Marco Polo - Phuket Liveaboard Similan Islands Free Nitrox

MV Marco Polo

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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 2 divers
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Prices from: 851 USD
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MV Marco Polo sails to The Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock for 3-day and 4-day trips. New for 2021-22 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.

MV-Marco-Polo-Liveaboard-similansThere are six cabins on Marco Polo, each accommodating two guests. New for November 2021 all cabins have air-conditioning and private en-suite bathrooms. The cabins are brand-new twin bunk beds. 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 an 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 Cabin
( 11 Dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin851 USD
( 15 Dives)
4D / 4N Twin Cabin1,232 USD
Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Transfers to and from local hotels
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Soft drinks
Night diving torch
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
Alcoholic drinks
Dive insurance
Larger tanks
Mask and Snorkel
Open-heel fins
Full-foot fins
Tips / Gratuities
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Booking / Enquiry

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 Khao Lak. Paperwork and final payment are taken care of at the dive centre or on the boat. This is also when equipment is checked. After being allocated cabins and introduced to the crew and safety procedures, guests enjoy dinner on board while getting to know one another. Sailing northwest 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 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. Of course, couples and friends often want to dive together, and this can be discussed on that morning.

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 two or 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.

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

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Marco Polo
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
Beach Transfers
MV Marco Polo Layout

Marco Polo Main Deck

TC: Twin Cabin, DC: Double Bed Cabin, T: Toilet, S: Shower, OS: Outside Shower


Marco Polo Upper Deck

T: Dining Table, CC: Crew Cabin, C: Coffee Corner


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.


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.

Please note that PADI courses are subject to a surcharge for materials, but this is not the case with SSI courses.

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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
6D / 6N Trips
16:00 - 18:30 Pick up from Phuket : Free
20:00 Departure ( Chalong Pier, Phuket )
18:00 Return ( Chalong Pier, Phuket )
18:00 - 19:00 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 Marco Polo Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Marco Polo
Michael Marco Polo
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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