Go diving on a liveaboard in Thailand

Similan Liveaboards

We offer some of the best liveaboard diving trips anywhere in Thailand when you stay onboard our M/V Andaman. We have 3-day / 3-night, 4-day / 4-night, 7-day / 7-night and 11-day / 11-night trips available, so there is something to suit everyone.

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Best Liveaboard Diving to  the Similan Islands and Beyond

Designed by divers, for divers

Join a liveaboard trip and dive into the world-famous Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, and more…..
We own and operate our unique liveaboard boat, the MV Andaman. She was designed by Sea Dragon and has been continually refurbished and expanded. We run 3-day and 4-day liveaboard trips to Thailand’s top dive sites: the Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and Richelieu Rock. You can also put two trips back-to-back to make a 7-day package or three trips back-to-back to make an 11-day adventure (with a discounted price!)

Whether you are a scuba diver, a freediver, or a snorkeler you are sure to find the perfect trip to suit your schedule and budget

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3 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

9 dives incl night dive

Our 3-day/3-night trip visits the more adventurous dive sites in the north:

 

  • Koh Tachai – There are several dive sites on this island. From gentle reefs to rock walls, plus one of the most impressive dive sites in Thailand. Between January and May, manta rays or whale sharks sometimes visit to feed on the rich currents
  • Surin Islands – picturesque and quiet, close to the border with Myanmar. Five islands with a variety of granite boulder sites and superb coral reefs. Plus stunning beaches and great snorkeling in the shallows
  • Richelieu Rock – a submerged pinnacle in the middle of nowhere. This dive site is legendary for first-class diving and the diversity of fish life. With the possibility of a whale shark or seahorses, if you’re lucky!

3-day/3-night liveaboard
9 dives incl night dive
BBQ & beach visit

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4 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

13 dives incl night dive

Join our 4-day/4-night trip and visit ALL the top dive sites in the area:

 

  • Similan Islands – 9 islands spread over 22km. Divers & snorkellers all love the coral reefs, granite boulders & white sand beaches
  • Koh Bon – pretty soft corals & hard coral reef at this limestone island. Manta rays may visit between January and May. One of Thailand’s top dive sites
  • Koh Tachai – colorful corals, huge sea fans, and lots of fish. Sometimes visited by manta rays or whale sharks (Jan-May, unpredictable). A fantastic dive site
  • Surin Islands – quiet, beautiful, with coral reefs, granite boulder sites & stunning beaches. Great snorkeling and diving
  • Richelieu Rock – world-famous and truly spectacular. Always packed with marine life. Plus occasional ‘big’ visitors

4-day/4-night liveaboard
13 dives incl night dive
BBQ & 2-3 beach visits

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7 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

22 dives incl 2x night dives

This extended trip covers the whole region:

 

  • South – Similan Islands
  • Middle – Koh Bon & Koh Tachai
  • North – Surin Islands and Richelieu RockWith extra dives at the best of the best:Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

    You will have time to explore the beautiful beaches in both the Similans and the Surins. There are many birds, monkeys, and reptiles to be found on the islands

    Between dives, you can jump in with your mask and snorkel to look for turtles in the shallow water. Or just relax in a hammock

    The 7-day trips include two night dives, plus enjoy our famous BBQ night TWICE

7-day/7-night liveaboard
22 dives incl 2x night dives
2x BBQ & 3-4 beach visits

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11 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS

35 dives incl 3 night dives

Our 11-day/11-night trip is for the real scuba addicts! This is a combination of three trips taken back-to-back:

  • 4-day/4-night South to North – starting in the Similan Islands and traveling north via Koh Bon, Koh Tachai the Surin Islands and Richelieu Rock
  • 3-day/3-night trip – visiting Koh Tachai, the Surin Islands and Richelieu Rock
  • 4-day/4-night North to South – traveling in reverse from the Surin Islands and Richelieu Rock, then heading south to Koh Tachai, Koh Bon and finishing with the Similan Islands.

Switch off your phone, choose a hammock and get away from rest of the world.

11-day/11-night liveaboard – 35 dives incl 3x night dive – 3x BBQ & 5 island visits

When you learn to dive with us, you become part of our Sea Dragon family. Which means you’ll get Return Customer Discounts on all future courses or liveaboard trips. The more you dive with us the bigger your discount! You can even earn a FREE liveaboard trip! That’s the Sea Dragon way of saying thank you ♥

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

To join one of our liveaboard trips, you must:
  • Be a certified diver* We will ask to see your certification card when you book and your logbook at check-in
  • Be certified to dive to 30m If not, please see the options below
  • Have dived with within the last 12 months If it’s been longer, you can either take a Scuba Refresher course or join a local reef or wreck dive before the liveaboard
  • Have no health or medical issues that may affect diving. Please check our Diving Health Policy
    * Non-divers are also welcome, please refer to the price tab
30m diving depth on our liveaboards:

