4 Days – 7 Days
Similan & Surin Islands Liveaboard Diving
Comfort Class Liveaboard
• Similan & Surin Islands •
• Ko Bon & Ko Tachai •
• Richelieu Rock •
MV Bavaria Liveaboard – Welcome on board
Designed and planned by professional and experienced divers, MV Bavaria was built in 2016 with cruising scuba divers in mind in accordance with the latest marine and safety standards. All guests are accommodated in comfortable cabins with air conditioning.
When designing a boat, it is very important to make the best use of space. While some of the liveaboard boats have large, air-conditioned lounges that are empty most of the time, the designers of MV Bavaria have noted that guests generally socialize, eat and relax outdoors. They have therefore taken care to optimize the outdoor common areas.
The boat has a comfortable air-conditioned lounge with a large TV and entertainment system, but this room does not take away space from the dining area or the outdoor lounge where briefings take place and where guests spend most of their time admiring the breathtaking scenery of the Similan Islands. The Bavaria has also fitted out a terrace with lounge chairs and a shaded area. There are also several stations with 220V sockets for those wishing to do photo or video editing on board.
Bavaria’s large dive deck in the rear of the boat gives you plenty of room to set up and get in. Our on board nitrox system allows nitrox certified divers to extend their bottom times with enriched air mixes. Dive groups are maximum of 6 people (unless a group booking prefers to all dive together), and your gear is washed and your tanks are filled for you by our highly trained staff. Standard and DIN tanks are available on the boat.
The Dive Deck
MV Bavaria is a purpose-built scuba diving liveaboard boat, the designers were able to properly plan the diving platform at the rear of the main deck. All of the necessary equipment has been fitted in the best location to enable you to gear up and walk around comfortably & safely.
For those traveling with non-divers, we invite you to bring them along as a snorkeling guest.
Cabine & Amenities
- 2 x deluxe double cabins with private en-suite bathroom forward on the main deck.
- 6 x comfort twin bunk cabins with private en-suite bathroom on the main deck
- 2 x comfort double cabins with private en-suite bathroom on the lower deck
- 2 x standard twin cabins on the upper deck
- Spacious, partially shaded sundeck with lots of loungers and mats
- two separate toilets and showers.
All cabins are equipped with air conditioning.
The Bavaria features indoor and outdoor eating areas, each large enough on its own to accommodate all customers and crew for meals, so no matter what mother nature has in store everyone will be able to dine in comfort. And the excellent food prepared by our Chef will ensure your meals are as good as your dives.
The Dive Crew
Our multilingual staff on board is able to speak English, German, Dutch, Thai. If you have language requirements beyond these, we can accommodate just about any request. All of our staff have years of experience in the Similans and even longer track records for keeping scuba divers safe season after season.
The Bavaria is equipped with a full 1st aid medic kit, as well as medical grade oxygen for emergencies. All of our staff have current first-aid certifications.
MV Bavaria Liveaboard diving Photo Gallery
MV Bavaria Liveaboard diving prices
|Cabin||4D / 3N|
|4D / 3N|
|7D / 6N
Similan & Surin
twin bed cabin upper deck, shared bathroom
double bed cabin with private en-suite bathroom lower deck
twin bed cabin with private en-suite bathroom main deck
double bed cabin with private en-suite bathroom main deck forward
|->>> National Park fees payable cash on-board||1,100||2,300||2,700|
|Prices are in Thai Baht (THB) per person
Prices for non-diver - 25% off
|Nitrox diving - full package per diver||1,600||2,000||3,000|
|Dive computer per day / diver - 250 THB|
|Full Set Equipment per set / diver (excluded dive computer) - 800 THB|
To book your Bavaria Liveaboard trip, we need 50% deposit for an early booking if more than 90 days before the trip departure and the balance to be paid 90 days before the trip departure. As soon as you confirm us the booking, you will receive an invoice from PayPal that you can pay through your PayPal account or by credit cards.
When possible, we will allow individual customers to have their own room. However during busy times we may need to put 2 individual customers in the same room. If we need to combine individual customers in cabins, we will only do male-male or female-female pairings for reasons of privacy.
PRICE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
- Transfers from Khao Lak area only
- Daily housekeeping
- All meals
- Tea, Coffee
- Drinking Water
- Soft drinks
- Fruits and Snacks all day long
- Divemaster – maximum 6:1 Ratio
- Towel and toiletries
- 24 Hour Medical Service
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
- Similan / Surin Islands Park Fees
- Scuba equipment – 800 THB per day / per set
- 15L Tank – 250 THB per day / per diver
- Dive computer – 250 THB per day
- Dive light – 250 THB per day
- Phuket area transfers – 2,300 THB – 2,700 THB depends of Hotel location
- Your certification card for scuba diving
- Diving insurance – mandatory
- Small amount of money for beer, ice cream, wine & extras
Please note that the National Park Fee is set by the National Park and is subject to change without notice.
