Everything you need to know about this luxury liveaboard diving cruise including cabin details, marine park fee's and scuba diving options
Southern Andamans, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa & Phi Phi Islands for 3 days & 3 nights!
The Southern Andaman cruise includes 10 dives with an extra 2 optional night dives plus a visit to Koh Phi Phi Don on the last night of the trip. The MV Scuba Explorer South Andaman cruise allows you to dive some of Phuket’s most beautiful dive sites located in the Phi Phi National Marine Park and the Koh Lanta National Marine Park in style and comfort. There are sofas on the second deck both inside and outside, and on the top sundeck, you won’t find a more comfortable liveaboard vessel cruising the Southern Andaman’s or Phi Phi. Our couches are often taken up with divers napping between each dive, but the size of the boat allows room enough for all 22 guests to nab their own sofa and catch some well deserves sleep and relaxation time.
A minivan will be available to collect you from Phuket airport or your hotel in Phuket and transfer you to Patong pier where the MV Scuba Explorer departs in the evening, we then travel overnight and arrive in Phi Phi the next morning for your first dives of the trip. We then arrive back at Chalong pier on the 3rd day at 1:30pm where you will get taken back to the airport or your hotel in Phuket. The delicious food we have onboard is a mixture of Western, Japanese and Thai, cooked fresh everyday by our excellent chefs. The crew on this boat are very helpful and friendly, making sure you have everything you need and will make your trip that little bit more special with heir big smiles and helpful nature, giving you a top experience both in and out of the water.
Food & snacks are served between each dive, with a snack bar of bread, jams, tea, fresh coffee, milo, cookies, candy and soft drinks available all day. Beer and wine are also included in the price so why not relax with a glass after your last dive of the day chatting with others about the wonderful days diving.
The Things You Can See There!
The Diving & The Dive Sites We Will Visit
This cruise is 2.5 full diving days in Koh Lanta Marine Park and Phi Phi Islands with four dives per day plus an optional night dive on two of the days, so potentially you can do 5 dives some days if you are up for the adventure. Please check the cruise itinerary for more information.
Hin Deang and Hin Muang are so called because of the vibrant colours of the soft corals covering these dive sites. Red rock (Hin Deang) and Purple rock (Hin Muang) are deep water pinnacles in pristine condition, home to some amazing marine life and known for its regular sightings of the graceful Manta Rays and Whale Sharks. But that’s not all to see here, you will also encounter countless species of fish, shrimp and octopus. Reef sharks and Leopard sharks have also been seen here. The walls of these pinnacles are covered in soft corals, anemones and fan corals, host to a diverse amount of marine life. The pinnacles drop to depths of 60m and are surrounded by blue water giving an impressive backdrop for some stunning photos and videos.
Due to strong currents and deep depths these are recommended for advanced divers.
Explore the incredible caverns of Koh Haa and see the stalactites hanging some 30m above you as you surface in the middle of the island. The evening dive here creates some visually stunning photos as the light at the cavern entrance silhouettes big schools of fish.
Koh Phi Phi produces some beautiful dive sites, Giant gorgonian sea fans, Barrel sponges, Harp coral and Whip corals host many different species of fish. Swim through huge schools of Big Eyed snapper and watch when they scatter as Golden trevally dart into the middle of them, see the Small Tooth emperor change colour as they come down to feed off the reef. Getting to these dive sites in the early morning means we get there before any of the day boats, when marine life is just waking up giving us the chance to see many Black Tip reef sharks,Kuhls stingrays, Hawksbill turtles and more. A dive is also done on the Phi Phi wreck, teaming with life, the schools of fish here are so densely populated that at times you are not able to see the wreck. For the certified wreck divers amongst us this is a good chance to explore the inside, through narrow corridors, navigating around the lionfish.
The other wreck dive scheduled on this trip is the popular King Cruiser wreck, sunk in 1997 this wreck has become an artificial reef in itself. Now covered in white and purple hemprich soft corals you will get schools of fish sometimes in the thousands, Big eyed snapper, Yellow tail barracuda and Big Mouth mackerel all hang around this wreck, silhouetted in the openings, and you may also encounter schools of Pickhandle barracuda circling around.
Shark Point is one of the most beautiful of Phuket dive sites, the brightly coloured corals here are simply stunning and teaming with a diverse amount of marine life. Among the snapper, pufferfish, fusilier and angelfish you can also spot moray eels, shrimp, bamboo shark and even leopard sharks. This UNESCO site is a must visit site.
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 Koh Haa park benefits from your contribution and allows the Thailand government to police and regulate fishing activity in the area and keep an eye on Shark populations. The marine park fee is not included in the trip price, so please bring the correct amount with you on the cruise.
The Koh Lanta National Marine Park fee of 1,400thb is not included in the price and will be collected on the boat at the beginning of the trip.
This trips marine park fee is:
- Park Fee: 1,400 THB
The boat sets off from Patong pier traveling overnight arriving at a Phi Phi dive site on day 1. 2 dives are done at Phi Phi and one at the wreck before heading to Koh Lanta National Marine Park to dive Koh Haa in the evening with an optional night dive at nearby Koh Rok Noi. The next morning there are 2 dives on Hin Deang and one on Hin Muang and Koh Haa before the boat travels back to Phi Phi for the optional night dive and an evening out on Phi Phi Don. The next day the boat heads back towards Phuket stopping of at King Cruiser and Shark Point for the last 2 dives of the trip.
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.