Oktavia liveaboard Thailand

MV Oktavia Liveaboard

The MV Oktavia is a large and spacious liveaboard built in 2003 and then refurbished in 2007. At 29.5 metres in length and 6.5 metres in beam she carries up to a maximum of 20 guests although she actually has the capacity to carry a lot more. This means that there is a lot of free space for guests to relax in between dives.

With both 4 day/4 night and 5 day/5 night trips she circles from Taplamu pier through the Similans and up to Richelieu Rock before returning to her starting point. 2 day/2 night and 3 day/2 night trips are also offered with speedboat transfers to/from the liveaboard allowing those with a limited amount of time to also enjoy the wonderful sites of the Similans Islands.

Cabins

The MV Oktavia contains 14 cabins in total, 12 Blue Ocean cabins plus 2 very spacious Master cabins. For the Blue Ocean cabins there are 6 double bed cabins, 4 cabins with 2 bunk beds plus 2 family cabins which each have a double bed plus bunk bed.

Master Cabins

The Master cabins on the upper deck are the most spacious of all. They feature individual air-conditioning in addition to fan, double bed, desk/dressing table, two arm chairs, en-suite shower/toilet, hardwood floor, flat screen TV with DVD and a mini-fridge. They span over the width of the boat and have panorama windows both port and starboard. These rooms are very popular so book early to avoid disappointment.

Blue Ocean Cabins

All Blue Ocean cabins are situated on the main deck. They all have central air-conditioning and are equipped with fan, reading lights, shelf unit, two large panorama windows, electrical outlets, sheets and towels. Bathrooms for guests staying in these cabins are shared with 4 shared European-style bathrooms with hot showers as well as 3 showers on the swim deck. On fully booked cruises, single travelers may have to share a 2-bed cabin with a guest of the same gender.

Onboard Areas

On the upper deck is a large, comfortable seating area where all meals are served. Tea, coffee water and fruit juices are readily available in this area throughout the trip with staff on hand to help with any requests.

Downstairs the MV Oktavia has a large dive deck with plenty of space for everyone. As well as storage boxes there are also hangers for wetsuits.

Dive Groups/Times

Dive groups on MV Oktavia are generally limited to a maximum size of four people for each dive guide. All guides are professionally trained divemasters experienced in Similans diving. Dive times are up to one hour per dive.

Schedules

Trips run from mid-October 2017 to mid-May 2018. Any trips not showing are already full. The dive sites to be visited may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances such as inappropriate weather.

Departure Return Date/Destination Duration Dives
         
    October 2017    
23/10/2017 27/10/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 4 day/4 night 15
28/10/2017 01/11/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 4 day/4 night 15
         
    November 2017    
02/11/2017 06/11/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 4 day/4 night 15
07/11/2017 11/11/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 4 day/4 night 15
12/11/2017 16/11/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 4 day/4 night 15
17/11/2017 19/11/2017 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
17/11/2017 22/11/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
20/11/2017 22/11/2017 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
23/11/2017 28/11/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
23/11/2017 25/11/2017 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
26/11/2017 28/11/2017 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
29/11/2017 01/12/2017 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
29/11/2017 04/12/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
         
    December 2017    
02/12/2017 04/12/2017 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
05/12/2017 07/12/2017 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
05/12/2017 10/12/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
08/12/2017 10/12/2017 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
11/12/2017 13/12/2017 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
11/12/2017 16/12/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
14/12/2017 16/12/2017 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
17/12/2017 22/12/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
23/12/2017 28/12/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
29/12/2017 03/01/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
         
    January 2018    
04/01/2018 09/01/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
10/01/2018 12/01/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
10/01/2018 15/01/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
13/01/2018 15/01/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
16/01/2018 18/01/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
16/01/2018 21/01/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
19/01/2018 21/01/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
22/01/2018 24/01/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
22/01/2018 27/01/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
25/01/2018 27/01/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
28/01/2018 30/01/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
28/01/2018 02/02/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
31/01/2018 02/02/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
         
