MV Oktavia

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Liveaboard Oktavia
Type : Liveaboard
Departs from: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 20
Boat rating: 8/10 Based on 10 divers
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Prices from: 430 USD
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MV Oktavia is a very special boat which offers 2, 3, 4* & 5 night liveaboard cruises to the best diving sites of Thailand. At a length of nearly 30m, just twenty guests have more room to move around, relax, sleep and socialize. The boat’s cruises visit all of the best dive sites in Thailand’s Andaman Sea, including Richelieu Rock, and does so while offering a unique choice of trip length. 

Sitting between budget and mid-range price levels, liveaboard trips on MV Oktavia are excellent value for money, especially considering the service and organization. Oktavia guests are treated better than possibly all others who decide to go on a Similan diving safari. The whole process, starting when you book and finishing when you're dropped off at your hotel at the end of the trip, is a wonderful experience. Unlike most other Similan liveaboard boats, Oktavia’s dive centre run just this boat, so they are able to focus properly on just a few guests. Many other dive centres run two or more boats, which results in a less-personal service and is more prone to errors.

The boat has twin and double-bed standard cabins on the main deck, with hot-water shared bathrooms. There are also two large master cabins on the upper deck, which have private bathrooms, armchairs and televisions. Although there are enough beds on Oktavia to accommodate thirty guests, each trip is limited to no more than twenty. And those who stay in standard cabins can choose between double and twin beds because there’s nearly always spare. On top of this, Oktavia offers something else that other Similan liveaboard boats do not. Regardless of how many guests book on trips during the high season, the boat is guaranteed to set sail. Sometimes guests book to join a liveaboard safari only to find that not enough others have done so, and the trip is cancelled. Not only is this unfair, it can ruin plans for a diving holiday in Thailand. Unless specified, your Oktavia trip is confirmed to sail, even if you're the only guest! This is very useful and important for divers who plan flights and hotels months in advance.

In addition to great management and guaranteed trips at low prices, Oktavia still has a couple more aces up its sleeve. The first is that each cruise sets sail earlier in the day than most other Similan liveaboards. This has several advantages which include less hanging around, less activity at the pier by other dive teams, and reaching the dive sites before bedtime, which allows a better night’s sleep. The second 'ace' is that Oktavia’s rental diving equipment is stored on the boat and not back at the dive centre. Therefore, spares and alternative sizes are always available, even when out at sea.

sun-deck-on-boat-scuba-tour-to-similans-and-surinAt the beginning and end of each diving season Oktavia’s diving cruises are 4D/4N with 15 dives. However, for the most of the time diving on Oktavia is done over 2D/2N (7 dives), 3D/2N (10 dives) or 5D/5N (19 dives). This is achieved by the main boat sailing out for 5 days & nights but guests who join shorter trips are brought out (or back) by speedboat. Guests wanting a 2D/2N trip return on a speedboat at the end of the second day’s third dive. The same speedboat brings guests out to join Oktavia for the second part of the five day cruise, for 3D/2N at the more challenging but more rewarding northern dive sites. The luckiest guests stay aboard Oktavia for the full cruise.

Nitrox fills and a selection of courses are available on Oktavia. Divers who aren’t certified to 30 metres (99ft.) can take a quick ‘deep dive certification’ or do the Advanced course on board. For those who have families or don’t dive, there’s plenty to do during a trip, including snorkelling or visiting beaches. Unlike most other Similan diving liveaboards, if there are snorkellers on Oktavia, there will be an official snorkel guide and snorkelling itinerary. Other boats usually leave non-divers to do their own thing.

Delicious food is served buffet style throughout the cruise. This is a wonderful blend of western and Asian cuisine, but not spicy. Vegetarians are always taken good care of, and those who have special dietary needs can eat well, too. Just let us know in advance.

