Boulder City

Boulder city is named after the massive boulders found around the heart of the site. Some of them are more than 25 meters tall and draw the outline of an amazingly rich in aquatic life dive environment.

Boulder City Similan Islands Map Islands 1 2 3As your liveaboard scuba diving adventures take you to the open ocean, you find that the currents around this area become quite strong. Nevertheless, for an experienced scuba diver it will be a breeze to let the currents guide you over the dive site.

In between these massive boulders you will encounter all kinds of colorful marine life. If you find you want further excitement, simply step out of the protection of the boulders and allow the currents to sweep you off your fins.

Other famous dive sites in this area include Shark Fin Reef and East of Eden, where you can snorkel and dive to your heart’s content.

 

Boulder City Dive Site Details

Live Aboard Similan Islands Boulder City - Manta Ray feeding

Recommended live aboard diver certification: Advanced Diver or higher

Maximum depth: 40 meters

Temperature: 27+ degrees

Visibility: 20+ meters

Divesite marine life: Different kinds of Stingrays, Mantas, Big Groupers, Angelfish, Unicorn fish, Puffers, Snappers and, last but not least, White-Tip Sharks.

 

More Similan Island Dive Sites

SY Ruby

SY Ruby Yacht Charter Sailing ThailandSY Ruby is a luxurious, fast charter catamaran with spacious areas both inside and outside the yacht. She boasts a large salon, seating 10 guests, sufficiently air-conditioned and two slick varnished tables where you can sit and enjoy your culinary adventures into the best Thai delights you can find in the country, with class. The salon leads to a u-shaped galley just opposite. From this area you reach the spacious double cabins within the hull of each side of the vessel.

Ruby’s three cabins with ensuite bathroom and shower are sure to provide you with all the comfort you need, with wide storage spaces for your personal items and maximum ventilation with fans and air-conditioning, including opening hatches letting in the fresh sea air and allowing comfortable sightings of the stunning environment around the waters and the sound of the sea first thing in the morning. She also has a double cabin with access to a communal bathroom and shower. Ruby was built with a view to offering you a sense of luxury during your liveaboard sailing.

Above deck and all around the cockpit area Ruby is complete with Sunbrella seat cushions and a large awning covering the entire area, providing much needed shelter from the sun, when your tanning mission is complete. Just then, simply walk to the cockpit fridge where you will find a variety of cooling drinks to quench your thirst and reclimatise; should you need to, you also have easy access to a washroom from this area. A stylish teak table further furnishes the cockpit and can be converted into a comfortable queen size bed, should you wish to lounge under the stars later in the evening.

Ruby‘s decks are spacious enough to provide comfort to all the vessel’s guests. She has a large flexible awning offering further shade when you have sat on the coach roof under the sun for too long. Welcoming large Ferrari nettings are also there for you to relax from your scuba diving adventures.

Complete with state of the art entertainment systems, SY Ruby has all the amenities necessary for fantastic live aboard dive trips and is crewed by warm and friendly staff, eager to please you and guide you around and down into the most spectacular dive sites in the world, meanwhile showing you the most stunning beaches in the islands surrounding them. SY Ruby is the perfect yacht for your luxurious liveaboard scuba diving adventures.

SY Ruby is built in such a way as to make diving as comfortable as diving can be and she does a good job accomplishing this. Stable, with lots of room for storing your diving gear, and the easiest access to and from the water with sea level steps, she boasts the best diving platform you can find in these waters. Furthermore, she has a silent built-in compressor, able to fill a bottle in just under 8 minutes.

 

Itinerary

SY Ruby sails in Thailand, the Andaman Islands, Malaysia and Myanmar (Burma).

 

 

SY Nakamal

SY Nakamal Thailand Charter YachtSailing Yacht Nakamal is a catamaran crewed charter, operating liveaboard cruises in Thailand, from Phuket. Nakamal is a fast yacht, most comfortable, well designed and equipped for tropical climates.

