Infiniti Live-aboard, a pioneering initiative in Indian tourism Industry

The INFINITI is India’s first live-aboard – a pioneering initiative in the tourism industry. Live-aboards are very popular worldwide in countries that have strong sea-tourism sectors such as Maldives, Thailand, Caribben Islands, Red Sea, Indonesia and other destinations.
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A live-aboard is a sea-going vessel that is equipped to provide comfortable accommodation in guest cabins, dining and leisure facilities as it travels around the island areas to visit interesting spots, usually for scuba diving. Live-aboards can range from basic to luxurious. The INFINITI is a brand-new, high end live-aboard that was constructed in Thailand in 2013 specifically for the purpose of live-aboard diving in India’s remote, and relatively unexplored, Andaman Islands or Lakshdweep islands. Certified by RINA for unrestricted navigation, the INFINITI is equipped with state-of-the-art systems for complete safety and comfort in all weather conditions. This means that it can comfortably access places where everyday boats cannot reach.
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The INFINITI is a stunning combination of all the great things one associates with the live-aboard experience – gorgeous aesthetics, unmatched comfort, uncompromising safety and exacting engineering. Owned by Karina Tourism & Adventures Pvt. Ltd., it is India’s first live-aboard, and one of the finest in Asia. At nearly 130 feet long, the INFINITI is huge; however, it is also exclusive. The number of guests sailing on board the INFINITI at any one point of time will be limited, so as to keep the experience special and intimate. Scuba diving enthusiasts will find the INFINITI a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as it takes them to exotic underwater kingdoms resplendent with beauty and life.
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From bow to stern, the INFINITI personifies luxury. The fully air-conditioned vessel houses eight cabins, four on the main deck, and two each on the upper and lower decks. Each cabin is spacious, furnished and beautifully appointed with all modern conveniences, including en-suite bathrooms and showers. There are also multiple relaxation areas on board, including a saloon lounge with a library, games and DVDs, and a large sundeck. A multi-cuisine kitchen prepares delicious and nutritious meals for indoor and outdoor dining, and for sundeck barbeques.
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For scuba diving enthusiasts, the INFINITI is a floating paradise. From exploration dives to night dives, wreck dives, wall dives, and cave dives, guests can have the time of their lives exploring panoramic underwater landscapes in multiple spots off the Andamans. The INFINITI is well-equipped for diving adventures in every way, with a large dive platform, Bauer compressors for clean, pure air, two 5-metre RIBs (tenders), a fresh water tank for photographers, all top of the line equipment, and an expert dive crew. Every care has been taken to maximise the convenience and safety of the INFINITI’s guests. The INFINITI will also conduct PADI courses to teach and certify those who wish to learn diving. The INFINITI is the brainchild of Sunil Bakshi, a former competitive swimmer and passionate diver.
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Having dived in locations around the world, Sunil was convinced that India offers similar – if not better – potential for scuba diving. He commissioned a top shipbuilding firm in Thailand to build the INFINITI with painstaking care and attention to detail. Eighteen months later, the INFINITI sailed into Indian waters and has become India’s first (and only) diving live-aboard.
The INFINITI is one of the earliest efforts towards building better diving and sea tourism infrastructure in India. There is a huge potential market waiting to be tapped, and the INFINITI will draw in both domestic and international diving enthusiasts towards the sheer magic of diving peacefully & exclusively in pristine island waters from the comfort of a live-aboard.
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Karina Tourism & Adventures is a Mumbai based company with a mission to offer interesting and innovative opportunities in India’s travel & tourism sector. The company aims to open new ways to explore all that India has to offer to domestic as well as international tourists.
Karina has launched its first ground-breaking initiative in the sea-tourism sector by introducing India’s first scuba diving live-aboard the INFINITI. This year, the INFINITI will be in the Andaman Islands and attract tourists who are interested in scuba diving at world class destinations such as Barren Island or explorers interested to visit the very remote Narcondam island – the closest that India has to the famed Galapagos islands. The INFINITI is a unique way to promote tourism in a green, environment friendly manner that does not hassle the local populations.
While India has a lot to offer to travelers, domestic & international, there has not been enough fresh thinking and creative initiatives to really tap into the country’s potential. Indians are going abroad for “active” holidays and even the international tourists are choosing destinations such as Thailand over India. Karina Tourism & Adventures aims to bridge that gap by introducing innovative initiatives in active holidays such as diving, surfing and more.
Karina Tourism & Adventures is founded by Sunil Bakshi, an entrepreneur with a business management expertise of over 18 years in India, middle-east and the United States; and Vismaya Firodia Bakshi with a management experience of 15 years in India and the United States. The other promoter in the company is Padmashri Arun Firodia, a well known industrialist and chairman of the Kinetic Group of Industries, Pune.

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