MV Bavaria

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Brand-new mid-range liveaboard offering a wide choice of cabins & trip itineraries. A great Similan liveaboard diving boat that has affordable luxury with German organisation.
Type Liveaboard
Departs from Ranong / Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests 24
Boat rating : 9/10 Based on 2 divers
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Prices from: 656 USD
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MV Bavaria is the newest of our fleet of Similan Islands liveaboard diving boats. The boat was designed by an experienced & professional team especially for scuba diving safaris. Launched in 2017, the 28m. boat has successfully completed its first season and we are very proud to offer Bavaria’s trips, which include short, medium & longer liveaboard trips to Thailand’s best dive sites, and six-day trips into the Mergui Archipelago of Myanmar(Burma).

The cabins on Bavaria are clean, well-designed and air-conditioned. There are four different types, with three levels of luxury. All except the two standard cabins have private bathrooms. The upper deck of Bavaria has two twin-bunk ‘standard’ cabins, which have doors that open out onto the deck, and large sea-view windows. These cabins use shared bathroom facilities. In addition to the two upper-deck standard cabins, Bavaria has eight cabins on its main deck. These are six ‘Comfort’ cabins and two ‘Deluxe cabins’. All main-deck cabins have private en suite bathrooms, sea-view windows & doors that open to the outside. The Comfort twin cabins have a good design of bed configuration, laid out in an L-shape one above part of the other. This is the perfect way to maximise space, as well as to give both privacy and the ability for the guests to chat. The Deluxe double-bed cabins have more space, larger bathrooms, bigger windows and large double beds. These cabins are located at the front of the boat. Finally, on Bavaria’s lower deck, there are two more comfort cabins, which have double beds and en suite private bathrooms.

Communal areas on MV Bavaria are well designed, enabling guests to enjoy every moment of the cruises. The place where guests spend most of their non-diving time is the outdoor covered dining area at the rear of the upper deck. Here, there are plenty of tables and seating, plus a serving counter. Further forward on the upper deck is the air-conditioned lounge saloon. Bavaria’s lounge is designed to offer comfort for several guests, but without taking too much space away from more-popular communal areas. Most diving guests don’t travel the world to get away from a European or North American winter to sit in air conditioning. They prefer to stay outside and enjoy the weather, the breeze and wonderful views. Like all of our Similan liveaboard diving boats, Bavaria has a large sundeck on its roof. This is the perfect place to sunbathe, read a book, look out for jumping dolphins, or chill & chat gazing at the star-filled night sky.

Because MV Bavaria is a purpose-built scuba diving liveaboard boat, the designers were able to properly plan the diving platform at the rear of the main deck. All of the necessary equipment has been fitted in the best location to enable you to gear up and walk around comfortably & safely. Many other Similan liveaboard boats at this size and price range are converted fishing boats, and when converting a boat’s deck layout sacrifices have to be made. This is not the case with MV Bavaria.

Something else that helps MV Bavaria to stand out among its competitors is the itineraries. The season’s trips are split between Thailand & Myanmar (Burma). All trips into Burma are for six days & nights, with up to 22 dives at some awesome locations. For most of the diving trips in Burma, MV Bavaria is the only boat in the area and many of the dive sites are unexplored. Also, for diving trips in Thailand, MV Bavaria goes out for six days & nights, but guests can choose to stay for the full duration or just join for the first part (3D/3N & 10 dives) or the second part (4D/3N & 13 dives). This is achieved by using a speedboat to either bring guests back in the afternoon mid-cruise, or take them out in the morning to start the second part of the trip. Prices, itineraries and destinations can be seen on these pages. Just scroll down or look at the top of your screen.

Organisation & hospitality of MV Bavaria are excellent. A professional international team with highly-experienced German management is complemented by Thai hospitality. This includes some delicious food that is served throughout each day. It’s usually served buffet style, with a blend of western & Asian cuisine, but not too spicy. Vegetarians and other dietary needs can be catered for with advance notice.

MV Bavaria Prices & Schedule

MV Bavaria Diver Prices Overview 2018 / 2019
DestinationsDuration Standard Twin Comfort Double Comfort Twin Deluxe Double
Similan Islands,
( 10 Dives)
3D / 3N Standard Twin656 USD Comfort Double686 USD Comfort Twin717 USD Deluxe Double778 USD
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock,
( 13 Dives)
4D / 3N Standard Twin851 USD Comfort Double900 USD Comfort Twin942 USD Deluxe Double1,022 USD
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock,
( 22 Dives)
6D / 6N Standard Twin1,247 USD Comfort Double1,308 USD Comfort Twin1,369 USD Deluxe Double1,491 USD
Koh Phi Phi, Koh Haa, Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock,
( 22 Dives)
6D / 6N Standard Twin1,360 USD Comfort Double1,430 USD Comfort Twin1,491 USD Deluxe Double1,601 USD
High Rocky, Shark Cave, Black Rock, North Twin, South Twin, The Arch, Boulder Rock, McLeod Island, Seafan Forest, Western Rocky, Shark Point, Secret Lagoon,
( 22 Dives)
6D / 6N Standard Twin1,479 USD Comfort Double1,540 USD Comfort Twin1,601 USD Deluxe Double1,723 USD
Richelieu Rock, Surin Islands, High Rocky, Shark Cave, Black Rock, North Twin, South Twin, The Arch, Boulder Rock, McLeod Island, Seafan Forest, Western Rocky, Shark Point, Secret Lagoon,
( 36 Dives)
10D / 10N Standard Twin2,272 USD Comfort Double2,364 USD Comfort Twin2,467 USD Deluxe Double2,638 USD
Included In The Price