On Sea Dragon liveaboards we plan our dives to a maximum depth of 30m. You must be certified to dive this deep. Most insurance companies will not honor any claim if the claimant has dived deeper than the recommended guidelines for their certification level

If you are not already certified to 30m, we offer the
following upgrade options:

1 – Take a PADI Deep Adventure Dive (B1,800 + liveaboard trip price) :

This is the easiest option and requires no extra time. It is conducted during the first dive of your liveaboard trip. You will complete a Knowledge Review from the PADI Deep Dive Speciality or PADI Advanced course manual. During the dive, there are some simple tasks to complete. If later you decide to upgrade your certification to PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, this deep dive will credit towards it

2 – Upgrade your certification level to PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

There are 5 dives in the Advanced course. We offer a package price for completing your Advanced course together with the Andaman liveaboard trip. See here for prices.

Departure day

You can check in anytime before 4 pm on departure day. Drop your luggage in our storage room and explore the town, go to the beach, grab a massage, and/or eat dinner. We meet back at the dive center at 6:30 pm ready for departure

If you have your own equipment you will take it with you in our taxi to the boat. If you are using Sea Dragon equipment, the dive staff will take it to the boat earlier and set it up for you. You must check it thoroughly yourself after the boat briefing

Your Trip Supervisor will give a quick pre-departure briefing before we leave the dive center. Our southern trips depart from Thap Lamu harbor, which takes about 20 minutes by taxi. Our northern trips depart from Khuraburi harbor, which takes about 1 hour 20 minutes by air-conditioned minibus.

Onboard, we will show you to your cabin where you can stow your luggage. The Trip Supervisor will then give a boat orientation and briefing on the middle deck. The journey to the islands takes about 4-5 hours to the Similans or Koh Tachai, 3-4 hours to the Surins.

A typical first day onboard

A typical day will usually follow this pattern:

  • 06:20hrs Early wake-up call, giving you time to grab a tea/coffee and a snack
  • 06:40hrs Dive brief on the middle deck (an extended brief on day 1 covers our diving & safety procedures)
  • 07:30hrs Dive 1
  • 09:00hrs Western-style cooked breakfast in the dining area
  • 11:30hrs Dive 2
  • 13:00hrs Thai-style lunch in the dining area
  • 15:30hrs Dive 3
  • 16:30hrs An afternoon snack is served on the middle deck, come and help yourself
  • 19:00hrs Dive 4 – night dive
  • 21:00hrs Thai-style dinner in the dining area

The schedule will alter slightly for subsequent days as we only have a night dive on day one.

Between dives, you can relax on board, take the dinghy to the beach (if available), and snorkel from the boat. Or just lay back and enjoy the scenery from a hammock or bean bag. On the final evening of the 3-day and 4-day trips, we have a barbecue and cocktail on the upper deck

Return on the final day

After the second dive on the last day of your trip, we head to the nearest harbour. From the Similans, we go to Thap Lamu harbour. However, from Richelieu Rock, we go to Khuraburi harbour. We serve lunch on the journey and you’ll have time to relax more as well as pack up your things

Before we arrive at the jetty, your Trip Supervisor will collect any outstanding money for beer, courses, logbooks, etc. Should you wish to, you can leave a tip for the boat crew in their private tip box. We will also try to get a group photo as a memento of our fun trip together

We arrive back at the dive center at about 16.30/17:00hrs. We’ll take a few minutes to return your valuables from the safe and any luggage you have stored with us. Then we will take you back to your hotel in our taxi

Note for divers on back-to-back package trips

If you are doing two trips back-to-back, the boat will come to the harbour at Khuraburi for a few hours between your trips. You do not have to move out of your cabin, but our cleaners will come onboard to change bedding, etc. At least one member of our dive staff will be with you and will take you ashore at Khuraburi harbor. You will have time to explore and see a bit of rural Thai village life

In Khuraburi harbour there is a coffee shop (with great cake and THE BEST wifi!). You will have dinner on the boat before the new guests arrive. We will depart again at 21:00 for the second leg of your trip

And you’ll get two barbecue nights!

