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Newly built for 2018, the Smiling Seahorse liveaboard offers fantastic dive trips to Thailand and Myanmar. The 3-night 'Best of Thailand' trip really showcases some of the best dive areas in the Andaman Sea, including the Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Tahcai & Koh Bon. The Myanmar dive trips are a fantastic way to explore this newly opened dive area, and to get up close with manta rays, eagle rays, mobula rays, leopard sharks and cool macro critters such as frogfish, seahorses and pipefish. The spacious dive deck at the back of the boat allows ample room for kitting up and gear storage, and there is also a dedicated photography room.
The Smiling Seahorse is 25m long and offers accommodation for just 16 divers over 4 decks. On the upper deck are 2 standard cabins which have one double or two single beds and shared bathrooms. The 4 deluxe and 2 master cabins, located on the main deck, have en-suite bathrooms and all cabins feature air-conditioning. There is also an open-air dining room, huge sun deck and camera station for photographers.
The experienced and professional crew of the Smiling Seahorse liveaboard offer a warm welcome. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.
If travel restrictions are implemented by your local government or the government of the country you are travelling to due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) which means you are unable to travel, then the following will apply:
Book with Confidence Terms:
- Free cancellation: 30 days prior departure
- Ultimate rebook date: 24 months from the original departure date
- 10% - down payment
- 90% - 29 days prior departure
Applies to all new bookings placed from 25 March to 31 May 2020 for travel between 1 May 2020 until 31 December 2021. Rebooking is subject to availability.
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Included: VAT, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Kayaks, Naturalist Guide, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.
Required Extras: National Park Fees (200-280 USD per trip).
Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (250 THB per trip), Hotel Transfer (150 THB per trip), Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox, Nitrox Course, Private Dive Guide (2,500 THB per day), Rental Gear (600 THB per day), Scuba Diving Courses, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear.
Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.
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Food & Drinks
If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.
The crew speaks English.
There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.
Drawings & Vessel Layouts
- Year built 2018
- Length 25 m
- Max guests 16
- Number of cabins 8
- Number of bathrooms 8
Boat Navigation and Safety
Smiling Seahorse Reviews
- 9.1 Superb
- 4 Verified Reviews
- Vessel 9.5
- Crew 9.0
- Food 9.5
- Diving 9.0
- Value 8.5
Super Crew, Essen & Boot- enttäuschendes Tauchen
Die unglaublich freundliche und hilfsbereite Crew inkl. Tauchguides, super Essen, tolles Boot, alle erdenklichen Shrimps, Nudis, Crabs, Cattlefish und grosse Fischschwärme mit Jackfisch, Barracuda, Fusilier ect.. Abwechslungsreiche , wilde Unterwasserwelt mit wechselnder Strömung- leider schlechte Sicht ( max 3-5m) über die gesammte Woche... Grosse Fische wären vermutlich da- nur nicht sichtbar.
- Recommended for
- Essen, Tauchguide Juilien, harlekin shrimp
Great liveaboard in a region few other boats venture into.
I just spent 8 days onboard the Smiling Seahorse in the Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar). Franck & Camille run a top-notch operation here. The new boat (2nd season in the water) was designed and built by them, and they've done a brilliant job with the layout and all the little details that are important for us divers. She is a beauty! The cabins are comfortable with plenty of power sockets and storage space, and with a silent AC unit and ensuite bathroom/toilet (I stayed in a Deluxe Cabin). The sundeck is huge, shaded and great to relax on, as well as the upper deck that has plenty of tables and sofas. The fridges and bar area are always stocked with drinks, snacks and freshly brewed coffee. The main deck has a really well designed and spacious dive deck, making it super comfortable to gear up before and after each dives. There's a really big photo room for all the camera gear, with lots of power sockets. That's also where the kitchen and chef is located. The food on the boat is really delicious, varied and plentiful. To top it all up, the way the diving and dive groups are organized is perfect: first, you can do 4 dives a day, every single day. This means a night dive every day! I've never had that on any other liveaboards. And the dive groups are always small: maximum 4 divers per guide. On this trip we were only 9 clients so most groups were 2 divers per guide, and every group usually jumps in the water with enough intervals so you don't even meet on the dive sites. I believe this really is a great set-up: relaxed, intimate, personalized diving. You feel like you have the whole ocean to yourself (very few other liveaboards come to these waters). Franck and the guides (all instructors) are all super nice, warm and fun to hang with, and they are also very experienced, serious and knowledgeable divers/guides. There's a great vibe on the boat. All the dives are the regular 50bar and/or 50-60minutes. The local crew members and tenders are all super cool and very good at their jobs: the gear is always well taken care of, the tanks and Nitrox blending always spot on, the boat always drops you at the right spot to find the dive site, and all the decks are always clean and tidy. Now the diving: first we were quite unlucky this week with some pretty bad viz (usually 5 to 10 meters). Second, even though the archipelago is a no-fishing zone, this is not enforced at all and there are a lot of small fishing boats everywhere and on all the dive sites (nets, cages, lines). Despite that, the quantity of life on most sites is pretty amazing: incredibly healthy and thriving corals, countless reef fish, big schools of barracudas, trevallies, Jacks, etc.. We saw a lot of critters (nudibranchs, shrimps, crabs, seahorses....) as well as quite a lot of massive marble rays and stingrays. The topography at most sites we went to is breathtaking: dramatic pinnacles and walls, gorgeous coral gardens, boulder fields, swim-throughs and small caves. I can only imagine how incredible these sites would be with a better viz (that you do get!). Probably due to the combined bad viz and over-fishing, we didn't see many sharks or turtles, and no mantas (but they were spotted on multiple dives the week before us). But still, the diving was great and I can only recommend the Smiling Seahorse and the Mergui Archipelago! I will be back!
- Recommended for
- The boat, the crew, the diving
The owners and crew went the extra mile to make your trip fun and memorable
The dives were very well organized which gave you confidence that you were in a safe environment. There were underwater experiences including several occasions of the "green monster " welling up from the depths (cold currents coming up sometimes like a river often totally obscuring vision until you can swim out of them. The diving was more enjoyable as there was a lot of expertise shared by the crew and fellow divers. Looking forward to traveling with this boat and crew again.
- Recommended for
- Owners were on the boat and made a positive difference for the trip. The cost of the trip was quite reasonable for the level of service we are very happily surprised. And of course having an atmosphere of good times was enjoyed by all
Amazing from start to end
We spend 4 nights 3 days on the Smiling seahorse , We arrived to this great new boat were everything is in perfect condition , clean and set to a perfect time on board Franck who is the owner also part of the journey have a friendly and professional approach and make us feel like home on board , dives were great living from Ranong our itineraries on the similar island was less busy that other operators. All together we have dives with other liveaboard for the similan islands but we recommend this one as our favourite
- Recommended for
- New boat , great choice of dive spot , very professional