MV Sawasdee Fasai is an impressive steel-hulled Thailand liveaboard yacht taking up to 24 divers as it cruises the waters of the Andaman Sea, cruising the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock and Khao Lak.
At just under 37 metres in length, she is one of the largest steel-hulled liveaboards in Thailand. Despite being a large boat, most diving is done from the very spacious dive deck, although there are 2 tenders on hand when necessary. The MV Sawasdee Fasai is now also equipped with free enriched air nitrox, so that suitably qualified divers can make use of this feature, very useful at some of Thailand's deeper sites.
As you might expect of a liveaboard of this size, there is ample space on board and with 4 decks you can always find a spot to yourself. The large, air-conditioned saloon is where most guests spend their time enjoying the TV, DVD, music system, computer and extensive scuba diving and reference library, well stocked in both English and Japanese.
There are 4 categories of cabin to choose from, the majority being on the middle deck and therefore commanding impressive views over the glinting ocean. The Master cabins (suite) boast excellent views over the front and side of the boat.
MV Sawasdee Fasai runs 4 night dive trips to the Similan Islands so if you are looking for a short Thailand liveaboard on a sturdy and impressive boat with excellent communal facilities then look no further.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, 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$ 15 per day, to be paid in advance, 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 or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, torches, dive computer, 15 ltr tanks available for rent (approx US$ 9 per day), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The MV Sawasdee Fasai 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 hrs. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: Approximately US$ 90 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 the non diver price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate, equivalent to: Pay for 22 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise in a Budget cabin free of charge (total 23 guests).
The lower deck has 4 Standard cabins with twin beds that can be converted to a Queen size bed. There are also 2 Budget cabins with twin beds and portholes on the lower deck. The main deck has 5 twin bed Deluxe cabins with bay windows and 2 double bed Master Suites with front and bay windows on the main deck. All cabins have ensuite bathrooms, except Budget cabins which share a bathroom.
The Master Suites have a private toilet, hot water shower, and an additional TV and video player, refrigerator and minibar.
All the cabins have:
Air conditioning (plus additional fan in Master Suites)
Toilet and shower with hand basin, towels and toiletries (except Budget cabins)
Mirror, shelves and cabinet
Bedding, towels and toiletries
International socket 220V mains outlet - 24 hours per day
Motorised dinghies - 40m² dive deck and platform with toilets and hot water showers - camera table and rinse tank - 82m² air-conditioned saloon/dining room with TV, video, video projector, music system, computer, printer, CD burner, movie library, fish ID and diving books, games and general book library - 74m² outdoor shaded area - 104m² sundeck with sun chairs and matresses
This Similan liveaboard provides a menu which mixes local and international cuisine cooked fresh daily. There is a pre-breakfast before dive number 1 followed by breakfast, lunch and dinner. This operator understands that snacks and cookies are provided between meals to stave off any hunger pangs.
Thai, Italian, Japanese, international and barbecue dinners, lunch and breakfast.
Buffet service in the upper deck saloon - choose from 4 main dishes per meal.
All dietary requirements can be catered for - please send prior notice.
Cruise dining service begins on the first day with a light evening meal.
Operator rates their dining as good quality and second most important aspect of liveaboard cruise.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, fruit, biscuits are provided free of charge.
Beer, wine, fruit juice, iced tea and iced coffee are available for purchase.