Merdeka 3, Thailand

Excellent food and drinks

“We enjoyed the trip and meeting the team. John was extremely organized. We were treated with utmost respect and care. The dives we…”

Jason G, United States United States
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  • Full board, beer, wine, and massage
  • Complimentary use of kayaks and boat facilities
  • Crystal clear waters for snorkeling

The Merdeka 3 'Spaboat' offers fantastic cruises in Thailand for both divers and non-divers alike. Itineraries are 4 nights long and explore Phi Phi, Koh Ha, Hin Daeng & Hin Muang in the Krabi province. The tour aims to offer the ultimate 'relax and chill' trip. Around 2 dives per day will be offered, leaving plenty of time to relax and explore the beautiful surrounding islands. Dive cruises with Merdeka 3 include full board, beer, wine, massage, and complimentary use of kayaks and other boat facilities.

Activities include snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, exploring the beautiful bats, kayaking, sunset drinks, massages, and enjoying delicious, freshly-prepared Thai cuisine. Dives generally occur in the morning when the sites are quieter, leaving time for relaxation in the afternoon. However, there is the opportunity to add extra dives for no additional cost if the location and conditions allow.

The Merdeka 3 is a traditional Indonesian phinisi built out of ironwood. She caters to just 15 guests in a choice of 6 en-suite cabins - ranging from double, twin, triple, or quad. Each cabin features a hot & cold water shower, individually controlled AC, and fans. Social areas include a large shaded sundeck with mats and a covered outdoor lounge and dining area. The perfect place to relax with a complimentary sunset drink whilst enjoying the sea air.

Join the Merdeka 3 Spaboat for a fantastic Thailand dive and relaxation cruise. Book online today to reserve your space.

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Included: VAT, Alcoholic Beverages, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Rental Gear, Fishing, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, Massage.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (1,600 THB per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Extra Dives, Private Dive Guide (1,500 THB per item), 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.

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Boat features

  • Massage
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • 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
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Half-board Option
  • 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
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English, German, 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.

Boat Specifications

  • Length 30m
  • Number of cabins 6
  • Number of bathrooms 6

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Depth Sounder
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light

Merdeka 3 Reviews

  • 9.0 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jason G
  • United States United States
Such a great experience!

We enjoyed the trip and meeting the team. John was extremely organized. We were treated with utmost respect and care. The dives were excellent and plentiful. The food was great. My son enjoyed meeting the Dive Master! ;)

Recommended for
1. The crew! 2. The organization under John. 3. The diving guide.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Andrew W
  • United States United States
Relaxed 5 days!

Spectacular shark dive in shallow water and a great wreck dive in a National Park with more schooling fish than I have ever seen! This boat, as advertised, is definitely not for die-hard scuba divers or underwater photographers. There is no camera room. I had to teach them where to put the camera rinse tank. There is no proper dive platform at the stern. Still, it was easy to do 2 or 3 dives/day without rush or hassle. All the tanks are stored in the front of the boat and you have to walk down a narrow (only one person can pass) aisle to the mid-section of the boat and jump off. Must climb up the ladder to get back in. We didn't use the dinghy for diving at all! They did help with my gear, though. Very accommodating but awkward set up. Food was OK. Always a grilled fish,stir fry, and something else. Cook and server very helpful and responsive to suggestions. Alcohol freely available but very limited selection. Free massage! I had one during the 5 days. Weather is dicey. One really rough day and everything went flying! When it rains you must close your doors to your cabin or get soaked. The cushions in the stern were wet the entire cruise, which made sitting down for dinner or relaxing uncomfortable. Seems like it rained a little every day. Some fun shore stops and a chance to get off the boat. This is a single hull, 75 foot wooden vessel, not a 150 steel vessel like you might get with a more serious dive operation. We had one brief storm with a fair amount of seasickness all the way around. Think Gilligan's Island! This is a fun adventure for 5 days with a great, affable crew and simple but sufficient amenities (one set of towels for the week, for example). Captain really knew what he was doing and took great care with the boat. Had fun and had a half dozen dives, 2 of which were great! Of course, you are subject to whomever else signs up on the boat and it's pretty close quarters if you are an introvert. Would definitely NOT go if you or your mate are "high maintenance". Think "camping," not the Ritz!

Recommended for
Great value, informal, definitely a "chill" cruise
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Logan D
  • United States United States
Trip of a lifetime!

Definitely the trip of a lifetime! Not only was the crew the best and extremely friendly we also made life long friends. The diving was one of a kind, couldn’t recommend more and hope to come back again!

Recommended for
The crew, the scenery, the hospitality
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Roland L
  • Austria Austria
A great way to experience the South Andaman Sea underwater world

Pickup and transfer after the trip went smoothly, the crew was helpful and professional, the food was delicious (there was even Prik Nam Pla on request) and the dive sites were stunning, especially the Koh Haa national park.

Recommended for
spacious boat; friendly crew; great underwater scenery
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Shamir S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great diving in very uncrowded sites

The diving in ko haa is truly exceptional, as were the sites around ko phi phi. Saw lots of marine life, generally high visibility and not crowded. Well worthwhile

Recommended for
Dive sites, includes beers, land excursions to ko phi phi
  • 7.2 Good
  • Giuseppe D
  • Italy Italy
Discover colors where you do not expect them to be

Organization could be improved: pick up at hotel re-arranged last minute, diving gear ok at second trial , some boat reparation on the way re-routing the trip, missing pre-diving briefing, electrical system in the boat to be soon set under maintenance . On the contrary dives were always an unexpected beautiful and boat crew was always very kind and available in fixing problems.

Recommended for
Diving , corals and colors
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Enrique H
  • Spain Spain
Highly recommended for divers and non divers

Highly recommended lieveaboard to enjoy the Phuket area. The experience and friendliness of the crew makes the difference. We will repeat!!

Recommended for
Crew, food, massages and diving
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Gerd K
  • Germany Germany
It was a pleasure to live and dive with great people (staff and guests) on a very nice boat with grat dives.

whaleshark, leopard shark amd all ther other marive live Nice and friendly people the merdeka itself - comfortable and much space

Recommended for
Relaxation, motivated and friendly staff in a good mood, small groups during th dives and the dives themselves
  • 5.2 Review score
  • Thomas W
  • France France
Great overall liveabord, space for improvement

The sites are great, with lots of dive diversity including cave dives, drift dives, pinacles, and a wreck dive. The diving team, including instructors and dive hands do everything for you to make the most out of the sites. Highlights were leopard sharks, porcelain crabs, turtles, glass shrimps amongst the diversity of fish: plenty of Moorish idols, clown fish and pelagics. There were mainly soft corals with lots of beautiful anemones, and some beautiful fans and brain corals. Engines running h24 and motor fumes coming down to the lower deck cabins. Maybe solar panels coupled with a battery park would allow powering off the motors at night?

Recommended for
The dive sites, the crew friendliness, the
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Yana N
  • Belgium Belgium
Great experience

Seeing a group of black tip sharks and a leopard shark during the dives.

Recommended for
diving, kayakking, visiting islands