Thailands best dive sites are located on the west coast, north of Phuket and Khao Lak in the Andaman Sea around the Similan Islands. Phukets southern islands like Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Haa Islands and Phi Phi Islands with their excellent and intact reefs, should not be ignored as a diving destination.
Phuket liveaboard trip destinations
The Similan Islands are a group of different islands (Island No. 1 to Island No. 9). The dive sites in this area have a varied topography and often crystal clear water. However, in order to see the true treasures of the Andaman Sea, the dive sites at Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock should be necessarily on the program of a Liveaboard trip. Because the world-class dive sites are there and encounters with big creatures such as sharks, manta rays and whale sharks are quite often.
Still an insider tip are Liveaboards going to Myanmar (Burma Bank or Mergui Archipelago ) or India (Andaman Islands). During the season, only a few vessel cruise to this remote diving area. All dive sites are located in protected national parks. A reasonable Phuket Liveaboard Trip should last between 3-7 days.
As a great or if time matters, a Liveaboard to the southern Andaman Sea is recommended. The “Red Rock” (Hin Daeng) and the “Purple Rock” (Hin Muang) are overgrown with countless colorful soft coral and is where it gets its name from. Mantas are there also often encountered, because the underwater rocks are used as a cleaning station. Koh Haa awaits with spectacular caves and swim-throughs and Phi Phi Islands are always good for a surprise and worth seeing. Again, all the dive sites are in protected national parks. A good Liveaboard can be made already within 2-3 days.
To discover the absolute highlights of the Andaman Sea, some Phuket Liveaboard Trips combine both diving destinations in one trip. These tours last then usually 7 days.
The best time for a Phuket liveaboard trip
Due to weather conditions starts the diving season approx. mid-October and ends approx. mid-May. The highest chance to encounter pelagic is between February and April.
During the green season overnight trips to Phi Phi Islands, starting from Phuket, are available. Ask us for advices to plan a perfect diving holiday in Phuket and Khao Lak and find the most suitable Liveaboard in Thailand for you.
The best Phuket liveaboard trip vessel
The MV Gimanai is a luxury and charming Liveaboard vessel with 4 twin bunk bed cabins and 1 Master cabin all with en-suite bathrooms. All cabins have an individually controlled air conditioning. MV Giamani accommodate a maximum of 10 guests. The covered terrace is the place to relax, to enjoy a movie or read a book or to discuss the dives with other divers. The dive platform is compact but spacious and well organized and the perfect entry into the magical realm of the Andaman Sea.
First Class Service, Excellent food and Accommodation in En-suite Cabins makes this liveaboard a truly 5 Star experience. O2 and Scrubber is available for the Rebreather Divers.
Quick Facts: Length: 24m, Beam: 6m, Cabins: 5, Guests: <10, Cruise Speed: 12 kn
Cabin Facts: 4 Deluxe en-suite twin share cabins, 1 Master cabin, Aircon, fan, Refrigerator and wardrobe, Electrical outlets (220V), Shelving and storage space, Duvet, pillows and towels, En-suite bathrooms
Nitrox is available by pre-booking only and on a surcharge. On board are scuba cylinders both with DIN and Yoke fittings, 2 air/nitrox compressors available.
Each diving group is kept to a ratio of maximum 5 divers : 1 Dive Guide ensures your safety at all times and showed you the hidden gems of the Andamansea. Boat and dive site briefings are given during your Liveaboard trip.