MV Colona VI

Thailand Liveaboard Diving MV Colona VI Built in 2000 and locally constructed, MV Colona VI provides you with all the comforts you will need for your live aboard diving trip. She has been sailing smoothly for 8 seasons and is one of our most popular boats, with many customers returning to sail with her time and time again.

MV Colona is a wooden hull live aboard vessel. Neat and tidy, there is plenty of space for diving safely in the dive deck, where 14 divers and 2 guides are easily and comfortably accommodated. The diving deck is in fact organised to provide individual tank holders for each diver with ample space for storing your other equipment. All the tanks are filled on the spot by experienced and certified crew. Nitrox is also available on this vessel and there are tables beside the tank storage area for storing your computers, including a fresh water tank, for rinsing computers and cameras in particular.

She has 6 twin cabins and 1 double cabin all fitted with air condition, electric sockets (no need for pin adapters as these are international, working at 220 a.c.) fridge, cupboard space for your personal items and a large panoramic window to gaze at the stars at night and the turquoise waters in the morning just as you open your eyes to a new day.

Meals in MV Colona VI include both Thai and European cuisine, with a variety of delicacies to please all pallets. Colona VI runs a buffet, which effectively means that you can eat to your stomach’s content.

Tired from a hard day’s diving you can relax in the upper deck with free coffee, tea and water or you can order a beer, wine or soft drinks at a small charge. Cushions all around offer a sense of home in Colona VI, while you watch a DVD or listen to your favourite CD tunes. There is also an on-board library should you feel inclined to expand your horizons in-between dives.

 

Itinerary

NORTHERN CRUISE
4 Days at The Similan and Surin Islands
14 Dives -4 Days & 4 Nights

Sunday
Leaving from Phuket at 9 pm. Overnight traveling to the stunning Similan Islands.

Monday
Diving for 3 days around the Similan Islands. In the late afternoon there you have a chance to visit island number 4 for one or two hours. The fourth dive is a night dive, in Donald Duck bay at island number 4. Overnight stay is in a cozy secluded bay. The best time to relax and enjoy a DVD or read your favourite book.

Tuesday
The fifth dive is at the Similan Islands, followed by onward travel to Koh Bon for Dives 6 and 7. The eighth dive may be either at late afternoon under the sunset sky or in the night at Koh Tachai. Stay on board overnight at Koh Tachai.

Wednesday
Dive number 9 is again at Koh Tachai, followed by a trip to the spectacular dive site of Richelieu Rock where dives 10 and 11 take place. Dive number 12 will again be at Koh Tachai in the sunset or at night time in Koh Bon. Following this, Colona VI travels back to the Similans with an on board overnight stay in one of the Similan islands.

Thursday
Dives number 13 and 14 take place at the Similan islands.Return to Patong Bay. Liveaboard trip ends with disembarkation at 6 pm.

 

SOUTHERN CRUISE
2 Days at Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Phi Phi
7 Dives – 2 Days & 2 Nights

Friday
Leaving from Phuket at 9 pm. Overnight traveling to the most stunning dive sites of the South, famously known as Hin Daeng and Hin Muang.

Saturday
Hin Daeng and Hin Muang exploration over 3 dives. Dive number 4 will either be a sunset dive at Hin Daeng & Hin Muang or a memorable night dive in the famous islands of Phi Phi followed by relaxation on the boat.

Sunday
Dive number 5 is an early morning dive at Koh Bida Nok, followed by dive number 6 at Shark Point dive site. Finally, dive number 7 is at a beautiful macro island called Koh Doc Mai. Liveaboard trip ends with disembarkation in Phuket at 6 pm.

 

SOUTHERN & NORTHERN CRUISE COMBINED
6 Days at The Similans, Surin Islands, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Phi Phi
21 Dives – 6 Days & 6 Nights

For this cruise simply combine the two itineraries above.

 

NORTHERN CRUISE
6 Days at The Similan and Surin Islands
22 Dives – 6 Days & 6 Nights

Friday
Leaving from Phuket at 9 pm. Traveling overnight to the amazing Similan Islands.

