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).

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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): – baht per diver
  • Twin share cabin (main deck): – baht per diver
  • Four share cabin (main deck): – 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): – baht per diver
  • Twin share cabin (main deck): – baht per diver
  • Four share cabin (main deck): – baht per diver

20% discount for non diving partners

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

Liveaboard price excludes: Marine park fees, Nitrox, BCD and Regulator rental (600 baht per set per day), dive computer rental (250 baht per day), alcohol and soft drinks, transfers to the Khao Lak dive centre.

Park fees:  3 days 1,600 baht per diver, 5 days 2,000 baht per diver
Nitrox per tank: 220 baht
Nitrox package: 4 days 2,380 baht, 5 days 3,060 baht

Note: Divers must be deep or advanced diver certified with dives logged in the last year. If not you can do a pool refresher before joining a cruise (1,800 baht) and/or a PADI Adventure Deep dive as the first dive of the cruise (1,800 baht).

Schedule

Similan Explorer schedule

May to Oct season closed

Schedule for Nov 2020 – May 2021 tbc

Itinerary

Similan Explorer itinerary

Duration: 5 Days / 5 Nights (18 dives) at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

Departure Day:
Meet at Khao Lak at the dive centre no later than 3.00 pm for registration and to try on rental dive equipment. Board the boat at 4.30pm. Meet the crew, have dinner on board then depart to the Similan Islands at 6.30pm. Arrive at the Similan Islands at around midnight.

Dive days 1 & 2:
4 dives per day at the Similan Islands.

Dive days 3 & 4:
4 dives per day at Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock plus a visit to the Moken village at Surin.

Dive day 5:
2 dives in the morning. Arrive back in Khao Lak at about 3pm.

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

  1. Tell us the dates you are interested in. We’ll check available options and provide you with a clear breakdown of prices.
  2. When you are ready to go ahead and book we’ll reserve your place(s) and email you the secure online payment instructions.
  3. 10% deposit to confirm your booking. Payment online by credit card or paypal (no booking fee or credit card fee), or by bank transfer.
  4. Balance payable 30 days before the trip departure date.

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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

This post is also available in: Italian Thai