Great Barrier Reef - Choose Your Liveaboard Dive Trip Wisely

Robbie Wyckoff on March 31st, 2023

When it comes to choosing a liveaboard dive trip on the Great Barrier Reef or anywhere in the world, it’s like choosing a hotel for a few nights or even a week.

Are you there for the hotel or for the activities or both?

You can choose from small dive boats to massive cruise ships and yachts for your open water ocean diving experience.

But then sometimes the bigger the boat, the more expensive it will be or the more populated it is.

So you have to ask yourself, "can I afford this?" or "Do I really need this?" and "What are you really going for?" in your choice of liveaboard scuba dive trip.

What is the most important factor for YOU...

The dive boat itself, the actual diving locations, both maybe or the length of stay, a 2 day 1 night dive trip or a 3 day 2 night dive expedition... or even longer?

For me, it was the actual scuba diving (what will I see when diving)... and a decent well equipped dive boat wouldn’t be so bad as well...

Scenery, both above and below the surface, is my top priority when choosing a dive trip of any sort.

I never plan to spend much time in my cabin so as long as the room has a decent bed, that’s good enough for me.

In my experience, the adventure isn’t within the walls but rather outside them with all the other keen scuba divers and the boat crew who have a whole lot of stories and tales to share with you.

When booking my liveaboard dive trips, the marine life and whatever chances I might have at finding my minke whale and humpback whales, are the goal for an amazing vacation. Check out these blogs about the swim with whale trips on the Great Barrier Reef.

So a destination, known for big things such as the Great Barrier Reef, seems to always be in my search list when looking up my next vacation plans. 

Now, as I’ve mentioned before, inquiring about where to go, what to do, and who to do it with helps greatly.

So I usually post inquiries via social media to companies that specialize in scuba dive trips like here for destinations I have never travelled to before.

They are quite helpful with suggestions and my past experiences have never been disappointing everytime I followed their recommendations.

I, myself, have even begun suggesting places and things to see, based on my own experiences, to those I meet during my work as a diving instructor.

Liveaboard diving trips need to be pre-booked (very important) and you also have to plan your accommodation on either side of your liveaboard trip.

It would also be a shame to travel to the Great Barrier Reef and not take the time to see what else is around.

For example if you chose a liveaboard trip departing from Cairns you MUST take some time (allow several days on each side of your liveaboard trip) to see the Daintree Rainforest and explore the region… there is so much to do and see, you won’t regret it.

Planning and researching your trip is very important and will take some time, start searching and following pages on social media, a good page to start with is BarrieReefAustralia. facebook or instagram.

They have some great diving specials as well as other local activities.

Before I even started a career as a professional scuba diver, someone suggested that I gain more knowledge from traveling and diving at various different places around the world just as a recreational diver.

I found that to be very useful and I visited numerous dive sites on liveaboard dive trips.

These experiences have helped me to become the diver I am today.

They gave me a greater appreciation for life and a great deal of respect for those who work in dive industry.

Scuba diving the world is my passion and sharing my experiences while teaching it to others on their holidays, has now become my trade.

I hope you enjoy reading my blogs and that I have inspired you to begin your diving adventures on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the rest of the world.

Let Barrier Reef Australia help you choose the right liveaboard trip for you.



Robbie Wyckoff

Robbie Wyckoff

Hi my name is Robbie Wyckoff and I am a full time PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor who now works all over the world teaching people how to scuba dive and discover the amazing underwater world on our planet.

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