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With our selection of the ten most exclusive diving trips we want to animate you: to pack your suitcases or at least to dream. The choice of destinations is subjective. Nevertheless, we believe that we can also present your favourites. 🙂
Diving in the Seychelles – Frégate Island
Enjoy heaven on earth in a private resort and fathom the Indians as you please. A destination not only for VIPs.
What does a stressed person need today? Rest. And where can they find it in its most beautiful form? The Seychelles are 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. They have one thing in common with endless beaches and exotic plants: sweet idleness. Those who have the right budget will find their personal hideaway on the islands. Especially on Frégate Island Private. This resort with 16 villas built into the cliffs offers an unforgettable ambience. Each of the residences on the small island has an outdoor whirlpool and butler service.
To your Service
Would you like champagne? They will bring it to you. Even to the most remote beach. And in the evening you want a candlelight dinner on the terrace of your villa? No problem, the chef will pamper you “within your own four walls” with culinary delights. Pampering aroma also for the diving guests: Whenever you want to dive down, the base arranges it. You can get training tailored for you, too. And of course also excursions to the most beautiful dive spots. For example Marianne Island or La Digue.
Arrival: Flight to Mahé. From there by helicopter or small plane (about 20 minutes flight) to Frégate Island Private.
Diving in Ecuador – Galapagos Islands
You would like to dive eye to eye with hammerhead sharks? In the nature reserve of the Galapagos Islands you can make this dream come true.
Diver’s dream destinations? Galapagos is on top of the ranking but you can’t reach it on your own as access is restricted. A liveaboard often functions as a hotel. Advantage of the floating domicile: On one trip you can visit several islands. The highlight of a Galapagos trip are descents from Wolf and Darwin. The two rock needles rise vertically from the depths of the Pacific. Darwins’ Arch, a huge stone arch above water, is on the dive program – and that means hammerhead sharks! They emerge from the deep blue like flying squadrons. Why do hammerhead sharks gather here in masses? Even science has no answer to this natural phenomenon.
Arrival: Flight to Quito/ Ecuador. After an overnight stay we board the chosen cruise ship, for example the Reina Silvia. Crossing to Galapagos.
Diving in Australia – Hayman Island/Whitsundays
The luxury of a Leading Hotel of the World, paired with descents into the world’s largest barrier reef. No wishes remain unfulfilled.
Who among us does not wish to travel to Down under at least once in our lives? Australia offers a lot of fascinating things. If you not only want to experience fantastic nature and top dives, but also pure luxury, you should leave the mainland behind. After arriving at the east coast take off for the Whitsunday Islands. There are 150 of them – Hayman Island is the ultimate. Even the journey to the only 4 square kilometres small jewel is amazing. You will go from Hamilton Island with a sleek yacht.
Once at the 5 star resort of Hayman Island, you can relax in the swimming pool, on palm-fringed beaches or in the spa. Enjoy gourmet cuisine or fly over to Heart Reef, a tiny heart-shaped atoll. And you can also dive brilliantly off Hayman Island. After all, you’re sitting in the middle of the world’s largest barrier reef. Between May and September you can expect manta rays. Between July and September whales pass by. But the year-round destination in the Coral Sea also invites you to stroll through a breathtaking underwater world. No wonder, as experts estimate that the Great Barrier Reef is home to over 300 coral species and around 1000 fish species.
Arrival: For example: Flight to Sydney – Hamilton Island. From the Great Barrier Reef Airport (HIS) on Hamilton Island, resort yachts (approx. 45-minute crossing), seaplanes and helicopters leave for Hayman Island.
Diving in the Maldives – Four Seasons Explorer
Finest ambience on planks, top diving spots under the keel. Set sail for the sea!
The Indian Ocean from its furthest side. The atolls in variety and variety. The ambience of the international luxury hotel group Four Seasons. As comfortable as on board the Island Explorer you could discover the Maldives only from a few Hotel Islands. Dream ship or diving ship? Both. Everything is super fine: living, eating, relaxing.
A floating four seasons hotel with only ten spacious cabins and a luxury suite. Two sun decks with Jacuzzi. Also a Spa – under the stars and yet well shielded behind curtains. With only 22 guests on board there’s never a crowd. The Explorer is made for divers, but also for all holidaymakers who prefer to look at fish and reefs from above. Even so, the Island Explorer does not leave out the top dive sites of the Maldives. For example Fish Head in the Ari Atoll. This spot still holds the record for fish variety.
Arrival: Flight to Male-Hulule. Continue in the Four Seasons own speedboat in about 20 minutes to the resort island of Kuda Huraa. Then embark on the catamaran.
