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Finding the perfect Liveaboard in Thailand

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Diving in Thailand is possible all year round. The peak diving season is  May-September and October-April. The water temperature in Thailand ranges from 28-30°C

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Thailand is known for its paradise beaches, beautiful tourist sites, ancient ruins and the most epic underwater diving experiences. Bangkok is the capital, which in itself is an ultramodern city full of surprises around every corner.

The Andaman Sea is one of the most well-known and world famous locations for liveaboard diving. Home to a huge variety of marine life, including whale sharks, manta rays, endless numbers of reef fish and beautiful corals, there really is no other place like Thailand.

We'll help you find the perfect Liveaboard trip, that suits your needs:

It's difficult to choose wich liveaboard that will suit your needs and how to find the best price on that boat.

So we've gathered the best boats and made it possible to compare prices across all the different booking platforms. This way, you'll get the best boat for your needs at the best price.

Start by sorting the boats after your budget, and find a liveaboard that fits your budget and your needs:

Sort the liveaboards based on your needs

We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Smiling Seahorse :

Average price is US$ 198 per day

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Year built:2018
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The MV Smiling Seahorse is an upgrade of the famous MV Thai Sea. This beautiful 25 meters/82 feet liveaboard, which debuted in November 2018 is built with guest comfortability in mind along with enjoyable scuba diving liveaboard cruises at Thailand’s best dive sites. The MV Smiling Seahorse caters to 16 guests. With the safety of guests assured, the MV Smiling Seahorse guarantees an enjoyable experience while you explore the remote and pristine waters of Burma and some of Thailand’s best dive sites in the Andaman Sea.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Marco Polo :

Average price is US$ 171 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers14
InternetNo
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes (free)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Welcome aboard the newly remodeled Marco Polo liveaboard. This 23m/75 feet beauty, complete with seven cabins, was built in 1998 and received a complete makeover in 2016. The Marco Polo offers a complete menu of diving services including; guided dives, partner dives, boat diving, and snorkeling. Your dive adventure is meticulously planned to meet your desires, as you tour the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and Richelieu Rock.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Manta Queen 6 :

Average price is US$ 124 per day

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Year built:N/A
Max divers14
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The 25 meters/82 feet Manta Queen 6 liveaboard provides enough diving and snorkeling opportunities to satisfy any diver doing a 5 days/ 4 nights liveaboard trip to Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and the Boonsung Wreck.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Pawara :

Average price is US$ 150 per day

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Year built:2016
Max divers24
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

One of the best parts of a vacation is sharing the pictures, and taking a tour of the Andaman sea aboard the Pawara liveaboard will allow you to share your memories as they happen with their free onboard Wi-Fi access. The Pawara can house twenty divers comfortably. Depart Tablamu Pier in Khao Lak for your four days, four-night dive safari touring the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock & Surin national park.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Oktavia :

Average price is US$ 145 per day

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Year built:2007
Max divers20
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The MV Oktavia, a beautiful 30-meter wooden boat built in 2003 and refurbished in 2007 offers guests (both divers and non-divers as well as children) fantastic liveaboard tours to the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. Swedish owned and operated, the MV Oktavia can accommodate 33 guests but was limited to around 20 guests to enable divers to have enough space and feel comfortable. Cruise with MV Oktavia and discover why Similan Islands Scuba Diving is regarded as the best and most exclusive in Thailand.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Bavaria :

Average price is US$ 142 per day

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Year built:2016
Max divers24
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The MV Bavaria Liveaboard is a baby among boats, built in 2016, but offers top of the line amenities to divers looking to enjoy the world class diving of Thailand and Burma. The MV Bavaria includes twelve luxurious cabins, and accommodates non-divers with a 25% discount. No more compromising on your vacation, the Bavaria gives great food and activities for your entire party.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Hallelujah :

Average price is US$ 180 per day

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Year built:2013
Max divers25
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Sing praises as you climb aboard the MV Hallelujah liveaboard for a four day four-night luxurious dive safari. At 35m, the Hallelujah is large enough to accommodate 25 guests while still giving each guest the feeling of space and privacy. Your vacation will consist of fourteen dives over the four days of your dive trip.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the The Similan Explorer :

