Merdeka 1 SpaBoat has all you need for a perfect diving trip

Merdeka 1

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Merdeka 1 liveaboard Thailand
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Chalong, Phuket
No. of guests: 10
Prices from: 761 USD
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Merdeka 1 is also known as SpaBoat, and it offers something for everyone. This includes, massage & spa treatment, scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, visits to uninhabited islands’ beaches & caves, Koh Phi Phi nightlife, and more. Nearly everything is included in the rates, meaning you can really relax & enjoy the cruise.

At 27 metres long and built in Sulawesi, Indonesia, Merdeka 1 is extremely popular with couples, families, & groups of friends, but you are also welcome to join alone. There are two cabin types, double & twin. All cabins have air conditioning, but the double cabins also have private en suite bathrooms. Plus Merdeka 1 has a special feature unique to boats in Thailand. At the front of the upper deck is a Jacuzzi!

Several things make Merdeka 1 the best choice for your cruise from Phuket. These include the unique itineraries that focus on diving at the best spots and at the best times of day, plus ensuring that non-divers are kept happy throughout the cruise. In the low season (May - October) Merdeka visits the Racha (Raya) Islands, south of Phuket for three days and two nights. Then in the high season (October - May) it visits Koh Phi Phi and Koh Haa for four days and three nights. At all of these locations, the diving is excellent, but so is the snorkelling and the views above the surface of the sea. Scuba diving is most-often done in the mornings, before the day-trip boats from Phuket bring crowds of divers. Then in the afternoons, you can choose to dive again, but most guests snorkel, kayak, have a massage, visit a beach or enjoy the free beer, cocktails and wine.

Finally, unlike nearly every other diving boat that charges extra for rental scuba equipment, on Merdeka it's included. 

Prices & Schedule

Merdeka 1 Diver Prices Overview 2022 / 2023
DestinationsDuration Twin Double
( 10 Dives)
4D / 3N Twin1,015 USD Double1,015 USD
Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Transfers to and from local hotels
Dive equipment
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Soft drinks
Alcoholic drinks
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Mask and Snorkel
Full-foot fins
Soap & Shampoo
Luggage storage
Not Included In The Price
National park fees
Dive computer
Larger tanks
Tips / Gratuities
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There are two itineraries on Merdeka 1.

During the low season the boat offers 3D/2N trips to Koh Racha Yai & Koh Racha Noi.

In the high season (October - May) Merdeka 1 goes to Koh Phi Phi and Koh Haa for 4D/3N.

The itineraries below are the most-common for each trip, but these can sometimes be changed for a number of reasons. Small changes are made due to weather & sea conditions, special marine life sightings, overcrowded dive sites, local-authorities' instructions, and the needs & requests of the paying guests. The safety & comfort of all guests is most important at all times.

Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives
Koh Phi Phi, Koh Haa 4 Days / 3 Nights 10 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with Merdeka 1
En Suite Available
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Suitable for Children
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Family Cabin
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers
Merdeka 1 Specifications
Type: Wood.
Length: 25.9 Metres.
Beam: 6 Metres.
Built: 1997.
Refit: 2018.
Engines: 350hp Nissan.
Cruising speed: 6 Knots.
Max Speed: 8 Knots.
Instrumentation: GPS Plotter, Depth Sounder, Cellular Phone and Radio VHF/DSC/SSB.
Fresh Water: 5,000 Litres.
Fuel: 3,000 Litres.
Guests: Max. 12 Guests.
Cabins: 6.
Safety: Life Rafts, life jackets, first aid kit, Oxygen, fire extinguishers, fire alarms.
Refit: 2012.


A range of scuba diving courses are available on Merdeka 1, but these normally need to be booked in advance. For non-divers, there is the opportunity to try scuba diving for free during the cruise.

Contact us for more information about courses on Merdeka 1

Transfer details

The Merdeka team collect guests from local hotels or Phuket airport for free on departure day. At the end of each trip the same transfers are available.

Merdeka 1 Scheduled Transfers
3D / 2N Trips
08:00 Pick up from Phuket : Free
10:00 Departure ( Chalong Pier, Phuket )
16:00 Return ( Chalong Pier, Phuket )
16:30 Drop off to Phuket : Free
Merdeka 1 Scheduled Transfers
4D / 3N Trips
08:00 Pick up from Phuket : Free
10:00 Departure ( Chalong Pier, Phuket )
16:00 Return ( Chalong Pier, Phuket )
16:30 Drop off to Phuket : Free

Guests who are unable to meet the scheduled pick ups or would like private transportation are welcome to contact us to arrange a private taxi at the most competitive rates.

Booking / Enquiry

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