Merdeka 3 Overview
For relaxing trips to different locations, with scuba diving included, Merdeka 3 ticks all of the boxes! The boat offers trips on the south & east sides of Phuket that include scuba diving, but also offer much more. There’s kayaking, beach visits, snorkelling, massage and some beer all included in the trip price. You can even try out scuba diving for free if you have never done it before.
The 31-metre boat has staggered decks, giving it a nice character & style. The middle of the boat has 4 cabins on its lower deck, and the chill-out and massage area above. This area is shaded, but gives panoramic views and a wonderful sea breeze. The rear of the boat’s upper deck is where the guests chill and socialise, and enjoy the delicious meals and beer & cocktails which are free of charge. Below this area is where the other guest cabin is located. The front of the boat has a large sunbathing deck, and below that are the kitchen and staff quarters.
Merdeka 3 offers the best trips, for divers and non-divers. It avoids the crowds, by visiting dive spots before the day trip boats arrive from Phuket, thus ensuring most times that you will have the dive sites to yourselves. Then later in the day the other activities include visiting caves & beaches on tropical islands, or enjoying Koh Phi Phi’s nightlife. Most liveaboard boats in the area go north-west of Phuket to The Similan Islands, but Merdeka 3 goes in the opposite direction and visits areas which are normally only dived by day trip boats. Therefore, by avoiding the crowds you get the best experience. During the high season Merdeka 3 goes to Koh Haa & Hin Daeng, as well as Koh Phi Phi. Then during the low season it goes to The Racha/Raya Islands & Koh Phi Phi. Trips are 5D/4N in length, leaving every Monday morning and coming back on Friday lunchtime.
Finally, unlike nearly every other diving boat that charges extra for rental scuba equipment, on Merdeka it's included.