Planning a trip to the Caribbean? Why not try a Liveaboard? These are the 15 best Liveaboards in the Caribbean…
Have you ever dreamed of sailing around the Caribbean on a yacht or ship, never having to leave? Spending your days diving and snorkeling and taking in the sunset onboard with a cocktail in hand? If so, Liveaboards are the perfect getaway for you!
More and more Liveaboard experiences are popping up across the Caribbean all the time, and currently, you can spend time on Liveaboards everywhere from The Bahamas to Mexico and Costa Rica to the Cayman Islands. I’ve done the legwork for you and shortlisted the 15 Best Caribbean Liveaboard Diving trips for your bucket list!
Let’s dive in!
Also, I’ve included tons of fun videos for some of these scuba liveaboard Caribbean trips, so be sure to watch them for inspiration!
1) Belize Aggressor III
Price: From $350 USD per day
The Belize Aggressor III is simply one of the best luxury liveaboard diving Caribbean trips! It’s on a 36m yacht that offers impeccable service at some of the best diving spots in the Caribbean. The onboard rooms are sparkling clean, the food delicious and the dives numbering up to five a day!
Meet and greet with some of the most fascinating marine life on this yacht that travels around some of Belize’s most spectacular dive and snorkel spots. The itinerary includes iconic dive sites Painted Wall, Half Moon Caye Wall, and Quebrada — as well as an opportunity to dive the famous Blue Hole, which is a jaw-dropping collapsed freshwater cave system that you need to explore for yourself!
There are multiple decks on board, comfortable staterooms with luxury bedding, delicious cuisine, unlimited food and drink (food and wine included), personal gear bins, air/nitrox fills, and so much more! Belize offers some of the coolest and best Caribbean liveaboard diving experiences, and if you book a spot on board the Aggressor III you are guaranteed satisfaction!
2) Caribbean Explorer II
Location: St Martin
Price: From $150 USD per day
With multiple trips available per month, life on the Caribbean Explorer II is simply divine. The 35m luxury yacht sleeps up to 18 in its spacious staterooms, which are air-conditioned and feature private ensuites.
On top of enjoying multiple dives per day, including mind-blowing night dives and followed by warm towels & hot chocolate — you can also expect plenty of time to laze in the sun or to head onto the islands of Saint Maarten and St Kitts to explore. With a continental breakfast to fuel you up each day, you’ll have a blast on this Caribbean Liveaboard.
Itineraries for the Caribbean Explorer II visit pretty much all of the most magical dive sites near St. Martin & St. Kitts, and are famous for offshore pinnacles, deep underwater seamounts, finger reefs, shipwrecks, coral labyrinths, and of course tons of wildlife sightings including reef sharks, turtles, rays, and tons more! You’ll also have the opportunity to go diving in Saba Marine Park, which was founded in 1987 to ensure the park’s thriving aquatic life remains healthy near St. Martin.
I’ve actually just returned from a trip St. Martin, and I absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to get back and experience a liveaboard out here, ideally on the Caribbean Explorer II!
3) Avalon II Liveaboard
Price: From $450 USD per day
One of the most highly rated Liveaboards in Cuba, the Avalon II spans four decks, with room for up to 40 guests on each trip. In addition, there’s ample living and dining space, a bar, and a kitchen serving up traditional (and delicious) Cuban cuisine.
There’s even a hot tub on the sun deck! Swim with sharks and barracuda in Cuba’s turquoise waters, explore hidden caves, or tick diving at the incredible Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) off your bucket list. Dance to salsa with locals, head to the beach for a grill, and immerse yourself in all that makes Cuba so unique.
While there are a ton of amazing reasons to visit Cuba, I’d argue that this luxury liveaboard is among the best for fellow scuba-diving addicts!
4) Cayman Aggressor V
Location: Cayman Islands
Price: $350+ USD per night
The picture-perfect Cayman Islands make the ultimate backdrop for a week-long diving adventure on a Liveaboard. Offering trips departing year-round from this island chain, the Cayman Aggressor V offers the opportunity to dive at all three of the Cayman Islands: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac!
There are rooms to suit all budgets and sizes, in addition to a spacious dining area, cocktail lounge, main deck with music, entertainment room, sundeck with deck chairs, a hot tub, and bar service (beer and wine included).
