Tui Tai was severely damaged by Cyclone Winston and is no longer operational
For many divers, time spent on a liveaboard is one of the world's most alluring dive activities. The ability to venture out to sites too remote for land-based operators and stay there for multiple dives all while having luxurious quarters, a hot shower and a hot meal within minutes of your ascent is usually incentive enough. But don't forget the other bonuses, like diving in small groups on sites where no other boats are even visible, and the capability to do 4-5 dives each day. Dawn, dusk and night dives are possible as well, and the diving is usually effortless. Fiji's liveaboards offer many unique experiences that can't be duplicated from land-based resorts.
Liveaboards are for every level of diver. Many people choose to complete their open water certifications on a liveaboard, or acquire an advanced qualification while on their dive trip. The ease of diving and personal attention from Instructors takes a lot of stress out of the situation, making your quest for increased skill levels, specialty knowledge (like Nitrox or Rescue certifications), or just added enjoyment of the amazing underwater world an easy accomplishment.
Photographers enjoy the camera work spaces that are provided, eliminating the need to spread all of your photographic gear out on your bed, then have to put it all back together before you can go to sleep. Charging stations allow you to keep all your batteries topped off to prevent losing that last shot of the dive when the manta swam right under you as you were doing your safety stop. Large dedicated camera rinse tanks help avoid damage to expensive equipment, and allow you to keep your gear wet to prevent salt crystals from forming until you can clean it. Still photography and video instruction are typically offered, as well as other services. Editing and playback equipment allow you to see the results of your dive and share them with dive buddies quickly.
In addition to more diving each day, you'll have the ability to see more sites, too. The beauty of diving from a liveaboard is the flexibility to change sites, or whole areas if there are issues. From land-based operations, you could spend an hour or more traveling to a site where you anticipate an incredible dive, only to find that the current is running in the wrong direction, visibility is way down or there are already 3 other boats there waiting to drop their divers into the water. If conditions aren't favorable, the liveaboard simply goes somewhere else with better conditions. And since they know the region, they can find sheltered sites with spectacular diving in just about any weather.
Wrap all that up with comfortable accommodations, great meals and a highly attentive crew, and you have a memorable trip at a good value.
We hear you! Our owner, Scott, is highly prone to seasickness himself (not a great attribute for a dive instructor, but what can you do?); and has spent more time than he'd care to admit in getting through it or trying to avoid it. His observation is that liveaboards are larger and therefore much more stable platforms than day boats, and they actually have more incentive to find calm water. After all, what boat Captain or Cruise Director wants to have guests who aren't enjoying their experience to the fullest? While day boats strive to take their divers every day, it sometimes entails crossing through reef cuts or channels and over high surf areas to get to the outer reef, or longer boat rides getting tossed around on a small boat. Their relatively strict schedule (out at 8:30, back by 1:00) doesn't give them the flexibility to plan around the conditions - they pretty much have to plow through whatever they get. Liveaboards have the luxury of going where the weather is most suitable, and can plan their itinerary with advance knowledge of adverse conditions. It also seems easier to prevent seasickness while on a liveaboard, since the constant gentle motion acclimates one's system vs. the daily seesaw of getting on and off a small boat. All in all, even those people who are very sensitive to motion illness often find that it is not an issue while on a liveaboard. If you have concerns, contact Scott for suggestions and advice from someone who knows what it's like, and what to expect from a liveaboard. Don't let your fear stop you from a liveaboard experience.