Explorer Liveaboard, Thailand



  • A/C and sea view windows on all cabins
  • Trips can be extended to 8 or 13 days

The 25m MV Explorer is a great option to explore the underwater beauty of the Similan Islands, Thailand. Dive with manta rays at Koh Bon, whale sharks at Richelieu Rock, and beautiful reefs at the Surin Islands. Walk on pristine beaches and trek into the jungle as the M/V Explorer takes you on 3-day and 5-day trips to the Similan Islands of the Andaman Sea. The experienced dive guides are more than happy to take requests to find special critters such as seahorses, pipefish, and nudibranchs.

Topside, the MV Explorer dive liveaboard has 8 cabins catering to 16 guests. On the main deck, there are four twin bunk cabins and two quad cabins (bed configuration can be changed depending on guest requirements). There are 2 double cabins on the upper deck. All cabins aboard the Explorer are air-conditioned, have sea view windows, and feature personal reading lights, 220v plug sockets, and ample storage space. Hungry divers will be taken care of as freshly prepared food is served throughout the day, meals vary between local Thai cuisine and international dishes, and vegetarians can be catered to on request. For relaxation, guests can choose the lounge & dining or the sun deck, which is also a great place to take in the stunning views and keep an eye out for playful dolphins.

The M/V Explorer is a great way to explore the Similan Islands and up to the Surin Islands and Richelieu Rock. Book online today to reserve your space.

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Included: VAT, Port Fees, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Night Dives, Rental Gear, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (1,800-6,600 THB), Private Dive Guide (2,000 THB per day).

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (350 THB per day), Gratuities, Airport Transfer (1,400-2,800 THB per trip), Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox, Nitrox Course (3,500 THB per item), Scuba Diving Courses (1,800-10,500 THB).

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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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Vegan Options
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available

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.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Tech diving
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English, German, Thai, and French.

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

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2001
  • Year renovated 2023
  • Length 25 meters
  • Beam 7 meters
  • Top speed 10 knots
  • Cruising speed 8 knots
  • Engines 1
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 9
  • Tenders 1
  • Water capacity 10000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 5000 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
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Explorer Reviews

  • 8.9 Fabulous
  • 51 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.0 Very good
  • 聪 刘
  • China China
Comfortable cruise ship and cabin

The whole trip was comfortable

Recommended for
The diving guide is responsible, the cabin is comfortable and the food is delicious
  • 8.0 Very good
  • justin U
  • Australia Australia
Loved every minute

The entire trip from start to finish

Recommended for
Very professional crew but great fun,great diving and met amazing people
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Wing Kwan L
  • China China
Very nice trip

I enjoy the trip very much. Everything are good except the cabin is a bit small. It is ok for me as I only have one backpack. Don't take suitcase.

Recommended for
Food is delicious, dive master is kind and helpful, the crew also very helpful.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • China China
awesome trip and best crew

We saw manta...

Recommended for
Crew guide food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Roman H
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
Everything was perfect!

the marine life

Recommended for
Dive Guides prfesionality/ Diving sites/ Crew service
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Jeffrey T
  • Canada Canada
Great value 5 day liveaboard

We did a 5 day, 18 dive trip aboard the MV Similan Explorer in March 2017 to the Similans and Richeleau Rock. We were a couple in a bunk bed cabin. The diving was great, but the boat is a 2 star, maybe. 3 shared bath rooms for the 18 guests plus 5 DMs, so there were generally lineups. The rooms, apart from the one suite on the upper deck, are just above the engine room. The boat's main engine ran 100% of the time, even when stopped, so there was a constant loud noise in the rooms. Many of the guests started sleeping on mats on the upper decks after 1 or 2 nights. Take ear plugs! Food was plentiful and delicious. Vegetarians were accommodated. Dive sites were great, with plenty of corals and life and great visibility. Richeleau Rock was crowded with 11-12 boats (so almost 200 divers in the water at once), but the site was still worth it. One of my best dives ever. 5 days was the max in this boat as the cramped quarters, bathroom lineups, constant noise and lack of sleep meant that patience was starting to wear thin by the end. This trip definitely satisfied my craving for lots of diving at a reasonable price.

Recommended for
Good sites, good DMs, good food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • pablo E
  • Chile Chile

4mts manta rays, sea horse, visibility on water, people.

Recommended for
Life, food, people
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Martin A
  • Estonia Estonia
Amazing crew and beautiful dive sites!

We saw several huge Manta Rays from just a few meters away on 4 or 5 of our dives.

Recommended for
Value, dives, people
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Aurelie D
  • Belgium Belgium
Croisière quasi privée très bien organisée

La rencontre avec un requin baleine, Les plongées de nuit Les plongées sur Richelieu avec un capitaine qui n’hésite pas à faire 2 x le trajet en fonction des conditions météorologiques.

Recommended for
Diversité des sites ( 1 er sur place ), peu de plongeurs sur notre croisière (7) , capitaine au top pour les départs en plongée et retour sur le bageau
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • YANG B
  • China China
It's really an amazing trip.

潜水教练的细心认真,船上工作人员的热情友善,潜水伙伴的热情,分组合理,教练呵护有佳,美丽的沙滩,美丽潜水地点. 美味的食物. 很不错,但就是感觉有点贵了.

Recommended for
Food. Beaches. People.