The crystal clear waters of the Caymans are full of native turtles and friendly sharks & stingrays, and you’ll get to experience world-famous dive sites such as Trinity Caves, Stingray City and Bloody Bay Wall – Plus you’ll get to experience viewing the Kittiwake Wreck, an ex-submarine rescue vessel (which deserves a place on every scuba diving bucket list!
During the seven nights on board Cayman Aggressor V, you’ll be treated to up to 27 dives! What are you waiting for?
5) Nautilus Belle Amie
Location: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Price: From $250 USD per night
Setting sail from the sunny Mexican shore in Cabo San Lucas, the Nautilus Belle Amie promises a five-star diving experience you’ll never forget. While it’s not technically in Caribbean — I wanted to mention it since it’s fun, affordable, and will be a fun excuse to hop down to Cabo!
Offering a large and spacious ship with space to sleep up to 32 lucky guests traveling on a range of budgets, the Nautilus features roomy ding areas, magnificent food, two bars, and a sun deck with a hot tub. The trip will take you over to the Socorro Islands and to Guadalupe, where diving is world-class. Brush shoulders with dolphins, mantas, and humpback whales in the Mexican sunshine!
The Nautilus Belle Amie ship is also the largest of the entire Nautilus Liveaboard’s fleet, and the views you’ll get from the rails while you cruise around these underrated Mexican destinations will be truly spectacular and worth every penny!
6) Cuan Law
Location: British Virgin Islands
Price: From $500 USD per day
The Cuan Law is a relaxed Liveaboard experience that will show you the best of the British Virgin Islands as you want to see it. Without a set itinerary, this six-night dive tailors each day to the interests of the guests onboard, and offers three-dives per day.
There are over 100 dive sites spread about this Caribbean paradise, or you can snorkel or kayak. The Cuan Law features great rooms (all with outside views), a main salon with chill-out areas and a bar, an activities/ dining deck, and of course a sun deck to work on your tan. The buffet breakfast/ lunch, and full-service dinner are all exceptional – as guests truly do rave about the food on board the Cuan Law!
While most of the Caribbean liveaboard diving trips listed here are on yachts, Cuan Law is actually a trimaran and one of the largest in the entire world! The clear blue waters and unique island views of the BVI’s are simply breathtaking, and it’s a world-class destination for scuba divers that’ll keep you coming back every year!
7) Turks and Caicos Aggressor II
Location: Turks & Caicos
Price: From $300 USD per day
Head down to the magical tourist hotspot of Turks and Caicos and board the five-star Aggressor II for the trip of a lifetime. Each day on board you can expect to be treated to up to five dives or snorkels, checking out the humpback whales, lobsters, and other marine life that call this area home.
Offering 6,7, and 10-day night trips with space for 18 divers in 9 en-suite cabins, booking a trip on board the Aggressor II is guaranteed to be a highlight of your scuba-diving life!
And time out of the water is so enjoyable too. The ship boasts deluxe staterooms, a salon and dining room, and a top deck with sun loungers, a hot tub and a bar and grill. Over seven nights you will explore Providenciales, West Caicos and French Cay and there’s a sunset cocktail party on the final night.
8) Blackbeards Sea Explorer
Price: $150+ USD per day
A budget-friendly Caribbean Liveaboard, Blackbeards Sea Explorer hosts a young, fun crowd on the 65ft sloop. Cruise around the perfect waters of the Bahamas on this relaxed trip that has no set itinerary, as each day is tailored perfectly to the weather.
This area boasts over 250 dive sites to explore. Onboard, Blackbeards sleeping quarters are dormitory style, with air-conditioning and privacy curtains. All meals are included, and just like their tagline says, this Liveaboard experience promises to show you “the best of The Bahamas”.
It’s one of the coolest and most affordable Bahamas Liveaboards available and would make for a perfect experience for younger divers looking to meet other travelers in this world-class destination. There are also plenty of other activities offered on board, so if you’re traveling with a friend who doesn’t scuba dive, they could still join for an epic sailing trip!
9) Okeanos Aggressor II
Location: Costa Rica
Price: From $500 USD per day
If you find yourself down in the paradise of Costa Rica, treat yourself to a trip on the Okeanos Aggressor II.
