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Similans, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
Most of Thailand's best dive sites lie in the Andaman Sea between Phuket in the south and the Burmese border in the north, and are best accessed by liveaboard dive safari during the months of October to May (North East Monsoon). The larger groups of islands are the Similan and the Surin Islands National Parks which are separated by a scattering of smaller islands and rocky outcrops that also offer some great dives including Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock, renowned for whaleshark and manta sightings. There are a large number of dive boats to choose from, most of which sail out of Phuket or Tap Lamu, located on the mainland province of Phang Nga to the north of Phuket. Dive cruises typically last from 4 days to a week, and some continue northwards into the Mergui Archipelago of Burma.
The diving season for this northern Andaman Sea route is from November to May when the south west monsoon is not blowing.
Koh Phi Phi, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang
South of Phuket there are also some good dive spots around Koh Racha (also known as Koh Raya), Koh Phi Phi, and south to Koh Lanta - especially the extraordinarily colourful pinnacles of Hin Daeng (Red Rock) and Him Muang (Purple Rock). This route offers an excellent option for people with more limited time with trips typically lasting 2 to 3 days in High season and longer during off season for the northern route (May to October).
For divers who want to explore all of Thailand's best Andaman Sea dive spots, it is possible to combine a Similan-Surin trip with the shorter southern cruise (Oct to May).
Follow the links above to see the itineraries of the different boats. Further information on the boats themselves can be found by following the links on the right hand side.
For Divers interested in a dose of cultural immersion before or after your liveaboard cruise, why not consider spending a few days living the life of one of Southern Thailand's fishing communities on one of the beautiful islands of Phang Nga Bay? Click here to find out more about the Koh Yao Noi Community Homestay project, as featured by the UK's Guardian Newspaper.
MV Giamani offers dive safaris to Thailand's top dive spots in the Andaman Sea, including the famous Similan & Surin Islands national parks, Koh Bon, Richelieu Rock (renowned for whaleshark and manta ray sightings) to the north of Phuket, and Hin Daeng & Hin Muang to the south.
Similans trips are either 4 or 6 days duration while souther islands trips are just 2 or 3 days duratuion.
To see the best of Thailand's diving, consider combining the 4 day northern safari with the 2 day southern trip.
For boat info click the link above right.
Between November and May, The "Junk" June Hong Chian Lee offers week-long dive safaris to the Similan and Surin Islands National Parks, plus the scattering of islands in between including Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock, famed for its frequent visitations by whalesharks.
During the South West Monsoon from May until October The Junk will offer 7 day/6 night tours to the well protected east side of the Southern Islands, also exploring the western side of the islands when weather permits.
For details of the boat, click the link on the right hand side.
NotesPlus entry fee for the National Marine Parks (currently 1800 baht per trip )
Scuba Adventure offers 4 day, 4 night trips to the Similan and Surin Islands National Parks, and 3 day, 3 nights trips to the islands south of Phuket, including Koh Phi Phi, Him Daeng, Hin Muang and Koh Haa. These trips can be combined into a Best of Thailand cruise lasting 7 days and 7 nights.
Departing from Phuket in the evening, The Scuba Adventure sails overnight to the Similans National Marine Park where you awake the following morning to be greeted by the beauty of this pristine, remote archipelago.
Green Season, May to October 2015
During the south west monsoon season, locally referred to as the "Green Season", Scuba Adventure offers a weekly 2 day, 1 night dive cruise to the best the famous islands of Koh Phi Phi to the south east of Phuket. Here the waters are more sheltered than the Similans and can be dived year-round... ideal for some relaxed diving in a beautiful area or for undertaking dive training, including Open Water Diver and Advanced Diver courses.
Trips depart every Saturday morning from Chalong Bay in southern Phuket at 0730, returning on Sunday afternoon at around 4.50pm. Cost: THB 10,500pp in twin cabin, THB11,000 in double.
For larger groups, variations and longer trips can be arranged.
To take part in the open water course you would need 1 day in the classroom and pool
before joining the liveaboard.
Similans Season, October 2015 to May 2016
Option 1 - 4 day 4 night trips to Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock
14 dives in total
Price Diver THB24,000 Snorkeler/non diver THB15,000
Option 2 - 3 day 3 night trips to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa and Phi Phi
11 dives in total
Price Diver THB19,000 Snorkeler/non diver THB11,000
Option 3 - 7 day and night trip to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Phi Phi, Similans, Koh Bon, Koh
Tachai and Richelieu Rock
25 dives in total.
