Odyssey Liveaboard, Australia

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Excellent food and drinks

“Hidden Australian gem of diving. It takes a 20 hr boat ride from the nearest city at the far end of the world to get to, but tota…”

Eli R, United States United States
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Highlights

    • Fresh daily meals with dietary requirements
    • Accompanied by the 12m expedition vessel 'Homer'

The custom-built 24m MV Odyssey Liveaboard offers limited diving trips to Rowley Shoals, Australia. The advanced catamaran design ensures the Odyssey Liveaboard is incredibly stable, quiet, and spacious. 

Up to 20 guests on board the M/V Odyssey Liveaboard are catered to with 6 deluxe double cabins and 4 twin-share cabins, each equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, storage units, and bar fridges. The spacious dining area can accommodate all guests aboard the MV Odyssey Liveaboard, or you can choose alfresco dining on the upper outdoor deck. All meals are prepared fresh daily, and dietary requirements can be catered to with advance notice. There are three other outdoor viewing decks for further relaxation and comfort. The MV Odyssey Liveaboard also has state-of-the-art viewing and surround sound systems, large plasma & LCD screens, and DVD players to entertain guests.

The Odyssey Liveaboard is accompanied by 'Homer,' a 12m expedition vessel that will ensure you reach the best dive and snorkel spots in comfort and with ease.

Let the experienced crew of the MV Odyssey Liveaboard help you to create an unforgettable dive vacation in Rowley Shoals, Australia, where less than 200 people a year are privileged to experience the amazing conditions of the Marine Park. Don't miss out on this unique adventure, and book online today!

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Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Port Fees, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Special Dinner, Fishing, Snorkeling Guide, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels, Laundry / Pressing Services.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (145.40-259 AUD).

Optional Extras: Airport Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Kayaks.

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Leisure Deck
  • Shaded diving deck
  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Photography Station
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Separate rinse for u/w camera
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • Observation deck

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Selection of wines
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Snacks All Day

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving

The crew speaks English.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

MV Odyssey Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2006
  • Year renovated 2015
  • Length 24 metres
  • Deck area 150 sq metres
  • Beam 8 metres
  • Top speed 15 knots
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines 2 x Detroit diesel
  • Max guests 20
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 4
  • Tenders 1x 12m & 2x 5m
  • Water capacity 2000 litres
  • Fuel capacity 16000 litres
  • Freshwater maker 200 per hour

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Odyssey Reviews

  • 8.9 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
    8.4
  2. Crew
    8.7
  3. Food
    9.8
  4. Diving
    8.4
  5. Value
    9.1
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Eli R
  • United States United States
Pristine and exciting divning in a remote part of the world.

Hidden Australian gem of diving. It takes a 20 hr boat ride from the nearest city at the far end of the world to get to, but totally worth it! Pelagics, Tiger shark, hammerhead, juvenile black tips, schools of sweet lips, sharks on almost every dive. Even got some of the small stuff, found a pygmy seahorse. Considering only 200 people get to dive this park every year, get early on the list to dive as its totally unencumbered of people and the Odyssey provides everything you need to have a great time.

Recommended for
Top notch operator, no crowds, variety of diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Hilma V
  • United States United States
Dream trip, exceptional diving experience.

Abundance of marine life. Acquiring new dive buddies.

Recommended for
Pristine reef condition. Clear, warm water. Unplanned encounters with whales/dolphins
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Debbi S
  • Australia Australia
Excellent snorkelling in atoll

Snorkelling in atoll Accommodating my needs to ensure best possible experience

Recommended for
Crew accomdating changes to improve experience.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Greg S
  • Australia Australia
Awesome Wall Dives with friendly crew

Large variety of dives, seeing an abundance of fish swimming in an endless field of coral. Visibility to 50m+. Lots of swimthroughs to explore at depths of 5-40m.

Recommended for
Rich diversity of Fish and Coral, and great crew
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Stuart Y
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Fantastic trip

Great crew and guests made this a fun and relaxing trip. Reef is in great condition, seas were warm and calm. We had a fantastic trip with great diving, fishing and water sports

Recommended for
Staff, health of the reef, weather
  • 7.2 Good
  • Charmaine H
  • Australia Australia
Pretty good.

