MV Scuba Adventure

Thailand Liveaboard Diving MV Scuba Adventure

MV Scuba Adventure is an original vessel, comfortable and spacious enough for you to feel at home fining your own space when you need to.

MV Scuba Adventure liveaboard has 5 twin cabins and 2 double cabins, all air conditioned, thereby accommodating up to 12 people.

The covered deck offers a pleasant and refreshing space away from your diving expeditions, where you can relax and enjoy your drinks with your fellow divers, while exchanging experiences of your day’s extraordinary dives.

The dive platform, built with your safety and comfort in mind is spacious and well organised.

The dive crew on board the Scuba Adventure are experienced and have a curiosity that

perhaps even exceeds your own, despite the fact that they have been diving in these waters for years. John, from England, always manages to find something new on each dive and knowing the dive sites very well he will always show you the sights around so you don’t miss anything during your dive. Isabelle, from Belgium, a fluent English, Dutch and French speaker is our number one little-creature spotter so if it’s nudibranches you want to find, along with the manta rays and sharks of course, she is the person to show you. Isabelle and John work very well together and create an atmosphere on board that will give you a sense of safety, good humour and fun.

Dive with Island Cruises into your underwater dreams from our fully equipped liveaboard and experience the wonders of the colourful creatures and rich underwater vegetation of the Andaman Sea.

 

Itinerary

SIMILAN ISLANDS CRUISE (KOH BON, KOH TACHAI, RICHELIEU ROCK)
Departure: 5pm – Return: 5pm
4 Days & 4 nights (14 Dives)
5 Days & 5 Nights (18 Dives)

HIN DAENG & HIN MUANG CRUISE
Departure: 5pm – Return: 5pm
3 Days/ 3 Nights (10 Dives)

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY – 4 DAYS & 4 NIGHTS

Departure Day
Arrive before 5 pm on departure day at Scuba Cat Diving in Patong Beach, with pick up from your hotel. Transfer to MV Scuba Adventure by 7 pm for a full safety and boat briefing. You will be assigned a cabin and then set up your dive equipment. Dinner is served on board as you head off for a peaceful overnight journey to the Similan Islands.

Day 1
Wake up at 7 am to the world of the Similan paradise! Early breakfast followed by dive 1 around 8 am. This may be the beautiful coral of East of Eden on Island 7. After this dive full western breakfast is served, with plenty of conversation with your new liveaboard friends as you slowly settle into the liveaboard diving schedule of eat, sleep, drink and dive. Dive 2 is at the world famous Elephant Head Rock dive site, between islands 7 & 8, followed by a cruise north towards Koh Bon West Ridge, the land of Mantas. Dinner is served after the night dive, after which you can just relax over a cold beer chatting about the day’s sightings and fun on the party deck.

Day 2
Journey for 2 hours to the north, to the most spectacular dive site, Richelieu Rock, for a minimum of 2 dives. Conditions allowing this will be followed by a further sunset dive at Richelieu Rock or else we’re off to Koh Tachai for an amazing night dive, where we find overnight shelter in a secluded bay in the area.

Day 3
Early morning dive once again at Koh Tachai dive site and then we head on back to Koh Bon for more manta rays and sharks off the West Ridge. Alternatively, for the advanced divers, you can do a deep dive on the Koh Bon Pinnacle! We then Journey back to the Similans Islands where we hop on the island to explore the white sandy beaches and the awsome granite boulder formations in the area. Dive 3 is in the crystal waters of Anita’s Reef Island number 5 – bring your cameras for this one – followed by a night dive at Honeymoon Bay or the Hideaway.

Day 4
On this last day we do 2 morning dives in the area of the southern Similan Islands usually at dive sites Boulder City and Shark Fin Reef, depending on weather conditions and the wishes of the our guest divers. Your Similan/Richelieu cruise ends as we journey back to Patong in Phuket, arriving approximately at 4:30 pm, with lunch served on board. Back at Phuket you will be transferred to your hotel, or our department in Phuket for assistance in returning to your final destination.

