MV Bavaria is a 28 metre steel-hulled liveaboard cruising the best sites of Thailand and Myanmar. A maximum of 24 divers are accommodated in a range of cabins across 3 decks.
There are a number of places for guests to socialise in or find a quiet spot. There is an air conditioned saloon where you can enjoy the entertainment system: TV, music and DVD player. The most popular chill-out spot is the large open-air dining area and lounge on the upper deck. This is where buffet-style meals are served against the backdrop of the ever-changing views of the Andaman Sea. Here you will also find the bar for some apres-dive beers or a sunset cocktail. There is also a large partially shaded sundeck with sun loungers and mats where you can stretch out and work on your tan.
Air-conditioned cabins are situated on 3 decks with 10 of the 12 cabins having ensuite bathrooms.
On the main deck there is a large kit-up area where you can put on your gear before stepping down to the generous dive platform. You either step onto the dive tender, or where appropriate, giant stride directly off the platform. There is even space on the platform for some sets of gear for those with physical limitations. Nitrox and 15 litre tanks are available for those who wish to prolong their bottom times, and there are 2 toilets and 2 showers beside the dive deck for your post-diving comfort.
Dive experience: 3-night trips to Richelieu Rock require certified divers to have 10 logged dives prior to boarding. All other Thailand trips are open to all certified divers, with no minimum experience requirement. Myanmar trips are not suitable for beginner divers and snorkellers, but for those with some experience of currents and depths. If your last dive was more than 1 year ago there may be a short refresher course required.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, bottled soft drinks, Khao Lak hotel transfers, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max. 6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, towel, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 14 per park, Myanmar (Burma) entry fees (US$ 230 for 7 nights (in crisp USD dollar notes)), scuba equipment (full set incl. dive computer: US$ 23 per day), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Phuket transfers to/from the boat (approx. US$ 43 per person (each way), canned soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 6 per tank), torch (US$ 6 per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 7 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Bavaria's Thailand liveaboard cruises depart from Khao Lak. 3 night cruises to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin depart at 9 am, all other Thailand cruises depart at 8:30 pm. Guests check in at the Loma Diving Centre in Khao Lak (before 4 pm), either on the day before departure (4D/3N Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin) or the day of departure (all other cruises). This is to pay for equipment, national park fees and extras such as nitrox. A minibus will transfer you from the dive centre to the port of Tab Lamu before the boat departs.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 11:00 hrs. The boat returns to the pier at 3:30 pm (except 3 night Similan Islands trips return at 6 pm). Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more information see our Thailand travel information section.
Non-diver rate: 25% 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 25% of the published price of a Comfort double bed cabin or 50% of the published price of a Comfort twin bed cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Half charter (12 paying guests) offers are available. Please check with us.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Full charter (max. 24 guests) offers are available. Please check with us.
There are 12 cabins in total. The lower deck has 2 Comfort double bed cabins. The main deck has 6 Comfort twin bed cabins. Also on the main deck are 2 Deluxe double bed cabins, and on the upper deck are 2 Standard twin bed cabins. All cabins have ensuite bathrooms except the upper deck cabins which share a bathroom.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air conditioning
Bathroom with toilet and shower
Shower gel and towels
Cabinet, mirror and shelves
Mains outlet 220 Volts AC
Fire extinguishers, fire/smoke alarm, life jackets
"Last week we stayed on a liveaboard for the first time and absolutely enjoyed it! Bavaria was very well organised and have a strong safety first policy. We were diving in small groups (2-4 persons) so our dive master was able to keep a close look on each of us. Besides he had an excellent eye and spotted turtles, sharks, rays and seahorses for us. The food was delicious and special requests (e.g. vegetarian) were no problem. We definitely recommend the Bavaria liveaboard" - R Bosch, Germany, 7 November 2023 ...
"Boat was well maintained, staff was organized and informative, and safe diving procedures are enforced. Food was excellent.
Dive the World provided good options for our trip. They also were easy to work with when we had to reschedule the trip due to COVID issues." - Brad Dyer, United States, 19 February 2023 ...
"Operated by German owner and German staff. Everything perfect and cleverly organised. Boat of course is not luxury but all in order, clear and well. Very delicious food and good boat staff" - Alexey Stakanov, Cyprus, 22 April 2022 ...
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