Dolphin Expeditions: Our Boats
Our Custom Dolphin Boat Indigo
Our custom dolphin livaboard Indigo, has come into our lives. This is a boat that we have been searching for, for several years. We have wanted to take our trips to another level-offering much more comfort, service and the opportunity for more dolphin interactions than we already have. While retaining the good things that have made us who we are as an organization. I feel this boat does just that.
For the past five seasons, Indigo has surpassed, by far, all of our expectations. Our returning and new guests have given her rave reviews. We have had more dolphin encounters than ever and there is not a dolphin boat that comes close to her level of comfort.
At 91 feet, Indigo is the largest, most stable and comfortable dolphin boat in the Bahamas by far. Every cabin has en-suite heads (bathrooms) w/showers- for a total of nine bathrooms, hair dryers and regular house flushing toilets w/slow close seats. There is also an enclosed batroom/shower on the dive deck.
Indigo has five double occupancy cabins each with it's own private bath and shower. There are two cabins with queen size berths w/double overhead, two cabins with double berths w/double overhead and a cabin with two twin berths. The Giggle Room has four single berths with it's own bath and shower. The staterooms and bathrooms are much larger than any comparable boat that we know of. All the rooms have personal climate control with your own remote control. She easily rivals any shore side accommodations on the Island.
Each cabin has both 220 and 110 volt outlets as well as charging stations on the dive deck and in the main salon. She is a fully finished yacht.
The main dining room inside seats everyone comfortably with large picture windows allowing beautigul ocean views outside-many dolphins are spotted from here...it also supports a theatre with surround sound for movies and viewing photos taken during the day.
There are two sun decks-one on the top of the boat-everyone's favorite place. For those who would like shade with a view-the dive lounge and the Lido deck above offer panaramic views with comfortable seating and tables. You may also sleep on deck in a hammock or lounge chair if the mood strikes you-under the stars or undercover. Thirty feet above the water, the top sun deck is perfect for watching for dolphins or a taking in the beautiful night sky.
For swimming with the dolphins, or exploring a beautiful reef, the large dive platform-just a few inches above the water- with it's custom steps, make it very easy for guests of any ability to have safe access in and out of the water. Even though Indigo is a big boat there is still an intimacy with the dolphins from her. There is a walkway just a couple of feet off the water encompassing the boat for close up interactions with the dolphins from the boat. Great for that special eye to eye contact! The two fresh water rinse off's are a nice convenience also.
We also have a two large custom built dive dingys for dolphin interactions-they keep us very close to the dolphins both in and out of the water--we will be using both boats depending on the situation.
Indigo keeps with our eco agenda. In her past life as a dive boat in the Caribbean she had the approval to operate in three different marine sanctuaries, we know of no other boat that has had these permits.. She is quiet and there are no fumes to smell when you are in the water.
Stability- For those of you who have been out on some of the big dolphin boats that operated in the past, you know how they liked to roll around a bit-a lot. Not very comfortable. They were originally designed for the oil industry to deliver crews to the oil rigs with speed. They were not designed for slow speed or sitting still on the ocean-so they would like to roll. Many were later converted to dive boats and are still in operation around the world.
With our previous multihulls we have always had the most stable boats on the dolphin grounds and it was important that the new boat was also stable. Indigo was designed from the begining to be comfortable at sea. With her hull design, massive weight, ballast tanks and underwater stabilizers she sits beautifully on the dolphin grounds. With a comfort both below and above decks that can't be found on any multihull we know of.
Indigos' systems are very much like a sailboats. They are very well done and efficient. We are able to make our own water, have a Trans Atlantic range and are almost as fuel efficient as a sailboat-she moves beautifully through the water with very little wake. There are backups for everything and we are completely self sufficient.
She has all the safety features that are required and more.
Enjoying our Dolphin Family from the Bow of Indigo...