Saturday
Dives 1, 2 and 3 are all around the Similan Islands, with the opportunity to visit island number four in the late afternoon. Here takes place dive number 4, which is a night dive in Donald Duck bay. On-board overnight stay in a secluded bay where you can enjoy your evening under the stars, breathing the fresh sea air and smiling at the moon with a cold drink.

Sunday
Dive number 5 is still at the Similan Islands, then traveling on to Koh Bon for dives 6 and 7. The next dive will be in Koh Tachai either at sunset or in the night. Overnight stay at Koh Tachai with a small book and big smile.

Monday
Dive number 9 is again at Koh Tachai, then traveling on to the world famous Richelieu Rock dive site for another 2 dives. Dive number 12 will either be a late afternoon dive at Koh Tachai or a night dive at Koh Bon.

Tuesday
Koh Tachai for dive number 13, Koh Bon for dive number 14 and then back to the Similan Islands. Dives number 15 and 16 at the Similan Islands with the latte possibly being a night dive.

Wednesday
Similan Islands excursions provide further excitement for dives 17, 18, 19 and 20, followed by an afternoon journey to island number eight. If you find you want more adventures on land you can follow our tour guide, hiking to the viewpoint, where you can capture some spectacular shots of the Andaman Sea and islands around.

Thursday
Visit dive sites Shark Fin Reef and Boulder City for dives 21 and 22. Return to Patong Bay, with disembarkation at Phuket around 6 pm.

 

 

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 Scuba Cat

Liveaboard Diving Thailand MV Scuba Cat BoatNewly refurbished in 2008, the MV Scuba Cat operates in the Similan waters and is the largest diving liveaboard catamaran in the country. Those divers suffering from sea sickness will find this vessel most comfortable and stable owing to its construction and location.

MV Scuba Cat Liveaboard is a unique diving platform in that it is moored in the calm waters of the Similan Islands and only travels from dive site to dive site within the National Marine Park. Our MV Scuba Sport speed boat transfers divers to the MV Scuba Cat almost daily, depending on the season. Once transfered onto the vessel you have a choice of staying as many days as you like, doing up to 5 dives a day. You also have the opportunity to rent an ocean kayak or we can take you to the beautiful surrounding beaches where you can sunbathe to your heart’s content or, if you are looking for a different kind of sport alongside diving, you can take part in our famous sunset volleyball matches on the beach. Life on board this vessel is easy going. There is also ample space to relax on top of its 80 square meter sun deck, where you can chat about all of your day’s adventures. The MV Scuba Cat live aboard is a fine place to make new diving friends exploring the spectacular underwater world of the Similans.

She boasts a low level dive platform with ample space, making equipment preparation and access to the water very easy for everyone on board.

If you are a beginner diver, and unsure of your diving skills, this should be the ideal boat for you to start your liveaboard career, since you will be diving in the safety of the protected waters of the Similan National Marine Park, with plenty of shallower water dives sites around. MV Scuba Cat will take you to dive sites such as Honeymoon Bay, Boulder City, Hideaway Reef, Deep Six, Breakfast Bend and Elephant Head Rock among others.

MV Scuba Cat accommodates up to 20 divers in its twin share cabins. All cabins are spacious and have upper and lower berths, reading lights, fans, lockable boxes and a view of the ocean through your window, first thing in the morning when you wake up.

The crew on board are always friendly and willing to answer any questions, help you with anything you need and teach you about the underwater world, always with your safety and that of the environment in mind.

In the low season MV Scuba Cat liveaboard journeys to the protection of Racha Yai and Racha Noi islands, where transfers to the vessel take place daily. Racha Yai is the best place to learn scuba diving, since the underwater currents are mild. The dives sites in this area are rich with aquatic life and hard corals reefs. Racha Noi on the other hand, fit for more experienced divers due to the strong currents, offers dive sites full of soft corals, home to larger fish and manta rays.

