Merdeka 1 Overview
Merdeka 1 is a very special boat that offers up to 10 guests a wonderful experience on board. The boat is 27 metres long and was built from Ironwood at the world-famous shipyard in Sulawesi, Indonesia. There are 5 guest cabins, which all have air conditioning, and the double cabins also have private bathrooms. Unique to Thailand, there is also a Jacuzzi on the boat’s upper deck, enabling guests to enjoy a free cocktail or beer and the stunning views, while in a bubble bath!
Another unique thing about this boat is the itineraries. The boat leaves every Monday morning, all year round. During the high season, you visit Koh Phi Phi and Koh Haa during 4D/3N trips. These islands are perfect for diving and snorkelling alike. And in the low season Merdeka does slightly shorter trips and goes to Racha (Raya) Islands. But Merdeka avoids the crowds by diving early in the morning, before the day trip boats arrive, and then usually after the day trip boats have completed their first dives. You can also choose to dive in the afternoon on Merdeka, but guests often choose a massage, Jacuzzi, kayaking, snorkelling, beach or cave visit, which are all free of charge. And if you have never dived before, you can try scuba diving for free during the cruise.
The whole experience is very sociable, personal and unique. The maximum number of guests per trip is just ten, but the boat often sails half full. The crew and dive team are professional, and the food is simply delicious.
Finally, unlike nearly every other diving boat that charges extra for rental scuba equipment, on Merdeka it's included.