Andaman Islands, Great Barrier Reef: Inside Silversea's Diving Cruises

great barrier reefSilversea Expeditions has announced its collection of Scuba Diving Expedition Voyages for 2016 and 2017 in the western Pacific and Indian Oceans. 

The 120-guest, all-suite Silver Discoverer, which is the latest addition to the line's expedition fleet will sail 20 voyages offering scuba diving opportunities for experienced divers in such regions as the Maldives, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the Palau archipelago, and the Andaman Islands, which have been celebrated as some of the world's most spectacular diving hot spots. The diving program is fully complimentary.

In addition to an onboard dive master, these itineraries will have a team of experts, including marine biologists, environmentalists, ecologists, and geologists, who will enlighten guests with their extensive knowledge of these amazing regions.

Here is a sampling of what's available:

2016 Itineraries

Australia (Great Barrier Reef) & Indonesia
Voyage 9622: Cairns to Balikpapan, 14 Days, Oct. 4 - 18
Myanmar & Andaman Islands
Voyage 9626: Phuket to Maldives, 15 Days, Dec. 2 - 17
Maldives, Seychelles (*Aldabra) & Africa
Voyage 9627: Maldives to Dar es Salaam, 17 Days, Dec. 17 - Jan. 3
(*Itinerary is highlighted by a rare visit to the remote coral atoll of Aldabra. Virtually untouched by humans and teeming with marine life, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world's largest atolls, and a pristine home to thousands of giant tortoises).

2017 Itineraries

Indonesia & Palau Archipelago
Voyage 9713: Darwin to Koror, 14 Days, May 26 - Jun. 9
Australia (Great Barrier Reef) & Indonesia
Voyage 9725: Cairns to Bali, 14 Days, Nov. 9 - 23
The program is complimentary, but space is limited. Guests will need an Advanced Open Water Diver license or equivalent to participate. Guests must bring their own BCD vests and regulators. Silversea will provide the weight belts, tanks, masks, and fins free of charge on board Silver Discoverer.