MV Giamani

Liveaboard Scuba Diving MV GiamaniBuilt in 1998, MV Giamani offers a wide range of live aboard scuba diving adventures. This cozy liveaboard vessel will sail you all across the Similan Islands, the Surin Islands and around the Andaman Sea islands all the way to India and take you to the most spectacular and stunning dive sites in the world.

Crewed by friendly, smiley and helpful staff of both European and Thai origin, you will find your self feeling taken care of and satisfied throughout your liveaboard trip, both by welcoming and interesting diving and non diving related conversation and by your needs being met for comfort and food.

More specifically, MV Giamani has 2 standard cabins and 4 deluxe cabins all neat, tidy and clean, most of them with en suite bathrooms and hot shower. All the cabins are air conditioned and a fan is also provided for further cooling, if indeed you need it.

She has a spacious air conditioned salon with a home computer where you can sit and enjoy your diving photos and videos of the day, while sharing a few laughs with your fellow divers talking about the beautiful manta you had just been swimming with. DVDs are also available if you and your friends wish to relax while watching a film and you can also play your favourite cds. A library with a wealth of information about the fish you made friends with on the day is also freely available.

If on the other hand it’s the fresh Similan air you prefer to breathe, then just step outside on the deck and lounge in the shade, or in the evening, on the most comfortable cushioned deck sofa, while sipping on a glass of cold white wine, dreaming of the leopard shark you will meet the following day on dive one. For moments where you wish to be in your own space, calmly reading your book, there is ample room on the boat, either on the boat’s bow, where you will also find comfortable cushioned sun beds and at the front of the boat.

Mv Giamani’s dive deck is quite spacious with storage room for your equipment just below your tank and BCD, providing safety and security. You will find a special rinse tank for your computer and camera, as well as a camera table space where you can safely keep it from harm. This is the ideal boat if you enjoy underwater photography. Crew are always eager to help you with gearing up and when your dive is finished just surface and wait for the captain to come and pick you up. Liveaboard Similans Diving MV Giamani 10Don’t be alarmed if you see him steering his boat straight at you, he’s quite capable and used to pulling the handle break before he reaches you. That way you can then easily step up the ladder at the back of the boat, without having to swim that extra few metres. This is a captain who knows his boat well; you will feel safe in MV Giamani.

Dive guides and instructors on Giamani understand that diving is not the only factor that will make this a memorable liveaboard experience. They appreciate that making you feel welcome and safe can be even more important than the actual diving itself and for this reason they are happy to approach you and talk with you, answering all your questions and sharing years of valuable knowledge and experience.

Food on board is aplenty, of both Thai and Western tasty cuisine and served with respect and pleasure by the boat’s hostess. As it is buffet, you can eat all you want, though it might be a good idea to rethink the amount of weights on your weight belt just before your next dive!

Discover the underwater world in some of the earth’s richest in aquatic life dive sites, while liveaboard diving with MV Giamani. Your diving cruise is sure to leave you with a similar feeling to when you’ve tasted a fine old wine: satisfied, warm inside, calm and eager for more.

 

Itinerary

THAILAND – NORTHERN CRUISE
4 Days at the Similan and Surin Islands
14 Dives – 4 Days & 4 Nights

Embarkation Day
MV Giamani leaves from Phuket at 9 pm and travels through the night to the stunning Similan Islands.

Day 1
3 dives during the day in the Similan Islands. In the late afternoon you have the opportunity to visit island number 4 for a few hours. Dive 4 is a night dive in Donald Duck bay at island number 4. Overnight stay will be in a peaceful secluded bay. Time for relaxation and a dive into your favourite book.

Day 2
Dive 5 is once again in the Similan Islands. Giamani then sails to Koh Bon for dives 6 and 7. Dive 8 will be in Koh Tachai either at sunset or at night time. Here the boat will rest overnight.

Day 3
Dive 9 will be at Koh Tachai, followed by traveling to Richelieu Rock dive site for dives 10 and 11. Dive 12 will either be a sunset dive at Ko Tachai dive site or a night dive at Koh Bon dive site, depending on time of arrival. Overnight stay is again around one of the Similan Islands.

Day 4
Dives 13 and 14 take place at the Similan islands, followed by return to Phuket with disembarkation at Patong Bay at 6 pm.

*Please note that the four day cruises that precede and follow our Thailand and Burma cruise, will depart and return to Thap Lamu port, instead of Phuket. In this case, we will naturally transfer you to Phuket if you so wish.

 

THAILAND – NORTHERN CRUISE
5 Days at the Similan and Surin Islands
18 Dives – 5 Days & 5 Nights

Embarkation Day
MV Giamani leaves from Phuket at 9 pm and travels overnight to the Similan Islands.