 

 

MV Nautica

Live Aboard Thailand MV Nautica MV Nautica, a steel mono-hull vessel, was custom built in 2004 to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) specifications. This assures you that the vessel lives up to standards of safety and security that not many liveaboard vessels in Thailand can boast. It is built with the intention of providing you with a safe, pleasurable and exhilarating cruising experience.

A comfortable and luxurious liveaboard boat, Nautica accommodates up to 12 guests. She has 1 double bed master cabin and another 4 twin double bed cabins, including a bunk bed cabin. All cabins have been designed to give you a sense of luxury, furnished with teak wood and equipped with individually controlled air condition, en suite bathrooms (except the bunk bed cabin on main deck) with hot shower and towels provided, large sea view windows to let in the morning sunlight, reading lights, wardrobes for your personal belongings and a mini bar.

She boasts a spacious open air lounge on the upper deck with comfortable cushions for relaxing in your post-dive times. In fact there is a general laid back atmosphere to this vessel

accomplished with the help of a sociable and friendly crew which makes for an easy, fun and enjoyable live aboard experience. You can also listen to your favourite cds and watch movies or explore our extensive marine library.

Food on board the MV Nautica is served by buffet, providing you with the option of many different dishes and the opportunity to eat as much as you want. Food is carefully prepared with Thai, European and American dishes served across the day by our caring hostess and coffees and teas, including water and small snacks are free. If you have special dietary requirements please let us know.

Diving with MV Nautica will provide you with the opportunity to visit Koh Tarutao, one of the least visited dive sites by other boats and the on board instructors will be happy to teach you new skills and train you all the way to higher levels of PADI certification.

 

Itinerary

THAILAND – SIMILAN & SURIN ISLANDS
4 days & 4 nights or 6 days & 6 nights

Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon West Ridge, Koh Tachai

Sample Itinerary
Departure at 6 – 7 pm. Guests are picked up from within Phuket. Board MV Nautica at the pier and depart with destination Similan Islands,Thailand. Dinner is served on board followed by a briefing regarding the schedule of the following days.

 

THAILAND & MYANMAR
8 days & 8 nights
Similans, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Richelieu Rock, and the Mergui Archipelago, Rocky Island, Black Rock

Travel through the night to the spectacular Similan Islands in Thailand.

Day 1
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai dive sites

Day 2
Richelieu Rock, then cruise to Myanmar and Thailand border
Day 3
Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar – Burma)

Day 4
Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar – Burma)

Day 5
Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar – Burma)

Day 6
Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar – Burma), cruise to Myanmar and Thailand border

Day 7
Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon

Day 8
Arrival Day: visit Koh Tachai, departure from Tablamu after lunch, followed by minibus transfer back to your hotel in Phuket.

*N.B.: The MV Nautica route will widely depend on current weather conditions and the current political situation in Burma; decisions are taken by Captain and Cruise Director, always with consideration to the wishes of the guests.

 

 

MV Sai Mai

Live Aboard Diving Thailand MV Sai MaiMV Sai Mai was originally built in 1993. Way back then, this vessel was specialized in Burma Trips. By 2006, her loving owner had rebuilt and re-designed the MV Sai Mai transforming it into one of the most comfortable and spacious liveaboard vessels you can find in Thailand.

If what you long for is spectacular diving in some of the best dive sites in the world, while receiving special personal attention on board from our caring and experienced staff, then this is the boat for you. MV Sai Mai travels to all areas in and around Thailand including the Merghui Archipelago in Myanmar and a brand new diving cruise to Langkawi.

All cabins come complete with individually controlled air condition and en suite bathrooms and are cared for by 3 on board cabin staff. MV Sai Mai boasts a limit of 8 guests per dive cruise, thus allowing for more space on board per guest, so you can easily find your own relaxing space on board.

On this note you will find a shaded relaxation area on the upper deck, ideal for reading your book in between dives and chatting about the day’s Manta Ray and Whale Shark sightings with a fresh drink in your hand. This is also where meals are served.

MV Sai Mai is run under personal management, by Magnus the owner of the boat, making for a more flexible and personal atmosphere on board. Together with Waldi the Dive Master, they will guide you through the most satisfying diving expeditions of a maximum of 4 divers per group, showing you all that their years of experience in these waters has shown them.

