For several years, MV Camic has been our most-popular Similan Islands liveaboard boat. Its flexible schedule enables our guests to join on any day that they choose and stay on board for 1, 2 or 3 nights. Since December 2017, all of Camic’s cabins have private en suite bathrooms, and the overnight guest capacity was reduced. This makes it even more popular than it was before. In particular, Camic’s trips to the northern dive sites are nearly always fully booked. This is because Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, & Richelieu Rock are the top three dive sites in Thailand.
Up until March 2018, Camic spent Sundays to Wednesdays at The Similan Islands, and then went to Koh Tachai on Thursdays, Richelieu Rock on Fridays, and Koh Bon on Saturdays. However, March is the best month for the larger species, such as Manta Rays and Whalesharks. These gentle giants normally visit the northern dive sites more than the ‘regular Similans.’ Camic has been far more popular between Thursdays and Saturdays than the rest of the week. Therefore, for the rest of the 2017-2018 diving season, Camic will spend more time at the northern dive sites, and only visit the Similan Islands on Sundays. The new weekly schedule for Camic from March 13th 2018 is as follows.
|Day||7.00am dive||10.30am dive||1.30pm dive||5.00pm dive|
|Mondays||Similan 8-9 or Koh Bon||Koh Bon||Koh Bon||Koh Tachai|
|Tuesdays||Koh Tachai||Koh Tachai||Koh Tachai||Koh Surin|
|Wednesdays||Koh Surin or Richelieu Rock||Richelieu Rock||Richelieu Rock||Pratong Wreck|
|Thursdays||Koh Bon or Koh Tachai||Koh Tachai||Koh Tachai||Koh Tachai or Koh Surin|
|Fridays||Koh Tachai or Richelieu Rock||Richelieu Rock||Richelieu Rock||Koh Tachai|
|Saturdays||Koh Bon||Koh Bon||Koh Bon||Similan 8-9|
|Sundays||Similan 8-9||West of Eden||Three Trees / Christmas Point||Similan 8-9|
It might appear that some dive sites are visited too much and too often, but don’t worry. These are world-class dive sites and it’s possible to enjoy 2-3 consecutive dives at places like Koh Tachai & Koh Bon, and Richelieu Rock can be dived 4 times in one day without anyone getting bored. There really is that much life in very clear water at these places. And the popularity of the northern dive sites is the whole reason that Camic has this new schedule.
Please note that on your first day on board Camic you will not join the 7.00am dive, because you’ll still be on land at that time of day. Your first dive will be at 10.30am. And on your final day, your final dive will be at 1.30pm, then after your dive you ‘check out’ and join the speedboat transfer back to Baan Nam Khem Pier.
In addition to the new weekly schedule, Camic’s transfer speedboat will now depart from Baan Nam Khem Pier, instead of Tab Lamu Pier. The reason for the new pier is because it’s further north and nearer to the dive sites. Therefore, this means less time travelling. And because Baan Nam Khem Pier is to the north of Khao Lak, the hotel pick up times have been reversed. Now guests who stay in hotels near Tab Lamu Pier will be picked up first, and those staying further north will be picked up last. And at the end of the day, guests who want to go to a hotel north of Khao Lak will be dropped off first, and those to the south dropped off last.
The new pickup times are as follows.
|Area||Example hotel||Pickup time||Drop off time|
|Tab Lamu / Lam Kaen||Poseidon, Briza, Merlin||6.50-7.00am||6.00-6.30pm|
|Khao Lak||Baan Krating, Moracea, Khao Lak Bayfront Resort||7.15am||5.45-6.00pm|
|Nang Thong||The Sands, Monkey Dive, Bhandari, Centara||7.15-7.25||5.30-5.45pm|
|Bang Niang||Nautical, Khao Lak Forest, Ruk Cozy, Fanari||7.25-7.30am||5.30-5.45pm|
|Khuk Khak||The Haven, Orchid, Khao Lak Relax Resort||7.50-8.00am||5.20pm|
|Pak Weep / Bang Sak||Apsara, Southsea, Kantary, Manathai||8.00am||5.10pm|
|Bang Sak / Nam Khem||8.10-8.25am||5.10pm|