MV Scuba Explorer is an impressive looking Thailand liveaboard yacht that can comfortably accommodate up to 24 divers as it plies the waters of the Andaman Sea, taking in both the Similans and the southern sites of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang.
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 dive tenders on hand when necessary. The Scuba Explorer is now also equipped with enriched air nitrox, so that suitably qualified divers can make use of this feature, very useful at some of the Thailand's deeper dive sites.
As you might expect of a boat 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 diving and reference library, well stocked in both English and Japanese.
Music fills the air on the Scuba Explorer since it is piped around the boat, even into your cabins where you have individual control so you can hit the mute button if you are not feeling the beats. There are 3 categories of cabin to choose from, the majority being on the middle deck and therefore commanding impressive views over the glinting ocean. Only the Master cabin (Suite) has en-suite facilities and it also boasts its own TV and DVD system, as well as views over the front and side of the boat.
The Scuba Explorer runs 4 night 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, 24-hour snack and beverage bar (fresh fruit, cookies, toast), drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Kata dive centre or hotels in Kata, Karon, Patong Beach, 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): Scuba equipment (US$ 18 per day) to be paid in advance, Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 12 per park, from 01 February 2015 US$ 15 per park, are payable upon embarkation. There is a US$ 46 surcharge per person for all Christmas and New Year's cruises. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (customers might provide their own where appropriate at no extra cost).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (3 nights = US$ 49, 4 nights = US$ 73, 5 nights = US$ 91), night dives (US$ 36), torches, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Scuba Explorer departs in the evening from Khao Lak for Similan trips and from Chalong or Patong in Phuket for Southern trips. A minibus service from all Kata, Karon and Patong Hotels to and from the boat is provided. For more information see our Thailand travel information section.
Non-diver rate: 15% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Add 50% to published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 6 guests and receive 1 extra space in a standard cabin free of charge. See whole boat charter prices below. Equivalent to pay for 14 guests in Master and Deluxe cabins and receive 10 extra spaces in standard cabins free of charge.
There are 5 twin bed Standard cabins with portholes on the lower deck, and 5 double/twin bed Deluxe cabins with bay windows and 2 double bed en-suite (private bathroom) Master Suites with front and bay windows on the main deck.
All the cabins have:
Air conditioning (plus additional fan in Master Suites)
Music and PA systems
Mirror, shelves and cabinet
Bedding and towels
Twin prong socket 220V mains outlet - 24 hours per day
The Master Suites have a private toilet, hot water shower, and an additional TV and video player, refrigerator and minibar.
Motorised dive 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