Somboon 3 Thailand liveaboard

Somboon 3 Liveaboard

Somboon 3 is a very large and spacious liveaboard built specifically for Similan liveaboard diving. At 30 metres in length and 6.5 metres in beam she carries up to a maximum of 28 sleeping guests.

From mid-October until mid-May Somboon 3 is generally stationed around the Similan islands except Wednesdays/Sundays when she visits the island of Koh Bon (famous for manta ray sightings) and Mondays/Thursdays when she visits the world famous dive site of Richelieu Rock. Her flexible schedule means that you can join any day and leave almost any day of the week. In other words, you can have as short (day trip) or as long a stay as you wish.

General Info

Be aware that during changeovers there can be a lot more guests with a combination of those who just stayed overnight, new arrivals and day trippers. However, this is compensated for by running two separate groups for briefings, dives and lunch.

Cabins

Somboon 3 has 12 twin cabins and 2 double cabins. There are six twin cabins on the lower deck with the remainder on the main deck. Each cabin has its own individually controlled air conditioning plus storage space under the beds. Cabins are modestly decorated but still clean and comfortable. Bathrooms/toilets are shared with 6 bathrooms in total spread around the liveaboard each with soap and shampoo dispensers. Note that towels are not provided on board so please bring your own.

Onboard Areas

On the upper deck there is a large covered seating area where lunch is served. Even with a full boat there is plenty of room for everyone to sit and relax either during meal times or in between dives. Snacks and soft drinks (free of charge) as well as tea, coffee and water are available throughout the day. Just help yourself.

There is also an air-conditioned lounge area on the upper deck with TV and DVD player. In here you can not only find a large DVD collection but also a number of reef guides to help you identify those wonderful fishes seen on the dives. On the top deck is a large sun deck with a number of sun beds and mattresses. This is a great place for the sun worshippers or to gaze at the stars in the night.

Dive Groups/Times

Dive groups on Somboon 3 are generally limited to a maximum size of five people for each dive guide. All guides are professionally trained divemasters experienced in Similan diving. Dives are up to 50 minutes per dive.

Schedules

Trips run from mid-October 2017 to mid-May 2018

  • Join Tuesday, Friday or Saturday for 2 day/1 night Similans only trip
  • Join Friday to Sunday for 3 day/2 night Similans only trip
  • Join any day except Monday or Thursday for Richelieu Rock trips on those days.
Monday Surin Islands and Richelieu Rock
Tuesday Similan Islands
Wednesday Koh Bon and Koh Tachai Islands
Thursday Surin Islands and Richelieu Rock
Friday Similan Islands
Saturday Similan Islands
Sunday Koh Bon and Koh Tachai Islands

The dive sites to be visited may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances such as inappropriate weather.

Prices

Duration Dives Diver Non-diver
1 day 2 5,600 baht 3,600 baht
2 day/1 night 7 12,900 baht 9,900 baht
3 day/2 night (Similan Only) 11 16,900 baht 12,900 baht
3 day/2 night (Richelieu Rock) 11 20,900 baht 15,900 baht
4 day/3 night 15 24,900 baht 18,900 baht
Extra day +4 +4,000 baht +3,000 baht
Included Not Included
Transfers from/to hotels (see below)
Full board accommodation (all meals and snacks)
Water, tea, coffee, soft drinks
Professional dive guide
Tank and weights rental
Equipment rental (including 15 litre tank rental)
Nitrox (enriched air)
National park fees (see below)
Personal insurance
Towels
Transfers are free of charge from the following places: Chalong, Kata, Karon, Patong and Khao Lak center. Surcharges apply for transfers from other locations. Contact us for further details.

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 required 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

For those on a day trip only:

06:00 -07:30 Hotel pick up by minibus
08:30 Arrive Taplamu pier - light breakfast
09:00 Speedboat to Somboon 3
10:30 Dive One
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Dive Two
15:30 Speedboat departs for Tap Lamu pier
16:30 Minibus departs Tap Lamu
18:00-19:30 Return to hotel

For those arriving for first day:

06:00 -07:30 Hotel pick up by minibus
08:30 Arrive Taplamu pier - light breakfast
09:00 Speedboat to Somboon 3
10:30 Dive One
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Dive Two
15:30 Speedboat departs for Tap Lamu pier
16:30 Dive Three
19:30 Dive Four - Night dive
20:30 Dinner

For those already on the boat the full day schedule is shown below. Choose any four dives.

06:45-07:00 Wake up call
07:30 Dive One
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 Dive Two
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Dive Three
15:30 Speedboat departs for Tap Lamu pier
16:30 Dive Four
19:30 Dive Five - Night dive
20:30 Dinner

For those departing, last day schedule as follows:

07:00 Wake up call
07:30 Dive One
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 Dive Two
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Dive Three
15:30 Speedboat departs for Tap Lamu pier
16:30 Minibus departs Tap Lamu
18:00-19:30 Return to hotel

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 30 m
Beam 6.5 m
Engines 2 x 420 HP Hino
Generators 2 x 50Kw,1 x 10 Kw
Cruising Speed 10 knots
Max. Speed 11 knots
Compressor 3 BAUER
Cabins 2 Double Bed
12 Twin Beds
Fresh Water 16 000 L
Fuel 8000 L
Guests 28 sleeping Max.

Safety Features

2 x motorized dinghies
GPS
Cellular Phone
SSB Radio
Full Compliment of Life Jackets
Fire Extinguisher System
Fully Equipped Medic First Aid Station
O2 Tanks

Bookings

For bookings or more info please fill in our Information Request Form.