Price Diver 39,000thb Snorkeler/non diver THB23,000
Prices based on a twin share cabin, For a double bed cabin add 500thb per night
Book any 2 trips and get a 10% discount on the total price.
For a single room add 50% of the cost as a supplement
Marine park fee’s are not included in the price
Nitrox tanks and rental equipment are not included in the price
Learn on the go dive cruises
If you don’t yet dive but want to learn, or if you want to further your dive training, Scuba Adventure offers an on board PADI training schedule that allows divers to receive their certification during the liveaboard experience.
Between October and May, the White Manta offer 5 day and 6 day dive cruises to the Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. There is also a chance to dive a couple of wrecks, the Boonsung wreck or MV Sea Chart and Premchai wrecks.
Embarkation is at Thab Lamu Pier on the mainland north of Phuket in the evening for an overnight sail to the Similan Islands National Park to start the cruise. Pickup from your hotel, depending on location, will be between 4pm and 8pm. Return to Thap Lamu is typically around 3pm on the last day for transfer to your hotel arriving by 5pm (or airport by 4pm).
All nights’ accommodation on MV White Manta
All meals (Western & Thai) snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo,
Towel, toiletries, cabin services,
Tanks, weight belt, 4 dive guides (1x Instructor, 3x Dive Master)
All flights & hotels stay
Marine park & harbour fee
Dive & travel insurance
Soft drinks, alcohol, Nespresso coffee,
**Diving gear subject to availability (only 3mm shorty wetsuits available), dive computer, torch, 15L tank rental,
Departure; 6-7pm, 1st Day - Thap Lamu pier, Phang Nga. Earlier if everyone arrives before.
Return; 6pm, Last Day - Chalong pier, Phuket. Transfer to Hotel (by 7pm) or Airport (by 7pm)
Last dive ends; 12pm, Last Day – Note: if you have to fly the same day you will NOT be able to partake in the last 2 dives or reschedule. This is to allow for your minimum surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI).
White Manta Notes
Marine Park fee; 1,600Thb/ diver, 800Thb/ non-diver. To be collected in CASH at beginning of trip (Thai baht preferred). No exceptions.
Free scheduled Pickups & Drop Offs anywhere in Phuket
Minibus Transfer times between 30 minutes & 1 hour depending on where you are staying.
Dive Insurance is compulsory for this trip. We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs. If not covered them we recommend DAN (Divers Alert Network).
Massage 400 Thb/ hour, soft drinks 40Thb, beer 80Thb, Nespresso coffee 60Thb
Rates per item per diving day:
BCD, Regulator, Dive Computer, Torch; 250Thb
Fins, Mask; 100Thb
Large Tank; 350Thb
Full Set; 700Thb/ day, includes BCD, regs, wetsuit, fins, mask&snorkel.
4 day/ 4 night trip costs 2,800Thb/ pax.
Nitrox Fills (EANx32): 350Thb/ fill each.
Nitrox 10+ package; all 14 dives price 3,500Thb per diver
Bunmee offers 4 day, 5 night and 4 day, 4 night dive cruises to the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands, and 3 night cruises to the islands south of Phuket including Hin Daeng, Koh Haa and Phi Phi.
4 night northern cruises depart from Phuket, while 5 night cruises depart from Khao Lak.
Typical Northern Route itinerary:
08.30 pm Boarding and navigation to Similans
08.00 am Breakfast
08.30 am 1st Dive Similan Islands
11.30 am 2nd Dive Similan Islands
01.00 pm Lunch
02.00 pm Beach Similan Islands
03.00 pm 3rd Dive Similan Islands
05.00 pm Beach Similan Islands
07.00 pm Night Dive Similan Islands
08.00 pm Dinner
Night 2 Mooring Similan
07.30 am 1st Dive Similan Islands
09.00 am Breakfast
11.00 am 2nd Dive Similan Islands
12.30 pm Lunch
02.30 pm 3rd Dive Similan Islands
05.00 pm Beach Similan Island
07.00 pm Night Dive Similan
08.00 pm Dinner
Night 3 Navigation to Richelieu
07.30 am 1st Dive Richelieu Rock
09.00 am Breakfast
10.30 am 2nd Dive Richelieu Rock
12.30 pm Lunch
02.00 pm 3rd Dive Richelieu Rock
07.00 pm Night Dive Koh Tachai
08.00 pm Dinner
Night 4 Mooring Koh Tachai
07.30 am 1st Dive Koh Tachai
09.00 am Breakfast
11.30 am 2nd Dive Koh Bon
01.00 pm Lunch
02.30 pm 3rd Dive Koh Bon
08.00 pm Dinner
Night 5 Navigation Back
07.30 am Breakfast
08.30 am Disembark
Prices 2015/16: Northern Route: Similans, Richelieu Rock, etc.
