Similan Explorer

Similan Explorer

Similan Explorer - Dive the Similan and Surin Islands

The Similan Explorer has been very popular in 2016-2017 running some interesting 3 - 5 day trips including the Similan and Surin Islands, including a visit to the Moken sea gypsy village at the Surin islands. She takes up to 20 liveaboard divers with accommodation in a mix of double, twin and quad cabins. The boat has recently been refurbished, is very clean and tidy and is an excellent value low budget liveaboard for diving the Similans this season. Probably our top choice if you want a cheaper option on a very well run boat.

Similan Explorer Cruises

Similan Islands, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock:
5 days / 5 nights (18 dives)

Cabin Type Trip Price Trip Length Dives Enquiry
Double Cabin 28,900 THB 5D / 5N 18
Twin Cabin 27,900 THB 5D / 5N 18
Quad Cabin 24,500 THB 5D / 5N 18

Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock:
3 days / 3 nights (10 dives)

Cabin Type Trip Price Trip Length Dives Enquiry
Double Cabin 19,100 THB 3D / 3N 10
Twin Cabin 18,100 THB 3D / 3N 10
Quad Cabin 16,100 THB 3D / 3N 10

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Similan Explorer Liveaboard Information

There are 2 double cabins on the upper deck, plus 4 twin cabins and 2 quad cabins on the main deck. All cabins have windows, are airconditioned and use shared bathrooms. There’s plenty of space to sit and relax around the boat at the bow, on the sun deck or on the shaded rear section of the upper deck.

The Similan Explorer sets a high standard for a lower budget boat and is good value for money with 3 and 5 day trips at a good price.

Between dives, you have plenty of opportunity to take a walk on some of the Similans or jump overboard and snorkel in the shallow waters of a quiet bay. The 5 day trips also include a land visit in the Surin islands to see the Moken sea gypsies.

The dive deck is spacious and well organised. The Similan Explorer is also equipped with a 4m dinghy, and all of the most modern navigation and communication equipment. Explorer departs from the port of Thap Lamu, 90 minutes North of Phuket. Transfers in Khao Lak are included in the price. Transfers from Phuket can be arranged by taxi.

Diving Equipment

Rental equipment is provided by the Similan Explorer liveaboard. Rental price is 500 Baht per day for BCD/regulator (250 Baht per item per day) and 250 Baht per day for a dive computer. No charge for fins/mask/wetsuit. After pick up for your accommodation in Khao Lak you will go to the liveaboard office in Khao Lak to try gear before departure. Torches for night dives, no charge. 15 liter tanks 150 Baht per day.

Nitrox

Nitrox is available on board @ 200 Baht per 12 liter tank fill or 1,200 Baht for 3 night trips, or 2800 Baht for 5 night trips.

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Similan Explorer Schedule

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Similan Explorer Deck Plans

Main Deck

Similan Explorer Liveaboard Main Deck Plan

1 Dive platform – 2 Deck showers – 3 Gearing up area – 4 Compressors – 5 Stairs to upper deck – 6 Toilet/shower
7 Galley – 8 Crew cabins – 9 Guests cabin (4 berths) – 10 Anchor
22 Nitrox blending station – 23 Fire extinguisher – 26 Twin cabin

Upper Deck

Similan Explorer Liveaboard Upper Deck Plan

11 Dinghy – 12 Bench – 13 Dining area tables – 14 Stairs to sundeck – 15 Self service counter – 16 Double bed cabin – 17 Wheelhouse
20 Depth sounder & GPS – 21 Life raft – 23 Fire extinguisher – 25 Satellite phone – 27 Benches

Sun Deck

Similan Explorer Liveaboard Sun Deck Plan

18 Sun deck – 24 Shaded area on sundeck

Similan Explorer Itinerary

Similan Explorer runs trips for 5 nights to the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands – including a visit to a sea gypsy village in the Surin Islands. There are also short 3 night trips including the Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. Trips run through the season from October to early May.

Itinerary 5 nights – Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

DEPARTURE DAY
12:00 – 13:00 Pick up from hotels in Khao Lak
Meet at Similan Explorer shop in Khao Lak to arrange equipment and sign in
16:00 Transfer to Thap Lamu port (20 minutes)
17:00 Departure to Similan Islands and dinner on board
DIVING DAY 1 – 4
07:00 Wake Up, Coffee, First Dive
08:30 Breakfast
11:00 Second Dive
12:30 Lunch
15:00 Third Dive
19:00 Night Dive OR
17:30 Dusk Dive
20:00 Dinner
DIVING DAY 5
07:00 Wake Up, Coffee, First Dive
08:30 Breakfast
10:30 Second Dive
12:00 Lunch and Cruising to Thap Lamu
15:00 Arrive Thap Lamu
15:30 Arrive Khao Lak Hotels

Itinerary 3 nights – Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

DEPARTURE DAY
12:00 – 13:00 Pick up from hotels in Khao Lak
Meet at Similan Explorer shop in Khao Lak to arrange equipment and sign in
16:00 Transfer to Thap Lamu port (20 minutes)
17:00 Departure to Similan Islands and dinner on board
DIVING DAY 1 – 2
07:00 Wake Up, Coffee, First Dive
08:30 Breakfast
11:00 Second Dive
12:30 Lunch
15:00 Third Dive
19:00 Night Dive OR
17:30 Dusk Dive
20:00 Dinner
DIVING DAY 3
07:00 Wake Up, Coffee, First Dive
08:30 Breakfast
10:30 Second Dive
12:00 Lunch and Cruising to Thap Lamu
15:00 Arrive Thap Lamu
15:30 Arrive Khao Lak Hotels

Similan Explorer Safety & Specifications

Vessel Information

Boat Type Wood Hull Motor Vessel
Year Built 2002 (refurbished 2015)
Length 25 Meters
Width 7 Meters
Maximum Guests 20
No. of Cabins 8 (2 Double, 4 Twin, 2 Quad)
Engines 1 x Hino 350 HP
Maximum Speed 10 Knots
Nitrox on Board Yes

Safety Specifications

  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Marine Radio
  • Life Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kit
  • Engine Room CCTV

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Please complete the form below to send an availability or booking enquiry to Sunrise Divers. You are also welcome to send a direct email to [email protected] or call our mobile hotline +66846264646. We are based in Phuket, Thailand. We will reply as soon as possible with full trip information and details on how to make a booking. Payments can be made by credit card (no card fees) or bank transfer. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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