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Want to venture further to experience some of the best diving in the world?

You'll discover that Dive The World offers dozens of adventure-laden liveaboards, from October to May, to a wide variety of the very best dive sites in Thailand, including the world famous Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, plus Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, the Surin Islands, Hin Daeng, and also further north - across the border to Burma for liveaboard diving in the remote Mergui Archipelago. From June to September there are some tour options that take in the best sites of Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands.

Mermaid II - Thailand liveaboard

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You might find it useful to use our quick search feature (located in the top right corner of this page) to find a diving safari departure date that suits your travel plans. Or use our boat departure calendar on our Dive The World Liveaboards website to help you plan your trip.

Dive clubs and groups will want to review our Dive Groups section for a summary of the best liveaboard deals available in Thailand.

Thailand Diving Safari Destinations

Why not join one of our 4 night dive cruises to the Similan Islands? Diving an awesome array of reef formations and underwater landscapes, cruising amongst tropical islands with stunning white beaches, it's not hard to see why Similan liveaboard trips are among the most popular diving adventures in the world. The area is a protected national park and is covered by a variety of liveaboards catering to all price budgets from deluxe to backpacker standard.

Excited expectations of diving with manta rays at Koh Bon and chance encounters with whale sharks at Richelieu Rock and Koh Tachai, provide a dramatic complement to Similan diving safaris and irresistible incentives to most first-timers. Some boats also visit the more remote Surin Islands.

If you're short of time then our southern Thailand liveaboard trips may be just what you are looking for. Deep wall diving at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang offer opportunities to see reef sharks as well as more mantas and whale sharks. These short liveaboards (usually 2 or 3 nights) are less crowded and also take in some interesting caverns and the beautiful Phi Phi Islands. During low season, trips are available to the best dive sites of Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, where conditions still allow for some exciting and not-too-strenuous diving.

For the more adventurous divers out there, try Burma - the Mergui Archipelago and Burma Banks offer true frontier diving. Leave the crowds far behind and voyage back in time to this wonderous and magical archipelago. Large sharks and rays are often to be expected, but Burma is equally attractive to macro-enthusiasts and experienced divers in search of more elusive marine life such as frogfish, pipefish and nudibranchs, not found so regularly in Thailand.

You can combine any of these destinations for a once-in-a-lifetime diving adventure in this spectacular part of the world.

Best Time to Go

Mermaid I - Phuket liveaboard diving - photo courtesy of Sheldon Hey

All of Thailand's liveaboard diving destinations are located in the Andaman Sea, along the west coast of its southern peninsula; this means that they are all exposed to the same weather patterns, but to varying degrees.

The best time to visit the Similan Islands, Surin, Burma and Hin Daeng-Hin Muang is during the dry High Season - November to April. Since December and January is Peak Season and can be crowded with tourists, we always advise scuba divers to plan a visit between February and April whenever possible; this also coincides with the local whale shark and manta season.

During rainy season the weather can be unpredictable and the seas rough, making cruises to remote areas a risky proposition. However, the attractive dive sites of Phuket and the Phi Phi Islands are relatively protected from these climatic conditions and remain open throughout the year. These Phuket liveaboard cruises are therefore the best option for anyone that wants to join a diving safari during June to September.

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Dive Trip Specifics

There is a wide range of prices, with the more expensive boats providing high levels of accommodation, comfort and service, and these are recommended for divers with experience of liveaboards in other countries. The least expensive options cater generally to younger and less-experienced divers on a budget. At this end of the market you can choose either short and inexpensive liveaboards, or be transferred by speedboat to and from a stationary liveaboard which remains in the Similans.

All Thailand liveaboards prices normally include:
Diving, air-conditioned cabin accommodation, meals, non-alcoholic drinks, transfers, weights and weight-belts, torches and tanks, professional divemaster and all taxes. Your shortlist quote will include no 'hidden extras'. Not all of the lower budget liveaboards have towels or toiletries so you may have to bring your own.

Please note that, national marine park fees are not included in your quote (unless otherwise stated). Similan Islands National Marine Park fees are currently approx. US$ 12 per entrance, plus US$ 6 per person per day.

Full sets of diving equipment can be rented for US$ 18 per day. Dive computers can be rented for US$ 6 per day. Digital cameras can be rented for US$ 30 per day.

We recommend that all our customers take out insurance to cover diving and travel activities, including trip cancellation. See our insurance programme for a competitive quote.

Ports of Departure and Getting There

Liveaboard diving cruises depart from Phuket, Khao Lak in Phang Nga (1½ hours minibus transfer north of Phuket), or Ranong (for Burma cruises only, 4-5 hours minibus transfer north). Port transfers are provided free of charge from all main beach areas of Phuket (Patong, Kata and Karon). Transfers from more remote beaches or Phuket Town may be subject to a small extra pick up fee.

Read our Phuket tourist information for details on how to get there. If you'd prefer to meet your boat in Khao Lak, rather than be transferred from Phuket, then you can find out how to get there from our Khao Lak information page.

Where to Stay

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Dive The World Rating System

The customer rating displayed for each Thailand liveaboard is an indication of our customers' satisfaction. 5 star is excellent, 4 star is very good, 3 star is good, 2 star is average, and 1 star is below average. We ask each and every one of our customers to rate their liveaboard diving safari, and the rating earned by each boat is an average of the ratings received from our customers over the last season. That way, we ensure that our ratings and recommendations are truly impartial and reflect up to date performance based on the most important indicator - your satisfaction!

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