Andaman - Popular & Professional Similan Liveaboard Boat

MV Andaman

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Andaman liveaboard Similan Islands
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga, Thailand / Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 20
Boat rating: 9/10 Based on 50 divers
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Prices from: 409 USD
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At 26 metres in length and 5.5 metres wide, MV Andaman is well equipped to accommodate up to twenty guests in air-conditioned comfort and withstand any sea conditions during the diving season. The boat is well-respected and extremely popular. The European team and German management ensure that everything runs smoothly and safely. This is complemented by Thai hospitality & friendliness, and of course great food on board.

Based in Khao Lak, and running Similan diving safaris for many years, MV Andaman’s team offers enjoyable cruises of 3 days, 4 days & 7 days to the best diving spots in Thailand. There are three cabin types, with something to suit almost every need and budget. Divers on a budget and families & friends normally stay in the 6-bunk cabins, and couples can stay in the double bed cabins, with or without private bathroom. All cabins have air conditioning and sea-view windows. There is also storage space for some luggage. There is a well-designed diving platform, which ensures every diver has space to sit, stand, and walk to the rear of the boat. There are also comfortable social areas, with lots of places to relax alone or in small groups on one of decks. Unlike most other diving liveaboards at this budget and size, MV Andaman has a steel hull, enabling it to sail more smoothly through waves. 

There is a good choice of itinerary, too. There are the most-common 4-night trips, which visit the 'regular' Similan Islands as well as Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock & the Surin Islands. In addition, there are 3-night trips which only go to the northern areas, missing out the 'regular' Similans & Koh Bon. Quite a few of our Andaman guests choose to combine two trips and enjoy a whole week on board, getting a large discount for 7 days & nights and 22 dives. And now new for 2022-2023, there's the option of combining three trips to make an 11-day super cruise, with a discount on the price.

Onboard-MV-Andaman-LiveaboardNo other Similan diving boat has this selection of trips, or a better-run team of staff and crew. To ensure that everyone on MV Andaman enjoys the best diving possible in Thailand, each diver needs to be certified to dive to 30m. If you are Open Water (18m.) you can take part in a great-value PADI AOW course. For those who don’t have the time or budget to complete this Advanced (AOW) course, you can take part in the Adventure Deep dive at price of about $65, enabling you to enjoy the rest of the trip properly. This deep dive is done on the trip, and it is a PADI certification dive.

Prices & Schedule

MV Andaman Diver Prices Overview 2024 / 2025
DestinationsDuration 6 Bed Double Double En Suite
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( 9 Dives)
3D / 3N 6 Bed409 USD Double443 USD Double En Suite468 USD
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( 13 Dives)
4D / 4N 6 Bed507 USD Double557 USD Double En Suite581 USD
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4D / 4N 6 Bed507 USD Double557 USD Double En Suite581 USD
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( 22 Dives)
7D / 7N 6 Bed788 USD Double874 USD Double En Suite917 USD
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7D / 7N 6 Bed788 USD Double874 USD Double En Suite917 USD
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( 35 Dives)
11D / 11N 6 Bed1,219 USD Double1,354 USD Double En Suite1,422 USD
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Included In The Price
Dive computer
Meals
Snacks
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Soft drinks
Dive insurance
Night diving torch
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Towels
Soap & Shampoo
Luggage storage
Not Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Dive equipment
National park fees
Alcoholic drinks
Larger tanks
Tips / Gratuities
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Itinerary

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At the beginning of each trip, there is a full boat and safety briefing. The first dive of each trip is a ‘check dive’ to enable the cruise leader to judge the ability of each guest underwater, then put divers into groups accordingly.
Before each dive, a dive briefing prepares guests for what they are likely to experience underwater. This is a good time to make requests for particular fish or other species. 

The boat comes back to port in Khao Lak in the late afternoon on the final day, and everyone is brought back to the dive centre. Most Andaman guests can then get a free lift back to a Khao Lak hotel or guesthouse.

Click below to read more-detailed information about Andman's trips.

On one evening of each trip, (twice on 7D/7N, and three times on 11D/11N trips) there are three day dives, and a BBQ party is held on board instead of the night dive.

