MV Bunmee 3 Overview
Bunmee 3 has the best of everything. The steel-hulled boat is very new, but run by one of the most-experienced teams in the area. In addition, divers can choose from the widest selection of cabins and itineraries. All of this at prices which offer possibly the best value Similan liveaboard diving cruise. Value doesn’t just mean ‘cheap,’ although Bunmee 3 diving cruises are not at all expensive.
Purpose built from new and launched for its first diving trip in 2015, Bunmee 3 benefits from many years of experience. The team are aware of what divers need and ask for, and they offer exactly the right balance of service, great diving, clean air-conditioned cabins, delicious food and large communal areas. With just 9 cabins, Bunmee 3’s normal maximum guest capacity is 16 divers, but in certain cases 18 can join. Also, unlike some other boats, the Bunmee team never try hard to fill the boat. Instead, they focus on making sure that those who join each trip enjoy the very best experience.
There are two main indoor decks on Bunmee 3. In addition there is a large sundeck on the boat’s roof and on both decks at the front of the boat. Communal areas include the large, clean and well-organised diving deck, with a specially-designed material on the floor to ensure safe and comfortable walking and standing, and to protect any equipment that is dropped. Bauer compressors silently fill tanks with air or Nitrox between dives, and the large Nissan engines power the boat between the best diving areas. Upstairs, there is a large covered dining area, which is where most socialising, eating and briefings take place. There is a thorough explanation of each reef and its marine life before ach dive. This dining area has a large flat-screen tv which can be used to show videos and photos taken during the trip, or to enjoy Hollywood movies or documentaries at night. The food served on Bunmee 3 is simply delicious, so don’t expect to lose any weight during your diving cruise. While most other Similan diving liveaboard boats serve every meal buffet style, Bunmee 3 allows guests to pre-order evening meals.
Bunmee 3 has three different cabins, in three levels of price and luxury. Even the most basic cabins are very nice. The standard cabins are available with twin single bunks or a double bed. All are air conditioned and no more than 2 cabins share one bathroom. The ‘Comfort’ cabins are also available as twins or doubles, and they have private en suite bathrooms and wall-mounted flat-screen tvs. Finally, the master cabin is located at the front of the main deck and has a large double bed as well as a single bunk that can be used as a sofa area. Of course, this cabin has a private bathroom, too. Each cabin is cleaned and the beds are made every day, and upon request fresh towels are supplied. The staff and crew on Bunmee 3 do not share toilet or bathroom facilities with guests. The whole boat has the perfect blend of Thai hospitality and décor, with the professional service of a very experienced team.
In addition to the best team, wonderful food, comfortable cabins, and the widest range of diving cruises, Bunmee 3 also has free wi-fi when in range. This is becoming a more and more requested feature, and is very useful.
Sailing from Patong in Phuket or Khao Lak’s Tab Lamu Pier, Bunmee 3 offers 4N & 5N diving cruises to the world-famous Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock. There are also 3D3N cruises to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, & Koh Haa. And these trips can be combined to make 8D / 8N super cruises, visiting all of Thailand’s best diving areas. The extra day is spent sightseeing in Phuket. In addition, a few times during the diving season Bunmee 3 sails into Myanmar (Burma) to explore The Mergui Archipelago for 7D / 8N.