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MV Daranee

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.

Length: 24 metres / 79 foot
Beam: 5 metres / 17 foot
Cruise: 9 knots
Divers: 18
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Liveaboards in Thailand: MV Daranee

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.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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November 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
10 Nov 14 Nov 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
20 Nov 24 Nov 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
December 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 Dec 9 Dec 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
10 Dec 14 Dec 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
15 Dec 19 Dec 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
20 Dec 24 Dec 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
25 Dec 29 Dec 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
January 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 Jan 9 Jan 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
10 Jan 14 Jan 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
15 Jan 19 Jan 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
20 Jan 24 Jan 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
25 Jan 29 Jan 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
30 Jan 3 Feb 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
February 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Feb 8 Feb 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
9 Feb 13 Feb 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
14 Feb 18 Feb 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
March 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Mar 5 Mar 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
6 Mar 10 Mar 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
11 Mar 15 Mar 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
16 Mar 20 Mar 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
21 Mar 25 Mar 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
26 Mar 30 Mar 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
April 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Apr 5 Apr 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
6 Apr 10 Apr 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
11 Apr 15 Apr 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
16 Apr 20 Apr 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
21 Apr 25 Apr 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649
26 Apr 30 Apr 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 649

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More Trip Details...

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$ 17 per day), dive insurance, Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 14 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. 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 05.00 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: 15% 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 guests and receive 2 extra spaces free of charge.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 2,596


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 7 twin bunk cabins and 1 quad bunk bed cabin on the main deck.

All the cabins have:
  • Individually-controlled air conditioning
  • Bedding
  • Sea-view windows
  • Reading lamps
  • Dressing table
  • Mains outlet 220 Volts AC & 24 Volts DC - 24 hours per day
No. of bathrooms / showers - 3 / 3 - cold water - no hand basins installed

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The liveaboard crew comprises:
  • 3 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • Engineer
  • 2 Deck hands
Motorised dinghy - comfortable dive deck - Video & music system on upper deck - Sundeck on top of captain's cabin without sun matresses

No saloon.

PADI certification courses available including Advanced Open Water Diver.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
  • Thai main meal dishes and continental breakfast.
  • Buffet-style service on upper deck - choose from 4 or 5 main dishes with soup and salad.
  • Vegetarian requirements can be catered for.
  • Dinner is also provided on the first evening of the cruise.
  • Operator considers the food to be good value and of high importance.
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water, fruits and biscuits are provided free of charge.
  • Soft drinks and beer are available.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 1981, re-designed in 2000
  • Size - 24m x 5m
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 9 knots
  • 2 x 380 HP Hino EK100 engines
  • 2 x generators
  • 2 x Bauer Mariner dive tank compressors
  • Electricity 220V & 24V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 9,000 litres
  • Fuel capacity - 6,000 litres

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • Motorised dinghy
  • Ship to ship radio
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Sounder
  • Mobile telephone
  • Medic First Aid Box
  • Oxygen - 8,000 litres
  • Life jackets in bow
  • Fire extinguishers
  • No life rafts
  • Customer dive insurance is not included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Very good
"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." - , South Africa, 5 January 2010 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Great hardworking crew, clean ship, excellent food and refreshments, great knowledgeable dive masters and an excellent atmosphere." - , United States of America, 2 January 2008 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"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." - , Australia, 2 January 2007 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Awesome boat crew, divemasters who were knowledgeable and excited about diving. Great boat, excellent captain. Good food. All round good scuba diving." - , France, 13 January 2006 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Staff and facilities were excellent, Warren Murray was our divemaster, very professional and very very helpful. Boat fantastic much larger than expected." - , United Kingdom, 13 January 2006 ...

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