MV Smiling Seahorse

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Smiling seahorse liveaboard Thailand
Type Liveaboard
Departs from Ranong
No. of guests 16
Prices from: 732 USD
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MV Smiling Seahorse is a new diving liveaboard boat for the 2018-19 season. It was purpose-built to offer safe & comfortable Similan Islands scuba diving liveaboard cruises. MV Smiling Seahorse replaces the popular MV Thai Sea that served so well for years. The new boat is bigger, but still only takes 16 guests. That means there’s more room and greater comfort. Unlike its predecessor, Smiling Seahorse has air-conditioned cabins, most of which have private bathrooms. Also the hull is steel and the engines are larger than before.

MV Smiling Seahorse is an ideal size for the number of guests. It’s larger than the previous boat, but not too large. It’s 25m. in length with a width of 6.5m. This ensures that it’s always possible to find space to chill out away from others, but it also has a friendly atmosphere. The boat was designed from fresh, meaning that everything is in the right place. For example, the well-planned dive deck and cabin layout, and there’s a room just for photographers. From the large sundeck to the crew cabins in the lower deck, it’s a great boat. All guest cabins have air-conditioning and doors which open out to sea views, not into a narrow corridor along the middle of the boat.

On the upper deck of Smiling Seahorse there are two ‘Superior’ guest cabins which can be set up as twin or double depending on your needs. Further back is the main socialising & dining area. This is where guests spend most of their time eating, listening to dive briefings, exchanging stories over a drink, browsing photos, reading, or updating logbooks. There are tables with lots of comfy seating, and there’s a large TV.

On the main deck of Smiling Seahorse there are two Master Cabins at the front of the boat and four Deluxe Cabins in the middle. All have private en suite bathrooms. The Master Cabins have large double beds, and the Deluxe Cabins can be twin or double depending on the guests. Also on the main deck is the galley, where the wonderful cooks prepare plenty of delicious food. It’s a great balance of Thai food made to western taste. Guests who have special dietary needs, including vegetarians & vegans, won’t go hungry, but please inform any special diets in advance.

Smiling Seahorse Burma scuba divingThere is a photography room on the main deck, next to the kitchen and communal bathrooms. This is important on scuba diving liveaboards nowadays. Diving photographers can service, clean & charge lights & cameras. On the well-designed dive deck there is easily enough room for all divers to feel comfortable when gearing up. All the tanks, equipment, compressor and other machinery is located here, out of the way.

Smiling Seahorse’s lower deck has crew cabins and two brand-new large & powerful engines. These engines are ideal for longer itineraries. This ensures smooth, quick and safe crossing between dive sites.

Most of the time Smiling Seahorse is in Myanmar/Burma, but several times each season there are trips that stay in Thailand. Instead of joining the crowds at the Similan Islands, Smiling Seahorse takes a different approach. Going directly from Ranong to The Surin Islands, the divers can enjoy some wonderful dives at secret dive sites, and often visit the Sea Gypsies. Then it’s south to Koh Bon, and on the return stopping at Koh Tachai. Saving the best to last, Richelieu Rock is visited on the final day. These trips are 3 days & 3 nights, with up to 11 dives.

MV Smiling Seahorse Prices & Schedule

MV Smiling Seahorse Diver Prices Overview 2018 / 2019
DestinationsDuration Superior Twin/Double Deluxe Twin/Double Master Cabin
Koh Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock,
( 11 Dives)
3D / 3N Superior Twin/Double732 USD Deluxe Twin/Double762 USD Master Cabin793 USD
High Rock, McLeod Island, Seafan Forest, North Rocky, Drake Island, Western Rocky, Volcano,
( 17 Dives)
5D / 5N Superior Twin/Double1,159 USD Deluxe Twin/Double1,189 USD Master Cabin1,220 USD
High Rock, Rocky Point, Shark Cave, North Twin, Seafan Forest, Western Rocky, Volcano,
( 17 Dives)
5D / 5N Superior Twin/Double1,311 USD Deluxe Twin/Double1,342 USD Master Cabin1,372 USD
High Rock, Stewart Island, Tower Rock, Shark Cave, Black Rock, North Twin, Seafan Forest, Western Rocky, Volcano,
( 25 Dives)
7D / 7N Superior Twin/Double1,830 USD Deluxe Twin/Double1,860 USD Master Cabin1,891 USD
High Rock, Secret Dive Site, Shark Cave, Black Rock, Torres Island, Burma Banks, North Twin, Volcano,
( 25 Dives)
7D / 7N Superior Twin/Double1,982 USD Deluxe Twin/Double2,013 USD Master Cabin2,043 USD
Included In The Price

Meals
Snacks
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Soft drinks
VAT
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Towels
Soap & Shampoo
Luggage storage
Not Included In The Price

Transfers to & from the airport
Transfers to and from local hotels
Dive equipment
National park fees
Dive computer
Alcoholic drinks
Dive insurance
Enviroment tax
Night diving torch
Larger tanks
Nitrox
Mask and Snorkel
Open-heel fins
Full-foot fins
Tips / Gratuities
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MV Smiling Seahorse Itinerary

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MV Smiling Seahorse trips depart from & return to Ranong. Check-in is at lunchtime or early afternoon on departure day.

The trips first visit The Surin Islands, then Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and finally Richelieu Rock. 3 days, 3 nights & 11 dives.

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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 Smiling Seahorse Facilites, Layout and Specifications

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Facilities Available with MV Smiling Seahorse
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
Dinghy
Courses Available
AV Entertainment
Double Beds Available
Sundeck
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers

MV Smiling Seahorse Courses

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PADI Advanced Open Water & Nitrox Enriched Air courses are available on request on MV Smiling Seahorse. Some other PADI courses are also possible.

Please note that it's important to ask for and book your PADI course in advance, so that the team can prepare materials and staff.

Contact us for more information about courses on MV Smiling Seahorse

MV Smiling Seahorse Transfer details

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MV Smiling Seahorse guests need to arrive in Ranong no later than the morning of departure day. It’s better to arrive the day before as this will give you more time to settle and explore the town.

You need to sign a little paperwork and maybe fit rental equipment at the Smiling Seahorse office.

Departure is soon after 3pm.


Pick up from local hotels and Ranong Airport can be arranged on request.

MV Smiling Seahorse Scheduled Transfers
3D / 3N Trips
12:00 - 15:00 MOD_TRANSFERS_ARRIVAL ( Ranong )
15:00 Transfers ( Ranong )
16:00 Departure ( Ranong Pier )
21:00 Return ( Ranong Pier )
21:00 Transfers ( Ranong )
MV Smiling Seahorse Scheduled Transfers
5D / 5N, 7D / 7N Trips
12:00 - 13:00 MOD_TRANSFERS_ARRIVAL ( Ranong )
15:00 Transfers ( Ranong )
16:00 Departure ( Ranong Pier )
19:30 Return ( Ranong Pier )
18:00 Transfers ( Ranong )
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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