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At a glance...
- Visits Burma Mergui, Similans & Richelieu Rock
- VIP cabins have ensuite bathrooms
- Trips of between 3 and 6 nights
- Multi-lingual crew of 11
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MV Sea World I is a Burma liveaboard operating from the Thai port of Ranong. Diving cruises run to the Mergui Archipelago, and there are also a number of Similan island trips.
Up to 22 divers can be accommodated in a range of cabins, all with sea view windows so you can enjoy views over the remote waters and islands of Myanmar.
A compact liveaboard of 22m in length, Sea World I features an upper deck with open-air saloon and dining area, plus a large sun deck. In the saloon you can enjoy TV, DVD, music and a library of reading material. If you prefer to get out of the shade and bask in the sunlight you can head to the sundeck, where you can work on your tan. There are also 4 bunk bed rooms on the upper deck, with all the others, including the 3 VIP rooms with ensuite bathrooms, situated on the main deck.
You will dive either from the dive deck or from a tender. The dive deck has access to a toilet and shower for your post-dive comfort. Nitrox is available so you can maximise your time on Burma’s reefs. MV Sea World I is by no means a luxury option but is an affordable, no-frills option and works well as a divers’ liveaboard.
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Notes: Please note that, for Myanmar trips, the bookings will be closed 3 weeks before the trip departure date to allow time for immigration procedures.
Dive experience: Open water license with a minimum of 10 logged dives prior to the safari is required.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster (4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torch, local hotel transfers.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (USD per day), transfers to and from Ranong. Similan and Surin park fees at approximately USD 6 per day, with an entry fee of USD 14 per park. Burma government fees: USD 200 for 5 nights or USD 220 for 6 nights. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if you provide advance notice, USD 8 per tank), dive computer, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Sea World I departs from Ranong at 1:30 pm. Many guests fly in and out of Ranong on short direct flights to Bangkok. A Ranong hotel pick up is available at 11 am and boarding is at noon. A minibus transfer from Phuket to Ranong is also available on request and takes around 6 hours. Alternatively you can fly to Surat Thani from where you can take a bus (3 hours). The last dive of all trips will be at around 12:00 noon on the last day of the trip. The boat arrives back in Ranong at 4 pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
For Mergui Archipelago trips, if you are already in Myanmar, you can be picked up and dropped off in the Kawthuang area, the border post where the liveaboards make immigration checks at the beginning and end of each tour. For the Myanmar immigration crossing, you need to come prepared with:
- USD 200-220 in crisp, new US dollar notes for the Myanmar entry fee and national park fee;
- 3 passport size photographs each.
The authorities may refuse to accept the equivalent amount in Thai Baht and any US dollar notes they deem to be too old and/or thin! It is advisable to bring only large denomination notes like 50s or 100s. For more information see our travel information section. We will help you apply for an entry permit beforehand. Read more details on Burma entry requirements.
Non-diver rate: 20% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 8 guests and 1 additional person can join a Standard cabin free of charge (total 9 guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 16 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 18 guests).
Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 3 VIP rooms on the main deck with private en-suite bathrooms. There are also 2 Double bed rooms and 6 Bunk bed rooms all sharing 3 bathrooms. 4 of the Bunk bed rooms are on the upper deck; all other rooms on the main deck.
All the rooms have:
- Sea-view windows
- VIP rooms: private bathroom with toilet, hot water shower and hand basin
- Reading lights
- Bedding and towels
- Space for luggage
- 2-pin 220V mains outlet - 24 hours per day
- Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 5 / 5 - hot water
Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 11 comprises:
- Cruise Leader (also dive guide)
- 2 Dive instructors
- 4 Deck hands
Motorised dive tender - 50m² dive deck & platform with rinse tank, hot water showers & toilets - 16m² saloon with TV, DVD player & music system - Movie library, general books & magazines, fish ID books - Satellite telephone - 40m² open-air dining area - 40m² sundeck with chairs & mattresses - Water dispenser
PADI scuba certification courses available including Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver.
Menu, Cuisine Type...
The dining experience begins each day on Sea World I with a pre-breakfast before the first dive, followed by a cooked American breakfast. Later you can enjoy a Thai lunch and European dinner, all served in the upper deck dining area. The menu includes international cuisine plus Burmese, Thai, Chinese and Indian specialties. Fresh fish is often bought locally and barbecued during the trips.
Example dishes - Barbecue on the final evening of the safari ...
- Thai, Burmese and international main meals - 3 choices per sitting.
- Waitress served dining in the upper deck dining area.
- Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner.
- Coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit, drinking water, toast and biscuits are provided free of charge.
- Beer is available for purchase.
- All dietary requirements can be catered for, please send advanced notice.
- Dining service begins with dinner on the first evening of the cruise.
- Built in year 2004
- Size - 22m x 6m
- Top speed - 9 knots
- Cruising speed - 7 knots
- 3 Hino engines - 2 x 400 & 1 x 300 HP
- 3 x 40 KW generators
- 2 x Coltri-Sub dive tank compressors
- 12 litre aluminium tanks with international fittings. DIN adapters available
- Electricity 220V - 24 hours per day
- Water capacity - 14,000 litres
- Fuel capacity - 9,000 litres
Navigation, Safety Features...
- Life raft
- VHF radio
- Satellite & mobile telephones
- Advanced medic first aid box
- Oxygen 10,000 litres
- Lost diver devices
- Life jackets in cabins
- Fire extinguishers