There are 9 cabins with shared bathroom facilities and 2 with a Queen bed and en-suite bathrooms. The liveaboard can accommodate 20 divers, or 22 on a full charter, yet still manages to retain quite a spacious feel.
The dive deck is quite roomy, with individual spaces helping to avoid congestion, and features a camera table and separate rinse tanks and air hoses for photographic equipment. Elsewhere you can always find space on the sundeck upstairs where you can soak in the hot Phuket sunshine, relaxing in comfort on sun cushions.
On the main deck you will find the air-conditioned saloon which features all the entertainment facilities you might hope for, such as TV, DVD and music system, plus a well-stocked movie library.
Bottled soft drinks are free throughout the trip, ensuring you will never go thirsty, and the portions of fresh food should keep you well fed. Meals are buffet style and enjoyed in the open air restaurant area.
From June to October, the M/V Panunee liveaboard operates in the Cenderawasih and Ambon areas of Indonesia, and November to May diving the Similans and Burma. This means the crew of the steel hulled Panunee are used to scuba diving some of Asia's finest regions and will be delighted to share the experience with you.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, return transfers from Khao Lak from Phuket airport, 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, unless customer provides own): Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 14 per park, scuba equipment (US$ 17 per day), dive insurance. Note: Possible fuel surcharge to be advised by MV Panunee upon booking. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Phuket hotel transfers, canned soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 10 per fill - pay for 10 fills and receive 4 extra fills free of charge), dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Panunee departs in the afternoon or evening from Khao Lak. A minibus service from all hotels in Phuket and the airport to and from the boat is provided at additional cost (approximately 2 hours transfer). For more information see our Thailand travel information section. The last dive of the liveaboard trip will be at around 8 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 20% 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 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below. Equivalent to pay for 16 guests and receive 4 extra spaces free of charge.
There are 2 twin bed Deluxe Studio cabins on the lower deck, 7 twin bed Deluxe cabins on the lower and main decks, and 2 queen-bed Suites on the main deck with private en-suite bathrooms with hot water shower.
All the liveaboard cabins have:
Window, except Deluxe Studio cabins which have portholes
Camera table and blow gun
2 towels per guest
Mains outlet 220 & 110 volts - 24 hours
No. of bathrooms / showers - 9 / 9 - hot water and toiletries
Nitrox - 2 Motorised dive dinghies - 40mē diving deck and platform with toilet and hot water shower - Rinse tanks and camera table - 32mē Air-conditioned saloon with TV, DVD player and movie library, music system, general book library and fish ID books - 20mē Open-air shaded dining area - Bar - Drinking water dispenser - 35mē Sundeck with sun cushions
Panunee prides itself on providing meals cooked with the freshest ingredients and, in addition to the authentic Thai cuisine on offer, you can enjoy Chinese, Japanese and European dishes, served buffet style and washed down complimentary soft drinks.
Thai, Chinese and international cuisine - 3 main meals & 2 light meals per day.
Buffet-style and waitress service in the open-air dining area.
A la carte-style catering can also be accommodated.
All dietary requirements catered for - please send us advanced notice.
Dining begins with a light meal on the first evening of the liveaboard cruise.