The MV Jazz is a British owned Burma liveaboard with a lot of character. It is a great lower priced option for diving in the Similans and Burma Banks.
Length: 25 metres / 83 foot
Beam: 6 metres / 19 foot
Cruise: 10 knots
It is a smaller boat than some of its rivals, but it is in fact quite spacious, particularly the dive deck which caters comfortably for a full boat of 16 scuba divers.
There are 4 double
bed cabins and 4 twins, half of each type being en-suite
; the others have shared bathrooms.
You can spend your down time in Burma relaxing in the air conditioned lounge and enjoying all the mod-cons they have such as TV, DVD and music system, or you can catch a few rays on the sun deck at the bow of the boat.
Dining takes place in the large, shaded open air dining area on the upper deck, where you can enjoy the buffet style menu consisting of both international cuisine as well as mouth-watering Thai favourites.
On a Burma liveaboard where there are 4 divemasters catering to the needs of 16 divers (at the most) you can expect plenty of personal attention and a more personalised underwater experience. For those wanting to enjoy the best diving in the Burma Banks, the Mergui Archipelago and Thailand, yet not wanting to spend big bucks for the privilege, there are no better options that the MV Jazz.
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Notes: 4 cabins with private bathrooms are also available. Please ask us for a quotation.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, soft drinks, tea and water, dives (as detailed in the trips above), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torches, and experienced English-speaking divemaster(s).
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 17 per day), Burma entry fees (currently approx. US$200) are payable upon embarkation as are Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 11 per park, return transfers to the boat from airport and Phuket hotels (US$ 15 one way per person). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Dive insurance, alcoholic drinks. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Jazz departs in the afternoon or evening from Tap Lamu in Khao Lak, Phang Nga. A minibus service from all hotels in Phuket to and from the boat is provided (approx. 2 hours transfer). For more information see our Burma tourist information section.
Non-diver rate: 10% off the published prices.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Add 75% to published prices.
Dive clubs and group discounts: None.
Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 4 double bed cabins - 2 on each of the lower and middle decks, and 4 twin bunk bed cabins - all on the lower deck. Half of these cabins are en-suite (have a private bathroom), whilst the others have shared bathrooms.
All the cabins have:
- Central air conditioning
- En-suite cabins have a toilet and hot water shower, toiletries and hand basin
- Reading lights
- Mains outlet 220 Volts - 24 hours per day
- Wardrobe and shelves
No. of bathrooms / showers - 6 / 6 - hot water
Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
- Cruise leader
- 4 Divemasters
- 2 Deck hands
2 Motorised dive dinghies - 36m² Dive deck and 12m² platform with showers and toilet - Camera table - 16m² Air-conditioned saloon on main deck with bar, TV, video & music system - Movie library, fish books and diving magazines - 24m² Sundeck with sun chairs and mattresses - Shaded open-air dining area
Menu, Cuisine Type...
Dining on the MV Jazz takes place in the large open air dining area on the upper deck, which is fully shaded for your comfort. The buffet style meals consist both of international cuisine with pasta, steaks and salads, as well as plenty of fresh fish and local vegetables cooked in aromatic Thai styles.
- Thai and international meals.
- Open-air buffet-style service on the upper deck.
- The dining service begins on the first evening of the cruise with evening dinner.
- Coffee, tea, drinking water and snacks are provided free of charge.
- Soft drinks, beer and wine are also available.
- Operator rates cuisine as a very important part of the cruise.
- All dietary requirements can be catered - please send us prior notice.
- Built in year 2004
- Refurbished annually
- Size - 25m x 5.8m
- Top speed - 12 knots
- Cruising speed - 9.5 knots
- 3 x Hino 340 HP engines
- 2 x 50 KW Hino generators
- 2 x Bauer scuba tank compressors
- 12 litre aluminium tanks with international fittings - DIN adapters available
- Electricity 220V - 24 hours per day
- Water capacity - 9,000 litres
- Fuel capacity - 9,000 litres
Navigation, Safety Features...
- Life raft
- 2 x Hino Motorised dinghies
- VHF & SSB radios
- Global positioning system (GPS)
- Depth sounder
- Mobile telephone
- Medic first aid box
- Oxygen on demand - 1,000 litres
- 2 x Emergency fire detectors
- Signalling device
- Fire extinguishers throughout
- Life jackets in cabins
- Customer dive insurance not included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
"The crew was very professional from the cook to the instructors/divemasters, everyone knew their jobs. The service was excellent!!! Both divemasters were very experienced with the Similan / Surin and Burma dive sites and did an excellent job dealing with the different level of divers on our trip. Every dive had something special to see as far as species, and the guides knew where to find the frogfish, sea horses etc.
... The M/V Similan Jazz was built 4-6 years ago specifically for diving and is set up almost perfect. The cabins were clean with their own private bathrooms and cabinets and your own key lock for safe keepings. The sun deck was spacious and the dining area was plenty big with coverage from the sun. The boat and trip was a great value. It is no Ocean Rover, and does not cost as much, however, if I was asked to pick one, I would be right back on the Jazz hands down!" - Lucius Foster, United States of America ...
"The crew are helpful and entertaining, but the boat needs more maintenance. Air-conditioning was bad and nights could get really warm. There was practically no warm shower in the shared bathrooms as they had some mechanical problems. On the overall, the crew was fun." - Gabriel Ng, Singapore ...