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Want to Buy a Dive Center or Liveaboard?

we found a few, if you’re looking for something new to do

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Back in the early '80s, Freddy Storheil left his native Oslo to sail his steel-hulled ketch Colona II around the world twice, then ended up in Egypt's Sharm el Sheikh doing liveaboard dive charters back when that area's dive industry was embryonic. He added other vessels to his fleet --Colona III and Colona IV -- and hired two fellow Scandinavians as their skippers. Eventually, Storheil moved on to Thailand with Colona II and pioneered diving charters around Burma's Mergui Islands.

Storheil has had a great life, but he's now ready to put his feet up -- he has refitted the Colona II and it's now for sale at $125,000 ( Interested?

Many recreational divers dream of swapping their conventional way of life for the alternative lifestyle of running a dive business somewhere exotic. Fancy a dive center on Ambergris Caye in Belize? It's on the market for only $200,000. The seller says it was a good little project that gave him some epic experiences, but now he wants to go traveling for a year (

A lot of these dive centers are listed online at Dive Center for Sale (, which was started by a guy who was hoping to buy a dive center quickly but realized there was no good platform on the Internet for listing these businesses. It took him a year to find his dive center, and in the meantime he created the listing website.

Buying an Established Business Versus Starting from Scratch

Along with the photos and details, the owner of the Ambergris Caye dive center has posted a word of caution for potential buyers. "The size and success of a scuba business and the real profit comes in the high quality and ease of the owners' lifestyle. That is why 99 percent of all scuba business owners in tropical destinations are there -- they want to live the lifestyle on the island and dive whenever they want to. I don't know any liveaboard, dive resort or dive center owner in any tropical destination who decided to start the business (or buy it) because it would give them the best return of investment."...

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