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MV Pawara

Pawara is a spacious steel hulled liveaboard, built locally in Phuket and launched in 2006. Her 35 metre hull and stabiliser extensions give it a large and stable platform from which you can explore all the best dive sites of the Andaman Sea.

Length: 35 metres / 115 foot
Beam: 7 metres / 23 foot
Cruise: 10 knots
Divers: 24
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'Pawara' is an ancient Thai word meaning Treasure of the Corals, and the boat is certainly a gem if you are looking for an affordable, high quality option to explore the best of Thailand's dive sites. The itinerary covers the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and also Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Ha and the Phi Phi Islands.

This Phuket liveaboard's facilities, such as the 35 square metre saloon (with TV/DVD player, free wi-fi internet and Play Station), dining room and the huge 72 square metre sundeck give guests plenty of space to relax between dives. Both the saloon and dining room are air-conditioned, and you also have access to a large shaded deck area on the main deck, for those that prefer fresh air but aren't sun worshippers. All Pawara's cabins have private bathrooms, except the budget cabin.

From 2013, MV Pawara is delighted to announce the use of complimentary nitrox for all its EANx-certified guests, allowing them to get even more diving pleasure from their Thailand liveaboard trips.
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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
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December 2015
Dep: 1 Dec Ret: 5 Dec Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
Dep: 16 Dec Ret: 20 Dec Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
January 2016
Dep: 28 Jan Ret: 1 Feb Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
February 2016
Dep: 1 Feb Ret: 5 Feb Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
Dep: 22 Feb Ret: 26 Feb Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
March 2016
Dep: 3 Mar Ret: 7 Mar Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
Dep: 8 Mar Ret: 12 Mar Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
Dep: 18 Mar Ret: 22 Mar Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
Dep: 28 Mar Ret: 1 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
April 2016
Dep: 1 Apr Ret: 5 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
Dep: 11 Apr Ret: 15 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
Dep: 16 Apr Ret: 20 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
Dep: 21 Apr Ret: 25 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719
Dep: 26 Apr Ret: 30 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Khao Lak US$ 719

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Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, fruit juice, hot drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (it must be ordered in advance), return transfers to/from the boat from Phuket or Khao Lak areas, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, travel accident insurance.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 17 per day) to be paid in advance, 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 or credit card).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks other than fruit juice, torches, dive computer, 15 ltr tanks available for rent (approx US$ 10 per day), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: The Pawara liveaboard departs in the evening from Khao Lak. There is a transfer service from Phuket to and from the boat. For information on how to get to Phuket, see our Thailand travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 10.00 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: 15% 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 85% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 5,766.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 2 Master double bed cabins at the front of the main deck, 4 Deluxe twin bunk bed cabins on the main deck, 4 Standard twin/double cabins and 2 Budget cabins on the lower deck. The Master cabins are larger and have windows aplenty. The Deluxe cabins have large windows, whereas the Standard cabins have portholes. All cabins have en suite bathrooms, except the Budget cabins (shared bathroom).

All the liveaboard cabins have:
  • Individual control air conditioning
  • Large seaview windows (portholes only lower deck)
  • Toilet & hot water shower with toiletries
  • Welcome wine (mini bottle)
  • Bedding, towels & blankets
  • Wardrobe & storage space
  • Built in safe
No. of bathrooms / showers - 11 / 11 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
Crew comprises:
  • Tour leader
  • 3 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • Engineer
  • 3 Deck hands
Complimentary nitrox - Motorised dive dinghy - 35 m² Air-conditioned saloon with video & music system - PS2 game console in the saloon - Air-conditioned dining room - Free wi-fi internet - 72 m² sundeck with sun loungers - Camera and battery charging stations in the saloon - Water dispenser

PADI certification courses available including Advanced Open Water Diver and EANx.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
  • Thai and European main meal dishes and continental breakfast.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks in between.
  • Plenty of fresh seafood and fresh vegetables.
  • Buffet-style service in dining room on main deck.
  • Fresh coffee, tea, soft drinks and drinking water are free of charge 24 hours per day.
  • Free snacks include fresh fruits, fruit yogurt shakes.
  • Local beers also available for purchase.
  • Other dietary requirements can usually be catered for - let us know.
  • Dining service begins with dinner on the first night of the trip.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 2004/5, major refit 2013
  • Refurbished annually
  • Size - 35m x 7m
  • Top speed - 15 knots
  • Cruising speed - 13 knots
  • 2 x 450 HP Hino engines
  • 2 x generators - 50 KW
  • 2 x K14 dive tank compressors
  • Oxygen membrane nitrox filling system
  • 12 litre aluminium tanks with international fittings. DIN adapters available
  • Electricity 220V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 20,000 litres
  • Fuel capacity - 18,000 litres

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • Navigational and safety equipment conforms to SOLAS
  • Extension stabilisers for main boat
  • 2 Life rafts
  • 1 Motorised dinghy
  • VHF, marine, local band & 2-way radio
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Radar
  • Echo sounder
  • Closed circuit TV
  • Mobile telephone
  • First Aid Box
  • Oxygen - 6,000 litres
  • Life jackets
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Customer dive insurance not included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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Customer reviews:

"Well run operation, hired regulators were in good condition, knowledgeable and professional dive guides, lovely spacious boat, no complaints at all." - Heather Hutchings, Hong Kong ...

