Dreaming of setting sail out on the open waters with the kids in tow? Imagine the cool sea breeze hitting your face or soaking up the warm sun rays from a lounger on deck. Hop on board a liveaboard cruise to fabulous destinations close to your Asian home base. A liveaboard cruise also provides access to some of the very best diving opportunities and island landscape viewing. Also, staying aboard a boat doesn’t necessarily mean roughing it out! Most liveaboard vessels make for a luxurious and comfortable abode while at sea, equipped with modern amenities. We’ve rounded up some of the best live-aboard cruise options for your family close to and around Asia. They’re also just the right duration to be out at sea, without getting homesick. Bon, voyage!
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Indonesian-based environmentally conscious ZuBlu provides over 300 liveaboard cruises and dive itinerary packages around Asia and beyond to choose from. If you’re looking for a great tropical diving experience, while enjoying a family cruise, have a look at ZuBlu’s liveaboard cruise aboard the new 41m Philippines Aggressor. Enjoy up to 27 dives within the center of the Coral Triangle. Amenities include complimentary local beer and wine aboard, on-deck hot tub, crew with extensive dive hospitality experience, and 12 cabins complete with private balconies for 24 guests. Cruises start from US$463 per day per person for 7 to 10 day expeditions.
ZuBlu, (Headquarters) Jl. Danau Poso No.51A, Sanur, Kota Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, +62 813 3766 4742, email@example.com, www.zubludiving.com
Asia Liveaboard is based in the Netherlands and offers guided diving cruises while relaxing on luxurious liveaboard vessels. They specialise in cruises around the Maldives, Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar. For a great Maldives liveaboard diving holiday with the family, book your week-long liveaboard dive cruise on the MV Emperor Leo. This 35m luxury boat accommodates 22 guests in its 11 comfortable ensuite cabins equipped with the latest technology. There’s even a jacuzzi on the front deck! Get taken to the most remote areas of the central and southern atolls of the Maldives and enjoy 17 dives to see whale sharks and manta rays. Pricing starts at US$2,403 per person for an 8 day cruise.
Asia Liveaboard, (Headquarters) Karwijhof 24, Nagele, The Netherlands, +31 6 1149 6728, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.asialiveaboard.com
American-based Rainforest Cruises offers various family-friendly cruises and vacations around South America and Southeast Asia. Their curated cruises are kid-friendly, catering to the whole family. They offer 60 cruises to choose from. We recommend the private, intimate Indonesian Archipelago exploration cruise aboard the new Majik with owners Elena and Marc. This 42m ironwood and teak Majik Yacht is a luxurious boutique phinisi, designed to offer adventure-seeking families the most captivating expeditions around Indonesia’s beautiful islands. Amenities aboard include fantastic social and al-fresco dining areas, a dedicated crew including a chef, water sports equipment, and four comfortable ensuite sleeping cabins able to accommodate 8 adults plus 2 kids. The main deck provides nearly 360° views. Cruises are 9 to 12 days, starting at US$5,320 per person.
Rainforest Cruises, (Headquarters) 1680 Michigan Avenue, Suite 700, Miami Beach, Florida, United States, +1 305 669 3323, email@example.com, www.rainforestcruises.com
Mermaid Liveaboards operates liveaboard diving and snorkeling cruises around Indonesia including areas Alor, Ambon, Bali, Banda Sea, Halmahera, Komodo, Lembeh, and Raja Ampat. Their highly trained crew will ensure your family has a trip of a lifetime. Choose between two vessels, Mermaid I and Mermaid II. The 28m luxurious liveaboard Mermaid I comfortably holds 15 guests in 8 ensuite cabins with air conditioning, WiFi, and TVs. Delicious Asian and western meals are served on board and there are loads of cushioned sun beds to relax on deck or enjoy a massage. A Komodo 10 day cruise starts at €3,240 per person.
Mermaid Liveaboards, (Headquarters) Jl. Danau Tamblingan no. 75, Sanur Beach, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 285 054, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mermaid-liveaboards.com
Siam Dive ‘n Sail is co-owned by diving business veterans, John Williams and Bent Posejpal. Based in Thailand, they operate a number of diving and liveaboard cruises around the Andaman Islands, Mergui, Palau, Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia. Take the kids cruising around Thailand in a “pirate” ship - The Junk “June Hong Chian Lee.” Built in 1962 for charcoal transportation, this 35m liveaboard junk boat now accommodates 18 guests. It visits the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and Richelieu Rock on a 4 or 6 day cruise from October to May each year. Thailand’s Andaman Sea provides a tropical paradise for world-class liveaboard diving. The Junk offers 6 air-conditioned ensuite cabins. Pricing starts at US$1,180 per person for a 4 day cruise.
