Luxury Liveaboard Diving Vacations

  • How does having a 47 foot sailboat all to yourselves… being totally pampered sound to you?

  • Leave your watch and your schedules behind… do what you want to do, when you want to do it.

  • Resort protocols, buffet lines, crowds, hidden costs?… Nope, not on this vacation!

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Think of this luxury liveaboard diving vacation as having your own private yacht with staff. Let us tell you a little bit about what we do on your private liveaboard sailing charter. We create a balance between diving, sailing, relaxing & exploring while mixing in some wonderful food & drink. The unique experience we provide is not built around maximizing the number of dives each day, but rather providing you with your own crewed, private, liveaboard sailing and diving adventure exploring the islands of Roatan, Guanaja and Cayos Cochinos.

Your time aboard Zeppelin is customized by you. Your luxury liveaboard diving vacation can consist of starting your day with an energizing yoga practice, perhaps a morning snorkel, paddling around the anchorage in the kayak or SUP, or simply relaxing on the spacious foredeck enjoying your morning quiet time being served local fresh fruit, home baked treats and the best coffee made in Honduras.  Each day over breakfast we discuss the best dive sites in the area, the number of dives you would like to do and also offer an opportunity to explore a land based activity nearby should you wish to do so. These are the tough decisions you will need to make, sorry!

Each area that we dive has different topography and distinct ecosystems and we take our guests to places that are seen by very few visitors. We often don’t see any other divers near us during the entire week, especially in Guanaja, Port Royal and Cayos Cochinos.  These are our most popular destinations and have spectacular diving on pristine reefs with few other people around. We have the luxury of cherry picking what we consider to be the best 3 or 4 sites in each area since we are not staying in one place like you would be in a resort. Which sites we go to will depend on your preferences & the conditions at the time.

If your priority is sailing Roatan and the Bay Islands of Honduras, our private liveaboard sailing charters offers you some of the most pristine, untouched islands in the Caribbean. The Bay Islands chain consists of the three main islands of Roatan, Utila to the west, and Guanaja to the east; numerous small islands and cays; and the Cayos Cochinos Marine Park, a collection of 13 small islands and cays 24 miles from Roatan across the Strait of Honduras towards the mainland. There are dozens of untouched harbours, amazing coral reefs, and great trade wind sailing throughout the islands. You can see why we are so excited to offer you a one-of-a-kind Honduras based liveaboard vacation.

You can forget the resort or big yacht schedules of telling you when to eat and when to dive, you are on a private charter… we will take you diving when you are ready and no crowding in the dive boat – it’s just you, your personal Dive Master and your host, a PADI Instructor. Our dive master will take the underwater photos and video of your dives for you to take home to share with friends and family. Skip the buffet line – you will enjoy delicious home cooked meals which will be created specifically to your preferences, served to you while you relax on deck. We often have a turtle or ray pass by to add to the outdoor dining experience. Dining al fresco!

After each of your fun-filled days, you can enjoy the hospitality of Zeppelin’s sunset happy hour. Yummy appetizers and your choice of refreshing beverages are served. Yes, we have umbrellas, but only for your cocktails! As you reminisce about your dives that day, the sun will also begin to retire and before you know it, the beam of the sunshine becomes a stunning glow over the horizon.  You smile at each other and say… “now this is a luxury vacation”!

Bon appetit! Our dinners are also a special time when we all come together (all 5 or 7 of us!) and share a few of our life stories and diving adventures. We enjoy pairing our wines with the main course and offer a variety of fresh vegetables to accompany the seafood or meat dishes. Yes, there are desserts! We can easily cater to special diets, allergies, dislikes, etc, so, by all means, let us create a menu that will serve you best.

Our Live Aboard Packages

  • We create custom live aboard diving and sailing packages for any length of time from 3 nights to 10 nights, our minimum required booking is for two guests for 3 nights.
  • We take a maximum of 4 guests so we can provide the best in comfort and service.
  • Our most popular trips are the 8 day/7 night and 4 day/3 night charters.

Here are the details of these two popular packages and what they include to provide you with examples of what we offer. These are just examples, all of our bookings are customized to our guests’ preferences.

