated mantis shrimp are some of the smaller species that are just as beautiful as the bigger life.

Give these tips a whirl next time you go for a splash. You’ll be well prepared for getting up even closer with marine life on your next liveaboard dive trip. 

WATCH: Incredible footage of mother whale and dolphin with their babies.

WATCH: Incredible footage of mother whale and dolphin with their babies.

Isn’t the ocean marvellous?

A place where the unimaginable is a regular occurrence. Like this video of a humpback whale and calf swimming behind a dolphin and a calf. It’s the underwater version of the morning school run. Maybe after dropping the kids off the mother cetaceans will grab some plankton and squid together?

All jokes aside, this is some amazing footage shot from a birds eye view. Check it out below.

This isn’t the first time dolphins and whales have been spotted interacting together, and actually, according to researchers it’s pretty old news.

Biologists have observed bottle nose dolphins in Hawaii lying leisurely across the top of whales heads for a while as they use the whales enormous head as a slippery dip. Yep, it’s a thing.

Dolphins use the humpback whales giant heads as a slide, and get lifted out of the water as the whale brings it head to the surface. Then these fun-loving dolphins just slide right back in to the ocean to do it all over again.  See what we mean about the ocean dishing up unimaginable sights?

Experts in the field, such as the team at the American Museum of Natural History, have said that as the two species seemed to cooperate in the activity, and neither displayed signs of aggression or distress it seemed to be a social activity. In a single word – play. You can see dolphin x whales slip and slide fun in the clip below.

While on a dive live aboard in Tonga I myself watched as a pod of dolphins and whales interacted together, jumping out of the water and splashing around in one big joyful group. Species interaction in the wild usually consists of one animal getting eaten by another, so animals spending time with one another just to play is something seen very rarely.

Dolphins and humpback whales are amazing animals for us to spend some time with underwater, too. Swimming with humpback whales is one of those awe-inspiring moments where all you can hear is your heart thudding in your chest while you simultaneously hold your breath out of excitement at being so close to one of the ocean’s gently giants.

Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic shelters a tranquil bay and is one of the best places in the Caribbean to observe humpback whales that come here to mate and give birth from January through March. January? That’s only a few months away! Start 2016 with a bang and book a dive liveaboard in the Dominican Republic? so you can come face to face with these enormous creatures.

How to cope when sickness strikes on a live aboard dive trip.

How to cope when sickness strikes on a live aboard dive trip.

You’ve been religiously counting down the days until you could yell “I’M OFFICIALLY ON HOLIDAY” on the last Friday in the office before your live aboard dive trip. You spent a whole night organising your dive gear, camera equipment and chose wisely which novel to bring along (you only get so many kilos per person, and diving gear comes before literature! Although if you do need a few extra hints, check out our article on smart packing).

Finally, the time you’ve been so looking forward to has arrived and you’re off on your dive holiday!

You wake up on the first morning of the dive trip, way out in a remote and exotic dive location. The smell of salt water floats on the ocean breeze, along with the scent of freshly brewed coffee and tropical fruit from the pineapples being cut up for the morning fruit platter. The sun rays begin to shine through the porthole and you excitedly jump out bed ready for the first dive of the day. And when you actually get out of bed you’re overwhelmed by the thud, thud, thud in your head of an all-consuming headache.

What do you do when you’ve looked so forward to a dive live aboard trip and then you’re overcome by dehydration, nausea, headaches or sea-sickness? There are a few simple tricks to overcoming feeling sick that will have you back into making the most of your diving!


If you didn’t grow up with a mum like mine who was constantly reminding you to ‘drink more water!’ then you may not be getting all the H20 you need, especially if you’re diving all day. Diving really dehydrates you, and becoming dehydrated can leave you feeling energy-less and make you more susceptible to decompression illness, so it’s of incredible importance to keep your fluids up throughout the day.

First thing in the morning I drink a 600 ml bottle of water, sipping it whilst I get ready for my day. I make sure water is the first thing I drink, and not coffee or any other sugary, caffeinated drink.  Ensure you are drinking water before every dive, and during the surface interval. I like to keep a bottle of water in the dive tender so I know there is always going to be water nearby.

Water is the best substitute for water, but if you want to drink some electrolytes feel free, especially if you’ve been sweating in the hot tropical sun. Soft drinks and alcohol are not a suitable replacement for water! At the end of your diving day you’ll be so exhausted that getting on the sauce is the last thing on your mind, but make sure you stick with only one or two sundowner drinks so you’re fresh for your next day of live aboard diving.