I liked being free to swim with my dive buddy instead of as a big group. A little bit lacking in large animals and dive site variety. Lovely crew. Laid back schedule. I only gave 3 stars for the boat comfort because the showers were often cold and I had to use the same towel for the whole trip and make my own bed - it's not a silver service boat but it's also affordably priced.

Recommended for
Pretty coral, cool swimthroughs and caverns, away from it all
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Kathryn T
  • New Zealand New Zealand
A very special unspoiled place which will always be in my memory

The blue clear waters and the unspoiled environment.Drifting together in the water in the current at the end of the trip.Walking on the Sand on the final day. The 2whales wandering around the boat at the first mooring made it feel very special All the dive sites were good .Plenty to see

Recommended for
The diving.Sitting out at night watching the stars.The crew were very pleasant and accomodating
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Judy O
  • New Zealand New Zealand
A very enjoyable trip

Odyssey is usually used for trips up into the Kimberley so it is not primarily used as a dive boat. While she was more than adequate, on occasions it was obvious she hadn’t been designed as a dive boat. There are 4 bathrooms (each with hot shower & toilet) on the dive deck, used by punters & crew. None of the rooms have ensuites. The deluxe rooms have a sink, the standard rooms don’t. I had a standard room and it was fine. All have a fridge and separate aircon (although this doesn’t work when the compressor is in action), the mattress was comfortable & there was plenty of storage space. Soft drinks, juices & water provided, beer, wine & spirits extra. Diving is done from “Homer”, the tender. All of us dived from the one tender and while there was more than enough space, it took a while to pick everybody up / get everybody on board / into the water. An extra zodiac would improve efficiency significantly. There was no dedicated camera area on Odyssey, but a crate with fresh water to rinse cameras off in afterwards. Luckily, most of us just had GoPros but I think if anyone had a large camera / complex set up they may have found it annoying. There was a hose at the back of the boat to rinse of wetsuits etc after each dive but nothing to soak them in – I generally rinsed mine off in the shower. Nitrox was not available. We missed one dive as the compressor broke. Crew were easy going, friendly and efficient. Liam the chef kept the good food coming. Cooked breakfast every second day and on the days with no cooked breakfast you got dessert. I put on weight on the trip!! Plenty of snack food available – home baked cookies, fresh fruit…. It was about a 20 hour overnight steam to get to Rowley Shoals from Broome. Seasickness tablets were provided and I took my own concoction and felt fine. Others looked a little green about the gills. We boarded mid afternoon on the first day and our first 2 dives were the second day in the afternoon at Clerke atoll. Then 3-4 dives per day, with 2 on the last day before another overnight steam back to Broome. Fishing also available for those who were keen (I wasn’t but the fishermen in the group seemed pretty contented). The diving was good. We had one dive master for 15 punters… other crew members dived but they went off on their own rather than diving with the group. Max depth 30m, no deco diving. Briefings usually went along the lines of ‘descend to the wall, drift with the current and see what you see, follow the current, come up at 50 bar or 50 minutes, whichever comes first and set your SMB’(!!). Dive master kept an eye on us and pointed some things out but not outstanding at pointing things out but I guess she was busy enough keeping a watch on people which she seemed to do. Dives limited to 50 minutes or 50 bar (sigh, so not long dives) and then you set your SMB and were retrieved by Homer. Currents present but not strong. The diving – I was happy. The best thing for me was the stunning isolation, 360 degrees of horizon, turquoise waters (water temps 29-30 – most people dived in rash suits, I am cold blooded and even I was plenty warm enough in sharkskin!). The coral was pristine (I guess not often visited), colourful… Fish – plenty of white tipped reef sharks, grey reef sharks, saw some leopard sharks & a hammerhead was spotted. Turtles. Potato cod but the big cod promised at cod hole never eventuated. Schooling Trevally, the hugest Bumphead Parrot fish I have ever seen, coral trout, angel fish… many varieties of clown fish… We also had dolphins swimming at the bow of Odyssey and were lucky enough to see a Mama Humpback whale & her calf up close at Mermaid Atoll (this alone made the trip really!). We had 18 dives in the week long trip. Overall a fun trip with a good group of people.

Recommended for
isolation, stunning turquoise waters, great food