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.

Itineraries
Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock 4 Days / 4 Nights 13 Dives
Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Similan Islands 4 Days / 4 Nights 13 Dives
Surin Islands, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 Days / 3 Nights 9 Dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock 7 Days / 7 Nights 22 Dives
Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Similan Islands 11 Days / 11 Nights 35 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Andaman
En Suite Available
Air con
Dinghy
Courses Available
WIFI
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Sundeck
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers
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MV Andaman Layout
1. Dive platform.

Upper Deck.

MV-Andaman-Upper-deck  

Middle Deck.

MV-Andaman-Middle-deck

Lower Deck.

MV-Andaman-Lower-deck

2. Stairs lower / middle deck.
3. Dive station & tank racks.
4. Double-bed  en suite cabins.
5. Engine room entrance.
6. Toilets / hot-water showers.
7. 6-bed bunk cabins.
8. Double-bed cabins.
9. Stairs middle / upper deck & middle / star deck.
10. Dining & relaxing area.
11. Service counter.
12. Divemasters' cabin.
13. Crew cabin.
14. Galley.
15. Wheelhouse & captain's cabin.
16. Open air “Star deck” – beanbags & low tables.
17. Covered sundeck – hammocks & sunbeds.
18. Open air sundeck – sun mattresses.

 

MV Andaman Specifications
Length: 26 metres (87ft).
Width: 5.5 metres (18ft).
Hull: Steel.
Engines: 2x 6 cylinder 315 HP Hino.
Fuel capacity: 8,000 litres.
Cruising speed: 10 knots.
Navigation: GPS satellite navigation, compass.
Water: 12,000 litres.
Electricity: 220 V AC; 24 / 12 V DC ( 2 x 25 KVA and 1 x 20 KVA Generators ).
Compressors: 2x electrically-driven Bauer Mariner  (230 litres per minute).
Boat crew: 1 Captain, 1 Engineer, 1 Cook, 1 Assistant Cook, 2 Boat Boys.
Dive Staff: 5 Divemasters / Instructors.
Safety features: CB radio, life jackets, life rings, fully stocked medical kits, 100% oxygen kit ( demand valve, DAN system ).
Tender: Rubber dinghy with 15HP outboard motor.

Courses

Taking part in a PADI diving course not only increases a diver's enjoyment, certification level and experience, it also enables them to get more value out of every fun dive they do from that date on. This usually refers to increased time in the water, as well as their knowledge and understanding of the reef & its marine life. Those joining a Similan & Richelieu Rock diving safari aboard MV Andaman have several options regarding their PADI diving course.

Firstly, the management of MV Andaman insist that all diving guests are certified to dive to 30m. Therefore, those who aren't need to choose between taking part in an Adventure Deep Dive (1,800 THB) on board, or the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (AOW) course.

Contact us for more information about courses on MV Andaman

Transfer details

Guests are requested to arrive at the dive centre in central Khao Lak during the afternoon of departure day (or before) to complete final paperwork, pay the trip balance, and fit any equipment.
You are then free to roam around the seaside town and return before 6pm to be driven to the pier and board the boat.

At the end of the cruise, everyone is brought back to the dive centre, then offered free-of-charge transfers to local hotels and resorts in the Khao Lak area.