If you are someone who really suffers with seasickness, then maybe live aboard diving isn’t the best holiday option for you. However most divers get it at some point, no matter how tough their stomachs are!

When people feel nauseous, they want to stay far away from fluids for fear of them returning. However keeping hydrated is one easy and effective way of preventing seasickness.

The best cure for seasickness is being well prepared, so make sure you stock up on seasickness tablets if you think you’re at risk. Seasickness medication does not work once you’ve started to feel sick, so make sure you follow the directions on the packet and take them in a good amount of time prior to approaching any turbulent waters. If you’re diving make sure to choose a non-drowsy medication.

If you pass the point of prevention, and feel those tell-tale symptoms of seasickness such as nausea, lethargy, dizziness and excessive sweating then get some fresh air! Avoid your cabin or any other stuffy enclosed spaces, particularly the bathroom or toilets. Going outside and enjoying your surroundings while keeping your eye on the horizon will start to settle your stomach. Take some deep breaths in and out and focus on your breathing rather than how you’re feeling.

Don’t set your gear up on the way to a dive site if the ocean is anything less than calm, and try not to chow down on any greasy or highly acidic foods. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat anything though, when it comes to feeling seasick an empty stomach is just as bad one filled with bacon and eggs!

If you’re still feeling sea sick once you arrive at the next site sip some water, give yourself a few moments to take some big breaths in and out and try and if you’re feeling up to it get ready for your next dive. You’ll be surprised how much better you feel if you jump in for the dive, and even if the surface of the ocean is choppy you’ll find it far more relaxing and soothing below the ocean than above it.


Spending too much time in the hot sun, drinking too much alcohol the night prior to diving, not enough fluid and feeling seasick can all result in overwhelmingly painful headaches. I  regularly suffer from bad headaches, which is why I ensure I am constantly drinking water during diving.

If you love catching rays on the top deck in between dives, make sure you wear a hat, a pair of sunnies and some sunscreen to avoid getting heat stroke or sunburn which can result in thumping headaches and dehydration. Suffering from terrible sunburn is a sure-fire way to ruin your live aboard dive trip pretty quickly, so make sure you slip slop slap throughout your trip!

If you do find yourself with a headache that just won’t go away, you might have to skip the next dive out and have a big glass of water and a bit of a snooze. Taking some painkillers is also a quick-fix to headaches, but make sure they are non-drowsy before you take any medication and go diving.

If you are feeling really terrible, don’t dive. The crew onboard your live aboard dive vessel are there to help you and the boat will be equipped with a well-stocked first aid kit, so let them know how you’re feeling and they can help you out. Having a nap out side of the bright sun and sipping on some fluids can do you the world of good, and can have you feeling on top of the world in no-time and back in the water to continue diving.

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5 photoshop tricks for saving your underwater photographs.

5 photoshop tricks for saving your underwater photographs.

If you’re interested in underwater photography, one of the best things about booking your next live aboard diving trip is the prospect of being able to spend an entire week underwater snapping away.

While taking photos underwater is rewarding and a great way to show off to all your work colleagues remember the amazing sites you’ve visited, underwater photography presents budding photographers with a whole range of different challenges that you don’t need to worry about on the surface. Visibility, particles in the water, moving subjects, and light are all new issues that will affect how your underwater images turn out.

Sometimes I find myself taking better photos on my smart phone above the water, than on my fancy digital SLR below it. Or I’ll have spent a week on a live aboard only to discover once I’ve returned home and uploaded a shot of a sea turtle that looked epic on the LCD screen, that it’s actually slightly blurry. If you’ve just started taking underwater photo’s, chances are one out of a hundred of your pictures are actually worth keeping (trust me, I’ve been there!) However there a few little tricks that you can use to potentially save that image you were about to send to the trash.

Good photos start before you’re even under the water.

Think about what setting you have your camera on, and what format these images are being stored in. If you want to be able to maximise your potential to digitally improve your images once you’ve finished snapping away in the ocean, make sure you are shooting all your images in RAW format.

RAW files are far larger than JPEG images (which is probably the format your camera is currently on if you haven’t switched to RAW yet), so you won’t be able to store as many photos on your memory card.  The editing freedom that comes with shooting in RAW however far outweighs the downside of the large size of these files. Just make sure you invest in an extra memory card or two before you head off to your next live aboard dive destination.

Buoyancy, buoyancy, buoyancy!

