Merit Liveaboard, Thailand

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The 24m MY Merit liveaboard caters to just 16 guests in 7 cabins and living space is spread over the main and upper deck. 4 Master Cabins are located on the main deck, each with double or twin beds, individually controlled AC, fan and private en-suite bathroom, and there is also one Standard Cabin which has a fan and shared bathroom and can accommodate up to 4 guests if required. Located on the upper deck there are two Superior Cabins which have ocean views through large opening windows, shared AC and shared bathrooms and double or twin beds. Also located on the upper deck is the open air lounge and dining area, a great place to relax in between dives, enjoy the sea breeze and catch up with your dive buddy. There is a large dining table at the centre of the deck which can easily accommodate up to 20 people, and is where breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between dives will be served. In front of the wheelhouse is a small sun deck, perfect for catching some rays or enjoying the night sky.

The M/Y Merit liveaboard offers dive and snorkel trips in both Thailand and Myanmar. Thailand itineraries visit some of the best dive destinations in the Andaman Sea, including the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock, Surin National Park, and the southern areas of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. Dive trips in Myanmar explore the Mergui Archipelago, only recently opened up for diving and also the northern remote area of Black Rock. Diving takes place from the large dive deck located at the back of the boat, which can easily accommodate up to 20 divers. 

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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Towels Provided, Transfers/pickups from hotel, Snorkel Gear, Kayaks

Excluded: Flights, Insurance, Marine Park fee Thailand (900 - 1.800 THB), Visa fee Burma (140 - 250 USD), Dive Equipment

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Onboard kayaks
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Selection of wines
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options

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
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving

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


Gear Rental

There is diving gear available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices.


Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Length 24 meters
  • Beam 5.8 meters
  • Cruising speed 9 knots
  • Engines 550 PS MAN 12 cylinder Turbo
  • Max guests 14
  • Number of cabins 7
  • Number of bathrooms 6
  • Tenders 3.90m with 15 HP engine
  • Fuel capacity 3000 liters
  • Freshwater maker 9000 liters

Boat Navigation and Safety

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

Merit Reviews

  • 8.6 Fabulous
  • 2 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    9.0
  2. Crew
    9.0
  3. Food
    9.0
  4. Diving
    9.0
  5. Value
    7.0
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Allison C
  • United States United States
boat left a day late, no nitrox, but nice dives

Cons: No nitrox, contrary to what was advertised. (Our dive guide said there hasn't been nitrox for the two years he's worked on the boat.) Our trip started a day and a half later than scheduled because the boat needed some work and they hadn't left a day of slack between trips to handle this. Also we weren't informed of this until the scheduled departure time, even though the owner Frank knew at least a day earlier. He did say we'd be refunded for the lost day, which hasn't happened yet, but hopefully will soon. The boat didn't have enough flashlights for all the guests. Luckily, we brought our own, and perhaps by now they've purchased more, but I mention it as an example of the overall sloppiness of the operation. Our toilet leaked sea water onto the bathroom floor for most of the trip, but that really wasn't a big deal because that's also the shower floor, and the toilet worked fine. Some dives had a medium to strong current and these aren't drift dives -- you will need to work for a few minutes. It's no big deal if you're in good shape but something to keep in mind. One morning our captain didn't wake up when he was supposed to, so the boat reached the first site for the day later than intended. Pros: Mergui diving was quite nice, especially the more northern part of the trip where the visibility was better. We saw many schools of small fish, lots of nudibranchs, manta rays, and all kinds of things. Many dives had interesting underwater topography too -- swim throughs, walls, large boulders, etc. You probably won't see any other dive boats in Mergui! Our dive guide was nice and made our trip relaxing. The overall mood on the boat was positive. The food was great, especially the Thai curries. Nothing fancy, just standard western breakfasts and basic Thai dishes for lunch and dinner. Delicious. Our bed was clean and comfortable. Four dives a day!

Recommended for
no other dive boats around, healthy reef, manta rays
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marta G
  • Spain Spain
Beautiful experience under and outside the water

- To be able to learn about the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar - To live on a boat for 5 days

Recommended for
Diving Instructors, Food, diving equipment was always ready