|4 Days / 4 Nights / 15 Dives||Prices EUR|
|Diver in Standard Cabin (shared shower toilet)||715|
|Diver in Comfort Cabin (private shower toilet)||795|
|Diver in Master Cabin (private shower toilet)||875|
|4 Days / 5 Nights / 15 Dives|
|Diver in Standard Cabin (shared shower toilet)||745|
|Diver in Comfort Cabin (private shower toilet)||825|
|Diver in Master Cabin (private shower toilet)||910|
Non-diver price = 80% of diver price
Typical Southern Route itinerary
08.30 pm Boarding
08.00 am 1st Dive Hin Daeng
09.00 am Breakfast
11.00 am 2nd Dive Hin Muang
12.30 pm Lunch
02.30 pm 3rd dive Koh Rock
04.00 pm Beach Koh Rok
07.00 pm Night Dive Koh Rok
08.00 pm Dinner
Night 2 Mooring Koh Rock
07.30 am 1st Dive Hin Muang
09.00 am Breakfast
10.30 am 2nd Dive Hin Daeng
12.30 pm Lunch
02.30 pm 3rd Dive Koh Haa
04.30 pm Beach Koh Haa
07.00 pm Night Dive
08.00 pm Dinner
Night 3 Mooring Koh Haa
07.30 am 1st Dive Koh Haa
09.00 am Breakfast
10.30 am 2nd Dive Koh Haa
12.30 pm Lunch
02.00 pm 3rd Dive Phi Phi Islands
06.00 pm Disembarking Phuket
Prices 2015/16: Northern Route:
|3 Days / 3 Nights / 11 Dives||Price EUR|
|Diver in Standard Cabin||535|
|Diver in Comfort Cabin||595|
|Diver in Master Cabin||655|
Non diver price = 80% diver price
Guests are requested to bring their own dive computer.
Dive equipment rental:
Full set: €15 / day
Nitrox computer: + €7 / day
Nitrox filling: + €5 / dive
Panunee offers 5 and 6 night dive cruises, with four or five days diving respectively, sailing out of Tap Lamu or Rassada on Thailand's Andaman Sea coast, north of Phuket.
The June Hong Chian Lee
The June Hong Chian Lee is one of several junks built in Penang, Malaysia, and is a 30 metre, 140-ton, three mast junk with 330 square meters of sails.
Build in 1962 for charcoal transportation the June Hong Chian Lee was part of a small merchant fleet that traded up and down the coastline from Burma to Malaysia. She was mainly used to transport mango wood charcoal until 1985 then she was restored and redesigned for the first time to serve as a classic yacht.
In 1997 she changed owners and she was completely restored and set up as a liveaboard dive vessel.
The June Hong is constructed mainly from a hard teak wood called Takien Tong.
Accommodation aboard The Junk
The June Hong Lee is equipped to carry up to 18 divers in 2 private double bed cabins, 2 three berths cabins, that can be configured as shared twins or turned into a private double bed, and 2 four berths cabins which are all bunks.
All cabins are fully air-conditioned and have their own hot water shower and toilet en-suite.
Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock and Surin Islands. From October until May
7 days 6 nights, embarkation every Saturday from 18:00 till 21:00
69.500 Baht p.p. in a private double bed cabin or twin share
49.500 Baht p.p. in a 3 person shared cabin (triple share)
39.500 Baht p.p. in a 4 person shared cabin (quad share).
plus entry fee for the National Marine Parks (currently 1800 baht per trip )
- Length x Beam : 33 meters,8.50 meters
- Engines : 380 Hp
- Max speed : 8 knots Motor Sailing
- Cruising speed : .
- Navigation equipment : GPS, 3 VHF, CB.
- Communications equipment :
- Fuel capacity/range : 10.000 l
- Fresh water capacity : water maker 6.000 l/day.
