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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 The Junk :

Average price is US$ 132 per day

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Year built:1998
Max divers12
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The legendary liveaboard vessel, The Junk, offers luxurious dive safari cruises to the best diving sites in Thailand. Manufactured in 1962 and reconditioned in 1998 it provides unique diving experiences. Discover magnificent sites like the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock and Koh Bon diving alongside whale sharks and manta rays. The liveaboard cruises are great for divers as well as non-divers, offering features for snorkeling and land excursions. Dives are done from a zodiac and Nitrox is available for those certified.

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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 Andaman Tritan :

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Year built:2015
Max divers23
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Andaman Tritan liveaboard offers one of the best value for diving in Thailand. For the same price as less featured boats, you get a cabin and full rental equipment, including a dive computer. Bookings are available for two-night safaris touring the Anambas Islands, and four-night dive safaris traveling the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, and Khao Lak.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Sea World 1 :

Average price is US$ 132 per day

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Year built:2017
Max divers18
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Sea World 1 is the symbol of Asian hospitality, style, and warmth. Its air-conditioned cabins are located on the main deck to offer the best views the sea has to offer! It has been conceived to make you live a dream-like liveaboard experience while exploring the best diving spots in the Andaman Sea and Myanmar thanks to its extensive dive platform and gearing up area. In a cozy and refined atmosphere, you can watch our talented chef prepare delicious dishes in the kitchen while enjoying your favorite drink. Fresh and delicious flavors, innovative cuisine, rich in aromas and flavors of Asia, the menu is an explosion of taste where Thai, Burmese, Indian and Chinese cuisines meet.

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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 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 Dolphin Queen :

Average price is US$ 123 per day

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Year built:2008
Max divers22
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Dolphin Queen liveaboard is one of the less expensive liveaboards offering diving at the Similan Islands, but you don’t lose quality with the lower price. At 24m she houses twenty-two divers. This “budget boat” provides a great dive trip and a social experience during its tour of the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin Islands; including Richelieu Rock, and even 7 or 8-night trips to the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar.

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

Average price is US$ 187 per day

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Year built:2013
Max divers10
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

If you want great liveaboard diving and personal experience then the MV Giamani liveaboard is for you. The 24m steel-hulled boat only services ten divers at a time. The Giamani offers a one to six-night dive trips that will give divers an unmatched tour of the Andaman Sea.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Manta Queen 8 :

Average price is US$ 128 per day

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Year built:2017
Max divers24
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Sure, Thailand is a beautiful country, welcoming, charming but it’s way more for the divers. From the Surin Islands to Koh Bon, via the Richelieu site, let yourself be enchanted by the paradisiacal beaches and the clear turquoise waters on board of the magnificent Manta Queen 8 Liveaboard, the latest addition to the fleet. Inspiring a new way to appreciate the art of sea travel, Manta Queen 8 is a true ode to diving; this elegant & affordable ship boasts exceptional facilities to explore the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Boon Sung Wreck in the best possible way. It offers 4 days & 4 nights of dive trips in the Andaman Sea. Underwater, rugged topography on grounds of 20 to 40 meters, the quality of the fauna and flora can only amaze divers.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Manta Queen 2 :

Average price is US$ 113 per day

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Year built:2016
Max divers20
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Manta Queen 2 liveaboard is 25m/82 feet long with nine cabins and room for twenty guests. The PADI five-star crew speaks French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. The Manta Queen 2 offers three days & three-night safaris to the Similans Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and Richelieu Rock.

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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.

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