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Dive Centres & Liveaboard Boats Based in Khao Lak, Phang Nga

Khao Lak is by far the most common place where our Similan diving liveaboards are based. Most of the boats dock and sail from Tab Lamu Pier, in Khao Lak, too. This is the main seaside town that is home to many dive centres for Similan liveaboard diving as well as the daytrip boats. Khao Lak’s location makes it the nearest point of mainland to the Similan Islands. This ensures the quickest and smoothest journeys from land out to the best diving areas in Thailand.

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Diving in the Similan Islands is best enjoyed on a liveaboard diving boat, but some people prefer to stay in a hotel or resort and just go day trip diving. For both day trips and Similan liveaboards, Khao Lak is the best, and most popular, place for each scuba diving journey to begin and end. Therefore, most of our diving centre partners are based in Khao Lak, and keep their boats their throughout the season – when they’re not out at sea, of course. While most people know Phuket well, Khao Lak isn’t as famous, and this works in its favour. Actually, Khao Lak is a very pleasant seaside town that has something to keep almost every tourist happy, including those who aren’t interested in scuba diving. Diving boats and dive centres being based in Khao Lak is better for both the local businesses and the tourists who come to dive at The Similan Islands. The benefits are mainly financial, but also include convenience and logistics.

Financial benefits of being based in Khao Lak

Customers benefit financially: Most things in Khao Lak are cheaper than they are in Phuket. This is mainly because Phuket receives so many new tourists every day that they are unaware of what things should really cost, and the local people are happy to exploit this innocence. Cheaper things include public transportation, Thai massage, food & beverages and most shopping items. Phuket is known to be controlled by certain groups of local people (sometimes referred to as the Phuket mafia) who decide on a fixed price for a service or goods, and discourage retail suppliers from undercutting that price. Prices are artificially high in Phuket, but this is less so in Khao Lak. It is also easier to get accommodation for a better price in Khao Lak than it is in most of Phuket’s tourist areas. One way that Phuket is maybe cheaper than Khao Lak is public transport from the airport. Phuket airport is located in the north of the island, and the time and distance from there to Patong Beach (south Phuket) is similar to going north to Khao Lak. However, there is a good choice of meter taxis and public shared minivans from the airport to places around Phuket. This isn’t the same for Khao Lak. It’s possible to come to Khao Lak by public bus, but not easy. The only other option is a private taxi, and they don’t put their meters on.

Dive businesses prefer Khao Lak: Due to the extremely high rental fees for land in Phuket, Khao Lak is a better option for businesses. They are able to rent larger plots of land for less money and this enables them to give both a better choice and service to the customers, but also pass on the savings by offering lower-priced Similan liveaboard diving trips. Also, with the boats not having to travel as far as those which go to Phuket, money is saved on fuel. Even if they have to transport guests, staff or equipment to Phuket for any reason, it’s cheaper to do this by road, and the Khao Lak-Phuket road is brand new, fast and smooth.

Khao Lak is the most convenient & practical place for a Similan liveaboard base

Dive tourists need to maximise convenience when on vacation: Holidays are all about relaxing, or doing something that is fun without wasting time. Enough time is already spent doing nothing much at airports and on planes. Once you have landed, getting to your hotel, resort or onto the boat can’t happen soon enough. With most boats sailing from Khao Lak, it makes sense for the divers to go directly to Khao Lak before boarding, rather than travel south from Phuket airport to beach areas such as Patong, Karon & Kata. Also, there is no traffic on the road from the airport to Khao Lak, whereas in Phuket the traffic can be horrendous, especially around Patong. It’s much more convenient for everything to be based in Khao Lak than in Phuket. Diving tourists can land at Phuket airport, come north to Khao Lak, and then there’s more time to organise logistics, and a delayed departure (even until midnight or a little later) doesn’t affect the diving schedule that starts early the next morning.

