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The MV Similan Explorer is a wooden mono-hulled boat specialising in 4 and 5 night Thailand diving safaris in the Similans National Park. Up to 20 guests can be accommodated onboard. Although not a 5-star luxury liveaboard option, the boat is bright and comfortable and you can expect a warm, friendly atmosphere.

Length: 20 metres / 76 feet
Beam: 5 metres / 17 feet
Cruise: 8 knots
Divers: 20
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MV Similan Explorer - Thailand diving safaris in the Similans

There are 8 cabins in total; all have air-conditioning and windows that open, allowing plenty of natural light, fresh air and sea views. There are 4 twin bunk bed cabins and 2 4-share bunk bed cabins on the main deck, all fitted with curtains around each bunk for extra privacy. On the upper deck there are 2 double bed cabins with doors to the outside.

Also on the upper deck is the open-air dining area - the social centre of the liveaboard. This shaded area is open along each side so you can enjoy the beautiful island scenery as you dine. Snacks and refreshments are available 24 hours per day. Here you can relax with a movie or listen to music on the stereo. There is also a large collection of fish identification books in several languages.

The dive deck has plenty of room for gearing up and for storing your equipment. The experienced boat crew members are always there to help you with your scuba gear and with your entry and exit. The 3 bathrooms with hot water showers and toilets are located on the same deck and there are 2 more fresh water showers on the dive platform.

Between dives you can chill-out on the sundeck and either top up your tan or relax in a deck chair in the shaded area. Located on the top of the liveaboard, this is the perfect place from which to survey the islands and spot a dolphin or two.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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November 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Nov 6 Nov 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
7 Nov 10 Nov 3 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 467
11 Nov 16 Nov 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
17 Nov 22 Nov 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
23 Nov 28 Nov 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
29 Nov 2 Dec 3 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 467
December 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Dec 8 Dec 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
9 Dec 12 Dec 3 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 467
13 Dec 18 Dec 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
19 Dec 24 Dec 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
25 Dec 30 Dec 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
31 Dec 5 Jan 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
January 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 Jan 10 Jan 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
10 Jan 15 Jan 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
16 Jan 21 Jan 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
22 Jan 27 Jan 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
27 Jan 30 Jan 3 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 467
31 Jan 5 Feb 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
February 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
6 Feb 11 Feb 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
12 Feb 17 Feb 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
18 Feb 23 Feb 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
24 Feb 1 Mar 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
March 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Mar 7 Mar 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
8 Mar 11 Mar 3 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 467
12 Mar 17 Mar 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
17 Mar 22 Mar 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
23 Mar 28 Mar 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
29 Mar 3 Apr 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
April 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Apr 6 Apr 3 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 467
7 Apr 10 Apr 3 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 467
10 Apr 15 Apr 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
16 Apr 19 Apr 3 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 10 US$ 467
20 Apr 25 Apr 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710
26 Apr 1 May 5 Similan, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock 18 US$ 710

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: Book now and pay only a 30% deposit to secure your place; simply pay the rest on arrival! Offer closes: 30 Apr 2017

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, dives (as detailed in the safaris above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, use of mask, wetsuit and fins, towel.

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 (BCD and regulator at US$ 7 per item, per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 6 per tank), Phuket transfers to/from the boat - approximately US$ 58 per person (each way), dive computer, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: M/V Similan Explorer's liveaboard trips depart in the evening from Khao Lak. A minibus service 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 safari will be at around 11:00 hrs. 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: Pay for 9 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a 4-bed cabin free of charge (total 10 guests). See whole boat charter rate below.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 2,979.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 4 Standard twin bunk bed cabins and 2 Quad (4-share) bunk bed cabins on the main deck, and 2 Deluxe double bed cabins on the upper deck. All the cabins have windows for natural lighting.

All the /liveaboard cabins have:
  • Air conditioning
  • Shared bathrooms with shower, toilet, hand basin & toiletries
  • Towels provided only in Deluxe double bed cabins
  • Seaview windows
  • Reading lights
  • Wardrobe, shelves and mirror
  • Bedding & towels
  • Twin pin mains outlet 220 volts - 24 hours per day
  • Life jackets
  • Space for luggage
No. of bathrooms / showers - 3 / 3 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The 11 crew comprise:
  • Cruise Leader / Divemaster
  • 4 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Cook & Assistant Cook
  • Engineer
  • 2 Deck hands
Enriched air nitrox - Motorised dinghy - 13m² dive deck with hot water showers & toilets - 9m² dive platform with ladders and rinse tanks - 20m² shaded social & dining area on upper deck with TV, DVD video, music system, movie library & fish ID/diving books - Satellite phone & cellphone - 27m² sun deck with matresses - Water dispenser

No indoor saloon.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
  • Thai main meal dishes and European breakfast, buffet-style service on the upper deck.
  • Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with snacks
  • Coffee, tea, electrolyte drinks, drinking water, fruit, biscuits, toast are provided free of charge.
  • Soft drinks and beer are available for purchase.
  • All diets catered for - please send us your requirements.
  • Dining service begins on the first evening of the safari.
  • The liveaboard operator rates their dining experience as a very important aspect of the tour.
Sample Breakfast - Brown Bread, Omelettes, Fried eggs, Ham, Sausages, Corn Flakes, Muesli, fruits...

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 2000, refurbished annually
  • Last upgraded in 2012
  • Size - 23 x 5m
  • Weight - 59 tonnes
  • Top speed - 10 knots
  • Cruising speed - 8 knots
  • 246 HP Hino engine
  • 2 x 375 KW Isuzu generators
  • 2 x Bauer Mariner dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • 12 litre aluminium tanks with international fittings. DIN adaptors available free of charge.
  • DIN adapters available
  • Electricity 220 volts - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 10,000 litres
  • Fuel capacity - 3,000 litres
  • Waste storage tanks

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • Life raft
  • 30 HP Yamaha motorised dinghy
  • Radio
  • Radar
  • Global positioning system (GPS)
  • Fishfinder
  • Plotter
  • Autopilot
  • Satellite and mobile telephones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Horn
  • Medic first aid box
  • Emergency oxygen - 109,000 litres
  • Life jackets in each cabin
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Customer diving insurance not provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Good
"Very attentive staff, helpful in kitting up and with equipment before and after every dive. Fun dive masters who kept briefings light hearted. Being a vegetarian, I found the food a bit limiting – esp breakfast as i ended up eating only hash browns every morning (for meals, it was veggies and Tofu most of the time) but i was expecting it and carried a few supplements. The Christmas dinner and the final lunch were great. The living quarters are a bit cramped with the beds too short for any one who is of regular height. Same with toilets where there was no leg space while sitting down! I knew it is a budget boat so not really complaining. All in all, a good trip." - , India, 02 January 2017 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Friendly and extreme helpful staff, nice liveaboard boat with nice cabin and good, and enough food." - , Germany, 15 March 2014 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"Very friendly and professional staff on board but the cooking was very poor." - , Hong Kong, 6 January 2014 ...


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