"The trip was very well organized and all pick ups / drop offs were on time etc. The staff (both dive instructors and Thai boat staff) were excellent. They were very service oriented and at all times tried to tailor the liveaboard and diving experiences to what we wanted. The 2 major drawbacks were: 1) that the food was not too exciting and appeared to be made from not entirely fresh ingredients, 2) the cabins were a bit cramped, quite humid, and the only option to freshen the air was a very large AC that inevitably blew right on our faces throughout the night. If it was possible to e.g. open the windows that would have helped, and perhaps the staff ensured the room was 'aired out' between trips to make it less humid." - Alexander Thrane, Norway ...

"We returned yesterday from the trip with the pawara and had an absolutely fantastic time. The diving was spectacular, the weather cooperated fully and our experience on the boat was first-rate. Please explain: boat was excellent, had ample room to strech out in, crew was flawless, dive masters were great!" - Seth Schaberg, USA ...

"Divemasters were professional and helpful, they knew the sites well, and was particularly good in dodging currents, so our dives were really very leisurely and enjoyable. The deck was really spacious although the rooms were not, ... and the toilets do not flush very well, but generally the decks were clean and well maintained." - Sylvia Tan, Malaysia ...

"Absolutely faultless. The facilities, boat crew, dive staff, equipment etc totally exceeded my expectations. All the staff involved were experienced, professional, friendly and knowledgeable. The boat was immaculate and luxurious (very smart for a dive boat!), and the food was excellent. The best dive holiday/boat I've been on by a long way. So good that we nearly stayed on for a couple of extra days!!!!! ... The Pawara is an absolutely fantastic dive boat. Both the staff and the facilities were exceptional, both exceeding expectations. 100% recommendation to anyone wanting a liveaboard in Phuket!" - Vicky Barlow, UK ...

"Equipment good, plenty of choice in sizes; boat was as described and comfortable; food was excellent; staff were very helpful." - Peter Lawrence, United Kingdom ...

"New boat is beautiful and very comfortable and the staff very attentive." - Heili Allee, USA ...

"Loved it. Great food, clean, friendly staff, good dive briefings -- my only problem was when the driver was late - I was worried he left me at the airport. One thing that I wish would have been stressed was safety to the coral while people were taking pictures. One of the women from Singapore on my trip (Delphi) was continually standing on the coral or kneeling on the anenomes to take pictures. I think they should have taken her gloves and camera away and she would have had a quick lesson in bouyancy." - Lori Goodsell, USA ...

"The ENTIRE boat crew on Pawara - the food, the guides, the Captain, the video-ographer ... the entire trip was first class. We truly enjoyed their energy, service and friendship!" - Eric Erikson, Canada ...

"The liveaboard and team on the Pawara exceeded our expectations. They were all very friendly and always willing to help. The dive instructors were very knowledgeable about the area and all the dive sites. The food onboard was amazing and the boat was always clean." - Jenna Martin, Australia ...

"The staff were fantastic - extremely helpful. Good quality equipment - well maintained." - Elizabeth Treasure, Australia ...

"Great crew, divemasters, and staff. Marco runs a great boat. Very professional, but also fun loving crew and dive masters. Very experienced guides with nice personalities. Overall the boat is very nice (in good shape) and the food was good and bountiful. Standard cabin was ok, but you're not there to spend time in the cabin anyway." - Jonathan Stolz, Laos ...

"Fantastic service. Marco was a great dive instructor and guide. The free nitrox refills were a nice bonus. Food was very good onboard, and Thai crew was very helpful and accommodating ." - Joanna Tong, USA ...

"Excellent boat, cabin, dive deck, briefings, dives, equipment. Food outstanding good. Perfect service on the dive deck. Great tour management." - Volker Stahlschmidt, Germany ...

"The liveaboard was in very good/clean condition. The staff was top notch, from the dive crew, cooking crew and cabin crew, all were great and very helpful. Food was excellent. The dive program was very good and exceeded expectations." - Martin Roessing, USA ....


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