Similan Island Liveaboards from Phuket & Khao Lak
Join us on one of our fantastic liveaboard trips through the Similan Islands and take a closer look at the amazing underwater world here in Thailand. At Sea Bees we operate with two liveaboards that run 3 day/2 night and 6 day/6 night cruises to the Similan islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands.
These are without a doubt the best destinations for scuba diving in Thailand and the main area for all liveaboards.
Dives there offer great visibility, stunning rock formations and coral gardens, as well as a great variety of marine life. From the smallest critters to the largest pelagic animals.
When is the best time for Similan Liveaboards?/
All dive sites that are visited during the liveaboard trips are protected as marine national parks. Since these parks close from May to October the diving is only allowed from November to April.
These also happen to be the months for liveaboard trips.
When is the best time to see manta rays and whale sharks?/
This is a bit difficult to say, but most years from December on we have the first sightings.
Best chances usually are towards the end of the season, March and April.
How is the visibility like?
Usually the visbility is outstanding. 25m is normal. On many days it is 30m+
Only exception are times when nutrient currents bring a lot of plancton. Than the visibility can drop, however, these currents will also bring manta rays and whale sharks. So no reason to be disappointed:)
The best and most relaxing way to experience great diving on Thailand’s premier dive sites is from a liveaboard boat. Thailand has many dive sites which are too far away from hotels or resorts to access easily on day trips. Liveaboard diving allows you to stay onboard a vessel for several nights, taking you to these far away sites, presenting you so much more to explore over a few days.
You will enjoy up to 4 dives a day, with the convenience of being brought to the sites while you are relaxing in your floating accommodation. With Sea Bees, you can choose from our carefully curated list of liveaboard trips starting in Phuket and cruising to the best places in Thailand, such as the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.
Live aboard diving from Phuket
From Phuket, our flagship, the “MV Marco Polo”, takes off on a 6-day diving safari to the best dive sites in the Andaman Sea. Your Liveaboard Tour starts on a Tuesday evening. Together with a maximum of 14 other guests, you will board the Marco Polo in Phuket where you will receive a briefing, check into your cabin and enjoy the first dinner on board.
Overnight, our captain will safely take you the 120 miles to the distant Similan Islands. In the morning you will wake up to the breath-taking scenery of the Similan Islands. Crystal clear waters, granite rocks and white sand beaches await you.
During the first couple of days, our diving takes place in the Similan National Park and later goes further north to Koh Bon and Koh Tachai, both great places for large fish.
The furthest point north from Phuket during the liveaboard cruise is Richelieu Rock. Our vessel spends an entire day at this isolated offshore dive site, so there is ample opportunity to admire the incredible marine life, macro biodiversity and, with a bit of luck, the chance to spot a whale shark.
Over the next days, the boat heads south again, with two dives held at the Similan National Park on the last day before the boat makes its way home. Towards late afternoon, this liveaboard cruise finishes up back in Phuket.
The Marco Polo has been one of our most popular offers, with many divers returning year after year to experience this liveaboard. And we are proud to say that we even have some regular guests who have joined us over 20 times on this Thailand diving safari!
Although there are certainly some newer liveaboards in Thailand, our Marco Polo is a very cozy boat with real charm, very good price performance ratio and above all a really great team.
Here you can find out more about the 6 day / 6 night cruise with Marco Polo.
Liveaboard cruises from Khao Lak
Starting from Khao Lak we operate our MY Genesis. Running 3 days and 2 night cruises to the Similan Islands and to the dive spots further north she offers the best diving in a short period of time. Ideal for all divers who want to experience liveaboard diving in Thailand but without spending too long on board.
You can choose from Similan Island tours and trips to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.
If you would like to combine both of these tours into one, this is possible too with our combination tours.
These tours start from Khao Lak but of course we can also arrange transfers from Phuket to the harbour. So you dont have to stay in the area before and/or after your cruise.