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MV Sea World is a liveaboard in Burma running short diving cruises around the Mergui Archipelago from the port of Ranong.
A maximum of 20 guests can be accommodated on board, although with 4 dive guides among the multi-lingual crew you can expect small dive groups of up to 5 per guide.
On the upper deck is the quite basic air-conditioned saloon and dining area where most guests choose to hang out. Here you can watch DVDs on the TV or enjoy the music system and library of books and magazines. There is also a small sundeck with sun chairs and loungers where you can soak up the sun's rays. Accommodation consists of 10 simple twin or double air-conditioned cabins spread across the lower, middle and upper decks. Standard cabins share bathrooms while the 2 VIP cabins are ensuite.
Diving is either done from a tender or from the dive deck which features a fresh water showers, toilets and rinse tanks. Nitrox is available provided you give advance notice. You should not expect the MV Sea World to be a deluxe experience, but for those who are on a tight budget or time-conscious and still want to experience some of the best diving Burma has to offer, MV Sea World is a popular choice. Note that depending on customer numbers you may be placed on MV Sea World or its sister ship MV Sea World I.
Notes: Please note that for Myanmar trips the bookings will be closed 2 weeks before the trip departure date to allow time for immigration procedures.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster (4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torch, transfers to and from Ranong hotels.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 15 per day). Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 14 per park. Burma Visa Fee is 30 US$. Burma National Park Fee is 140 US$ for 5 nights and 160 U$$ for 6 nights. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if you provide advance notice) (US$ 6 per tank), dive computer, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Sea World departs from Ranong. There are regular flights from Bangkok to Ranong. Alternatively you can fly to Surat Thani from where you can take a bus (3 hours) or to Phuket from where you can take a bus (5 hours). For more information see our Burma 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 12 noon. 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 50% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 8 guests and 1 additional person can join a Standard cabin free of charge (total 9 guests). See whole boat charter prices below which are equivalent to: pay for 16 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 18 guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): 3 nights - US$ 6 448, 4 nights - US$ 8 597, 5 nights - US$ 10 746, all assuming 18 divers. For whole boat charter with more than 18 divers, please check with us.
There are 2 VIP bunk bed cabins on the main deck with private en-suite bathrooms. There are also 10 Standard double/twin bunk bed cabins with shared bathrooms - 6 on the main deck, 2 on the upper deck and 2 on the lower deck. The Standard cabins share 4 bathroom/toilets. All cabins have windows except for the 2 Standard cabins on the lower deck.
All the cabins have:
Sea-view windows (except for lower deck cabins)
VIP cabins: private bathroom with toilet, hot water shower and hand basin
Motorised dive tender - 50m² dive deck & platform with rinse tank, hot water showers & toilets - 16m² air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD player & music system - Movie library, general books & magazines, fish ID books - Satellite telephone - 40m² open-air dining area - 40m² sundeck with chairs & matresses - Water dispenser
PADI scuba certification courses available including Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver.
Food is an important part of any liveaboard experience, and begins each day on Sea World with a pre-breakfast followed by a cooked American breakfast, Thai lunch and European dinner, all served in the air-conditioned dining area. The menu includes Thai and Burmese specialties, BBQ and international fare. Fresh fish is often purchased from fishermen during the trips.
Thai, Burmese and international main meals - 3 choices per sitting.
Waitress served dining in the upper deck air-conditioned dining area or in the open-air shaded area.
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner.
Coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit, drinking water, toast and biscuits are provided free of charge.
Beer is also available for purchase.
All dietary requirements can be catered for, please send advanced notice.
Dining service begins with dinner on the first evening of the cruise.
Example dishes - Barbeque on the final evening of the safari ...
"The service was just unbeliviable. The staff went way out of their way to help. I have more than 5000 dives and this was the best staff on the boat i came across. Actualy, it would not be fair to say which part of the service was the best. Everybody did maximum they could - the cooking lady, the captain, the divemasters and the crew. One boat boy was actualy risking his life to get us back to the boat during a night dive in rough seas." - Pavel Motheji, Czech Republic, 27 January 2014 ...
"Staff excellent. Ship under average. Food. Monotonous but fine. Only one deck to stay. Not even soft backs for relax. Due to lack of space the crew had to eat at the dive deck. Place is beautiful and the people too." - Francisco Asencio, Spain, 15 May 2017 ...
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