Bavaria Liveaboard, Thailand

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The MV Bavaria liveaboard was custom built by divers, for divers to offer fantastic dive trips in the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar. Thailand and Myanmar departures run from October - May each year, and visit the best dive sites in the area. Choose from 3-night trips in the Similan Islands, 3 or 6-nights in exploring the Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock & Surin, or 6-nights in the widely unexplored Mergui Archipelago. Dive facilities include a spacious dive platform and equipment area and nitrox is available for an additional cost. Dive group sizes are kept small at a maximum of 4-6 per dive guide.

Topside the M/V Bavaria liveaboard caters for up to 24 guests in 12 air-conditioned cabins. There are 2 Deluxe cabins with double beds and 6 Comfort cabins with twin beds located on the main deck, and 2 Comfort twin cabins located on the lower deck, all with private en-suite bathrooms. There are also 2 Standard cabins located on the lower deck which have shared bathrooms. Social areas include an indoor salon with entertainment system, outdoor lounge and dining area plus sun-deck with shaded area. Thai massages are also available on board for added relaxation.

The experienced and professional crew of the MV Bavaria liveaboard are ready and waiting to help you create a memorable Thailand diving trip. Call us or book online today.

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We want you to be able to book your dream liveaboard trip with confidence during these unprecedented times. We're working together with some liveaboard operators to offer you complete reassurance, so you can start planning your next vacation and have an amazing trip to look forward to in the future.

Our 'Flexible Booking Conditions' mean that if travel restrictions are implemented by your local government or the government of the country you are travelling to due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) so you are unable to travel, then by booking this liveaboard you will have the option of:

- A full refund with no cancellation penalties up to 30 days before departure

OR

- The opportunity to move your booking to another date for the same liveaboard up to 24 months from the original departure date with no rebooking fees

Applies to all new bookings placed from 1 June to 31 July 2020 for travel between 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2021.

*The above policies are subject to change without further notice. Rebooking is subject to availability and may be subject to price changes. Applicable to new bookings only. Offer is not retroactive and does not apply to previous bookings which are being rescheduled.


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Included: VAT, Environment Tax, Fuel Surcharge, Port Fees, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (2,500-2,900 THB per trip), Visas and Fees (230 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (300 THB per day), Chamber Fees, Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Beach BBQ, Nitrox, Nitrox Course (4,900 THB), Private Dive Guide (1,900 THB per day), Rental Gear (600 THB per day), Scuba Diving Courses, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Welcome Cocktails

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.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English and German.


Gear Rental

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

Bavaria Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2016
  • Length 28 meters
  • Engines 2 x 480 PS
  • Max guests 24
  • Number of cabins 12
  • Water capacity 30000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 12000 liters

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV

Bavaria Reviews

  • 8.7 Fabulous
  • 38 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.0
  2. Crew
    9.1
  3. Food
    9.7
  4. Diving
    8.7
  5. Value
    8.2
  • 10 Exceptional
  • sharon S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Magical experience

The staff, the boat and the standard of service delivery - as above- we had a excellent trip - have no criticism at all - Highly recommended

Recommended for
The staff, the boat and the standard of service delivery
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Annegret P
  • Germany Germany
Great trip, absolutely recommended!

Seeing a seahorse! (and whale sharks and mantas besides lots of beautiful small creatures).

Recommended for
Friendliness of crew, variety of sea life, Thai food on board
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Eszter B
  • Hungary Hungary
Laid back holidays with flexible organisation, friendly staff and knowledgeable crew, and a lot of mantas

Relaxing six days on Bavaria, although we packed in four dives a day, including sunset or night dives. I appreciated the passion of the dive guides for their trade, the simple but good Thai food (plus Wiener Schnitzel), the helpful staff, the optional outdoors sleep overnight. I loved the smaller dive sites around the Similan Islands for their tranquility and occasional big finds, but of course it is difficult to override Cousteau's Richelieu Rock, and Koh Bon.

Recommended for
Beautiful and rich dive sites, trained-eyed guides, comfortable sun deck
  • 7.2 Good
  • Louise L
  • Canada Canada
Disappointed dives

The fisherman's net and trap for the fish. No big stuff. Dynamite fishing

Recommended for
Handman crew, organisation, Jona our guide
  • 8.0 Very good
  • deborah N
  • United States United States
A great dive trip.