Book with Island Cruises all year round, for a journey into the stunning underwater world of the Similans with the choice of as many diving days as you wish and the added bonus of maintaining your independence by not having to follow a particular Cruise schedule as with all other vessels.

 

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary – 5 days and 4 Nights
Day 1
We pick you up from your accommodation in Phuket at 6:30 to 7 am and transfer you to the MV Scuba Cat Liveaboard in the Similans. Upon arrival at 12:30 pm you have a filling buffet lunch, after which you are assigned a cabin and given a health and safety on board briefing. Your first dive takes place soon after, followed by a fresh fruit and cookies snack and another two dives, a total of 3 dives on your first day. Since on board the MV Scuba Cat you can make up to five dives a day, there is always ample time for you to spend some time on the beach while catching the later dive. We can take you to the beach or your can rent one of our ocean kayaks, exploring your more primitive explorer instincts, away from engines of any kind. Return back on board for dinner is at 6 pm.

Days 2, 3 & 4
We usually wake you up at 6:30 am. A light self service breakfast with toast, fruit cereal, juice and coffee is followed by your first dive of the day, at 7:30 am. There is nothing like diving early in the morning before the fishes go to school and the sun starts the hard work! Your first dive is then followed by a full western breakfast. The second dive is at 10:10 am, followed by lunch at 12 pm and another two dives at 2 pm and 4 pm. Dinner is served at 6 pm and you can dive in the night if you wish, at approximately 7:30 pm. Once again, you can always break your schedule a little by relaxing on the sun deck or taking a trip to the surrounding beaches for a few hours.

Departure Day
Your final day on board includes another 3 dives, again at 7:30 am, 10 am and 12 pm. having satiated your diving hunger and full with experience you will indeed be hungry for some food! Lunch is served at 1 pm and at 2:15 you will be transfered back to Patong Bay. The way back is a good time to complete your log book.

 

 

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.

 

 

MV Nautica Prices

PRICES 2009-2010

Cruise Destination

Days / Nights

Master Cabin

Twin / Double Cabin

Bunk Cabin

Similan / Surin

4 / 4

$ 1,180

$ 1,090

$ 870

Similan / Surin

6 / 6

$ 1,770

$ 1,630

$ 1,290

Thailand / Myanmar  

8 / 8

$ 2,640

$ 2,460

$ 2,100

BOAT CHARTER – PRICE PER PERSON / PER DAY
Cruise
Half Boat (6 guests for 5)
Full Boat (12 guests for 10)
 
Similan / Surin
$ 1,310
$ 2,770
 
Thailand & Myanmar
$ 1,490
$ 3,120
 
Other Price Related Information
All prices are per diver in US Dollars. Prices and fees may change without prior notice.
Fuel Surcharge: In case of unforseen circumstances there may be an increase in fuel prices. We therefore, reserve the right to adjust the prices above accordingly.
Single Supplement: Surcharge of 90% from the price of cabin
Discount: 10 % for non-divers

 

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 & Surin National Marine Park & Burma Entry Fee
Soft drinks Diving courses
Snacks Nitrox tanks
Drinking water, electrolytes, tea, coffee Rental equipment (at $ 20 per day)
Tanks (not NITROX) Nitrox Fills
Torch, weights & weight belts Dive Insurance
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.

Each of these parks will charge a 400 Thai Baht entrance fee with an additional 200 Baht per day, per diver.

 

 

MV Sai Mai Schedule

SCHEDULE 2009-2010
MONTH
CRUISE DATES
DIVE AREAS
DAYS / NIGHTS
APRIL

12 Apr – 16 Apr

Similan & Surin
4 / 4
17 Apr – 21 Apr
Similan & Surin
4 / 4
22 Apr – 26 Apr
Similan & Surin
4 / 4
27 Apr – 01 May
Similan & Surin
4 / 4
MAY
2 May – 6 May
Similan & Surin
4 / 4
7 May – 11 May
Similan & Surin
4 / 4