The best solo scuba diving trips in the world
If you’ve stumbled upon this article, then you are probably looking for liveaboards for single divers with single cabins, twins for sharing or with no single supplement. I’ve done the leg work for you and handpicked some of the best liveaboards from around the world, which all cater for solo scuba divers.
Liveaboards for single divers:
- Emperor Echo: Red Sea.
- Carpe Novo: The Maldives.
- Spirit of Freedom: Australia Great Barrier Reef.
- Reef Prince: Australia Rowley Shoals.
- Shore Thing Catamaran: Australia Ningaloo Reef.
- Liberation: Philippines.
- Hallelujah: Thailand.
- Blackbeards Morning Star: Bahamas.
For the full list of liveaboards for single divers, please read on or jump to the summary table at the end.
Liveaboards for single divers
The following liveaboard dive boats all have single cabins are and suited for single divers:
Red Sea liveaboards for single divers
The Red Sea invigorates divers as they experience pristine reefs, millions of brilliantly-colored coral fish and corals, sharks, turtles and historical wrecks. Whilst Egypt on land is dry and barren, the underwater world is a whole new experience with bright colours and spectacular abundant sea life.
There are three Red Sea liveaboards for single divers, which are as follows:
- Emperor Echo – Rated Superb, 9.2 out of 10 and 4.5 stars. With free internet and free nitrox available on this 31 metre (102 feet) liveaboard boat. Review: Awesone trip: “We were first time Red Sea divers, so were astounded with the coral and fish. Dive briefings were very thorough, safety was emphasized but we were allowed to do our own dive. The boat had recently been refitted, so was in good shape. Crew was friendly. Food was good. Sonia our divemaster was great. Overall it was good value for the money, we enjoyed the diving and the trip.” Recommended for: The three best things were: Dive master Sonia, the itinary, the price.
- Blue Adventurer – Rated Superb, 9 out of 10 and 4.5 stars. Free internet available on this 32 metres (105 feet) liveaboard of the Red Sea. Review: Best Diving safari: “The trip was handled very professionally as promised to start with the airport pickup to the gear I rented, food, safety, guided tours, etc. This is the third LiverAboard trip I did (GBR and Thailand) I highly recommend this boat and the Red Sea.” Recommended forItinerary , Safety , Crew Service.
- JP Marine Liveaboard – Rated Fabulous, 8.9 out of 10 and 4.5 stars. Free internet on a 37 metre (121 feet) dive liveaboard. Review: Great boat and friendly operation in the Red Sea. “The boat was great and the crew amazing. The food is to die for. The diving was great with lots of different dive sites. The dive guides were all very professional and experienced. Hope to be back someday and I would not go on any other boat than JP Marine.” Recommended for: Snorkeling with dolphins, hammerheads in Daedalus, longimanus in Brothers.
Maldives liveaboards for single divers
The Maldives offers some of the most pristine and colourful reefs in the world. With a number of luxury dive boats to choose from and two liveaboards for single divers to enjoy, as follows:
- Carpe Novo Liveaboard – The Carpe Novo is rated Superb, 9.3 out of 10 and 4.5 stars. With free nitrox on board this 43 metres (141 feet) dive liveaboard for up to 22 guests. Review: Will definitely go back!! “Hanifaru Bay, night dive with sharks, swim with whale sharks, ornate Eagle ray encounter.” Recommended for: Friendly, comfortable, quiet.
- Adora Liveaboard – Rated Fabulous, 8.5 out of 10 and 4 stars. Free internet on board this 37 metre (121 feet) dive liveaboard designed for up to 21 guests. Review: Wonderful week on the Adora: “Mantas mantas mantas! Crew is wonderful, boat is very comfortable. Single cabin was a wonderful value, so nice to have my own private cabin.” Recommended for: Service, value, single occupancy cabin.
More Reading: Maldives MV Carpe Novo liveaboard review
Australia liveaboards for single divers with twin cabins
The Great Barrier Reef is on most, if not all, scuba diver’s bucket list. With a biodiversity almost second to none, the Great Barrier Reef has every single coral fish you could imagine. From sharks to whale sharks. With mantas and whales to turtles and dolphins.
Non of these Australian liveaboards have single cabins, but instead have twin or quad cabins if you’re happy to share.
Australian liveaboards for solo divers
- Spirit of Freedom – Rated Superb, 9.3 out of 10 and 4.5 stars. The Spirit of Freedom is a large dive boat measuring 37 metres (121 feet) in length and designed for up to 26 guests offering diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Review: An amazing 4 days! “Animals (sharks, fish, cuttlefish, turtles, manta ray…) People – the crew was great.” Recommended for: Crew, guests, organization.
