MV Sai Mai
Made from the finest Asian hard woods, MV Sai Mai was built in 1993 and back then it was the
boat to be on for Burma liveaboard diving cruises. The current owners have since re-designed and then re-fitted Sai Mai in 2010.
Length: 21 metres / 69 foot
Beam: 6 metres / 18 foot
Cruise: 8 knots
The number of divers is now limited to between 6 and 8
, meaning much more space in both the cabins and the communal areas and on the dive deck. So if you are a group of divers interested in visiting Burma, consider chartering the Sai Mai all for yourself.
The 4 cabins now all have en-suite bathrooms
and individually controlled air conditioning. It is a perfect option for a family or a dive group that is willing to book the entire boat and decide which itinerary to follow.
The shaded relaxing area on the upper deck is comfortable and is the place where meals are serve al fresco and where fishy tales are swapped in the evening. There is plenty of space at the front of the boat for sunbathing. The dive deck is never crowded and has ample storage space. The main deck has a separate storage area for your camera equipment and complimentary nitrox
is available on every cruise.
Sai Mai remains dedicated to liveaboard diving in Burma, and the crew knows these waters very well. Their focus is on tailor-made trips with plenty of personal attention. Sai Mai may be able to be flexible to fit your requirements. Just let us know what they are and you could soon be on your own private diving cruise in Burma.
Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
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|Sai Mai runs whole boat charter trips in Burma between October and April. Please check with us for availability.|
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Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, hot chocolate, tea and drinking water, dives (as detailed in the trips above), soft drinks, local beers & spirits, wine, dives (as detailed in the trips above), tanks, weights and weightbelts, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), and return transfers to the boat from Phuket hotels.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 17 per day) payable in advance, Burma entry fees (currently approx. US$ 200) are payable upon embarkation, any applicable fuel surcharge. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Torches, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Sai Mai departs from Ranong. A minibus service from all hotels in Phuket to and from the boat is provided for guests. For more information see our travel information section. No need to apply for a tourist visa beforehand when visiting Burma on a liveaboard safari from Thailand. Read our information on Burma entry requirements. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: Charter prices apply.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Not applicable for whole boat charters.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Sai Mai is available for full charter only so full charter prices apply for a maximum of 10 guests. Please let us know your particular requirements and we will quote you the best price available for your itinerary.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): See above for the published price.
Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 2 double bed cabins with an extra bed, and 2 twin bed cabins. All the cabins are on the lower deck except for 1 twin bunk cabin on the main deck.
All the cabins have:
- Individually-controlled air conditioning
- Private bathroom with shower and toilet
- Reading lamps
- Mains outlet 220 Volts, 24 hours per day
- Cabinet and shelves
- Fire extinguisher
No. of bathrooms / showers - 5 / 5 - hot water
Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
- 2 x Divemasters
- Deck hand
Complimentary nitrox - 20m² dive deck at sea level with rinse tank and fresh water showers - Laptop computer for image editing - 15 litre & 12 litre tanks available - Motorised dive dinghy - 50m² of shaded area with DVD video, music system & movies - games, fish ID books, diving magazines & general reading library - 10m² sundeck with sun chairs
PADI scuba certification courses available including Nitrox and Advanced Open Water.
Menu, Cuisine Type...
- Thai and European main meal dishes and continental breakfast.
- Buffet-style service on the upper deck - choose from 3 main dishes with salad and rice.
- Most dietary requirements can be catered for - please send us your requirements.
- Dinner is also provided on the first evening of the cruise.
- Coffee, tea, Milo hot chocolate, drinking water, biscuits and fruit are provided free of charge.
- Soft drinks, beer and whiskey are also available.
- No fixed menu.
- Built in year 1993 & refit in 2006
- Size - 21m x 5.5m
- Top speed - 10 knots
- Cruising speed - 8 knots
- 1 x 320 HP Ford engine
- 2 x 25 KW generators
- 2 x Compair dive tank compressors
- Nitrox membrane system
- 12 and 15 litre scuba tanks with Int. fittings
- Electricity 220V, 110V & 12V, 24 hours per day
- Water capacity - 8,000 litres
- Fuel capacity - 4,800 litres
Navigation, Safety Features...
- Life raft
- 15 HP 4m motorised dinghy
- VHF, HF & CB radio
- Garmin Global Positioning System (GPS)
- Navman sounder
- Navman plotter
- Satellite & mobile telephones
- Full-feature first aid box
- Oxygen - 10,000 litres
- Life jackets on main deck
- Emergency signalling devices
- Fire warning devices
- Bilge pump alarm
- Fire extinguishers in each cabin & throughout
- Customer dive insurance is not included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
"Very good service from all boat crew and tour operators. Lots of help on the dive deck, rooms were cleaned each day and there was nothing we wanted that wasn't provided." - Richard Sandquist, USA ...