MV Gentle Giant is a 27m long Similans liveaboard that dives more than just the Similans. These unique 5 night cruises take in more of the best dive sites in the Andaman Sea than other boats: Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Haa, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Phi Phi, King Cruiser Wreck and Shark Point.
There will be up to a maximum of 20 divers on board, staying in a range of cabins all of which are ensuite, and have seaview windows.
The main social area where guests hang out is the air-conditioned saloon where you can relax in comfort and watch movies on the 55” flat screen TV, listen to music, or browse the library of general and diving related reading materials. Outdoor social spots include the spacious partially covered sundeck which has sun mats and sun loungers for your comfort. There is also a large shaded dining area with soft bench seating where you can hang out and enjoy the fresh sea breezes.
The spacious dive deck features individual diver stations, storage spaces for your smaller pieces of equipment and rinse tanks. Additional diving facilities include the availability of nitrox and 15 litre tanks so you can maximise your underwater time on this complete Andaman Sea cruise.
Dive experience: Open water certification is required with a minimum of 30 prior logged dives.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Phuket airport/hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive equipment (full set US$ 14 per day), dive insurance, park fee at approximately US$ 74 (3 national parks, 5 diving days, paid in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for certified divers (US$ 6 per dive), dive computer (US$ 7 per day), torch (US$ 1 per dive), 15 litre tank (US$ 43 per cruise). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Gentle Giant Similan dive charters depart at 9-10 pm from Asia Marina in Phuket. On days of departure you will be transferred to the boat from local hotels and airport at 5-6 pm (boarding at 6-6:30 pm). The final dive will be at around 1:30 pm on the last full day of the trip. The boat will arrive back at the marina around 5 pm, and guests will arrive back at the hotels 1-2 hours later. For more information see our Thailand travel information section. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 10% 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 85% of the published price for their own private cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: There is no group discount policy.
1 Master double bed cabin and single bunk bed, 1 Deluxe cabin with double bed, and 8 standard twin bunk bed cabins. On the upper deck are the Master cabin and 2 Standard cabins. On the main deck are the Deluxe cabin and 6 Standard cabins.