Known for absolute luxury, the Indian Ocean boasts liveaboard diving in remote atolls for a variety of budgets. Whale sharks, manta rays and rare World War II wrecks are a big draw to the region.
In the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and the Andaman Islands in India offer liveaboard diving. First, the Seychelles boast a combination of manta ray encounters, wrecks and caverns, while the Maldives is full of pinnacles and channels, which sweep in large marine life like whale sharks and mantas. In India’s Andaman Islands, you’ll find rarely dived coral reefs. Finally, Sri Lanka is a new diving destination with one of the only aircraft carriers open to diving (the HMS Hermes) and blue whale encounters. In many areas of the Indian Ocean, liveaboards are the only option for diving. Typical dive safaris last 7 nights, and the best time to dive is October to May.