Diving in Melanesia – New Caledonia
A piece of France, 1600 kilometers of reef in front of it. Here is our “gourmet tip” for divers.
The archipelago of New Caledonia lies about 1500 km northeast of Brisbane, Australia. The British navigator James Cook baptized the green spot in 1774. He gave it the Latin name for Scotland: Caledonia. 79 years later the archipelago was taken over by France. And in 1946 finally by the French overseas department. The main island Grande Terre is surrounded by the largest lagoon of the world. 24.000 square kilometres with a 1600 kilometres long reef. Of course there are a lot of diving highlights: Marlins, dolphins and various species of sharks. As well as humpback whales and sperm whales between July and November. In the south of Grande Terre, a unique natural phenomenon awaits divers: the Aiguille de Prony. Hot mineral springs form sediments here. Their bizarre structures rise from the seabed almost to the surface. Decorated by colourful nudibranchs.
The local diving bases also like to head for the Ile Lifou. During a dive through red gorgonian forests and stone coral castles, one feels like being in a dream world.
New Caledonia is dreamlike above water as well. Especially the east coast of Grande Terre offers unforgettable panoramas behind every bend. Waterfalls and rock pools invite you to take a bath. The island capital Nouméa is nice to stroll and try French culinary delights.
If you travel that far, you can also expect a tasteful holiday home. New Caledonia, the “little France in the Pacific” offers indeed first-class hotel standards. Be it in the Meridien Hotel on the idyllic Ile des Pins. Or on Grand Terre in the hotel complex Koulnoué Village with attached Divecenter.
Arrival: Flight to Nouméa/New Caledonia.
Diving in French Polynesia – Manihi / Tuamotus
The Tuamotus, the archipelago of a thousand islands at the end of the world. They lie a good 520 kilometres by plane from Tahiti’s capital Papeete. Nobody needs to do without luxury here either. This is ensured by the 4 star Manihi Pearl Beach Resort. With its 19 deluxe overwater and 22 beach bungalows, all characterized by beautiful architecture. The hotel’s overwater bungalows nestle picturesquely in the blue lagoon on the white sandy beach. Hammocks between the palm trees invite you to doze off. The floor of the gently sloping freshwater pool is covered with white sand – for the sake of the ambience. The chefs conjure up the finest mediterranean cuisine on the table. And one wonders again and again: Where does the French goat cheese suddenly come from? Or the herb-scented de lamb fillet on Lollo Rosso?
Drift diving into the Lagoon
The Manihi Blue Nui Dive Center is right at the Hotel jetty. Twice a day trips go out to the fish rich places inside and outside the lagoon. During drift dives through the only passage into the lagoon, reef sharks swim between mackerels over the intact coral reefs. Within the lagoon encounters with manta rays are the order of the day.
But the atoll is legendary above all for its pearl breeding. Which thrives particularly well in colours ranging from green to dark purple in the nutrient-rich waters of manihis.
Arrival: Flight to Papeete/Tahiti. Five times a week Air Tahiti (10 kg baggage allowance) starts from Pape- te to Manihi. Flight time approx. 75 minutes.
Diving in Grenadines/Caribbean – Mustique
Too There are countless Caribbean islands: large, small, known, lesser known. Many of them are reached by charter plane and are worth at least one trip. And they still don’t offer what Mustique offers. Never heard of them? Too bad! Then you never had an appointment with Princess Margaret for a tea on the little Grenadine. Never had a sunset drink with David Bowie in Basil’s Beach Bar. And never enjoyed the diving areas with all the other jet set members who also own villas on Mustique.
Princess Margaret doesn’t visit the island anymore but a beach of the same name still exists. What happened to her villa? You can rent it, as well as many other chic properties at the Society hotspot.
With the appropriate purse then also in one of the dreamlike residences. The noble Heron Bay villa for example is to be got starting from 5000 US dollar per week. Also Blue Waters looks very dignified, but costs at least 7000 US dollars per week. You can also dive brilliantly in front of Mustique and the other Grenadines. Don’t miss a sailing dive trip to the Tobago Cays, where you can float with nurse shark, barracuda and Co. through the enchanting underwater world.
Arrival: e.g. from London to Barbados with British Airways, BWIA or Virgin Atlantic. Further to Mustique e.g. with Mustique Airways or SVG (approx. 45 minutes).
Diving in Micronesia – Yap & Palau
Not “micro”-nesia”: Both Yap and Palau offer diving tourists a submarine macro cosmos. And above water there is maximum pampering aroma.
