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The Smiling Seahorse

The Smiling Seahorse
From USD 171 per day
83 ft
Max 16
At a glance...
  • Cruises Burma, Similans, Surin & Richelieu Rock
  • All cabins middle, upper deck with seaviews
  • Sundeck with sun beds and hammocks
  • Dedicated camera room
  • Steel-hulled boat

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The Smiling Seahorse is a 25 m steel-hulled motor vessel operating trips from the port of Ranong. A maximum of 16 divers can be accommodated on board, meaning small dive groups of up to 4 divers as you explore the remote and pristine waters of Burma and some of the best dives sites in Thailand's Andaman Sea. The liveaboard offers unique blackwater diving cruises and onboard underwater photography classes.

The Smiling Seahorse aims to provide personalised service and, with 8 attentive crew members, there is always a friendly atmosphere and someone on hand to assist you. The liveaboard operator takes its commitment to conservation of the marine environment seriously. You can expect reusable aluminum drink bottles, reef-friendly soap, shampoo and hair conditioner, and support pf various local marine conservation projects.

The upper deck open-air saloon is the social centre of the boat. Here there are a number of comfortable couches, tables and chairs where you can enjoy mealtimes, read up on the local marine life and chat to your fellow guests over a sundowner from the bar. There is a huge half-shaded sundeck with sun loungers where you can work on your tan or relax in the shade. There are also a couple of hammocks for maximum chill factor. Other facilities include TV, DVD music system and computer. So you can watch movies, or enjoy some of the marine and general interest books and magazines. Photographers will appreciate the dedicated camera room, and the nitrox and 15 litre scuba tanks for extended bottom time.

Accommodation consists of twin or double share air-conditioned cabins, all on the middle or upper decks. Master and Deluxe cabins have ensuite bathrooms, while Standard cabins share bathrooms. The Smiling Seahorse is the ideal choice for those on a budget who are not seeking a luxurious experience, but rather a pioneering sense of discovery in the remote Burmese waters of the Andaman Sea. Normally this means you can expect your fellow guests to be young, enthusiastic divers with a sense of adventure!

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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More Trip Details...

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: The Smiling Seahorse itineraries include dives deeper than 18m. If you want to do these dives and are not yet certified for it, you must take a diving course onboard. We recommend taking the Advanced Open Water course but you must, at a minimum, take the Adventure Deep Dive training and Adventure Night Dive.

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 (1 guide for every 4 divers), tanks, weights and weightbelts, towels, sea kayak, hammock, all taxes.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 17 per day), dive computer US$ 8 per day, dive insurance, Surin park fees at US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 14 per park. Burma entry and diving fees in crisp US dollar notes (5 Nights - US$ 200, 7 Nights Burma South - US$ 250. 7 nights Burma Mergui Archipelago - US$ 280). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Transfers to and from the boat, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 7 per tank), camera rental (US$ 8 per day), 15 litre scuba tank (US$ 7 per day), private dive guide (US$ 83 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).

How to get there: Thailand trips: The Smiling Seahorse departs 4 pm on its cruises. It uses various ports in Khao Lak (Thap Lamu), Ranong and Phuket (Tian Sin Pier, Phuket Town). Guests meet from 12-2 pm. Transfers to and from any of these locations can be arranged if required. Disembarkation time is at 4 pm for Phuket and Khao Lak, 7 pm for Ranong. For more information see our Thailand travel information section. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
The last dive of the trips is usually in the morning or early afternoon of the last day. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Diving Environment:

Non-diver rate: None.

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 80% of the published price for a single-occupancy cabin.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 14 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 16 guests).

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 3,168 (charter duration - 3 to 8 days).

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 8 guest cabins - 6 on the main deck and 2 on the upper deck. The main deck has 2 Master cabins with double beds, plus 4 Deluxe cabins which can be twin bunk or double bed configuration. All main deck cabins have ensuite bathrooms. The Master cabins have a giant panoramic window. On the upper deck are 2 Standard cabins which can be twin bunk or double bed configuration. Guests in Standard cabins use the 2 extra bathrooms on the main deck. All cabins have windows and doors that open to the outside that allow sea view, plenty of natural lighting and a lovely breeze.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Reading lights
  • Bedding
  • Towels and reef friendly toiletries
  • Shelves and space for luggage
  • 2-pin mains outlet 220 V, 24 hours per day
  • Fire alarm
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 8 / 10

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 12 comprises
  • Cruise leader
  • Dive instructor
  • 3 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • 2 Cooks
  • 2 Engineers
  • 2 Deck hands
Nitrox - Motorised dive dinghy - Dive deck and platform with rinse tank, camera table, camera room, fresh hot water showers & toilets - Shaded area for relaxation & dining with bar, TV, DVD player, music system, movies, fish ID books, diving magazines & general reading library - Computer for image editing - Large sundeck with mattresses - Sea canoe - Water dispenser

PADI scuba certification courses available including Nitrox, Advanced Open Water and Divemaster.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
The diving experience on The Smiling Seahorse starts with dinner on the day of check in. As with all meals, it is served buffet-style in the open-air dining area on the upper deck. Prior notice should be given of dietary requirements but generally you can expect a mixture of international and Thai cuisine with each trip normally including a barbecue.
  • Thai and international main meal dishes.
  • Buffet-style service on the upper deck open-air area - choose from 4 different main dishes per sitting.
  • Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner.
  • Dining service begins on the first evening of the cruise.
  • Soft drinks, fresh coffee, tea, drinking water, biscuits, ice cream, candy bars, toast and fruit are provided free of charge.
  • Beer, wine and liquors are also available at extra charge after the last dive of the day.
  • Most dietary requirements can be catered for - please send us your requirements.
  • No fixed menu.
Some sample dishes: Tom yum or tom kha soup, pineapple rice, spare ribs, BBQ ...

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 2018; refurbished every year
  • Size - 25m x 6.5m
  • Top speed - 10 knots
  • Cruising speed - 7 knots
  • 260 HP Hino engine
  • Bauer dive tank compressor
  • 2 x 20 KW Isuzu generators
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • 12 litre dive tanks with yoke fittings. DIN adapters available, free of charge.
  • Electricity 220V, 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 16,000 litres
  • Fuel capacity - 6,000 litres

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • Life raft
  • 30 HP motorised dinghy
  • Radio
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Sounder
  • Fishfinder
  • Mobile telephones
  • Medic first aid box
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight & horn
  • Oxygen - 50,000 litres
  • Life jackets in cabins
  • Fire warning system
  • Fire extinguishers

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Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Excellent
"The diving instructor was excellent. The itinerary was arranged very well. " - , Taiwan, 1 May 2024 ...


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