Since 2007, the imposing figure of the MV Giamani, an internationally-owned Phuket liveaboard, has been operating dive trips in Thailand and Myanmar.
Accommodating a maximum of 10 scuba divers, the high-bowed Giamani is very spacious and there is always plenty of room for the guests to find their own space. The cabins are all air conditioned with sea view windows and are comfortable and tastefully furnished. The 4 Deluxe cabins are en-suite and 1 Master double/twin cabin are all air-conditioned and have ensuite bathroom facilities.
You can choose to spend your relaxation time in the air-con lounge which is fully equipped with all the entertainment facilities you could wish for including TV, DVD player, music system and library. If you prefer to hang out in the open air, cooled by the sea breezes, then you can either sit in the shade in the liveaboard's roomy outdoor dining area on the upper deck or head to the bow and catch some rays on the sundeck.
The dive deck is spacious and the boat features separate camera rinse tanks and a camera table, so it's ideal for serious underwater photographers. Firmly established as a leading light in the Phuket liveaboard scene, the steel hulled MV Giamani could be a great choice for you.
Notes: These 6 night trips visit the Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Phi Phi area, stop at Chalong pier and then proceed to the Similan islands.
Dive experience: Participants are recommended to have PADI Advanced Open Water or Adventure Deep Dive certification to get the most from the trip. Certified divers who have not dived for more than 2 years are strongly recommended to hire a private dive guide.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max. 5 divers per guide), dive insurance, tanks, weights and weightbelts, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 24 per day) to be paid in advance, dive computer (US$ 9per day), Similan, Surin and Koh Haa park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 15 per park. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Scheduled transfers to the boat from Phuket airport and hotels (approx. US$ 15 per person per way), alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (approx. US$ 9 per fill), torch (US$ 3per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 9per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: M/V Giamani liveaboard trips depart in the late afternoon from Phuket. A minibus service from all hotels on the island or Phuket Airport to and from the boat can be arranged at extra cost. For more information see our Thailand travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be no later than 18:00 hrs on the 3 nights Phi Phi itinerary, no later than 13:00 on the 2 nights Hin Daeng itinerary, and no later than 09:30 hrs on the Similans itinerary. The boat returns to port 15:30-16:30 hrs. 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): Add the non-diver price to the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): 10% off the published price.
Enriched air nitrox available - Motorised dinghy - 30m² diving deck & 4m² platform with shower - camera table and rinse tank - air-conditioned saloon with bar, TV, video and music - limited internet/email usage - movie library, fish books and diving magazines - upper deck shaded dining area - sundeck with sun mattresses
PADI certification courses including Advanced Open Water Diver, EANx, Deep Diver and Underwater Digital Photography.
All food onboard the MV Giamani liveaboard is served buffet style and in large portions! You can expect a mouth-watering range of food including the best of the local Thai dishes as well as international favourites, such as steaks, pasta and fresh crispy salads.
The ice maker means that you will never go without chilled liquid refreshment, and you can watch the sun go down over remote Burmese waters with a delicious ice cream.
Thai, Italian and international meals.
Open-air buffet-style dining on the upper deck.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, fruit and biscuits are provided free of charge.
Soft drinks, wine and beers are also available.
The dining service begins with dinner on the first evening of the cruise.
"Fransecso and Alla were great dive masters, overall the trip was excellent!!! Great food & knowledgeable staff. No issues at all." - Geoff Korinetz, Canada, 23 June 2018 ...
"I have physical challenges and the dive and boat crew cheerfully assisted me so that I could dive and photograph underwater comfortably and safely. The crew director, Ricardo and my dive guide, Guido were especially kind and attentive to my needs." - Howard Chew, USA, 1 January 2018 ...
"We had an excellent crew and dive master (Ricardo) on this boat, everyone very friendly and helpful! The organization of the trip, food, diving, etc was admirable good. We had a cabin with own bathroom and this was very comfortable and clean. :)" - Sien Van Liefferinge, Belgium, 20 April 2014 ...
"Everything about the trip was beyond expectations. The liveaboard boat was safe and in excellent condition. The cabins were clean and comfortable. Food was excellent, especially considering the allergies. Staff was superb - Ricardo in particular was deserving of praise. On top of that, the diving was even better. Some tough current on a few of the dives, and one was cancelled due to the tsunami warning. But 2 manta rays on Koh Bon was worth it! Eagle ray following that ... but no whalesharks (Please speak with your boss about that)." - Jeff Gepner, USA, 24 April 2012 ...
"I had a great trip on board of the MV Giamani, really excellent! The staff (both Thai crew and dive staff) were extremely friendly and professional. The choices of the Phuket dive sites, the briefings, and the guides were all great. The food was good, but could maybe use a little bit less oil ... taste is great though. The boat was in very good condition, and the dive deck was tidy, spacious, and operated efficiently." - Thierry Rakotoarivelo, Australia, 23 November 2010 ...
"I wanted to let you know that I was very impressed with the crew and dive personnel on the Giamani. I had a great time and would give them a big Excellent." - Daniel Stoughton, USA, 7 April 2010 ...
"Staff were pleasant and helpful, food was good, simple, tasty. The boat is well laid out. The instructor was very knowledgeable about the Similan dive sites, and fastidious regarding safety, conservation and maintenance." - Philip Harvey, Hong Kong, 3 January 2008 ...
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