8 Day / 7 Night Vacation Packages

This is our most popular luxury liveaboard diving experience. In order for you to fully experience living aboard and enjoying the lifestyle, we recommend an 8 day / 7 night vacation aboard Zeppelin. While on your Honduras liveaboard, you can voyage to other islands, perhaps Cayos Cochinos and /or Guanaja and explore their unique beauty and charms or stay close to Roatan’s shoreline anchoring in tranquil settings.

You can combine a week with us with days on either side for more island time. Our private charters allow you the freedom to book your vacation when you have time off, rather than fitting into a pre-set arrivals and departures schedule, you may join us on any day that fits your schedule. For example if you have 10 – 14 days to vacation on the island, you can dive and sail to nearby islands, giving you the opportunity to relax, unwind and truly enjoy the solitude and ambiance onboard Zeppelin and afterwards, continue to delight in one of our suggested land based accommodations along with water related activities, should you choose to do so. Don’t miss an island tour to discover more hidden gems on Roatan and visit off the beaten track villages that most tourists don’t see or experience.

We have many guests who fly in and join us immediately, for 8 days on board Zeppelin. For example if your flight arrives on Saturday morning, you are met at the airport and brought to Zeppelin. We all enjoy a tasty lunch and afterwards you have the choice to scuba dive or snorkel the reefs nearby or hoist the sails and depart to our first destination. You have all 8 days on board Zeppelin and on our last full day together (Friday) we return to our home port. The choice is yours – we can squeeze in one more morning dive before returning to port or perhaps an afternoon island tour to pick up a few trinkets should you wish to do so. The following day (Saturday) after a scrumptious breakfast we bid our farewells as you depart for the airport.

Flexible schedules, relaxed atmosphere, and all the details are taken care of… all you do is arrive!

 

Packages include:

  • Transfers to and from the airport or resort in a private vehicle
  • Seven nights’ accommodations aboard Zeppelin
  • Delicious and healthy meals daily, including lunch & dinner on your arrival day, breakfast on your departure day, and breakfast, lunch & dinner on the rest of the days. We create a menu based on your personal preferences for both food and beverages and vegetarian/gluten free dishes are available, we cater to our guests tastes as much as possible.
  • Snacks & beverages, both alcoholic & non-alcoholic
  • Daily sunset happy hour appetizers with cocktails, beer or wine & wine with dinner
  • Sailing aboard Zeppelin (you can participate and / or learn to sail)
  • Morning yoga practice with a Certified Yoga Teacher (mats provided)
  • Unlimited swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking
  • Introduction to scuba diving to try it out and dive on shallow reefs
  • A refresher scuba if it has been a while since your last dive
  • Up to 3 private boat dives per day, depending on the travel schedule, including all needed dive equipment
  • Photos and videos of your dives for you to take home

 

All prices are in USD$ and include 15% Honduran VAT tax. Crew gratuities and the cost of shore based activities such as tours, restaurants, etc. are not included in the package.

First two guests $6,495
Third & fourth guests $2,750 per person

Minimum number of guests is 2, maximum is 4. Family discount available for children under 16.

4 Day / 3 Night Getaway Packages

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Honeymoon, Birthday, Anniversary or Just Because… Let us offer you a very indulging luxury liveaboard diving getaway. Our 4 day / 3 night private liveaboard sailing charters allow you to unplug, relax and unwind while we pamper you on your mini-vacation.

We have a few destinations to offer and depending on time of year we can discuss which option would be ideal for you.

The CAYOS COCHINOS private liveaboard sailing charter package is a highlight for our guests – this fantasy escape transports you to the Cayos Cochinos Marine Park. This National Park with its group of 13 small islands and cays 24 miles from Roatan are only accessible by private boat. The entire archipelago within a 5 mile radius has been declared a biological marine preserve and is set aside as a National Marine Monument, home to the Coral Reef Foundation and managed by the Smithsonian Institute.

Sailing from Roatan we’ll explore this picturesque group of islands nestled in the bright blue Caribbean Sea. Immerse yourself in the sparkling waters with our guided snorkeling, dive the pristine reefs and walls and bask in the beauty that surrounds you. We’ve discovered a deserted island to show you!

The EAST END ISLAND luxury liveaboard diving package provides the tranquil beauty of Roatan’s coastline and you feel the remoteness as we near Port Royal. This area was the home of many English pirates in the 1600’s and 1700’s and Captain Henry Morgan made Port Royal one of his main bases of operations. You will see the remains of his forts and cannon placements on this historical tour!

