Similan Explorer is a budget liveaboard which offers guests a great value for money when look for a budget diving liveaboard trip in the Similan Islands, it can host up to 20 guests per trip.

Lydia

19/02/2016

This is my forth year in a row taking trips with DAC on the Similan Exploer. I love the trips so much that I have scheduled few trips with Similan Exploer this year. There were other return divers on...

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Similan Explorer is a budget liveaboard which offers guests great value for money when looking for a diving liveaboard trip in Thailand. This boat will suit guests who like to stick to a budget.

Similan Explorer does 5 Day Similan liveaboard trips, offers scuba divers great diving in the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu rock, and also the Surin Islands. With the opportunity to visit a traditional Sea Gypsy Village in the Surin Islands.

Similan Explorer offers cheap prices but good standards, the full set equipment is included. There is a TV so any videos made on the trip can be reviewed, or you can watch a movie. There is also a stereo so you can relax with some of your favourite CDs.

The Main Deck is the dining area. Here you can help yourself with coffee, tea, toast, water, electrolyte drinks, fruits which are always on the table for your convenience.

The dining area consists of 3 tables on each side of the dining area so there is plenty of room for eating and chatting with other guests. The sides of the boat are open so you can enjoy the good weather and sea breezes. There’s also canvas fold-down flaps in case of bad weather.

Similan Explorer provide guests European style breakfast: brown bread, omelettes, fried eggs, sausages, corn flakes, muesli, fruits, and fresh ground coffee or Nescafe. We keep real milk on board too. Lunch and dinner are served with traditional Thai food. We cater for vegetarians too – just tell us your needs when you booking with us.

Dive Platform is also located on the main deck, there is gearing up area for your diving equipment which has ample room to put on and store your dive gear. There are 36 Luxfer 12 litre tanks. Our tanks use INT connection and have DIN adapters.


Cabin

Similan Explorer offer basic but comfortable accommodation, 8 cabins in total, can host up to 20 people. There are 3 type of cabins for different guest:

  • All cabins are air conditioned and have a sea view window that opens.
  • All cabins have 220v plugs, so you can charge your smartphones, battery packs or your lights.
  • All cabins use shared bathrooms.

2 Double Bed Cabins
On the Upper Deck, comes with a double bed.
These are our sea view cabins. When you open the cabin door the view is the ocean and islands.

4 Twin Bunk Bed Cabins
On the Main Deck, comes with two single bed (Bunk style).
These cabins are fitted with curtains on each bunk bed for your privacy.

2 Quad Berth Cabins
On the Main Deck, comes with four single bed (Bunk style).
These cabins are fitted with curtains on each bunk bed for your privacy.


Diving

  • Similan Trip: 5D/5N offers up to 18 dives (14 day dives + 4 night dives).

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival, 2 dives on the departure day.

  • All diving will provide expericed guide to lead the dive.

  • Full set of scuba diving equipment is included in the package: Regulator/BCD/Mask/Snorkel/Fins/Wetsuit.

  • For dives who comes with his own full set equipment, will get a 1000 Baht (30 USD) discount, No discount is given for less than a full set of scuba gear.


Other Information

  • Nitrox:Available at an additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Available at an additional cost
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available at an additional cost
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Available at an additional cost
  • Payment on board:By cash (THB) ONLY
  • Crew Number:Unknown, include 4 - 5 dive guides

Itineraries

Quick info

  • Please arrive at Phuket Airport by 1.30pm on day of liveaboard departure. It takes one hour to travel from Phuket Airport to Khao Lak by taxi.

  • Phuket Airport/Phuket to Khao Lak transportation is NOT included. A taxi costs 1600 Thai Baht from Phuket Airport to Khao Lak. It can be up to 2500 Thai Baht from a Phuket hotel.

  • Khao Lak is a small town about one hour’s drive up the coast from Phuket. It’s a very chilled out town with several bars and restaurants, a good range of hotels for all budgets, and a nice beach. Gustes MUST be in Khao Lak by 3PM AT THE LATEST. We need to fit you with your scuba gear.

  • Transport from Khao Lak to the liveaboard departs at 4pm. Boarding the Similan Explorer around 4:30pm.


The Similan Islands Itinerary (5 Days/5 Nights - 18 Dives)

Diving begins first thing in the morning, with 4 dives on the first four days and then 2 dives on the 5th day.

Similan Explorer will do all the major dive sites the Similan Marine National Park Islands has to offer and more. After the Similan Islands, we head north to Koh Bon, an island famous for sightings of manta rays.

From Koh Bon, we head north west to Koh Tachai, one of Thailand’s best dive sites. After a fantastic dive at Koh Tachai we travel to the famous Richelieu Rock, a unique ocean haven for marine life and widely regarded as Thailand’s best dive site.

Day 0, Night 1:
Arrive in Khao Lak, get fitted for scuba gear and complete paperwork.
Transfer from Khao Lak to Similan Explorer Liveaboard. After dinner on board the boat, travel overnight to the Similan Islands.

Day 1:
Four dives around the Similan Islands including a night dive.
Guests can visit the islands for an hour or two between dives for some sightseeing.
The fourth dive could be a night dive in Honeymoon Bay.

Day 2:
Another day of great diving in the Similans.

Day 3:
Four dives at Koh Bon looking for Giant Manta Rays, and also diving at Koh Tachai.

Day 4:
Diving at Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands, where guests can visit the islands between dives.

Day 5:
More diving in the Surin Islands, finish last dive around 12-1pm and then heading back to the mainland. Guests should be returns to Khao Lak approx 5pm.
From there the crew can help guests arrange transfers to hotel or next destination.