Accommodating up to 6 guests within 3 cabins, Nakamal and her experienced crew, will sail you to all your live aboard dream dive sites in the Phuket waters and surrounding islands, including the Similan Islands and the Surin Islands. She has wide decks where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the Andaman sea, providing you with easy access to the water for your swimming and snorkeling expeditions. When you’ve had a good filling of the sun you can find shelter in the protected cockpit with a refreshing ice drink in your hands.

Below deck, the interior of Nakamal is as beautiful as the exterior. Light and breezy she is built with wooden trimmings and lots of white colours around. The 3 double cabins all come with fans and hatches that open to the world outside, so you can catch views of the sea and sky when you open your eyes in the morning. Nakamal was fully refitted in December 2005 with a view to providing an even more comfortable and pleasant cruise for its passengers. Up to 8 passengers can lounge in the salon, dine and relax into the night. It is also possible to convert the settee to 2 single berths. Just a few steps away from the salon, within the starboard hull, you will find our well equipped gallery. The salon further connects to the cockpit.

During your liveaboard trip, the captain and his crew will take good care of you, cooking delightful food to quench your appetite after your scuba diving adventures and making sure that you are comfortable, answering all your questions and giving you valuable information about the wonders that await you in the Andaman sea as you cruise along the islands. Liveaboard diving with Nakamal and its crew will be an experience you will always remember and will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed, with a sense of warmth in your heart.

Discover the wonders of the underwater world sailing on our fully equipped live aboard yacht charter SY Nakamal.

Itinerary

SY Nakamal sails to the Similan Islands, the Surin Islands and the Islands around Phuket. Further south she visits the Butang group of islands. She also visits Myanmar and the Andaman and Nicobar islands belonging to India.

 

Breakfast Bend

This is the perfect Similan Islands dive site to begin your scuba diving adventures. Jump from our Liveaboard yacht charter into crystal clear waters and gently descend down to 25 meters, where you will encounter scattered rock formations and beautiful soft corals with many Sea Fans, all gracefully complementing each other to create a living garden of colors.

Similan Islands Map Islands - Breakfast BendBreakfast Bend coral reef is for the most part only 5 meters deep, which allows for beginner scuba divers to exercise their newly acquired skills and become acquainted with the Similan beauty that further awaits in deeper divesites.

Currents in this divesite are usually fairly quiet and allow for easy diving. The center of the divesite however, tends to split into two currents pushing north and south. Here you have the opportunity to decide which current you wish to ride, as the north stream will float you up to another site, the North Point, and the south stream to more shallow waters.

 

Breakfast Bend Dive Site Details

Breakfast Bend  Walking Octopus - Similan Island Divesites
Recommended live aboard diver certification: Beginner or higher

Maximum depth: 35 – 40 meters

Temperature: 27+ degrees

Visibility: 20+ meters

Divesite marine life: Sweetlips, Snappers, Fusiliers, Bat Fish, Yellow-tail Barracudas, Green Turtles, Octupus, Ghost Pipe Fish in the extended reef, and Garden Eels, many kinds of Trigger fish, as well as Clown Trigger fish, swim together with Leopard Sharks in the sandy bottom of the divesite.

 

More Similan Island Dive Sites

MV Explorer

Liveaboard Diving MV West Coast Explorer MV West Coast Explorer is a motorized dive vessel, boasting a fully carpeted upper deck and a 30 square meter sun deck. Lounge in the 12 square meter salon and enjoy your resting time from your diving, making full use of our music and video system or our diverse marine library. This live aboard vessel has top facilities run by knowledgeable and experienced staff. She can accommodate up to 16 divers in her fully air-conditioned twin shared cabins.

Have a taste of our delicious on board food of Thai and International main meals, including breakfast. We can confidently say that your only complaint may be that of putting on too much weight, during your liveaboard diving cruise. At MV Explorer, we try to keep your taste buds happy, as we know that good food will make your scuba liveaboard experience all the more enjoyable. To this end, tea, coffee, water, milkshakes and small appetizers such as fruit, sweets, cakes and biscuits are offered free of charge. We also cater for Halal, vegetarian and of course, any allergy related dietary requirements.

