Chartering a crewed yacht which specializes in diving is an ideal, yet relatively unknown vacation option for experienced dive travellers. After years of being funneled into large group trips to resorts or to liveaboard dive “cattleboats”, many divers are looking for an alternative. A dive vacation aboard a crewed charter yacht offers privacy, custom-tailored schedules, one-on-one service, personal instruction if necessary, and the ability to choose dive sites to your interests.

A dive charter is also an excellent choice for novices. Beginners especially benefit from the individualized attention, pressure-free training schedules, patience, personal guides, and the one-on-one service that characterize dive charter yachts.

All members of the charter party do not need to be divers to have an enjoyable vacation aboard a dive charter yacht. Non-divers should not become bored while their diving counterparts are diving as there are many other things to do (or not do… just hang out in the hammock and read, or relax in the cockpit listening to your favorite music). Most dive charter yachts also have other activities such as kayaking, kneeboarding, and snorkeling, for example.

There are three basic ways we recommend that you can choose to mix scuba diving with a

crewed charter yacht vacation.


  • Dive-dedicated yachts. These are yachts, small or large, that are completely equipped to fulfill the needs of avid divers. These yachts are for experienced or novice divers who want to make diving the focal point of their charter vacation. They have sufficient tanks for two dives per day, scuba equipment; and an insured, experienced dive professional. If you, or a member of your party needs any kind of training, from Discover Scuba (Resort course) or Openwater checkouts (Referral course), to Advanced or Specialty certifications, then one of the crew must be a dive instructor. Most of the dive-dedicated yachts have an onboard dive compressor or an efficient plant for ensuring a regular supply of airfills for the desired number of dives your party requires.
  • Dive-oriented yachts. These are yachts who are seriously interested in having divers aboard, but who have not made the full commitment that the dive-dedicated yachts have in one or more of the important areas of equipment, airfills, or instruction. There must, however, still be an insured diving professional (dive master or dive instructor) aboard, and if any training is to take place then the dive professional must be an instructor.
  • Rendezvous diving. Any yacht in the fleet can coordinate with shore-based operations throughout the US or British Virgin Islands to take interested members of your party for a morning or afternoon of diving activities, subject to availability. Most dive centers are willing to drop off the divers at a different destination than where they picked up, thus allowing the non-divers to sail to a different anchorage if desired, while the others are diving.