- Dive Entry : Tender
- Life jackets : 40 life jackets
- Life rafts : Life raft for 25 people
- Boat Crew : crew of 10
- The Junk is 33 meters in length carrying a maximum of 18 passengers, crew of 10, 6 cabins, 8 hot water showers with toilet.
The M/V Bunmee 3
New to the Andaman Sea liveaboard scene for the 2015/2016 season is Bunmee 3, scheduled for launching October.
Built in 2013, Bunmee 3 is a steel-hulled vessel accommodating up to 18 passengers in 9 cabins, available in 3 categories:
- 1 large MASTER double bed cabin located at the front of the boat; a third space has also been equipped for a kid.
- 4 COMFORT double or twin bed cabins with private shower-toilet
- 4 STANDARD double or twin bed cabins sharing 2 showers (1 shower-toilet shared between 2 cabins only)
For maximum privacy, the crew has its own shower-toilet space that will not be shared with the passengers.
All cabins are decorated with precious Thai handcrafts, and feature individual Aircon, fan and warm water.
On Bunmee’s upper deck you will find a friendly dinning area, a mini-bar and a special area arranged for multimedia & video; a large sundeck is located at the front where guests can enjoy the panoramic views during sailing.
Bunmee’s 25m length / 5.5m beam are propelled by two V10 – 350 HP Nissan engines making the journey to the dive sites shorter and allow you to spend time on the beaches when access is possible.
The electronic equipment includes:
- Navigation: 1 GPS, Depth Sounder and Radar.
- Communication: VHF, marine CB and mobile Phone. Wi-Fi is available most of time.
- Oxygen and First Aid Kit are available.
- On the diving deck you will find more than 20 Tanks silently refilled by 2 Bauer compressors (30 m3/h), 2 ladders on the dive platform for easy exit and a 4,7 meter dinghy to assist you during drift dives.
Bunmee’s attentive staff will always help you on board
Electric power is produced 24h/24 by 2 generators (220v / 380v) and the fresh water and oil tanks provide for up to 8 days sailing.
For maximum soundproofing all engines are located far back and behind the cabins; the night generation being up at the bottom at the back for quietest nights.
- beds are made up every morning
- depending your need, shower towel can be replaced every day
- a la carte breakfast
Bunmee’s diving team is managed by professional and highly experienced CMAS & PADI Instructors. The ambiance on board is very friendly and convivial. Briefings are conducted prior to each dive providing information to help you to optimise your exploration dive.
Oxygen and First Aid Kit are available on board. NITROX is also available (EAN32), charge THB 200/tank.
A buffet lunch is served in between dives while eveing meals are a la carte, featuring tasty Thai or Western specialties: lots of fish and seafood, chicken & meat dishes, and fresh local vegetables & fruits in abundance.
When not in or under the water you can pass the time enjoying browsing through the diving library, playing games, listening to music, or watching the onboard collection of DVDs and underwater video shows.
Bunemee 3 Layout
The M/V Giamani
The Giamani features one Master cabin and four Deluxe cabins to accommodate a maximum of 10 guests only, ensuring that there is always plenty of space for all guests on board.
The air conditioned Master cabin, created in 2014, is located on the upper deck, behind the wheel house. This spacious cabin has one double bed, one additional sofa-bed for twin sharing or a for a third person, a mini-fridge and an en suite bathroom with shower-box. Access door is in the salon.
On the main deck there are 4 Deluxe cabins, totally refurbished in 2013, each with double bed plus additional bunk bed for twin sharing. Each Deluxe cabin has it own air conditioning unit, mini-fridge, en suite bathroom with shower-box and the cabin door opening to spectacular sea views.
The air conditioned salon is the place to watch a movie, play back your digital images from that day’s dives, or browse through our extensive library of marine books. The popular cushion relax area gives you plenty of space to read a book, enjoy the views and chat about the dives of that day.
The dive deck is spacious with camera table and rinse tanks making this an ideal boat for serious photographers. On the main deck all meals are served buffet style. Food is plentiful and diverse, Thai cuisine and International dishes are served, special diets can be catered for if we know in advance.
MV Giamani has a full complement of safety equipment making her a spacious, safe and diver friendly boat.
