Similan Island 4 Day 4 Night Luxury Liveaboard Cruise | M/V Scuba Explorer Luxury Liveaboard

Similan Island 4 Day 4 Night Luxury Liveaboard Cruise

Similan Island 4 Day 4 Night Luxury Liveaboard Cruise

Cruise Information

Everything you need to know about this luxury liveaboard diving cruise including cabin details, marine park fee's and scuba diving options

Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock for 4 days & 4 nights!

The MV Scuba Explorer is probably the most comfortable and luxurious liveaboard cruising the Similan Islands. With big sofas on the upper deck and a spacious sundeck there is plenty of room to fill out log books, chat with other guests or fall asleep in between dives. Don’t forget this season is also FEE Nitrox for the entire trip!

For this cruise the Scuba Explorer departs from Tablamu Pier (Phang-Nga Province). A transfer bus collects guests from either Phuket airport or a hotel in Phuket to take you to the boat where all crew and dive guides will be waiting to greet you and help you settle into our luxury liveaboard vessel and get you ready for the cruise of a lifetime. A light evening meal will be provided and a briefing about the vessel given once everyone has arrived. The Scuba Explorer sets sail at 8.30pm that evening to arrive in the Similans Islands, and your first dive sites, early the next morning. The first dive each day is done before breakfast but there are snacks, bread, tea, coffee, soft drinks and water available all day. There is food provided in between each dive, all the meals are cooked fresh on board by our excellent chefs. A mixture of Western, Japanese and Thai food is served.

Each evening of the cruise there is the option to do an extra night or sunset dive; this gives you the opportunity to do 4 dives each day instead of the normal schedule of 3, all dives are optional so do as many or as few as you want. After your last dive of the day you can relax and chat about your dives with a beer or glass of wine. The Scuba Explorer is geared towards comfort, on the second deck outside the saloon are sofas, enough for each guest to stretch out and take a nap. There is also a sundeck to top up your tan and get some photos of the beautiful islands.

The Scuba Explorer arrives back at pier pier on the 4th day where a transfer minivan or taxi will be waiting to take you back to your Phuket hotel or Phuket airport. For those of you who are not able to stay for the full duration of the trip, there is the option of getting a speed boat back after the 3rd dive on day 3 of the cruise, this takes you to Tablamu pier in Koh Lak where you then get a transfer back to the airport in time for an evening flight.

We recommend 24hrs after the last dive before flying, so please consider this when booking flights.

The Things You Can See There!

The Diving & The Dive Sites We Will Visit

This cruise is 3 full diving days in the Similan Islands with four dives per day plus each night an optional night dive, so potentially you can do 5 dives each day if you are up for the adventure. The cruise includes 3 – 4 dives at Richelieu Rock, and a mixture of dives at Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and the nine islands that make up the Similans.

The 4 day, 4 night trip on the MV Scuba visits the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. Koh Bon, a well-known Manta Ray cleaning station and a chance to see the magical creatures often has 30m visibility healthy corals and an abundance of life, it can also bring strong currents and the ‘Big green monster’, a cold thermocline bringing nutrients with it to feed the big fish. Manta Rays are not the only creatures to encounter here, watching the Emperor snapper and Trevally feed on the swarms of glass fish around the bombys is an impressive sight, producing some amazing visuals for photos and video. There is a lot of life on Koh Bon; we stay for 2 dives as one dive is just not enough, especially if you are lucky enough to see a Manta Ray.

Island hoping further North we also visit Koh Tachai, an imposing dive site with huge looming boulders and a beautiful coral garden featuring giant gorgonian fan corals, whip coral, harp coral and so much more. Here there is a chance to see circling Barracuda, Giant Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse, big schools of Fusilier and Snapper. Sightings of Manta Rays and Whale Sharks are also a regular occurrence on Koh Tachai. This dive site is often a favourite with the dive guides as it is so diverse, swim one way around the pinnacle through the boulders and you feel like you are swimming around ancient grounds, go the other way around and find hide gems in the amazing corals.

Further north and into the Surin National Marine park lies Richelieu Rock, the jewel of the Andaman Ocean, a fantastic dive site, one, two even three dives is not enough here, for that reason the Scuba Explorer stays the full day at Richelieu Rock, 5 dives are possible here including a night dive, not done by any other boat. The night dive here is definitely not to be missed. The whole site is crawling with life, big schools of Tuna, hunting Trevally, Barracuda tornadoes, Seahorses, Ornate Ghost pipefish, every type of shrimp and, if you are lucky, the magnificent Whale Shark. Each dive here offers something different. The stunning reds and purples of the soft corals covering the horse shoe shape pinnacle make fantastic photo opportunities during the light of the day. The marine life hunting in the evening dive where you find yourself just watching in wonder. The Whale Shark often seem above the pinnacle swimming back and forth feeding on the plankton rich waters makes for one spectacular safety stop, you will want to dive again and again here.

