MV Koon9 - Liveaboard Scuba Diving Thailand

MV Koon9

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Koon 9 Similan Richelieu flexible liveaboard
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Baan Nam Khem Pier / Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 40
Boat rating: 9/10 Based on 8 divers
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Prices from: 470 USD
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MV Koon 9 is the largest Similan liveaboard at 52 metres long and 10.5 metres wide. It's is simply huge. Although its guest capcity is 40 divers, there is still plenty of room for everyone to relax on board, and to gear up on the vast dive deck before jumping into the crystal clear Andaman Sea. All cabins are en suite, have a large window, and most have a smart tv. The boat's range of itineraries also makes it the perfect choice for a Similan or Richelieu Rock scuba diving cruise.

There are four decks on MV Koon 9, three of which are for guests, and the lower deck is for crew & machinery. The three guest areas are the main, upper and top decks. On Koon 9's main deck there is a vast diving platform, which is well designed to enable everyone to have their own tank slot and space to gear up. There's also plenty of storage boxes, cubby holes and rinse tanks. Just in front of the diving platform you will find the communal bathrooms. These is the perfect place to take a post-dive shower, visit the toilet, or change into your wetsuit. Then we have a sliding door from here into the air-conditioned corridor that leads to all of the boat's cabins. There are eight twin cabins on each side, and at the front of this main deck there are four double-bed cabins. All the cabins are air conditioned, and have a private en suite bathroom.

Koon9 sundeckThe upper deck of Koon 9 is where you spend most of your time relaxing indoors. There is a small outdoor seating area at the back of this deck, normally where guests might smoke or relax with a drink. But most of this upper deck is air-conditioned indoor communal areas for dining and enjoying the multimedia systems. Approximately 70% of this upper deck's indoor area is a huge restaurant dining room. Here you can enjoy fresh fruit & snacks all day & night, plus delicious meals served throughout the day. There's plenty of space to eat and the food is what you can expect from a master Thai chef! The remaining floor space is a large lounge saloon with comfortable sofas and armchairs, and a huge television with a games console. 

Finally, the top deck of Koon 9 is an exposed area where you can top up your tan, enjoy 360° views, gaze at the night sky, or just enjoy the breeze with a few drinks with friends. There are sun loungers, soft seating and some shaded space up here. Wherever you spend your time on Koon 9, you will have space and the opportunity to relax and enjoy a wonderful diving cruise.

And another thing that makes Koon 9 such a great boat to join is its choice of itineraries. You can choose to join for 2D/1N (overnight trips), 3D/2N or 4D/4N. Plus, you can start your trip on almost every day of the week, to suit your holiday schedule. How is this possible? Well, Koon 9 goes out to sea from Khao Lak every Wednesday evening, and guests on these trips stay for four days and nights, completing up to 15 dives, and then return by speedboat transfer late on Sunday afternoon. Guests for the 2D/1N and 3D/2N trips start in the morning from Khao Lak by speedboat. You dive three times on the first day, and three times on the final day, before returning by speedboat. If you join for 3D/2N you can dive up to four times on the middle day of your trip.

Prices & Schedule

MV Koon9 Diver Prices Overview 2024 / 2025
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( 6 Dives)
2D / 1N Twin470 USD Double470 USD
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2D / 1N Twin470 USD Double470 USD
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3D / 2N Twin581 USD Double581 USD
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3D / 2N Twin581 USD Double581 USD
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( 11 Dives)
3D / 3N Twin637 USD Double637 USD
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( 15 Dives)
4D / 4N Twin765 USD Double765 USD
Included In The Price
Transfers to and from local hotels
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Soft drinks
Dive insurance
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
Enviroment tax
Night diving torch
Larger tanks
Mask and Snorkel
Open-heel fins
Full-foot fins
Tips / Gratuities
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Booking / Enquiry

Koon 9 has lots of different itineraries, so please check carefully.

The longest trips are 4D/4N and 15 dives. These trips leave in the evening every Wednesday, and you come back on a Sunday afternoon by speedboat.

There are also several different shorter trips, which all start in the mornings. You join by speedboat transfer from Khao Lak, and arrive on Koon9 at 9.30am. Then you dive for two days & one night (2D/1N) or three days & two nights (3D/2N). At the end of your trip, you come back to Khao Lak by speedboat.

Depending on the day of the week, your trip will visit different diving sites, and there are two different piers that the speedboats use. Therefore, please check carefully to make sure your chosen trip on the schedule matches the itinrary that you are looking at.

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 / 4 Nights 15 Dives
Similan Islands 2 Days / 1 Nights 6 Dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai 2 Days / 1 Nights 6 Dives
Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 2 Days / 1 Nights 6 Dives
Richelieu Rock, Surin Islands 2 Days / 1 Nights 6 Dives
Surin Islands, Koh Tachai 2 Days / 1 Nights 6 Dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai 3 Days / 2 Nights 10 Dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 Days / 2 Nights 10 Dives
Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin Islands 3 Days / 2 Nights 10 Dives
Richelieu Rock, Surin Islands, Koh Tachai 3 Days / 2 Nights 10 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Koon9
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
TV in Cabin
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Speedboat Transfers
All Cabins En Suite
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Available to Charter
MV Koon9 Layout

koon 9 side plan

Koon9 deckplan

MV Koon9 Specifications
Type: Steel.
Length: 52 metres.
Beam: 10.5 metres.
Engines: 2 x 600hp.
Speed: 10 knots.
Generators: 2 x 138 kva & 1 x 30 kva.
Compressors: x 2
Fuel: 10000 litres.
Water: 21000 litres.
Water maker: 8000 litres/day.
Navigation: GPS, Compass, Depth sounder.
Safety: 3 x 65person life rafts, Oxygen, First aid, Fire extinguishers, CCTV.