Beautiful dive sites ..new friends

Recommended for
Organized into to groups Getting ready and going in the water ..food was fabulous..location
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Carlos B
  • Chile Chile
great diving, friendly and professional guides, great overall time!

we had a great time overall, the diving was great, the weather was great, the dive guides and crew where great, and made us feel at home. I would definitely do it again. Very happy with the experience.

Recommended for
diving, the people we met, the liveaboard experience
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Mai S
  • Denmark Denmark
Goods and bads

The trip had both good and bad. The boat was overall really good with room for all guest to laze about between dives and a shaded sun deck. The cabins were very small though, and there was absolutely no room to put personal belongings. Definitely pick ensuite as the two communal bathrooms are shared by four guests and all staff. The diving in the Similans was really disappointing, but the islands to the north made up for that plentiful.

Recommended for
Diving at Richelieu, the people onboard, and more diving.
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Poul V
  • Denmark Denmark
Beautiful dive sites ruined by bad visibility

Helpfulness of crew - boat boys, cooks and divemasters. Meating other expetienced divers - almost all with 100+ dives.

Recommended for
1. Healthy, beautiful dive sites with many fish. 2 Great crew. 3.Wonderful food and snacks
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Peng G
  • China China
Very impressive trip

The Myanmar trip was arranged properly, I feel very safe during all the trip. Food was crazily delicious, especially all kinds of Thai food. Dive sites were amazing!

Recommended for
Dive with Freshy, delicious food, very very friendly staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Clovis D
  • United States United States
Fantastic

Leopard shark, octopus, hunting eels, cuddlefish

Recommended for
Sealife, efficiency/organization of crew/dive masters, food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • marie alix P
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Very nice and competent crew!

We had a surprise show from one of the staff. Very unexpected and very fun.

Recommended for
The chilled yet professional atmosphere, the good knowledge of the divesites, the very helpful and nice staff
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Kevin M
  • United States United States
Good dive crew but spartan at best with little emergency info

Dive sites

Recommended for
Florian the dive master; the food; and some of the dive sites
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Mie Balle H
  • Denmark Denmark
Amazing experience for our first live aboard trip!

We really enjoyed our first live aboard trip! The boat The Bavaria is perfect for diving and relaxing :) The tour was very well organized and we felt safe every minut. The boat is big with more relaxing areas which are perfect between dives. We were served delicious food and had water, soft drinks, electrolyte water easily and free available which helped us fast recovering after dives so we could perform all 10 dives in 3 days. Unfurtunately we had cold sea water with bad visibility which was unusual for the period, but everything else perfect!

Recommended for
Boat, food, organization
  • 8.0 Very good
  • EVI N
  • Cyprus Cyprus
Amazing... I will doing again! Worth it!

See whaleshark!!!

Recommended for
Professional Services, excellent guide's, unique dive sites!
  • 8.0 Very good
  • susan K
  • United States United States
Great time on the Barvaria

This was our first Liveaboard and we loved it. I was concerned that I would feel cramped and didn’t feel Like this in the least bit! The dives were very well organized and we weren’t on top Of each other.

Recommended for
Food and drinks. Organized dives Spacious
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Tomoko O
  • Japan Japan
Fun trip with friendly crew and divers but bad visibility...

Very impressed with the cleanliness of the boat and organization of the diving trips. Communication between staff were great and tripe were operated smoothly. Really enjoyed meeting diverse group of people with interesting backgrounds and experiences. Diving was not as good as expected especially the visibility and did not see much marine life as I though I would but the dive master, Freshy ensured our safety and looked after our group well. Plus was awesome waking up to freshly baked bread in the morning! Thank you everyone for making this trip satisfactory.

Recommended for
Organization of the trip, friendly staff, dive guides
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michael O
  • United States United States
The BMW of Liveaboards....literally!!

From seamless checkin to making the arrangements for post dive transportation with gear....Bavaria MV hit all the marks with perfection. Marco, Marcos, Christie, Ube and Frenchy (and the rest) are all masters of their craft in diving and service.

