Gentle Giant Liveaboard, Thailand



  • World-famous dive sites like Similan Islands
  • Limited availability, only 6 times yearly
  • A mix of international and Thai cuisine

The M/V Gentle Giant offers unique dive trips in the Andaman Sea. Covering both the north and south Andaman Sea, divers will cover the world-famous Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, and Koh Tachai located in the north, before traveling down to explore the southern area of Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point and Anemone Reef near Koh Phi Phi. This special 5-night dive trip is only offered 6 times yearly between November and April. It is a fantastic opportunity for divers to explore the Andaman Sea, completing 18 dives over 6 days.

Topside, the newly renovated 2017 MV Gentle Giant caters to up to 20 guests in 10 cabins. Each cabin is en-suite with AC, sea views, and a safety deposit box. There are 2 double Master Cabins and 8 twin Standard Cabins. Social areas include the fully air-conditioned indoor salon with a 55" TV and entertainment area, outdoor covered dining area, or large roof-top sun deck. Meals are a mix of international and Thai cuisine and are prepared fresh.

The experienced and passionate crew of the MV Gentle Giant are waiting to share the beauty of the Andaman Sea. Places fill up fast, so book online today to reserve your space.

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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Soft Drinks at Meal Times, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (2,900-3,500 THB per trip).

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (300 THB per trip), Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Alcoholic Drinks at Dinner, Nitrox, Nitrox Course (7,500 THB), Private Dive Guide (7,500 THB per trip), Rental Gear (2,500 THB per trip), Scuba Diving Courses.

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

  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • 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
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Full-board Option

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
  • Dive deck
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English, Thai, and Chinese.

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.

Boat Specifications

  • Length 27 meters
  • Engines 2 x Hino
  • Max guests 20
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 10
  • Water capacity 14000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 9000 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

Gentle Giant Reviews

  • 8.7 Fabulous
  • 19 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Eric K
  • United States United States
Liveaboard heaven!

MV Gentle Giant was simply amazing. This was my first liveaboard dive boat and I couldn't have been happier. Let's start with what is most important, the diving. Anyone looking into diving in Phuket knows Similan Islands to the northwest and Phi Phi Islands to the Southwest. This boat, in one trip, covers it all. We did a 5 day trip and dove 18 times. We went everywhere that Thailand has to offer and saw more fish, coral, reefs, sharks, octopus and other amazing creatures than you could hope for. You set up your gear (or they provide if necessary) on day 1 and it never moves. They refill your tank between each dive so all you have to do is put on your gear and jump in the water. They even have people on deck to defog your mask, help you put on or take off your fins and hand you any gear that you want (pokers, lights, cameras, etc...) Now, the food. My expectations were low and was I ever surprised. The chef was amazing. We have an assortment of Thai and international foods. Hot pots, steaks, seafood, eggs, rice and just about anything you could imagine. Have a request, they can do it. Finally, the crew. Travis was the dive master assigned to my group of 4 and he was amazing. He could help you with your gear, show you some amazing creatures and was just great to hang around with. Overall, there were 5 dive masters for 20 divers, so each dive master had a group of 4 each time. This love diver to dive master ratio was spectacular. Another unexpected treat. As a diver for over 20 years who has been around the world, all I can say is, if you are looking for a live-aboard this is the boat for you.

Recommended for
The crew, the diving and the food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Helena E
  • Sweden Sweden
Enjoyed the Gentle Giant liveaboard a lot

Manta ray at similian islands The abundance of life under water at Richeliue Rock

Recommended for
genuine and friendly staff that created a great athmosphere onboard, covered a lot of different dive sites both north and south, delicious food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Sergio S
  • Brazil Brazil
Please have more beer on board next time! :-)

Tiger shark, white tip reef sharks and much more!!! Great crew and great diving buddies!!!

Recommended for
Good dive, safety and great ambience!
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Cody C
  • China China
Standard diving. Not much surprise. Dive guide not control the bad behaved diver under water

Whale shark

Recommended for
Bathroom and hot water in each room
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Nathan V
  • Australia Australia
Big to small - you will see it all!

