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MV Similan Explorer

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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.

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Length: 33 metres / 109 foot
20 metres / 76 foot
Beam: 5 metres / 17 foot
Cruise: 8 knots
Divers: 20
Enriched air nitrox is available here
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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 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.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow

April 2015
Dep: 24 Apr Ret: 29 Apr Similans-Richelieu-Surin US$ 648
Dep: 30 Apr Ret: 4 May Similan Islands-Richelieu Rock US$ 546

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More Trip Details....

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.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 3,150.

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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 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 dive dinghy - 13m dive deck with hot water showers & toilets - 9m dive platform with ladders and rinse tanks - 20m shaded social & dining area on upper deck with TV, DVD video, music system, movie library & fish ID/diving books - Satellite phone & cellphone - 27m 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.
  • Operator rates their dining experience as a very important aspect of the safari.
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 dive insurance NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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Customer reviews: 

"Very friendly and professional staff on board but the cooking was very poor." - Fabien Dugue, Hong Kong ...

"Friendly and extreme helpful staff, nice boat with nice cabin and good and enough food." - Michael Laurisch, Germany ...

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