A tropical paradise getaway is always a good idea for those who like to be one with the outdoors. Liveaboard trips, to be specific, is a great way to explore the ocean and exploit the warm and sunny weather in tropical destinations. Choosing to go on a liveaboard trip offers a lot to see and do, which makes it a must-try experience for those who enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving. If you are new to liveaboard diving, you might have a lot of questions running through your mind. To ease your burden and to make planning your trip more efficient, here are a few practical tips you should when to liveaboard for the first time:
- Know the best time to liveaboard. This will vary according to the location where you intend to go. Therefore, you have to do a bit of research on the best seasons or months to go live boarding in your intended destination. Proper planning is key to making the most of this experience.
- Choose what type of reef you would like to explore. You can dive the fringing reefs, the coral rays or the outer reef. Each type of reef provides a different experience so you should ask the live boarding tour operator to determine what is the best fit for the adventure you seek.
- Choose a diving location carefully. As with choosing the reef type is important to your overall experience, the same also goes with your diving location. Before you book a live boarding tour operator, you need to ask them about the potential diving location you will be exploring. You can then use that to make your choice of which tour operator to book according to which dive sites you would like to explore.
- If you want to create your own itinerary, ask your preferred tour operator. There are some operators that are open to this idea. But if this is your first-time, it is best to stick to the planned itineraries since most of the dive locations included in their itineraries are some of the best ones for a certain location.
- All liveaboard activities take place during daylight hours. Hence, you will end the diving trip as soon as the sun sets.
- It is important to learn and remember the common terminologies used for liveaboard diving. There will be instructors who will teach you about these terms. Take time to learn and memorize these terms.
- You must be prepared to sleep under unpredictable conditions. When you are on board the ship, you can sometimes deal with rough wave conditions.
- Choose your liveaboard diving operators wisely. A friendly captain and being surrounded by knowledgeable crew can make the entire experience educational and fun. Most importantly, check their track record. Your safety is your number one priority when going on liveaboard trips.