Andaman - Popular & Professional Similan Liveaboard Boat

MV Andaman

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Andaman liveaboard Similan Islands
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga / Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 20
Boat rating: 9/10 Based on 33 divers
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Prices from: 407 USD
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At 26 metres in length and 5.5 metres wide, MV Andaman is well equipped to accommodate up to twenty guests in air-conditioned comfort and withstand any sea conditions during the diving season in Thailand. The boat is well-respected and extremely popular. The European team and German management ensure that everything runs smoothly and safely. This is complemented by Thai hospitality & friendliness, and of course great food on board.

Based in Khao Lak, and running Similan diving safaris for many years, MV Andaman’s team offers enjoyable cruises of 3 days, 4 days & 7 days to the best diving spots in Thailand. There are three cabin types, with something to suit almost every need and budget. Divers on a budget and families & friends normally stay in the 6-bunk cabins, and couples can stay in the double bed cabins, with or without private bathroom. All cabins have air conditioning and sea-view windows. There is also storage space for some luggage. There is a well-designed diving platform, which ensures every diver has space to sit, stand, and walk to the rear of the boat. There are also comfortable social areas, with lots of places to relax alone or in small groups on one of decks. Unlike most other diving liveaboards at this budget and size, MV Andaman has a steel hull, enabling it to sail more smoothly through waves. 

MV Andaman has a good choice of itinerary, too. There are the most-common 4-night trips, which visit the 'regular' Similan Islands as well as Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock & the Surin Islands. In addition, there are 3-night trips which only go to the northern areas, missing out the 'regular' Similans. Quite a few of our Andaman guests choose to combine two trips and enjoy a whole week on board, getting a large discount for 7 days & nights and 22 dives. And now new for 2022-2023, there's the option of combining three trips to make an 11-day super cruise, with a discount on the price.

Onboard-MV-Andaman-LiveaboardNo other Similan diving boat has this selection of trips, or a better-run team of staff and crew. Add in the great value of the cruises, and extremely competitive equipment rental rates, which include the use of a diving computer. To ensure that everyone on MV Andaman enjoys the best diving possible in Thailand, each diver needs to be certified to dive to 30m. If you are Open Water (18m.) you can take part in a great-value PADI AOW course which includes 3 local dives on a day trip. For those who don’t have the time or budget to complete this Advanced (AOW) course, you can take part in the Adventure Deep dive at price of about $65, enabling you to enjoy the rest of the trip properly. This deep dive is done on the trip, and it is a PADI certification dive.

Prices & Schedule

MV Andaman Diver Prices Overview 2022 / 2023
DestinationsDuration 6 Bed Cabin Double Cabin Double En Suite Cabin
Koh Surin,
( 9 Dives)
3D / 3N 6 Bed Cabin407 USD Double Cabin441 USD Double En Suite Cabin466 USD
( 13 Dives)
4D / 4N 6 Bed Cabin505 USD Double Cabin579 USD Double En Suite Cabin579 USD
( 13 Dives)
4D / 4N 6 Bed Cabin505 USD Double Cabin579 USD Double En Suite Cabin579 USD
( 22 Dives)
7D / 7N 6 Bed Cabin785 USD Double Cabin870 USD Double En Suite Cabin913 USD
( 35 Dives)
11D / 11N 6 Bed Cabin1,214 USD Double Cabin1,349 USD Double En Suite Cabin1,416 USD
Included In The Price
Dive computer
Meals
Snacks
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Soft drinks
Dive insurance
Night diving torch
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Towels
Soap & Shampoo
Luggage storage
Not Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Dive equipment
National park fees
Alcoholic drinks
Larger tanks
Tips / Gratuities
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Itinerary

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At the beginning of each trip, there is a full boat and safety briefing. The first dive of each trip is a ‘check dive’ to enable the cruise leader to judge the ability of each guest underwater, then put divers into groups accordingly.
Before each dive, a dive briefing prepares guests for what they are likely to experience underwater. This is a good time to make requests for particular fish or other species. 

The boat comes back to port in Khao Lak in the late afternoon on the final day, and everyone is brought back to the dive centre. Most Andaman guests can then get a free lift back to a Khao Lak hotel or guesthouse.

Click below to read more-detailed information about Andman's trips.

On one evening of each trip, twice on 7D/7N, and three times on 11D/11N trips there are three day dives, and a BBQ party is held on board instead of the night dive.

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.

Itineraries
Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin Islands 4 Days / 4 Nights 13 Dives
Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Similan Islands 4 Days / 4 Nights 13 Dives
Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Surin 3 Days / 3 Nights 9 Dives
Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Similan Islands 7 Days / 7 Nights 22 Dives
Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Similan Islands 11 Days / 11 Nights 35 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Andaman
En Suite Available
Air con
Dinghy
Courses Available
WIFI
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Sundeck
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers
MV Andaman Layout
1. Dive platform.

Upper Deck.

MV-Andaman-Upper-deck  

Middle Deck.

MV-Andaman-Middle-deck

Lower Deck.

MV-Andaman-Lower-deck

2. Stairs lower / middle deck.
3. Dive station & tank racks.
4. Double-bed  en suite cabins.
5. Engine room entrance.
6. Toilets / hot-water showers.
7. 6-bed bunk cabins.
8. Double-bed cabins.
9. Stairs middle / upper deck & middle / star deck.
10. Dining & relaxing area.
11. Service counter.
12. Divemasters' cabin.
13. Crew cabin.
14. Galley.
15. Wheelhouse & captain's cabin.
16. Open air “Star deck” – beanbags & low tables.
17. Covered sundeck – hammocks & sunbeds.
18. Open air sundeck – sun mattresses.

