For seasoned divers, renting a crewed yacht that specializes in diving is a perfect but underutilized vacation option. Many divers are looking for alternatives after spending years being pushed into large group trips to resorts or liveaboard dive “cattleboats.” A dive holiday on a crewed charter yacht provides privacy, individually customized itineraries, personalized service, on-board education if required, and the freedom to select dive areas that suit your preferences.

A diving charter is a fantastic option for beginners. Individualized attention, relaxed training schedules, patience, personal guides, and the one-on-one service that distinguish diving charter vessels are especially helpful to beginners.

To enjoy a holiday on a dive charter yacht, not every member of the charter group needs to be a diver. There are plenty of other things to do, so non-divers shouldn’t become bored while their diving colleagues are diving (or not do… just hang out in the hammock and read, or relax in the cockpit listening to your favorite music). The majority of dive charter vessels also offer additional sports including kayaking, kneeboarding, and snorkeling.

There are three fundamental approaches we advise you to take if you want to combine scuba diving with a vacation on a crewed boat charter.


  • Dive-specific yachts. Small or huge, these ships are well-outfitted to meet the requirements of ardent divers. These yachts are for divers, whether they are experts or beginners, who want to make diving the main focus of their charter trip. They are equipped with scuba gear, enough tanks for two dives daily, and a qualified, insured dive professional. One of the crew must be a diving instructor if you or a member of your group needs any type of training, from Discover Scuba (resort course) or Openwater checkouts (referral course), through Advanced or Specialty certifications. The majority of dive-specific yachts are equipped with an onboard compressor or an effective plant to guarantee a consistent supply of air fills for the necessary number of dives your party needs.
  • Dive-oriented yachts. These are ships that are genuinely interested in hosting divers but have not fully committed to one or more of the crucial areas of equipment, air fills, or teaching like dive-dedicated vessels have. A certified diving professional (dive master or dive instructor) must still be present, and if any training is to be conducted, the diving professional must be an instructor.
  • Rendezvous diving. Depending on availability, any yacht in the fleet can work with shore-based businesses in the US or British Virgin Islands to take interested members of your party for a morning or afternoon of diving activities. Most dive shops enable non-divers to sail to a different anchorage if they so choose while the divers are dropped off at a separate location from where they were picked up.