MV Thai Sea Overview
MV Thai Sea is a 20 metre-long diving liveaboard that offers a wide range of amazing diving cruises, usually to the best dive spots in the area. Sailing from Ranong out to Richelieu Rock, the Surin Islands, Koh Tachai and Koh Bon, Thai Sea has a 3D3N trip that stays in Thailand. The boat offers a classic diving experience for no more than 12 lucky guests per trip, and does things differently to most other Similan Islands diving liveaboards. While from Phuket, getting to Ranong is more difficult than travelling to Khao Lak, those coming from Bangkok, Surat Thani, or Chumphon who want to save time and money should be aware of convenient transport options by air and on land to Ranong (ask us for details). Other advantages of being based in Ranong include shorter sailing times to the best diving site in Thailand; Richelieu Rock. She also sails to several parts of Burma (Myanmar) during the diving season.
Yes, although based in Thailand, most of Thai Sea's liveaboard diving cruises are into Burma. A lunchtime or early afternoon departure from Ranong enables the team to pass immigration and enter the Mergui Archipelago for some amazing diving, normally at reefs where there are no other boats. There are four different types of diving trips in Burma on Thai Sea, and all are sure to be incredible experiences. the family-owned and run boat is probably the most-experienced for diving cruises in Burma, which means that they know exactly where & when to go and what to look out for.
Time spent on the boat is a delight for all, including non-divers who are welcome at a reduced price. There is plenty of space to move around, enjoy dive briefings, socialize, and find some privacy. Cabins are available with a mixture of single bunks and/or double beds, and prices and pollution are kept low with the boat using fresh air and fans instead of air-conditioning. The large dining area includes a barbecue and AV home entertainment facilities. There’s also a huge sun deck and hammocks for snoozing in the sea breeze. Please note, that while some will advertise these trips as 4D/3N, 5D/4N, 6D/5N or 8D/7N, we do not. The first day of each trip is just for afternoon meeting and departure, often with no diving taking place. On the final day of the trip the boat returns to port mid-late afternoon. Therefore, we regard most of these trips as an even number of days and nights. The trips’ number of dives are as follows; 3D/3N Thailand = 11 dives, 4D/4N = 14 dives, 5D/5N = 18 dives, 7D/7N = 26 dives. On each trip, it is normal that divers take part in three day dives and one night dive per day, but normally only two day dives on the morning of the final day before the boat returns to land. On one or two of the trips, it’s possible to start the trip with a night dive, but this depends on circumstances and the level and experience of the divers aboard.