Logistics for dive centres are better is based in Khao Lak

Similan liveaboard diving boats, and the daytrip speedboats, prefer to be based in Khao Lak because the logistics are better than being based anywhere else. Tab Lamu Pier is 12 kilometres from central Khao Lak, where most of the dive centres are located. There is plenty of space at the pier for both boats to moor and for vehicles to move around and park. And even if guests or staff have to walk from a van to a boat, it’s a very short walk. Getting customers, diving equipment, and provisions from a Khao Lak dive centre to a boat at Tab Lamu Pier is easier than from anywhere else. And if there are customers who need collecting from Phuket, it’s still logistically better to bring them to Khao Lak for departure in the evening. As for the boats’ travelling distances, Khao Lak is the nearest point of land to the Similans, so although departures are planned for the evening (9-10pm), if they’re delayed until after midnight it doesn’t affect the next day’s diving itinerary, because the boats can still arrive at the Similans in about 4 hours from Tab Lamu. And as for them coming back from the Similans to Khao Lak, it is easy after 2 or 3 morning dives on the final day to still get everyone back to their local hotels before dinner. Boats returning to Phuket would need to leave the Similan Islands early 9fewer dives) or get back late. But boats returning to Khao Lak enable the dive centres to offer guests diving and an early return to land on the final day.

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Best Value
Trips to Similans or Burma
Highly-rated by our guests
Very Experienced Team
Dolphin Queen Liveaboard dive boat

MV Dolphin Queen is a classic Thailand liveaboard diving boat. She is safe and stable, but not unnecessarily large or cumbersome. Enjoyable diving trips at The Similan Islands are something that the crew of Dolphin Queen have been offering for well over a decade. All her cabins are air-conditioned, have opening windows, and there are different sizes and configurations to suit everyone’s needs and budgets. This boat is among the best value for diving at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, and also visits Burma (Myanmar).

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 22
Liveaboard trips from: 19,800 THB per diver
Destinations Duration 4 bunk cabin Twin cabin Double cabin (main deck) Double cabin (upper deck)
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
4D / 4N 4 bunk cabin 19,800 THB Twin cabin 22,800 THB Double cabin (main deck) 22,800 THB Double cabin (upper deck) 23,800 THB
Southern Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar/Burma
(18 dives)
5D / 6N 4 bunk cabin 35,600 THB Twin cabin 37,800 THB Double cabin (main deck) 37,800 THB Double cabin (upper deck) 38,800 THB
Mergui Archipelago, Black Rock, Myanmar/Burma
(22 dives)
6D / 7N 4 bunk cabin 42,960 THB Twin cabin 45,360 THB Double cabin (main deck) 45,360 THB Double cabin (upper deck) 46,560 THB
Very Large & Stable
A Cabin Choice For Everyone
Unbeatable Value
New in 2011
Manta Queen 3 Liveaboard

MV Manta Queen 3 is a new and large boat which has possibly the best-value dive packages available. At 36m in length and 7m across she is a very stable ship which can accommodate more than twenty guests in air-conditioned comfort. Manta Queen 3 is especially popular with divers who want the lowest prices and best choice of cabins. The prices include transfers from Khao Lak hotels. Every season Manta Queen 3 is one of our best-selling liveaboard boats, and divers usually return more than happy.

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 31
Liveaboard trips from: 20,900 THB per diver
9/10 Based on 6 diver reviews
Destinations Duration 4 Bed Shared Twin Twin En Suite Double En Suite Master Cabin (family) Master Cabin (2 pax)
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(15 dives)
4D / 4N 4 Bed Shared 20,900 THB Twin 22,900 THB Twin En Suite 24,900 THB Double En Suite 24,900 THB Master Cabin (family) 23,900 THB Master Cabin (2 pax) 26,900 THB
Join On Any Day
Excellent Prices
The Best Food
Very Popular
Diving Liveaboard Boat MV Camic

MV Camic is one of the best-known liveaboard diving boats at the Similan Islands. She is run by a professional Thai crew and Western staff, offering good-value flexible trips to The Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. The cabins available are clean and air-conditioned. The feedback from guests is always positive, especially about the food.