Not only does good buoyancy equal more relaxed and safe diving but drastically improves your underwater photography technique. If you’re constantly inflating and deflating your BCD, flapping about with your hands and knocking the marine life around you’re going to struggle to return from your dive with good photos.

Becoming a good diver takes time, and you should enjoy the learning process. Too many divers want to rush through their courses and spend little time focusing on actually becoming a better scuba diver. Go diving purely to practice your buoyancy and then start dabbling in underwater photography. To learn some more tips about how good buoyancy will help your photography techniques, check out our article. 

Camera Raw Editor.

An underwater image that could use some TLC.
An underwater image that could use some TLC.
The same image after editing in Camera Raw.
The same image after editing in Camera Raw.

This is an average underwater images’ best friend. Time and time again I have relied on Camera Raw Editor to turn a less than perfect image into a keeper. Camera Raw gives you a second chance at creating great underwater images.

Here you can edit the temperature, tint, exposure and contrast of an image. Over exposed image? Bring down the highlights and play around with your image until you’re happy. You can lift the whites and the blacks of the image and bring more clarity to your photo to create an image that really pops with colour and contrast.

One of the best tools in Camera Raw and Photoshop is the spot healing brush, which literally replaces a selected area of the image with another part of the photo. This means with a little time and effort you can remove all those particles or light spots scattered throughout your photo.  Spend some time in Camera Raw and I can assure you your images will go from woeful to wonderful.

The ‘diffuse glow’ filter.

The edited image with Photoshop filter 'diffuse glow' applied.
The edited image with Photoshop filter ‘diffuse glow’ applied.

After you’ve played around in Camera Raw you can either save your image or continue tweaking it in Photoshop. My one go-to filter for images that are less than ideal is the ‘diffuse glow’ filter. This filter really accentuates underwater light breaking through the surface of the ocean, and give underwater photographs an ethereal and magical feel. To find the ‘diffuse glow’ filter in Photoshop, head to ‘Filter Gallery’ under the Filter menu, and you’ll find it in the distort section.

If all else fails, convert to black and white.

Colour can be hard to correct in underwater images. Black and white is far easier to work with, and you can bring the contrast up without changing the colours to garish neon versions of the original hues. An image that you thought was beyond saving can suddenly turn into an artistic impression of the underwater world. Convert your image to black and white, play around with contrast and brightness and watch it transform.

The Awesome Octopus: Eight epic facts to celebrate World Octopus Day!

The Awesome Octopus: Eight epic facts to celebrate World Octopus Day!

Scuba diving in Australia recently, I came across a tyre.

I can hear you thinking ‘what exactly is so special about a tyre… isn’t that just an ugly piece of marine debris?’

In the middle of this tyre was two big, bulging eyes. A giant common octopus had made this tyre its home. As I hovered about 5 metres away, I watched this pair of eyes as they watched me. Every time I moved my fins, these eyes would duck back down into the tyre, only to slowly creep up again to continue surveying me a few seconds later.

Octopus are one of the most intelligent, inquisitive and misunderstood animals to inhabit the ocean. Far from the slimy monsters that lurk in the depths of ancient myths (and plastered on bottles of Kraken Rum), octopus are clever, unique and so much fun to see underwater.

I have spent many a dive in just a few metres of water playing tug of war with an octopus, steadily getting more frustrated as I realise this animal that could almost fit in my hand was stronger than me.  Fortunately, someone out there realised these animals are so special that they deserve a day dedicated entirely to them. And so, October 8th every year marks International Octopus Day. To celebrate this annual day of Cephalopod love, we’re throwing out eight (one for each tentacle) of the coolest facts about our boneless and beautiful underwater friends.

They can change way more colours than a chameleon can.

The reptile most renowned for it’s colour changing ability, the chameleon, is no match for the octopus. While chameleons can only change a small handful of colours and patterns, cephalopods can change between 30 and 50 different colours. And they can do all this in seven tenths of a second.

Octopus have no bones.

So they can squeeze through any hole bigger than about a quarter. They’re like that green goo in the kids movie ‘Flubber’. Check out the clip below to see a slightly disturbing but very cool video of an octopus making its way out of a beer bottle.

Like a parrot, Octopus eat with a beak.

And all octopus are venomous. Octopuses have a beak that is made out of the exact same stuff as our hair and fingernails, and they use this beak to inject their prey. Not to fear though, because there is only one octopus that has venom fatal to humans, and that’s the tiny Blue Ringed Octopus.

