MV Pawara is often sold out months in advance. This, in itself, should be enough to promote this 35m purpose-built diving boat that sails to the Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock. The boat and its team have an excellent reputation for quality & service, and this includes attention to detail and wonderful food. The range of facilities on board are either free of charge or at very reasonable prices. Guests always come back happy, and many book to join again & again. Even when full, there is plenty of space aboard this large boat for up to 24 guests on each trip between October and May.
There are 12 air-conditioned cabins on Pawara, each accommodating no more than 2 guests. On the main deck there are two master cabins at the front of the boat, which have large double beds, panoramic views, and private bathrooms. Also on the main deck are four deluxe twin cabins, which also have sea-view windows and private bathrooms. These cabins have fixed bunk beds. Solo guests will only be combined to share with same-sex others. On the lower deck there are four standard cabins, which can be made to have side-by-side twin beds, or large doubles. These also have private bathrooms and porthole windows. Finally, there are two budget cabins, which share one private bathroom. These cabins are air conditioned, but the cool air comes from a central system. Every cabin is cleaned each day and fresh towels supplied. Wi-Fi (when in range), diving insurance and Nitrox fills are available for free, and the high-quality diving equipment is available at the most competitive prices.
Your wonderful experience for Pawara diving trips begins at your hotel, resort or Phuket International Airport, where you will be picked up for free and transferred to the ship which is moored at Tab Lamu Pier in Khao Lak. From then you will receive a warm welcome, introduced to your cabin and given a boat & safety briefing, with a welcome drink. Then it’s time to relax as this large, luxurious & comfortable liveaboard boat sails into the night.
The dive deck is large and well designed. There is a dinghy to retrieve divers and transport guests to the pristine beaches of these uninhabited tropical islands. The local crew and western dive staff take great care of everyone, including the diving, sumptuous cuisine and housekeeping services. There are spacious communal areas to enjoy the company of fellow guests, as well as plenty of hideaways to read a book and/or top up a sun tan. The communal areas include a large lounge saloon as well as an even larger outdoor dining area. And let's not forget the huge sundeck that is partially covered.
Similan liveaboard diving trips don’t come any better than on MV Pawara, and that is why this wonderful boat is so popular.
MV Pawara Prices & Schedule
|MV Pawara Diver Prices Overview 2019 / 2020|
|Destinations||Duration||Budget Cabin||Standard Cabin||Deluxe Cabin||Master Cabin|
|Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, |
( 14 Dives)
|4D / 4N||Budget Cabin859 USD||Standard Cabin1,052 USD||Deluxe Cabin1,117 USD||Master Cabin1,213 USD|
|MV Pawara Special Offers Coming Up|
10% Early-Bird Discount
MV Pawara Itinerary
Pawara normally departs around 9.00-10.00pm, and the diving starts early the next morning.
Guests are welcomed on board with a drink, and after cabin alloctaion and a boat briefing, dinner is served around 9.30pm.
On the final day of the trip, Pawara will return to Tam Lamu Pier around 2pm, depending on the sea conditions and which dive sites are visited on the final morning.
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||14 Dives|
MV Pawara Facilites, Layout and Specifications
|MV Pawara Layout|
|MV Pawara Specifications|
|Engines:||2 X 450 HP Hino Marine.|
|Generators:||2 X 25 Kw.|
|Speed:||8 - 12 Knots.|
|Max Speed:||15 Knots.|
|Compressors:||2 X Bauer Mariner Compressors SP Electric With Nitrox Unit, 60 Aluminum Alloy Tanks.|
|Instrumentation:||GPS Plotter, Depth Sounder, Cellular Phone And SSB Radio.|
|Fresh Water:||25,000 Litres.|
|Guests:||Max. 24 Guests.|
|Cabins:||12 Twin Share Cabins With Full Air-conditioning.|
|Rest Rooms:||En-suite Bathroom With 1 Toilet, Wash Basin And Hot Shower.|
|Showers:||Two More Showers Located On The Dive Platform.|
|Sundeck:||6 X 15 Meters Sundeck Area.|
|Entertainment:||6.5 X 10 Meters Shaded Entertainment Area, TV / Video.|
|Environmental:||Waste Storage Tank.|
|Dinghy:||1 X 4.8 M With 25 HP Outboard.|
|Safety:||2 X Life Rafts, Full Complement Of Life Jackets, Fully Equipped Medic First Aid Station, Oxygen Supply 6,000 Liters Capacity, Closed Circuit Video On The Dive Station And In The Engine Room, Full Complement Of Fire Extinguishers.|
MV Pawara Courses
There is a selection of PADI diving courses available on MV Pawara, including Enriched Air Nitrox (EAN), and the usual selection of advanced & beginner courses. It is always advisable to let us know in advance, either to confirm a course booking, prepare us that you may be interested, or just make an enquiry. Taking part in a PADI diving course while aboard a liveaboard diving cruise is a very popular choice. Doing so while diving at Thailand’s best diving sites just makes it an even better idea. Please take a look at the PADI courses listed below, and feel free to contact us at any time with enquiries, including for courses which are not mentioned on this page.
Please note that PADI materials & certification (2,800 THB) and diving equipment rental (if required @ 500 THB / day) are not included in the prices of courses which require them.
| 48 USD |
Specialty Dives, such as Adventure, Night, Deep
| 48 USD |
Scuba Diver referral (2 dives on Pawara)
| 97 USD |
Scuba Diver* (classroom, confined water + 2 dives on Pawara)
| 161 USD |
Advanced Open Water (for part-course referrals, please contact us)
| 193 USD |
Including: free Nitrox fills for the remainder of the cruise.
| 193 USD |
Open Water Diver* (classroom, confined water + 4 dives on Pawara)
| 290 USD |
*Open Water Diver and Scuba Diver candidates need to arrive in Phuket at least one full day before MV Pawara departs. This is to complete ‘confined water’ skills training and some initial theory. E-learning candidates are welcome, too. Reduced prices for all kinds of referral courses, depending on how much of the course you have already completed. Please enquire for details and prices BEFORE signing up for e-learning on the PADI website.
MV Pawara Transfer details
MV Pawara guests are offered free scheduled transfers at the beginning and end of each trip. The pick ups begin mid afternoon in southern Phuket, passing through the main hotel & resort areas, then Phuket International Airport, and then into Khao Lak in the early evening.
Several minivans are used, so don't worry if the minivan stops several times after you're picked up if you're among the first.
MV Pawara Scheduled Transfers
4D / 4N Trips
|17:00 - 18:30||Pick up from Phuket : Free|
|19:00 - 19:30||Pick up from Khao Lak : Free|
|20:00 - 20:30||Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )|
|14:00 - 15:00||Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )|
|15:00 - 16:00||Drop off to Khao Lak : Free|
|15:00 - 17:00||Drop off to Phuket : Free|