MV Nemo 1 Overview
MV Nemo 1 is a brand-new boat, launched in October 2017. Nemo 1 offers our guests the best of everything. They can enjoy the comfort of a Khao Lak hotel, a quick journey out to the dive sites, then the dive boat is large, stable and comfortable. Nemo guests need to stay in Khao Lak (not Phuket) the night before departure.
Nemo 1 is owned and run by an extremely-experienced & professional Swiss team, who know what international divers want from a liveaboard trip. The brand-new boat has a steel-hull and is 26m long. The maximum number of diving guests per night is 20, and they all sleep in air-conditioned cabins. The boat has 4 double-bed and 3 quad-bunk cabins, which also have sea-view windows. Communal areas on the boat include a large covered outdoor dining area, where most guests spend non-diving time and meals are served. There is also an air-conditioned lounge saloon, where courses can be taught, and guests can chill out. The lounge has audio-video entertainment and sea-view windows. However, divers who come to Thailand and go diving at the best dive sites normally want to enjoy the views, sea breeze, sub-tropical weather and star-filled night skies. The diving platform is large and low, so that everyone has space to move around safely and comfortably. As usual, there is a sundeck on the top of the boat for sunbathing.
For ultimate flexibility and convenience, and at competitive prices, there is very little to beat MV Nemo 1 for diving at The Similan Islands, Koh Tachai & Koh Bon. While most other Similan liveaboard trips are a fixed schedule, on Nemo 1 you can choose when and for how long you join. This is made possible by the ship staying out at sea, like a ‘floating hotel’ and guests are taken out on any morning of the week, then return to Khao Lak after 2D/1N, 3D/2N or as long as they like.
Nemo 1 does not stay in one place all the time. In fact, on most days, there are 4 different dive sites visited. Depending on the day of the week, Nemo 1 cruises around the northern half of the Similan Islands, Koh Bon or Koh Tachai. On Mondays the boat is at Koh Bon, often the best place in Thailand to see Manta Rays. Tuesdays is for Koh Tachai, again a popular spot for Manta Rays and sometimes something even bigger. The rest of the week is spent at the best dive sites of the Similans.
There are meals served buffet-style throughout the day. These are mainly a mix of Western and local cuisine, but not too spicy. Soft drinks and beer are available at very reasonable rates, and there are always fruits, snacks, tea, coffee & drinking water available for free.
Possibly the two best dives of each day are the first and last. With so few divers sleeping on board, the groups are normally small and personal for dive #1 at 7.00am before the daytrip speedboats fill up dive sites. And after the speedboats have left, the sunset dive is guaranteed to be great, and is followed by an evening meal and maybe a few drinks while enjoying the tranquility and mosquito-free sea breeze.
Please note that overnight divers on Nemo are required to dive with a dive computer. Those who don't have their own can rent one for 300 THB / day. Also, you need to stay ini Khao Lak (not Phuket) the night before departure.