The M/V Phanthip 2, formerly known as the Andaman Tritan, is the least expensive of the Thailand liveaboards visiting the Similan Islands that has en-suite cabins. It is a simple and comfortable 25m boat staffed by a team of dedicated local crew that are familiar with the local sites, serve delicious local food and provide warm service before and after every dive.
5 of the cabins are ensuite and there are a further 4 cabins which share bathroom facilities. All cabins are air-conditioned and the boat features an extensive dive deck as well as full entertainment and safety facilities. With a capacity of only 17 divers, there are many liveaboard boats larger than Phanthip 2, however it feels like a bigger boat since there is always plenty of space, whether you're in the shaded outdoor dining area, the air-conditioned saloon or on the sundeck.
With nitrox on board and with 7 crew and 3 dive masters, you can see why many consider the M/V Phanthip 2 to provide all the services and attention you would wish when diving around Thailand's west coast, whether it's around the Similan Islands, Hin Daeng or Phi Phi.
Guests tend to spend their time in the huge dining area where the meals served are a mixture of Thai and international cuisine, or for the sun lovers there is a large sundeck on the upper deck where you can work on your tan between dives.
Dive experience: Participants are recommended to have PADI Advanced Open Water or Adventure Deep Dive certification to get the most from the trip. Open Water certified divers must have minimum 10 logged dives to join the trip. Otherwise, Advanced Open Water Diver course is mandatory on board.
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 hotels in tourist areas (Kata, Karon, Patong) and Khao Lak (extra charge for transfers from outside Khao Lak center), dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, torches, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 17 per day) to be paid in advance, dive computer, dive insurance, Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 14 per park. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (in THB cash only).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 8 per tank). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Most of the Phanthip 2 liveaboard dive cruises depart in the evening from Khao Lak. A minibus service from all hotels in Phuket (4:30-6 pm), Phuket Airport (6:30 pm) and Khao Lak (8-9 pm) to and from the boat is provided. Boarding takes place at any time before 9 pm, when the boat departs from the pier. On the final day of the tour, the boat returns to the pier at 1-2 pm, and you will then be transferred back to Phuket (4-6 pm), Phuket Airport (3:30 pm) and Khao Lak (2 pm). For more information see our Thailand travel information section. The final dive will be at around 11 am on the last full day of the trip. 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 the lower deck single cabin, share a cabin, or pay a supplement of 70% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 6 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise in the crew cabin free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Ask us for details.
There are 2 Master cabins (double bed with additional single bunk bed) and 3 Deluxe cabins on the main deck - 2 twin bunk bed cabins and 1 cabin with double bed and an additional single bunk bed. All these cabins have private bathrooms. There are also 3 Standard twin bunk bed cabins (2 on the upper deck and 1 on the main deck) and 1 Budget single bed cabin on the lower deck. Their shared bathrooms are on the main deck.
All the cabins have:
Sea-view windows (the Deluxe rooms have 1x2 metre windows)
Ensuite cabins have toilet, mirror, hot water shower, towels and hand basin
Enriched air nitrox available - Motorised dinghy - 40m² dive deck & 8m² platform with hot water shower - Camera table and rinse tank - 15m² air-conditioned saloon with TV, video, music and laptop - movie library, fish books and diving magazines - 40m² upper deck shaded area - 70m² sundeck with sun mattresses
Scuba certification courses available including PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and EANx.
There is always plenty of food on Phanthip 2, which is served buffet style in the huge, upper deck shaded dining area where most of the guest socialising takes place.
You can enjoy a range of international cuisine, including Italian favourites and BBQs as well as local specialties such as red chicken curry and Thai mango salads. All dietary requirements can be catered for but please give us advanced notice. One thing is for sure that on the Phanthip 2 you will not go hungry!
Thai and international meals.
Open-air buffet-style dining with waitress on the upper deck - choose from 5 dishes per sitting.
The dining service begins with dinner on the first evening of the cruise.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, fruit, ice creams and biscuits are provided free of charge.
Soft drinks, wine and beers are available.
This liveaboard operator rates their dining as very important.
Please send notice of of any special dietary requirements.
"Nice boat and excellent/professional dive masters and crew. Divemaster Pam was an excellent and cheerful guide. The SCHEDULING of shuttle van that picked us up & drove us to the boat could be improved." - Shawn Bohannon, USA, 06 March 2020 ...
