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Choosing a Similan diving liveaboard or day trip is like many things in life. For the majority of us, the price is a major factor. While Similan Islands diving is excellent value when taking into account the experience you are likely to enjoy, it is still a vacation activity that will cost $110 to more than $1,000 per person. This is not one of life’s necessities, so almost everyone who chooses a diving day trip or liveaboard safari needs to consider the financial cost. We are lucky to have the widest selection of boats for diving at the Similan Islands in Thailand. This wide selection includes both for trip length (day trips – 8 nights or longer) and for price. Choosing your Similan diving adventure by the length of the trip can be done on this page, but here we discuss selecting the best diving trip at the Similan Islands focussing on the price. This will not include day trip diving, because they are very similar in price due to the nature of the type of boat, fuel used, food supplied, and the fact that they don’t differ in the way that Similan liveaboard cruises do.

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Choosing the Best Boats For a Similan Liveaboard Cruise Price

We have split our liveaboard boats in to three price ranges which you can see below.

  • Budget Similan liveaboard boats/cruises
  • Mid-Range Similan liveaboard boats/cruises
  • Luxury Similan liveaboard boats/cruises

So which liveaboard price range is best for me?


Budget Liveaboards 

The budget Similan liveaboard boats and trips focus on the best value, but they all offer safe and enjoyable diving safaris, with plenty of good food, great diving and a wonderful atmosphere. All but one or two of these diving cruises offer air-conditioned cabins to ensure comfortable sleeping before and after a day’s diving. They have communal areas for eating and socialising, and a dive deck for storing equipment, gearing up, and diving into the crystal-clear warm waters of Thailand’s best diving areas. For many people, a clean bed to sleep in, enough fresh food and somewhere to relax on board is sufficient to enjoy a Similan diving cruise. They may argue that the fish don’t know who paid for what luxury, and that the diving is the same for everyone, providing that the guides and equipment is up to standard. This is very true. Even our cheapest Similan liveaboard trips provide diving equipment that is new and high-quality, along with experienced and professional diving guides. Therefore, as soon as you are in the water, the price you paid for the luxury of the boat means nothing. You came for the diving, and the diving is most important. Of the hundreds of liveaboard trips that we sell each year, by far the most numerous are on our budget boats. We have a very high rate of happy guests returning from each trip, all of whom receive a follow up to check how their diving cruise was.


Medium Priced Liveaboards

Our medium price Similan liveaboard cruises obviously fit in between the cheapest and more expensive diving trips. There is a grey area here, because some people would consider a particular boat to be budget, while others would say it’s ‘mid-range.’ Likewise this same confusion happens between ‘mid-range’ and luxury. What do divers get on a mid-range boat compared to a budget boat, or what do they miss out on from not choosing a luxury trip? This question is very difficult to answer, but the main differences are in the food, cabins, logistics and dive staff. Diving is hungry work, and while even though the budget boats have plenty of food served buffet style three or more times per day, quantity, choice and quality of the meals improve on the more-expensive Similan liveaboard trips. Cabins tend to be only for 2 guests, without having 4-bunk dorm-style rooms. They are also more likely to offer private en suite bathroom facilities. The logistics includes free transfers at set times and without long delays or picking up many other guests along the way. This can be crucial for guests who are excited to join a diving cruise, but weighed down with luggage in a hot country. Finally, the dive staff of the mid-range diving trips tend to be more experienced. This can be very important for divers with special needs or those who want to know more about the marine life. Budget boats tend to hire younger dive guides and maybe have larger groups of divers per guide.


