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MV South Siam III
From USD 172 per day
99 ft
Max 28
At a glance...
  • Visits Similan Islands and Koh Bon
  • Daily departures, popular choice for young divers with limited time
  • Dive The World Gold Range product
  • Good option for snorkellers and divers
  • Shared bathrooms

Customer reviews
Very good!431

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The South Siam III serves as a mobile liveaboard dive platform stationed in the Similan Islands to which guests are transferred daily by speedboat, so you can get on or off whenever you want. No other boat offers you quite as much flexibility.

Strictly speaking, South Siam III is not a true liveaboard as it does not make a cruise, and new guests can join on a daily basis. However, it is a good option for budget travellers who are short of time and do not mind a more crowded boat. The 30 metre long Similan liveaboard boat is built to handle large numbers of divers.

There is a very big shaded area for relaxing and eating meals on the upper deck, a large sundeck with sun loungers and an air-conditioned saloon with TV/DVD and music system. All cabins have sea views and individually controlled air conditioning, they are pleasantly decorated and each bed has it's own reading lamp.

Finally, if you're a snorkeller or non-diver, the trip accommodates you equally as well as the scuba divers, and excursions onto the islands' white sand beaches are provided if you'd like to do some beachcombing.

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster puud pasa Thai duay

Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster puud pasa Thai duay

More Trip Details...

Dive experience: Divers need to be at least Advanced Diver certified, or have 50 logged dives with the most recent dive within 1 year. Otherwise, divers must hire a private guide or take the Advanced course on board.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Phuket hotels (Kata, Karon, Patong, Kamala, Chalong only) or Khao Lak hotels (Bang Nieng, Nangthong and Khaolak center areas only), dive insurance, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (5-6 divers per divemaster), torch, tanks, weights and weight belt, all taxes.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (US$ 14 per day) to be paid in advance, towel (please bring your own), Similan and Surin park fees (to be paid in advance) at approximately USD 5 per day, with an entry fee of USD 14 per park entry. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash in THB or credit card subjected to bank fee).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, dive computer (USD 11 per day), nitrox fills (available in 12 liters tank only) for enriched air certified divers (USD 8 per fill), 15 liters tank (US$ 8 per day), private guide (USD 54 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash in THB or credit card subjected to bank fee). Note: prices of items purchased onboard are subject to change.

How to get there: The South Siam III trip to the Similan Islands starts with an early morning minibus transfer (from Phuket at 6-7 am, from Khao Lak at 7:30 am) to Khao Lak (a 2 hour journey). Boarding time is at 8:30 am, when a speed boat will take you out to the liveaboard boat (approximately 1 hour). The last dive of the tour will be at around 2 pm, and the speedboat transfer arrives back at the pier at 4:30 pm. The minibus return transfer will have you back in Phuket at 7 pm / Khal Lak at 5 pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more details, including airlines, see our Thailand travel information section.

Non-diver rate: approx. 22% off the published price. Please ask us for more details.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of the non diver price in addition to the published price. Please ask us for more details.

Dive clubs and group discounts: None.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): This boat is not available for whole boat charter.

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster puud pasa Thai duay

Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 2 double bed cabins and 6 twin bed cabins on the main deck, and 6 more twin bed cabins on the lower deck of this Similan liveaboard.

All the cabins have:
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
  • Seaview windows
  • Shared bathrooms and showers
  • Reading lights
  • Mains outlet
  • Dressing table
  • Bedding
No. of bathrooms / showers - 6 / 6 - hot water

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster puud pasa Thai duay

Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
Crew comprises:
  • Tour Leader
  • 5 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • Engineer
  • Deck hand
Motorised dinghy - Dive deck - Air-conditioned saloon with DVD video, music system, general and marine libraries - Sundeck with sun loungers and matresses

Dive certification course available including PADI Advanced Open Water.

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster puud pasa Thai duay

Menu, Cuisine Type...
  • Thai main meal dishes and continental breakfast.
  • Buffet-style service on the upper deck - choose from 2 or 3 main dishes with rice and salad.
  • Breakfast is also provided on first day of the trip.
  • Operator rates their dining as highly important and it is actually pretty good!
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, hot chocolate, water, fruit and biscuits are provided free of charge.
  • Beer is also available for purchase.
  • Most dietary requirements can be catered for on this liveaboard - please send notice of your requirements.
  • There is no fixed menu.

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster puud pasa Thai duay

Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 2003
  • Size - 30m x 6.5m
  • Top speed - 11 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 knots
  • 2 engines
  • Generator
  • 1 x dive tank compressor
  • 12 litre aluminium tanks with international A-clamp fittings - DIN adapters are also available
  • Electricity - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 16,000 litres
  • Fuel capacity - 8,000 litres

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster puud pasa Thai duay

Navigation, Safety Features...
  • Motorised dive dinghy
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Satellite telephone and fax
  • Mobile telephone
  • Oxygen cylinders - 16,000 litres
  • Standard medic first aid box
  • 30+ Life jackets on main deck
  • 3 Fire extinguishers
  • Customer diving insurance is included
  • No life raft

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemaster puud pasa Thai duay

Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Excellent
"Staff was very accommodating. They took pictures of the trip at no charge. The dive staff was excellent with their briefings and the plans were always clear. " - , USA, 27 November 2019 ...
Customer rating - Excellent
"The crew was absolutely fantastic. Everyone from the boat staff to the dive staff was courteous, kind, and extremely professional, with a bit of fun mixed in too :). We felt very safe and well taken care of the whole trip." - , USA, 02 December 2018 ...

Customer rating - Good
"I was on SSD 3 for a two day one night trip to the similan islands. The boat and trip were well organised with good catering staff. The boat was well maintained. The group dive briefings were ok. The transfers were well organised." - , UK, 21 November 2018 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"We got a pick-up from hotel when we arrive and a drop-off to hotel after we're done with diving. The service on board is excellent. You don't need to worry about your equipment and luggage throughout the dive. It's all taken care of." - , Canada, 28 November 2016 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"The SSD is operated in a very professional way, very efficient. The staff are friendly, helpful and attentive. The food is good." - , Canada, 23 January 2014 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"I was pleased with the operation. There were only a few issues but they were isolated incidents that didn't diminish the fact that the whole Similan dive trip was fantastic. One of the dive guides was great. One of the Thai national guides was ignorant of his divers at best. The food on the boat was excellent. The mates on the boat were excellent and the accommodations were a great value. The boat was nice and I will be taking more live-aboard trips in the future due to this positive experience (it was my first liveaboard)." - , USA, 14 June 2011 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Clean, comfortable air conditioned cabins, hot water showers, great food, excellent dive master and friendly staff. Even though we expected it to be crowded having 28 people on the boat diving, the crew did an excellent job of staggering the dive times slightly, so we felt like we were diving by ourselves!" - , Hong Kong, 18 February 2010 ...

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