Merdeka 1 Liveaboard, Thailand

Excellent crew and service

“I particularly like that Merdeka had a women dive master and we were the first to the best dive sites, including Koh Phi Phi's mos…”

Caroline S, United States United States
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  • Peaceful journey with no engine noise
  • Up close with manta rays, turtles, and leopard sharks
  • Delicious Thai meals prepared and served

The Merdeka 1 liveaboard is a traditional Indonesian phinisi built in South Sulawesi and made of traditional teak and ironwood. She is now based in Thailand and offers fantastic 4-night dive and adventure cruises from Phuket. Itineraries sail around the beautiful Islands of Phi Phi, Koh Bida, Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, and Koh Racha Noi. Divers can get up close with manta rays, turtles, and leopard sharks, and there are ample opportunities for snorkellers to enjoy the underwater beauty and fish life. Each day allows plenty of time for relaxation, whether massages, beach walks, or sunbathing. Enjoy the sunset with a cocktail or two, delicious Thai food, and even the chance to enjoy the nightlife on Phi Phi during the evening.

Topside, the Merdeka 1 boat accommodates just 8 guests in 4 cabins. Each cabin features an en-suite bathroom with hot water, all pillows, linen and towels, and a fan. Relax on the large open deck with mattresses, ideal for dozing in the afternoon sun or enjoying a traditional massage. Delicious Thai meals are freshly prepared and served family-style at the large dining table.

The Merdeka 1 liveaboard offers the perfect combination of diving, snorkeling, and relaxation. Book online today to book your Thai cruise.

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Included: VAT, Port Fees, Alcoholic Beverages, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Wine with Dinner, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Extra Dives, Fishing, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Stand Up Paddleboard, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, Massage.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (600 THB per day).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Private Dive Guide (3,000 THB per day), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (66-325 EUR).

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.

* Extra fees are shown per person.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Massage
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Fishing

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Beach BBQ
  • 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.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Tech diving
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English.

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

  • Year built 1997
  • Year renovated 2018
  • Length 25 meters
  • Beam 6 meters
  • Top speed 8 knots
  • Cruising speed 6 knots
  • Engines 350hp Nissan
  • Max guests 12
  • Number of cabins 6
  • Number of bathrooms 7
  • Tenders 1
  • Water capacity 5000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 3000 liters
  • Freshwater maker no

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Merdeka 1 Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Caroline S
  • United States United States
Excellent dive master and crew, fantastic food and great value for money

I particularly like that Merdeka had a women dive master and we were the first to the best dive sites, including Koh Phi Phi's most famous, which is usually very crowded. The captain and the crew were very professional and kind. The food was excellent and the massage was the cherry on top!

Recommended for
First at the dive sites, excellent food and great massage
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Renee H
  • United States United States
Wonderful diving and great comfort on board!

The crew worked together to provide safe diving and non populated dive sites and comfortable nights of rest. The food, Massage, and professionalism provided a dive vacation of my dreams!

Recommended for
The Crew, Divemaster, and food!!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Trent K
  • United States United States
Highlight of our trip

The last dive of our trip, visibility was outstanding and the sun came out, it was amazing!

Recommended for
Crew, great weather, dive conditions
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Victoria H
  • United States United States
Great time, excellent customer service and food!

May was so kind and took such great care of us! We had the boat to ourselves and they were great about taking us to every beach and dive site we wanted. The food was delicious, they were careful with my allergies and fed us plenty of snacks! Thanks for the great trip! Oh, and the massages were excellent. Note: the hot tub was not operational.

Recommended for
Food was delicious, staff was very courteous, islands and diving were beautiful!
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Ben T
  • Austria Austria
Nice boat, lazy diveguide

The boat was okay, and the dive sites were unexpectedly beautiful. Unfortunately, the entire experience was somewhat overshadowed by a very demotivated dive guide: one less dive than promised, no support in handling the equipment, absolutely unorganized, and massively delayed departure. It felt like one had to beg to get what was promised. With a different guide, the trip would have been fantastic.

Recommended for
Essen, Massagen, Meer
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ricky W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Outstanding value

Superb experience on board the Merdeka. Food was great, staff were awesome and the rooms were even better than expected on the top deck! Alex our dive instructor was also extremely considerate of what everyone on board wanted - he even managed to squeeze an extra dive in for us when the one before had tough currents. Couldnt have possibly asked for me…would definitely going back next time I’m in Thailand, highly recommend

Recommended for
Accommodation, value and dive guides
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Axel S
  • Germany Germany
Charming boat - blissful days

Upper deck cabins with a view/ lounging on the sun deck

Recommended for
Wooden charm / atmosphere / massages included
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kuba K
  • Poland Poland
Great chillout trip with Eric and his team.

Only 4 guests on boat (inc. me and my girfriend), great diveguide and person - Eric, great Thai crew and dive, relax, dive, massage..

Recommended for
coziness, atmosphere and Eric
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Dirk D
  • Germany Germany
So nice and beautiful

All things are perfect the crew, the dive sides and the food. Thx a lot

Recommended for
Friendly staff, relaxed in the hammock and good dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Superbe expérience, personnel super gentil, petit groupe pour ceux qui n’aime pas les usines à plongée

Croisière en petit groupe , bonne nourriture et services, plongées sans trop de monde

Recommended for
Croisière en petit groupe , bonne nourriture et services, plongées sans trop de monde