Here it is a scuba diver’s moment of Zen, a group of exceptional voyages designed to take you deep down in the seas of some of the world’s most remote areas and top diving sites in the western Pacific and Indian Ocean. Silversea Expeditions just divulged its collection of Scuba Diving Expedition Voyages for 2016 and 2017 on the 120-passenger, all-suite Silver Discoverer—the newest of the fleet that will make 20 voyages that feature scuba diving opportunities for experienced divers in such regions as the Maldives, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Palau archipelago, and the Andaman Islands. You can expect to dive down into hidden caves and tunnels to swim with fish of all species. And it’s completely free, yes no extra charge for this folks just like all drinks and gratuities come with the fares on any swank Silversea ship.
In addition to an on board dive master, there will be a team of experts on each voyage that includes marine biologists, environmentalists, ecologists, and geologists, who will enlighten guests with their extensive knowledge of these amazing regions.
“We’re delighted to offer our guests the opportunity to explore remote destinations both on land and underwater with this unique series of expedition voyages,” said Mark Conroy, Silversea’s managing director for the Americas. “The Scuba Diving Expedition Voyages are designed to provide the most awe-inspiring deep sea adventures, but also include incredible destinations for snorkeling and onshore hiking explorations.”
Here’s a few options for scuba buffs to mull over:
This year (2016):
- Australia’s amazing Great Barrier Reef & Indonesia —Voyage 9622: Cairns to Balikpapan, 14 Days, Oct. 4 – 18
- Magical Myanmar & Andaman Islands–Voyage 9626: Phuket to Maldives, 15 Days, Dec. 2 – 17
- Maldives, Seychelles (*Aldabra) & Africa–Voyage 9627: Maldives to Dar es Salaam, 17 Days, Dec. 17 – Jan. 3 (*Itinerary is highlighted by a rare visit to the remote coral atoll of Aldabra. Virtually untouched by humans and teeming with marine life, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world’s largest atolls, and a pristine home to thousands of giant tortoises.)
Next year (2017)
- Dive down in Indonesia & Palau Archipelago–Voyage 9713: Darwin to Koror, 14 Days, May 26 – Jun. 9
- Australia (Great Barrier Reef) & Indonesia–Voyage 9725: Cairns to Bali, 14 Days, Nov. 9 – 23
Although the scuba program is free, the cruise line warns that space is limited so interested parties must obtain an Advanced Open Water Diver license or equivalent to participate. Guests also need to bring their own BCD vests and regulators. Silversea will provide the weight belts, tanks, masks, and fins free of charge on board Silver Discoverer.
For more details and a complete list of the Scuba Diving Expedition Voyages, click here.