Five Great October Liveaboard Dive Destinations:
October is great time for scuba diving. It’s calm, peaceful and pleasure full month. Winds are light, cold and refreshing. It’s the best time to go for scuba diving because special creatures like whales are frequent in this season and you may get a chance to encounter them. For example you can swim with whales and sharks in Oman’s silent reefs, happen to see reef sharks in Solomon Island and there is increased activity of sharks in South Africa in October. You can also visit reef rich Hawaii for diving in coral reefs and enjoy captivating beauty.
Here are shortlisted five great liveaboard Dive destinations:
Being over 2,300 miles (3,860 km) from the nearest continent, it’s no surprise that 20 percent of Hawaii’s marine life lives nowhere else on Earth. Washed by the Pacific Ocean, this tropical dive destination has endemic butterfly fish, ruby cardinal fish, as well as rare Hawaiian green sea turtles and the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, all of which make for fun diving as you tick off those species you simply can’t see elsewhere.
The dive landscapes are constantly evolving thanks to the active volcanoes there. The Big Island has over 50 dive sites, including the famed night dive with mantas at Kona, where you can dive with over 40 mantas at a time while watching them feed by your torch light. The bright orange tubestrea corals at Tubestrea Tunnel are another Big Island highlight.
If you’re lucky, you can spot endangered Hawaiian monk seals at Molokai’s while exploring over 30 miles (48 km) of untouched reef there. Make sure you also visit Oahu if you’re diving Hawaii from October through December, when you have a good chance of seeing tiger sharks.
- Egypt’s Southern Red Sea:
As we head into winter, the Red Sea waters begin to cool, attracting thresher and hammerhead sharks to Egypt’s famed southern reefs.
The diversity of fish life around you will make you appreciate wonders of nature. At the same time they will leave you astonished.
Oceanic Whitetips at St. John’s and huge Napoleon wrasse and grey reef sharks are commonly seen there. Fury Shoals has some of Egypt’s most sophisticated, magnificent and colorful reefs and you can dive with resident spinner dolphins at the well-known Dolphin Reef there. If you want to see all these wonders then you are at the best location in best time of year.
Providing spectacular drop-offs and thriving reefs, these popular reefs in Southern Egypt are a liveaboard diver’s dream.
- Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands:
The sharks of Marovo Lagoon hold a special place in the hearts of Solomon Islanders and are an important part of their culture and dive scene. A chance to see them is just one of the reasons Solomon Islands diving is so worthwhile. As the largest saltwater lagoon in the world, Marovo has hundreds of islands and numerous dive sites sheltered from the ocean.
It’s a great destination for easy liveaboard diving on calm waters, as well as exciting cuts and passage dives that reach out to the ocean beyond. The sheer variety of marine life is the main draw in Marovo Lagoon. You will find numerous sharks there, as well as schooling fish, mantas, turtles and pristine coral reefs.
Kicha Island is perfect for underwater photography.
Muck diving fans can enjoy a variety of critters in the muck at Begho Point.
- BANDA SEA in Indonesia
In October, Indonesia offers one of the most accessible dive sites in the world for cruising. The temperatures are perfect in the South of the Komodo archipelago in Ambon. We dedicate our choice on Ambon and the Spices islands in the ring of lights. To make it ideal diving and land excursions on the islands of the Banda Sea and Wetar.
Most of the sites in the center and the north are still very rich in terms of fauna and flora. The north offers the most popular sites with hammerhead sharks. The climate is pleasant and the ocean fairly calm while having very few boats on the water.
Plankton begins to flourish here from October, which means visibility will decrease, but the abundance of food attracts a diverse and important marine life, like the Whale Sharks which are visible in the center.
Banda Islands offer a deepwater rise, which attracts fish, gray sharks, and Hammerhead sharks to the thriving reefs of islands like Manuk and Serua. The Twilight Atoll offers sublime and endemic macro dive sites without forgetting AMBON which also offer the most popular macro spots in the world for photographers.
With almost 100 dive sites, doing a liveaboard in the Banda sea will be full of exceptional dive sites that you can discover only on a dive cruise with Vaiatea. With luck you can dive with the oceanic Manta too.
- South Africa:
South Africa’s coastline is washed by both the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. South Africa has an enormous variety of dive sites. While there is diverse marine life to be found along the coast, South Africa’s special attraction is shark diving.
Aliwal Shoal in KwaZulu-Natal is best-known for its sharks, including sand-tiger sharks, stocky oceanic Blacktips, tigers, hammerheads, dusky and mako sharks. You can also find other interesting creatures like eagle, electric and stingrays.
Protea Banks in KwaZulu-Natal is another shark hotspot commonly having bull sharks at Southern Pinnacles, along with hammerheads, Blacktips and dusky sharks.
Hundreds of schools of fish can be spotted during dive. If you want to dive with great white sharks, visit Mossel Bay, Gansbaii or False Bay, all of which have seasonal cage-diving opportunities!
Diving further you can see sharks in the Western Cape around Simons Town. You may get an opportunity to dive with blue and Mako sharks!
So, get ready and plan your next diving trips in these recreational sites in the upcoming October. Tell us which of the above five liveaboards in the world attract you most and why is that. And where are you going to liveaboard next October!
Don’t forget that we are going in BANDA, KOMODO and ALOR with VAIATEA during this period 🙂