Day 1
3 daytime dives are completed around the Similan Islands followed by the opportunity to visit island 4 later in the afternoon for some time. Dive 4 will be a night dive in Donald Duck bay at island 4. Rest on the boat for the night in a secluded bay, where you can enjoy the leisure time facilities that MV Giamani offers.

Day 2
Dive 5 is at the Similan Islands, followed by travel to Koh Bon for dives 6 and 7. Dive 8 would either be a sunset or a night dive at Ko Tachai. Overnight stay around this dive site.

Day 3
You will be making 3 dives around the Surin Islands. In the afternoon you have a chance to visit the local Sea Gypsy village. Dive 12 with overnight stay at the Surin Islands.

Day 4
In the morning MV Giamani travels to the famous Richelieu Rock dive site for Dives 13 and 14. Dive 15 will either be a dive in the afternoon at Ko Tachai and/or a night dive at Koh Bon for dive 16. Rest in the night on board at one of the Similan Islands.

Day 5
Dives 17 and 18 will then be at the Similan islands. Return to Patong Bay with disembarkation at Phuket at 6 pm.

 

THAILAND – NORTHERN CRUISE
5 Days at the Similan and Surin Islands
22 Dives – 6 Days & 6 Nights

Embarkation Day
MV Giamani will be leaving from Phuket at 9 pm followed by overnight travel to the beautiful Similan Islands.

Day 1
Three daytime dives within the Similan Islands. In the late afternoon you have a chance to visit island 4 for some time. Dive 4 will be in island number 4 in Donald Duck bay, followed by onboard overnight stay in a secluded bay. Check out your pictures on our boat computer.

Day 2
Dive 5 at the Similan Islands, then travel onward to Koh Bon for dives 6 and 7. Dive 8 will either be a sunset or a nigt dive at Ko Tachai, followed by overnight on board stay at Koh Tachai.

Day 3
Dive 9 at Koh Tachai, then travel to the infamous Richelieu Rock dive site for dives 10 and 11. Dive 12 will either be a sunset dive at Ko Tachai or a night dive at Koh Bon.

Day 4
Dives 13 will be at Koh Tachai, Dive 14 at Koh Bon and then MV Giamani continues south returning to the Similan Islands for dives 15 and 16. Dive 16 will either be a sunset or a night dive, depending on time of arrival.

Day 5
Dives 17 up to 20 take place in The Similan Islands. Enjoy an afternoon journey to island number 8. If you find you have lots of energy you have the opportunity to join our tour leader for a hike to the picturesque viewpoint, the best place to get spectacular photos of the Similan Islands and the Andaman Sea.

Day 6
Dive 21 and 22 will be to the south of the Similan chain, at dive sites Boulder City and Shark Fin Reef. These are perfect sites for your final dives as they offer the chance to see all kinds and sizes of aquatic life. MV Giamani then heads back to Phuket with disembarkation at 6 pm.

*Please note that the four day cruises that precede and follow our Thailand and Burma cruise, will depart and return to Thap Lamu port, instead of Phuket. In this case, we will naturally transfer you to Phuket if you so wish.

 

THAILAND & BURMA CRUISE
9 Days in Burma & Thailand
30 Dives – 9 Days & 9 Nights
(19 dives in Burma and 12 dives in Thailand)

Embarkation Day
MV Giamani leaves from Thap Lamu at 9 pm and travels through the night to Koh Bon, one of the richest dive sites just outside of the Similan Islands.

Day 1
Begin your first 2 dives at Koh Bon, getting to know the local Manta Rays. Following this you do two dives at Koh Tachai, home to all kinds of marine life.

Day 2
Dive 5 is at Richelieu Rock, followed by a cruise to Kawthung in Myanmar. Complete border formalities and then cruise out toward the islands of Myanmar.

Day 3
Dive 6 is at Rocky Island followed by two day dives and a night dive at Shark Cave.

Day 4
Dive 10 and 11 are at South Twin with a further two fulfilling dives at North Twin.

Day 5
Dives 14 up to 17 are completed in Black Rock dive site, is the most northern point of this cruise.

Day 6
Dives 18 up to 21 will be, weather permitting, at the exhilarating dive sites at Burma Banks. As Burma Banks is a long way out in open sea water, the weather may not allow for this visit. If weather does not permit, there many other rich and beautiful dive sites around that we can visit.

Day 7
The first dive of the day is at Far Away Banks, followed by Western Rocky and Cupola Island dive sites. You can complete 3 dives in these areas, before returning to Kawthung to check out of Myanmar and head back to Thailand.

Day 8
This day offers a chance to dive at one of the most spectacular and most sought out dive sites, Richelieu Rock. 2 dives in this site will satisfy your diving spirit and leave asking for more. Just so, we then cruise further south to Koh Tachai for another 2 exhilarating dives.

Day 9
An early morning dive at Koh Bon is followed by the final cruise dive at Boonsoong Wreck, a total of 9 amazing diving days on board the MV Giamani in Thailand and Burma.