The dive deck comes with a separate storage area for all your equipment, including your cameras and computers. With plenty of space you will never find this area overcrowded. NITROX is free on the MV Sai Mai and if you wish to advance your diving skills, a number of PADI courses are available on board taught by experienced instructors dedicated to your safety and, last but never least, to having ample quality fun!

 

Itinerary

MV Sai Mai journeys to the Similan & Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock, the Phi Phi Islands and Hin Daeng, including the Merqui Archipelago in Myanmar before Burma. She also makes a special journey from Phuket to Langkawi.

The following are Sample Itineraries:

 

PHI PHI, HIN DAENG CRUISE
4 Days & 4 Nights

Tuesday
Departure at 3.00 pm from Phuket. Onward travel to the Phi Phi islands.

Wednesday
4 Dives at Phi Phi Islands & Koh Rock.

Thursday
4 Dives at Hin Daeng &  Hin Muang.

Friday
4 Dives at Koh Ha & Phi Phi Islands

Saturday
2 Dives at King Cruiser Wreck & Koh Doc Mai, followed by arrival in Chalong Phuket at 4.00 pm.

 

MYANMAR CRUISE
8 days & 9 Nights

Departure Day
6 pm pick up from your hotel. Overnight travel to the Similan Islands with dinner on board.

Day 1
Dive 1 at the Similans. Dive 2 at Koh Bon. Dive 3 at Koh Tachai or Richelieu Rock. Overnight travel to the Myanmar border.

Day 2
Once border formalities are completed, you travel towards our 1st Myanmar dive site. Diving is at High Rock, Stewart Island, or Rocky Island.

Day 3
Shark Cave dive site, one of the best sites in Myanmar, where we make 3 day-time dives and 1 night-time dive.

Day 4
3 day-time dives and 1 night-time dive in Black Rock.

Day 5
3 day-time dives and 1 night-time dive in North Twin – South Twin.

Day 6
3 day-time dives in Burma Banks at Heckford Bank and Silvertip Bank.

Day 7
2 dives at North and Western Rockies followed by a cruise to Kaw Thaung for border clearance. Overnight cruise to the Similan Islands.

Day 8
3 day-time dives and 1 night-time dive in the Similan Islands.

Night 9
Journey back to Phuket. You have your last breakfast around 8 am. Transfer back to the hotel.

 

PHUKET TO LANGKAWI CRUISE
8 days & 9 nights

Departure day:
2 pm pick up from your hotel, followed by overnight journey to the Phi Phi Islands with dinner on board.

Day 1
3 day-time dives and 1 night-time dive in Phi Phi Islands.

Day 2
3 day-time dives and 1 night-time dive in Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Ha, Koh Rok.

Day 3
3 day-time dives and 1 night-time dive in Tarutao National Park: Ko Lipe.

Day 4
3 day-time dives and 1 night-time dive in Tarutao National Park: Ko Rawee, Ko Adang.

Day 5
Sightseeing and shopping in Langkawi.

Day 6
3 day-time dives and 1 night-time dive in Tarutao National Park: Ko Lipe, Ko Rawee, Ko Adang.

Day 7
3 day-time dives and 1 night-time dive in Ko Ha, Hin Muang, Hin Daeng, Ko Rok.

Day 8
3 day-time dives and 1 night-time dive in Phi Phi Islands

Day 9
Return to Phuket. You have your last breakfast.around 8 am. Transfer back the hotel.