The last day of this trip is back in at the Similan Islands where visibility ranges from 20-40m in turquoise blue waters. Dive among the beautiful corals on the West of Eden; navigate through the swim-throughs of the boulders at Elephant Head Rock. On the beautiful Anita’s Reef the centre piece of this dive site is a magnificent bomby teaming with life, here you may find schools of glass fish, Long nosed Hawk fish, Robust pipefish and even Clarks Anemone fish living in a rare pink Anemone. The Dive sites in the Similan Islands offer such a diverse amount of wild life, each dive being unique from the next, every one as exciting as the last; you never know what you may encounter.

Marine Park Fee

All Scuba Explorer liveaboard trips include a marine park fee that goes exclusively to the conservation efforts for the marine park you are visiting, in this case the Similans Marine park benefits from your contribution and allows the Thailand government to police and regulate fishing activity in the area and keep an eye on Turtle populations.

The marine park fee is not included in the trip price, so please bring the correct amount with you on the cruise.

This trips marine park fee is:

  • Park Fee: 1,800 THB divers
  • Park Fee: 1,000 THB non divers

Cruise Itinerary

  • 17:00 Pick up time from all areas on the departure date
  • 19:30 Arrive at Tablamu Pier (Phang-Nga Province)
  • 20:30 Welcome dinner onboard – underway to Similan Island
  • Day 1 Diving at Similan Island-3 Day dives + 1 Sunset dive
  • Day 2 Diving at Similan Island/Koh Bon -3 Day dives + 1 Night dive
  • Day 3 Diving at Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock-3 Day dives + 1 Night dive
  • Day 4 Diving at Koh Bon or Boon Soong Wreck -2 Day dives
  • Underway to Tablamu Pier, transfer by mini bus back to Phuket approx.: 16:00

Liveaboards Pick up Time

  • Patong Beach/ Kathu area: 17:00-17:30
  • Chalong Bay/Kata/Karon Beach: 16:30-17:00
  • Rassada Pier/ Phuket town/ Panwa Beach: 17:00-17:30
  • Kamala/Surin/Cherng Talay/Talang/Ao Poh: 17:30-18:00
  • Airport/ Nai Yang Beach/Mai Khao Beach: 18:00-18:30
  • Khaolak/ Nang Thong Beach: 19:00-19:30
  • Outside Khaolak center area: 19:00-19:30 ( 1,000 Baht per pax extra charge )

Important Information!

  • Free pickup on departure day from your hotel, if you are staying in Chalong, Kata, Karon or Patong.

  • Free drop-off on return day to your hotel, if you are staying in Chalong, Kata, Karon or Patong.

  • All standard and deluxe cabins are shared unless a private room is requested in advance or at the time of booking.

  • Private rooms are available for an additional 50% of that cabins trip price.

  • The National Park Fee will be collected before the boat departs on departure day.

  • Please bring tips for the guides/boat crew as it is not included in the trip price.

  • Any other fees will be charged upon return, before dis-embarkation.

Cabin Options

We have 4 cabin types onboard the Scuba Explorer so you can pick your level of luxury & comfort

Inside look at the luxury cabin on the Scuba Explorer

2 Person Share - Double Bed

Luxury cabins are the Crème de la Crop of liveaboard rooms, we can assure you there is absolutely nothing else like it in Phuket for the price. You get a comfortable queen size bed, fridge, walk in bathroom and shower, desk, throw pillows, couch and wardrobe. You'll be relaxing in style in these big spacious rooms, they also have large panoramic windows so you won't miss a moment of what's going on outside, each window has adjustable blinds and of course the room is fully air-conditioned.

Luxury cabins make great honeymoon suites and are perfect for couples or married folks. There are only two luxury suites onboard and they usually get booked first, so don't miss out, book it now!

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Inside look at the deluxe cabin on the Scuba Explorer

2 Person Share - Twin Single Beds

Deluxe cabins are a nice step up from the standards, deluxe cabins are a bit more spacious with plenty of storage spots, plus you get your very own mini fridge, stocked with complimentary water and soft drinks. The beds are a little longer and you also get a large window looking out on the beauties that are the locations we visit. Standard cabins only have a small porthole to look out of.

Deluxe cabins are on the main deck so you have very easy access to the diving deck and upper common areas, no climbing up and down the staircases 5 times a day like those guys in standards. Deluxe cabins also have three power sockets, standards come with just one. For the small price increase from standard to deluxe you would be crazy not to book a Deluxe package while onboard with us.

