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MV Thai Sea

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MV Thai Sea is a 20m motor vessel operating Burma liveaboard trips from the port of Ranong. A maximum of 12 divers can be accommodated on board meaning diving in small groups of up to 4 divers as you explore the remote and pristine waters of Burma.

Length: 20 metres / 66 foot
Beam: 6 metres / 20 foot
Cruise: 7 knots
Divers: 12 (max. 14 for whole boat charter)
Enriched air nitrox is available here
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Burma liveaboard, MV Thai Sea

The Thai Sea aims to provide personalised service and with 7 attentive crew members there is always someone on hand to assist you. Although not a luxury liveaboard option, you can be sure of a friendly atmosphere throughout your Myanmar diving cruise.

The upper deck open-air saloon is the social centre of the boat. Here there are a number of tables and chairs where you can enjoy mealtimes, read up on the local marine life and chat to your fellow guests over a sundowner from the bar. There is a sundeck with sun mats, towards the bow where you can work on your tan. There are also a couple of hammocks for maximum chill factor. Other facilities include TV, DVD music system and computer. So you can watch movies, or enjoy some of the marine and general interest books and magazines.

Accommodation consists of twin or double share fan-cooled cabins, all on the middle or upper decks. All cabins share bathrooms. MV Thai Sea is the ideal choice for those on a budget who are not seeking a luxurious experience but a pioneering, sense of discovery in the remote Burmese waters of the Andaman Sea. Normally this means you can expect your fellow guests to be young, enthusiastic divers with a sense of adventure!

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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November 2015
Dep: 6 Nov Ret: 11 Nov Burma South US$ 911
Dep: 20 Nov Ret: 27 Nov Burma North & South US$ 1,508
December 2015
Dep: 6 Dec Ret: 13 Dec Burma North & South US$ 1,508
Dep: 15 Dec Ret: 20 Dec Burma South US$ 911
Dep: 27 Dec Ret: 3 Jan Burma North & South US$ 1,508
January 2016
Dep: 17 Jan Ret: 24 Jan Burma North & South US$ 1,508
February 2016
Dep: 16 Feb Ret: 21 Feb Burma South US$ 911
Dep: 23 Feb Ret: 1 Mar Burma North & South US$ 1,508
March 2016
Dep: 24 Mar Ret: 31 Mar Burma North & South US$ 1,508
April 2016
Dep: 7 Apr Ret: 14 Apr Burma North & South US$ 1,508
Dep: 16 Apr Ret: 23 Apr Burma North & South US$ 1,508
Dep: 25 Apr Ret: 30 Apr Burma South US$ 911

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More Trip Details....

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 (1 for 4 divers), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 17 per day), dive insurance, Burma entry and diving fees per person (4 nights - US$ 150 per person, 5 Nights - US$ 170, 7 Nights - US$ 220). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Transfers to and from Ranong, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (approx. US$ 8 per tank), dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: MV Thai Sea 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 Myanmar 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 pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: None.

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: Pay for 7.5 scuba divers and receive 0.5 extra spaces free of charge. Pay for 10 divers and receive 1 extra space free of charge.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): 4 nights - US$ 1,778, 5 nights - US$ 1,867, 7 nights - US$ 1,854 all assuming 12 divers.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 5 twin bunk bed cabins - 4 on the main deck and 1 on the upper deck - and 1 double bed cabin on the upper deck. All the cabins have windows that allow for plenty of natural lighting.

All the cabins have:
  • Fan cooling (1 per bed)
  • Shared bathrooms with toilet and hand basins
  • Reading lights
  • Bedding
  • Towels and shower gel
  • Shelves and space for luggage
  • 2-pin mains outlet 220 V, 24 hours per day
  • Fire alarm
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 3 / 4 - (2 with hot water)

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Crew, facilities, dive courses...
The crew of 7 comprises:
  • Cruise leader (also dive instructor)
  • Dive instructor
  • Divemaster
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • Engineer
  • Deck hand
Nitrox - Motorised dive dinghy - 48mē dive deck and platform with rinse tank, camera table, fresh hot water showers & toilets - 36mē of shaded area for relaxation & dining with bar, TV, DVD player, music system, movies, fish ID books, diving magazines & general reading library - Computer for image editing - 36mē sundeck with matresses - Sea canoe - Water dispenser

PADI scuba certification courses available including Nitrox, Advanced Open Water and Divemaster.

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Menu, cuisine type...
The diving experience on MV Thai Sea starts with dinner on the day of check in. As with all meals, it is served buffet-style in the open-air dining area on the upper deck. Prior notice should be given of dietary requirements but generally you can expect a mixture of international and Thai cuisine with each trip normally including a barbecue. All non-alcoholic drinks are free of charge.
  • Thai and international main meal dishes.
  • Buffet-style service on the upper deck open-air area - choose from 4 different main dishes per sitting.
  • Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner.
  • Dining sevice begins on the first evening of the cruise.
  • Soft drinks, coffee, tea, drinking water, biscuits, ice cream, candy bars, toast and fruit are provided free of charge.
  • Beer and wine are also available at extra charge.
  • Most dietary requirements can be catered for - please send us your requirements.
  • No fixed menu.
Some sample dishes: Tom yum or tom kha soup, pineapple rice, spare ribs, BBQ ...

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technical specifications...
  • Built in year 1996; refurbished every year
  • Size - 20m x 6m
  • Top speed - 10 knots
  • Cruising speed - 7 knots
  • 260 HP Hino engine
  • 2 x 20 KW Isuzu generators
  • Bauer dive tank compressor
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • 12 litre dive tanks with yoke fittings. DIN adapters available, free of charge.
  • Electricity 220V, 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 6,000 litres
  • Fuel capacity - 4,000 litres

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navigation, safety features...
  • No life raft
  • 30 HP motorised dinghy
  • Radio
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Sounder
  • Fishfinder
  • Mobile telephones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight & horn
  • Medic first aid box
  • Oxygen - >50,000 litres
  • Life jackets in cabins
  • Fire warning system
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Customer dive insurance is not included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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Customer reviews: 

"Equipments are high quality, pretty new and well maintained. Cabin, saloon and decks are always clean. The only shortage could be the power supply -- may lack of power during night when engine shut down meaning a little bit hot in cabin. A most experienced DM, excellent instructor, hearted hostess and very friendly crew. Good cooking. Small group. Relaxed way." - Katherine Hu, China ...

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