Thailand liveaboard dress code
What to wear on a Thailand liveaboard
We get asked what should I wear on the liveaboard? It’s a good question if you’ve never been on diving trip that lasts longer than one day before.
Here is a list of clothing and footwear that you will need on a Similan islands liveaboard:
Long sleeved shirt & long trousers for the evenings
Beach shoes / sandals / flip flops
Thailand liveaboards are relaxed trips and you can basically wear what you want. Most guests will be comfortable in t-shirts, shorts and swimwear, while on board and when visiting islands/beaches.
The evenings in Thailand are warm and humid and many people are still comfortable in just t-shirts and shorts at night. But you may like to pack one long sleeved top or sweater for when there is a sea breeze. A sweater is also nice after a long dive or the night dive.
Most liveaboards ask guests to put a t-shirt over their swimwear while dining.
Just about all liveaboards have a bare feet policy on board. However you should have some shoes for island excursions. These should be old sneakers that you don’t mind getting wet, or sandals that are robust enough to climb up to a view point or walk through a trail.
Can I take my bags on a Thailand liveaboard?
Ideally you should just take what you need for the duration of the liveaboard, packed in a soft fold-able bag. You can leave what you don’t need at the dive centre.
The bigger liveaboards will allow you to take all your luggage on the boat with you. But the smaller boats, and particularly sailing yachts, just don’t have space.
If you are transferring to your liveaboard in the Similan Islands by speedboat you should definitely consider the size and weight of your bags. Speedboats are very sensitive to weight and do not have storage space.
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