The best way to describe this unique dive boat is, ‘authentically renovated’ but she is much, much, more than that. Nowadays mixing together the old and the new has become somewhat of a traditional necessity but inconspicuously blending them together creates pure magic.
Just imagine your treading the same boards as those intrepid sailors did over fifty years ago; although instead of having to carry heavy charcoal about and endure hot and cramped living quarters, its quite the opposite.
The liveaboard cabins are now more than ample with their own private bathrooms, and the heaviest thing you will need to lift are the pages of a book or magazine! As for sweating?
Forget it, the boat’s air-conditioned throughout and there’s always plenty of shade on the decks. If however, you need to escape the sunshine (and lets face it everyone does at some point!) and the shades just not enough, there’s a selection of onboard entertainment lurking behind the hand carved facades of shelves, cabinets and draws in the salon.
There’s an extensive library of books, Mini Discs and Video’s all readily available; many a returning guest now familiar with the systems, know they are more than welcome to bring their own choices. One dreads to think what the food was like in those cheerless days but not to worry, today I found the same quality you find in top-notch hotels; a truly comprehensive menu of appetizing local and international flavors; add the panoramic splendors, a touch of nostalgia and a slight sea breeze, and alfresco is the order of the day.
The interruption between the seemingly steady flow of meals and snacks is of course, the diving, the quality of which speaks for itself, particularly as the majority of the sites visited are listed in the ‘Top Ten’ destinations in the world.
The dive crew is not only well versed in their highlights, but have a few secrets as well. Accessing these underwater treasures is done from a safe distance, that is to say, without the boat dropping divers straight onto the site and then maneuvering slowly, and noisily away.
The experienced crew has the answer; dinghies, the routine is so meticulously handled by a well trained crew, any hesitations are quickly brushed aside and the benefits become quite clear, if not obvious.
On a final note, it escapes me as to why a splendid vessel such as this has to maintain a label generally associated with unsatisfactory consumables, it appears that not everything is accepted for what it is.
I personally feel She is setting the standards for others to follow, and follow they will, and after all they say that opposites attract!
On the day of departure we will pick you up at your location of choice anywhere in Phuket or Khao Lak (including the airport) and transfer you to the Dive Center where you can make your deposit, balance payment by cash or credit card (3% service charge for credit card sales via Visa or MasterCard).
After the check in is completed you are welcome to use the social networking areas for Internet services or you can relax by the pool prior to the boat departure if time permits.
When you have seen your cabins and had dinner, there will be time to set up equipment and make a thorough check before leaving.
The boat departs with traditional Thai fireworks and then you will receive a short but important boat briefing.
You will wake up in the Similan Islands or Timor Leste with a nice cup of coffee or tea and a light first breakfast waiting for you.
The trip leader gives a dive safety briefing and dive site briefing and the diving in paradise begins!
The remaining schedule is simple: eat-sleep-dive-repeat… The boat has a slightly flexible schedule for the dive sites so we can choose the best for you.
After the trip ends, you will be picked up at the pier at 2:30 PM to return to the Dive Center.
Arriving at 3:00 PM you have time to sort out your luggage and comment on Trip Advisor or Facebook about your amazing trip if you want. At 4:00 PM you will be transferred to your hotel, resort or airport in Phuket or Khao Lak.
- All Meals
- Tea, Coffee & Snacks
- Instructor 4:1 Ratio
- 24 Hour Medical Service
- Evacuation Insurance
- Towels and Shampoo
National Marine Park Fees – Marine Park Fee must be paid on board in Thai Baht.
Rate for whole trip per person (diver): Similan 7 Days/6 Nights Marine Park Fee for Diver THB 1,800
- Certification card and log book (if you have one)
- Swim Wear
- Sun Protection
- Small amount of money for extras and tips
- Marine Park Fees
- Length : 33 meters
- Beam : 8.50 meters
- Speed : 8 knots Motor Sailing
- 1 Main Engine 380 Hp
- 2 generators 50 kW each
- Tenders : 1 tender 40 hp 4.20 meters
- 1 tender 60 hp 5.80 meters
- Compressors : 2 Bauer
- Scuba Tanks : 40
- Electronic : Satellite Navigation System
- 3 VHF Radios
- 2 CB Radios
- Video Depth Sounder
- Water-maker : (6.000 l/p.day)
- Range : 10.000 liters of diesel (range unlimited as long as there is wind)
- Safety : Patient area with 2 large oxygen tanks
- 40 life jackets
- Life raft for 25 people
- Surface : 2 recreational areas totaling 150 square meters
- Capacity : 18 passengers, crew of 10
- 6 cabins, 8 hot water showers with toilet
We offer many optional services and equipments for your trip. We will add them to your final bill upon your arrival to Phuket.
Do not hesitate to contact us for more information or for any special requests.
Here is a sample of available options:
- Prescription Mask: 600 ฿ / per day
- Full Set Equipment: 800 ฿ / per day
- Fins: 100 ฿ / per day
- Mask: 100 ฿ / per day
- Regulator: 250 ฿ / per day
- BCD: 250 ฿ / per day
- Wetsuit: 250 ฿ / per day