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When February comes, what usually goes into our minds are Valentines Day and the shortest month of the year. But did you know that February is also a good time to go diving? Despite variations depending on the country, weather conditions in February are optimal and conducive for diving. In Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, February is the dry season which means that the seas are calm and the waters are clear. While it is the rainy season in February for the islands in the Pacific, this in turn allows you to see large marine animals like whale sharks and humpback whales.
Since weather conditions are highly conducive for scuba diving in February, this month is also great for seafaring where liveaboards will take you to far-flung areas and explore pristine dive sites.
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The Best Liveaboard Trips to go Scuba Diving in February: At a Glance
Year of Commission: 2000 (renovated 2013) Capacity: 18 guests Area of Operation: Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic Dive Destination: Providenciales, West Caicos, French Caye and Silver Bank
The Turks and Caicos Aggressor II is a 37 meter (121 feet) luxury liveaboard that has 9 air-conditioned cabins where your choices includes the Master Stateroom, Deluxe Stateroom and the Twin-share Staterooms. Each room has its own climate control, private bathroom, TV, media player and hair dryer. It can accommodate up to 18 guests to take on a week-long offshore adventure where they can explore the popular dive sites of Turks and Caicos like Providenciales, West Caicos and French Caye. These dive sites are known for great reef diving where you can see pristine reefs jam-packed with marine life like lobsters, snappers, reef sharks and angelfish.
If you choose to sail anywhere from January to April, you will be exploring not just the top dive sites of Turks and Caicos, but also snorkel with one of the biggest marine animals – Humpback Whales in the 54 square kilometers (21 square miles) protected area of the Silver Banks in the Dominican Republic.
Year of Commission: 2013 Capacity: 22 guests Area of Operation: Philippines Dive Destination: Palawan, Bohol and Cebu
Built in Thailand and designed to sail the tropical Asian waters, Infiniti is a popular liveaboard vessel in the Philippines. It has 11 cabins that can accommodate up to 22 guests where your choices for accommodation includes the Lower Deck Bunk Cabins, Lower Deck Standard Triple Cabin, Main Deck Deluxe Cabin and the Upper Deck Deluxe Cabin. All cabins are air-conditioned and features wide twin beds, storage area and a private en-suite hot water bathroom. Its main deck has a huge indoor dining room which is adjacent to the spacious dive deck.
Usually sailing on a 7-day diving adventure, the Infiniti goes to the top diving spots in the Philippines. During summer, it usually goes to the offshore reefs of Tubbataha in Palawan. During the rainy and cold season like February, it usually sets sail to the warm waters of the Visayas where you can explore the pristine reefs of Apo Island, Bohol and Cebu.
Year of Commission: 2014 (renovated 2015) Capacity: 40 guests Area of Operation: Maldives Dive Destination: Male Atoll, Ari Atoll, Felidhoo Atoll and Vaavu Atoll
Scubaspa Yang is a 50 meter (164 feet) floating luxury spa that travels to the popular dive sites of Maldives like Male Atoll, Ari Atoll, Felidhoo Atoll and Vaavu Atoll which are all known for pristine reefs, manta rays, hammerhead sharks and whalesharks. It has been awarded the Leading Liveaboard from 2016 to 2018 and the only PADI 5-star Maldivian Vessel. Onboard, it has 19 cabins that can accommodate 40 guests where your choices includes the Sea Star Cabins, Cowrie Suite, Dolphin Suite and the Manta Suite. The vessel has lots of amenities that includes a 300 square meter (3,229 square feet) spa where you can indulge in an open air massage, large dining area that features international cuisine and a barbecue party on a private island with an outdoor HD cinema.
Year of Commission: 1987 (renovated 2013) Capacity: 12 guests Area of Operation: Seychelles Dive Destination: Grand Sister, Little Sister, Praslin and La Digue
Sailing using a combination of wind and engine power, Galatea is a 30 meter (100 feet) long Turkish steel schooner that has 7 cabins and can accommodate up to 12 guests. Your choices for onboard accommodation includes the Double Aft Cabin, Double Bow Cabin, Double Central Cabin and the Master Cabin. All the rooms onboard are air-conditioned and has its own private bathroom. Onboard amenities include a saloon that has a TV with audio/video system, a sundeck, an indoor bar, an outdoor bar that has a great view of the ocean and an outdoor dining area that serves Western and Local Food. The Galatea will take divers to a 7-day diving trip allowing you to explore Seychelles top diving sites like Grand Sister, Little Sister, Praslin and La Digue, all of which are known for amazing wrecks, magnificent underwater topography and large marine animals like whale sharks.
