MV Similan Explorer Liveaboard Review

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MV Similan Explorer dive boat review

MV Similan Explorer is the liveaboard vessel of Similan Dive Safaris – a 5 Star PADI dive centre based in Khao Lak – just 70km north of Phuket. Similan Diving Safaris have been operating in the area for 16 years and have excellent local expertise in liveaboard voyages to the Similan and Surin national parks.

 

Touring from the 9 Similan islands north to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock; the diving is varied and offers something for divers of all abilities.

 

 

Shallow sandy reefs on the east side of the Similans are abundant with shoals of snapper, angelfish and butterfly fish. The western side of the islands are host to huge granite formations, swim-throughs and swooping topography lined with gorgonian fan corals. There is also the chance of something bigger passing in the blue such as a school of barracuda, hunting trevally, manta ray or whale shark. Sometimes currents help assist you through the dive sites – and many dives are drift dives with local guides to allow you to relax and take in the breathtaking scenery. With water temperatures in the 27-29c range and great visibility, the diving is superb.

 

MV Similan Explorer, is a wooden mono-hull diving vessel powered by a 350hp engine. This allows her to cruise between sites at 8 knots. She is 25m in length and 7m in beam, making her comparable in size with competitor MV Giamani. Renovated each year during the closed season to ensure her standard is maintained, she has a full compliment of safety equipment. The vessel has life rafts, GPS, first aid and the staff are first aid trained in the event of an issue.

You can check the availability and prices for this Boat here.

 

Cabins and Boat Layout

 

MV Similan Explorer has berths for 18 divers over her 3 decks. The three cabin options are as follows:

 

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  • 2 x Quad Cabin – ideal for a group of friends or family on a budget. 4 single bunk beds in one cabin.
  • 4 x Twin Cabin – twin bunk beds in a cabin on the main deck.
  • Double Cabin – located on the upper deck with sea views, this cabin has a double bed.

 

Centrally air-conditioned and with 220v power points, the cabins are simply decorated in a traditional Thai style.

 

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Twin Cabin

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Quad Cabin

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Double Cabin

 

On the upper deck is a dining area with 1 table on the port side and 2 table on the starboard side. It also serves as a shaded relaxing area between dives. Also on this deck you’ll find TV, DVD player and stereo system. Feel welcome to bring your MP3 player and play some of your own music too! There are fish ID books onboard to help you record what you’ve seen on the dives. And a constant supply of snacks, fruit, tea, coffee and water in the unlikely event that you’re hungry between meals.

 

Up on the top deck is a sun-deck with mattresses. Lie here and soak up the sun in between dives. Or chill here in the evenings and look at the stars. The choice is yours.

 

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Dive Deck

 

Meals are a plentiful buffet-style combination of western and local styles. Typically, food is cooked to the taste of the group onboard – so don’t worry about the famous Thai chillies!

 

 

Diving onboard MV Similan Explorer

 

Before each dive site, which is chosen according to the prevailing conditions, you’ll briefing before by one of the diving professionals onboard.

 

Nitrox is available onboard for those qualified. Or, if you should wish to learn – why not extend your diving knowledge onboard?

 

The tanks onboard are INT fitting 12L tanks as standard. However should you require a 15L tank or DIN adaptors they’re available to hire.

 

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Dinghy on the way to the beach!

 

The diving logistics are perfect for the lazy diver. Generally entering the water from the main vessel, many dives are drifts where you’ll be picked up by the main vessel or diving tender at the end of each dive.

 

 

Itineraries

 

Departing from Tapla Mu pier in Phang-Nga province, the itinerary is usually 3 days/3 nights taking in the best sites. Dive site selection is obviously subject to the prevailing sea conditions but aims to head as far north as the famous Surin Park/Richelieu Rock.

 

Expect to pay just EUR362 for a 3 day trip. This equates to EUR90/day, making Similan Explorer a bargain. Please note that this does not include some extras such as port/marine park fees, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks and course undertaken on the trip. Please contact us for further details.

Where does this liveaboard dive boat go?

Check out the fabulous places where this dive boat travels to.
Note: some destinations may not be listed below, please enquire for more details.

Khao Lak

Starting point of many liveaboards to dive the Similan and Surin Islands. Khao Lak has also good local diving sites.

Khao Lak Diving Review

Surin Islands

Large Pelagics, Manta rays and Whale Shark if you are lucky all in a superb remote area!

Surin Islands Diving Review

Similan Islands

Great Biodiversity and fauna. Excellent chances to spot the giants Manta rays and Whale Sharks. Superb Scenery of tropical islands! Good spot for underwater photography.

Similan Islands Diving Review

Phuket

Access to the best diving areas of the Andaman Sea and starting point of many liveaboards to Similans and Surin Islands! Good place for cheap diving courses.

Phuket Diving Review

Koh Phi Phi

Amazing Marine life in a very scenic surrounding. Perfect starting point to explore the world class dive sites of the Andaman Sea!

Koh Phi Phi Diving Review

Koh Lanta

Excellent Marine life with good chances to spot Leopard sharks, Manta Rays and even a Whale Shark!

Koh Lanta Diving Review

Koh Tao

Diving hub of Thailand to learn how to dive. Cheap and easy diving on a beautiful island.

Koh Tao Diving Review

Thailand

Thailand is renowned for its beautiful beaches and amazing dive sites. The country offers some of the best diving in the world with the famous Similan Islands and many other amazing spots like Koh Phi Phi and Ko Lanta islands in the Andaman sea.

Thailand Diving Review

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Dive spots reviews in Khao Lak & Similan Islands & Surin Islands & Thailand

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Ko Haa 2 dive spot in Koh Lanta is a very nice reef worth exploring. The spot is very easy and is a perfect place for al...
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Anita's reef is one of the best dive site of the Similan Islands. The topography at the bottom is outstanding with a hug...
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Koh Tachai, the Dome is a superb Diving Site of the Surin Islands! The marine life is teeming and the spot is famous for...
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Phuket Shark Point is one of the best scuba diving spots around Phuket Island. The site consists of three pinnacles at d...
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Elephant head dive site is the most famous spot of the Similan Islands. The name comes from the shape of the rock at the...
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Ko Haa 4 dive site is situated not far from Ko Haa 3-the Lagoon. There is a superb wall going down to 30 m deep. The cor...
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The Bon Soong Wreck is located in the Koh Surin Marine National Park. It is a former old tin dredger which sank in 1985....
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Richelieu Rock is quite simply one of the best dive sites in the World and no doubt the best diving site in Thailand! Th...
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Ko Haa Nua 1 - the Chimney dive site is located on the South side of Ko Haa Nua Island. There is a cave with the entranc...

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