Smiling Seahorse is a new medium budget liveaboard that sailing out to Myanmar as well as Similan Islands in Thailand during the diving season, it can host up to 16 guests per trip.

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Description

Boat

Smiling Seahorse is a 6.4 meters wide and 25 meters long professional dive liveaboard, and only host maximum of 16 divers aboard each trip, it offers a smooth and safe ride to its lucky guests.

Smiling Seahorse‘s most recent refurbished was in November 2017, but it follow a regular yearly check-up and update. You will find a dedicated room for the Photographer to set-up their equipement and charge their batteries.

Smiling Seahorse is in perfect condition and offers a large open dining area/communal and relaxing area towards the stern of the vessel on the upper deck. This is a place where you may take shelter from the sun, read a book, or have a cup of tea or coffee in between dives. This is also the area of the vessel where you will find the Barbecue at certain times and the TV, DVD and entertainment.

There’s also a huge sun deck with cushion on the bench for snoozing in the sea breeze and hammock to relax.

Smiling Seahorse will departs from Ranong, which is further north on Thailand’s west coast, on the Thai/Myanmar border. So the boat has the advantage to run shorter trips that the Phuket based boats can't offer.

For guests coming from Bangkok, Surat Thani, or Chumphon who want to save time and money, this boat can be the best choice. While for those coming from Phuket, will be more difficult to reach Ranong than to Khao Lak.


Cabin

Smiling Seahorse has 8 cabins in total, can accomodate 16 guest onboard.

All cabin have air condition and the Deluxe & Master cabin have their en-suite bathroom.
Standard Cabin share 2 common bathroom on the diving deck.
Windows in all cabins as they are located either on the main or upper deck.

2 Standard Double Twin Cabins: with two single beds or 1 double, located on the upper deck, shared bathroom.

4 Deluxe Double Twin Cabin: with two single beds or 1 double, located on the main deck, private bathroom.

2 Master Cabin: with 1 double bed, located on the main deck, private bathroom.

Shared Bathrooms: There are 2 bathrooms with hot shower on the diving deck.


Diving

  • Up to 4 dives per day, depending on the sea conditions/route.

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival, 1 to 3 dives on the departure day.

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


Other Information

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional cost
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, rate on request, must book in advance
  • Dive insurance:Divers travelling aboard must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:By cash (THB/USD) ONLY
  • Crew Number: 11, include 4 dive guides

Itineraries

Best of Thailand (4D/3N, 11 dives)

Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Similan Islands.

Day 1 - Departure Day - no dive
Meeting time in our Dive Shop 12.00-15.00 where we will have time to try equipment before we go to our boat MV Thai Sea. We will leave from Ranong around 16.00. It’s also possible to get picked up at Koh Phayam around 19.00. After everybody is on board we will leave to Surin Island.

Day 2 - three day dives and a night dive around Surin Islands
The first day will be concentrated around Surin Island. We will start out at Koh Chi in the north of Surin Island and go down to the southern part of Surin Island where we will make 2 quite enjoyable drift dives… After the third dive we sometimes go visit the Sea Gypsies on Surin Island. The night dive will be around 19.00. There is an opportunity to see Jenkins Stingray, Napoleon fish, a lot of sweetlips, baracuddas, Humphead Parrotfish, Manta Ray, Eagle Ray, reefsharks etc... After dinner onboard looking at the sun set, we will leave to Koh Bon.

Day 3 - three day dives and a night dive At Koh Bon we will make 2 dives, one at the island and one at Koh Bon Pinnacle. The main attraction here are Manta Rays but when they are not around, there is plenty of tropical fish to look at. There is also a very good chance for Whale Shark and Zebra Sharks. After playing with Manta’s we will go to Koh Tachai Pinnacle Where we usually have a very fishy dive: barracudas, trevalis, sweetlips, batfish a very nice dive. After the night dive, it's time for our infamous BBQ...

Day 4 - Three day dives at Richelieu Rock
Richelieu Rock, is always listed in the top 10 divesites in the world! It can be described as a big aquarium. Here we find more or less everything … It’s also one of the places in Thailand where you will have the biggest chance to see Whale Shark but also seahorses and plenty of kinky cuttlefish action. We will make 3 dives here starting very early before we are heading back to Ranong. We will arrive on Koh Phayam around 19.00 and Ranong 21.30.


Explore Burma (6D/5 night, 18 dives)

High Rock, North Twin, Shark Cave, Seafan Forrest, Western Rocky.

