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Thailand liveaboards

for Thailand’s best diving

Similan Islands| Surin Islands | Koh Bon | Koh Tachai | Richelieu Rock | Hin Daeng | Hin Muang | Koh Haa | Phi Phi Islands | Mergui archipelago

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Liveaboard recommendations

The best way to dive the Similan and Surin Island national marine parks is by liveaboard. If you are serious about doing the best diving in Thailand then a liveaboard is the only way to go. The most popular Similan liveaboard duration is 4 days 4 nights and includes diving at the the Similan Islands plus Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Shorter trips are available that focus just on Similan Islands diving, or that skip the Similan’s and just dive Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai and Koh Bon.

There are also short (2 or 3 night) liveaboards that cruise south of Phuket, diving Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa and Phi Phi. These can be combined with a Similan liveaboard to make a complete Andaman sea dive safari.

There are so many Thailand liveaboards to choose from, we can make it easier. Tell us your dates of travel, how much you want to spend and anything else that’s relevant, like your dive experience and what type of cabin you want (ie. private bathroom,  single occupancy etc). We’ll give your our recommendations and an obligation free quotation.

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  • 4 day 4 night luxury Thailand liveaboard DiveRACE is a large steel hulled liveaboard with modern appointments for divers who like home comforts and great food on their dive vacation.
  • Boutique liveaboard Giamani takes just 10 divers in five comfortable cabins. This boat is popular with experienced divers who appreciate diving away from the crowds with highly knowledgeable dive guides. Itinerary: 7d7n or 4d 4n diving Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock. 2d2n diving Hin Daeng/Hin Muang.

Best value

  • Best value Similan Islands liveaboard Pawara is great value and always well reviewed. The dive staff are a cheerful group and the food is excellent. Prices are just a bit cheaper than the competition and include free nitrox. Pawara is often booked up well in advance. Itinerary: 4d4n diving Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
  • High style liveaboard without the high price The Junk is an iconic boat. Itinerary: 4 or 5 nights diving the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock

Richelieu Rock

Less dived than the Similan Islands but as good as Richelieu Rock. That’s what many divers think about these two submerged pinnacles close to Koh Lanta.


Why a Thailand liveaboard?

Thailand has some of the World’s best diving. The “Land of Smiles” boasts multiple dive destinations with a huge variety of marine life and underwater topography, something to suit all tastes.The water is warm and clear. For most of the year the sun is shining and the sea is flat.Thai people are great hosts and their food is superb. Thailand is tourist friendly and has much more to offer than just diving. It also has top class accommodation and medical facilities. Thailand’s best dive sites are reached by liveaboard dive boat. Liveaboards offer the most dives for your dollar, they get you in the water first and they allow you to get to some dive sites that the day trippers can’t reach.There are liveaboard boats for all budgets from backpacker to 5 star luxury vessels. Liveaboard tours can be short overnight trips or multi day dive safaris. Many liveaboards offer Nitrox diving and SCUBA courses.

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Similan Islands Rated up there with the world’s best dive destinations and certainly Thailands diving crown jewel. Crystal clear water and a variety of underwater topography that most dive destinations cannot offer. A liveaboard is the ideal way to dive all the best Similan sites as well as Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. Underwater photographers will need macro and wide angle lenses on these trips.

Hin Daeng and Hin Muang Red Rock and Purple Rock, two deep pinnacles frequented by sharks, manta rays and huge schools of fish. Liveaboard trips last 2/3 days and often include dives at Phi Phi Islands, Koh Haa Cave, Shark Point and King Cruiser Wreck. A great alternative or complement to a Similan liveaboard with really varied diving.

Phi Phi Islands The old backpacker hangout has loads of quality dive sites around stunning karst limestone rock formations. Beautiful soft coral. Leopard sharks, blacktip sharks and sea turtles are all common.

Koh Tao Off the east coast of Thailand in the gulf of Thailand. It hasn’t got the visibility or the diversity of the west coast dive sites but it’s a great destination for lots cheap dives and dive training. Chumphon Pinnacle gets regular whaleshark sightings.