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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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Our team at work

We gave our Scuba team one  job:
Test 33 different Liveaboards in Thailand and write reviews of the best.

The result is 10 of the best liveaboards in Thailand.

Torben Lonne

Scuba Instructor and editor

Torben has a huge passion for Scuba diving and traveling. He's also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of divein. 

Thailand is known for its paradise beaches, beautiful attractions, prefect beaches, and World class diving.

When looking for a Liveaboard in Thailand, it’s usually to dive the areas of The Andaman Sea. Well-known for its world famous 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.

You can also read our Full Guide to Diving in Thailand

 

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.

We’ve reviewed the 33 liveaboards in Thailand and complied our Top 10:

 

Sort the liveaboards based on your needs

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

Average price is US$ 179 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2017
Max divers20
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

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.

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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

Our recommendations:

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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 The Junk :

Average price is US$ 132 per day

Our recommendations:

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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 The Phinisi :

Average price is US$ 213 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2018
Max divers18
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.No
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The newly-renovated Phinisi joined in 2018 the growing fleet and is now offering unique diving experiences in the Andaman Sea. Like its big brother The Junk, its elegant style perfectly combines colonial and contemporary influences. Admire the colorful landscapes of Thailand, so beautiful you’d feel like in a fairytale; no wonder they call it “the land of a thousand smiles”. The Andaman Sea, meanwhile, contains in the heart of its crystal clear waters the dream of every diver and snorkeler. There’s such a wide variety of fauna & flora and you might even encounter sharks. Visit some of the best dive spots in the world, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock in Thailand but also the newly opened to divers Myanmar.

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

Average price is US$ 192 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2016
Max divers14
InternetNo
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The MY Genesis I, an excellent option for divers who choose to travel alone, in pairs with friends and families offers you the best dive sites in Thailand. At 25 meters/82 feet in length, this luxury liveaboard accommodates 12 passengers with enough space. The boat has eight professional crew members who are there to make your trip fun while making your safety their priority. So why not book now and enjoy the MY Genesis I on the Andaman sea.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Manta Queen 7 :

Average price is US$ 101 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2015
Max divers22
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Manta Queen 7 liveaboard offers ten cabins and plenty of relaxation space to enjoy over five days and four nights of diving at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock & the fantastic wreck dive Boonsung Wreck.

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

Average price is US$ 160 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2016
Max divers30
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Want to cruise the Andaman Sea in comfort and style? The 37m Sawasdee Fasai liveaboard is your dream come true. This boat is large, but only carries twenty-four divers so you will be able to stretch out and relax between dives. Sawasdee Fasai offers five day, four night dive safaris that will take you diving of Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai and Koh Bon.

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

Average price is US$ 188 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2012
Max divers21
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Deep Andaman Queen liveaboard is a 30m beauty providing a comfortable and relaxing dive vacation. The Deep Andaman Queen offers four to seven days liveaboard safaris traveling the Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock, and Burma Banks. She was custom designed for diving and even offers separate entry and exit platforms.

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

Average price is US$ 308 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2013
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The 35m Thai Aggressor diving liveaboard has everything you could desire to complete you diving vacation. The crew is ready and willing to attend to your needs; providing comfort and opportunities for fun to all levels of divers. The Thai aggressor even offers a full array of PADI courses to catch you up to speed or help you increase your diving knowledge and expertise.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the DiveRACE Class E :

Average price is US$ 239 per day

Our recommendations:

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Year built:2015
Max divers20
InternetNo
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The MV DiveRACE is a 35m luxury dive liveaboard on the Andaman Sea. Not only will divers experience some of the world’s best diving, but private massages and a BBQ pit as well. Diving with the DiveRace Class E makes reaching Thailand and Burma’s remote dive spots anything but rough. With fifteen staff on-board, guests will never be left wanting when on a dive safari.

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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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