Recommended for
Staff, Comfort & Guides
  • 7.2 Good
  • Charles F
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Nice boat and crew and dive guides. Disappointed with the diving

Meeting lots of nice people.

Recommended for
The friendly crew and dive guides and drinks on offer
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Molner A
  • Spain Spain
Great team .

The dive spots

Recommended for
Itt the Dive master, she always find the way to avoid the strong currents . The dive spots.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • I CHUN L
  • Taiwan Taiwan
Good trip but ......

We had 4 days cloudy weather and poor visibility. But the temperature is comfortable. Next trip I should come early like in April or March. Very helpful and friendly crew on board.

Recommended for
Friendly crew, convenient en-suite cabin, stable trip
  • 8.4 Very good
  • ANTONIO R
  • France France
So many good discoveries in a very good atmosphere

Perfect organisation with very kind crew. Some dives were top level, maybe Black Rock the 'weak' point. The chance: really interesting people on board

Recommended for
People (crew and other divers) , Sea Fan Forest dive, Food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Peter S
  • Denmark Denmark
Breathtaking area to dive

Elephant head dive, followed by 3 Trees and North Point, where we saw a big Turtle

Recommended for
Lots of dives, assisted by super efficient and friendly crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ge L
  • China China
nice diving trip however not many big fishes

black rock dive site; beautiful corals; exploring a totally new underwater formation.

Recommended for
the food is great; the crew members are very friendly and helpful;
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Bruno P
  • Portugal Portugal
Great dives with great weather

Diving in Richelieu The schools of big fish

Recommended for
Food Dives weather
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Pieter S
  • South Africa South Africa
It was really excellent and we enjoyed it very much.

The diving was of course our highlights. Especially Richeulau Rock were the best. The food were good prepared and tasty. The staff always went the extra mile.

Recommended for
Good and well maintained liveaboard. The crew were fantastic and always very helpful and friendly. The dive guides went out of their way to make our dives wonderful.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ryan S
  • United States United States
Fantastic experience for our first liveaboard experience

Diving the similan islands, meeting the crew and various dive instructors, experiencing a liveaboard for the first time!

Recommended for
Jona was a fantastic dive instructor, great dive sites in the similan islands, my girlfriend was able to complete her advanced open water certification.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Joanna D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great team of people running the outfit.

Richlieu Rock. Sooooo many fish. Amazing site.

Recommended for
Richlieu Rock, food excellent, our guide, Kirsten, was wonderful.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Guadalupe F
  • Argentina Argentina
Best liveaboard experience!

Diving is just GREAT! Couldn't ask for anything else. Crew is friendly and they work really hard to keep the boat going. Plenty of food as well.

Recommended for
Great diving, nice boat and friendly crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Paul L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A fabulous week's diving.

See above. Also, Caroline, the chief of the dive crew was brilliant. Very experienced, safe, observant and knowledgeable. The captain was a damn good one too. And It makes fantastic bread :-)

Recommended for
Fantastic mixture of dive sites. Friendly and helpful crew. The best liveaboard food I've ever had.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Rok S
  • Slovenia Slovenia
Very nice trip, unfortunately one month too late, because of weather conditions

Whale sharks on Richelieu Rock Peace. We were the only Liveaboard on dive sites. Nature.

Recommended for
Nature on islands in Myanmar, Dive guides, Crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Anthony W
  • Belgium Belgium
Worth every euro!

Every dive sites!

Recommended for
Dive guides, food, boat
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Jacqui C
  • Australia Australia
Great week!

The boat was well maintained but the cabins left a bit to be desired. The beds were like rocks and we got towels for blankets. The dive crew were great and the Thai crew were fun but you could tell there was some conflict between them in regards to diver safety which should be addressed immediately. The trip director Gerben addressed any issues that came up and was great to deal with. The food was abundant and amazing!! The diving was good although not as good as I was expecting. The visibility and landscape were incredible but there was a pretty evident lack of marine life that I assume is because of overfishing which was a bit sad. Coral bleaching has also done a number on the reefs. We did see a whale shark which was pretty special!

Recommended for
The staff were great, diving was great and the food was amazing!
Origin: US