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Dive the Globe with Explorer Ventures

What sets this liveaboard fleet apart? Guests are treated like family, the yachts are comfortable and well-appointed, and the itineraries are packed with underwater surprises, beauty, and once-in-a-lifetime encounters.
By Patricia Wuest | Updated On May 30, 2024
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Dive the Globe with Explorer Ventures

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What sets Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Fleet apart from other companies that offer trips to some of the same destinations? Oh, let us count the ways.

For one thing, you’ll dive into a world of possibilities when you choose Explorer Ventures. For nearly four decades, this liveaboard company has been thoughtfully expanding, increasing its fleet and destination itineraries.

The 10 exceptional liveaboards — Caribbean Explorer II, Turks & Caicos Explorer II, Black Pearl Explorer, Tiburon Explorer, Humboldt Explorer, Emperor Explorer, Grand Sea Explorer, Glory Sea Explorer, Blue Manta Explorer and White Manta Explorer — offer unique and varied itineraries in eight incredible destinations.

There are countless underwater wonders, a curated collection of authentic experiences awaits, from exotic, far-flung destinations that deliver mind-blowing encounters to exclusive expeditions that showcase hidden gems closer to home. Explorer Ventures offers something for every diver, including rainbow-colored reefs, sparkling water, and awe-inspiring encounters with marine life.

But the most important aspect that puts this liveaboard company at the head of the class is the team’s commitment to excellent service and making sure their guests feel like they’re part of their family. You’ll experience the difference as soon as you step onboard. Since its very first liveaboard trip — the original Caribbean Explorer set sail in June 1987 from Bobby’s Marina in St. Maarten — Explorer Ventures has been redefining the art of boutique liveaboard scuba diving while upholding the same values that put guests first. Each and every vessel in the fleet maintains exacting safety standards, top-notch dive facilities and unmatched amenities designed to pamper guests. You’ll soon understand why so many of Explorer Ventures’ guests are repeat customers. Additionally, Explorer Ventures has been a leader in sustainable liveaboard diving, demonstrating a long-standing commitment to ocean conservation and continually improving their practices. They pioneered the partnership with Green Fins, achieving certification for four vessels to date, and their Galapagos fleet was recently designated as the first and only PADI Eco Centers in the Galapagos Islands.

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In 2018, Explorer Ventures was the first liveaboard company in the world to be accredited as a “symbiotic partner” with Green Fins, a joint initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Reef-World Foundation.

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And of course, no conversation about a superb liveaboard experience is complete without discussing the diving. That’s the whole point of what the Explorer Ventures Liveaboards offer. Yes, the diving is exciting and extraordinary, but the crew also makes it effortless, from the calm and warm waters of the Caribbean to the astonishing biodiversity in the Pacific’s Coral Triangle and the Red Sea to the thrilling big-animal encounters in the Galapagos and Silver Bank. You’ll love every sensational dive, whether you’re admiring the soaring offshore pinnacles of Saba and St. Kitts, the stunning turquoise waters of the Turks and Caicos, the thrilling shark parades in Palau, the staggering diversity of the Galapagos, majestic mantas in the Maldives, historic wrecks and soft corals in the Red Sea, the exotic creatures and lush reefs of Indonesia, or getting close to humpback whales on snorkeling expeditions to the Silver Bank.

The yachts offer comfort, high-end amenities, and plenty of space to unwind and relax during surface intervals. In the Caribbean, the award-winning Caribbean Explorer II comfortably accommodates 18 passengers in nine double staterooms, all with private bathrooms. The northeastern Caribbean is an intriguing itinerary that visits some of the most scenic islands of the Caribbean. The Turks & Caicos Explorer II is a well-equipped yacht that carries up to 20 passengers in 10 staterooms with private ensuite bathrooms. This yacht, which explores the islands of the Turks and Caicos, also partners with Aquatic Adventures to offer the Silver Bank humpback whale snorkeling expeditions from mid-January to mid-April.

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The Caribbean Explorer II (left) offers an incredible Saba & St Kitts itinerary, while the Turks & Caicos Explorer II (right) offers easy access to some of the most thrilling wall dives in the Caribbean.

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The beautiful Black Pearl Explorer explores Palau and takes up to 24 divers in 12 staterooms with ensuite bathrooms, including two master seaview staterooms. The “Classic Palau” itinerary will introduce you to the magic of the entire destination, while the “Spawning Special” itineraries are scheduled to coincide with the phases of the moon to offer the chance to witness the spawning aggregations of bumphead parrotfish and red snapper.

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At 151 feet (46m) the impressive Black Pearl Explorer is sleek and sophisticated, offering unforgettable itineraries in the oasis of Palau.

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In the Galapagos, the 16-passenger Tiburon Explorer has 9 air-conditioned staterooms with private bathrooms and ocean views, and the completely renovated Humboldt Explorer provides 8 staterooms with private bathrooms for 16 guests. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Galapagos islands is a protected paradise bursting with unique marine life found nowhere else on earth.

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The Tiburon Explorer (left) and Humboldt Explorer (right) offer bucket-list itineraries to the Galapagos National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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The lavish Emperor Explorer is the perfect yacht to discover the Maldives — it offers 13 well-appointed staterooms with ensuite bathrooms. This dreamy oasis is a magnet for aggregations of sharks, manta rays and whale sharks.

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The Emperor Explorer offers six world-class itineraries depending on the season, destination, and what you'd like to see.

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Offering itineraries in the Red Sea, both the Grand Sea Explorer and Glory Sea Explorer offer the epitome of luxury and pamper guests in 14 and 13 staterooms, respectively. This legendary sea has been a bucket-list destination for divers for decades, thanks to its incredible wrecks, technicolor reefs, and amazing encounters with oceangoing pelagics.

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The Grand Sea Explorer (left) and Glory Sea Explorer (right) will transport you in style to breathtaking underwater scenery, walls boasting huge pristine hard corals, and dazzling drop-offs of soft corals that will delight even the most experienced of divers.

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Only a liveaboard can get you to the varied itineraries in Indonesia — choose either the Blue Manta Explorer or the brand-new White Manta Explorer. The hardest part of this trip is deciding which itinerary to choose — the yachts take divers on trips to the heart of the famed Coral Triangle, including Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, Banda Sea, Sangalaki, Halmahera, Sulawesi, Komodo and Alor.

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With over 17,000 remote islands, many only accessible by liveaboard, this famous Coral Triangle is a divers' paradise. The Blue Manta Explorer (left) and White Manta Explorer (right), promise a dive experience that is exotic and enchanting.

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Which Explorer Ventures yacht and destination will you choose?

Whichever one it is, the team at Explorer Ventures is ready to welcome you aboard, spoil you like family and give you an unforgettable dive vacation.

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Dive into a world of possibilities with Explorer Ventures.

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