    February 2018    
03/02/2018 05/02/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
03/02/2018 08/02/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
06/02/2018 08/02/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
09/02/2018 11/02/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
09/02/2018 14/02/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
12/02/2018 14/02/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
15/02/2018 17/02/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
15/02/2018 20/02/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
18/02/2018 20/02/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
21/02/2018 23/02/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
21/02/2018 26/02/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
24/02/2018 26/02/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
27/02/2018 01/03/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
27/02/2018 04/03/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
         
    March 2018    
02/03/2018 04/03/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
05/03/2018 07/03/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
05/03/2018 10/03/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
08/03/2018 10/03/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
11/03/2018 13/03/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
11/03/2018 16/03/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
14/03/2018 16/03/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
17/03/2018 19/03/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
17/03/2018 22/03/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
20/03/2018 22/03/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
23/03/2018 25/03/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
23/03/2018 28/03/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
26/03/2018 28/03/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
29/03/2018 03/04/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
         
    April 2018    
04/04/2018 06/04/2018 Similans Islands Only 2 day/2 night 7
04/04/2018 09/04/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
07/04/2018 09/04/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
10/04/2018 15/04/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
16/04/2018 20/04/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 4 day/4 night 15
21/04/2018 25/04/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 4 day/4 night 15
26/04/2018 01/05/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 5 day/5 night 19
         
    May 2018    
02/05/2018 06/05/2018 Similans Islands Only 4 day/4 night 15
07/05/2018 11/05/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 4 day/4 night 15
12/05/2018 14/05/2018 Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock 3 day/2 night 10
         

Prices

Two Days/Two Nights (7 dives)

Item Price (Diver) Price (Non-Diver)
Liveaboard Cruise 14,300 baht 10,725 baht
Transfer from/to Phuket Contact us for details Contact us for details
Transfer from/to Khao Lak Free of Charge Free of Charge
National Park Fees 900 baht 500 baht

Three Days/Two Nights (10 dives)

Item Price (Diver) Price (Non-Diver)
Liveaboard Cruise 21,500 baht 16,125 baht
Transfer from/to Phuket Contact us for details Contact us for details
Transfer from/to Khao Lak Free of Charge Free of Charge
National Park Fees 1,600 baht 1,000 baht

Four Days/Four Nights (15 dives)

Item Price (Diver) Price (Non-Diver)
Liveaboard Cruise 23,900 baht 17,925 baht
Transfer from/to Phuket Contact us for details Contact us for details
Transfer from/to Khao Lak Free of Charge Free of Charge
National Park Fees 1,800 baht 1,000 baht

Five Days/Five Nights (19 dives)

Item Price (Diver) Price (Non-Diver)
Liveaboard Cruise 27,900 baht 20,925 baht
Transfer from/to Phuket Contact us for details Contact us for details
Transfer from/to Khao Lak Free of Charge Free of Charge
National Park Fees 2,000 baht 1,000 baht

Additional Notes

  • Master cabin is available for an additional 2,000 baht per person per day.
  • Single person cabin supplement: Additional 33% extra on cruise price
  • Children (3 to 6 years old): 50% off cruise price
  • Children (7 to 12 years old): 25% off cruise price
  • Children (2 years and under) sharing bed with parent: Free of Charge

Included Not Included
Transfers from/to hotels in Khao Lak
Full board accommodation
Water, tea, coffee
Professional dive guide
Tank and weights rental
Transfers from/to hotels in Phuket
Equipment rental (inc. 15 litre tank rental)
Nitrox (enriched air)
National park fees
Personal insurance

Equipment Rental

  • Full Equipment Set (BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Fins, Mask) - 600 baht for a single day, only 500 baht per day for multiple days' diving
  • Full Equipment Set + computer - 850 baht for a single day, only 700 baht per day for multiple days' diving
  • HD Action Cam - 800 baht per day
  • Enriched Air (Nitrox) - 200 baht per tank (multi-tank packages available on request)
  • 15 litre tank - 400 baht per day
  • Torch Rental - 100 baht per day

Please contact us for prices of individual rental items. All equipment rental must be pre-booked.