DEPARTURE SCHEDULE FOR M/V ANDAMAN 2022 / 2023
October 2022
Depart 19:30Return 17:00No. daysVisiting
Sat 15Wed 194-day/4-nightSouth – North
Wed 19Sun 234-day/4-nightNorth – South
Sun 23Thu 274-day/4-nightSouth – North
Thu 27Mon 314-day/4-nightNorth – South
November 2022
Depart 19:30Return 17:00No. daysVisiting
Wed 02Sun 064-day/4-nightSouth – North
Wed 02Wed 097-day/7-nightSouth – North
Wed 02Sun 1311-day/11-nightAll Islands
Sun 06Wed 093-day/3-nightNorthern
Sun 06Sun 137-day/7-nightNorth – South
Wed 09Sun 134-day/4-nightNorth – South
Mon 14Fri 184-day/4-nightSouth – North
Mon 14Mon 217-day/7-nightSouth – North
Mon 14Fri 2511-day/11-nightAll Island
Fri 18Mon 213-day/3-nightNorthern
Fri 18Fri 257-day/7-nightNorth – South
Mon 21Fri 254-day/4-nightNorth – South
Sat 26Wed 304-day/4-nightSouth – North
Sat 26..Sat 037-day/7-nightSouth – North
Wed 30..Sat 033-day/3-nightNorthern
Wed 30..Sat 077-day/7-nightNorth – South
Sat 26..Wed 0711-day/11-nightAll Islands
December 2022
Depart 19:30Return 17:00No. daysVisiting
Sat 03Wed 074-day/4-nightNorth – South
Thu 08Mon 124-day/4-nightSouth – North
Thu 08Thu 157-day/7-nightSouth – North
Thu 08Mon 1911-day/11-nightAll Islands
Mon 12Thu 153-day/3-nightNorthern
Mon 12Mon 097-day/7-nightNorth – South
Thu 15Mon 194-day/4-nightNorth – South
Thu 20Sat 244-day/4-nightSouth – North
Thu 20Thu 277-day/7-nightSouth – North
Thu 20Sat 3111-day/11-nightAll Islands
Sat 24Thu 273-day/3-nightNorthern
Sat 24Sat 317-day/7-nightNorth – South
Thu 27Sat 314-day/4-nightNorth – South
January 2023
Depart 19:30Return 17:00No. daysVisiting
Sun 01Thu 054-day/4-nightSouth – North
Sun 01Sun 087-day/7-nightSouth – North
Sun 01Thu 1211-day/11-nightAll Islands
Thu 05Sun 083-day/3-nightNorthern
Thu 05Thu 127-day/7-nightNoth – South
Fri 13Thu 174-day/4-nightSouth – North
Fri 13Fri 207-day/7-nightSouth – North
Fri 13Thu 2411-day/11-nightAll Islands
Thu 17Fri 203-day/3-nightNorthern
Thu 17Thu 247-day/7-nightNorth – South
Fri 20Thu 244-day/4-nightNorth – South
Wed 25Sun 294-day/4-nightSouth – North
Wed 25Thu 317-day/7-nightSouth – North
Sun 29..Wed 013-day/3-nightNorthern
Sun 29..Sun 057-day/7-nightNorth – South
February 2023
Depart 19:30Return 17:00No. daysVisiting
Wed 01Sun 054-day/4-nightNorth – South
Mon 06Fri 104-day/4-nightSouth – North
Mon 06Mon 137-day/7-nightSouth – North
Mon 06Fri 1711-day/11-nightAll Islands
Fri 10Mon 133-day/3-nightNothern
Fri 10Fri 177-day/7-nightNorth – South
Mon 13Fri 174-day/4-nightNorth – South
Sat 18Wed 224-day/4-nightSouth – North
Sat 18Sat 257-day/7-nightSouth – North
Sat 18..Wed 0111-day/11-nightAll Islands
Wed 22Sat 253-day/3-nightNorthern
Wed 22..Wed 17-day/7-nightNorth – South
Sat 25..Wed 17-day/7-nightNorth – South
March 2023
Depart 19:30Return 17:00No. daysVisiting
Thu 02Mon 064-day/4-nightSouth – North
Thu 02Thu 097-day/7-nightSouth – North
Thu 02Mon 1311-day/11-nightAll Islands
Mon 06Thu 093-day/3-nightNorthern
Mon 06Mon 137-day/7-nightNorth – South
Thu 09Mon 134-day/4-nightNorth – South
Tue 14Sat 184-day/4-nightSouth – North
Thu 14Tue 217-day/7-nightSouth – North
Thu 14Sat 2511-day/11-nightAll Islands
Sat 18Tue 213-day/3-nightNorthern
Sat 18Sat 257-day/7-nightNorth – South
Tue 21Sat 254-day/4-nightNorth – South
Sun 26Thu 304-day/4-nightSouth – North
Sun 26..Sun 27-day/7-nightSouth – North
Sun 26..Thu 0611-day/11-nightAll Islands
Thu 30..Sun 023-day/3-nightNorthern
Thu 30..Thu 067-day/7-nightNorth – South
April 2023
Depart 19:30Return 17:00No. daysVisiting
Sun 02Thu 064-day/4-nightNorth – South
Fri 07Tue 114-day/4-nightSouth – North
Fri 07Fri 147-day/7-nightSouth – North
Fri 07Tue 1811-day/11-nightAll Islands
Tue 11Fri 143-day/3-nightNorthern
Tue 11Tue 187-day/7-nightNorth – South
Fri 14Tue 184-day/4-nightNorth – South
Wed 19Sun 234-day/4-nightSouth – North
Wed 19Wed 267-day/7-nightSouth – North
Wed 19Sun 3011-day/11-nightAll Islands
Sun 23Wed 263-day/3-nightNorthern
Sun 23Sun 307-day/7-nightNorth – South
Wed 26Sun 304-day/4-nightNorth – South
May 2023
Depart 19:30Return 17:00No. daysVisiting
Mon 01Fri 054-day/4-nightSouth – North
Mon 01Mon 087-day/7-nightSouth – North
Fri 05Mon 083-day/3-nightNorthern
Mon 08Thu 113-day/3-nightNorthern
Mon 08Mon 157-day/7-nightNorth – South
Thu 11Mon 154-day/4-nightNorth – South
PRICES – M/V ANDAMAN 2021/2022
TripNo. DivesCabinDiverNon-Diver
3-day/3-night9Single bed (6-berth)B16,600B12,450
3-day/3-night9Standard Double CabinB18,000B13,875
3-day/3-night9Ensuite Double CabinB19,000B14,813
3-day/3-nightNational Park FeesB1,800B1,000
TripNo. DivesCabinDiverNon-Diver
4-day/4-night13Single bed (6-berth)B20,600B15,450
4-day/4-night13Standard Double CabinB22,600B17,450
4-day/4-night13Ensuite Double CabinB23,600B18,450
4-d/4-n (S-N*)National Park FeesB1,800B1,000
4-d/4-n (N-S**)National Park Fees2,0001,000
TripNo. DivesCabinDiverNon-Diver
7-day/7-night22Single bed (6-berth)B32,000B24,000
7-day/7-night22Standard Double CabinB35,500B27,500
7-day/7-night22Ensuite Double CabinB37,250B29,250
7-d/7-n (S-N*)National Park FeesB3,600B2,000
7-d/7-n (N-S**)National Park FeesB3,800B2,000
TripNo. DivesCabinDiverNon-Diver
11-day/11-night35Single bed (6-berth)B49,500B37,125
11-day/11-night35Standard Double CabinB55,000B42,125
11-day/11-night35Ensuite Double CabinB57,750B44,625
11-day/11-nightNational Park FeesB5,600B3,000
* S-N means the trip runs from the South to the North
* N-S means the trip runs from the North to the South
* On the North-to-South trip we dive in two National Parks on the same day so the park fee is 200 more
Equipment hire