Deluxe cabins are dual single beds, but there is one deluxe cabin onboard with a double bed, again perfect for couples, but it is usually the first room to be booked on our liveaboard trips, don't miss out!

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Inside look at the standard cabin on the Scuba Explorer

2 Person Share - Twin Single Beds

The standard package is the Scuba Explorers lowest priced option, but don't think you are going to be put into tiny cabins or lost for spots to place your gear, the standard cabins that you'll be staying in are actually pretty awesome. Each standard cabin has two single beds, some in bunk configuration some side by side, you don't get your own fridge in standard cabins, but you do get a small wardrobe, fresh towels, blankets and dresser. The beds are also tall person friendly, a few of our staff are well over 6ft tall and fit comfortably. That is also another great feature of the Scuba Explorer as a whole, it truly is a big person boat, if you have ever spent time at sea you'll be familiar with cramped boat spaces, walkways and tiny cabins, but on our boat, you could probably play baseball in the hallways.

Standard cabins are great for friends and couples as they are shared rooms, but take note here because all cabins are a max of two persons, no 4 bunk dorm style rooms on our liveaboard, so you will never be grouped with someone who snores or you don't like, unless you are travelling with them. We pretty much guarantee that you will find our standard cabins far better than many hostel rooms and probably many motel and hotel rooms, weary travellers and excited divers will always find comfort and a good night's rest in our standard cabins. All cabins including standards are fully air conditioned with adjustable vents to tweak it to your preferred temperature level.

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2 Person Share - Bunk Single Beds

These cabins are still pretty nice, essentially the idea is to only really sleep in your rooms so, really, what more do you need than a bunk to dream in and some space for your luggage?

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Helpful liveaboard Info

Helpful & general information about our luxury liveaboard diving cruises


Almost all the places we visit onboard the Scuba Explorer from Phuket Thailand, like the Similans Islands, Southern Andaman, Adang and Myanmar are located deep within marine national parks that are situated in waters claimed by, or that are very close to mainland Thailand.

The main reasons the diving in these marine parks is so spectacular is simply because there are people who care enough about these locations to keep them protected and in beautiful condition for us divers. To continue keeping the parks as memorable as they are, requires a small fee for each diver that enter the parks to help pay for the area's general up-keep and protection from industry and fisheries.

These fees are different at each park and are dependent on how long the Scuba Explorer is visiting for, so please be aware that marine park fees are not included in the cost of your liveaboard package. You will typically sort out these fees just before departure and once there you'll realise just how small a price it is to pay to be diving in these well preserved, sometimes heritage listed, wonders of our giant blue ball we call Earth.

Onboard the Scuba Explorer you will not find any bleeding heart hippy communes, we are professional divers that believe humans can interact peacefully and safely with the marine environment without damaging it. Obviously we all have an impact, and thus it is up to us to mitigate that impact, so that the reef and marine life may live and prosper for future generations to experience their wonder.

So whilst onboard the Scuba Explorer we do ask that you try to minimise plastic bottle usage, please use the bins provided for rubbish and cigarette butts (fish really don't like them) and no flushing anything but natural waste in the toilets. Whilst Diving please be mindful of the corals, as they take thousands of years to grow, and only seconds to be destroyed by the accidental fin kick or dropped equipment.

One last thing, if we catch you touching, riding or harassing any of the marine life, you will hastily be left on a deserted island populated by starving circus bears. We will not tolerate the touching or harassing of wildlife, especially the Whalesharks!

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Departs From Tablamu Pier

All our liveaboard trips depart from Tablamu Pier (Phang-Nga Province), with free pickup transfer from your hotel on the day of departure if you are staying in Phuket or Khaolak.

We will arrange all pick ups and drop offs before and after the trip, this way you get free transfers to and from the liveaboard and then there is no confusion or lost travellers.

The following lists the area's that included in the free pickup, if you are outside these area's you will need to contact us and arrange something.

  • Patong Beach/ Kathu area: 17:00-17:30

  • Chalong Bay/Kata/Karon Beach: 16:30-17:00

  • Rassada Pier/ Phuket town/ Panwa Beach: 17:00-17:30

  • Kamala/Surin/Cherng Talay/Talang/Ao Poh: 17:30-18:00

  • Airport/ Nai Yang Beach/Mai Khao Beach: 18:00-18:30

  • Khaolak/ Nang Thong Beach: 19:00-19:30

  • Outside Khaolak center area: 19:00-19:30 ( 1,000 Baht per pax extra charge )

Tablamu Pier is located outside of Phuket, hence why you need to transfer via minibus to ge there before departure. We use this pier because it is the shortest distance by straight line to the Similan Island's, which means less overall travel time for our guests and crew.

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