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MV Gentle Giant

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Gentle Giant Liveaboard Similan Islands Thailand
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Asia Marine Pier, Phuket / Chalong, Phuket
No. of guests: 20
Boat rating: 9/10 Based on 1 divers
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Prices from: 410 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. 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 liveaboard diving cruises in Thailand.

During the high season, the boat sails from Phuket at night and you wake up in the beautiful worl-famous Similan Islands. Then at the end of your trip you sail back to Phuket during the evening, but spend an extra night on board, and disembark in the morning. Low-season trips are 4 nights and 3 full diving days. Sailing from Chalong pier in the evening, you get to dive at Racha Islands, Phi Phi, and the best of Phuket, and sleep on board for the final night.

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.

Gentle Giant is large enough to be safe, & comfortable. There’s a full complement of safety & communication equipment, as well as a motorized dinghy.

Prices & Schedule

MV Gentle Giant Diver Prices Overview 2021 / 2022
DestinationsDuration Standard Twin Deluxe Double Master
Racha Islands,
( 11 Dives)
3D / 4N Standard Twin410 USD Deluxe Double439 USD Master498 USD
( 15 Dives)
4D / 5N Standard Twin1,017 USD Deluxe Double1,047 USD Master1,106 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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Booking / Enquiry

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

The high season trips are four full diving days and five nights on board. The trips go north to The Similans Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

Low season trips go to Racha, Phi Phi, & Phuket, with three full diving days and four nights on board.

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
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 4 Days / 5 Nights 15 Dives
Racha Islands, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket 3 Days / 4 Nights 11 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

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.


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.

Contact us for more information about courses on MV Gentle Giant

Transfer details

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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