Diva Marine: Luxury Liveaboard Dive Cruises in Thailand and Myanmar
45/8 The Chantra Villas Moo 3, Klong Mudong Soi Palai T. Chalong, A. Muang Phuket
Liveaboard Diva Andaman
Call Diva Andaman Phuket
Telephone Diva Andaman Phuket
Price List Diva Andaman Phuket
Where is Diva Andaman? Phuket
Share to friend and social media network
Share Diva Andaman to friend and social media network
Luxury boutique scuba diving and sailing cruises in the Similans, Mergui Archipelago and Andaman Islands.
Diva Marine offers outstanding journeys into the romantic past of the early 20th century, aboard a classic sailing yacht.
During the tour you will be delighted by the beauty of the dive sites and islands of the Andaman Sea, while indulging yourself with our fine Thai, Asian and international cuisines within the worldwide renowned Thai hospitality and sense of service.
Our large schooner, the SY Diva Andaman, 35 meter length by 7 meter beam offers 7 comfortable cabins fully furnished with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom and flat screen. Her capacity of max 14 guests guarantees that each can have a real feeling of privacy anyplace aboard.
Besides a relaxing luxury dive cruise with idyllic panoramas, divers and non-divers will enjoy our broad range of activities included in our package, such as island touring, snorkeling and kayaking. Within the supplementary services offered aboard you will notably appreciate the traditional Thai massages, a relaxing moment with a cocktail as well as a selection of fine wines and Grands Crus.
Although November through to April is the best time for optimum site conditions, the Thailand scuba diving season runs all year round. This is reflected in the period when liveaboards run to the Similan Islands (late-October to mid-May). The best time to see whale sharks is between February and May when there is a higher concentration of plankton. This time of year is also the best for manta ray sightings although the number of sightings varies from year to year.
The last few months of high season on the west coast, from February to May enjoy the warmest water temperatures with June to October being the coldest. However, the variation is not great and generally speaking water temperatures range throughout the season from 26 to 31°C. Visibility varies during the year but can often exceed 30m in peak season. Plankton blooms may reduce visibility but also bring in the biggest creatures.
May to October is off season on the west coast of Thailand. Visibility is down. Surface conditions are more variable and there is a greater chance of rain. Few liveaboard trips operate and many of those that do are cancelled due to lack of numbers. The more remote dive sites like Hin Daeng and Richelieu Rock are sometimes inaccessible during this period. At this time of the year the Gulf of Thailand has its own high season for diving, making it a good alternative.
Depth: 5 - >40m Visibility: 5 - 30m Currents: Can be strong Surface conditions: Can be rough Water temperature: 26 - 31°C Experience level: Beginner - advanced Number of dive sites: >250 Recommended length of stay: 1 - 3 weeks
November to April marks the tourist high season and the best time to come is from February to April regardless of whether you are diving or not. The weather is at its best with calm seas and, as there are fewer tourists, accommodation can be cheaper. The Similan Island dive sites are not so crowded, and it is the season when you are more likely to encounter a whale shark or manta ray on your Phuket liveaboard diving trip.
For visiting Phuket, Krabi, Phi Phi Islands and Khao Lak, November to April is the best time. However March to September is the best time of year to dive the island of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. So it is always a good time of year to scuba dive in Thailand.
Some of the dive sites in Thailand do have strong currents but this can depend on the time of year, time of day and the dive site itself. You will be advised by your dive guide in the pre-dive briefings but you will rarely have to swim against a strong current.
In Thailand's main tourist destinations English is widely spoken and understood and it is possible to have a fantastic holiday without worrying about communicating.
However if you speak even just a few words it can go a long way to better understanding the Thai culture and is really appreciated by the locals. Get yourself a phrase book and learn a few basic words and sentences - it could save you some money on your purchases too!
Although there are couple of nice dive spots not far off Phuket's shores, the best dive sites are to be found just an hour or two's boat ride away. Most people take a scuba diving day trip to such sites as Kingcruiser Wreck, the Racha Islands, Shark Point and the Phi Phi Islands.
There is plenty of great local diving to keep you busy for a week or so but if you want to experience the best diving Thailand has to offer then you really should join a liveaboard cruise to the Similan Islands or beyond into Burma/Myanmar.
Phuket Island is located in the Andaman Sea in the south of Thailand, on the Thai - Myanmar - Malay peninsula. There are daily direct flights to Phuket International Airport from Bangkok in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. There are frequent flights to/from Bangkok with Air AsiaOpens in a new window, Thai AirwaysOpens in a new window and Bangkok AirwaysOpens in a new window. The journey takes just over 1 hour. Return flight prices are very reasonable. You can also take a bus from Bangkok all the way to Phuket, or a train and a bus which can be cheaper but takes at least 12 hours of travel time.