Transfers to and from local hotels
Meals
Snacks
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
VAT
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
Dive computer
Soft drinks
Alcoholic drinks
Dive insurance
Enviroment tax
Night diving torch
Larger tanks
Nitrox
Mask and Snorkel
Open-heel fins
Full-foot fins
Tips / Gratuities
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MV Bavaria Itinerary

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MV Bavaria has several itineraries. All Similan trips depart from and return to Khao Lak.
Myanmar trips depart from Ranong, and guests are transferred by road from Khao Lak to Ranong.

Please click on the link below for detailed itineraries

  • 3D/3N trips depart in the evening and guests return by transfer boat around 5pm on the final day.
  • 4D/3N trips depart by transfer boat at 8:00am and guests return on the main boat mid-late afternoon on the final day.
  • 6D/6N trips in Thailand depart in the evening and return mid-late afternoon on the final day.
  • Burma diving trips in the morning, and return late afternoon on the final day.

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.

MV Bavaria Itineraries
Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives
Similan Islands 3 Days / 3 Nights 10 Dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock 4 Days / 3 Nights 13 Dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock 6 Days / 6 Nights 22 Dives
High Rocky, Shark Cave, Black Rock, North Twin, South Twin, The Arch, Boulder Rock, McLeod Island, Seafan Forest, Western Rocky, Shark Point, Secret Lagoon 6 Days / 6 Nights 22 Dives

MV Bavaria Facilites, Layout and Specifications

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Facilities Available with MV Bavaria
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
Dinghy
Courses Available
WIFI
Lounge
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Sundeck
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers

MV Bavaria Layout

Bavaria Side Profile

Bridge

Bavaria Bridge

Main Deck

Bavaria Main Deck

Lower Deck

Bavaria Lower Deck

MV BavariaSpecifications
Length: 28 Metres.
Width: 6.5 Metres.
Engines: 2x 480 HP.
Generators: 2 (1 X 40 KW And 1x 60 KW)
Compressors: 2 Bauer Compressors.
Instrumentation: VHF, Mobile Phone, GPS, Radar, Sonar
Fresh Water: 30,000 Litres.
Fuel: 12,000 Litres.
Oxygen: 10,000 Litres.
Safety: First Aid Equipment, Emergency Stop, 4 Fire Extinguishers, 40 Life Vests.
Entertainment: TV, DVD, Stereo, Library In The Salon.

MV Bavaria Courses

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A scuba diving liveaboard trip is the best time & place to take part in a diving course. MV Bavaria offers a wide range of PADI courses in a selection of languages. Some PADI courses can be chosen and booked on board, but it’s best to inform or ask us first, so that we can confirm availability, prices and prepare.

Contact us for more information about courses on MV Bavaria

MV Bavaria Transfer details

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Guests need to ‘check in’ at the PADI dive centre in Khao Lak before departure. The check in time depends on the trip you plan to join. It’s necessary to check in so that any equipment can be fitted, a few forms need signing, and national park fees can be paid.

Divers joining 3D/3N or 6D/6N trips in Thailand should arrive at the dive centre in Khao Lak before 4.30pm on departure day.

Divers joining 4D/3N trips need to 'check in' the day before departure because they are collected in the morning by the transfer team and taken directly to the boat.

Divers joining trips into Burma should arrive the day before departure for check in, then before 9.00am on departure day. In addition, the preparation for Burma trips includes passport scans at least 6 weeks before the trip.

MV Bavaria Scheduled Transfers
3D / 3N Trips
10:00 - 16:00 MOD_TRANSFERS_ARRIVAL ( Khao Lak )
19:30 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
17:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
17:00 - 18:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
MV Bavaria Scheduled Transfers
4D / 3D Trips
07:00 - 08:00 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
08:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
15:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
15:15 - 17:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
MV Bavaria Scheduled Transfers
6D / 6N Trips
10:00 - 16:00 MOD_TRANSFERS_ARRIVAL ( Khao Lak )
19:30 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
15:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
15:15 - 17:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
MV Bavaria Scheduled Transfers
6D / 6N Trips
08:00 - 09:00 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
13:30 Departure ( Ranong )
16:30 Return ( Ranong )
19:00 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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Alice MV Bavaria
Dived: 11 April 2018
Boat rating: 9/10
Amazing diving, especially the Manta ray! Great boat staff and excellent instructor. Thanks Tina!
Dived: 11 April 2018
Boat rating: 8/10
I very much enjoyed our three day Similan liveaboard on the Bavaria. Our dive leader was excellent and we had some great dives. The boat was well organised and everyone was friendly.
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