Also important in affording you the best liveaboard experience is the boat crew. Our crew is one of the best features of this vessel. Warm and friendly people, they will make sure that you are comfortable, tell you what to expect, ask you about your experience, listen to you, answer your questions and show you all the beautiful creatures around, while you’re diving, so that you don’t miss anything. Furthermore, they are all committed to making your liveaboard dive cruise fun! Anything you need, speak to Milton or Nick, your liveaboard cruise hosts, who will be happy to help any way they can. First and foremost, however, the crew will make sure that you are always safe.

Safety on board our liveaboard vessel, MV Explorer, is first on our list of priorities. The dive deck is equipped with non-slip rubber flooring and the vessel itself has closed circuit video systems covering various communal areas of the boat, including the dive platform and the engine room, thereby ensuring safe standards and practices by all on board. She also carries a complete first aid kit, fire extinguishers, life jackets and a DAN oxygen supply.

 

Itinerary

SIMILANS & RICHELIEU ROCK CRUISE
4 days & 4 nights

West Coast Explorer Live Aboard conducts a 4day/4night schedule during Phuket‘s high season, starting from the 1st of November till the 30th of April, every year. Below are the sites visited:

Richelieu Rock
Koh Bon
Koh Tachai
Surin National Park
Similan National Park

Departure day
Pick up from all areas in Phuket, followed by transfer to the West Coast Explorer to Thap Lamu. Begin your cruise to the Similan Islands. Dinner is served on board.

Day 1-3
4 dives per day – exact itinerary varies; Dive sites are decided en route based on currents, weather, customer choice, big fish sightings etc.

Day 4
2 dives followed by return to Thap Lamu. Transfer back to your hotel in Phuket.

 

 

SY Ruby Schedule

SY Ruby charter yacht Thailand

 

SY Ruby is a yacht charter and as such does not have particular schedules.

To book this luxurious crewed yacht charter for your scuba diving adventures contact us at Island Cruises. We offer the best live aboard diving packages in Thailand.

 

 

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

 

 

MV Nautica Boat Specifications & Technical Information

General Information Diving
Boat type: Steel Motor Vessel Tanks/Nitrox: 26 x 12 l INT valves
Built in 2004 Nitrox fill station: Fischerblender Airmix
Length: 24 m Air compressors: Bauer 2 x Mariner 250 E
Width: 5 m Dinghy: 4,5 m Dingy with 30hp Yamaha Outboard
Engines: Hino 2 x 375 HP Ratio guide to divers: 6 divers / 1 guide
Max. Speed: 12 knots Cabins
Cruising speed: 8 -10 knots Max guests: 12
Diesel tank: 12,000 Litres 1 x Master Cabin
Fresh water tank: 12,000 Litres 4 x Twin / Double Cabin
Water maker: 2000 Litres / day 1 x Bunk Bed Cabin
Navigation & Communication Crew
Radar Captain
GPS Engineer
Depth Sounder, Cook Deckhand
Mobile- & Satellite Phone Hostess
SSB MF/HF Tour Leader / Cruise Director
VHF & CB Radio Dive Master / Instructor
NAVTEX receiver Other Special  Facilities
EPIRB Big sun deck area
Safety Comfortable sofa area
7 x 50 l Oxygen Library
MFA Kit CD / VCD Music system with music selection
25 x Life Jackets DVD Player with a library of films
2 Life Rafts max. 30 person Secure Safe Box
Fire Extinguisher Souvenirs
Electricity   Daily Room Service
Voltages: 220V, 380V, Nightly Turn-Down Service
Generator: 2 x 15kw , 1 x 5kw Customer Travel Accident Insurance by New Hampshire Insurance
Affiliated with the Hyperbaric Chamber in Phuket at the Bangkok Phuket Hospital 
Badalveda Insurance

 

1 – Scuba Diving platform
Boat Layout MV Nautica Liveaboard 2 – Cushioned relaxation area
3 – Dining area
4 – Stairs
5 – Service counter & T.V
6 – Toilet & shower
7 – Master cabin
8 – Wheelhouse
9 – Dive deck
10 – Storage room
11 – Twin / double bed cabins
12 – Stairs
13 – Salon
14 – Galley
15 – Steering room
16 – Compressor room
17 – Engine room
18 – Fuel tanks
19 – Cofferdam
20 – Water tanks
21 – Cruise director cabin
22 – Crew cabin
23 – Ballast tank