Full diving equipment is included in all our prices
We provide a dive computer, SMB and torch on night dives free of charge

Own Equipment

If you have your own dive equipment you will receive a discount as follows:

  • 10% – Full set of your own equipment
  • 5% – 2 out of 3 from BCD/Regulator/Wetsuit
Extras :
ItemPrice
15l tank300 per day
Torch150 per day for daytime rental (night dive torch is included free of charge)
Dive insurance350 per day or 1,500 per week
TaxisPrice on request. We can organise airport transfers, local journeys or a car & driver for a local tour
Special occasionCelebrating a special occasion during the liveaboard trip? Would you like a cake or bottle of champagne to surprise your partner/friends? Talk to us in advance, we will agree a budget with you, and then arrange for your ‘surprise’ to be smuggled onboard without anyone else knowing
CHARTER PRICE

Would you and your group of friends like to have the whole boat to yourselves?
You can charter the M/V Andaman for as many days as you like and set your own schedule. Contact us to discuss prices

Included in the price
  • Full set of diving equipment including a dive computer, SMB, and torch for night dives and sunset dives
  • Air-conditioned accommodation on board in the cabin of your choice. All cabins have windows & sea view
  • All meals. Western-style breakfast, Thai-style lunch, and dinner, plus afternoon snacks
  • BBQ and a cocktail on the sundeck on your final evening
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks, and drinking water
  • Fruit, cornflakes, and cookies are available at all times throughout the trip
  • Towel
  • 12-liter aluminum tanks and all the weights you need
  • Services of a medically trained PADI certified dive guide and attentive service from our six-boat crew
  • Taxi to your hotel in the Khao Lak/Bang Niang area after your trip returns
  • Great diving, new friendships, plenty of food, and loads of fun!
Not included in the price
  • National Park fees
  • Beer and wine. You can buy alcohol on board and pay at the end of the trip
  • Tips for the boat crew and dive staff

See Prices tab for extras such as daytime torch rental, 15l tank, insurance, etc

EXPLORE THE DECKS OF M/V ANDAMAN

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Use our interactive 360-degree 

look around our liveaboard boat

Unique to Sea Dragon, you can do a tour of the boat without leaving your chair. Click the button below to open an interactive ‘video’. Choose a deck and have a look around. You can even go in the cabins. It’s just like using Google Maps ‘street view’

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