 

MV Andaman Specifications
Length: 26 metres (87ft).
Width: 5.5 metres (18ft).
Hull: Steel.
Engines: 2x 6 cylinder 315 HP Hino.
Fuel capacity: 8,000 litres.
Cruising speed: 10 knots.
Navigation: GPS satellite navigation, compass.
Water: 12,000 litres.
Electricity: 220 V AC; 24 / 12 V DC ( 2 x 25 KVA and 1 x 20 KVA Generators ).
Compressors: 2x electrically-driven Bauer Mariner  (230 litres per minute).
Boat crew: 1 Captain, 1 Engineer, 1 Cook, 1 Assistant Cook, 2 Boat Boys.
Dive Staff: 5 Divemasters / Instructors.
Safety features: CB radio, life jackets, life rings, fully stocked medical kits, 100% oxygen kit ( demand valve, DAN system ).
Tender: Rubber dinghy with 15HP outboard motor.

Courses

Taking part in a PADI diving course not only increases a diver's enjoyment, certification level and experience, it also enables them to get more value out of every fun dive they do from that date on. This usually refers to increased time in the water, as well as their knowledge and understanding of the reef & its marine life. Those joining a Similan & Richelieu Rock diving safari aboard MV Andaman have several options regarding their PADI diving course.

Firstly, the management of MV Andaman insist that all diving guests are certified to dive to 30m. Therefore, those who aren't need to choose between taking part in an Adventure Deep Dive (1,800 THB) on board, or the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (AOW) course.

The AOW course can be done in two ways, both of which enable you to do the theory online before you come.

Option 1 is called the 'All Aboard' where you do all 5 course dives on the cruise. This is the best value.

Option 2 is called 'Take it Slow' where you do a 3-dive day trip before the cruise, and then just 2 course dives on the liveaboard. This option is still incredibly good value, and of course gives you three more dives!

Contact us for more information about courses on MV Andaman

Transfer details

Guests are requested to arrive at the dive centre in central Khao Lak during the afternoon of departure day (or before) to complete final paperwork, pay the trip balance, and fit any equipment. You are then free to roam around the seaside town and return before 6pm to be driven to the pier and board the boat.

At the end of the cruise, everyone is brought back to the dive centre, then offered free-of-charge transfers to local hotels and resorts in the Khao Lak area.

MV Andaman Scheduled Transfers
3D / 3N Trips
14:00 Arrival ( Dive centre )
20:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
21:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
16:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
17:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
18:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
MV Andaman Scheduled Transfers
4D / 4N Trips
14:00 Arrival ( Dive centre )
20:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
21:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
16:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
17:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
18:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
MV Andaman Scheduled Transfers
7D / 7N Trips
14:00 Arrival ( Dive centre )
20:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
21:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
16:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
17:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
18:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
MV Andaman Scheduled Transfers
11D / 11N Trips
14:00 Arrival ( Dive centre )
20:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
21:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
16:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
17:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
18:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : 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.

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MV Andaman Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Andaman
Alex Lindsay Andaman
Alex Lindsay
Nationality: American
Dived: 04 May 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
Had a wonderful trip with the Andaman Crew. Fiona, Carlos, and John were extremely knowledgeable and friendly dive masters. We took the Adventure Deep Dive and are now certified to 30m. Richelieu Rock and the other dive sites are simply astonishing. Also, the crew was helpful in prepping us for dives and made amazing food! Overall, would recommend for anyone interested in getting some sweet dives in the Andaman Sea!
MIKE F Andaman
MIKE F
Nationality: American
Dived: 04 May 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
The trip exceeded all expectations!!!!!
Joel Rajesh
Nationality: Singaporean
Dived: 30 April 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
Its was a great trip. The ppl on board were awesome. I had a great time.
Bast Andaman
Bast
Nationality: French
Dived: 14 April 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
Brilliant crew, wonderful dive sites, and super organization for an overall amazing experience
Jessica and Johan
Nationality: Swedish
Dived: 30 November 2021
Boat rating: 9/10
We took a 3D/3N trip in a dubbel cabin. The cabin had lots of space and was clean. The boat very nice and well planned, whit good areas for relaxing and eating. Good food. Nice crew and good guides. High safety. Really good dives, although the weather didn't allow us to take the trip as planned because of the ruff sea. But we are very happy and hope to be on board soon again.
Julia Andaman
Julia
Nationality: Taiwanese
Dived: 23 October 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
Great time on MV Andaman - excellent organization Already plan to next trip :)
Stephanie Andaman
Stephanie
Nationality: American
Dived: 23 February 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
We took the 3D/3N trip to Koh Tachai, Koh Surin, and Richelieu Rock. Be prepared to have a lot of fun, eat WAY too much outstanding food, and enjoy the dives! We had a great trip.
Travis B Andaman
Travis B
Nationality: Canadian
Dived: 19 February 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
Excellent trip on the MV anadaman and Jamie from no troubles just bubbles was a pleasure to deal with. Always had answers to any questions I had. The boat is a great boat designed for comfortable lounging on the top deck and the boat crew was great as well.
Lu Andaman
Lu
Nationality: Japanese
Dived: 27 December 2020
Boat rating: 10/10
It’s worth to join this boat. Dive masters and boat crew are so nice. Also they serve good food for every meal time. The equipment and wetsuit are very well maintained. I recommend this boat to budget divers.
Philippe
Nationality: French
Dived: 27 December 2020
Boat rating: 9/10
First, kudos to Jamie for his continuous support during the hard times of Covid, where trips sometimes get cancelled without notice and we need to find replacement options in no time. Thanks again, Jamie! MV Andaman was also a great choice, with very nice and competent staff. The boat was the best we could see around us for this cool weather season. And the food was great too, with a mix of Thai and western style, and vegan a lways provided as option.
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