"The boat is basic and our master cabin i would be basic on any other boat we've been on..... But the staff / crew / dive master more than make up for this they were bending over backwards to help us. 8 staff to 5 passengers we were lucky. Food excellent. We don't eat pork or beef but they made plenty of chicken & fish to accommodate us. Always plenty of fruit to have. Great diving although Richelieu Rock very busy with 11 other boats. Thanks " - Trevor Liffchak, UK, 06 January 2020 ...
"Equipment : I didn't borrow any dive gear but the rental equipment seems to be good condition. Staff : All of dive masters and boat staffs were very kind and friendly. Facilities : Air conditioner and some facilities have some problem, but most of them were well managed and cleaned up by staffs. " - Han Suk Woo, South Korea, 03 January 2017 ...
"Great liveaboard operator with very good diving planning. We had some issue with equipment quality though as there was a problem with the BCS they gave to my friend, which spoiled 1 dive. But overall, very good experience, good boat, very caring staff and nice sites." - Jules Bres, France, 11 September 2014 ...
"The facilities on the boat were incredible for a 'budget' trip. We had a big room with own bathroom, towels, sheets etc were clean and nice. They had spare equipment which was lucky seeing as our fins didn't fit. Staff were all incredible, we didn't have to lift a finger the whole cruise. The deck hands helped you on and off with your equipment and changed your tanks, they even put your fins on for you! The cooks also cleaned up after us and being a vego was no drama at all. They cleaned our rooms every day. Beto the Trip leader was incredible especially. Super friendly and knowledgeable.
There were only 4 in each dive group and we were grouped according to number of dives we'd done which is pretty smart and we went down only 2 groups at a time so not such a busy dive deck; and they made it so the groups who had longer dive times went first, again very smart. They certainly know their stuff." - Kym Beaton, Australia, 26 January 2013 ...
"Even we arrived late the pick up worked out perfect. The boat was waiting and everything was perfectly arranged. Beto did a great job as our diving was slight different to the thinking of our Divemaster, so we were able to change the group and had great dives." - Joerg Koepke, Japan, 8 January 2013 ...
"I have only good words to say about all the boat crew and the diving team. They were all very helpful and offered a quality service. The boat equipment wasn't the newest, but everything worked perfectly and positively exceeded our expectations." - Rodrigo Canalli, Brazil, 24 January 2012 ...
"We only have praise for the crew of Dive Race, good cabin, excellent food, friendly and helpful crew, and the dive director Beto was very professional and an excellent ambassador for the company." - Liam Donnelly, Australia, 16 January 2012 ...
"Dive Race was an excellent ship. The crew were always very helpful and informative, the dive masters were extremely knowledgeable, the food was excellent, and the cruise timetable was well laid out. It was an excellent trip with excellent facilities and crew, and I would be more than happy to travel on the same boat again." - Anneka Hughes, Australia, 10 January 2012 ...
"I can only say that the crew of the MV Dive Race were superb and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time. I will be using Dive The World's services in the future and may well take another trip on the Dive Race. I will certainly be recommending Dive The World and MV Dive Race to friends and colleagues around the world!!" - James Davies, UK, 19 December 2011 ...
"We went on the liveaboard Dive Race. The Thai dive boat staff and chefs were absolutely wonderful and I have never been treated better by any dive operation anywhere. They were alwys there to help with gear and getting in an out of the water, worked very hard with a genuine smile at all times, and were simply awesome in everyway. The food was well prepared, plentiful and very good overall. I rate the Thai dive boat staff a 10 on a 1-5 scale. They were awesome! They made me (and I think every diver) feel like Jacques Costeau! Bravo!" - Ken Fidalgo, USA, 17 February 2011 ...
"The crew took care about everybody. The first days we had rough sea, so they chose dive sites we were still able to dive relaxed. Safety first was a very good decision. Our divemaster was a good and responsible diver but he didn't know the dives sites as much as I expected. He did a very good job but next time I will choose a more experienced divemaster. " - Joerg Koepke, Germany, 10 January 2011 ...
"Everything was nicely arranged and very orderly, from the cabin cleanliness to dive schedule, from food to crew." - Ng Han Seong, Malaysia, 10 March 2010 ...
"Food was far better than expected. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Facilities fantastic." - Yvonne Aww, Singapore, 22 December 2009 ...
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