MV Sawasdee Fasai is an impressive steel-hulled Thailand liveaboard yacht taking up to 30 divers as it cruises the waters of the Andaman Sea, cruising the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock and Khao Lak.
At just under 37 metres in length, she is one of the largest steel-hulled liveaboards in Thailand. Despite being a large boat, most diving is done from the very spacious dive deck, although there are 2 tenders on hand when necessary. The MV Sawasdee Fasai is now also equipped with free enriched air nitrox, so that suitably qualified divers can make use of this feature, very useful at some of Thailand's deeper sites.
As you might expect of a liveaboard of this size, there is ample space on board and with 4 decks you can always find a spot to yourself. The large, air-conditioned saloon is where most guests spend their time enjoying the TV, DVD, music system, computer and extensive scuba diving and reference library, well stocked in both English and Japanese.
There are 4 categories of cabin to choose from, the majority being on the middle deck and therefore commanding impressive views over the glinting ocean. The Master cabins (suite) boast excellent views over the front and side of the boat.
MV Sawasdee Fasai runs 4 night dive trips to the Similan Islands so if you are looking for a short Thailand liveaboard on a sturdy and impressive boat with excellent communal facilities then look no further.
Dive experience: Just an open water license is required to join these Similan liveaboard trips.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, hot drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (it must be ordered in advance), return transfers to/from the boat from Phuket or Khao Lak areas, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, travel accident insurance, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 14 per day), 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 (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, torch, dive computer, 15 ltr tanks available for rent US$ 8 per day), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The MV Sawasdee Fasai liveaboard departs at 20:30 hrs from Khao Lak, after boarding at 19:30 hrs. There is a minibus transfer to the boat – from Phuket: 16:30-18:30 hrs / from Khao Lak: 19-19:30 hrs. The last dive of the trip will be at around 10:00 hrs, and the boat arrives back in Khao Lak at 14:00 hrs. The transfer arrives back in Phuket about 16:00 hrs. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For information on how to get to Phuket, see our Thailand travel information section.
Non-diver rate: Approximately US$ 8 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 the non diver price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below.
The lower deck has 4 Standard cabins with twin beds that can be converted to a Queen size bed. There are also 4 Budget cabins with twin bunk beds (2 cabins on lower deck with portholes and 2 cabins on upper deck). The main deck has 5 Deluxe cabins with twin bunk beds and bay windows. Finally there are 2 double bed Master Suites with front and bay windows on the main deck. All cabins have ensuite bathrooms, except Budget cabins which share a bathroom.
The Master Suites have a private toilet, hot water shower, and an additional TV and video player, refrigerator and minibar.
All the cabins have:
Air conditioning (plus additional fan in Master Suites)
Toilet and shower with hand basin, towels and toiletries (except Budget cabins)
Mirror, shelves and cabinet
Bedding, towels and toiletries
International socket 220V mains outlet - 24 hours per day
Motorised dinghies - 40m² dive deck and platform with toilets and hot water showers - camera table and rinse tank - 82m² air-conditioned saloon/dining room with TV, video, video projector, music system, computer, printer, CD burner, movie library, fish ID and diving books, games and general book library - 74m² outdoor shaded area - 104m² sundeck with sun chairs and matresses
This Similan liveaboard provides a menu which mixes local and international cuisine cooked fresh daily. There is a pre-breakfast before dive number 1 followed by breakfast, lunch and dinner. This operator understands that snacks and cookies are provided between meals to stave off any hunger pangs.
Thai, Italian, Japanese, international and barbecue dinners, lunch and breakfast.
Buffet service in the upper deck saloon - choose from 4 main dishes per meal.
All dietary requirements can be catered for - please send prior notice.
Cruise dining service begins on the first day with a light evening meal.
Operator rates their dining as good quality and second most important aspect of liveaboard cruise.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, fruit, biscuits are provided free of charge.
Beer, wine, fruit juice, iced tea and iced coffee are available for purchase.
"Overall, organization and logistics from Dive The World were excellent, dive masters and boat crew were very good. The vessel and cabin were good too, Diving can only continue if the sea and its inhabitants are being safeguarded. On our trip, there wasn't much attention towards nature and ecology. I saw several divers kicking and damaging coral and this was not addressed in the briefing by the diver masters." - Warnder Meijer, Hong Kong SAR, 17 February 2023 ...
"Too many things to mention here were bad and some even dangerous." - Camilla Carstens, Denmark, 23 March 2022 ...
"Beto and his staff where awesome!!!! from the time we got on the boat, until we left the boat! Great not only diving but the food and multicultural experience was second to none plus we formed multiple friendship that have been communicating with almost everyday since since completing the dive trip!" - Joel Bachman, USA, 17 January 2019 ...
Low Budget Options
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