They are hoarders.

The Beatle’s song ‘An Octopuses Garden’ isn’t just catchy, it’s true. An octopuses home can be seen strewn with sea treasures all around. Octopus are the first invertebrate to have been observed using tools. They use bits of their lunch, such as crab shells and other items scavenged from the sea floor to hide from their predators, building a makeshift fort around themselves.

They ‘see’ with their suckers.

Each one of an octopuses’ 1600 suckers is incredibly sensitive, and they use these to not only feel, but to smell what ever they have their tentacles wrapper around. These suckers are insanely strong, and a large sucker can hold around 15 kilos. Imagine that strength times 1600! A whopping two thirds of an octopuses neurons are located in its arms, so their head can do one thing while their tentacles can concentrate on another. How’s that for multitasking?

After mating, they die.

This must be the most tragic and brutal fact of them all. An octopuses love life is like a bizarre and slightly gross version of Romeo and Juliet. Octopus mate through external fertilisation. Males will either quite literally hand the female their sperm, or insert it themselves into the tube she uses to breathe through. After this, the male will leave the scene to die. Once the female has laid her eggs, she experiences cellular breakdown and she too, will die. #romance.

They can solve complex puzzles.

Octopuses are known for being cheeky and very clever. They have the ability to solve complex mazes and puzzles and there have been plenty of rumours of octopuses outwitting their keepers in aquariums.  They can undo childproof containers, and one octopus in a New Zealand aquarium has even been trained to take photographs of guests.

Octopi is not the plural of Octopus.

So quit using it! I’m guilty of using ‘octopi’, but if you want to sound like you know your stuff you need to use the correct plural term of ‘octopuses’.

Next time your on a live aboard diving adventure keep an eye out for the underrated but incredible octopus. They’ll be so well camouflaged that they can be hard to spot, but once you do you’ll realise just how fascinating these cephalopods really are.

Top three live aboard trips for divers on a budget.

Top three live aboard trips for divers on a budget.

Travelling on a shoe-string doesn’t mean you have to rule out jumping on a diving live aboard or two. (Which we think is the only way to scuba dive. Find out why here).

The one thing that you need to remember about booking a dive live aboard is that they are all-inclusive. So while it might seem like you’re forking out a fair bit of your hard earned cash, you’re actually paying for your food for a week or so, your air fills, your insanely amazing diving, a comfortable bed and in most cases, all those sunset cocktails.

A budget dive live aboard is a particularly good choice for anyone who wants to spend part of their time touring the above-water sites of their chosen holiday destination, yet also wants to explore what the underwater world has to offer. And the best thing? Once you’ve paid for your live aboard trip upfront all you have left to do is count down the days on your calendar without worrying if you’ve put enough cash aside for your holiday, because you’ve already paid for it!

Whilst some people might not want to splurge all their holiday savings on a diving live aboard, there are plenty of options out there to suit a diver with a tight budget. Below we’ve listed the top three best live aboards for those on a budget, in a few of the must-dive destinations.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Dive the Great Barrier Reef AND have money left over to see everything else Australia has to offer? Yes please!
Dive the Great Barrier Reef AND have money left over to see everything else Australia has to offer? Yes please!

This place is spectacular. Thousands of kilometres long and the legendary David Attenborough’s favourite place in the world (or so he told Mr. Obama). The Great Barrier Reef is the one place you have to dive if your planning on visiting the sunburnt country that is Australia.

While there are day boats that leave from Port Douglas, Cairns and the Whitsunday’s, hands-down the best way to see the Reef is on a dive live aboard. There is nothing more beautiful than waking up and getting in your dive gear for a dawn dive, just as the sun is beginning to rise over the horizon. Watching the fish begin to become more active after a night of rest, and seeing the coral regain its colour as the sun begins to get higher in the sky is an incredible experience that you just don’t get on a day trip.

You’ll visit the more untouched parts of the Great Barrier Reef on a dive live aboard, and the Scuba Pro vessels offer trips that won’t break the bank.  ScubaPro has three vessels, called ScubaPro I, ScubaPro II, ScubaPro III. For a two night trip you’re looking at around $230 AUD a day, and the short length means you can visit the Great Barrier Reef and have still have time to see the rest of Australia and do some croc-wrangling, koala cuddling and kangaroo wrestling.

The Red Sea, Egypt

The Red Sea Aggressor. Click the image to learn more about this fantastic live aboard.
The Red Sea Aggressor. Click the image to learn more about this fantastic live aboard.

