The MV Gentle Giant - Review 2022
The 27meters/88 feet long MV Gentle Giant takes you to the Similan islands, Koh Haa, Hin Daeng and Richelieu Rock in just one trip. This unique liveaboard, renovated in 2017 offers scuba diving cruises on the Andaman sea. The MV Gentle Giant operates 6-7 times annually (between November and April) and guests are bound to have a relaxed and enjoyable time. Book now! It’s an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss.
Our Overall Review
Reasons to buy:
Many people were happy with the opportunity to dive with the gentle giants.
Some people said the crew was outstanding and did their job well.
Everyone liked the food prepared by the chef.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Some people claimed that the dive guide could not control the bad behaved diver under water.
Where to book:
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Diving on The MV Gentle Giant liveaboard in Thailand
The MV Gentle Giant is an excellent choice for divers who would like to experience all of the best dive sites in Thailand in just one trip. With the MV Gentle Giant, you don’t have to spend much of your vacation time moving from the mainland to the dive sites every other morning.
At 27 meters long and 6meters wide, the newly renovated MV Gentle Giant can accommodate 20 guests in 10 cabins. Each cabin is fully air-conditioned, has a safety box and offers a full view of the sea. This liveaboard has two double Master Cabins and eight Standard twin Cabins. Social areas include the fully air-conditioned indoor salon with a 55″ TV and entertainment area, outdoor covered dining area or sizeable roof-top sun deck. Meals are a mix of international and Thai cuisine and are freshly prepared.
There is enough space for guests to enjoy their free time while on board. The MV Gentle Giant has a spacious sun deck that would benefit guests who enjoy the sunlight and sea breeze of the Andaman Sea. A team of experienced guides organizes liveaboard trips to Thailand’s best dive place, which include the Hin Daeng Hin Muang, Richelieu Rock, and the Similan island.
Most liveaboard operators run trips to the Similan islands while a few run trips either to the Similan islands or Hin Daeng Hin Muang. This is because of the extra fuel expense that is required to cover the distance between the north and the south Andaman Sea. But as to make our trip unique and special, the MV Gentle Giant organizes trips to both north and south Andaman in a single voyage (Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Haa, Hin Daeng Hin Muang, King Cruiser Wreck and so on). Each trip usually takes six days five nights with a total of 18 dives. So, with our trip schedule, you can enjoy both north and south Andaman’s best dive sites within just one single trip.
This special 5-night dive trip is only offered six times per year in between November and April and is a fantastic opportunity for divers to explore the Andaman Sea, completing 18 dives over six days.
What makes Gentle Giant even more special is the itinerary. Every other Thailand liveaboard diving boat has trips to The Similans & Richelieu Rock or the southern islands of Koh Haa & Hin Daeng. But Gentle Giant goes to both areas on every trip. This means that you don’t have to choose one place or the other or spend too long on your Thailand diving cruise to include them all. Starting from Phuket in the evening, the boat goes north through the night to the Similan island, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock, then three days later returns south to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Phi Phi, and Phuket’s Shark Point & King Cruiser Wreck. It is the perfect itinerary. And this is all made better by the awesome team of international dive staff and local crew. Their service, experience, and patience make every trip more enjoyable.
Gentle Giant Itinerary
Pick-up from your hotel or from Phuket airport can be arranged. From there you are transferred to Gentle Giant at Chalong Pier in Phuket. A shared minivan service will assure all guests are transferred back to their hotels.
There is an 8% discount for non-diving partners. Price includes Dive guide, 12-liter tanks, weights & belt, all meals, soft drinks, round trip transfers from Phuket main beach hotels, Phuket airport.
Price excludes Equipment rental (2,500 baht/set), national park entrance and diving fees (2,500 baht), nitrox, 15l tanks, alcoholic drinks.