Daranee is one of the best low budget scuba liveaboard options in Thailand. It is popular with young travellers from all over the world and this makes the Daranee a fun and laid back boat to dive on and to make new friends.
The Daranee's service encapsulates all that is best about Thai culture. Our customers repeatedly tell us that the crew is the friendliest around, always ready with a smile and a joke, and always available when help is required.
Being a Thai-owned liveaboard boat, the food on board is delicious and authentic Thai, and is served buffet style on the upper deck saloon area, where the crew sits and chats with their guests after a busy day's diving.
The large cabin size, together with the large sliding windows, lend a light and airy feel. You can have the cabin windows open if you like the fresh sea air, or you can close the windows and turn up the air conditioning to really cool down.
Notes: Participants are recommended to have PADI Advanced Open Water or Adventure Deep Dive certification to get the most from the trip. Open Water certified divers with maximum depth limitation of 18 meters must have minimum 20 logged dives prior to cruise departure date.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from hotels in Kata, Karon, Patong Beach and the airport in Phuket and from hotels in Khao Lak, 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): Scuba equipment (US$ 19 per day), dive insurance, Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 16 per park. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, dive computer, torches, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (approx. US$ 11 per tank, must be ordered in advance), 15 litres tank available for rent (approx US$ 9 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Daranee's liveaboard cruises depart in the evening from Tap Lamu, Khao Lak in Phang Nga or from Patong Beach in Phuket. A minibus service from all hotels in Phuket to and from the boat is provided (approximately 2 hours transfer to Khao Lak). For more information see our Thailand travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11:00 hrs. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: approx.12% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Add 80% to published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below which is approximately equivalent to: Pay for 16 divers and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 18 guests).
"They were very good. I felt that this boat was a great value for the money. The liveaboard boat was well maintained and clean. The food was abundant and good. The staff was friendly." - Dee A Klein, South Africa, 5 January 2010 ...
"Great hardworking crew, clean ship, excellent food and refreshments, great knowledgeable dive masters and an excellent atmosphere." - Wolf Schmidt, United States of America, 2 January 2008 ...
"The Thai dive boat crew were excellent, the service was excellent and they did everything to assist divers. The guides were also excellent, efficient and friendly." - David Williams, Australia, 2 January 2007 ...
"Awesome boat crew, divemasters who were knowledgeable and excited about diving. Great boat, excellent captain. Good food. All round good scuba diving." - Thierry Gazagnes, France, 13 January 2006 ...
"Staff and facilities were excellent, Warren Murray was our divemaster, very professional and very very helpful. Boat fantastic much larger than expected." - Julie Green, United Kingdom, 13 January 2006 ...
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