MV Lapat - overnight Similan Liveaboard Diving

MV Lapat

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Lapat Thailabd Liveaboard Similan Islands Diving
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 16
Boat rating: 9/10 Based on 58 divers
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Prices from: 337 USD
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New at the end of 2016, MV Lapat was specifically designed to offer affordable luxury Similan diving cruises for up to 16 lucky guests. The highly-experienced team commissioned the building of Lapat to specifications ideal for couples, friends, solo divers, and groups. Each cabin is air conditioned, and accommodates two guests. Similan liveaboard diving cruises don’t need to be crowded or overpriced. MV Lapat finds the perfect balance of size, guest capacity, luxury and budget.

Starting with the communal areas, there is a large sundeck atop, and on the upper deck there is a covered outdoor dining area, and asmall air-conditioned lounge for enjoying videos and to cool down during the daytime. Everything was designed to be modern, but have character and be practical. The dive platform is obviously at the rear of the boat, and is where everyone’s equipment is stored. Divers step off in small groups into the crystal-clear turquoise waters of The Andaman Sea. Most diving guests on Lapat join to enjoy wonderful Similan diving safaris, but some take part in PADI diving courses during their trip. Non-diving guests are also welcome, and pay a slightly-discounted rate. They will be offered opportunities to snorkel above shallow reefs when possible.

Lapat similan liveaboard dive boatOn the main deck of MV Lapat there are 8 air-conditioned cabins, each for two guests. Six of the cabins are twin bunk, meaning that solo guests can also enjoy some privacy. The double-bed cabins are for couples. These have private en suite bathrooms inside. Guests in the twin bunk cabins on Lapat share bathroom facilities which have hot & cold water throughout the trip. Although not large, each cabin is clean, well designed, and has an airy feel due to the materials and large windows.

MV Lapat trips are 'flexible' meaning that you can join by speedboat on any morning and stay for as long as you choose. It's important to stay in Khao Lak the night before your trip so that you can check in at the dive centre before 7pm. Land transfers from your Khao Lak hotel and the speedboat trip is all included in the price.

On Thursday and Saturdays Lapat goes to Richelieu Rock, which is the best dive site in Thailand. 

Prices & Schedule

MV Lapat Diver Prices Overview 2022 / 2023
DestinationsDuration Twin Double En Suite
( 6 Dives)
2D / 1N Twin337 USD Double En Suite363 USD
( 6 Dives)
2D / 1N Twin363 USD Double En Suite389 USD
( 6 Dives)
2D / 1N Twin363 USD Double En Suite389 USD
( 6 Dives)
2D / 1N Twin363 USD Double En Suite389 USD
( 6 Dives)
2D / 1N Twin363 USD Double En Suite389 USD
( 10 Dives)
3D / 2N Twin494 USD Double En Suite520 USD
( 10 Dives)
3D / 2N Twin494 USD Double En Suite520 USD
( 10 Dives)
3D / 2N Twin494 USD Double En Suite520 USD
( 10 Dives)
3D / 2N Twin494 USD Double En Suite520 USD
Included In The Price
Transfers to and from local hotels
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Mask and Snorkel
Full-foot fins
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
Night diving torch
Larger tanks
Open-heel fins
Tips / Gratuities
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MV Lapat's speedboat sails from Thap/Tab Lamu Pier (Khao Lak) in the morning (around 8.00am) and returns at 4.45pm on your final day. 

The list if itineraries below is so long because there are so many itineraries to choose from. Check the destination, day of the week, and trip length for your chosen dates on the schedule.

If you are unsure, please get in touch for our help.

Beach visits are not possible at Richelieu Rock & Koh Bon (no beach) or Koh Tachai (closed to the public).
On days at the Similan Islands, beach visits are sometimes possible, but we never promise. This is because so many factors affect the ability and decision whether or not to visit the beach. These factors include the exact location of the boat and its next dive site, how crowded the beach may be, the time of day, and if the the boat needs to be somewhere else to fill up with fresh water.

