Bunmee 3 is a very popular scuba diving liveaboard that has a wide selection of cabins. Newly-launched in 2015, this boat is owned and run by a very-experienced team who know what divers want from a liveaboard safari in Thailand. It’s of average size compared to most other Similan liveaboards but when you consider how many guests are usually on each trip, it’s all of a sudden a spacious boat. Bunmee 3 has a good design, organisation & service.
Trips in Thailand only go to the best dive sites of Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. They no longer visit the main Similan Islands. The reason for this is to focus on excellent diving more than join the 'selfie crowds' and snorkel day trips. Any gaps in Bunmee 3's schedule are because the boat makes regular trips to Myanmar during the diving season.
There are several cabin types on Bunmee 3, and all are fully-air-conditioned & cleaned daily. Starting on the boat’s upper deck, there are 4 ‘Standard’ cabins. These are 2 double cabins & 2 twins. Although they do not have private en-suite bathrooms, one bathroom on the boat is designated only for the guests of 2 Standard cabins, meaning that they are semi-private. On Bunmee 3’s main deck are the rest of the guest cabins. These are 4 ‘Comfort’ cabins which can be double or twin, and some have flat-screen tvs and private en suite bathrooms. At the front of the main deck is the boat’s ‘Master’ cabin, which has a large double bed, a sofa that can be used as a single bed, & of course a private en suite bathroom. All Bunmee 3’s cabins have space to store luggage, sea-view windows, and are well-decorated & designed.
The communal areas on Bunmee 3 are where most guests socialise, relax and listen to the special dive briefings. Starting with the sundecks, Bunmee 3 guests can relax on the boat’s roof or at the front of its upper & main decks. At the rear of the upper deck is a large and well-designed outdoor covered dining area. Three large tables & sofa benches are easily enough space for all guests to socialise and eat the delicious food. This area has a large flat-screen television, and food service counter. At times when the wind is strong or some rain falls, the crew can quickly pull down the temporary tarpaulin weather-walls. At the rear of the main deck is a large and well-thought-out diving platform. Here the machinery (compressors etc.) is kept out of the way, and divers can comfortably & safely stand and walk around. There’s a special material used on the floor of Bunmee 3’s dive platform that is soft and grippy. Bunmee 3 has a motorised tender dinghy to bring back divers who surface far from the main boat or near the reef, as well as to transport guests to the pristine beaches of the Andaman Sea.
A couple more things which make Bunmee 3 stand out among its competitors are the service on board. A combination of French flair and Thai hospitality makes every Bunmee 3 trip a truly wonderful experience. These include the dive briefings, which are accompanied by a video presentation. So many other Similan liveaboard diving trips’ dive briefings are presented with a picture on a portable whiteboard. The video briefings are so much better and easier to understand. Also, unlike the other boats which serve buffet meals all the time, Bunmee 3 guests are able to pre-order their breakfast the evening before. Not only is the food delicious, this a-la-carte service makes it so much more enjoyable. The maximum capacity is 18 guests, but the normal limit is 16. The management would much prefer to have around 12 very happy guests than have 16-18 guests who are happy, but not 100%. This attention to detail and service makes a big difference, especially for divers who have paid to visit the best dive sites in Thailand on one of the region’s best-run liveaboard boats.
MV Bunmee 3 Prices & Schedule
|MV Bunmee 3 Diver Prices Overview 2018 / 2019|
|Destinations||Duration||Standard Twin||Standard Double||Comfort Twin||Comfort Double||Master Double|
| Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, |
( 11 Dives)
|3D / 3N||Standard Twin688 USD||Standard Double688 USD||Comfort Twin757 USD||Comfort Double757 USD||Master Double829 USD|
| Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar/Burma, |
( 20 Dives)
|6D / 7N||Standard Twin1,478 USD||Standard Double1,478 USD||Comfort Twin1,629 USD||Comfort Double1,629 USD||Master Double1,788 USD|
MV Bunmee 3 Itinerary
Bunmee 3 has 3D3N trips to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. During the season, Bunmee 3 also makes regular visits into Myanmar for more-exciting diving safaris.
Please check carefully the itinerary for the trip(s) that you are interested in.
3D/3N Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock
6D/7N Burma / Myanmar
Please click on the itinerary below that best matches your choice. Or click on 'show itinierary' on your chosen dates on our schedule to be sure.
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 Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock||3 Days / 3 Nights||11 Dives|
|Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar/Burma||6 Days / 7 Nights||20 Dives|
MV Bunmee 3 Facilites, Layout and Specifications
|MV Bunmee 3 Layout|
|1.||Master Cabin.||9.||Dining Area.|
|3.||Standard Cabin.||11.||Mini Bar.|
|4.||Shower / Toilet.||12.||Video / Multimedia|
|6.||Diving Area.||14.||Crew Cabins|
|7.||Diving Deck.||15.||Captain Cabin|
|MV Bunmee 3 Specifications|
|Type:||24 Metres / 83 Feet.|
|Length:||24 Metres / 83 Feet.|
|Beam:||5.5 Metres / 18 Feet.|
|Draft:||2 Metres / 7 Feet.|
|Engines:||2 X 500 HP V10 Nissan.|
|Generators:||2 X 60 Kw.|
|Crusining Speed:||12 Knots.|
|Compressors:||2 X 16 M3/h. Bauer.|
|Instrumentation:||1 GPS, Depth Sounder, Radar, VHF, Marine CB And Mobile Phone. WI-Fi Is Available Most Of Time.|
|Fresh Water:||10,000 Litres.|
|Safety:||Oxygen And First Aid Kit.|
MV Bunmee 3 Courses
CMAS & PADI courses are available on Bunmee 3. In fact, a scuba diving liveaboard trip is the perfect time & place to take part in an advanced or Speciality diving course. The Advanced and Nitrox EAN32 courses are by far the most popular. If you’re interested in taking a course on Bunmee 3, please let us know before departure, so that we can check availability, prices & prepare as much as possible in your chosen language.
MV Bunmee 3 Transfer details
Bunmee 3 leaves from and returns to Khao Lak's Tab Lamu Pier. Most guests will be staying in Khao Lak or Phuket immediately before or after the trip, and these areas are where the scheduled transfers are available.
Transfers from Khao Lak hotels are for free, and Phuket transfers are available for a very reasonable price.