SY Diva Andaman is a 35 metre sleek wooden-hulled sailing yacht constructed in 2009 which runs 6 night Similans diving cruises, as well as shorter Phuket liveaboard trips to the southern islands area of the Thai Andaman Sea. Diva Andaman also runs expeditions around the tropical islands of the Mergui Archipelago, including, unlike other liveaboards, cruises to the Burma Banks when weather permits.
With 10 crew to cater for the needs of a maximum of 15 scuba divers you can be assured of plenty of personal attention. Guests can relax in the air-conditioned dining area where you can find chat with other guests, enjoy some refreshments or consult the library of books. Alternatively you can sit on cushions around a low table in a shaded area of the main deck. There is also a large sundeck where you can soak up the tropical Phuket sunshine in style or enjoy a beer or soft drink. Al fresco evening meals are often served here too.
All guest cabins have private bathrooms, mini-fridges and personal safety boxes. The cabins are full of little touches of classic sailing style such as old-school light switches and door latches, sliding wooden doors, in-room barometers and faux old-fashioned oil lamps. Another part of the service that sets Diva Andaman apart is the quality of cuisine served. The menu is varied and imaginative while still being healthy and delicious. The many creations served at each sitting are more deserving of a high quality restaurant than a diving liveaboard - truly impressive. Even the cutlery is consistent with the old-fashioned nautical theme! Another touch of class is the complimentary Champagne on the final evening.
Diva Andaman's energy and impact standards include: reducing fuel consumption, chemical-free toiletries and cleaning products, solid waste collection and no usage of plastic bottle or straws. Additional facilities include nitrox, full scuba equipment included in the price, a 2 tier dive deck with 20 individual storage spaces and a fresh water shower. There are also sea kayaks for exploring secluded areas of the Andaman Sea and the option of traditional Thai massage. The liveaboard's interior is beautifully furnished with wooden paneling throughout the vessel. SY Diva Andaman like any diva, loves to travel in style and enjoy the finer things in life, while cruising the Similans, the greater Phuket area and Myanmar.
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: Burma trips: Open water with a minimum of 20 logged dives is required. All other cruises require a standard diving certification.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks and complimentary champagne, hotel to boat transfers, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, scuba equipment, torches, dive computer.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive insurance, Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 15 per park, Burma marine park fees and Myanmar entry fee US$ 250 in crisp US dollar notes. 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 (US$ 7 per fill), traditional Thai massage. Phuket-Ranong minibus transfers (US$ 45 per fill) each way. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: SY Diva Andaman departs at 6 pm from Khao Lak for Similan trips. Pick up in Phuket/Khao Lak is at 2 pm/4 pm, and you can board between 4-6 pm. Disembarkation is at 9 am. For more information see our Thailand travel information section.
For Burma liveaboard cruises, Diva Andaman departs from Ranong at 2 pm. Boarding begins at 1 pm and there is a transfer service from Ranong hotels. Many guests fly in and out of Ranong on short direct flights to Bangkok. A minibus transfer from Phuket to Ranong is available at additional cost and takes around 6 hours. Alternatively you can fly to Surat Thani from where you can take a bus (3 hours). The boat returns to Ranong at the end of the trip and you can disembark at 10 am.
If you are already in Myanmar, you can be picked up and dropped off in the Kawthuang area, the gateway to Mergui and where the liveaboards make immigration checks at the beginning and end of each trip.
For the Myanmar immigration crossing, you need to come prepared with:
USD 250 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.
The last dive of all trips will be at around 14:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
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 50% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below. 5% discount if you book at least 5 nights, 10% discount if you book at least 10 nights.
Nitrox - 24m² dive deck and 15m² platform with fresh water shower and rinse tanks - Sea kayaks - 80m² air-conditioned restaurant on the main deck - open-air dining area on the sun deck - DVD player and screen, movie library and music system - Fish ID books, diving books, magazines and board games - 50m² shaded area - 100m² sundeck with deckchairs and sun mattresses
The excellent dining experience on this Phuket liveaboard consists of a range of both Thai and international cuisine, of a standard seldom seen on liveaboards in this area. It is served at a large communal table in the dining area, or on the sundeck, with staff on hand for drinks and additional service. Shorter trips ensure the freshest of ingredients and all snacks and soft drinks are included in the price.
Thai and international buffets served onboard.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served with an attendant waitress in the indoor restaurant or open air dining area.
Biscuits, fruit, tea & coffee, drinking water, soft drinks are included free of charge. Complimentary Champagne is also served on the final evening.
Fine wines, beers, spirits and extra champagne are available for purchase.
Vegetarians, vegans and those with dietary restrictions can be catered for with prior notice.
Dining service begins with lunch or dinner, depending on the cruise route.