MV DiveRACE Class E Overview
MV DiveRACE Class E is a brand-new luxury diving boat that was designed & purpose built by professionals to offer the best comfort to up to 20 lucky guests. The vessel is 34.5 metres in length & 7.5 metres wide, and therefore stable, safe & comfortable for all passengers and in all sea conditions. Its twin 1,200hp engines make sailing between the best dive sites of South East Asia smooth & fast.
Unlike most other diving boats at the Similan Islands which are wooden-hull fishing boats converted for diving, Dive RACE Class E was always planned to be a top-quality diving ship, allowing its passengers to enjoy comfort and convenience at all times. From its large sundeck right down to the lower deck, every inch was designed to ensure that guests only have to think about the pleasures to experience during 4-day & 5-day cruises in Thailand.
Although it appears in pictures that there are four quad-bed cabins on Dive RACE Class E, when in Thailand these cabins have a limit of two guests each. Therefore, combined with the six luxury twin & double cabins, twenty guests is the maximum capacity. This ensures that there is even more space in communal areas, such as the dining lounge, air-conditioned saloon, multimedia room, and sundecks.
In the saloon, there is a 60” 3D television to enjoy movies and diving videos between dives and in the evening. The food is delicious local & western cuisine, served throughout the day. All cabins are air conditioned with en suite bathrooms. Guests are welcomed back from every dive with a hot towel, and the whole crew are service minded and friendly, while maintaining professionalism. It’s even possible to enjoy a Thai massage in a private room or on the deck. The diving crew are happy to help with all kinds of requests, such as finding particular types of marine life. Naturally, PADI courses can be taught on Dive RACE Class E cruises.
There are several different itineraries for Dive RACE during the Thai diving season. The boat spends the first couple of weeks around Hin Daeng & Koh Haa, offering trips which are four days & nights in length. Then there is a 'crossing trip' which includes all the best Thailand dive sites, sailing from Hin Daeng to The Similans. For most of the season Dive RACE stays around the Similans (including Richelieu Rock), before it ends the dive season in Thailand with a 'crossing trip' to the south again.