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 16
Liveaboard trips from: 13,000 THB per diver
9/10 Based on 17 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Twin Cabin Twin En Suite Cabin Master Cabin
Similan Islands
(6 dives)
2D / 1N Twin Cabin 13,000 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 15,000 THB Master Cabin 15,000 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Tachai
(6 dives)
2D / 1N Twin Cabin 13,000 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 15,000 THB Master Cabin 15,000 THB
Koh Bon, Similan Islands
(6 dives)
2D / 1N Twin Cabin 13,000 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 15,000 THB Master Cabin 15,000 THB
Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon
(6 dives)
2D / 1N Twin Cabin 14,000 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 16,000 THB Master Cabin 16,000 THB
Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(6 dives)
2D / 1N Twin Cabin 14,000 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 16,000 THB Master Cabin 16,000 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Tachai
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 16,200 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 18,200 THB Master Cabin 18,200 THB
Koh Bon, Similan Islands
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 16,200 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 18,200 THB Master Cabin 18,200 THB
Similan Islands
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 16,200 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 18,200 THB Master Cabin 18,200 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 17,200 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 19,200 THB Master Cabin 19,200 THB
Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Similan Islands
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 17,200 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 19,200 THB Master Cabin 19,200 THB
Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 17,200 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 19,200 THB Master Cabin 19,200 THB
Similan Islands
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 19,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 21,100 THB Master Cabin 21,100 THB
Koh Bon, Similan Islands
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 19,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 21,100 THB Master Cabin 21,100 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Tachai
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 19,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 21,100 THB Master Cabin 21,100 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 20,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 22,100 THB Master Cabin 22,100 THB
Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Similan Islands
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 20,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 22,100 THB Master Cabin 22,100 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 20,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 22,100 THB Master Cabin 22,100 THB
Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Similan Islands
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 20,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 22,100 THB Master Cabin 22,100 THB
10% off for early- bookings
New in November 2016
Twin & Double Cabins
Best Dive Sites
Just 16 divers
MV Lapat Similan Liveaboard Diving
Special offers available

Brand new for 2016, MV Lapat has the perfect balance of price, luxury & an experienced team. Twin & double air-con cabins for the best Similan liveaboard diving cruises.

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 16
Liveaboard trips from: 23,100 THB per diver
9/10 Based on 6 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Twin Double En-Suite
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(14 dives)
4D / 4N Twin 23,100 THB Double En-Suite 25,100 THB
10% off remaining spaces for full payment by August 31st
Large & Luxurious
Great Value
All Cabins En Suite
Excellent Reviews
Hallelujah Liveaboard
Special offers available

MV Hallelujah is a very large, spacious, safe and comfortable Similan Islands liveaboard boat, but the price to join her cruises is not much more than the budget trips. At 35m in length, and offering air-conditioned comfort in the lounge and all cabins, jumping in the water can seem a waste of such luxuries. Private en-suite bathrooms in every cabin and an experienced, multilingual group of staff make every trip an absolute pleasure.

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 25
Liveaboard trips from: 35,000 THB per diver
8/10 Based on 4 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Standard Twin Deluxe Double VIP Single
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(14 dives)
4D / 4N Standard Twin 35,000 THB Deluxe Double 40,000 THB VIP Single 55,000 THB
Unbeatable Personal Service
Large & Spacious
Very Popular
Best Single-Supplement Rate For Solo Guests
Oktavia Liveaboard Boat

MV Oktavia is one of the most-established Similan Islands liveaboard diving boats on offer. She is nearly 30m long and has enough space for more than 30 guests but takes usually no more than 20 on each trip. Trips on MV Oktavia visit the best Similan diving sites as well as Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and Boonsung Wreck. Prices are extremely competitive for safe and comfortable diving trips, and there is a unique option of tour lengths. While the main vessel goes out to the diving sites for four or five days at a time, those wanting only to b

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 20
Liveaboard trips from: 14,300 THB per diver
8/10 Based on 10 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Standard Cabin Master Cabin
Similan Islands
(7 dives)
2D / 2N Standard Cabin 14,300 THB Master Cabin 18,300 THB
Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Standard Cabin 21,500 THB Master Cabin 27,500 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(15 dives)
4D / 4N Standard Cabin 23,900 THB Master Cabin 31,900 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(15 dives)
4D / 4N Standard Cabin 23,900 THB Master Cabin 31,900 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(19 dives)
5D / 5N Standard Cabin 27,900 THB Master Cabin 37,900 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(19 dives)
5D / 5N Standard Cabin 27,900 THB Master Cabin 37,900 THB
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