Average price is US$ 125 per day

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Year built:2016
Max divers18
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Venture the Similans National Park with the 24m Similan Explorer liveaboard. This wooden boat specializes in four and five-night dive trips, giving divers plenty of opportunities to dive with the great marine life of the Andaman Sea. The onboard dive guides take pride in offering great diving and to delight their diving guests. The Similan Explorer also includes equipment rentals and dive courses to meet your every need.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Miss Moon :

Average price is US$ 154 per day

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Year built:2017
Max divers10
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Hailing from Myanmar, the 18m/59 feet long Miss Moon liveaboard has everything you could want in a liveaboard dive safari. Miss Moon was built in 2008 specifically for divers and carries only ten guests at a time to dive sights in Thailand and Burma. Have a non-diver with you? Miss Moon provides snorkeling and kayaking so everyone in your group can have a fun experience.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Manta Queen 5 :

Average price is US$ 105 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2013
Max divers22
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Manta Queen 5 liveaboard is a good choice when diving the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, and the Boonsung wreck just off the coast of Khao Lak. This 23-meter liveaboard gives great value for the money and plenty of diving on three days and four nights trip.

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There are 22 PADI approved dive safaris that travel around the south of Thailand. However, the most popular liveaboards travel around the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, and Koh Bon. These locations are only reachable by liveaboard. The usual duration of liveaboards in Thailand is around 4 to 10 days.

With so many incredible diving locations to choose from, it’s good to know a few of the top places to explore.

The Similan Islands

These islands are very well known amongst divers; so missing out would be an absolute travesty.

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is another one of Thailand’s most popular destinations amongst divers as well as non-divers. It can be used as a base for travelers hoping to do some off-shore diving, as well as a great place to catch a liveaboard and even continue your diving qualifications.

Ranong

Ranong is known as a ‘gateway’ to the Burma Banks and the Mergui Archipelago. This location offers incredible diving that makes you feel like you’re discovering a whole new underwater world.

Koh Tao

This is another extremely well-liked travel destination. It’s the perfect place for all levels of diver, even newbies and children who want to experience scuba for the first time.

Information to know about liveaboard diving in Thailand

  • Thailand is a tropical island paradise and with that comes hot weather and humidity throughout the year.
  • From May through to September is monsoon season where the country becomes not only warm but wet as well.
  • From the months of November through to mid-March, the weather dries out and the weather gets hotter.
  • Average temperature ranges from 30C/85F-35C/95F all year round.
  • Average water temperature ranges from 27C/80F-32C/90F all year round.
  • Visibility ranges from 10m-40m depending on what time of year it is.
  • Currents depend on location and can range from extremely strong to practically non-existent.
  • Diving can be done throughout Thailand any time, however, if you’re planning a trip to the Gulf of Thailand, then the best time to dive is from May to September.
  • If you’re planning a liveaboard to the Andaman Sea, then the best time to dive is from October to April.
  • High tourist season is from November to March, with a huge peak over the Christmas and New Year period. Prices in Thailand are extremely low, however, they do increase over this time.
  • Liveaboards run throughout the year however if you are planning on joining a dive safari traveling to the fascinating archipelagos of Similans and Surin, it is only available between October and May. The national park is open at this time and allows for some spectacular diving. You do not want to travel all the way to Thailand and miss out.
  • The main international airport is located in Bangkok and is known as Suvarnabhumi International Airport. However, there is a second airport in Bangkok that used to be the main airport known as Don Muang International Airport. This airport is now used for more of the national and regional international connections and incoming flights.
  • The language spoken in Thailand is Thai as well as English, so do not worry, almost all tourist areas speak English.
  • The national currency of Thailand is Thai Baht, there are approximately 32.66THB to 1 USD.

2 Comments

  1. Dhruv

    Hi, i am travelling to phuket on 14 dec 2019. And would like to do some diving. I have done 9 dives and am an advanced OWD licence. Have done my last dive in 2016. Please guide for some best diving experience at similan either day trips or by a live aboard.

    Reply
    • Torben Lonne

      Hi Dhruv,

      Did you take a look at some of the above boats?

      Reply

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