|Alfonso, Andrew & Peter|
(L-R, March 2014 in Palau)
Operating in the world famous Rock Islands of Palau, flagship MV Solitude One has had a major facelift and now this 52-metre, steel-hulled beauty carries 10 luxury en suite cabins, a thoughtfully designed dive deck, is a certified Official Bauer PureAir Station, a well appointed camera room, a big sun deck and even a jacuzzi! She can be reconfigured easily to provide for exploration and research expeditions as well while still keeping all the modern comforts.
“I am proud and honoured to be part of this Alliance. I have always believed the epitome of good service is paying attention to detail and focussing on clientèle who appreciate this service,” says Andrew Lok, managing director.
Palau as a diving destination with sites like the Blue Corner, Peleliu, Blue Holes, German Channel were a powerful attraction for Andrew, from its azure waters and its renowned shark sanctuary to its topside beauty and its ideal location in the Pacific, he saw much potential in placing Solitude One there. “It thrills me to be able to offer and deliver these simple luxuries. I'm constantly looking for ways to make it better and better,” he adds.
After the completion of her reconstruction in the Philippines which Andrew and his project team of naval architects and designers oversaw, Solitude One set off from her final stop in Cebu and arrives in Palau on 09 December 2013. Since then, Solitude has already hosted guests from Australia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, the US, the Philippines, Russia, Spain, Malaysia, France and Canada.
About DivEncounters Alliance
Founded in 2011 by Peter Hughes, their mission is simple: to provide a reliable, professional and safe diving live-aboard experience that meets or exceeds expectations and enhances their guests’ scuba experience. All Alliance partners are carefully vetted and aim to be the “best in the world” in the world’s most exciting dive destinations like the Indonesia, Galapagos, Soccorro and Guadalupe Islands (Mexico), Cocos Island (Costa Rica), Bay Islands, Honduras, two regions in the Maldives, and now in the land of rainbows, Palau.