On board there can be up to 20 guests enjoying the best dive sites of the Andaman Sea, being looked after by 14 crew members. Popular with young international divers, various languages are spoken on board this Phuket liveaboard.
The guests mix in the open air saloon and dining area on the upper deck and on the sun-deck which is partially shaded. Known for its fun and laid-back atmosphere, the Oktavia also functions well as a dive boat with nitrox available and a dive deck with rinse tanks and fresh water showers. A range of PADI dive courses are also available to be taken on board.
Cabins are mostly standard twin or double beds on the main deck with shared bathrooms, but there are 2 very large Master cabins on the upper deck which have en-suite bathrooms. MV Oktavia is not a luxury option but with plenty of comfortable seating space, a large sun deck, nitrox and more, it certainly has the features of a value-for-money Thailand diving cruise option within its price range.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, Khao Lak transfers to/from the boat, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory): Phuket transfers to/from the boat - approximately US$ 17 per person (each way), Scuba equipment (US$ 20 per day),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: Speedboat transfer, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 6 per fill), dive computer, dive insurance, master cabin surcharge of US$ 310. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Most MV Oktavia trips depart in the afternoon from Khao Lak. A transfer service from all hotels in Phuket or Phuket Airport to and from the boat is provided at extra cost. 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 33% to the published price of a standard cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for at least 10 guests on the same cruise and receive a customised discount on the normal rates. Please check with us for more details.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): 3 nights - US$ 3,954, 4 nights - US$ 3,505, 5 nights - US$ 3,235. Price excludes the use of master cabins and divemasters service fees. For alternative trip prices, please check with us.
There are 2 Master cabins with en-suite private bathrooms on the upper deck and 12 Standard double bed and twin bunk bed cabins on the main deck with shared bathrooms. The Master cabins are spacious and have additional lounge chairs, desks, and hardwood flooring.
All the cabins have:
Air-conditioning and fan-cooled
Master cabins have toilet, hot water shower and hand basin
Bedding, towels and toiletries
Twin round prong mains outlet 220V - 24 hours per day
Enriched air nitrox - 24mē dive deck & 10mē dive platform with showers and rinse tanks - 78mē upper deck social and dining area with bar, TV, video, music and computer - Movie and book library, fish ID books, diving magazines & games - 65mē partially shaded sundeck with sun mattresses & chairs - Water dispenser
PADI dive certification courses include Advanced Open Water Diver, EANx, Rescue Diver, Deep Diver and Underwater Digital Photography.
Buffet-style meals are enjoyed in the open-air dining area of the upper deck, starting each morning with a pre-breakfast before the first dive. A cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner follow with an afternoon snack.
The menu is varied and features a lot of Thai cuisine such as curries and noodle-based dishes.
Thai and international meals, with 4 different dishes per sitting.
Open-air buffet-style dining on the upper deck.
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner with snacks in between.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, fruit, toast and biscuits are provided free of charge.
Soft drinks and beers are also available for purchase.
Vegetarians, halaal and special diets catered for.
The dining service begins with dinner on the first evening of the cruise.
Operator rates their dining as very high! - safety is top but guest comfort is second.
Sample dishes: Chicken massaman curry, Beef Panang Curry, Red curry with vegetables, Phad Thai vegetables, Chicken wings, Green curry with tofu and pineapple, Chicken with cashew nuts, Sweet n sour coconut milk chicken, afternoon pancakes ...
"All Thai staffs were fantastic. Great and appropriate amount of food, trip to the island on a daily basis. Facility and friendliness of staffs were superb." - Asuma Imamura, Japan ...
"Very Good. The cabins were clean and comfortable. The restrooms were shared and could have been kept cleaner but OK. The staff were excellent, helpful, and knowledgeable. both boat staff and PADI instructors . The students were also helpful. The entire crew took care and caution to ensure everyone had fun on board, that everyone had a safe dive and that everyone needs were accommodated whether food, extra towel, equipment operability etc. I will recommend the dive boat to all my friends and dive associates." - Leah Ballantyne, Canada ...
"Good food, good equipment, ok boat, helpful dive staff and nice diving." - Abhjit, India ...
"Very professional and friendly divemasters (ours was Branko Milovanovic). They are very strict about protecting the marine environment (I'm not used to this, having dived only with Singaporean divemasters who are considerably more laissez faire with divers handling marine life). Still, I appreciate their concern for marine life and environment and I have learnt to share this respect for marine life as well! The boat crew was excellent as well. The land transfer service was very good - punctual and very value for money." - Shawn Ang, Singapore ...
"Excellent service at all times - the boat crew were always friendly and constantly looking to help us into and out of our dive kit; dive guides were knowledgable, calm and in control, allowing us to enjoy the dives and marine life. Hire equipment was all fine and air fills consistent. The food was of an extremely high standard, on time soon after every dive and there was more than we were able to eat!" - Jonathan Ho, UK ...