The Aggressor team has pulled out of the stops to ensure that your experience on the 36.5m modern yacht is second to none. You’ll dive up to four times per day. share the water with sharks and rays and discover the sheer beauty of Cocos Island. The staterooms onboard are fully equipped with an ensure bathroom, and you’ll enjoy the sunset from the deck with a drink from the bar in hand!
This is a pretty niche and hidden gem among the best liveaboard dive trips! If you’re planning a trip to Central America, then I’d highly recommend adding this to your travel itinerary!
10) Roatan Aggressor
Price: $300+ USD per day
With some seriously stellar reviews from many happy Liveaboarders, the Roatan Aggressor sets sail from Honduras and explores the Bay Islands of the region. This seven-night trip promises up to five dives per day in the turquoise waters of the islands, where there’s not only local marine life buzzing about, but also many wrecks to explore.
After each dive, the Aggressor team has even added the personal touch of warm towels to dry off. Onboard, there are nine ensuite cabins, featuring TV’s with movies and a nightly turndown service, and all beverages and meals are included in the price.
11) Socorro Aggressor
Price: From $300 USD per day
Another exceptional Mexico Liveaboard that sets sail to the Socorro Islands and Guadalupe, the Socorro Aggressor promises something for everyone. Dive in the Pacific with dolphins, whales, sharks and rays, or seasonally cage dive with great white sharks.
Onboard, you can expect all of the epic inclusions of any Aggressor Liveaboard. There’s a salon and dining room on the main deck where you’ll enjoy your delicious local cuisine, an outdoor terrace and bar and a top sundeck with loungers. In addition, there’s a range of staterooms to suit any budget.
Location: Costa Rica
Price: From $450 USD per day
With a trip each fortnight, the Argos will take you out to the pristine Cocos Islands, which are considered one of the best places to scuba dive in the world.
With a highly trained, skilled crew and five-star staterooms, meals and amenities, your days on the Argo consist of diving or snorkelling with native marine life, sunning yourself on the deck loungers or simply relaxing far away from civilization.
Price: From $300 USD per day
Another Mexico Liveaboard option, the Valentina’s itineraries sails out to the Baja California Peninsula, the Sea of Cortex or to the Socorro Islands, where fascinating sea creatures and dive sites are aplenty. The 38m Valentina is fresh from a refit, and features air-conditioned cabins, a dining room that serves up epic Mexican and European meals, a sun deck to relax on and an open bar – the place to order a beer or cocktail. With five or nine night sails available with varying itineraries, the Valentina comes highly rated and recommended.
14) Bahamas Master
Price: From $400 USD per day
Brand new and super impressive, the Bahamas Master spans 35m and offers varying itineraries to suit your own interests, time and budget. The ship itself sleeps 16 guests, with three cabin types on offer.
Unwind between dives in the indoor lounge with entertainment on the main deck, order a drink in the upper deck outdoor bar, laze on the sun deck or have a meal in the dining room. Itineraries on offer include trips to meet tiger sharks, to dive down to wrecks or massive ultimate trips to a range of islands. Regardless of where you end up, The Bahamas has beauty at every turn.
15) Galapagos Aggressor III
Location: Galapagos Islands
Price: From $600 USD per day
The Galapagos Islands are a staple on almost everyone’s travel bucket list, and there’s no better way to do it than on a seven night Liveaboard diving trip. The Galapagos Aggressor is outfitted with modern, spacious rooms, socials areas and decks, and the meals range from buffet breakfast and lunch to chef-prepared dinners serving up local cuisine. At the end of the day, the top deck is the place to be. Here, there’s a sun deck, hot tub, lounges, a bar and a grill. Here, you can share dive stories with your fellow Liveaboarders. After all, sailing around the Galapagos Islands and swimming with sea lions, sharks and turtles will give you a lot to talk about!
Did I miss any of the best Caribbean Liveaboard experiences?
More and more Liveaboard trips are popping up across the Caribbean, so in time, you can expect to see more destinations on offer. Have you been on a Caribbean Liveaboard that didn’t make the cut? Send through the details and I’ll check it out to see if it has the goods to be added to the list!
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Final thoughts on Caribbean Liveaboard life…
I can’t wait to spend some time on a Liveaboard in the Caribbean! The Liveaboard companies featured on my list are the best of the best, with highly skilled crew, fun and varied itineraries and some of the most impressive onboard amenities. I guess the only question is – which one will it be?