1 to 4 Deluxe cabins; 5 Galley; 6 Dive Deck; 7 Relax area and bow
5 Master Cabin; 6 sofa bed; private bathroom; 4 Wheel House; 2 Air-con Saloon; 1 Dining Deck
▪ Built in the year 1998
▪ Length 24m (78.7ft)
▪ Beam 6.5m (21ft)
▪ Draft 2 m (6 ft)
▪ Material: Steel
▪ Tonage: 62 tons
▪ Two NISSAN engines each with 230 HP
▪ Max speed of 12 knots
▪ A cruising speed of 9 knots
▪ Range: 3000 miles
▪ Two generators each with 30kw
▪ All cabins complete with 220v of Electricity 24 hours a day
▪ Two L&W compressors
▪ NITROX system onboard
▪ Large inflatable dingy with an outboard of 30bhp
▪ Fitted with modern navigation equipment
▪ Fully equipment medic first aid and oxygen system
▪ Water capacity: 10,000 Liters
▪ Water makers 2 X 4000 liters per day
▪ Comfortable sofa area
▪ CD / VCD Music system with music selection
▪ DVD Player with a library of films
▪ Satellite phone
▪ Mobile phone
▪ VHF Radio
▪ SSB Radio
▪ Depth sounder X 2
▪ Radar X 2
▪ CB Radio, 24h contact with NAVY
▪ O2 tank + O2 instructor provider on board
▪ MFA Kit + Emergency First Response instructors on board
▪ Two life rafts complete with jackets throughout
▪ Emergency evacuation facilities with helicopter & ambulance
▪ Affiliated member with the Hyperbaric Chamber in Phuket
▪ Fire extinguishers
▪ 1 Captain
▪ 1 Engineer
▪ 1 Deck hand
▪ 1 Cook
▪ 1 Hostess
▪ 1 Cruise director ( dive instructor)
▪ 1 tour leader ( dive instructor)
▪ 3rd dive instructor if full boat.
Scuba Diving Courses
Giamani offers a complete range of both PADI & SSI Scuba Diving Courses which are the largest training organisations for recreational divers. Students will have access to the latest education materials and professionally trained instructors.
Was it a while ago since you last dived? Perhaps you feel a little bit out of practice?
Why not polish up on your diving skills and gain more confidence before your excursion? You can do a Scuba Tune Up in Phuket before you go on any of these cruises.
▪ PADI Advanced Open Water Course
▪ PADI NITROX Course
▪ PADI Specialty Courses
▪ Peak Performance Buoyancy
▪ Project AWARE
▪ AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
▪ Fish Identification
▪ Deep Diver
▪ Driver Propulsion Vehicle (charge for rental of vehicle)
▪ Multilevel Diver
▪ Night Diver
▪ Underwater Photographer
Equipment Rental - M/V Giamani carries six new sets of diving equipment available for hire. All rental equipment should be pre booked for availability. Torches for night dives are available free of charge.
The M/V Panunee
Panunee Yacht is a 32-metre long, steel-hulled, vessel furnished to the highest standards, accommodating up to 20 divers in great comfort. She is managed by a professional crew and dive team with over 10 years operational experience.
Panunee's eight cabins and two suite rooms are located on the main and lower decks. Each has private bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning and plenty of storage space.
A wide sundeck, located in front of the wheelhouse, is furnished with padded sun beds where you can sit with a long, refreshing drink and soak up the sun.
Panunee's extensive dive deck allows offers plenty of space comfortable gearing up with individual storage and dressing areas. There are stations for 30 tanks and 5 rinse tanks for dive and photographic equipment. Dive entry is from a dive platform at the stern.
The Panunee dive team have at least 10 years of experience and are familiar with dealing with the needs of photographers and videographers.
The “Andaman room” is a multimedia room & library, equipped with multi-system video, DVD player and slide projector, offering additional resources for the keen underwater photographer.
All staterooms are fitted with queen-size or twin beds and daily cleaned. There are full facilities such as individual air-conditioners, wardrobes, reading lights, wide storage space, and pipe-in music.
2 Suite staterooms are fitted with a queen-size beds, en-suited toilets with hot showers, individually controlled air-conditioning, wardrobes, mirrors, working desks, reading lights, wide storage space and piped-in music.
7 Deluxe staterooms are fitted with twin beds and individual air-conditioners, wardrobes, mirrors, reading Lights, wide storage space, panoramic windows and piped-in music.
2 Studio staterooms are specially designed for underwater photographers/ videographers. Twin beds can be lifted up to equip housings conveniently. Electric sockets are provided for battery charging, plus a blow gun is supplied to clean and dry housings.
