MV Similan Explorer

Similan and Surin Islands liveaboard

Similan Explorer dinghy

Similan Explorer

Similan Explorer liveaboard departs from Khao Lak for 3 or 5 day trips.

The 5 day itinerary includes dives at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock  and the Surin Islands.

The boat presents very well and the price is great value. High standards and a personal touch are maintained because the boat’s owner, a SCUBA fanatic, leads most trips.

A unique feature of Similan Explorer liveaboard trips is the chance to dive the Surin Islands, and while there to visit the Moken sea gypsy village there.

Similan Explorer also offers PADI Open Water course training on the Similan Islands liveaboard. (To complete your open water course dives on the liveaboard you will need to spent the day prior to the trip at the dive centre in Khao Lak).

Similan Explorer - book with 30% deposit Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews.

Read verified Similan Explorer reviews below

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Features

  • Max 20 Divers
  • Length 26 metres, beam 6 metres
  • Max speed 12 knots
  • Two double bed cabins on the upper deck
  • Four twin bunk bed cabins and two quad share cabins on the main deck
  • All cabins have air conditioning and windows.
  • There are three shared bathrooms (plus two more fresh water showers on the dive deck). Bathrooms have bio degradable soap and shampoo provided.
  • Nitrox available.
  • PADI Open water and Advanced Open Water courses available on board.
  • Diver to guide ratio 4: 1. Solo travelers will be assigned a buddy
  • Dive guides are multi lingual and experienced on the dive sites, they will try and find what you request.
  • Some of the guides are also expert underwater photographers who are happy to help you to improve you skills.
  • Large dinghy available for pick ups, surface support and runs to the beach.
  • Delicious Thai and European food. Fruit and snacks available all day. Electrolyte drinks available.

Prices

Similan Explorer price

5 days 5 nights (18 dives) at the Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

  • Double bed cabin (upper deck): 28,900 baht per diver
  • Twin share cabin (main deck): 27,900 baht per diver
  • Four share cabin (main deck): 24,500 baht per diver

3 days 3 nights (10 dives) at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

  • Double bed cabin (upper deck): 19,100 baht per diver
  • Twin share cabin (main deck): 18,100 baht per diver
  • Four share cabin (main deck): 16,100 baht per diver

20% discount for non diving partners

Price includes: Dive guide, tanks, basic equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, weights & belt), dive light for night dives, all meals, snacks, fruit, tea, coffee, towel.

Price excludes: Marine park fees, Nitrox (200 baht per fill), BCD and Regulator rental (500 baht per set per day), dive computer rental (250 baht per day), alcohol and soft drinks, transfers to the Khao Lak dive centre.

Note: To join Similan Explorer you must be deep or advanced diver certified and have dives logged in the last year. Pool refresher dives can be done before joining the cruise (1,700 baht). A PADI Adventure Deep dive can be done on the cruise (1,500 baht).

Schedule

Similan Explorer schedule

DatesDescriptionStart / Finish
24-27 Oct 20173d 3n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
28-31 Oct 20173d 3n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
1-6 Nov 20175d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
7-10 Nov 20173d 3n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
11-16 Nov 20175d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
17-22 Nov 20175d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
23-28 Nov 20175d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
29 Nov-2 Dec 20173d 3n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
3-8 Dec 20175d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
9-12 Dec 20173d 3n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
13-18 Dec 20175d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
19-24 Dec 20175d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
24-29 Dec 20175d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
30 Dec-4 Jan 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
5-10 Jan 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
10-15 Jan 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
16-21 Jan 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
22-27 Jan 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
27-30 Jan 20183d 3n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
31 Jan-5 Feb 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
6-11 Feb 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
12-17 Feb 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
18-23 Feb 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
24 Feb-1 Mar 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
2-7 Mar 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
8-11 Mar 20183d 3n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
12-17 Mar 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
17-22 Mar 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
23-28 Mar 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
29 Mar-3 Apr 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
3-6 Apr 20183d 3n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
7-10 Apr 20183d 3n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
10-15 Apr 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
16-19 Apr 20183d 3n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
20-25 Apr 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
26 Apr-1 May 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
2-5 May 20183d 3n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
6-11 May 20185d 5n Similan, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
12-15 May 20183d 3n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak

Itinerary

Similan Explorer itinerary

A typical day..

Wake up call at 6.00 am. Take a light breakfast of tea, fresh coffee, toast and fresh fruits before the first dive at 7.00 am.  After the first dive is breakfast proper with your choice of eggs plus pancakes, French toast, sausages and ham, German bread, muesli, corn flakes, oats, and lots of fresh tropical fruits (which are always on the table).

You have 3 hours between each dive. You can go to the beach with the dinghy, swim, snorkel, cool off in your air con cabin or just relax on deck. There is a small library with fish books and diving magazines to help you ID what you saw on each dive.

Dive 2 is at 11.00 am. Lunch is served at 1.00 pm.

Dive 3 is at 3.00 pm. As the temperature cools in the afternoon it is a good chance to visit the beach or go snorkeling from the boat. Dinner is served at around 6.00 pm.

Dive 4 is a dusk dive or night dive at around 7.00 pm or later.

Book / Enquiry

Online booking

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Email: info@thailandliveaboards.com
Hotline: +66 81 2727556

To book, or just ask a question:

  1. Tell us the dates you are interested in. We’ll reply within 24 hours with availability and prices. At this stage there is no commitment and we won’t ask you for any payment.
  2. When you are ready to make a booking we’ll reserve your place(s) and email you the secure online payment instructions.
  3. 30% deposit to confirm your booking. Payment is online by credit card or paypal (no booking fee or credit card fee), or by bank transfer.
  4. Balance payable in cash on arrival in Khao Lak.

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Similan Explorer reviews

Similan Explorer - book with 30% deposit Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews.

Similan Explorer

★★★★★
5 5 1
We really enjoyed the trip. Having not done anything like it before I was impressed with how smoothly it ran and how easy and helpful everyone was. The diving was great and i thought the trips to the islands worked well. I think my girlfriend will leave a post on trip advisor, I’ll certainly recommend it to friends and family. Thanks

Similan Explorer

★★★★★
5 5 1
Hey Paul, It was really good! I had a very good time with some excellent diving. Even seen a couple of Manta’s! Over all the trip was a 100% success! And the things that could be better don’t way up to the rest that was amazing.

Similan Explorer layout

Similan Explorer top deck layoutSimilan Explorer upper deck layoutSimilan Explorer main deck layout

1. Dive Platform

2. Deck showers

3. Gearing up area

4. Compressors

5. Stairs

6. Toilet/Shower

7. Galley

8. Crew cabins

9. 4 share cabins

10. Anchor

11. Dinghy

12. Bench

13. Dining area

14. Stairs

15. Food counter

16. Double cabin

17. Wheelhouse

18. Sundeck

19. Oxygen station

20. Depth Sounder/GPS

21. Life raft

22. Nitrox blending station

23. Fire Extinguisher

24. Sundeck

25. Sat phone

26. Twin bunk cabin

This post is also available in: Italian Thai

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