 

 

MV Giamani Boat Specifications & Technical Information

General Information Cabin Types Available
Built in the year 1998
2 Standard Twin Share Cabins
Length 24m (78.7ft)
Deluxe Triple share or Twin share Cabins
Beam 6.5m (21ft)
All Standard cabins have:
Draft 2 m (6 ft)
Individually controlled air condition & fan
Material: Steel
Shared bathroom & hot shower
Tonage: 62 tons
Cupboard space for storing your belongings
Two NISSAN engines each with 230 HP
Large panoramic window
Max speed of 12 knots
All Deluxe cabins have:
A cruising speed of 9 knots
Individually controlled air condition & fan
Range: 3000 miles
En suite facilities (private toilet & hot shower)
Two generators each with 30kw
Cupboard space for storing your belongings
All cabins complete with 220v of Electricity 24 hours a day
 
Two L&W compressors
Onboard Crew
NITROX system onboard
1 Captain
Large inflatable dingy with an outboard of 30bhp
1 Engineer
Fitted with modern navigation equipment
1 Deck hand
Fully equipment medic first aid and oxygen system
1 Cook
Water capacity: 10,000 Liters
1 Hostess
Water makers  2 X 4000 liters per day
1 Cruise director (dive instructor)
Comfortable sofa area
1 Tour leader (dive instructor)
Library
3rd Dive instructor, if full boat
CD / VCD Music system with music selection 
 
DVD Player with a library of films
Safety Facilities PADI Scuba Diving Courses Available
Satellite phone PADI Advanced Open Water Course
Mobile phone PADI NITROX Course
VHF Radio & SSB Radio PADI Specialty Courses:
Depth sounder x 2 Peak Performance Buoyancy
CB Radio, 24h contact with NAVY Project Aware
Radar x 2 AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
EPIRB Fish Identification
O2 tank & O2 instructor provided on board Deep Diver
MFA Kit & Emergency First Response instructors on board Diver Propulsion Vehicle (charge for rental of vehicle)
Two life rafts complete with jackets throughout Multilevel Diver
Emergency evacuation facilities with helicopter & ambulance Night Diver
Affiliated member with the Hyperbaric Chamber in Phuket Underwater Photographer
Fire extinguishers  

 

Upper Deck:Liveaboard Boat Layout MV Giamani
1 – Deluxe cabin
2 – Deluxe cabin
3 – Deluxe cabin
4 – Deluxe cabin
5 – Galley
6 – Dive deck
7 – Relaxation area at boat’s bow

Main Deck:
1 – Standard cabin
2 – Standard cabin
3 – Bathroom
4 – Wheelhouse
5 – Air conditioned salon
6 – Dining deck

 

 

MV Giamani Schedule

SCHEDULE 2009-2010
MONTH
CRUISE CODE
DATES
              DIVE AREAS
DAYS / NIGHTS
APRIL
GI28
09 Apr – 11 Apr

Special Southern Trip Hin Daeng, Hin Muang & Phi Phi

2 / 2
GI29
12 Apr – 16 Apr
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI30
19 Apr – 23 Apr
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI31
24 Apr – 30 Apr
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
6 / 6

 

SCHEDULE 2010-2011
MONTH
CRUISE CODE
DATES
              DIVE AREAS
DAYS / NIGHTS
NOVEMBER
GI01

02 Nov – 06 Nov

Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
G102
07 Nov -11 Nov
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI03
12 Nov – 16 Nov
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI04
17 Nov – 21 Nov
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI05
22 Nov – 26 Nov
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI06
27 Nov – 06 Dec
Thailand & Burma
9 / 9
DECEMBER

GI07

07 Dec- 11 Dec
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI08
12 Dec – 16 Dec
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI09
17 Dec – 21 Dec
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI10
22 Dec – 28 Dec
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
6 / 6
GI11
29 Dec – 04 Jan
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
6 / 6
JANUARY
GI12
05 Jan – 09 Jan
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI13
10 Jan – 14 Jan
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI14
15 Jan – 19 Jan
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI15
20 Jan – 29 Jan
Thailand & Burma
9 / 9
GI16
30 Jan – 03 Feb
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
FEBRUARY
GI17
04 Feb – 08 Feb
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI18
09 Feb – 13 Feb
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI19
14 Feb – 23 Feb
Thailand & Burma
9 / 9
GI20
24 Feb – 28 Feb
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
MARCH
GI21
01 Mar – 05 Mar
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI22
11 Mar – 19 Mar
Andaman Islands (India) – NEW DESTINATION
8 / 8
GI23
20 Mar – 28 Mar
Andaman Islands (India) – NEW DESTINATION
8 / 8
GI24
29 Mar – 06 Apr
Andaman Islands (India) – NEW DESTINATION
8 / 8
APRIL
GI25
10 Apr – 14 Apr
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI26
15 Apr – 19 Apr
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI27
20 Apr – 24 Apr
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI28
25 Apr – 29 Apr
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4
GI29
30 Apr – 04 May
Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
4 / 4