This is not only one of the most renowned scuba diving destinations, but also one of the most reasonably priced. If you’ve got your heart set on a Euro-trip, the Red Sea needs to be on your travel itinerary. With no shortage of budget diving liveaboards, the Red Sea is renowned for it’s incredible coral formations, drift and wall dives, pelagic species and tropical water.

Sipadan, Malaysia

The Celebes Explorer is the only vessel that offers year round diving in this iconic dive destination and is great for a diver on a budget. Another area of the underwater world that is  best explored by live aboard, you can expect turtles galore along with huge schools of pelagic fish on a backdrop of fantastic coral formations. There are only a maximum of 120 diving permits issued in a single day, ensuring this area remains pristine and treasured, making your trip even more rewarding.

Liveaboard.com has the most extensive range of live aboard dive trips to suit any dive enthusiast, on every kind of budget.

Have you got any great tips for divers on a budget? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Thinking of doing some Palau diving? Read this first.

Thinking of doing some Palau diving? Read this first.

Most dive destinations have something they’re renowned for.

Cocos Islands in Costa Rica is famous for its hammerhead action. When you dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia you know you’ve come to see the, uh, reef. But Palau in Micronesia is one of those dive zones that has a little bit of everything. And one hundred percent of that everything is absolutely amazing. 

So, what is it about Palau that makes it such a popular spot for scuba diving?

For one, there is no ‘season’. Most dive destinations have a certain time of year that is the most suitable for scuba diving. Thanks to very little fluctuation in temperature, the water in Palau is always balmy and tropical. The turquoise water of Palau offers good visibility year round that rarely drops below 15 metres, and can reach up to 40 metres. And we haven’t even started on the huge variety of marine species you can see diving in Palau.

Palau is where three of the oceans currents intersect, and with it comes a dizzying array of marine life. Enormous schools of fish, giant green sea turtles, dolphins and a variety of shark species can be often spotted, along with manta rays and whale sharks. Palau is home to some of the most fantastic and exhilarating drift diving on the planet, along with a sea floor littered with World War I and II wrecks. The Palau archipelago is made up of eight major islands and 250 smaller ones, so with no shortage of dive sites you’ll never do the same dive twice.

As with most remote areas, diving the Palau archipelago is best done by an all inclusive dive live aboard. On here, you can dive all day and see the best this destination has to offer.  Below we’ve listed a few of our favourites to make your holiday decision a little easier.

Ocean Hunter 3

Ocean_Hunter_3 (1)w825h550crwidth825crheight550This luxury vessel was specifically designed with the diver in mind. Ocean Hunter offers 7 and 10 night live aboards, which visit the best sites Palau has to offer. Each day you can jump in for up to 5 dives, making the most of your time in this tropical underwater paradise. Did we mention there’s not one, but two jacuzzis on board?

Palau Siren

Palau_Siren (1)w825h550crwidth825crheight550Part of the popular Siren fleet, this live aboard has all the bells and whistles you could possibly want. Along with a spacious sun deck, the Palau Siren provides divers with a massive shaded diving deck complete with individual stations and personal storage lockers, so you’ll always know where your gear is. All gear hire is complimentary on board this boat, so if luggage space is an issue you can leave your dive gear at home for no extra charge. FYI, we know a few tricks of the trade when it comes to packing for a live aboard. Check them out here.

Palau Aggressor II

This Palau live aboard is offers divers a dream experience. For those who love to dive, dive, dive but don’t want to sacrifice any of the creature comforts this boat has your name written all over it! Spacious decks, air conditioning and private bathrooms and showers in all 9 staterooms will leave you well rested after your action packed day of scuba diving. Like the Palau Siren and Ocean Hunter 3, this vessel gives divers the chance to do up to 5 dives, including some thrilling night dives.

You will never get bored of Palau diving.

When you start your 7 or 11 night live aboard adventure, the days stretch out in front of you. Once you start diving the sites on offer however, you realise there’s no way you could tire of diving this magical area. One dive you’re surrounded by sharks and pelagic fish, the next you’re alongside the skeleton of a WWII ship. With sensational drift diving, a phenomenal amount of life and a lake full to the brim of harmless jellyfish, Palau is one unique must-dive destination.

We’ve only listed a few dive live aboards here available in Micronesia. Visit Liveaboard.com to see a full list of luxury dive live aboards that you can take the trip of a lifetime in Palau.