Park fees are payable cash at your arrival on the boat.
To book your Bavaria Liveaboard diving holiday, please contact us to check availability. On receipt of your reservation request and if there is available cabin, we will hold the place for 48 hours. However, the booking will be final only after receipt of payment.
Be aware that this Liveaboard boat is in great demand. For Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year (February) periods – the boat is very often full over 6 months in advance.
MV Bavaria Liveaboard schedule
|*** Mid-May to Mid-October, Similan Islands are closed ***|
|19-Oct-2022||25-Oct-2022||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|22-Oct-2022||25-Oct-2022||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|26-Oct-2022||01-Nov-2022||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|29-Oct-2022||01-Nov-2022||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|02-Nov-2022||08-Nov-2022||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|05-Nov-2022||08-Nov-2022||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|09-Nov-2022||15-Nov-2022||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|12-Nov-2022||15-Nov-2022||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|16-Nov-2022||22-Nov-2022||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|19-Nov-2022||22-Nov-2022||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|23-Nov-2022||29-Nov-2022||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|26-Nov-2022||29-Nov-2022||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|30-Nov-2022||06-Dec-2022||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|03-Dec-2022||06-Dec-2022||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|07-Dec-2022||13-Dec-2022||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|10-Dec-2022||13-Dec-2022||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|14-Dec-2022||20-Dec-2022||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|17-Dec-2022||20-Dec-2022||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|21-Dec-2022||27-Dec-2022||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|24-Dec-2022||27-Dec-2022||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|28-Dec-2022||03-Jan-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|31-Dec-2022||03-Jan-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|04-Jan-2023||10-Jan-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|07-Jan-2023||10-Jan-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|11-Jan-2023||17-Jan-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|14-Jan-2023||17-Jan-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|17-Jan-2023||23-Jan-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|01-Feb-2023||07-Feb-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|08-Feb-2023||14-Feb-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|11-Feb-2023||14-Feb-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|15-Feb-2023||21-Feb-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|18-Feb-2023||21-Feb-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|22-Feb-2023||28-Feb-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|25-Feb-2023||28-Feb-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|01-Mar-2023||07-Mar-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|04-Mar-2023||07-Mar-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|08-Mar-2023||14-Mar-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|11-Mar-2023||14-Mar-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|15-Mar-2023||21-Mar-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|18-Mar-2023||21-Mar-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|22-Mar-2023||28-Mar-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|25-Mar-2023||28-Mar-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|29-Mar-2023||04-Apr-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|01-Apr-2023||04-Apr-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|05-Apr-2023||11-Apr-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|08-Apr-2023||11-Apr-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|12-Apr-2023||18-Apr-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|15-Apr-2023||18-Apr-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|19-Apr-2023||25-Apr-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|22-Apr-2023||25-Apr-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|26-Apr-2023||02-May-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|29-Apr-2023||02-May-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|03-May-2023||09-May-2023||7D/6N||Similans, Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|06-May-2023||09-May-2023||4D/3N||Surin, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock|
|*** Mid-May to Mid-October, Similan Islands are closed ***|
MV Bavaria Liveaboard Itinerary
Our Similan liveaboard customers will be picked up at their hotel (Khao lak area only) in the afternoon, and taken to the center for check-in not later than 4pm (16:00) and around 7:00 pm to board the boat. Most days the departure is around 8pm after a full boat briefing and a full hearty dinner. Customers usually spend the time after dinner getting to know their fellow passengers and dive staff who they will be spending the next 4 or 7 days with.
And you Similan adventure begins…
MV Bavaria is cruising to:
The order in which the ship is visiting the dive spots depends on weather conditions and the interest of diving sites – such as Manta Ray and Whale Shark spotted dive sites.
Your typical diving day in the Similan & Surin Islands
You’ll wake at 7am by a gentle knock from our dive crew and some freshly brewed coffee. Most people stumble out of bed bleary-eyed and get greeted by staff who give you a full safety and dive briefing and help you in to your equipment and get you in to the water.
Our guests find being immersed in the warm tropical water is the absolute best way of waking up.
The first dive of the trip will be a check dive so we can check the divers in each group are well matched in terms of ability and air consumption.
At the end of this and every dive, you and your group will surface and indicate to our dingy that you’re ready to be picked up. This dingy will pick you up and take you back to the liveaboard. No surface swims, ever.