There's a selection of courses available on Koon 9, but most need to be booked in advance so that the team can prepare staff and materials.

Nowadays, it's common to do eLearning online before you come, to reduce time spent studying on the trip.

The Advanced Open Water Diver and Nitrox EANx courses are the most-commonly chosen courses on liveaboards.

Contact us for more information about courses on MV Koon9

Transfer details

The Koon 9 team collect you from Khao Lak hotels in the morning before the shorter trips, and in the evening for 4D4N trips. Transfers are shared with other guests, and at set times.

At the end of your trip you will be taken back to your Khao Lak hotel, in a van shared with other guests. If you need to go to Phuket, ask our team to help you with a private taxi.

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 Koon9 Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Koon9
Emanuelle Joaquim MV Koon 9
Emanuelle Joaquim
Nationality: Brazilian
Dived: 10 February 2024
Boat rating: 9/10
My husband and I did a 2 days - 1 night liveaboard. We really liked the service provided by No Troubles Just Bubbles and the organization of the Dive Center in separating our diving equipment. We also like the structure of the Sea Star to receive divers before and after boarding. The speed boat that took us to the MV Koon 9 was very good too. The organization of the two days, the schedule of the days, and the meals and snac ks on the boat were very good. We stayed in a double room, with a private bathroom: it was comfortable and just like the photos. The entire boat staff is very kind, attentive and ready to help. Points to improve: 1. The cleaning of the deck where diving preparation and diving equipment takes place could be better. They should clean it by pouring sea water a few times a day to remove water that accumulates there and the smell of pee. 2. Boarding and disembarking the boats that take us to the diving spots is done very quickly. This is can lead to accidents.
Nationality: Dutch
Dived: 02 February 2024
Boat rating: 9/10
We had a wonderful time on Koon 9. We did the 3days-2nights trip. This was a good choice because we are no frequent divers and after 3 day, 10 dives (with Nutrox) we started to feel more tired. We went to some amazing dive spots, the surrounding was beautiful, facilities good, room enough and crew very nice and helpful. Vegetarian meals were specialy made for me. The gear we rented was good and our dive master (just for the two of us) took good care of is. Everything was arranged from booking, pick-up, dive gear to drop-off at our guesthouse.👍👍🤿😀
Natalia G
Nationality: Australian
Dived: 14 January 2024
Boat rating: 9/10
Great crew, very professional and service was exceptional! MV Koon9 is a large boat and well set up . Trip was organised really well ! Richelieu Rock is a true gem, soft coral is in good healthy condition, gardens of anemone coral and variety of marine life . Never seen so much glass fish - great fun to see them in thousands, lots of different reef fish , tribally, lion fish and morays eels.
Meg MV Koon 9
Nationality: British
Dived: 03 January 2024
Boat rating: 9/10
My husband is a diver and I am not, yet both of us can say that the experience was fabulous. Entertainment is provided, including Nintendo Switch, many good movies, a very relaxing Saloon with large beanbags, blankets and plushies. The food was good, and the chef specially accommodated my very boring tastebuds, to which I was very grateful. The beds are hard and I would have preferred a much softer one, however I suppose eve ryone has different preferences. Overall, the experience well worth it and I would absolutely do it again.
Sean MV Koon 9
Nationality: Malaysian
Dived: 22 December 2023
Boat rating: 10/10
Absolutely recommended!!. Jamie promptly follow up the entire trip. we had a pleasant liveaboat experience with notroublejustbubble on MV Koon 9.
Nationality: Australian
Dived: 20 December 2023
Boat rating: 10/10
Booked a 4 day/night trip on Koon9 after a bit of research on the Similan Islands and various options. Chose Just bubbles because they had the trip I wanted and their reviews were solid. Review Just Bubbles:- Couldn't be happier, last time I was on a liveaboard was 20+ years when I was crew!!! Plus I haven't dived much in past decade and wanted to get the right trip for safety and enjoyment - Jamie looked after every aspect of planning and we kept in regular contact via whatsapp, feel he went above and beyond. Review Koon9:- Things to like include its massive, 150 ft and wide beam so reduces the rock and roll under way and at certain anchorages, the dive deck is therefore uncluttered and easily caters for the significant number of liveaboard and day trippers that come and go. The cabins were great, including spacious bathroom. Food was really great for my tastes, alternating between Thai/Western and even a Korean BBQ night, I was buddied up with some vegetarians and the crew cooked separate varied meals for them. Crew were great from Linda who runs the show to our excellent dive master Alex and the dive deck crew, you could tell they enjoyed the experience too and looked after me extremely well. Dive conditions were varied and the itinerary was adapted as need to ensure comfort and safety as there was some extreme winds and waves near the end, all part of diving but always felt safe. Transfers and dive equipment t from Amity were also high standard. Overall I was thrilled and would hesitate recommending!! Thanks
Stefania MV Koon 9
Nationality: Swiss
Dived: 09 December 2023
Boat rating: 9/10
Very nice, luxurious and big boat. Nice room with private bathroom, good food and very helpful staff. The management could be better (pier changed the evening before, dive sites not done as described and a little bit chaotic on the boat).
Jerry MV Koon 9
Nationality: Swiss
Dived: 09 December 2023
Boat rating: 9/10
A very luxury, modern well equipped boat (nice cabins). Carries a lot of guest but a bigger boart is also more stable in the water, for people getting seasick easily. From the boat it would be a 10 rating but it was a bit anoying that it is a bit missmanaged. Changing piert late at night, the day day before leaving, changing dive sites (even other island then described, constant discussion about money, what has been paied and what not. Definitly to be improved.
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