Diving and snorkeling with gentle giants was an absolute pleasure. Guides new where to find the rare macro life (great for photographers).

Recommended for
Marine life (macro to whale sharks), Well set up boat, Helpful and cheery staff
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Elaine T
  • United States United States
It's about the diving!

I look to reviews to help me make satisfactory choices and avoid disappointment (and thus bad reviews). My review will, therefore, reflect my honest impressions. My only previous liveaboard experience was to the Galapagos on a trip that cost me approximately $3500 per person for the week with a significant special discount. This liveaboard trip cost approximately one third that amount. I knew to expect less upscale accommodations and was not disappointed that the room was more basic. I gave the cabin and boat comfort three stars as compared to a more expensive and upscale choice, but I was not at all unhappy with either. The bunk room I shared with a roommate had its own bathroom with shower and filled all needs. While the bed wasn't terribly comfortable I was knocked out from diving and slept soundly (as did my roommate even though, I am told, I do snore!). The food was very good, but again, I am rating compared to a more upscale choice that would include more options. The staff, crew and dive guides are beyond compare - all were excellent - friendly, professional, knowledgeable. The crew and guides cleaned all equipment and suits for divers after each dive and were always available to help in any way. The dive guides had excellent knowledge of dive sites, marine life and diving. The diving was very good. I was fortunate to see a couple of mantas, but the whale sharks are hiding from me! Beautiful hard and soft corals, rocks and caverns, lots of fish. The views from the boat are also stunning. I am a middle aged-senior citizen American woman who was travelling alone and was on this trip with a large dive group (about 20 divers) from China, most of whom were significantly younger than me. I do not speak Chinese and only a few of the other divers spoke English. For me this was a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends and share experiences from our different cultural backgrounds. I thoroughly enjoyed the other divers and feel that we really enjoyed each other. If a diver will be travelling alone consider your comfort level with being in a similar situation. Great value - wonderful trip! Thanks, Smile Dolphin!

Recommended for
Diving, Dive Guides, Crew including food staff - And Great Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Joanna W
  • Canada Canada
Great experience! Would 100% do again

My husband and I were on the Gentle Giant during Christmas week. We were a bit apprehensive at first as it was our first liveaboard experience and there were not many reviews for this boat in particular, but we were worried for nothing. We really enjoyed our five days onboard and this was the favorite part of our 2 week vacation in Phuket/Krabi. The diving was super, we did 3-4 dives a day. Dive are 50 min and they feed you lots of delicious authentic Thai food before and after each dive. We saw all sorts of pufferfish, porcupine fish, batfish, huge group of thousands of yellow snappers, tuna, groupers, giant trevally, a huge swarm of barracuda (must have been at least a few hundred, which was the highlight of the trip), lots of giant morays, other morays, sea stars, sea cucumbers, nudibranches, a freaky walking featherstar, and tons more. Our only regret is we did not see mantas or whale sharks even with multiple dives at Richilieu, Koh Bon, and Hin Deang/Hin Muang. Boat crew was super helpful in getting your gear ready, switching tanks, helping you on and off the boat, it was truly full service diving. We will be back and dive again with Gai and his team!

Recommended for
Diving, food, and crew friendliness
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Alicia F
  • United States United States
Best liveaboard experience!

We did 10 dives in 3 days to the surrounding islands of Phuket, and it was excellent! We saw 3 shipwrecks, lots of coral, sharks, eels, rays, other animals and millions of fish.. very satisfying! The accommodations were nice and the food was beyond excellent. All the guides were very nice and the boat boys were amazing in helping us get ready, and on/off the boat for every dive. An incredible deal for the price!

Recommended for
Friendly Service, Great Sites, Great Food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Peter S
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Super trip

Hilfreiche Staff, tolle Dive sights

Recommended for
Walhai, Turtels und immer leckeres Essen
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Pierre B
  • France France
Super séjour avec des conditions idéales

Les plongées sur Richelieu

Recommended for
Le personnel du bateau très attentif à notre confort, les sites de plongée, la nourriture