Day 1 - Departure Day - no dive
Meet at the dive centre between 12:00-13:00 for a 4pm departure from Ranong. Before departure comes the Thai emigration on board and will stamp us out of Thailand. Then the boat will take us to Kaw Thoung where we will get visa for Burma. Then it's departure to the first dive site High Rock. If we are in good time there will be opportunity for a night dive.
Day 2 - Four dives, including a night dive.
The day starts with great macro diving at High Rock, followed by Stewart Island and Shark Cave, and ends with dinner on board.
Day 3 - Four dives, including a night dive.
1 dive at Shark Cave and 1 dive at North Twin Plato, after second dive we will find a beach to relax. Afternoon and night dive at North Twin and South Twin.
Day 4 - Four dives, including a night dive.
1 dive around Macleod Island and 1 dive at Seafan Forrest. Afternoon dive at North Rocky and night dive at Western Rocky.
Day 5 - Four dives.
4 dives around Western Rocky which is one of the best dive sites in Burma.
Day 6 - One or Two dives.
Diving at Volcano before departure to Kawthoung. After the last dive we will head back toward Kaw Thoung where there will be opportunity for shopping. Once we got our passports back by the Burmese authorities, we will sail back to Thailand where we get a new visa.


Other Itineraries

  • Discover South Myanmar (5D/4N, 14 dives)
    Western Rocky, Seafan Forest, our secret spot and volcano.

  • Undiscovered Mergui Archipelago (8D/7N, 26 Dives)
    Tower Rock, Princep, Torres, Black Rock, High Rock, Shark Cave, North Twin, Macleod Island, Western Rocky, Seafan Forrest and much more...

  • Liveaboard Combo trips - Ask us for Price and info.
    Best of Thailand + Explore Burma = 11D/10N, 29 dives
    Best of Thailand + Undiscovered Mergui Archipelago = 13D/12N, 37 dives

More

Destinations Similan Islands, Myanmar
Facilities Nitrox support, Tech Friendly, Camera station, Water Toys
Languages spoken English, French

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
14/11/2019 to 21/11/2019 7 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,967.21 Detail
23/11/2019 to 28/11/2019 5 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,342.70 Detail
03/12/2019 to 10/12/2019 7 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,967.21 Detail
12/12/2019 to 19/12/2019 7 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,967.21 Detail
21/12/2019 to 27/12/2019 6 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,717.40 Detail
29/12/2019 to 04/01/2020 6 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,717.40 Detail
06/01/2020 to 13/01/2020 7 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,967.21 Detail
15/01/2020 to 20/01/2020 5 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,342.70 Detail
22/01/2020 to 29/01/2020 7 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,967.21 Detail
31/01/2020 to 08/02/2020 8 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $2,341.91 Detail
10/02/2020 to 17/02/2020 7 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,967.21 Detail
20/02/2020 to 04/03/2020 13 nights Indian Ocean Ranong - Ranong From $3,434.81 Detail
06/03/2020 to 13/03/2020 7 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,967.21 Detail
15/03/2020 to 23/03/2020 8 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $2,341.91 Detail
25/03/2020 to 01/04/2020 7 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,967.21 Detail
03/04/2020 to 11/04/2020 8 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $2,341.91 Detail
13/04/2020 to 20/04/2020 7 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,967.21 Detail
22/04/2020 to 29/04/2020 7 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,967.21 Detail
01/05/2020 to 06/05/2020 5 nights Myanmar Ranong - Ranong From $1,342.70 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Indian Ocean 13 nights Standard From $3,434.81
Indian Ocean 13 nights Deluxe From $3,590.93
Indian Ocean 13 nights Master From $3,747.06
Myanmar 5 nights Standard From $1,342.70
Myanmar 5 nights Deluxe From $1,436.37
Myanmar 5 nights Master From $1,498.82
Myanmar 6 nights Standard From $1,717.40
Myanmar 6 nights Deluxe From $1,811.08
Myanmar 6 nights Master From $1,873.53
Myanmar 7 nights Standard From $1,967.21
Myanmar 7 nights Deluxe From $2,060.88
Myanmar 7 nights Master From $2,123.33
Myanmar 8 nights Standard From $2,341.91
Myanmar 8 nights Deluxe From $2,435.59
Myanmar 8 nights Master From $2,498.04

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • 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)
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • 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.


Myanmar

Period : Liveaboards run trips only during the calm season from November through to early May.

Visa's : All ASEAN member states, the EU and the USA can receive 28-day Visa on Arrivals to Myanmar, all other nationalities must obtain a visa before arriving. Please check with your closest Consulate of Myanmar for the most up-to-date entry requirements.

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 C, D, F & G with 230 V @ 50Hz

Flights : International flights arrive daily to Yangon from Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and China. However, guests taking liveaboard trips should cross the land border at Ranong. Transfers are pre-arranged by the boats from Phuket or Khao Lak.

Currency : Local currency is the kyat, pronounced "chut/chat". Foreigners are required to pay in US dollars for hotels, tourist attractions, rail and air tickets, ferry travel and sometimes for bus tickets as well, and are required to pay in kyat for most other transactions (trishaws, pickups, tips, food, etc.). All payments on-board are in USD or EURO.

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