If you are looking for a dive liveaboard for less than $250 per day, this article includes a table of worldwide liveaboards under $250.
164 dive liveaboards under $250 per day include; 4 Australia liveaboards, 3 Bahamas liveaboards, 2 Djibouti liveaboards, 75 Red Sea liveaboards, 1 Fiji liveaboard, 20 Indonesia liveaboards, 1 Madagascar liveaboard, 33 Maldives liveaboards, 4 Philippines liveaboards and 21 Thailand liveaboards.
There may also be discounted liveaboards for less than $250 per day in addition to those listed in the table below. You can check the following link for the latest discounted liveaboard offers and last minute deals.
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Table of dive liveaboards under $250 per day
The following table of dive liveaboards under $250 per day is in descending customer rating order, followed by Scuba Diving Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating, see below), so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating and the best SDE lux rating will be at the top of the list. If you want to change the list order, use the “Sort by” dropdown below.
|Liveaboard main photo||Discover Liveaboard||Country||Cost USD $||Cost GBP £||Cost Euro €||Customer Review (Max 10)||SDE Lux Rating %||Itineraries||Flexible Booking|
|Review Link: MY Seven Seas; Booking Link: MY Seven Seas||Egypt||113||103||118||10||87%||8 Days/7 Nights||YES|
|Review Link: Wisesa; Booking Link: Wisesa||Indonesia||220||200||230||10||71%||8 Days/7 Nights, 12 Days/11 Nights||YES|
|Review Link: Cahaya Bersama; Booking Link: Cahaya Bersama||Indonesia||217||197||227||10||63%||6 Days/5 Nights||YES|
|Review Link: MV Tarata; Booking Link: MV Tarata||Indonesia||183||166||191||10||52%||8 Days/7 Nights||NO|
|Review Link: MV Ghani; Booking Link: MV Ghani||Egypt||107||97||112||10||50%||8 Days/7 Nights||YES|
|Review Link: MV Blue Manta; Booking Link: MV Blue Manta||Indonesia||249||226||260||9.9||69%||7 Days/6 Nights, 8 Days/7 Nights, 9 Days/8 Nights, 10 Days/9 Nights, 11 Days/10 Nights, 12 Days/11 Nights||NO|
|Review Link: Cat Ppalu; Booking Link: Cat Ppalu||Bahamas||216||196||225||9.9||50%||7 Days/6 Nights||YES|
What is SDE Lux Rating %
The column headed “SDE Lux Rating %” is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating which I’ve assigned to all liveaboards. To discover how the rating is calculated for your chosen liveaboard dive boat, click the liveaboard name link in the “Discover Liveaboard” column above (also this is explained in more detail below).
To help you to choose the right diving liveaboard for you, the “Scuba Diving Earth Liveaboard Luxury Rating” (SDE Lux Rating) means you can compare each liveaboard with other liveaboards on a like-for-like basis. This makes choosing the right liveaboard much easier.
The maximum rating for any liveaboard is 100%, and this rating is split between the 6 features listed below:
- Diver benefits: A higher ‘diver benefits‘ score means there are more features specifically for scuba divers. These include onboard nitrox, dive courses, gear rental etc.
- Liveaboard design features: The higher the ‘liveaboard design features‘ score, the more the dive boat has been designed with scuba divers in mind. This includes whether the dive boat was custom built for divers, if it has charging stations, outside showers etc.
- Cabin luxury: A high score in ‘cabin luxury‘ means the cabins on the liveaboard offer better features. These might include ensuite cabins, air-conditioning, daily housekeeping, seaviews, TVs etc.
- Onboard comfort: A high score in ‘onboard comfort‘ means there are more onboard features to make your dive trip feel more luxurious. These include what towels are provided on the liveaboard (always important for travelling light), complimentary toiletries, crew ratios etc.
- Food luxury: If you are a foodie then ‘food luxury‘ will be important to you, as a high score on this rating will mean there’s more on offer. These might include the type of food served onboard, the dietary requirements catered for, vegan food, vegetarian food, buffet style, fine dining etc.
- Drink luxury: If you like a drink in the evenings you may look for a higher score in ‘drink luxury‘ score, but this score also includes drinking water and soft drinks too.
The “SDE Luxury Rating Total” is calculated by adding the totals from each of the above features and benefits. The higher the SDE Luxury Rating, the more features and benefits the liveaboard has, which leads on nicely to how to use the SDE Luxury Rating.
How to use the SDE Luxury Rating score
When choosing the liveaboard dive boat for you, your decision is helped by customer scores, which is how the liveaboards in the above table are sorted in descending order.
If you are stuck choosing between two or three of these liveaboards, where each one has a high customer score out of 10 and that have itineraries you like, use the SDE Luxury Rating score to help narrow down your choice.
Think about it like using Booking.com when searching for the best hotel to stay at. Booking.com also use a customer score where each customer rates hotels out of 10. This is similar to the liveaboard customer rating, which is also rated out of 10.
But let’s say you only like to stay in hotels rated 9 and above on Booking.com, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is secondary to the score out of 10.
In the case of liveaboards, the SDE Lux Rating system can also be used as a secondary tool in the same way to help you determine which liveaboard offers the best features to suit you.
Each of the liveaboards linked-to from the above table will be individually scored. Which means that if cabin luxury is important to you, focus on this score to help you choose your liveaboard. But if diver benefits are your top priority, use this score first, and so on.
I hope you enjoyed this article about dive liveaboards under $250 per day
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