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MV Oktavia

MV Oktavia is a 30 metre motor yacht that runs short Similans liveaboard diving trips. The standard trip is 5 nights but you can join for just 2 or 3 night via speedboat transfer.

Length: 30 metres / 99 foot
Beam: 7 metres / 21 foot
Cruise: 8 knots
Divers: 20 (max. 24 pax for whole boat charter)
Enriched air nitrox is available here
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Phuket liveaboard, MV Oktavia

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 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 liveaboard 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.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
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February 2016
Dep: 15 Feb Ret: 20 Feb Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 15 Feb Ret: 17 Feb Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401
Dep: 18 Feb Ret: 20 Feb Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu US$ 603
Dep: 21 Feb Ret: 26 Feb Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 27 Feb Ret: 29 Feb Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401
Dep: 27 Feb Ret: 3 Mar Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
March 2016
Dep: 1 Mar Ret: 3 Mar Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu US$ 603
Dep: 5 Mar Ret: 7 Mar Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401
Dep: 5 Mar Ret: 10 Mar Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 8 Mar Ret: 10 Mar Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu US$ 603
Dep: 11 Mar Ret: 13 Mar Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401
Dep: 11 Mar Ret: 16 Mar Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 14 Mar Ret: 16 Mar Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu US$ 603
Dep: 17 Mar Ret: 19 Mar Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401
Dep: 17 Mar Ret: 22 Mar Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 20 Mar Ret: 22 Mar Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu US$ 603
Dep: 23 Mar Ret: 25 Mar Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401
Dep: 23 Mar Ret: 28 Mar Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 26 Mar Ret: 28 Mar Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu US$ 603
Dep: 29 Mar Ret: 3 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
April 2016
Dep: 4 Apr Ret: 6 Apr Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401
Dep: 4 Apr Ret: 9 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 7 Apr Ret: 9 Apr Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu US$ 603
Dep: 10 Apr Ret: 15 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 16 Apr Ret: 20 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 670
Dep: 21 Apr Ret: 25 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 670
November 2016
Dep: 2 Nov Ret: 6 Nov Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 670
Dep: 7 Nov Ret: 11 Nov Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 670
Dep: 12 Nov Ret: 16 Nov Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 670
Dep: 17 Nov Ret: 19 Nov Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401
Dep: 17 Nov Ret: 22 Nov Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 20 Nov Ret: 22 Nov Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu US$ 603
Dep: 23 Nov Ret: 28 Nov Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 29 Nov Ret: 4 Dec Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 29 Nov Ret: 1 Dec Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401
December 2016
Dep: 2 Dec Ret: 4 Dec Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu US$ 603
Dep: 5 Dec Ret: 10 Dec Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 5 Dec Ret: 7 Dec Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401
Dep: 8 Dec Ret: 10 Dec Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu US$ 603
Dep: 11 Dec Ret: 16 Dec Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 11 Dec Ret: 13 Dec Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401
Dep: 14 Dec Ret: 16 Nov Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu US$ 603
Dep: 17 Dec Ret: 22 Dec Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 23 Dec Ret: 28 Dec Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 29 Dec Ret: 3 Jan Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
January 2017
Dep: 4 Jan Ret: 9 Jan Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 10 Jan Ret: 15 Jan Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 10 Jan Ret: 12 Jan Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401
Dep: 13 Jan Ret: 15 Jan Koh Bon-Koh Tachai-Richelieu US$ 603
Dep: 16 Jan Ret: 21 Jan Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 782
Dep: 16 Jan Ret: 18 Jan Similan Islands-Khao Lak US$ 401

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Notes: Participants need to be at least Advanced Diver certified. Otherwise Adventure Deep Diver course is mandatory on board.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, Phuket/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, unless customer provides own): Phuket hotels/airport transfers to/from the boat for 3 days 2 nights package, scuba equipment (approx. US$ 20 per day), 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 only).

Optional extras: Phuket hotels/airport transfers to/from the boat for 3 days 2 nights package, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 6 per fill), diving computer, dive insurance, master cabin surcharge of approx. US$ 57 per day per person. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Most MV Oktavia liveaboard trips depart in the afternoon from Khao Lak. A transfer service from all hotels in Phuket/Khao Lak or Phuket Airport to and from the boat is provided. For more information see our Thailand travel information section. The last dive of the cruise will be at around 11.00 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: 25% 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): 4 nights - US$ 14,012, 5 nights - US$ 16,814. Price excludes the use of master cabins and divemasters service fees. For alternative trip prices, please check with us.
Full boat charter is not available for the following trips on the 2016-2017 Season: Nov 23-28 (Thanksgiving); Dec 17-22; Dec 23-28; Dec 29-Jan 3; Jan 4-9 (Christmas & NY Period); Jan 28-Feb 2 (Chinese New Year); April 16-20 (Easter Holidays)


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
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
  • Large windows
  • Master cabins have toilet, hot water shower and hand basin
  • Bedding, towels and toiletries
  • Reading lights
  • Mirror
  • Twin round prong mains outlet 220V - 24 hours per day
  • Space for luggage
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 6 / 9 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 14 comprises:
  • Cruise leader (who also acts as a divemaster)
  • 5 additional divemasters
  • Captain
  • 2 Cooks
  • Engineer
  • Maid
  • 3 Deck hands
Enriched air nitrox - 24m² dive deck & 10m² platform with showers and rinse tanks - 78m² upper deck social and dining area with bar, TV, video, music and computer - Movie and book library, fish ID books, diving magazines & games - 65m² partially shaded sundeck with sun mattresses & chairs - Water dispenser

PADI certification courses include Advanced Open Water Diver, EANx, Rescue, Deep Diver and Underwater Digital Photography.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
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 liveaboard 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 ...

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 2003, refurbished in 2007
  • Size - 30m x 6.5m
  • Weight - 149 tonnes
  • Top speed - 10 knots
  • Cruising speed - 8 knots
  • 2 x 420 HP Nissan engines
  • 2 x 40 KW generators
  • 2 x Bauer dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox
  • 12 litre aluminium scuba tanks with Int. and DIN valves.
  • Electricity 220V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 20,000 litres
  • Fuel capacity - 7,500 litres
  • Environmental waste storage tank

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 2 life rafts (for 20 passengers each)
  • 40 HP motorised diving dinghy
  • VHF radio
  • Navman global positioning system
  • Navman depth sounder
  • Satellite & mobile telephones
  • Engine room fire alarm
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight and horn
  • Medic first aid box
  • Emergency oxygen - 2,000 litres
  • Life jackets in cabins
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Customer dive insurance not included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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Customer reviews:

"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." - , 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 associates.
" - , Canada ...

"Good food, good equipment, ok boat, helpful dive staff and nice diving." - , 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 liveaboard crew was excellent as well. The land transfer service was very good - punctual and very value for money." - , 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; 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!" - , UK ...

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