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MV Daranee

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Daranee is our lowest priced recommended scuba liveaboard 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 boat, the Thai food on board is delicious and authentic 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.

Daranee was recently re-fitted with larger cabins. The 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.

Khun Bangrern, the captain on board the twin-engined Daranee, is one of the best in Thai liveaboards. He'll spin the boat just at the right moment - no surface swims required on this cruise.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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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): 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$ 12 per park, from 01 February 2015 US$ 15 per park, are payable upon embarkation. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (customers might provide their own where appropriate at no extra cost).

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 departs in the evening from Tap Lamu, Khao Lak in Phang Nga or from Patong Beach in huket. 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.

Non-diver rate: 20% 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$ 2,673

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

MV Daranee cabin 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...
MV Daranee - the sun deck Crew comprises:
  • 3 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • Engineer
  • 2 Deck hands
Motorised dive dinghy - comfortable dive deck - Video & music system on upper deck - Sundeck on top of captain's cabin without sun matresses

No saloon.

PADI dive certification courses available including Advanced Open Water Diver.

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Menu, cuisine type...
  • MV Daranee - dining at sunsetThai 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...
  • MV Daranee another viewBuilt 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...
  • Daranee dive deckMotorised 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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layout plans...
Daranee deck plans
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Customer reviews: 

"Staff and facilities were excellent, Warren Murray was our dive master, very professional and very very helpful. Boat fantastic much larger than expected." - Julie Green, United Kingdom ...

"Great hardworking crew, clean ship, excellent food and refreshments, great knowledgeable dive masters and an excellent atmosphere." - Wolf Schmidt, United States of America ...

"Awesome boat crew, dive masters who were knowledgeable and excited about diving. Great boat, excellent captain. Good food. All round good diving." - Thierry Gazagnes, France ...

"The Thai dive boat crew were excellent, the service was excellent and they did everything to assist divers. The dive guides were also excellent, efficient and friendly." - David Williams, Australia ...

"They were very good. I felt that this boat was a great value for the money. The boat was well maintained and clean. The food was abundant and good. The staff was friendly." - Dee A Klein, South Africa ...

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