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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.
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Chalong Pier, Phuket / Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 24
Boat rating: 9/10 Based on 9 divers
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Prices from: 668 USD
626 USD
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MV Bavaria was designed by an experienced & professional team especially for scuba diving safaris. Launched in 2017, the 28-metre-long boat has beome an instant success and among our most-popular Similan diving liveaboards. Bavaria’s trips include short, medium & longer liveaboard cruises 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 cheapest 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. On Bavaria's sundeck there's a nice sofa area which is partially shaded.

dive deck and equipment no troubles just bubblesBecause 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. Some 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. Before Covid-19 the season’s trips were 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.

Prices & Schedule

MV Bavaria Diver Prices Overview 2022 / 2023
DestinationsDuration Standard Twin Comfort Twin Comfort Double Deluxe Double
( 10 Dives)
3D / 3N Standard Twin668 USD Comfort Twin724 USD Comfort Double696 USD Deluxe Double796 USD
( 13 Dives)
4D / 3N Standard Twin880 USD Comfort Twin964 USD Comfort Double947 USD Deluxe Double1,034 USD
( 13 Dives)
4D / 3N Standard Twin880 USD Comfort Twin964 USD Comfort Double947 USD Deluxe Double1,034 USD
( 14 Dives)
4D / 4N Standard Twin908 USD Comfort Twin1,003 USD Comfort Double964 USD Deluxe Double1,076 USD
( 22 Dives)
6D / 6N Standard Twin1,254 USD Comfort Twin1,383 USD Comfort Double1,327 USD Deluxe Double1,506 USD
( 36 Dives)
10D / 10N Standard Twin2,179 USD Comfort Twin2,402 USD Comfort Double2,319 USD Deluxe Double2,598 USD
Included In The Price
Transfers to and from local hotels
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
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
Mask and Snorkel
Open-heel fins
Full-foot fins
Tips / Gratuities
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Booking / Enquiry

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.

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  • 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.

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

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

Bavaria side profile


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.


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

Transfer details

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.

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 Bavaria Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Bavaria
Thomas MV Bavaria
Nationality: German
Dived: 10 November 2021
Boat rating: 9/10
I had a fantastic stay on board the MV Bavaria. 6 days/6 nights. Similan to Richelieu Rock. Super crew, very helpful, perfect procedures - no hectic. Boat very well equipped. Food excellent. The only disadvantage - for me - was my cabin. Directly behind the engine room. I would spend more money next time. Because this tour is definitely worth it. Big thanks to Jamie, he saved my holiday :-)
Thomas MV Bavaria
Nationality: German
Dived: 20 October 2021
Boat rating: 9/10
I contacted Jamie so that he could find me the best boat for a trip the Similans and/or Richelieu rock, on quite short notice, and he delivered. Showed me all the actually available options – important because not all boats that offered trips were actually going due to low occupancy, and since I had special requests. Saved me a lot of time doing the inquiries on my own, otherwise. The boat I picked (MV Bavaria) was also a good choice. Had a fun staff, with an amazing underwater photographer, and I was able to get my Advanced PADI and a Nitrox certification alongside. Everything went well beyond my expectations. I don't give this a 10-star rating because that's reserved to once-in-a-lifetime experiences for me, but there was really nothing wrong on this trip!
Mark Welch
Nationality: British
Dived: 10 February 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
Trip 10-14 Feb 2021 🙋‍♂️ to all my diving friends and buddies and all other divers I would highly recommend you take advantage of the current unique circumstances (non or low overseas mass tourist arrivals) and to take a liveaboard diving trip to the Similan and Surin Islands (Khao Lak, Andaman Sea) 🤿 Awesome diving, sea and marine conditions are pristine and near perfect with masses of fish, marine life and corals... the highlight was spotting a black tip reef shark. Clear waters Vis 30m+ ⛴ First Class Boat the MV Bavaria is the best liveaboard, top quantity, new modern design purpose built, spacious, comfortable, gourmet food and beverages and top services provided by the very attentive boat crew and dive instructors, nothing was too much trouble at any time. 👬 I met wonderful friendly people and new friends we were all relaxed and had a great time together on the boat between and during dives. 🔥 Even better is the value for money, current liveaboard trip prices are greatly reduced from normal times and you can get a great deal now. ⭐️ Overall I would this rate this trip as outstanding 11/10
Jacob MV Bavaria
Nationality: Russian
Dived: 10 February 2021
Boat rating: 8/10
Excellent liveaboard, run very professionally, it has everything a diver needs on board. Diving organization is great. Food is plentiful and quite tasty. Almost everything is perfect. But there is one problem. Some of the dive guides (I dived with two) are not the best ones. Actually, they were worse than most guides I ever dived with. I can't write all the details here since review length limit is too short. The detailed revi ew is here: Short version is this: Bavaria guides I dived with are very passionate about small creatures like nudi branches and slugs, and think everyone else is also interested in them. Sometimes I had to swim around and wait for the guide to get a good look at some small creature which you literally can't see without a microscope. I think most divers, me included, are more interested in larger sea creatures. My trip was still great, but it's also because other, regular divers in my group showed me things a guide actually should have showed.
Nationality: British
Dived: 06 January 2021
Boat rating: 9/10
The boat is beautiful and is quite luxurious and has everything The food is excellent and healthy The staff are lovely and make sure you feel comfortable Loved the trip and would go again ! Thank you
Massy MV Bavaria
Nationality: Japanese
Dived: 30 December 2020
Boat rating: 10/10
I had a great time on this live a boat! Beautiful dive point, Kind staff, Tasty food, Everything is satisfied. Agent is kind and helpful. I would like to join in near future.Thank you!!
Patrick MV Bavaria
Nationality: American
Dived: 19 October 2019
Boat rating: 7/10
Had a great dive trip on the Bavaria. From setting the trip up with Jamie to the dive boat and the dive crew and of course the diving itself. Jamie was very helpful in setting things up and very quick to respond anytime we had questions. The dive boat was modern and accommodations on board were comfortable and clean. The crew was great and very helpful. Our divemaster/guide Marco was very accommodating and showed us lots of ne at things underwater. The food was delicious and kept us energized. The diving was excellent. Richelieu rock was absolutely an awesome dive site and lived up to its reputation. All in all I can recommend Jamie and his dive company as well as the MV Bavaria and diving in the Similans
Nationality: British
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.
Alice MV Bavaria
Nationality: British
Dived: 11 April 2018
Boat rating: 9/10
Amazing diving, especially the Manta ray! Great boat staff and excellent instructor. Thanks Tina!
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