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MV Oktavia
From US$ 140 per day
Customer rating
Very good!
Length
30m
99 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
SSI
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At a glance...
  • Cruises Similans, Richelieu Rock, Khao Lak, plus Koh Bon, Koh Tachai
  • Runs trips of between 2 and 5 nights
  • Dive The World Gold Range product
  • Master cabins have ensuite bathrooms, lounge chairs

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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.

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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November 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Nov 6 Nov 4 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 15 US$ 721
7 Nov 11 Nov 4 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 15 US$ 721
12 Nov 16 Nov 4 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 15 US$ 721
17 Nov 19 Nov 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
17 Nov 22 Nov 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
20 Nov 22 Nov 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
23 Nov 28 Nov 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
29 Nov 1 Dec 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
29 Nov 4 Dec 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
December 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Dec 4 Dec 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
5 Dec 7 Dec 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
5 Dec 10 Dec 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
8 Dec 10 Dec 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
11 Dec 13 Dec 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
11 Dec 16 Dec 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
14 Dec 16 Dec 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
17 Dec 22 Dec 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
29 Dec 3 Jan 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
January 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Jan 9 Jan 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
10 Jan 12 Jan 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
10 Jan 15 Jan 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
13 Jan 15 Jan 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
22 Jan 24 Jan 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
22 Jan 27 Jan 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
25 Jan 27 Jan 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
28 Jan 30 Jan 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
28 Jan 2 Feb 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
31 Jan 2 Feb 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
February 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Feb 5 Feb 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
3 Feb 8 Feb 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
6 Feb 8 Feb 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
9 Feb 11 Feb 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
9 Feb 14 Feb 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
12 Feb 14 Feb 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
15 Feb 20 Feb 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
21 Feb 23 Feb 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
21 Feb 26 Feb 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
24 Feb 26 Feb 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
27 Feb 1 Mar 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
27 Feb 4 Mar 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
March 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Mar 4 Mar 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
11 Mar 13 Mar 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
11 Mar 16 Mar 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
14 Mar 16 Mar 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
17 Mar 19 Mar 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
17 Mar 22 Mar 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
20 Mar 22 Mar 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
23 Mar 25 Mar 2 Similan Islands & Khao Lak 7 US$ 431
23 Mar 28 Mar 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841
26 Mar 28 Mar 2 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 648
29 Mar 3 Apr 5 Similan, Richelieu Rock & Khao Lak 19 US$ 841

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More Trip Details...

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, Khao Lak transfers to/from the boat (available for 2 and 5 night trips only), 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): Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 20 per day), Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 15 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, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 7 per fill), diving computer, dive insurance, Master cabin surcharge (US$ 60 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, while the shorter trips start with an early morning speedboat transfer to reach MV Oktavia when is already moored in the Similans. A transfer service from all hotels in Khao Lak is provided for 2 and 5 night trips. Transfers 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. The last dive of the cruise will be at around 14:30 hrs. 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$ 3,770, 5 nights - US$ 3,619. 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 2017-2018 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:

    Customer rating - Very good
    "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, 30 April 2014 ...

    Customer rating - Good
    "Good food, good equipment, ok boat, helpful dive staff and nice diving." - , India, 7 May 2013 ...

    Customer rating - Very good
    "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, 3 May 2013 ...

    Customer rating - Excellent
    "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, 27 March 2013 ...

    Customer rating - Excellent
    "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, 9 March 2012 ...


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