The Gulf of Thailand's popular Koh Samui is the largest island and boasts plenty of good quality resort hotels. The diving is not as spectacular as Phuket or the Similan Islands, but there are several good and well-known dive sites. This is a good place for a diving day trip during Phuket's diving low season. For more details about getting there and what to do, see our Koh Samui tourist section.
The devastating tsunami affected different areas and some corals were damaged but there is very little evidence of it remaining now. Patong Beach and the other main resorts have been completed restored. Tourists can come and enjoy diving in Phuket and admire the beauty of the natural surroundings.
No - the incidences of unrest that have occurred in southern Thailand are confined to the very 'deep south' which is a long way from the provinces of Phuket and Krabi. The provinces involved border Malaysia where very few tourists visit and there is no evidence that foreigners are targeted by those fighting for independence from the Kingdom of Thailand. If you take a look at a map of ThailandOpens in a new window you can see just how far away this area is.
A Thailand Liveaboard cruise is a diving vacation where you eat and sleep on the boat as it takes you to the different dive sites. All the diving facilities and living accommodation are housed on the boat. As the vessel stays at sea for the duration of the trip, remote dive sites can be explored and there is a greater opportunity to dive excellent sites that are not within reach on a normal daytrip boat. Thai liveaboard destinations are the Similan Islands, the Surin Islands, Hin Daeng - Hin Muang, as well as the Mergui Archipelago (Burma).
You will be expected to dive with a buddy on your Phuket Liveaboard as the boats are recreational diving cruise charters, so follow the recreational scuba diving guidelines. You can dive without a guide if you prefer as long as you dive to a maximum depth of 40m, observe safe diving limits and have all the necessary equipment to dive unassisted, i.e. dive computer or timing device, submersible marker buoy and compass.
Most Thailand liveaboard boats provide 12 litre aluminium tanks with yoke or A-clamp international valves. If you have a DIN regulator you can either bring an adaptor with you or rent or buy one on arrival. It is possible to rent 10 and 15 litre tanks by booking in advance. Some boats have enriched air nitrox on board too. You can see the details of each boat on the 'Facilities' information.
We can arrange transfers to your liveaboard from your hotel in Phuket or from our diving centre in Patong. It is also possible to request transfers from the airport if you arrive just before the boat departs. Please let us know which departure point you would prefer before you arrive.
You need to bring all your personal diving gear except tanks, weights and your weight belts, a bathing suit, towel and toiletries. Warm weather clothes are fine such as shorts and T-shirts but you may want something a little warmer for breezy evenings. Sun protection is also a good idea.
If you suffer from sea sickness then it's a good idea to take your liveaboard cruise from February to April when the sea is at its calmest. All the charter boats stock anti sea sickness medication for your use too.
At night the boats tie up to mooring points at the islands visited on the trip. These mooring points are found in the islands' bays, sheltered from the open seas.
Not all the boats provide insurance but some do. Check the 'Safety' information for your boat to find out. For your own peace of mind we recommend you purchase your own dive insurance. Phuket now has 2 very expensive recompression chambers.
Yes, non-divers and snorkelers can enjoy a liveaboard cruise although they are really designed for divers. Many of the dive sites are suitable for snorkelling especially in the Similans.
The price for a non-diver is often 10% less which sounds like a small discount but you are taking a place that would otherwise be available to a diver. Please ask us for the exact non-diver price for your cruise.
Generally you are expected to share on a Similan liveaboard boat as sleeping space is at a premium. Occasionally if the boat is not full and there are an odd number of passengers you might be able to have your own cabin. If you insist on staying alone in a cabin then you will need to pay a single supplement. These vary from one liveaboard to the next from 50% to 90% of the published price. Always check with us for the best deal if you are travelling alone.
You have several hours of surface interval time between dives when you are free to do what you want. If the boat is not moving to another dive site you can explore the island. Please advise the boat's tour leader before disembarking.
Yes definitely! The most common sharks in the Similan Islands are leopard sharks and whitetip reef sharks. Silvertip reef sharks and nurse sharks are more commonly seen on Burma liveaboard cruises. Whale sharks have been sighted fairly often some years so you may be lucky!
Manta rays encounters have been quite common in recent years, and you are practically guaranteed of seeing blue-spotted sting rays, marble rays and fantail rays.