MV Oktavia Prices & Schedule

MV Oktavia Diver Prices Overview 2017 / 2018
Destinations Duration Standard Cabin Master Cabin
Similan Islands,
(7 Dives)
2D / 2N Standard Cabin 430 USD Master Cabin 551 USD
Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck,
(10 Dives)
3D / 2N Standard Cabin 647 USD Master Cabin 828 USD
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck,
(15 Dives)
4D / 4N Standard Cabin 719 USD Master Cabin 960 USD
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock,
(15 Dives)
4D / 4N Standard Cabin 719 USD Master Cabin 960 USD
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck,
(19 Dives)
5D / 5N Standard Cabin 840 USD Master Cabin 1,141 USD
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock,
(19 Dives)
5D / 5N Standard Cabin 840 USD Master Cabin 1,141 USD
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Schedule & Prices 2017 / 2018
October 2017
Departure Return Trip Information Diver Prices
23
Oct
2017
27
Oct
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Mon at 5:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand, Fri at 5:00 PM
Standard Cabin : 719 USD
Master Cabin : 960 USD
28
Oct
2017
01
Nov
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Sat at 5:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand, Wed at 5:00 PM
Standard Cabin : 719 USD
Master Cabin : 960 USD
November 2017
Departure Return Trip Information Diver Prices
02
Nov
2017
06
Nov
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Thu at 5:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand, Mon at 5:00 PM
Standard Cabin : 719 USD
Master Cabin : 960 USD
07
Nov
2017
11
Nov
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Tue at 5:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand, Sat at 5:00 PM
Standard Cabin : 719 USD
Master Cabin : 960 USD
17
Nov
2017
19
Nov
2017
Duration: 2 Days / 2 Nights
Number of dives: 7
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Fri at 5:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand, Sun at 5:00 PM
Standard Cabin : 430 USD
Master Cabin : 551 USD
17
Nov
2017
22
Nov
2017
Duration: 5 Days / 5 Nights
Number of dives: 19
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Fri at 5:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand, Wed at 5:00 PM
Standard Cabin : 840 USD
Master Cabin : 1,141 USD
20
Nov
2017
22
Nov
2017
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Number of dives: 10
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Mon at 8:00 AM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand, Wed at 5:00 PM
Standard Cabin : 647 USD
Master Cabin : 828 USD
23
Nov
2017
28
Nov
2017
Duration: 5 Days / 5 Nights
Number of dives: 19
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Thu at 5:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand, Tue at 5:00 PM
Standard Cabin : 840 USD
Master Cabin : 1,141 USD
29
Nov
2017
01
Dec
2017
Duration: 2 Days / 2 Nights
Number of dives: 7
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Wed at 5:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand, Fri at 5:00 PM
Standard Cabin : 430 USD
Master Cabin : 551 USD
29
Nov
2017
04
Dec
2017
Duration: 5 Days / 5 Nights
Number of dives: 19
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Wed at 5:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand, Mon at 5:00 PM
Standard Cabin : 840 USD
Master Cabin : 1,141 USD
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MV Oktavia Itinerary

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There are several itineraries on MV Oktavia, so please check carefully for your preffered trip.

In summary, the boat sails in the early evening for 5 days & nights, returning mid-late afternoon on the final day.

Most divers stay on board for the full 5 days & nights.

However, guests who choose 2D2N trips, will depart at the start like everyone else, but then be brought back to Khao Lak by speedboat at the end of the second day.

Guests who choose 3D2N trips are transferred in the morning to join Oktavia. These guests need to stay in Khao Lak (not Phuket) the night before their trip.

4D4N trips are just for the beginning and end of the diving season. For these trips there are no speedboat transfers, and everyone stays on board for the whole cruise.

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.

MV Oktavia Itineraries
Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck 5 Days / 5 Nights 19 dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck 4 Days / 4 Nights 15 dives
Similan Islands 2 Days / 2 Nights 7 dives
Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck 3 Days / 2 Nights 10 dives

MV Oktavia Facilities, Layout & Specification

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Facilities available with MV Oktavia
Nitrox
En Suite Available
Air Con
In Cabin Tv
Dinghy
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Speedboat Transfers
Suitable For Children
Av Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Sundeck
Shaded Sundeck
Available To Charter
Beach Transfers

MV Oktavia Layout

MV-Oktavia-Deck-Plan
MV Oktavia Specifications
Built year: 2003, modified and refurbished in 2007.
Material: Wood.
Length: 29.5 metres.
Beam: 6.5 metres.
Draft: 2,85 metres.
Cruising speed: 7-10 knots.
Weight: 149 tons.
Fresh water: 20,000 litres.
Diesel capacity: 7,500 litres.
Engines: 2 x Nissan Diesel 420 hp, 10 cylinders.
Generators: 2 x 50 kva.
Electricity: 220 volts, 24 hours.
Compressors: 2 x Bauer Mariner 250 - Electric with air cooling system and air filters. Coltri-Sub continuous flow enriched air (nitrox) system.
Dinghy: 4.7m with Yamaha 40hp and foldable ladder.
Safety: Life rafts (40 pax), dinghy, emergency oxygen, first-aid kit, life rings, fire extinguishers, high water alarm, CCTV-monitored dive deck, crew equipped with radio, first-aid trained staff, partner of SSS Recompression Chamber Network. All cabins have sliding doors for easy evacuation. Life vests (sizes XXXS - XXXL) are handed out at cruise beginning to ensure guests have the correct size and are aware of its location in the cabin.
Communication: Satellite telephone, mobile phones and radio.
Navigation: GPS, compass & depth sounder.
Guests: Max 22 (on full charters max. 24).
Cabins: 12 Blue Ocean Cabins: 6 double bed cabins, 4 cabins with 2 bunk beds, 2 family cabins with double bed plus bunk bed. 2 Master Suites ( 25 m2 with one double bed and option for 2 spare beds ).
Facilities: 4 shared bathrooms with hot water showers. 3 showers on the dive platform. 2 bathrooms en-suite / master cabins.
Cabincomfort: All Blue Ocean Cabins have central air-conditioning and are equipped with fan, reading lights, shelf unit, two large panorama windows, electrical outlets, sheets & towels. On fully-booked cruises, single travelers may have to share a 2-bed cabin with a guest of the same gender. The master cabins have individual air-conditioning, fan, double bed, desk / dressing table, two arm chairs, private bathroom, flat-screen TV DVD & mini-fridge. They span over the width of the boat and have panorama windows both port and starboard. The suites are ideal for families.
Crew: Captain, engineer, three deckhands, cook & assistant cook.
Diving and snorkeling: Max 6 instructors / guides (max 4 divers per guide or instructor). 12-litre aluminum tanks, 2 lbs weights, weight belts. 15-litre tanks and Nitrox 32% fills available.
Miscellaneous: Lots of comfortable seating, large sun deck, media-PC and LCD-TV, DVD/CD-player, bar. Three main meals & snacks are served as buffets and always include a vegetarian dish.

