Marco Polo - Phuket Liveaboard Similan Islands Free Nitrox

MV Marco Polo

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Specials: Free Nitrox fills for certified divers
Marco Polo Liveaboard diveboat Similan Islands
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 12
Boat rating: 10/10 Based on 6 divers
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Prices from: 698 USD
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MV Marco Polo sails to The Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock for 3-day and 4-day trips. From 2022 just 12 guests join each cruise, and while most are certified divers, non-diving guests are welcome to join at a discounted rate. The boat is 23 metres in length and it has a very good reputation and lots of repeat customers.

twin cabin on board liveaboardThere are six cabins on Marco Polo, each accommodating two guests. New for 2022 all cabins have air-conditioning and private en-suite bathrooms. The cabins are brand-new, with bunk beds and large bathrooms. At the rear of the main deck is where the large well-designed diving platform is, with an extremely-quiet compressor, plenty of tank slots, and Nitrox facilities. EANx certified divers get free Nitrox 32% fills throughout the trip.

On the upper deck is where guests eat and socialize. There is a small indoor lounge saloon. Here is where great food is served throughout the cruise, and includes western and local cuisine, all freshly cooked every day. However, most guests decide to enjoy their time outside on the same deck. Here we have a covered area with several tables and seating. Guests can enjoy the sea breeze and beautiful scenery while chatting in small or larger groups, or even relaxing alone. There's also a sundeck on the roof of Marco Polo that has soft mats and is partially shaded.

The dive trips on Marco Polo allow enough time to enjoy all of Thailand’s best diving sites without having to miss any out or race from one to the next. Marco Polo now sails from Khao Lak, instead of Phuket. The 4D/4N trips leave in the evening, and the 3D/2N trips leave in the morning. 4-day trips start at The Similans, before sailing north to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. And the 3-day trips go directly to Koh Bon, then onto Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.

The amount of time aboard enables divers to take part in diving courses, such as the Advanced, Nitrox and others. For anyone wanting to fully immerse themselves in the best diving in Thailand, and staying on board with not too many other people, Marco Polo is a great option.

Prices & Schedule

MV Marco Polo Diver Prices Overview 2022 / 2023
DestinationsDuration Twin
( 11 Dives)
3D / 2N Twin698 USD
( 15 Dives)
4D / 4N Twin1,089 USD
Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Transfers to and from local hotels
Meals
Snacks
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Soft drinks
VAT
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Nitrox
Towels
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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Itinerary

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Marco Polo sails directly from Khao Lak in the evening of 4-day trips and the morning of 3-day trips and both return around 6.00pm on the final day of the cruise. Guests can be picked up from various locations in Phuket & Khao Lak.

After being allocated cabins and introduced to the crew and safety procedures, guests enjoy dinner/breakfast on board while getting to know one another.

For 4D/4N trips, Marco Polo sails into the night, the boat arrives at the dive sites in The Similan Islands at about midnight, allowing everyone on board to get a good night’s sleep before the diving starts first thing in the morning.

The 3D/2N trips leave in the morning, but you still get a full day's diving in, starting at Koh Bon.

The first dive of the trip is always at an easier dive site, and known as a 'check dive’. The Divemasters, instructors and cruise leader make a better and final decision of who will dive with who, using their assessment of each diver’s confidence and air consumption. 

There are up to four dives per day, including a night or sunset dive. Meals or snacks are served before, between & after every dive, and there are excursions to beaches and snorkelling reefs when possible.

On the final day of the cruise, there are three dives before Marco Polo sets sail back to Khao Lak, arriving around 6.00pm.

 

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.

Itineraries
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
Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 Days / 2 Nights 11 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Marco Polo
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
Dinghy
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Lounge
All Cabins En Suite
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Sundeck
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers
MV Marco Polo Layout
Marco Polo deck plan 2022
MV Marco Polo Layout & Specifications
 Length.  23 metres.
 Width.  6 metres.
Dive Deck .  24 m2 (260 ft2).
Cabins. 6x twin bunk cabins ith air conditioning and private bathroom
Electricity. Every cabin has 220v outlets with electricity 24 hours a day.
Oxygen. 50 litre oxygen tank.
Central compressor station. ( 400 litres/minute )  (virtually noise-free tank re-fillings).
Compressors. 2 Bauer mariner compressors.
Generators. 3 generators 220/12V.
Safety. GPS, dinghy, life raft, telephone.
Entertainment. TV, video & hi-fi.

Courses

Spending time on a liveaboard diving boat cruise boat is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most of us. Doing so while sailing to and from some of the best diving spots in the world, and certainly the best in Thailand, is even more enjoyable. During Marco Polo’s liveaboard safaris, some guests gain more experience and love for the hobby each time they descend below the waves. Others have 50-100 logged dives or more, but still want to increase their certification level or skills.

Taking part in a diving course onboard Marco Polo is a very popular choice for many of our guests. Affiliated with both PADI and SSI, the multilingual instructors on Marco Polo are able to offer great-value courses during the cruise. The most-commonly taken courses are Advanced Open Water Diver and Nitrox (Enriched Air). Some guests even do both!

The Advanced Open Water can be done in conjunction with PADI or SSI at a competitive price of 7,500 THB, as well as the SSI Advanced Adventure Diver. The SSI Deep Diver Specialty is just 4,500 THB, too. Finally, with Nitrox fills for free on Marco Polo liveaboard cruises, it makes a lot of sense to take the EAN (Enriched Air Nitrox) course at just 7,500 THB. Please let us know which course you may be interested in taking part in aboard Marco Polo and we will give you a prompt and competitive quotation.

PADI courses are subject to a surcharge for materials, but SSI courses don't have the added cost.

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Transfer details

Free transfers are available on departure and return days. These are at fixed times and dependent on the location/destination of the guests. 

MV Marco Polo Scheduled Transfers
4D / 4N Trips
16:00 - 18:30 Pick up from Phuket : Free
19:00 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
20:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
17:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
18:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
18:00 - 19:00 Drop off to Phuket : Free
MV Marco Polo Scheduled Transfers
3D / 2N Trips
5:30 - 6:30 Pick up from Phuket : Free
07:00 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
07:30 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
17:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
17:30 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
18:30 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 Marco Polo Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Marco Polo
Olli Marco Polo
Olli
Nationality: German
Dived: 18 March 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
Great guides (my group had Nat), great crew, awesome food. Good beds. I would book again
Lepper22 Marco Polo
Lepper22
Nationality: German
Dived: 28 January 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
A great trip, with friendly staff, delicious food and amazing dive sites. I can really recommend it
Maya
Nationality: Austrian
Dived: 28 January 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
I loved the experience, the staff was amazing and always ready to help. The dive guides where very familar with the dive sites and took good care of us. Thanks a lot for the great experience!
Malthe Marco Polo
Malthe
Nationality: Danish
Dived: 28 January 2022
Boat rating: 9/10
Really nice boat. Perfect for “the real liveaboard”. Not overcrowded. Divided in two groups with a talented divemaster in both. Food delicious and plenty. Its difinitely an eat/sleep/dive trip 🙌🏻👌🏽🥳
Michael Marco Polo
Michael
Nationality: German
Dived: 26 December 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
Perfect organization and smooth booking process! Staff onboard is very kind and helpful! Diving was excellent!
Magi Graziano
Nationality: American
Dived: 02 January 2018
Boat rating: 10/10
This trip was excellent all the way around. The dive team, the food, the service - the people
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