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Luxury Dive Liveaboard on a Diva | Similans, Surin, Richelieu

Best For

November to April

Diving, Beaches, Swimming, Sailing

7 days/6 nights

About the trip

The Similan islands are among the 10 most fascinating dive destinations in the world. Characterized by fantastical granite boulders & slabs, both above and below their crystal waters – this region is famous for its visibility, diversity and underwater topography.

The Similans offer a wide range of dive sites, complexity, and conditions – keeping it exciting for divers with varying levels of experience. From deep canyons and swim-throughs to white sandy slopes. Strong currents that trigger feeding frenzies and underwater action – to calm dives among the 13 underwater sculptures that were submerged as a Tsunami memorial.

This island group is known for its expansive coral gardens, an abundance of marine life, large schools of fish and frequent sightings of sea turtles, giant manta rays, whale sharks, harlequin shrimp, pipefish and seahorses.

Highlights

The SY Diva Andaman offers an exclusive cruising experience with an average of 8 guests per cruise and a maximum of 14. Apart from its classic old-world-charm, the Diva offers a personalized and unique
experience, the opportunity to do some amazing diving, sampling great cuisine, and exploring with a team having a wide range of technical skills and expertise.

Diving
– A maximum 4:1 diver to guide ratio is maintained for certified divers
– All dive courses include a private instructor
– Enriched Air Nitrox is available and there is a membrane onboard to manage Nitrox fills
– Only genuine Bauer Securus filters are used on board
– Diving is conducted off 2 x 40 HP dinghy tenders
– Equipment kit-up, cleaning and de-kit is managed by the team

Cuisine
Breakfasts include a complete continental spread with bacon, eggs-to-order, fresh fruit, homemade granola, fresh baked croissants, fresh-pressed juice, local tropical fruit jams, as well as a wholesome Thai breakfast.
The Lunch buffet is a Thai spread, usually soup, noodles, rice, a stir-fry, a curry and salads.
Dining under the stars is the Diva’s signature experience. A three-course, plated meal served on the upper deck. This brings together flavors of the Andaman Region in a fusion style.
Fresh salads and herbs come from the onboard hanging garden.
Dietary preferences such as gluten or lactose intolerance, sea-food allergies or vegetarian diets can be catered to on a case by case basis, but this needs to be clarified at the time of booking.

The Experience
– In house masseuse
– Outdoor dining
– Onboard wine cellar & beer on tap
– An interactive introduction to the natural history of the region (A presentation that provides an overview of the ecology, sociology, geology and environmental status of the region that your cruise will traverse)

The Ship

The SY Diva Andaman, a creation of Diva Marine is a beautiful traditional gaff rigged schooner. With her 35 m length and a 7m beam, she accommodates 7 spacious guest cabins, 2 large ironwood decks offering 200 sq.m of deck area, a gorgeous lounge with an open galley that instantly makes you feel welcome and at home. The scuba diving operation is run in-house, with an immaculate dive equipment deck, the highest standard of equipment and offering personal instructors.

Other specs

Type: Single hull
Rigging: Gaff rig schooner (2 masts)
Engine: 1 x Marine Cummins 425 HP (KT 19)
Sound-shielded Generators: 2 x Northern lights 40 KVA (MT933)
Dry dock:  Annual overhaul
Water maker
Dive compressor with Nitrox membrane
Dive Equipment
Open galley
Open helm
Outdoor dining
200 sq m deck space
Library
Marine navigation & monitoring tech

CABIN SPECS

Spacious (12 sq meter)
En suite bathroom and toilets
Organic toiletries and hair drier
Air conditioned
Port holes (can be opened)
Queen size & single beds
Fridge
Desk
Individual sound system
Cupboard and drawer storage

We recommend this cruise to include:

  • All meals and snacks (Asian and International Gourmet Cuisine)
  • Tea, coffee, soft drinks
  • Insurance covering accidents aboard
  • All leisure equipment (Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Kayaking)
  • English speaking Dive Instructors
  • Transfer between hotel or airport and pier (within same province only)

You may want to add:

  • The price of this cruise does not include any international or domestic airfares to and from our start and end points, however, our reservations specialists are more than happy to help arrange flights on your behalf and advise on scheduling
  • National Park fee (THB 2000/pax) need to be paid in cash, in the correct currency. These fees are collected on site or en route by government authorities.
  • Wine, beers, cocktails, liquors and cigars
  • Traditional Thai massage
  • Nitrox
  • Crew and tour leader gratuities

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