National Park Fees

National park fees are payable in cash direct to the tour leader on the liveaboard. As these are government charges we take no responsibility for any change in the fees. Please note that the Similan islands and Surin islands are separate national parks. Current park fees are as follows:

  • 500 baht entry per person to each national park
  • Additional 200 baht per diver per day

Dive Courses/Private Guiding

  • A large variety of PADI courses are available during your liveaboard trip but must be pre-booked . Please contact us prior to your trip for specific course details with prices.
  • Private guiding is also available if pre-booked from as little as an additional 2,000 baht per day. Again, contact us prior to your trip for more details.

Booking Conditions

  • A minimum of 10 dives or Advanced Open Water certification is recommended to join on this trip.
  • Personal dive insurance is required for the trip. We recommend a yearly insurance through Divers Alert Network.
  • When checking in, all divers are required to complete a liability release waiver and to show proof of diving certification and dive medical insurance. Without proof you may not be permitted to dive.
  • For your own safety, all divers must use dive computers. Please let us know if you need to rent.

Itinerary

  Evening of Departure
13:00-15.30 Pick-up at your hotel in Phuket
15:45-16:45 Pick-up at your hotel in Khao Lak area
18:30 Depart Taplamu Pier for Similan Islands with dinner on board
   
  Day One
07:00 Wake up — light breakfast
08:00 Dive One - Anita's Reef, Similans
09:00 Breakfast
11:00 Dive Two - West of Eden, Similans
12:30 Lunch
14:15 Dive Three - Stonehenge, Similans
15:30 Snacks
17:45/18:30 Dive Four - Princess Bay, Similans (Sunset/Night Dive )
20:00 Dinner
   
  Day Two
06:45 Wake up — light breakfast
07:30 Dive One - Elephant Head, Similans
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 Dive Two- North Point, Similans
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Dive Three - Breakfast Bend/Turtle Rock
15:00 Speedboat transfer to Taplamu pier for those on 2 day/2 night trip
17:00 Arrival at Taplamu pier for transfers to Phuket/Khao Lak for those on 2 day/2 night trip
17:45/18:30 Dive Four - Turtle Rock/Donald Duck Bay, Similans (Sunset/Night Dive )
20:00 Dinner
   
  Day Three
05:00-06.30 Pick-up at your hotel in Phuket for those on 3 day/2 night trip
07:00-07:45 Pick-up at your hotel in Khao Lak area for those on 3 day/2 night trip
06:45 Wake up — light breakfast for those already on board
07:15 Dive One - Christmas Point, Similans Islands
08:00 Depart Taplamu Pier by speedboat transfer for Koh Bon for those on 3 day/2 night trip
09:00 Breakfast
11:00 Dive Two - Koh Bon
12:30 Lunch
14:15 Dive Three - Koh Bon
15:30 Snacks
17:45/18:30 Dive Four - Koh Tachai (Sunset/Night Dive )
20:00 Dinner
   
  Day Four
06:15 Wake up — light breakfast
07:00 Dive One - Richelieu Rock
09:00 Breakfast
11:00 Dive Two - Richelieu Rock
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Dive Three - Richelieu Rock/Koh Tachai
15:30 Snacks
17:45/18:30 Dive Four - Koh Tachai (Sunset/Night Dive )
20:00 Dinner
   
  Day Five
06:30 Wake up — light breakfast
07:15 Dive One - Koh Tachai
09:00 Breakfast
11:00 Dive Two - Koh Bon
12:30 Lunch
14:15 Dive Three - Boonsong Wreck
16:30 Arrival at Taplamu pier for transfers to Phuket/Khao Lak

Please note: All times in this itinerary are estimates only. Times and dive sites can change, depending on weather conditions and special requests or circumstances.

Boat Specifications

Length 29.5 m
Beam 6.5 m
Draft 2.85 m
Engines 2 x 420 Nissan
Generators 2 x 50kw
Cruising Speed 7- 10 Knots
Max. Speed 15 Knots
Compressor 2 x Bauer 250
Cabins 14
Guests 20 Max.

Safety Features

Life raft
Depth Sounder
Cellular Phone
VHF Marine Band Radios
Full Compliment of Life Jackets
Fire Extinguisher System
Fully Equipped Medic First Aid Station
O2 Tanks

Bookings

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