MV Sawasdee Fasai is a large Similan liveaboard yacht that has just undergone a full refit to become possibly the best liveaboard boat in Thailand. Due to the success and popularity of Sawasdee Fasai's sister ship, MV Pawara, that is fully booked for most of its trips, we needed to find a suitable alternative. Sawasdee Fasai has the same quality of construction, luxurious cabins, professional team & unbeatable service.
The trips visit all of Thailand's best dive sites, which includes Richelieu Rock and a beach visit to Donald Duck Bay. There are 14 dives over four days. Some other websites show the trips to be 5D/4N but this is untrue. With an evening departure and afternoon return, the trips are 4D/4N. Don't trust websites that try to mislead you to look better value.
At 37 metres in length and with a steel hull, MV Sawasdee Fasai is perfect for Similan Islands liveaboard diving. The boat’s specifications enable it to sail through any sea conditions while keeping everyone on board safe, comfortable & happy. The dive deck at the rear of the boat is very large & low, near the water’s surface. This enables divers to enter the sea easily & safely. At the end of each dive, if you can’t reach the dive deck’s buoy rope or ladder, there is a motorized dinghy to retrieve you.
Communal areas on MV Sawasdee Fasai are numerous, large and comfortable. There is an air-conditioned lounge saloon, complete with sofas, chairs and AV entertainment. Most meals are served at the rear of the main deck, which is covered and can be completely enclosed if the weather becomes less than perfect. Guests who want to sunbathe, stargaze, read or socialise outside, can always find somewhere to do so alone, in private pairs, or in groups. The large size of the boat offers both stability and plenty of space to move around and relax.
The main deck of the boat has two master cabins (double beds) and five deluxe cabins (twin bunks). All of these have large windows, private bathrooms and plenty of storage space. On the lower deck are four standard (twin or double) cabins and budget cabins (twin beds). All except the budget cabins have private bathrooms with hot & cold showers. The budget cabins share bathrooms which are not used by other guests or staff. Whichever cabin you choose, it is guaranteed that you will feel comfortable and that the boat and trip are excellent value. There are also plenty of other bathrooms on the boat's decks.
Sawasdee Fasai has free Nitrox for certified divers, and those who aren't can take the course on board. There's also free wi-fi when in range & free diving insurance.
Having a large & luxurious Similan liveaboard boat requires the best service. MV Sawasdee Fasai's team make the trips special. The local crew and mainly-western dive staff are carefully selected for their professionalism, service & friendliness. Everyone from the tank boys, housekeeping, & Divemasters to the captain and tour leader knows how to make sure that every guest gets exactly what he or she expects from a luxury Similan liveaboard cruise. The local and western food is simply delicious, and cooked & served throughout the day. Between meals there are always fruits and snacks available, because diving in Thailand makes everyone hungry.
MV Sawasdee Fasai Prices & Schedule
|MV Sawasdee Fasai Diver Prices Overview 2019 / 2020|
|Destinations||Duration||Budget twin||Standard Twin / Double||Deluxe Twin||Master Double|
|Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, |
( 14 Dives)
|4D / 4N||Budget twin948 USD||Standard Twin / Double1,146 USD||Deluxe Twin1,245 USD||Master Double1,410 USD|
MV Sawasdee Fasai Itinerary
Sawasdee Fasai liveaboard diving cruises depart from Tab Lamu Pier in the evening, and the diving begins the next morning. Normally, everyone is on board by 8.30pm. After a boat briefing, dinner is served as the boat sails into the night.
There are 4 dives per day for 3 days, then 2 dives on the final day.
Sawasdee Fasai gets back to Tab Lamu Pier around 2.00pm and guests are transferred to theor chosen destinations in Phuket or Khao Lak.
Some websites are misleading by claiming that the trips are 5D/4N, but this is not true. Maybe these other websites want to show an attractive 'daily rate' by divinding the trip price by 5 days. We prefer to be clear & honest with all the information.
A detailed Sawasdee Fasai itinerary is below this text.
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 Sawasdee Fasai Facilites, Layout and Specifications
|MV Sawasdee Fasai Specifications|
|Engines:||2x 520 Hp.|
|Max Speed:||16 Knots.|
|Electricity:||AC 220 Volts, 50 Hz, DC 12 Volts.|
|Water Supply:||25,000 Litres.|
|Navigation:||Radar, GPS, Sonar And YHF/HF Radio.|
|Safety:||Oxygen, First Aid Kit, Life Jackets And Life Raft.|
|Cabins:||2 Master (double/twin), 5 Deluxe Twin, 4 Standard (double/twin) & 4 Budget Twin|
|Other:||Photo Editing & Viewing Facilities, DVD/CD Player, Video Projector, PC & Printer.|
MV Sawasdee Fasai Courses
There is a good choice of PADI diving courses available on MV Sawasdee Fasai. PADI Advanced Open Water (AOW) and Enriched Air Nitrox are the most popular, because diving at The Similan Islands is the perfect opportunity for Advanced diving courses, and Nitrox fills are for free on MV Sawasdee Fasai. Please inform us in advance which courses you may be interested in, so that we can prepare the materials in our language, the necessary equipment and best staff. Sometimes it is possible to decide on a PADI course at the last minute, but always best to book in advance.
| 50 USD |
Specialty Dives, such as Adventure, Night, Deep
| 50 USD |
Advanced Open Water (for part-course referrals, please contact us)
| 198 USD |
Including: free Nitrox fills for the remainder of the cruise.
| 198 USD |
Open Water Diver* (classroom, confined water + 4 dives on Pawara)
| 297 USD |
MV Sawasdee Fasai Transfer details
There are free scheduled transfers for MV Sawasdee Fasai guests on departure day, and after the cruise.
The pickup time on departure day depends on the where each guest needs to be collected from. Phuket & most of Khao Lak is in the free pick up zone.
At the end of the trip, Sawasdee Fasai guests arrive at Tab Lamu Pier mid-afternoon. Free transfers go to Phuket and Khao Lak.
Please make sure to inform us or the staff of your onward travel for the end of the trip, so that they can plan ahead. This means telling them on departure evening where you want to be taken to at the end of the trip.
MV Sawasdee Fasai 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|