Length: 32.0 M
Breath: 7.2 M
Draft (Design): 3.50 M
Maximum Speed: 18 Knots
Maximum Passenger: 20
Crew Members: 10
Water Supply: Water Tank = 15,000 Litres
Desalination machine = 4,000 litres/day:
Voltage: 380 / 220 / 110 V, 50hz, 12v DC
A/C - Individual control in all staterooms and common area
Video & Audio: 42-inch Samsung Plasma screen, DVD player and slide projector in Andaman room (multi-media room & library) 29-inch television & DVD player in Similan room (Dining room)
Main: Twin Man D2842 LE 760 Hp 2300 RPM MARINE
Gear Box: ZF IRM 350 A Ratio 2636 : 1
Generator: Twin Man D2866 LE 100 kw 380 V (3 phase, 50 Hz)
AC Generator: Stamford
Radar: Furuno FR-1942 64 NM range, 6 KW
GPS: Furuno color video plotter model GP-1650
Sounder: Furuno video sounder model FCV-291, 10-inch color CRT
VHF: Furuno Radio telephone FM-2710 (25 w)
H.F.: Super Star SS-2400 MK II
Satellite Telephone: Mini-M Telephone
Life Raft: Two x 12-persons automatic inflate
PFDs: 40 x Type - I commercial life vests
E.P.I.R.Bs: 406 MHz Category 1 automatically deployable
Fire Extinguishing System: In engine room and common areas
Oxygen: Two DAN portable and two DAN stationary
First aid: Comprehensive first aid kits available on board
Emergency Power: Lighting, ship communication and navigation system
General liabilities & personal accident Insurance
Diving Support Boat: Two x 4.3 metre R.I.B. with 40 HP Yamaha outboard
Air Compressor: Three x electric bauers mariner M II E, 4500-psi, Air bank storage system with 5 fill hoses
Scuba Tanks: 30 (80) cu.ft., 2 (65) cu.ft. Aluminum with K-value yoke
Weights: Belt and 2-lb. Lead weight - plenty for everyone
Diving Gear: Meres - available for rent on board upon request
The M/V Scuba Adventure
Scuba Adventure is one of the original, classic liveaboards cruising the warm waters of the Andaman Sea, visiting the world class dive sites of the Similan National park and the Surin National Park, including Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and the world famous Richelieu Rock.
A comfortable vessel, accommodation aboard Scuba Adventure comprises 5 twin cabins, 2 double cabins, all with individually controlled air-conditioning, sleeping a maximum of 12 guests.
The covered deck is the place to relax and socialise, to enjoy a movie, read a book or discuss the dives with your buddies.
The dive platform is spacious and well organised, and the very experienced Thai boat crew (over 10 years now) are highly experienced at looking after all of the guests' needs – from getting ready for the dive to preparing wonderful Thai cuisine.
Length: 23 meters
Beam; 5.5 meters
Tender: 1 Inflatable
Main Engines: 2 x 320 Hp
Fuel capacity: 15,000 l
Generators: 1 x 30 Kw 1 x 40 Kw
Compressors: 2 x electric Comp, Nitrox Blending Panel
Communications: Cellular Pone, Mobile Phone, VHF, Citizen Band
Emergency: First Aid, Dan Oxy Vac Kit, large O2 Cylinder, 22 Life jackets, 25 person life raft
Navigation: Radar, GPS, Sonar
Facilities: 4 Toilets/Showers
Fresh WaterL 9,000 litres
Entertainment: TV, Video, Stereo, Library
Accommodation: 5 Twin & 2 Double Cabins with AC
The M/V Scuba Cat
MV Scuba Cat is an ideal scuba diving platform for those looking for flexibility and value.
The design of a large catamaran boat operating amongst the protected waters of the Similans makes this one of the most "friendly" boats to be found, and its stability means that seasickness is rare.
This is a boat for people who don't like boats and is an excellent choice for someone's first liveaboard experience.
Scuba Cat is able to offer up to five dives a day for those who wish. At other times, guest may ask to be dropped off on one of the pristine Similan Island beaches, or may use ocean kayaks available on board to go exploring by themselves.
Often in the evenings, guests head to the beach for a game of sunset volleyball.
Non divers are most welcome and find that there is plenty to do while the diving artiness are under the water.
Scuba Cats large dive platform allows divers to gear up in spacious surroundings and enter the water six abreast.
Accommodation: ten clean, spacious cabins, twin share with upper and lower berths. Berths are equipped with an individual reading light, fan and lockable strong box. Family room available on request (for parents with young Children upto age 5). All cabins have windowns providing natural lighting and a Sea View!