Siam Dive ‘n Sail, (Headquarters) 85, 15 Mu 7, Rawai, Phuket, Thailand, +66 81 892 0474, email@example.com, www.siamdivers.com
UK-based Master Liveaboards provides unsurpassed liveaboard diving experiences at various locations, including Palau. All their vessels are equipped with the latest equipment and have spacious indoor and outdoor facilities for comfortable and relaxing cruises. Hop aboard the Palau Siren for a truly unique 7 or 10 day liveaboard diving cruise experience around Palau Archipelago. The 40m Palau Siren offers 8 well-designed ensuite cabins for 16 guests. Divers can experience the memorable underwater features and the magical spawning of the red snappers and bumphead parrot fish during the full moon and new moon lunar cycles. These liveaboard cruises are popular, so book soon! Pricing starts at US$3,460 for the 7 night spawning Palau cruise.
Master Liveaboards, (Headquarters) 30 Gay Street, Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom, +44 208 099 2230, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.masterliveaboards.com
Heritage Expeditions is based in New Zealand and offers liveaboard cruises on their own ships - the 140-guest expedition ship “Heritage Adventurer” and the 18-guest expedition yacht “Heritage Explorer”. Their vessels cruise around various destinations. Take the family aboard the 124m Heritage Adventurer on a 16-day expedition around the islands of Japan. Japan’s archipelago of volcanic islands result in a dramatic landscape best explored by sea. The cruise goes from Kanazawa to Otaru including Hokkaido and South Korea with cruise pricing starting at US$10,950 per person.
Heritage Expeditions, (Headquarters) Antarctic House, 53B Montreal Street, Christchurch, New Zealand, +64 3 365 3500, email@example.com, www.heritage-expeditions.com
El Aleph is a luxury 40m phinisi design charter yacht available for private charter. The experienced crew will ensure your family has a liveaboard cruise of a lifetime. For a truly special and unique cruise, charter the El Aleph to go on a dolphin and whale watching expedition around the Indonesian Archipelago. There are 34 different species of whales and dolphins that reside or migrate through the Indonesian waters. The Yacht’s zodiac tender is always on standby to take guests closer to the action, and even snorkel with these amazing marine giants. El Aleph features lavish cabins on luxury ships. Contact them for pricing on your own bespoke cruise itinerary. Bookings for full boat charter for 12 guests/6 ensuite cabins are accepted only. This cruise will not disappoint!
El Aleph, (Headquarters) PT East Monsoon Cruising, Jl. Punggawa No. 39, Serangan, Bali, Indonesia, +62 823 3770 0668, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.elalephcruising.com
Ikan Kayu is a private charter liveaboard yacht upon which you can enjoy tailored escapes around Komodo National Park and east Sumbawa’s tropical shores. The Ikan Kayu is a beautiful traditional phinisi style 32m yacht designed with authentic Indonesian charm. It can accommodate 13 guests and features 6 ensuite cabins. The Ikan Kayu is based in Labuan Bajo near Komodo National Park and offers a variety of itinerary options from 3 to 6 nights or longer per request. The charter price per night is US$3,500 for up to 13 passengers for an island-hopping adventure, with all meals and non-alcoholic beverages included. Guests can make use of the snorkeling equipment, paddles boards, and toys. The crew love kids and welcome families to join them aboard!
Ikan Kayu Liveaboard, (Headquarters) Labuan Bajo, Flores, +62 821 4582 2616, email@example.com, www.ikankayu.com
Reefscape Travel is a UK-based tour operator specialising in luxury tailor-made scuba diving holidays, including liveaboard cruises. Book a fabulous liveaboard cruise in the Indonesian waters aboard the Coralia. Guests can enjoy the very best diving and snorkeling opportunities while staying aboard the Coralia. Guests on board will be hosted with impeccable service and true Indonesian warmth. The Coralia is a 48m traditional Indonesian phinisi with 8 spacious, air-conditioned cabins accommodating 16 guests. Certified PADI instructors and dive guides will look after you on board. Contact them for cruise pricing.
Reefscape Travel, (Headquarters) United Kingdom, +44 203 307 8676, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.reefscapetravel.com