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

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Lapat
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
Courses Available
Free Pickup
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
MV Lapat Layout (prior to the 2018 refit and bathroom changes)



MV Lapat Specifications
Built: 2016
Length: 24 metres
Beam: 5 metres
Instrumentation: Depth Sounder, VHF Radio, Radar, GPS
Safety: Life vests, Oxygen, First aid kit, Fire Extingishers
Plug sockets:  220V in every cabin


MV Lapat has a wide range of diving courses available at very competitive prices. Normally, you need to pre-book a PADI diving course so that equipment, materials and staff in your preferred language can be prepared.

Contact us for more information about courses on MV Lapat

Transfer details

MV Lapat guests staying in Khao Lak can enjoy free scheduled transfers in the morning on departure day.

It's not possible to try to come directly from Phuket in the morning of your trip because it's very far and the boat can't wait for late guests.

MV Lapat Scheduled Transfers
2D / 1N Trips
6.45 - 7.45 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
08:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
16:45 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
17:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
MV Lapat Scheduled Transfers
3D / 2N Trips
6.45 - 7.45 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
08:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
16:45 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
17:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : 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 Lapat Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Lapat
Eugene Lapat
Nationality: American
Dived: 19 April 2022
Boat rating: 7/10
MV Lapat is a good budget liveaboard option, especially for those who are not used to fancy cruise-like luxury. Food provided was great, and the cabins are small but reasonably comfortable. One thing to remember is that this boat sails between the Similans and Richelieu rock, and people arrive and depart daily on a speedboat. Not all of them stay for the liveaboard. Sometimes it can get crazy crowded because of the day-trippe rs on the boat as happened on the Richelieu rock day. It was difficult to track different groups of divers and often we had to wait a while as there is only 1 dingy with Lapat. But budget is the key word here, so it's probably to be expected.
Tommy Lapat
Nationality: German
Dived: 08 April 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
Everything fine!
Sandy Boe
Nationality: American
Dived: 12 February 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
Our first live aboard experience and our family all agreed we will definitely be planning another in the near future. 3d/2n was a perfect amount with 10 total dives. Our dive master, J, was awesome and the crew was everything helpful/kind. The boat was spacious, rooms were clean and everything was just well thought out. Looking forward to our next trip!
Aleksandra Lapat
Nationality: Polish
Dived: 12 January 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
Yassir Lapat
Nationality: Portuguese
Dived: 17 December 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
Amazing service all throughout. Jamie's support was perfect all around and the boat was great. We did a refresher amd the adventure deep dive and all went super smoothly. Highly recommended. Truly no troubles:)
Pat Lapat
Nationality: Irish
Dived: 17 December 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
Great experience on the 2n3d liveaboard to Surins + Richileu Rock. Excellent diving with a great guide (Jay). Suburb support throughout from Jamie at No Troubles. Looking forward to the next trip already.
Nationality: Thai
Dived: 08 December 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
•Simple boat with professional team who are treating you with care •Captain with full ocean experience •Full service from boat boy •Professional diving team. Always safety first •Proper kitchen •Clean and comfort cabin
Z Lapat
Nationality: American
Dived: 08 December 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
Great staff and great diving!
Cody Lapat
Nationality: American
Dived: 04 December 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
The entire crew is absolutely wonderful. The food was amazing. It was my first time on a live aboard and it was honestly one of the greatest experiences of my entire life. To see everyone from all different countries and backgrounds together is something everyone should experience. My dive master was so great too. I cannot forget her!
Peter Franz
Nationality: German
Dived: 02 December 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
It was very good to great (the dives) the liveaboard was perfect. We were the only overnight guests and they did everything they could do to make that stay unforgettable. Food was super and they helped where they could. They even dressed me for diving since my wetsuit was so narrow that I could not get through the arms and legs without help (and a plastic bag). So 110 points out of 100 for the staff (including our divemaster - she made every dive to a dive to remember). Unfortunately Helmut got problems with his feet - blisters - so he had to cancel the last dive - one of the best So in overall there is no reason to choose a different operator for the next activities - maybe already next year Thank you very much again to all involved people
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