MV Bavaria Overview
MV Bavaria is a brand-new (2017) Similan diving liveaboard that was designed and built to offer the best comfort, safety and value for its diving cruises. The boat is just the right size, and has the perfect number and range of guest cabins, to ensure that everyone on board can enjoy some of the best liveaboard diving in Thailand, and several trips into Burma each season. Up to 24 guests can join trips from three to six days in length to the best diving sites of Thailand. The Burma/Myanmar diving safaris are 6 days and nights. No more than two guests stay in each air-conditioned cabin, most of which have private en-suite bathrooms, and the boat has lots of space in its communal areas, included an air-conditioned lounge saloon. At 28 metres in length, MV Bavaria is the ideal size to offer the best-value diving cruises in Thailand & Myanmar without sacrificing comfort or safety. The boat was designed by its owner, who is an experienced scuba diving professional from Germany. Therefore, everything from the size & layout of the diving platform to facilities & cabin amenities are ideal for scuba divers who want to enjoy a Burma or Similan liveaboard diving cruise for three to six days.
Guest cabins on Bavaria are all air conditioned and each has its own temperature controller. This may not sound special, but many other Similan diving liveaboard boats have air-conditioned cabins but the temperature is centrally controlled. The boat’s main deck has eight cabins, which are 6 ‘Comfort Cabins’ with twin beds, plus 2 ‘Deluxe Cabins’ at the front of the boat. All have private en suite bathrooms & windows. The lower deck has two more ‘Comfort Cabins’ that have double beds, and of course private bathrooms. The best-value cabins on Bavaria are the 2 twin-bunk cabins on the upper deck, which use shared bathroom facilities. When designing a boat, making the best use of space is very important. Luxury Similan liveaboard boats have large air-conditioned saloons, but these are often nearly empty most of the time. Guests usually socialise, eat & relax outside, but undercover. Bavaria has an air-conditioned lounge saloon with a large television & other electrical equipment, but this room doesn’t take away space from the outdoor dining area, where briefings are held and guests spend most of their time. Bavaria’s covered outdoor area is easily large enough for all its guests to sit in comfort to eat, socialise or listen to a dive briefing. Delicious food is served throughout the day, and this consists of local & western cuisine. Vegetarians won’t go hungry, and special dietary needs can be catered for with advance notice. Of course, there is a large sundeck on top of Bavaria, where guests can sunbathe or gaze at the star-filled night sky.
Being a modern purpose-built Similan diving liveaboard, Bavaria has a large and well-planned diving platform, which uses new machinery (including a Nitrox membrane), a motorized tender dinghy, and set locations for each diver’s equipment. Tanks are filled silently and the gear cleaned & prepared for the next dive while the guests eat, relax or discuss the dives.