5 of the cabins are ensuite and there are a further 4 cabins which share bathroom facilities. All cabins are air-conditioned and the boat features an extensive dive deck as well as full entertainment and safety facilities. With a capacity of only 16 divers, there are many boats larger than the MV DiveRACE, however it feels like a bigger boat since there is always plenty of space, whether you're in the shaded outdoor dining area, the air-conditioned saloon or on the sundeck.
With nitrox on board and with 7 crew and 3 dive masters, you can see why many consider the M/V DiveRACE to provide all the services and attention you would wish when diving around Thailand's west coast, whether it's around the Similan Islands, Hin Daeng or Phi Phi.
Guests tend to spend their time in the huge dining area where the meals served are a mixture of Thai and international cuisine, or for the sun lovers there is a large sundeck on the upper deck where you can work on your tan between dives.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Phuket hotels in tourist areas (Kata, Karon, Patong) (extra charge for transfers from 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$ 18 per day) to be paid in advance, 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, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (US$ 11 per fill), dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Most DiveRACE trips depart in the evening from Khao Lak. A minibus service from all hotels in Phuket or Phuket Airport to and from the boat is provided. For more information see our Thailand travel information section. Pulau Tioman and Anambas Islands trips depart from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal in Singapore. You must make your own way to the ferry terminal for boarding.
Non-diver rate: 10% 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 90% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below which are equivalent to paying for 16 guests and receiving 2 extra spaces free of charge.
There are 2 Master double or twin bed cabins and 3 Deluxe twin bunk bed cabins on the main deck. All these cabins have private bathrooms. There are also 2 Standard twin bunk cabins and 2 budget single cabins on the lower deck. The shared bathrooms are on the main deck.
All the cabins have:
Sea-view windows (the Deluxe rooms have 1x2 metre windows)
Ensuite cabins have toilet, mirror, hot water shower, towels and hand basin
Enriched air nitrox available - Motorised dive dinghy - 40m² dive deck & 8m² platform with hot water shower - Camera table and rinse tank - 15m² air-conditioned saloon with TV, video, music and laptop - movie library, fish books and diving magazines - 40m² upper deck shaded area - 70m² sundeck with sun mattresses
Scuba certification courses available including PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and EANx.
There is always plenty of food on the MV DiveRACE, which is served buffet style in the huge, upper deck shaded dining area where most of the guest socialising takes place.
You can enjoy a range of international cuisine, including Italian favourites and BBQs as well as local specialties such as red chicken curry and Thai mango salads. All dietary requirements can be catered for but please give us advanced notice. One thing is for sure that on the MV Dive Race you will not go hungry!
Thai and international meals.
Open-air buffet-style dining with waitress on the upper deck - choose from 5 dishes per sitting.
The dining service begins with dinner on the first evening of the cruise.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, fruit, ice creams and biscuits are provided free of charge.
Soft drinks, wine and beers are available.
Operator rates their dining as very important.
Please send notice of of any special dietary requirements.
"Great operator with very good diving planning. We had some issue with equipment quality though as there was a problem with the BCS they gave to my friend, which spoiled 1 dive. But overall, very good experience, good boat, very caring staff and nice dives." - Jules Bres, France ...
"The facilities on the boat were incredible for a 'budget' trip. We had a big room with own bathroom, towels, sheets etc were clean and nice. They had spare equipment which was lucky seeing as our fins didn't fit. Staff were all incredible, we didn't have to lift a finger the whole trip. The deck hands helped you on and off with your equipment and changed your tanks, they even put your fins on for you! The cooks also cleaned up after us and being a vego was no drama at all. They cleaned our rooms every day. Beto the Trip leader was incredible especially. Super friendly and knowledgeable.
There were only 4 in each dive group and we were grouped according to number of dives we'd done which is pretty smart and we went down only 2 groups at a time so not such a busy dive deck; and they made it so the groups who had longer dive times went first, again very smart. They certainly know their stuff." - Kym Beaton, Australia ...
"Even we arrived late the pick up worked out perfect. The boat was waiting and everything was perfectly arranged. Beto did a great job as our diving was slight different to the thinking of our Divemaster, so we were able to change the group and had great dives." - Joerg Koepke, Japan ...
"Food was far better than expected. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Facilities fantastic." - Yvonne Aww, Singapore ...
"Everything was nicely arranged and very orderly, from the cabin cleanliness to dive schedule, from food to crew." - Ng Han Seong, Malaysia ...
"We went on the liveaboard Dive Race. The Thai dive boat staff and chefs were absolutely wonderful and I have never been treated better by any dive operation anywhere. They were alwys there to help with gear and getting in an out of the water, worked very hard with a genuine smile at all times, and were simply awesome in everyway. The food was well prepared, plentiful and very good overall. I rate the Thai dive boat staff a 10 on a 1-5 scale. They were awesome! They made me (and I think every diver) feel like Jacques Costeau! Bravo!" - Ken Fidalgo, USA ...
"I can only say that the crew of the MV Dive Race were superb and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time. I will be using Dive The World's services in the future and may well take another trip on the DiveRACE. I will certainly be recommending Dive The World and MV Dive Race to diving friends and colleagues around the world!!" - James Davies, UK ...
"Dive Race was an excellent ship. The crew were always very helpful and informative, the dive masters were extremely knowledgeable, the food was excellent, and the timetable of the trip was well laid out. It was an excellent trip with excellent facilities and crew, and I would be more than happy to travel on the same boat again." - Anneka Hughes, Australia ...
"The crew took care about everybody. The first days we had rough sea, so they chose dive sites we were still able to dive relaxed. Safety first was a very good decision. Our divemaster was a good and responsible diver but he didn't know the dives sites as much as I expected. He did a very good job but next time I will choose a more experienced divemaster. " - Joerg Koepke, Germany ...
"We only have praise for the crew of Dive Race, good cabin, excellent food, friendly and helpful crew, and the dive director Beto was very professional and an excellent ambassador for the company." - Liam Donnelly, Australia ...
"I have only good words to say about all the boat crew and the diving team. They were all very helpful and offered a quality service. The boat equippement wasn't the newest, but everything worked perfectly and positively exceeded our expectations." - Rodrigo Canalli, Brazil ...