MV Pawara Overview
MV Pawara is possibly the most respected & popular Similan diving liveaboard boats. She is a 35m steel-hull cruise ship, specifically designed for luxury liveaboard trips, although the cost of joining one is much more affordable than many may expect. The staff and crew are among the most established and professional in the region, having been in operation for twenty years. This boat and its cruises are often fully booked due to repeat custom and word-of-mouth recommendations. Therefore, booking early makes sense, not only to ensure a place but also to benefit from early-bird discounts. The excellent reputation is based on service, thorough preparation, & safety. This wonderful luxury liveaboard diving vessel offers its guests free Wi-Fi (when in range) and other luxuries. The air-conditioned cabins have queen-size double or large bunk beds. And all cabins except the budget cabins have en suite private bathrooms. The maximum number of guests per trip is just twenty four, some of whom are non-divers and benefit from discount on the cruise price. Nitrox (enriched air) is available for free to divers who are certified to use it.
Pawara liveaboard guests mostly stay in en suite cabins with individual air-conditioning units. However, there are two 'budget cabins' which share a bathroom and have flow-through air-conditioning. In total, there are four cabin types on two of the boat's four decks. The Master cabins have double beds and the best views. Deluxe cabins are twin bunk only, and are also located on a higher deck with sea-view windows. The standard cabins (located on a lower deck) can be twin share or queen-size double. All guests enjoy delicious buffet meals, fruit, snacks, tea &coffee throughout the cruise. In fact, the food and service are what most of our customers talk about.
The service that Pawara’s staff and crew offers customers is both professional and helpful. Although their prices are not as high as some other diver operators, they still make their customers feel special. From being picked up at Phuket airport or their hotel to the drop off at the end of the trip, everything feels like it is done from the heart and with an honest smile.
Sailing out at sea for several days requires thorough preparation. There are no convenience stores, dairies or vegetable gardens out there. They always make sure that everything is covered, plus extras for emergencies. Vegetarian guests are catered for, as are children. With guests from all over the world, they do an excellent job of making sure that everyone is taken care of. This doesn’t just apply to food and drinks, either. Safety comes first - at all times. The dinghies are new and well-maintained. There are more than enough life jackets on board, but hopefully never needed. Pawara also has responsible rules and regulations regarding diving policies, and free insurance is supplied. Rental equipment on Pawara is all new and well-maintained, as should be expected. At still at the unchanged rate of just 500B/day, which is less than many other Similan diving liveaboards.
Pawara Liveaboard is owned and run by the same team as MV Sawasdee Fasai which is a recently refurbished luxury liveaboard dive boat.