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Whale of a trip

Appeared in DIVER July 2015
Why stick to the tried and tested liveaboard routes, asks JO CAIRD, when you can dive virgin sites, with a chance of humpbacks? Photos by STEVE PRETTY
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My LIVEABOARD diary

Appeared in DIVER July 2015
Never been on a liveaboard and not sure quite what to expect? RICHARD ASPINALL. can fill in the gaps for you
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Messing about in boats

Appeared in DIVER July 2015
Liveaboards? Beth & Shaun Tierney love them, but on this occasion they are recalling some of the bad times and, er, the other bad times
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Recalled with pleasure

Appeared in DIVER July 2015
We asked some of our regular contributors if they had a personal favourite liveaboard. Turns out they all do!
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Itinerary number ONE

Appeared in DIVER July 2015
It is without doubt the most popular liveaboard trip for UK divers - RICHARD ASPINALL looks at the highlights of the classic Red Sea northern circuit
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Simple pleasures of liveaboard life

Appeared in DIVER December 2012
The daughters of LISA COLLINS showed every sign of being the last people who would take to life on a rather basic pirate ship in the Flores Sea. But the simple life can be seductive
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A day in the life...

Appeared in DIVER June 2011
...of Red Sea safari dive guide MICHAEL ONKERS, who has been observing the behaviour of his guests in their waking hours
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Liveaboard turnrounds

Appeared in DIVER November 2010
Liveaboard trips don't always get off to the best of starts. Sometimes the participants don't even feel like going. But all that changes when the great diving kicks in, as a selection of our correspondents can confirm
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The world-beating liveaboards.

Appeared in DIVER September 2009
John bantin looks at winning dive-boats
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What makes a liveaboard a world-beater

Appeared in DIVER September 2009
Insist on the correct combination of factors and your floating holiday will be a pleasure - get it wrong and it could be a pain. John bantin looks at winning dive-boats, and what to look out for when booking.
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Something special

Appeared in DIVER September 2008
Every business worth its salt has a Unique Selling Proposition. Colin Mac Andrias has been looking for liveaboards with a USP, and finding that you often have to pay to stand out
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Monkey business

Appeared in DIVER January 2008
So what is a techreational Red Sea trip? Chris Boardman takes to a liveaboard that allows divers to get more mileage out of their time. Images by Andrew Georgitsis
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DIVING WITH THE ELITE

Appeared in DIVER September 2007
It's a typical modern liveaboard - which means that you shouldn't have too much to worry about from the minute you step aboard. John Bantin enjoys some imperial treatment
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BAANI HOP

Appeared in DIVER September 2007
John Liddiard leaps aboard the Baani Explorer in the Maldives, concerned that he might be worn down by endless manta ray encounters. Such problems!
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Come on the sloop John B

Appeared in DIVER September 2007
John Bantin experiences the Bahamas on the cheap - the diving is fine, but Thunderball it isn't
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HOME ON THE SEAS

Appeared in DIVER September 2007
Where do you find a High Court judge co-habiting with a Hells Angel? Introducing our Liveaboards Special, John Bantin analyses the attraction of living over dive sites
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Beyond the blue horizon

Appeared in DIVER January 2007
Some divers are so keen to dive the southern Egyptian Red Sea that they'll take a voluntary plunge even during a free-flow! John Bantin views the always-diverting scene from a very comfortable liveaboard
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GRAND DESIGNS out at sea

Appeared in DIVER October 2006
As liveaboards get bigger in response to market forces, John Bantin looks at what goes into producing a floating hotel to suit all requirements - and singles out examples to show where liveaboards are heading
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Get the best from your boat

Appeared in DIVER October 2006
A perfect voyage You'll be lucky if it happens, says Mike Ward, but the experienced liveaboarder knows the strategies for staying happy at sea

GOING OVERBOARD

Appeared in DIVER October 2006
Some liveaboard groups just gel naturally, and how the crew and dive guides wish it could always be that way. John Bantin joins one such group in the Egyptian Red Sea

My liveaboard diary

Dreamed of sharks. The best part was when a huge oceanic whitetip started chasing the airline check-in girl... Mike Ward was determined that his Red Sea liveaboard trip would make his dre...

I love liveaboards

Appeared in DIVER January 2006
Why is a life on the Red Sea wave so intoxicating? Mike Ward reveals all in his diary of a week-long expedition

Oyster at the Brothers

It all looks deceptively calm now, but when you opt for adventurous liveaboard diving, life on the ocean waves can get rough. Pack those sea legs, but above all pick the right boat, says ...

The WORST boat holidays ever

We can laugh about these floating hotels now, though it was no joke at the time. If you want to avoid the sort of unsavoury shipboard experiences suffered by John Bantin, the secret is to...

Live-Aboard Dive Travel: The Essential Guide

Live-Aboard Dive Travel: The Essential Guide

Are liveaboards too cheap

Do not be seduced by bargain prices. Operators who charge more might be offering better value for money.