There are 9 cabins with shared bathroom facilities and 2 with a Queen bed and en-suite bathrooms. The boat can accommodate 20 divers (or 22 on a full charter) yet at 32 metres length it still manages to retain quite a spacious feel.
The dive deck is quite roomy, with individual spaces helping to avoid congestion, and features a camera table and separate rinse tanks and air hoses for photographic equipment. Elsewhere you can always find space on the sundeck upstairs where you can soak in the rays, relaxing in comfort on sun cushions.
On the main deck you will find the air-conditioned saloon which features all the entertainment facilities you might hope for, such as TV, DVD and music system, plus a well-stocked movie library.
Bottled soft drinks are free throughout the safari trip, ensuring you will never go thirsty, and the portions of fresh food should keep you well fed. Meals are buffet style and enjoyed in the open air restaurant area.
From June to September, MV Panunee operates in Indonesia, and November to May runs Burma diving safaris in the Mergui Archipelago and the Similan Islands in Thailand. This means the crew of the steel-hulled Panunee are used to diving some of Asia's finest regions and will be delighted to share the experience with you.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, bottled soft drinks, hot drinks, return transfers to/from Khao Lak to/from Phuket airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torches.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Burma entry fees including to Tower Rock (currently US$ 300) are payable upon embarkation, Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 15 per park, are payable upon embarkation, scuba equipment, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Canned soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, Phuket hotel transfers, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers THB 300 (US$ 10 per fill), nitrox package price: pay for 10 fills, get 4 free of charge, dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Panunee departs in the afternoon or evening from Tap Lamu in Khao Lak, Phang Nga. A minibus service from all hotels in Phuket and the airport to and from the boat is provided at additional cost (approx. 2 hours transfer). For more information see our travel information section. We will help you apply for an entry permit beforehand. Read more details on Burma entry requirements. The last dive of the trip will be at around 10 am on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 20% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below. Equivalent to pay for 20 guests and 2 extra persons can join in a suite free of charge.
There are 2 twin bed Deluxe Studio cabins on the lower deck, 7 twin bed Deluxe cabins on the lower and main decks, and 2 queen-bed Suites on the main deck with private en-suite bathrooms with hot water shower.
All the cabins have:
Window, except Deluxe Studio cabins which have portholes
Enriched air nitrox - 2 Motorised dinghies - 40m² dive deck and platform with toilet and hot water shower - Rinse tanks and camera table - 32m² Air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD player and movie library, music system, general book library and fish ID books - 20m² Open-air shaded dining area - Bar - Drinking water dispenser - 35m² Sundeck with sun cushions
Panunee prides itself on providing meals cooked with the freshest ingredients and, in addition to the authentic Thai cuisine on offer, you can enjoy Chinese, Japanese and European dishes, served buffet style and washed down complimentary soft drinks.
Thai, Chinese and international cuisine - 3 main meals & 2 light meals per day.
Buffet-style and waitress service in the open-air dining area.
A la carte-style catering can also be accommodated.
All dietary requirements catered for - please send us advanced notice.
Dining begins with a light meal on the first evening of the cruise.
"The service we received from the dive operator was excellent. The staff were excellent, and could not do enough for you. The facilities, again would have to say excellent, cabins were cleaned and tidied each morning, beds were comfortable and showers where good (it would have been nice to have had clean towels each day)." - Lubomir Chalupka, Singapore ...