MV Andaman Scheduled Transfers
3D / 3N Trips
14:00 Arrival ( Dive centre )
18:30 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
21:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
15:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
16:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
17:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
MV Andaman Scheduled Transfers
4D / 4N Trips
14:00 Arrival ( Dive centre )
18:30 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
21:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
15:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
16:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
17:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
MV Andaman Scheduled Transfers
7D / 7N Trips
14:00 Arrival ( Dive centre )
18:30 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
21:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
15:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
16:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
17:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
MV Andaman Scheduled Transfers
11D / 11N Trips
14:00 Arrival ( Dive centre )
18:30 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
21:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
15:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak / Kuraburi Pier, Phang Nga )
16:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
17:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : 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 Andaman Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Andaman
Perry Andaman
Perry
Nationality: American
Dived: 02 March 2024
Boat rating: 9/10
Sea Dragon and the MV Andaman were a great experience. Our dive guide, Lucinda, as well as the entire boat crew were so helpful, informative and super fun to be around. Lucinda took great care of us, showed us all the fun and interesting things on the reef as well as became a real friend during the trip. The food was varied and tasty and the boat crew always helpful and hardworking to insure a great trip. I would definitel y recommend!!!!
Ryan Andaman
Ryan
Nationality: American
Dived: 05 January 2024
Boat rating: 10/10
This was my first liveaboard trip, and it was one of the best experiences I have had diving. I also received my AOW certification while there. The dive staff was incredibly friendly, and made me feel safe and provided a ton of fun over the course of the trip. The boat staff was fantastic, and the food was absolutely amazing. If I had the option of going again, I certainly would.
Masami MV Andaman
Masami
Nationality: Japanese
Dived: 12 December 2023
Boat rating: 10/10
Very well organized during the whole tour. And on the boat, we had a good time, thanks to the boat staff. Diving groups with a full board members were assisted well trained guides.
Bryce Andaman
Bryce
Nationality: Antiguans
Dived: 14 November 2023
Boat rating: 9/10
Great value. Great dives. Delicious food (yes it matters). Would highly recommend to any experienced diver or person looking to further thier diving skills. Super friendly environment. Would go again for the full 7 day trip next time.
Tebbs
Nationality: British
Dived: 06 November 2023
Boat rating: 10/10
Wow, what an amazing trip. The boat facilities were excellent, plenty of space in the cabins, a good sized dive deck and staff were excellent. Lucinda is a top tier trip lead and as for Pi Oi (the chef) she is a living legend. The food was delicious and she is the life of the party on bbq night. A great way to end the trip with a few beers and new friends. Highly recommended.
Carlos Moreira Andaman
Carlos Moreira
Nationality: Portuguese
Dived: 15 October 2023
Boat rating: 10/10
Espetacular. Staff fantástico e acolhedor. Tudo muito bem organizado. Excelentes locais de mergulho. Comida boa. O melhor Liveabord na Tailândia.
Hong Andaman
Hong
Nationality: South Korean
Dived: 15 October 2023
Boat rating: 9/10
When I went to Similan a few years ago, I used a different boat. Honestly, the facilities and food were better on the previous boat. However, the food and facilities on this boat are not bad. The biggest advantage of this boat is the crew. Lucinda is the most energetic person I have ever met. And the tall German Marc? As expected, I was impressed by the serious attitude given to the diving review. It's well worth the payoff.
Sven Edlefsen
Nationality: German
Dived: 08 May 2023
Boat rating: 10/10
Looking back to a 3 day overwhelming 100% positive energy experience with a bunch of great diverse people ,9 challenging dives. Gorgeous food, 10 small beers. A great UK/Thai team organizing the last trip of the season. Loads of fun and widespread communication. Excellent support by #notroublesjustbubbles!
Tanya Andaman
Tanya
Nationality: British
Dived: 14 April 2023
Boat rating: 10/10
Did the 5 day Similan Surin liveaboard on the MV Andaman and it was an amazing experience. The crew and diver masters were all lovely people and so accommodating, the food on the boat was amazing, and I met some kind amazing people on the boat. Job my dive guide was really good and professional, and always trying to spot sea creatures for us. This boat was one of the cheaper options compared to others I looked it but regardles s I absolutely loved it will do again one day!
Chelsea Smetana Andaman
Chelsea Smetana
Nationality: Canadian
Dived: 26 March 2023
Boat rating: 9/10
Fantastic trip: despite being branded as a no frills « budget » boat, the boat had an espresso coffee maker onboard, electrolyte packages, reusable water bottles, a wide array of medicine, board games etc. What was most appreciated were the small groups (2-4 people per divemaster) and the thoughtful grouping by experience level. The DM/instructors were professional and safe, the boat crew are great and the food was phenome nal. I would highly recommend this boat. If you need a comfortable bed, bring a mattress pad as the beds are rock hard (you get used to it). Thanks for a great week!
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