MV Daranee Overview
Diving at the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock aboard MV Daranee is always a great experience and the cruises compete very closely with the best-value and most-affordable diving safaris in Thailand’s Andaman Sea. There are seven twin cabins and a four-berth cabin, enabling her to take just 18 passengers. Non-divers are very welcome to join, and benefit from a discount on the cruise price.
The boat is 24 metres in length and 5 metres wide, making her comparable to most other Similan Island and Richelieu Rock diving liveaboards, but her limited guests and crew of six (plus captain) ensure that every guest enjoys a great service and can relax onboard between dives and in the star-filled evenings. Daranee is not a new boat, but its owners and management are one of the most experienced of anyone offering Similan liveaboard diving trips.
Trips sail from Tab Lamu Pier in Khao Lak, and sail out to the Similan Islands overnight. The first dive of each trip is a ‘check dive’ to enable divers to get used to one another and the wonderful clear deep waters, but mainly to allow the tour leader to assess the ability and air consumption of the guests, thus ensuring they are placed in the most appropriate group to maximize their diving enjoyment. Four dives per day (inc. night dive), plus two on the final day make the trips exhausting and exhilarating fun at very competitive prices.
MV Daranee Facilities, Layout & Specifications
|MV Daranee Specifications|
|Max. no. of Guests:||18.|
|Cabins:||7 twin bed and 1 four bunk.|
|Bathrooms:||3 showers / 3 toilets.|
|Fresh Water:||9,000 Liters.|
|Generators:||220v.-24v. 2 Sets.|
|Compressors:||Bauer Mariner. 2 Sets.|
|Engines:||2 Hino Ek100 380 HP.|
|First Aid:||Oxygen First Aid system.|
|Navigation:||GPS Navigation System, Sounder andRadar.|
|Safety:||Ship-to-Ship Radio, 4.2m Tender with 25hp Yamaha Engine.|
MV Daranee Courses
Scuba diving courses are easily taught on liveaboard trips. In fact , it's the best place to do one. There are lots of options available, from a one or two dive mini-course, such as Deep Adventure Dive, to an Open Water Diver course for those who have never dived before. By far the most popular diving course on a liveaboard boat is the Advanced Open Water course. This is 5 interesting and exciting dives with a fully-qualified instructor. While the pricing of the diving coures on this particular boat is still under construction, please contact us for quotes and advice for taking part in a PADI or SSI diving course on this liveaboard cruise.
MV Daranee Itinerary
MV Daranee Transfer Details
Free scheduled transfers are available from around seleceted areas, mainly in Phuket. Please contact us for more information.
For customers who would like a private taxi please see below for details.
(Click below for a rough guide to the rates you can expect to pay ‘per vehicle,’ not ‘per person’.)
MV Daranee Schedule & Prices
|Destinations||Duration||Shared Twin Cabin||Deluxe Twin/Double Cabin||Master Cabin|
|Boat Schedule and prices coming soon|
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- Best-price guarantee, AND get FREE gifts.
- We don’t ask for any payment or your card details until you are ready to confirm your booking.
- For safety reasons, it’s impossible to complete a booking instantly online , as some other websites claim to offer. We always check first as each boat has a different criteria regarding diver details & experience .
- We offer each boat’s booking & payment policy (below). Some other websites have standardised terms, asking for full payment but many boats’ payment terms are a 20-30% deposit, and the balance paid on arrival.
- Our Thailand-based staff are experts about logistics, the dive sites & all the boats . Take a look at the reviews on our site & tripadvisor.
- Our team are always online to answer your questions. We always respond the same day , usually within a few minutes
- Customer service is everything!
For example, if a trip is cancelled, we will ensure you can choose between an alternative similar trip or a full & unconditional refund .
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