MV Sawasdee Fasai is an impressive steel-hulled yacht in the waters of the Andaman Sea, cruising the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock and Khao Lak
MV Sawasdee Fasai runs 4 Night dive trips to the Similan Islands so if you are looking for a short Thailand liveaboard on a sturdy, impressive and luxurious boat with excellent communal facilities then look no further.
What you can expect
MV Sawasdee Fasai is a large Similan liveaboard yacht that has just (August-October 2016) undergone a full refit to become possibly the best liveaboard boat in Thailand. New in 2004 and known by a different name (Scuba Explorer) the boat has experience of offering high-quality diving trips. However, the owners of MV Pawara (our favourite Similan liveaboard boat) have taken full control and renamed it MV Sawasdee Fasai. This was due to the success and popularity of Pawara, that is fully booked for most of its trips. We needed to find a suitable alternative to Pawara that has the same quality of construction, luxurious cabins, professional team and unbeatable service.
At 37 metres in length and with a steel hull, MV Sawasdee Fasai is perfect for Similan Islands liveaboard diving. The boat’s specifications enable it to sail through any sea conditions while keeping everyone on board safe, comfortable and happy. The Dive Deck at the rear of the boat is very large & low, near the water’s surface. This enables Divers to enter the sea easily and safely. At the end of each dive, if the Divers can’t reach the Dive Deck’s buoy rope, there is a motorized dinghy to retrieve them.
Communal areas on MV Sawasdee Fasai are numerous, large and comfortable. There is an air-conditioned Lounge Saloon, complete with sofas, chairs and AV entertainment. Most meals are served at the rear of the Main Deck, which can be covered if the weather is less than perfect. Guests who want to sunbathe, stargaze, read or socialise outside, can always find somewhere to do so alone, in private pairs, or in groups. The large size of the boat offers both stability and plenty of space to move around and relax.
Up to 30 lucky guests can join each MV Sawasdee Fasai Similan liveaboard trip, sharing one of the 15 air-conditioned cabins on two decks. The Upper Deck of the boat is home to two Master Cabins (double beds) and five Deluxe Cabins (twin bunks). On the Lower Deck are four Standard (twin or double) cabins and four Budget cabins (twin beds). All except the Budget cabins have private bathrooms with hot & cold showers. The Budget cabins share bathroom facilities. Whichever cabin you choose, it is guaranteed that you will feel comfortable and that the boat and trip are excellent value.
Having a large and luxurious Similan liveaboard boat is no good if the crew and staff don’t perform to expectations. However, this is far from the truth on MV Sawasdee Fasai. The team of Local Crew and Western Dive Staff are carefully selected for their professionalism, service and friendliness. Everyone from the tank boys, housekeeping, & Divemasters to the Captain and Tour Leader know how to make sure that every guest gets exactly what he or she expects from a luxury Similan liveaboard cruise. The local and western food is simply delicious, and cooked & served throughout the day. Between meals there are always fruit and snacks available, because diving in Thailand makes everyone hungry.
HOW TO GET THERE
Please refer to logistics section of each itinerary to find detailed info on how to get there.
The final day is spent at Koh Bon before returning to Tablamu Pier for transfers to hotels.
- 17:00 Pick up time from all areas on the departure date
- 19:30 Arrive at Tablamu Pier (Phang-Nga Province)
- 20:30 Welcome dinner onboard – underway to Similan Island
- Day 1 Diving at Similan Island-3 Day dives + 1 Sunset dive
- Day 2 Diving at Similan Island/Koh Bon -3 Day dives + 1 Night dive
- Day 3 Diving at Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock-3 Day dives + 1 Night dive
- Day 4 Diving at Koh Bon or Boon Soong Wreck -2 Day dives
- Underway to Tablamu Pier, transfer by mini bus back to Phuket approx.: 16:00
- Itinerary and Dive site could be flexible due the weather & current