Please note we cannot guarantee our return arrival time due to weather conditions.


The daily Schedule

1st Day : wake up call @ 6am. You receive a light breakfast, fresh coffee & some toast and fresh fruits. For after your dive you can order, boiled eggs, fried eggs, omelet, pancakes, French toast, sausages and ham. We also serve German brown bread, muesli, corn flakes, oats, and lots of fresh fruits always on the table: water melon, banana’s, pineapples, oranges. Electrolyte drinks are free for you to drink at any time during the safari this helps to prevent dehydration. You will receive a Dive site and Dive Safety briefing before every dive. All dives are Multi level dives. and each diver must dive with a buddy. All of our dive guides have computers and are experienced with all the dive sites so if you have any special requests e.g. Sea Horse, Ghost pipe fish, nudibranchs, this is the team who can find them for you. Our guides speak all major European languages.

1st dive 7am The first dive is what we call a check dive, we can check how the air consumption is of the divers and put them in the groups of the same air consumption if they wish. Dive time is 55 min, then we do a 5 min safety stop. With most of the dives you are picked up by the liveaboard or our dingy this makes for easy stress free diving. Small dive group size: 1 guide to 4 divers.

After breakfast you have 3hrs in-between dives. You can go to the beach with our dinghy and take a walk on deserted beaches or trek some of the jungle trails, snorkel the reefs, cool off in your A/C cabin or just relax on the boat with the new friends you made on this fantastic diving safari. Fish books are on board for you to read.

2nd Dive 11am. After your second dive lunch is served at 1pm. The afternoon can be spend visiting the islands or just relaxing on board the M/V Similan Explorer.

3rd Dive 3pm. After your dive snacks, fruits & drinks are available until your night dive. Snorkeling, swimming, or visit the beach. Dinner is around 6pm.

4th Dive 7pm. The night dive or a dusk dive.

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Destinations Similan Islands
Facilities
Languages spoken English, French, Italian

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
19/10/2019 to 22/10/2019 3 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $524.59 Detail
23/10/2019 to 26/10/2019 3 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $524.59 Detail
27/10/2019 to 01/11/2019 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
02/11/2019 to 05/11/2019 3 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $524.59 Detail
06/11/2019 to 11/11/2019 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
12/11/2019 to 15/11/2019 3 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $524.59 Detail
16/11/2019 to 21/11/2019 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
21/11/2019 to 24/11/2019 3 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $524.59 Detail
25/11/2019 to 30/11/2019 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
01/12/2019 to 04/12/2019 3 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $524.59 Detail
05/12/2019 to 10/12/2019 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
11/12/2019 to 16/12/2019 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
17/12/2019 to 22/12/2019 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
23/12/2019 to 28/12/2019 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
29/12/2019 to 03/01/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
04/01/2020 to 09/01/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
10/01/2020 to 15/01/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
16/01/2020 to 21/01/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
22/01/2020 to 27/01/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
28/01/2020 to 02/02/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
03/02/2020 to 08/02/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
09/02/2020 to 14/02/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
15/02/2020 to 18/02/2020 3 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $524.59 Detail
19/02/2020 to 24/02/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
25/02/2020 to 28/02/2020 3 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $524.59 Detail
29/02/2020 to 05/03/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
06/03/2020 to 09/03/2020 3 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $524.59 Detail
10/03/2020 to 15/03/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
16/03/2020 to 21/03/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
03/04/2020 to 08/04/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
09/04/2020 to 14/04/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
15/04/2020 to 20/04/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
21/04/2020 to 26/04/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
27/04/2020 to 30/04/2020 3 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $524.59 Detail
01/05/2020 to 06/05/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail
07/05/2020 to 12/05/2020 5 nights Similan Islands Tap Lamu - Tap Lamu From $765.02 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Similan Islands 3 nights Quad From $524.59
Similan Islands 3 nights Twin From $565.18
Similan Islands 3 nights Double Upper Deck From $596.41
Similan Islands 5 nights Quad From $765.02
Similan Islands 5 nights Twin From $871.19
Similan Islands 5 nights Double Upper Deck From $902.42

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Similan Islands

Period : Liveaboards run trips only when the park is open, from early November through to early May every year.

Visa's : Most nationalities do not require a visa for stays less than 30-days, some nationalities can recive a visa for 15 days upon arrival with 1,000 THB fee. However, please contact the Thai consulate nearest you for more updated information.

Climat : The sunny dry season runs from November to May, with April and May the warmest. The monsoon is from June through to September every year. Average temps stay constant around 28°C.

Water : Water temps stay at or above 27°C throughout the diving season, but there can be thermoclines where the temp drops down to 25°C.

Clothing : Light clothes are recommended throughout the year.

Plugs : Type A & C with 220 V @ 50Hz

Flights : International flights arrive daily directly Phuket International airport, along with many domestic daily flights from Bangkok and other part of Thailand.

Currency : Local currency is the Thai Baht (THB). Banks change currencies from all over the world at good rates. There are also many ATMs distributed throughout the country and credit cards are accepted nearly everywhere.

Diver's reviews (1)

Lydia, 19/02/2016

This is my forth year in a row taking trips with DAC on the Similan Exploer. I love the trips so much that I have scheduled few trips with Similan Exploer this year. There were other return divers on my recent trip. The dive-masters are experienced, love what they do, and keep a great atmosphere going through out the trip. The Thai captain is perfect at getting us over the dive sites and his precision at picking us up after the dives is an art form. I think he gets his focus from doing yoga on the top deck every evening after the boat is anchored. I feel safe on this boat. Go diving with them and you will have fun!

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