The MV Similan Explorer is a wooden mono-hulled liveaboard specialising in 4 and 5 night Thailand diving safaris in the Similans National Park. Up to 20 divers 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.
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 boat. 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 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 boat, this is the perfect place from which to survey the islands and spot a dolphin or two.
Special offers: 10% off all the trips in April 2015! And also, book now and pay only a 35% deposit to secure your place; simply pay the rest on arrival! Offer expires: 30 Apr 2015
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 trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, dive equipment (US$ 32 discount for own equipment use).
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$ 15 per park, towels (please bring your own). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (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: MV Similan Explorer 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.
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 divers and receive 1 extra space free of charge. See whole boat charter rate below.
Enriched air nitrox - Motorised dive 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