- Reef Prince – Rated Exceptional, 10 out of 10 and 5 stars. A 38 metre (125 feet) liveaboard that sleeps 36 guests offering diving on Rowley Shoals. Review: Superb biodiversity diving on understated boat with competent staff. “The diving in untouched warm waters seeing so many different corals and fish.” Recommended for* the diving – great coral, fish, walls, canyons and gutters; the spacious boat with tenders; the food and staff.
- Spoilsport – Rated Superb, 9.4 out of 10 and 4.5 stars. A 30 metre (98 feet) liveaboard designed for 28 guests offering diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Review: Awesome diving experience. “From the first moment, everything was perfect! Awesome flight over the reef, super friendly staff, amazing diving spots, really the whole package. Will go diving with Mike Ball again for sure!” Recommended for Diving spots – friendly crew – food.
- Pro Dive Cairns – Rated Superb, 9.2 out of 10, 4.5 stars. A 24 metre (78 feet) liveaboard offering diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Review: Phenomenal experience! “Night dives: seeing GTs chasing smaller fish; a sleeping giant turtle; and baiting sharks (i.e. making noise, and turning off torches)“. Recommended for: Dive sites, staff, and food!
- Shore Thing Catamaran – Rate Exceptional, 9.6 out of 10, 5 stars. A 16 metre (51 feet) liveaboard for 10 guests offering diving to the Ningaloo Reef, Australia. Review: Awesome three days in Coral Bay! “Lots of big fish like sharks, rays, and groupers, but the wobegongs, cuttlefish, and octopus were my favorites.” Recommended for: The diving/snorkeling was amazing and the food was awesome. The staff were super friendly, knowledgeable, and professional.
- Coral Sea Dreaming – Rated Superb, 9.2 out of 10, 4.5 stars. An 18 metre (59 feet) liveaboard offering dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef. Review: best dive trip I’ve ever done. “The dive sites were incredible, so much wildlife and the variety of coral was spectacular. The skipper, and dive crew took amazing care of us. Would recommend them over and over!!” Recommended for: Crew, dive sites, small boat and amazing divers.
Philippines liveaboards for single divers
With over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is a top dive destination for scuba divers. Visit warm tropical blue seas abundant with sea life of all shapes and sizes. The Philippines is located at the northern corner of the Coral Triangle. This region has breathtaking biodiversity and has amazing corals, and the chance to encounter whale sharks. Or you can explore historic wrecks or marvel at some of the odd-shaped critters.
Liveaboards with single berth beds
Liberation Liveaboard – Rated Superb, 98.4 out of 10 4.5 stars. A 26 metre (84 feet) liveaboard for 14 guests. Review: Well organized and good diving. “Seeing a hammerhead and barracuda were really cool. Definitely worth your money“. Recommended for: The food, beds and diving. This Philippines liveaboard can accommodate up to 14 divers at a time. Whilst it doesn’t have single cabins, it does have single bunk-beds instead for 6 to share a cabin.
Thailand liveaboards for single divers
Thailand diving provides scuba divers with the opportunity to experience the lush underwater life in the Andaman Sea. The diving there is relative easy and there is the chance to see healthy reefs, schools of fish, barracuda, whale sharks, manta rays and more.
The following Thailand liveaboards are suitable for solo divers
- Hallelujah Liveaboard, Thailand – Rate Superb, 9.1 out of 10 and 4.5 stars. This 35 metre (115 feet) Thailand liveaboard has one VIP single cabin located on the upper deck. This Thailand liveaboard is suited for up to Review: This was the best rip of my life! “The food, the Diving at Big Elephant Head Rock, Richelieu Rock and the people.” Recommended for: The people.
- Oktavia Liveaboard – Rated Superb, 9.1 out of 10 and 4.5 stars. This liveaboard doesn’t have single cabins, but if you are okay to share, it does have cabins with 2 single bunk-beds plus cupboard for storage. This Thailand liveaboard is 30 metres (99 feet) in length and is limited to 20 divers, but up to 33 guests. Review: One of the best diving trips that I have taken! “We found a whale shark on Richelle Island, what a magnificent creature!” Recommended for: The diving was fanatatic, the food was great and the staff was wonderful.
- Smiling Seahorse liveaboard – Rated Fabulous, 8.8 out of 10 and 4.5 stars. This is a 25 metre ( 82 feet) dive liveaboard for up to 16 divers. Whilst this liveaboard doesn’t have a single berth cabin, it does have cabins with two single beds and shared bathrooms. Review: Amazing from start to end. “We spend 4 nights 3 days on the Smiling seahorse , We arrived to this great new boat were everything is in perfect condition , clean and set to a perfect time on board Franck who is the owner also part of the journey have a friendly and professional approach and make us feel like home on board , dives were great living from Ranong our itineraries on the similar island was less busy that other operators. All together we have dives with other liveaboard for the similan islands but we recommend this one as our favourite.” Recommended for: New boat , great choice of dive spot , very professional.