Yap is a West Caroline island about 1950 kilometres east of Manila. Manta rays can also be found in other corners of our blue planet, but not all year round. On Yap, every morning large species swim to the cleaning stations in the Mi’l or Goofnuw Channel. A spectacle when the “underwater jumbos” with their wingspan of up to 5 meters float into the entry lane. But the rays not only love their morning toilet, they also have a weakness for divers. Loo-pings are the thanks for the caresses through the bubbles of the divers.
More than you think
Yap – but these are also the Rai. Millstone shaped discs with a hole in the middle. They were officially recognised means of payment until 1937. The stone money can easily be the outer dimensions of three meters in diameter and ten tons. In western currency such a Rai costs one meter Diameter about 10,000 US dollars. With that one could finance one or the other Micronesia trip well. On the West Caroline Island you will now generally pay in US dollars. And visitors should bring plenty. The service in hotels, restaurants and diving bases has its price. No wonder, since the Yapese are traditionally used to big money. 😉
If you are already “in the corner”, you should also visit Palau. The westernmost archipelago of Micronesia offers fantastic views through its Rock Islands. Which is a labyrinth of over 300 islands and islets – not only above water. Below sea level, Palau shines with an incomparable variety of marine life. Wreck fans will also find a rich field of activity in front of the island paradise. About 50 ships and hundreds of airplanes have been lying on the seabed since the Second World War.
Arrival: Flight to Manila. Connecting flight to Yap with stopover in Koror/Palau (total flight time: approx. 26 hours).
Diving in the Arctic – Greenland
“Dive on the rocks.” No, not a new bar drink, but descents under arctic ice. The frosty splendour is then allowed in the glass for après-dives.
Do you love extraordinary descents into fascinating waters? Are you looking for thrill and are you a “bold” nature? Answered “yes” three times? Great! Then you are ready for one of the most extraordinary diving adventures: exploring the polar sea. Kallaliit Nunaat – land of people – or, as we say, Greenland. It’s the destination of the diving expeditions led by Gerd Meyer of Adventure Diver Expedition.
Since 1998 he has been leading dive groups through the fascinating underwater world of the world’s largest island. To Greenland crabs, sea dahlias and sea anemones. And to icebergs. Breathtaking! The white-blue wonder world – whether viewed from above or below. These tours, usually offered in late summer due to the weather, are always a group experience. Without team spirit nothing goes in the rough arctic environment. Again and again everybody has to load material, fill bottles and hoist into the rubber dinghy. In this respect, such an expedition is not a relaxing holiday and certainly not one marked by luxury. But, who can claim to have enjoyed an aperitif with crackling Greenland ice cream during an après-dive? Often it is not least the small things in life that cannot be surpassed in exclusivity.
Arrival: Flight to Kulusu/Greenland. There meeting point with the group. On the way back stay in Iceland. There you have the chance to dive in Pingvellier in the freshwater lake of the tectonic plate. Between the two continental plates Europe and America.
Newfoundland / Canada – Diving the RMS Titanic
This wreck is world famous – since 1912 it is resting in 4000 meters Atlantic depth. A journey down to the seabed is also a journey into the past. Deep, cold, eternal darkness. Admittedly, these are not ingredients for a luxury trip in the common sense. Unless the journey leads to the Titanic …
April 1912: The cruise liner Titanic makes its way across the Atlantic. It is the maiden voyage of the 270-meter-long White Star Line luxury ship. On April 10th it had left Southampton – with 1500 people on board, on its way to New York. On the night of 15 April, the maiden voyage comes to an abrupt end. The Titanic rams an iceberg, within a few hours the largest ship in the world at that time sinks into the Atlantic. The sinking of the Titanic: a puzzle to this day. The wreck: a myth, kept alive to this day not least by books and films.
A Long Journey
375 miles southeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland. 12,460 feet below sea level: It’s damn dark and pretty cold down here. Only the halogen lights of the submarine MIR-2 illuminate the spooky scenery. The huge wreck of the Titanic at its final resting place. Two passengers and a pilot share the interior of the underwater vehicle. Director James Cameron used the same one for his Titanic film shoot. A thin steel skin withstands the tremendous water pressure of 400 atmospheres. Plexiglas portholes serve as windows out into the Abyss. The two separate parts of the luxury liner can be clearly seen in the darkness. The overturned stern and about 2000 feet away from it the massive bow.
Hours later, back on board the research vessel. The sauna is already heated for the adventurers who have returned from the Abyss. Tthe MIR-2 is hoisted back to its place on board. What is it like to have seen the “Myth of Titanic” with your own eyes at a depth of 4000 metres? It’s like a dream!
Arrival: To St. John’s/Newfoundland. There you board the 130 meter long Russian research ship Akademik Mtislaw Keldysh. The nine days long floating hostel of the expedition participants.