This is the remote part of Roatan and many locals call it the “real” Roatan. Very little development has taken place at this end of the island. This area is sometimes called the Venice of Roatan due to the network of canals cut through the mangroves to provide access from one community to another by boat, while staying behind the protection of the barrier reef.

The snorkeling here is amazing and the channels through the mangroves are spectacular. We will show you all this in our 20 foot dive skiff and stop along the way to snorkel sunken wrecks. If you are looking for remote, untouched scuba diving away from the crowds this is where to go.

Conclude your day watching the glimmering distant lights, the twinkling stars and the moon light up the sky. This is the ultimate in romance!

On our WEST END ISLAND private liveaboard sailing charter you will see the colourful resorts, island homes and tropical coastline of Roatan as we cruise alongside the extensive coral reefs. We glide past West Bay and along the shoreline into the West End Marine Park.

The diving here is gentle and colourful and has the best sites to see turtles; we often see several on one dive. The coral walls drop from around 30 feet deep at the top to about 80 feet at the bottom and then become a gradual sandy slope down to the final drop off starting at 130 feet or more. Since it is on the outside of Roatan, the reefs fall away to several thousand feet of depth and the open Caribbean, so you will sometimes see hammerhead sharks and manta rays cruising by, remember to tear yourself away from looking at the incredible coral walls and turn around and look out every so often, you never know what you might see!

As you relax and settle in for a beautiful sunset, we serve champagne and hors d’oeuvres as you gaze at the final colours to close another perfect day in paradise.

We customize the itinerary to your preferences, each trip is different and tailored to you. If you prefer to relax with just sailing and snorkeling, we are pleased to offer you pristine snorkel sites to explore. Magnificent sunsets, romance and total relaxation is yours to enjoy on Zeppelin’s luxury liveaboard diving and sailing getaways.

 

Getaway package includes:

  • Transfers to and from the airport or resort in a private vehicle
  • Three nights’ accommodations aboard Zeppelin
  • Delicious and healthy meals daily, including lunch & dinner on your arrival day, breakfast on your departure day, and breakfast, lunch & dinner on the rest of the days. We create a menu based on your personal preferences for both food and beverages and vegetarian dishes are available, we cater to our guests tastes as much as possible.
  • Snacks & beverages, both alcoholic & non-alcoholic
  • Daily sunset happy hour appetizers with cocktails, beer or wine & wine with dinner
  • Sailing aboard Zeppelin (you can participate and / or learn to sail)
  • Morning yoga practice with a Certified Yoga Teacher (mats provided)
  • Unlimited swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking
  • A refresher scuba if it has been a while since your last dive
  • Up to 3 private boat dives per day, depending on the travel schedule, including all needed dive equipment
  • Photos and videos of your dives for you to take home

All prices are in USD$ and include 15% Honduran VAT tax. Crew gratuities and the cost of shore based activities such as tours, restaurants, etc. are not included in the package.

First two guests $3,295
Third & fourth guests $1,450 per person

Minimum number of guests is 2, maximum is 4. Family discount available for children under 16.

Gourmet Food Roatan Sailing
  • Enjoy delicious home cooked meals, created specifically to your preferences

  • Relax on the spacious foredeck enjoying your morning quiet time being served ‘ensalada de frutas’, home baked treats and the best coffee made in Honduras.

  • Everything made with local fresh ingredients.

  • Giddy? Definition: Sipping a tall tropical beverage, nibbling on appetizers, while watching the sun set from your private waterfront deck

My parents loved to entertain and as a young girl I always hung in the background to watch the ‘grown ups’ interact, listening to what they said and watching how they enjoyed their meals at our home.
Elly Smith

As I got older my mother would invite me to assist her in the kitchen, getting out the ‘special’ dishes, decorating, and later on serving her splendid dishes, me being so nervous not to spill or drop anything enroute to the table.  The smiles on her guests’ faces as the platters arrived and listening to their delighted comments as they ate have always stayed with me.

Roatan Gourmet Food

I have always loved to entertain and now we have Zeppelin Dive & Sail I am thrilled to see our guests enjoy their vacation, being on board and sharing the dishes that we create. Hearing their delight when the food arrives to them, warms my heart. And for some reason… the food always tastes better on the sea!