Bahamas liveaboards for single divers
The Bahamas is a great place to dive by liveaboard in warm Caribbean seas.
The following Bahamas liveaboards are suitable for solo divers
- Blackbeards Morning Star – Rated Superb, 9.2 out of 10, 4.5 stars. A 20 meter (65 feet) liveaboard offering budget friendly diving in the Bahamas. Review: Best budget dive boats out there. “Although I was hoping to see tiger sharks and hammerheads, we still saw loads of reef sharks!” Recommended forCrew, the views and food.
- Cuan Law – Rated Exceptional, 10 out of 10, 5 stars. A 32 metre (105 feet) liveaboard offering diving to the Bahamas. Review: Worth Every Penny. “Hangin on the deck, chatting with the other guests. We had a lovely group.” Recommended for: 1. Crew: Outstanding. Personable, informative, attentive and genuine. 2. Food: Ridiculously amazing. Diverse, nuanced tastes, beautifully plated. 3. Dives: While the visibility was iffy, I did see more new creatures than I have on other dives. Credit the Dive Masters.
Table of liveaboards with single, twin or quad cabins
Out Of 10
|Enquire||Flexible Booking||Cabins||Nitrox||Trip||Internet||Boat Length||Max Guests/Cabins/Bathrooms|
|Adora Liveaboard||The Maldives||8.5||Adora||Yes||2 twins; 2 singles||Paid||8 days||Free||37m/123f||21/11/11|
|Blackbeards Morning Star Liveaboard||Bahamas||9.2||Blackbeards Morning Star||Yes||9 twin||No||7 days||No||20m/65f||24/9/3|
|Blue Adventurer Liveaboard||Red Sea||8.9||Blue Adventurer||No||8 twin; 1 single||Paid||8 days||Free||32m/105f||22/11/14|
|Carpe Novo Liveaboard||The Maldives||9.3||Carpe Novo||Yes||4 twins||Free||8-11 days||Paid||43m/141f||22/12/15|
|Coral Sea Dreaming Liveaboard||Australia - |
Great Barrier Reef
|9.2||Coral Sea Dreaming||Yes||1 quad; 1 twin||No||2 days||No||18m/59f||12/4/1|
|Cuan Law Liveaboard||Bahamas||10.0||Cuan Law||Yes||10 twin||No||7 days||Free||13m/44f||20/10/10|
|Emperor Echo Liveaboard||Red Sea||9.2||Emperor Echo||Yes||10 twin||Free||8 days||Free||31m/102f||24/12/12|
|Hallelujah Liveaboard||Thailand||9.1||Hallelujah||Yes||10 twin; 1 single||Paid||5 days||No||35m/115f||25/13/13|
|JP Marine Liveaboard||Red Sea||9.0||JP Marine||Yes||2 singles; 12 twins||Paid||8 days||Free||37m/121f||28/14/14|
|Liberation Liveaboard||Philippines||9.4||Liberation||No||6 share bunks||No||3-6 days||No||26m/84f||14/2/2|
|Oktavia Liveaboard||Thailand||8.8||Oktavia||No||2 twin||Paid||5 days||No||30m/98f||20/13/6|
|Pro Dive Cairns Liveaboard||Australia - |
Great Barrier Reef
|9.3||Pro Dive Cairns||Yes||13 twin||Paid||3 days||Free||24m/79f||32/16/8|
|Reef Prince Liveaboard||Australia - |
|10.0||Reef Prince||No||7 twin||No||7-11 days||No||38m/125f||36/18/14|
|Shore Thing Catamaran Liveaboard||Australia - |
|9.8||Shore Thing Catamaran||Yes||1 twin||No||4-10 days||No||16m/51f||10/4/4|
|Smiling Seahorse Liveaboard||Thailand||9.1||Smiling Seahorse||Yes||2 twin||Paid||3-9 days||No||25m/82f||16/8/8|
|Spirit of Freedom Liveaboard||Australia - |
Great Barrier Reef
|9.3||Spirit of Freedom||No||2 quad; 9 twin||Paid||4-8 days||Free||37m/123f||26/11/11|
|Spoilsport Liveaboard||Australia - |
Great Barrier Reef
|9.4||Spoilsport||No||8 twin||Paid||5-8 days||No||30m/98f||28/14/14|
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