MV Oktavia Courses

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PADI courses are easily taught on Oktavia liveaboard trips. In fact, it's the ideal place to take part in one. There are plenty of options available, from a one or two dive mini-course, such as Deep Adventure Dive, to an Open Water Diver course for those who have never dived before. Prices start at just 1,500THB. The most popular diving course on an Oktavia liveaboard trip is the Advanced course. Please note, that the dives of a course do not add to the total number of dives on the cruise.

Courses
Courses prices
PADI: Discover Scuba Diving
(1 Dive)
Including: teaching materials, equipment and certification
45 USD
PADI: Discover Scuba Diving
(2 Dive)
Including: teaching materials, equipment and certification
45 USD
PADI: Discover Scuba Diving
(3 Dive)
Including: teaching materials, equipment and certification
45 USD
PADI: Discover Scuba Diving
(4 Dive)
Including: teaching materials, equipment and certification
45 USD
PADI: Discover Scuba Diving
(5 Dive)
Including: teaching materials, equipment and certification
45 USD
PADI: Adventure Diver
Including: teaching materials, equipment and certification
45 USD
PADI: Emergency First Response
Including: teaching materials, equipment and certification
137 USD
PADI: Speciality Course
Including: teaching materials, equipment and certification
196 USD
PADI: Enriched Air Diver Course
Including: 5 tanks of Nitrox to use in course & all teaching materials, equipment and certification
226 USD
PADI: Advanced Open Water Course
Including: teaching materials, equipment and certification
256 USD
PADI: Rescue Diver Course
Including: teaching materials, equipment and certification
301 USD
PADI: Divemaster Internship
2,408 USD

We recommend SSI courses on oktavia, so that guests can pre-learn online before joining the trip. 

In addition, SSI courses are usally better value than PADI's.

MV Oktavia Transfer Details

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Oktavia guests who are staying in Khao Lak get free transfers on departure day for all trips.

Also, at the end of trip, there are free transfers back to Khao Lak hotels.

Guests who are staying in Phuket or landing at Phuket Airport on departure day can get Oktavia transfers for a reasonable fee. This is only possible for 2D2N, 4D4N and 5D5N departures.

For 3D2N trips, guests have to be in Khao Lak for the early-morning pick up.

MV Oktavia Scheduled transfers
2D / 2N, 3D / 3N, 4D / 4N, 5D / 5N trips
13:00 - 06:30 Pick up from Phuket : Free
15:45 - 17:30 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
18:30 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
17:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
17:00 - 18:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
17:00 - 19:00 Drop off to Phuket : Free
MV Oktavia Scheduled transfers
3D/2N trips
06:45 - 07:50 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
08:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
17:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
17:00 - 18:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
17:00 - 19:00 Drop off to Phuket : Free

Guests who are unable to meet the scheduled pick ups or would like private transportion are welcome to contact us to arrange a private taxi at the most competitive rates.

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MV Oktavia Reviews

diver
Dived: 11 March 2017
Boat rating: 7/10
diver
Dived: 18 February 2017
Boat rating: 8/10
Loved it! Amazing. Diving was incredible and the experience was my favorite during two weeks in Thailand. Thank you!
diver
Dived: 09 February 2017
Boat rating: 8/10
Really good voyage ! An all round winner
diver
Dived: 09 February 2017
Boat rating: 9/10
Perfect, nice boat , team very professional .Good dives
Allynn, Diane & Annie
Dived: 14 January 2017
Boat rating: 10/10
We loved everything about our time with you. Even though we only snorkeled (everyone else was scuba diving) we loved the experience - even the experience of the unexpected bubble bath (when we swam above the divers). Everything your team put together was professional in every way.
Markus
Dived: 29 December 2016
Oktavia Guests
Dived: 29 December 2016
Luoma family
Dived: 21 January 2016
Boat rating: 8/10
Ovan Sofian
Dived: 15 October 2015
Boat rating: 9/10
BAGUS!
Dived: 31 October 2014
Boat rating: 8/10