 

 

MV Giamani Prices

PRICES 2010-2011

4 Day / 4 Night Cruise

Deluxe Triple Diver 30,400 Thai Baht
  Non Diver 27,360 Thai Baht
     
Deluxe Twin Share Diver 35,200 Thai Baht
  Non Diver 31,680 Thai Baht
     
Standard Twin Share Diver 31,200 Thai Baht
  Non Diver 28,080 Thai Baht
 

6 Day / 6 Night Cruise

Deluxe Triple Diver 45,600 Thai Baht
  Non Diver 41,040 Thai Baht
     
Deluxe Twin Share Diver 52,800 Thai Baht
  Non Diver 47,520 Thai Baht
     
Standard Twin Share Diver 46,800 Thai Baht
  Non Diver 42,120 Thai Baht
 
8 Day / 8 Night Cruise
Deluxe Triple Diver 72,800 Thai Baht
  Non Diver 65,520 Thai Baht
     
Deluxe Twin Share Diver 82,400 Thai Baht
  Non Diver 74,160 Thai Baht
     
Standard Twin Share Diver 74,400 Thai Baht
  Non Diver 66,960 Thai Baht
 
9 Day / 9 Night Cruise
Deluxe Triple Diver 72,900 Thai Baht
  Non Diver 65,610 Thai Baht
     
Deluxe Twin Share Diver 83,700 Thai Baht
  Non Diver 75,330 Thai Baht
     
Standard Twin Share Diver 74,700 Thai Baht
  Non Diver 67,230 Thai Baht

 

Prices Include Prices Do Not Include
Transfers to and from your accommodation on Phuket Island (Other areas on request) Soft drinks (aside from meal times)
Accommodation onboard Alcohol
All meals Similan Marine National Park Fee
Soft drinks at meal times Diving courses
Snacks Nitrox tanks
Drinking water, electrolytes, tea, coffee Rental equipment
Tanks (not NITROX)  
Torch, weights & weight belts  
Dive guide  
 
National Marine Park Fee
Almost all of the diving we do is in National Marine Parks. Entering the park requires a fee. This directly funds the Park Rangers, who take care of the park and are responsible for the maintenance and instalation of mooring buoys.

MV Giamani visits 3 different Marine Parks. These are Hin Daeng & Hin Muang, the Similans and Surin Islands. Each of these parks will charge a 400 Thai Baht entrance fee with an additional 200 Baht per day, per diver.

The Marine Park fees below are paid on board the vessel
Southern Cruise – 2 Days / 2 Nights 400 Thai Baht
Northern Cruise – 4 Days / 4 Nights 1,600 Thai Baht
Northern & Southern Cruise – 6 Days / 6 Nights 2,000 Thai Baht
Northern Cruise – 6 Days / 6 Nights 2,000 Thai Baht
 

Equipment Rental

Full set of equipment per day

800 Thai Baht

Computer rental per day 300 Thai Baht
Nitrox per tank 250 Thai Baht
 

PADI & SSI Dive Education Available Onboard

The full range of PADI & SSI Courses is offered on board the live aboard. Below are prices for the most popular courses.

PADI Advanced Course 7,500 Thai Baht
PADI Nitrox Course 7,000 Thai Baht
SSI Advanced Course 6,000 Thai Baht
SSI Nitrox Course 5,500 Thai Baht

 

 

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MV Explorer Schedule

Liveaboard Diving MV West Coast Explorer

MV West Coast Explorer cruises for 4 Days & 4 Nights in Thailand and always visits:

Similan Islands
Koh Bon
Koh Tachai
Richelieu Rock

Please look in MV Explorer Prices for the Scheduled Cruise dates, including the prices for this particular live aboard vessel.

 

 

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