Luxury Liveaboards

Our luxury Similan liveaboard boats are for those who are lucky enough not to have to focus on the price when choosing a diving trip in Thailand. These boats and trips are obviously at the top end of the price range for Similan liveaboards, but are still very good value, especially when compared to other diving destinations around the world. Prices normally start around $1,000 per diver for a 4D4N trip, so that’s $250/day for the basic standard cabins on the nicest boats. Guests can expect a better service from the staff and crew, and the most professional organisation, including transfers, information and equipment. Of course, the cabins, food and communal areas are where the differences in luxury can be seen most easily. Guest cabins on our luxury liveaboards are all en suite, meaning that 1-2 guests per cabin have a private bathroom that has hot & cold freshwater showers, a mirror, hand basin and enough space to have a proper bathroom experience. Toiletries, a safe deposit box, and storage space are also included. The décor of the luxury boat’s cabins is also noticeably better than lesser vessels. Food and beverages are very important to fully enjoy a diving cruise at Thailand’s Similan Islands. The selection, quality and service of the food and drinks on board is far superior to boats at lower prices. Fine dining with a good selection of wines, cocktails and beers can make all the difference for divers with taste, and funds to support it. Last but not least, the communal areas of a liveaboard diving boat are very important. Guests need to be able to find a comfortable place to sit in private as well as socialise with others. These include air-conditioned lounge areas, sundecks, and outdoor dining areas.

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Average Rating 8.9/10 Based on 383 Diver Reviews for Liveaboards - Price Ranges

MY Genesis 1 MY Genesis 1
Stephen
British
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 16 Mar 2020
Special thanks to Stefan for making the whole trip fun and to all the other crew ????????????...
MV Nemo 1 MV Nemo 1
Swiss
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 12 Mar 2020
My first liveaboard was a great experience. Good boat, comfortable cabin, caring staff and delicious food, everything as expected. All dives were goo...
MV Lapat MV Lapat
Vicks
Irish
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 07 Mar 2020
We had a wonderful 3 day trip on the MV lapat. The diving was great. Our guide and all of the staff on board were friendly, helpful and really ensu...
MV Lapat MV Lapat
Katherine
British
Review score: 8/10
Dived: 06 Mar 2020
Had a great few days on the MV Lapat. The crew and instructors really looked after us with some great dive sites, and we were well looked after with p...
MV Lapat MV Lapat
Paul
American
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 02 Mar 2020
Great trip. Dives were relaxed and everything was as advertised. Would use them again for a short one to two night trip....
MV Manta Queen 5 MV Manta Queen 5
Mike
Swedish
Review score: 7/10
Dived: 28 Feb 2020
The only thing is the rock hard mattress in the cabins. Super unpleasant made the night's a course of survival. At least not as good as it could be....
Blue Dolphin Blue Dolphin
Dimitra Miliordou
Greek
Review score: 7/10
Dived: 27 Feb 2020
Our experience with Blue Dolphin was nice, however the boat was pretty small for 15 divers in total. The equipment had already been set up in advance,...
MC Sundancer MC Sundancer
Dimitra Miliordou
Greek
Review score: 8/10
Dived: 25 Feb 2020
Great experience, we saw two giant Manta rays in our last dive, which made us ecstatic! Friendly and attentive staff, spacious and well-equipped boat....
MV Oktavia
MV Oktavia
MV Oktavia
Manuel
German
Review score: 8/10
Dived: 24 Feb 2020
Hello, Thank you for the great dive trip 3D/2N end of February. Great boat, great dives, great guides, great crew and great food. Unfortunately t...
MV Lapat MV Lapat
Jason
American
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 22 Feb 2020
Dries, Tong and the whole boat crew are amazing . no need to look anywhere else... The only thing I was upset about was that no other customers gave g...
MV Nemo 1 MV Nemo 1
Thorsten
German
Review score: 9/10
Dived: 21 Feb 2020
I had great experience diving with the Nemo Crew.I learned so much in 3 days,and i was blown away by the wonderful underwater world at the similan isl...
MV Manta Queen 8 MV Manta Queen 8
John P
Australian
Review score: 10/10
Dived: 20 Feb 2020
My first liveaboard boat trip. The locations, the boat and boat boys, the dive guides, the cooks and the food, and my fellow divers, all fantastic!...
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