MV Somboon 4

Thailand Liveaboards

MV Somboon 4 Similans Liveaboard

Somboon 4 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 4 is stationed around the Similan islands except Tuesdays and Saturdays when she visits the island of Koh Bon (famous for manta ray sightings) and Wednesdays/Sundays 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.

**Half-price equipment rental for any bookings made more than two months before departure!**

The Cabins

Somboon 4 has 10 twin cabins and 4 double cabins. Some of the twin cabins have beds side by side and others have bunk beds. 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.

MV Somboon 4 - Double cabin
MV Somboon 4 - Twin cabin
MV Somboon 4 - Twin cabin

The Boat Layout

MV Somboon 4 - dining area

On the upper deck there is a large covered seating area where lunch is served. This is a very spacious area with 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.

MV Somboon 4 - lounge area

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.

MV Somboon 4 - sun deck

On the top deck is a very 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 at night time.

MV Somboon 4 - dive deck

MV Somboon 4 has a large dive deck with plenty of space for everyone. This also includes places to hang wetsuits inbetween dives. Dives are generally directly from the back of the dive deck. At the end of the dives the main boat or an assisting dinghy pick up the divers.

Boat Specifications

Specs

Length 30 mBeam 6.5 m
Engines 2 x 420 HP HinoGenerators 2 x 50Kw,1 x 10 Kw
Cruising Speed 10 knotsMax. Speed 11 knots
Compressor 3 BAUERFresh Water 16 000 L
Cabins 14Guests 28 Max.

Safety

2 x motorized dinghiesGPS
Cellular PhoneSSB Radio
Life JacketsFire Extinguisher System
Full Medical KitOxygen Tanks

Schedules / Pricing Info

Schedule

Valid: 1st May 2020 to 30th September 2021. All cabin types are the same price.

DayDestination
MondaySimilans Islands
TuesdaySimilans Islands/Koh Bon
WednesdaySurin Islands/Richelieu Rock
ThursdaySimilans Islands
FridaySimilans Islands
SaturdaySimilans Islands/Koh Bon
SundaySurin Islands/Richelieu Rock

Prices

Valid: 1st May 2020 to 30th September 2021. All cabin types are the same price.

Length Dives Price (diver) Price (non-diver)
Day Trip
Day Trip25,600 baht3,600 baht
2 day/1 night
2 day/1 night713,900 baht10,900 baht
 3 days/2 nights (Similans Only)
3 days/2 nights (Similans Only)1118,900 baht14,900 baht
 3 days/2 nights (Richelieu Rock)
3 days/2 nights (Richelieu Rock)1122,900 baht17,900 baht
 4 days/3 nights (Richelieu Rock)
4 days/3 nights (Richelieu Rock)1526,900 baht20,900 baht
 Extra Day
Extra day+4+4,000 baht+3,000 baht

What's Included

Item
Free dive accident insurance
Transfers from/to hotels from Kata, Karon, Patong and Khao Lak center*
Full board accommodation (all meals and snacks)
Water, tea, coffee
Soft drinks
Professional dive guide
Tank (12 litre) and weights rental

*Transfers can also be arranged from other areas for a small surcharge. Please ask if you need further details.

Not Included

Item
Scuba equipment rental
Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages
National park fees (see below)
Personal insurance

Scuba Equipment Rental

Please note that equipment rental is NOT included in the trip price. The items below are available for rent (must be pre-ordered). As trhere will be a lot of dives in a short period of time, some of which will be deep dives, dive computers are compulsory for all of our liveaboard trips. This is for the safety of our guests.

ItemPrice
Full Equipment Set (BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Fins, Mask)500 baht per trip
Full Equipment Set + dive computer650 baht per trip
Individual ItemsOn request

Individual scuba items such as BCD or 15 litre tanks are also available for rent. Price on request.

Similan & Surin Park Fees

To help with the costs of reef protection and regeneration schemes, the Thai government has introduced a national park entry fee for all visitors to the Similans and Surin islands of 500 baht entry per person plus an additional 200 baht per diver per day. Please note that the Similans Islands and Surin Islands are different national parks so an entry fee will be required for each park and each time you enter. Park fees would currently be as follows:

Length Price (diver) Price (non-diver)
Day Trip
Day Trip700 baht500 baht
2 day/1 night
2 day/1 night900 baht500 baht
 3 days/2 nights (Similans Only)
3 days/2 nights (Similans Only)1,100 baht500 baht
 3 days/2 nights (Richelieu Rock)
3 days/2 nights (Richelieu Rock)1,800 baht1,000 baht
 4 days/3 nights (Richelieu Rock)
4 days/3 nights (Richelieu Rock)2,000 baht1,000 baht

This fee is in addition to the price of any liveaboard trip. The fee will be payable in cash (Thai Baht) direct to the boat tour leader on the day of the trip.

Disclaimer: As this is a government fee, we take no responsibility for any changes.

Itineraries

Day Trip

All times are approximates.

Time ActionDestination
06:00 -07:30Hotel pick up by minibus
08:30Arrive Taplamu pier - light breakfast
09:00Speedboat to Somboon 4
10:30Dive One
12:30Lunch
14:00Dive Two
15:30Speedboat departs for Tap Lamu pier
16:30Minibus departs Tap Lamu
18:00-19:30Return to hotel

Arriving for first day

All times are approximates.

Time ActionDestination
06:00 -07:30Hotel pick up by minibus
08:30Arrive Taplamu pier - light breakfast
09:00Speedboat to Somboon 4
10:30Dive One
12:30Lunch
14:00Dive Two
15:30Afternoon tea
16:30Dive Three
19:30Dive Four - Night dive
20:30Dinner

Already onboard: choose any four dives.

All times are approximates.

Time ActionDestination
06:45-07:00Wake up call
07:30Dive One
09:00Breakfast
10:30Dive Two
12:30Lunch
14:00Dive Three
15:30Afternoon tea
16:30Dive Four
19:30Dive Five - Night dive
20:30Dinner

Departure Day

All times are approximates.

Time ActionDestination
06:45-07:00Wake up call
07:30Dive One
09:00Breakfast
10:30Dive Two
12:30Lunch
14:00Dive Three
15:30Speedboat departs for Tap Lamu pier
16:30Minibus departs Tap Lamu
18:00-19:30Return to hotel