Year of Commission: 1974 (renovated 2016) Capacity: 16 guests Area of Operation: Micronesia Dive Destination: Truk Lagoon, Bikini Atoll and Marshall Islands
After a full refit and re-launch in 2016, the Truk Master is considered a floating gem in the middle of the Micronesian Seas. This 37 meter (121 feet) long liveaboard vessel has 8 air-conditioned cabins that can accommodate up to 16 guests where your room choices includes the Classic Twin Cabin, Premium Twin Cabin and the Superior Twin Cabin. It has an indoor lounge that features a plasma screen and a full entertainment system, a spacious dining area that serves fresh and good food, a shaded outdoor deck and a bar that has a full line of beverages. On top of visiting the world-renowned Truk Lagoon that is popular for wreck diving where you can see 60 wrecks, a plane and a submarine, the Truk Master now set sails to the Marshall Islands, particularly in the Bikini Atoll where your dive site involves vast coral atolls with crystal clear waters where underwater visibility reaches 30 meters (100 feet).
Year of Commission: 2005 (renovated 2018) Capacity: 22 guests Area of Operation: Djibouti Dive Destination: Seven Brothers, Gulf of Tadjourah and Goubet Al Kharab
This 37 meter (121 feet) mono hull dive safari boat has 12 cabins that can accommodate up to 22 guests. Your room choices includes the Lower Deck Cabins and Main Deck Cabins where all rooms are air-conditioned, has its own mini bar and private bathroom. It has a lounge on the main deck that is equipped with a 65-inch Ultra HD cinema surround system and a main bar that serves chilled draft beer. The dive deck is spacious with plenty of storage space while the upper sun deck are fully furnished with bean bags and seats. From October to mid February, Lucy travels to Djibouti’s top diving sites which are known for the biggest fish in the world – the whale sharks.
Year of Commission: 1989 Capacity: 20 guests Area of Operation: Solomon Islands Dive Destination: Florida Island, Russel Island and Marovo Lagoon
This 38 meter (125 feet) long steel-hulled vessel is the first full service diving liveaboard to serve the Solomon Islands. She also bears the blueprint for luxury liveaboard as she is one of the first vessels in the world to feature cabins with private toilets and showers. This ship is built for safety, stability and designed to travel the waters of the South Pacific. It has 10 cabins that can accommodate 20 guests where your room choices includes the Deluxe Double Bed Cabin and the Deluxe Single Bed Cabin. Bilikiki usually embarks on an 8 to 10 day journey around the waters of Solomon Islands. Divers will explore Solomon’s top diving sites like Marovo Lagoon, Florida Island and Russel Island which are known for shipwrecks, vertical walls, reef sharks, manta rays and sea turtles.
Year of Commission: 1987 (renovated 2011) Capacity: 18 guests Area of Operation: Belize Dive Destination: Half Moon Caye, Blue Hole and Turneffe
Known for dive safari holidays, the Belize Aggressor III is a 34 meter (111 feet) ship and is considered a popular liveaboard vessel that operates the waters of Belize. It has 9 cabins that can accommodate 18 guests. Your room choices includes the Deluxe Stateroom, Deluxe Bed Bunk Stateroom and the Master Stateroom. It has onboard amenities like a spacious saloon equipped with full entertainment system, library where you can do fish identification, sun deck with jacuzzi, lounge and bar.
Usually sailing out at sea for a week, the Belize Aggressor usually leaves port on a Sunday morning and comes back to port on a Friday. Guest will be toured to the top diving spot of Belize like the Half Moon Caye, Blue Hole and Turneffe which is considered a part of the second largest barrier reef in the world.
Year of Commission: 2016 Capacity: 26 guests Area of Operation: French Polynesia Dive Destination: Rangiroa Reef, North Fakarava Island and Tuamotu Archipelago
This 43 meter (141 feet) long vessel is the newest liveaboard operating the waters of French Polynesia. It has 14 cabins that can accommodate up to 26 guests. Your room choices includes the Classic Twin Share Cabin, Premium Twin Share Cabin and the Premium Single Cabin. Since this vessel is large, it has a community relaxation areas both in the middle and upper decks like the spacious indoor lounge, air-conditioned saloon with a plasma screen, shaded outdoor Lounge, sun deck and bar. The French Polynesia Master usually sets for a 7-day cruise to the top diving sites of French Polynesia like the Rangiroa Reef, North Fakarava Island and Tuamotu Archipelago where these sites are known for drift diving and sharks like the grey reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, blacktip sharks, silky sharks and tiger sharks.
Year of Commission: 1978 (renovated 1999) Capacity: 18 guests Area of Operation: Northeastern Caribbean Dive Destination: St Kitts, Saba and St Maarten
This 32 meters (117 feet) aluminum built vessel is a popular liveaboard operating the waters of the Northeastern Caribbean. It has 9 cabins and can accommodate up to 18 guests where your room choices includes the Bunk Bed Staterooms, Twin Bed Staterooms and the Single Bed Staterooms. Aside from private bathroom and storage space, each cabin has its own porthole giving you a view of the sea. Your onboard amenities includes the main saloon that is equipped with TV, audio/video entertainment system, library, a sun deck with lounge chairs, boutique and a wet bar. During its 7-day journey, the Caribbean Explorer will set sail to the top diving destinations of the Northeast Caribbean like St Kitts, Saba and St Maarten where these sites are known for pinnacles, vertical limestone wall and a wide variety of marine life like sharks and sea turtles.