MV Gentle Giant

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Gentle Giant Liveaboard Similan Islands Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Asia Marine Pier, Phuket
No. of guests: 20
Boat rating : 9/10 Based on 1 divers
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Prices from: 1,112 USD
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MV Gentle Giant is the perfect Thailand liveaboard diving boat for divers who want to visit all of Thailand’s best dive sites. Instead of only visiting The Similans & Richelieu Rock, or Hin Daeng & Koh Haa on each trip, Gentle Giant combines them all. The boat was totally renovated in 2017 and it has ten clean & comfortable guest cabins, plus air-conditioned & outdoor communal areas. The crew & dive staff are all experienced, knowledgeable, patient & friendly. The food is delicious, and the itineraries are unique. It really is a great choice for 5 Day / 5 Night liveaboard diving cruises in Thailand.

The ten cabins on Gentle Giant all have air conditioning, a private en suite bathroom, mini safe, and windows & doors which open out onto the deck. On the upper deck is the master cabin, which has a large double bed as well as a single bunk. At the front of the main deck is the deluxe double bed cabin that might look small in the photos, but actually is the width of the boat. There are eight standard cabins, which have twin bunk beds. Two standard cabins are on the upper deck and six are on the main deck.

Between dives, most guests spend their time on the upper deck. Here there is a large outdoor dining area, which gives panoramic views of Thailand’s Andaman Sea. There’s also a large indoor air-conditioned lounge saloon. Here, guests can show or view photos or videos of the day’s diving or watch a movie on the huge tv, or just take a break from the sunshine. There is also a large sundeck, where you can enjoy the sea breeze and top up a suntan, or gaze at the stars during the evening.

Delicious meals are served buffet style on the upper deck. The food is a great blend of Asian & western cuisine that’s not too spicy. If you have special dietary needs, this is fine but please let the team know in advance. Fruits, snacks, soft drinks, tea, coffee & water are always available for free. Beer is available for reasonable prices, but only after your final dive each day.

Gentle Giant’s dive platform is large and well organised. At the start of each trip each diver is given a ‘tank slot’ and this is where your gear remains for the trip. Nitrox blending and the compressor work quietly to fill tanks quickly but not disturb guests.

Unlike all the other boats, Gentle Giant has an itinerary that visits all of Thailand’s best dive sites. Most Thailand liveaboards sail from Tab Lamu in Khao Lak to the Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. Some sail from Phuket to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi and the best of Phuket. Gentle Giant visits them all, sailing from & returning to Phuket. This is achieved by crossing the long distances during the night, which doesn’t affect the guests’ convenience. Gentle Giant is large enough to be safe, & comfortable. There’s a full complement of safety & communication equipment, as well as a motorized dinghy.

MV Gentle Giant Prices & Schedule

MV Gentle Giant Diver Prices Overview 2020 / 2021
DestinationsDuration Standard Twin Deluxe Double Master
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Haa, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Phi Phi, King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point,
( 18 Dives)
5D / 5N Standard Twin1,112 USD Deluxe Double1,143 USD Master1,205 USD
Included In The Price

Transfers to & from the airport
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

Dive equipment
National park fees
Dive computer
Alcoholic drinks
Dive insurance
Night diving torch
Larger tanks
Mask and Snorkel
Open-heel fins
Full-foot fins
Tips / Gratuities
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MV Gentle Giant Itinerary

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Gentle Giant’s itinerary starts & ends in Phuket. Departure is in the evening, with the first dive the following morning.

The first three diving days are at Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. Then the boat sails south to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi & King Cruiser Wreck.

Please beware that some websites show the trips to be 6D/5N but this is misleading. The trips are 5D/5N. You depart in the evening of the first day, and there are five diving days. You disembark in the afternoon of the fifth 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 Gentle Giant Itineraries
Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Haa, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Phi Phi, King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point 5 Days / 5 Nights 18 Dives

MV Gentle Giant Facilites, Layout and Specifications

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Facilities Available with MV Gentle Giant
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
Courses Available
Free Pickup
All Cabins En Suite
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter

 MV Gentle Giant Layout
 Gentle Giant Similan Diving Liveaboard Deckplan Layout
MV Gentle Giant Specifications
Type: Wood.
Length: 27 Metres.
Beam: 6 Metres.
Engines: 2 X Hino.
Generators: 3 X 40 Kw.
Compressors: 2 Coltri-sub.
Fresh Water: 14,000 Litres.
Fuel: 9,000 Litres.
Guests: Max. 20 Guests.
Cabins: Ten Air Conditioned Guest Cabins
Rest Rooms: 10 En-suite, Plus 2 Seperate Showers & Toilets.
Sundeck: Spacious Sundeck.
Entertainment: 55" Flat-screen TV.
Dinghy: 1 X 4.8 M With 25 HP Outboard.
Safety: Life Raft, First Aid Kits, Life Jackets, Fire Extinguishers.
Navigation: GPS, Sonar And Radar.

MV Gentle Giant Courses

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A range of PADI scuba diving courses are available on Gentle Giant, but you need to book in advance. The most-common diving courses are AOW (Advanced) and Nitrox Enriched Air.

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MV Gentle Giant Transfer details

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Scheduled transfers from around Phuket are available during the early evening of departure day. The boat departs from and returns to Asia Marine Pier on the east coast of Phuket.

MV Gentle Giant Scheduled Transfers
18:00 - 19:30 Pick up from Phuket : Free
20:00 Departure ( Asia Marine Pier, Phuket )
16:30 Return ( Asia Marine Pier, Phuket )
17:00 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.

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MV Gentle Giant Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Gentle Giant
Steve MV Gentle Giant
Nationality: American
Dived: 11 February 2020
Boat rating: 9/10
Well organized on short notice from booking agent Jamie from Similan Diving Tours The boat staff was uniformly professional and helpful and friendly. The boat facilities were consistent with he price paid, everything was functional not fancy. The food was delicious and fresh.
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