 

 

MV Explorer Prices

PRICES 2010-2011

MONTH
CRUISE DATES
DESTINATION
TWIN CABIN
APRIL 2010
02 Apr – 06 Apr
25,000 Thai Baht – Diver
17,500 Thai Baht – Non-Diver
07 Apr – 11 Apr
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
12 Apr – 16 apr
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
17 Apr – 21 pr
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
22 Apr – 26 Apr
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
26 Apr – 30 Apr
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
NOVEMBER
01 Nov – 05 Nov
Thailand – Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
25,000 Thai Baht
06 Nov – 10 Nov
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
11 Nov 15 Nov
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
16 Nov – 20 Nov
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
21 Nov – 25 Nov
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
26 Nov – 30 Nov
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
DECEMBER
01 Dec – 05 Dec
Thailand – Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
25,000 Thai Baht
6 Dec – 10 Dec
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
11 Dec – 15 Dec
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
16 Dec – 20 Dec
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
21 Dec – 25 Dec
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
26 Dec – 30 Dec
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
31 Dec – 04 Jan
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
JANUARY 2011
05 Jan – 09 Jan
Thailand – Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
25,000 Thai Baht
10 Jan – 14 Jan
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
15 Jan – 19 Jan
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
20 Jan – 24 Jan
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
25 Jan – 29 Jan
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
30 Jan – 03 Feb
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
FEBRUARY
04 Feb – 08 Feb
Thailand – Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
25,000 Thai Baht
09 Feb – 13 Feb
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
14 Feb – 18 Feb
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
19 Feb – 23 Feb
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
24 Feb – 28 Feb
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
MARCH
01 Mar – 05 Mar
Thailand – Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
25,000 Thai Baht
06 Mar – 10 Mar
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
11 Mar – 15 Mar
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
16 Mar – 20 Mar
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
21 Mar – 25 Mar
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
26 Mar – 30 Mar
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
APRIL
31 Mar – 04 Apr
Thailand – Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
25,000 Thai Baht
05 Apr – 09 Apr
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
10 Apr – 14 Apr
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
15 Apr – 19 Apr
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
20 Apr – 24 Apr
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht
25 Apr – 29 Apr
As Above
25,000 Thai Baht

 

Prices Include Prices Do Not Include
Transfers to and from your accommodation / dive vessel Alcohol
Air conditioned cabins – twin share Marine National Park Fees
All meals Diving courses
Fruits, drinking water, coffee, tea Rental equipment
Tanks, Torches, weights & weight belts  
Divemaster supervision  
Accident & Recompression Chamber Insurance  
 
National Marine Park Fees
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.
National Marine Park Fees 4 Days & 4 Nights Cruise
Diver 1,600 Thai Baht
Non-Diver 800 Thai Baht
 

Equipment Rental

Full set of equipment per day

600 Thai Baht

Equipment includes Reg, top quality Cressi Sub BCD, Wetsuit, Fins Mask, Snorkel

 

 

Outer Similans

Within the Similan Islands National Marine Park, one finds incredible dive sites, such as Koh Bon and Koh Tachai, which are geologically separate from the near by Similan islands. They are famous for their pelagic sightings and also provide opportunities for thrilling night diving. Their wonders however do not end there. Read detailed descriptions of these sites below, to have a sense of the unimaginable wealth of aquatic life that awaits you, when you book one of our liveaboard yacht charters, with our company Island Cruises.

Richelieu Rock is a spectacular, world famous dive site quite further away from the Northern Similan Islands.

It is part of the Surin Islands National Park, but we have included it in our Outer Similans page, as it is typically included in most of our Similan Island liveaboard diving packages.

All of these dive sites attract large numbers of all sizes of colourful fish and rich gardens of many kinds of corals and little critters. You will without a doubt be amazed at what you see and will be dreaming of your next scuba diving live aboard adventure before you even return home.

 

Outer Similan Island Dive Sites