Low Budget Liveaboards

Low Budget Liveaboards

Similan Island Liveaboard Safari’s That Won’t Break The Bank

If you don’t need gourmet food, champagne and luxury accommodation then this selection of no frills but comfortable boats can deliver your Similan Island diving experience. You’ll still get overfed, watered and dive the same fantastic sites as the pricier boats without breaking the budget on your well earned holiday.

Low Priced Similan Island Liveaboards

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MV Similan Explorer

The MV Similan Explorer runs a combination of short 3 Day/3 Night and longer 5 Day/5 Night Similan & Surin Island liveaboard safaris. So if you're short on time or have too much then this could be a great option for you. This experienced operator has been successfully running two vessels for a very long time, their longevity and high amount of returning guests is a testament to their great service and rock solid organisation. The layout is [...]

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MV Dolphin Queen

The MV Dolphin Queen is a very popular 3 decked wooden mono hulled boat that visits all the best dive sites in the Similan and Surin Island National Parks. She has a sundeck, a top deck with dining area and a main deck that has the spacious kitting up area and dive deck. 22 guests are comfortably accommodated in a mix of air-conditioned cabins to suite all budgets. The main deck has 2 double bed, 1 twin and 3 quad share cabins. The twin an [...]

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Thailand Liveaboard Manta Queen 7

Manta Queen 7

The Manta Queen 7 runs fantastic 5 Day/5 Night safari's to all the best dive sites on the west coast of Thailand. This comfortable boat accommodates 24 diving gusts in twin or 4 share air-conditioned cabins. There are plenty of showers and toilets so you're never waiting too long to clean up after the days diving. There is an air-conditioned saloon, outside shaded dining area and a sundeck, all of which are of a generous size and a popular [...]

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Similan Islands Liveaboard Manta Queen 6

Manta Queen 6

Manta Queen 6 is dwarfed by many other Similan Island liveaboards but with only 16 guests it's still a great boat to be on for such a low price. You won't have lots of room but you'll still visit the very best dive sites that Thailand has to offer. All cabins are air-conditioned and en-suite however you do share the bathroom with the room next door, there's access from both rooms and you just have to lock the opposing door to make sure nob [...]

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Manta Queen 3 Thailand Liveaboard Cruising

Manta Queen 3

Manta Queen 3 cuts an imposing figure on the Similan Island liveaboard scene. This very large vessel was launched in 2011 and comfortably accommodates 31 divers. Her generous proportions offer a very stable cruise and plenty of space to relax between dives. The unusually high number of air-conditioned cabin configurations ensures everyone can find something to suit their needs: Master 2 person en-suite cabin, Family Master en-suite 4 perso [...]

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Manta Queen 2 Liveaboard In Thailand

Manta Queen 2

Manta Queen 2 runs a great little 3 day/3 Night trip that takes you to the very best dive sites that Thailand has to offer. The liveaboard will head straight up to Koh Bon and complete the rest of your diving around Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock, giving you the best chance of an encounter with a giant manta or if you’re really lucky a whale shark… This comfortable boat offers no thrills but the fun and professional crew offer a great [...]

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Manta Queen 1 Similan Island Liveaboard

Manta Queen 1

The Manta Queen 1 runs 4 Day/4 Night trips to Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. The large common areas make this one of the most sociable and fun liveaboards in Thailand. The 22 guests are accommodated in compact but comfortable air-conditioned cabins which come in twin, double and quad share configurations, something for everyone. The plentiful and tasty food is cooked fresh in the onboard kitchen and served buffet [...]

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Somboon 4 Liveaboard in Thailand

Somboon 4

The sister boats Somboon 3 & 4 are the most flexible boats we have to offer. They both run scheduled 3 Day/ 2 Night trips to Richelieu Rock but in between they stay around the Similan Islands National Park. Neither boat comes back to port until the end of the season and transfers are made via speedboat from Khao lak. This allows divers to stay for just 1 Night/2 Days if you’re on a tight schedule or even just a two dive day trip. Both bo [...]

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Somboon 3, A very Convenient Thailand Liveaboard

Somboon 3

The sister boats Somboon 3 & 4 are the most flexible boats we have to offer. They both run scheduled 3 Day/ 2 Night trips to Richelieu Rock but in between they stay around the Similan Islands National Park. Neither boat comes back to port until the end of the season and transfers are made via speedboat from Khao lak. This allows divers to stay for just 1 Night/2 Days if you’re on a tight schedule or even just a two dive day trip. Both bo [...]

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Local Guides, Local Knowledge, Local Experiences

Don't trust your diving to amateurs or freshly minted dive guides, dive with local experienced experts from Local Dive Thailand. Our Scuba Diving Phuket Tours will take you to see the rarest of the rare critters, you will be amazed by the macro life our guides can find, in the secret places only they know. To put it in perspective, if you were going to climb Mount Everest you would certainly hire a local sherpa to lead the way & keep you safe. Diving is similar because there is absolutely no substitute for local experience & local knowledge, Local Dive Thailand's guides are Phuket's Sherpa's of the Andaman Sea!

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Scuba Diving Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

When talking about Scuba Diving in Phuket, you should believe the hype, many seasons we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular and easy to reach dive sites and on a good day you can add Sea Horses, Sea Moths, Snake Eels, Frog Fish & Octopus to what you can see on any given dive and so much more. If we are heading to Phi Phi Island for the day, you can possibly see Hawksbill Sea Turtles and Black Tip Reef Sharks, also don't forget the King Cruiser, 84 meters of beautiful wreck and the most amazing reef nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving Phuket, get in touch with us and book an 'awesome' day of diving.

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Formally known as MV Scuba Explorer, she has now been fully renovated and renamed MV Sawasdee Fasai. If her sister ship the excellent MV Pawara is anything to go by then the MV Sawasdee Fasai promises to be a fantastic boat at a great price with high levels of diver comfort and service. Finding spaces can be tough if you leave it too late so take advantage of the the early booking discount. Not only will you guarantee your space on a fanta [...]

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We have two distinct scuba diving seasons in Phuket, imaginatively named low and high. The low season runs from mid May to mid October and high season the remainder of the year. The two seasons are governed by the monsoon winds that blow across South East Asia, it's fairly straightforward; in high season it blows from the east and low season from the west. Well lets start with the low season. The predominant west to east winds bring we [...]

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Diving With The Olympus TG5 Equipment We Like

Olympus TG 5 Underwater Review

Local Dive Thailand had a bit of a break from Phuket diving and took the new Olympus TG 5 for a trip to Komodo, plenty of upgrades and new features to be tried out. Should have brought the manual really... A gentle macro dive to start the trip, the macro capabilities of the TG series has always been great for a compact and this still remains the same. If your not a smartarse and read the manual you'll find out that the flash in the TG5 [...]

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