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It all begins with us sending our guests an information form to complete. We want to know about any food allergies, likes and dislikes, right down to the “junk food” section.  This way we get a feel for the types of meals, snacks and beverages our guests will enjoy. As you can appreciate, we live on an island, sometimes we can get the ingredients and sometimes not. It usually takes about 3 days to provision for a charter as there isn’t ‘one stop shopping’ here. Many times the menu changes based on what is available… but we are always able to come up with something special.

I am a big believer in serving fresh local fruits and veggies and lots of it. Why not?  The flavors are incredible, no pesticides and all grown within 100 miles either on the mainland or on the island. Did you know that Roatan has it’s very own Hydroponic Farm that grows mixed greens, romaine, basil, parsley, mint, chives, to name a few? Such a blessing to have this available.

In the morning as you sit on the foredeck you are served fruit salad along with home baked treats while you gaze out over the water and watch the birds and clouds pass by. If you like coffee you are in for a treat as we serve a wonderful dark roast Honduran coffee that is ground fresh each day and made in our French press. If cappuccino or espresso is your fancy, we can whip up one of those for you too. One of guests calls this part “appetizers before breakfast”.

If you like to have breakfast, it is either served to you, or make your own plate buffet style, and afterwards we discuss the activities you would like to do for the day. Later in the morning after a dive, snorkel, paddle board, sail or reading your favourite book, you can enjoy an all-natural green tea iced tea, or freshly made watermelon juice with a sprig of mint, or another beverage of your choice along with homemade treats.  (It is hard work being on holidays so you need to keep your energy up!)

Lunches are prepared and served to you on deck under the shaded bimini. For example we could have salad with organic greens, cucumber, bell peppers, tomatoes, feta cheese and basil tossed in a tomato/basil vinaigrette dressing and a BBQ dish perhaps locally caught fish or prawns on the skewer served along with basmati rice with sautéed mushrooms, (if you like them).

Then there’s Happy Hour!  Your choice of beverages whether it be a tropical Caribbean drink (we have umbrellas on board… but only for the drinks!) or an icy cold beer, or a chilled glass of wine. Relax and talk about your day, nibble on appetizers and take in the magnificent sun as it begins to set in the back ground. (At this point some of guests are giddy with joy!)

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Wayne loves to BBQ, so dinners are a treat! Since we had something from the sea for lunch, we can have something from land for dinner. Perhaps you would like pork tenderloin brushed with olive oil, herb de provence and rosemary with roasted potatoes and two types of steamed veggies, or chicken brushed with a hickory BBQ sauce, or beef tenderloin rubbed with olive oil, fresh ground pepper, garlic and seasoned salt to name a few.  You will love how he BBQ’s the lobster tails… yummm. Whatever your choice of main we will do our best to pair it with a lovely bottle of wine for you to enjoy.  We often have dinner inside once the sun goes down and guests enjoy the cozy feeling of the boat’s interior main salon.

After dinner, perhaps a digestif… port with dark chocolate, a scotch, a liqueur, or a warm herbal tea?  Have you had a blueberry tea?  That is warmed grand marnier with tea mixed together in a brandy sniffer.  Tastes heavenly and smells wonderfully aromatic. A nice night cap.

I would say our food on Zeppelin is simple, as fresh as possible, very healthy with lots of wonderful fruits and veggies, local fish, shrimp and lobster, and home baked treats to enjoy.

Here are a few comments from our guests:

We then settled in some comfy chairs on the bow for the trip to our dinner spot. We had our choice of drinks and Elly started bringing snacks right away. After a beautiful trip up the coast, we anchored in a spot protected from the wind. What followed was a night we will never forget. We had course after course of absolutely delicious food including a cheese and meat plate, crab dip, hummus, wedge salad, the best lobster tail I have ever had, and then crepes for dessert (and I am probably even forgetting something). On top of that, anything we wanted to drink they brought immediately, including a fairly expensive bottle of French wine (we had a choice of several). All of this was by candlelight on a very comfortable table. It was a meal fit for a five star restaurant, and it was obvious they had put hours of effort into it.”

“Laid back, relaxing and totally personalized. Great food and snacks prepared fresh on board. Awesome value for a more than reasonable price.”

“You can’t ask for better people to host your trip, Zeppelin is a floating museum, she is gorgeous. Ms Elly’s cooking is the best, I’m sure she adds love as a secret ingredient.”

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