Wash Rooms: Refurbishied in 2008, 3 guest and 1 staff toilet/shower combination. Two showers located on the dive deck. The massive water tanks are re-supplied every 3 days so we can provide unlimited fresh water.
Communal areas: While on board you will have the opportunity to meet, enjoy and establish friendships with divers from all over the world. MV Scuba Cat's spacious saloon area is equipped with a TV, video, and stereo. On top of the boat you will find an 80 square meter sun deck, ideal for sun bathing, sleeping or romantic star watching at night.
Safety Equipment: Full first aid equipment including DAN emergency oxygen kit with demand valve and a large oxygen supply tank. Life vests for every person on board. Cellular telephone provides direct contact with shore and DAN if required.
Construction: 30 metre overall length, 7 m wide, all steel, designed specifically for diving. Catamaran hulls provide maximum stability and the largest possible deck space. This is the largest dive vessel in Thailand. High ceilings and proper staircases eliminate bumps on the head. The huge dive deck and low level platform design means very safe and convenient diving.
Reliability: Double redundancy is built in by having dual systems for all major mechanical components.
Nitrox is available onboard.
The M/V White Manta
The MV White Manta is a solid 36m long steel range diving support vessel.
The MV White Manta sleeps 24 guests in 12 cabins: 8 x En-suite (double, twin or triple share) and 4 x Standard (twin share with wash basin, shared bathrooms).
All en suite cabins are on main deck and upper deck, have ample storage space for luggage, and are equipped with a camera table. Each has a spacious bathroom with hot water shower, air-con with individual control, and a large window that can be opened.
Standard cabins are below deck, have 1m x 2m beds, a wash basin, port holes that can open. There are 2 common bathrooms with shower and toilet on this deck.
The main cabin is 500 sq feet with dinning table and sofa set, 42 inch plasma TV and a library of 500 movies to choose from. The outdoor dining deck is 600 sq ft, plus there is a sun deck of 1000 sq ft.
The White Marlin is crewed by 14 deckhands and a 5-person dive team; 1 cruise leader and 4 instructors.
The Marlin carries 2 x 450 litre L&W compressors, one equipped with an air cooler and a Nitrox membrane system. She also carries 20 tonnes of fresh water and two water makers.
With two large dinghies. Since her launch in April 2011, she continues to impress new and existing guests alike with her spaciousness and comfort.
She is very stable and runs on twin 700hp Cummins engines. All Captains, boat crew and dive crew have many years of experience, particularly in the more difficult waters surrounding the Layang Layang & Spratly Islands.
MV White Manta Specifications
Launch March 2011
Main engine - Cummins 2 x 700hp total 1400 Hp Genset Cimmins 2 x100 Kva
1 x 30 Kva spare genset
Water maker - 2 unit 4000 lit per day
Fresh water tank - 20,000 lit
Diesel tank - 15,000 lit
Range - 1500 nm
Cruising - 9-10 knot
All ensuite cabins are on main deck and upper deck have amber storage space for luggage with camera table. A spacious toilet with hot water shower. Aircon with individual control , cabin also have large window that can be open.
4 ensuite king bed C1 & C2 (2 upper deck, 2 main deck C3 /C4) bed size 2.00m x 1.80m
3 x ensuite twin bed (main deck) bed 2.00m x 1m. (2 of these cabin have extra single bunk bed for family n friends)
1 x ensuite with a queen bed 1.50m x 2.00m and 1 single bunk bed 1.00m x 2.00m above (main deck)
4x standard cabin with wash basin bed 1.00m x 2.00m ( below deck) with port holes that can open.
Below deck have escape hatch.
There are total 5 common toilet/shower (2 on main deck, 2 below deck, 1 on upper deck)
500 sq feet with dinning table and sofa set. 42 inch plasma TV with 500 movies instore.
Out door dinning- 600 sq feet
Table with power point and drawer for your log books.
Sundeck - (1000 sq feet) with deck chair and floor mattress for massage.
Dive Deck / dive platform
650 sq feet with camera table and amber fresh water wash tank.
2 x 5.8m rubber dingy with 70 (HP) OBM
Standard fire fighting equipment
60 life jacket
2 x anchor system (DC / AC)
Furuno GPS, sounder. Plotter, Radar, SSB radio, SAR, EPIRP, Sate Phone, Purple Finder, VHS Radio
3 x 20 men life raft