As with every dive, once back on board, our staff will help you out of your equipment and place it in the racks for you. You can grab a quick freshwater rinse from the shower on deck and then head up to the outdoor eating areas where a hot breakfast awaits you. Our staff will rinse your gear and fill your tanks while you eat.
After breakfast, we usually offer an activity for the day. Usually, this involves taking the dinghy to the shore of one of the island where you can lay on the beach, snorkel with turtles, go hiking, or just do nothing at all.
Some customers prefer to stay out of the heat and spend their time in the air-conditioned lounge. Sun worshipers may decide to skip the ride to the beach and spend all their time on the sun deck. Others may prefer just to stay in the shaded decks reading or relaxing with the other passengers.
This is your holiday and we wish to accommodate for any activity that you wish for.
Dive 2 is at about 11:00 AM and most people wake for this one a little more refreshed. Dive groups might be reorganized to put divers of similar skill levels together, based on observations of the check-out dive.
Obviously we never split up people who want to dive together.
Lunch is served after dive two.
Dive three is usually about 2:00pm, followed by the entire afternoon to relax or go to the beach.
An afternoon snack is served at around 4:30 (for anyone who hasn’t eaten enough so far in the day!)
For those interested, the night dive is normally about 7:00pm.
For anyone who is not an advanced diver, you can do your Adventure Diving Night training, or even take the full advanced course while on the boat.
After the night dive, dinner is served and after that some people head straight to their cabins, others prefer to relax on deck having a beer and talking about the days dives and discussing what adventures they hope to have on tomorrows dives.
As is typical day on a four day cruise on day three there is no beach to go to, as the dives are at rocky pinnacles, so people just relax on the boat. This is where having a nice big boat really comes in beautifully. There’s always plenty of room for everyone.
On the final day of the cruise, we only make dives one and two, and return to our pier about 4:00pm. Where there is usually a lot of photo taking and email exchanging among new found friends, and after some goodbyes to each other and to the boat we drive our customers back to their hotels.
Be aware the itinerary is subject to weather, currents and sea conditions. The changes are at the discretion of the tour leader and / or the captain. Safety first!
MV Bavaria Description
Cabins & Facilities
All cabins are equipped with air-conditioning.
- Deluxe cabins are located on the main deck and has a large window down one side of the room. They also has en-suite facilities including hot shower, flush toilet and sink.
- Comfort twins cabins are located on the main deck of the vessel and Comfort doubles are on the low deck. These cabins also have en-suite facilities including hot shower, flush toilet and sink for your privacy and convenience.
- Standard cabins are also located on the main deck. The beds are arranged into bunk beds perfect for single travelers and couples alike. These cabin shares facilities such as a hot shower, flush toilet and sink.
The sun deck is a favorite place to watch the sunrise and set. This area has sun loungers and plenty of padded mats for guest to read on or to enjoy a power nap between dives.
The upper deck is where guests spend most of their time. The lounge area is multifunctional and is used as the main dining area, dive briefing area and socializing room.
The bridge (the location from which a vessel is steered and its speed controlled) is found on this deck so guests who have an interest in all things nautical will enjoy viewing all of the equipment used to maneuver the ship.
In front of the bridge and to the stern of this deck are further shaded outside seating areas.
The main deck is where the most guest cabins (with the exception of the Standard cabins) are found. All cabins have windows, which offer stunning views of the passing scenery, and its own en-suite bathroom with hot shower.
The well designed dive platform is accessed from this level. Each guest has their own storage space to keep dive equipment safe before and after the dives and there are large fresh water tanks for camera and dive equipment.
The kitchen is also located on this level (which is one of the busiest places on the boat, serving hungry divers classic Thai and Western dishes).
The cabins in the lower deck are for staff only. There is a medical room located on this level with emergency oxygen and is fully stocked with other medical supplies.
- Length: 28 m
- Width: 6.5 m
- Hull: Marine grade Steel
- Generator: 2 (1 x 40 KW and 1x 60 KW)
- Engine: 2 x 480HP HINO
- Air Compressor: 2 x Bauer Mariner with Nitrox unit
- Fuel :12,000 Liters
- Fresh Water Capacity: 30,000 Liter
- Cruising Speed: 9 – 12 knots
- Maximum speed: 15 knots
- Dinghy :1 x 4.8 m with 25 HP outboard
- Communication: Satellite phone, VHF, Mobile phone
- Navigation: GPS SatNav, Compass, Sonar, Radar
- Safety: satellite phone, first aid equipment, emergency blanket, 4 fire extinguishers, 40 life jackets, life raft, closed circuit video on the dive station and in the engine room.
- Max. passenger: 24