Oktavia Liveaboard, Thailand

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Explore the Andaman Sea with the M/V Oktavia liveaboard. At 30m long she easily caters for up to 33 guests, but for added comfort capacity is limited to around 20 divers leaving extra space and room on-board. MV Oktavia has 13 Blue Ocean Standard Cabins located on the lower deck which share 4 bathrooms, and 2 en-suite Master Cabins on the upper deck. Standard cabins have central AC, a fan, either a double or 2 single bunk-beds plus cupboard for storage. Master cabins have a TV & entertainment system, seating area, writing desk, storage and double beds. The upper deck is the social hub where the dining room serves delicious buffet meals and snacks, and also has a shaded lounge area to relax and hang out. The sun-deck has comfortable loungers and is a great place to soak up some rays or enjoy the stunning Andaman views.

Dive trips aboard the MV Oktavia Liveaboard vary from 2 - 5 nights and visit world-famous dive sites such as Richelieu Rock, the Similan Islands, Koh Bon and Koh Tachai, and depart from and return to Khao Lak. Itineraries run from October - May each year.

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Included: VAT, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Cabin Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (900-2,700 THB per trip).

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (250 THB per day), Travel Insurance, Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox (200 THB per tank), Nitrox Course (6,000 THB), Private Dive Guide (2,500 THB per day), Rental Gear (600 THB per day), Scuba Diving Courses (1,500-12,000 THB), Beach Towels, Deck Towels.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • TV in cabins
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Full-board Option
  • Al Fresco Dining

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
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English, French, Spanish, Danish, and Swedish.


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

Oktavia Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2003
  • Year renovated 2007
  • Length 30m
  • Beam 6.5
  • Cruising speed 8-10 Knots
  • Engines 2 X NISSAN DIESEL - 10 CYLINDER - 420HP
  • Max guests 20
  • Number of cabins 11
  • Fuel capacity 7500 LTRS
  • Freshwater maker 20000 LTRS

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
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV

Oktavia Reviews

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • 33 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.6
  2. Crew
    8.2
  3. Food
    9.5
  4. Diving
    9.0
  5. Value
    8.7
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Andrey D
  • Russia Russia
A delightful diving experience

This was my first time on a liveaboard and those 5 days will definitely remain as a vivid memory for a long time! Everything was well organized and scheduled in advance, the boat is clean and spacious, the crew was very friendly and helpful and the cook is probably a wizard as the food was delicious and diverse. The diving was great with lots of marine life including a whale shark and manta rays on multiple dives. Special thanks to Vanessa who is a very nice person and an amazing dive guide who made the dives safe, fun and enjoyable and pointed us to lots of small creatures that otherwise would be easy to miss like seahorses. To be honest so far she is by far the best guide I had pleasure to dive with! Diving groups were also kept very small as the boat wasn't fully booked and I also even had a whole cabin just for myself. I didn't have any problems with rental equipment and everything was in working order. A few beach trips were also a welcome addition to the voyage. Pick up and transfer were also organized in advance by the manager which was a great help as I stayed at another city before the trip.

Recommended for
Great dive guides and crew, delicious food, well organized
  • 7.6 Good
  • Richard W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great crew. Oktavia needs some TLC

Seeing Manta rays. Hanging out with the crew and fellow divers. Easy relaxed style

Recommended for
The crew, people we meet, food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Stephen B
  • Australia Australia
Amazing experience over 5 days of diving with a very friendly crew. (WHALE SHARKS AND MANTA RAYS)

I was lucky enough to get a room to myself which really meant that I slept well and was ready to dive come the morning time, which is important when you're doing 4 dives a day. I went in February 2020 and the conditions were very calm, with water between 25-28°C all the time. Visibility wasn't as good as it normally is (according to those who had dived there before) but it was still about 20m which is pretty good. The food was plentiful, although sometimes a certain dish would run out quickly if you weren't in fast. There was always fruit to snack on or toast, coffee, tea etc and it was never long in between meals. Victor, Vanessa, Hiep and Marja all were very friendly guides who answered all questions as they were asked and made life easy organising dive gear or fixing issues. I think there are cheaper options out there for those who want to save money, without sacrificing too much quality. I think this boat was marginally more expensive and on the last day with park fees, tips and gear rental you'll need to remember how much you are really paying for the trip. On our last day of diving we saw Whale sharks on all 3 dives and on the last dive it literally hung around for 40 minutes. It was the most amazing thing to witness and I couldn't, still can't believe my luck!!! On top of that we had Manta rays, morays, cuttlefish, octopus and giant schools of travelly and emporer fish. But the whale shark swimming around us feeding for 40 minutes will live with me forever.

Recommended for
(1) The relaxed vibe of the boat was exactly what I wanted, rather then be forced to do all these activities, everyone was welcome to spend their free time as they pleased. (2) The dive sites themselves were fantastic for the most part, there was more often than not something interesting to see or a "first time" viewing of something. (3) The boat was spacious and there was room for everyone to lie down if need be, it was very comfortable and the crew were always helpful
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Chuen Chu C
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Great diving with great dive operator

Dom take care of us so much before and after the trip. Before the trip, we have many questions, he replied very quickly trying to solve all our problem. Dive guides so friendly. Trying their best to show us what we want to see. When we want to see big creature, they gave us oceanic manta; when we want something bigger, they show me whale shark(s). Great job and professional. Cabin is comfortable and big. Plenty of space for us to settle our big luaggages and camera gears. Highly recommend

Recommended for
Service, dive guides, whale shark
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Mark J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A great voyage with one reservation

Manta rays and whale sharks on 3 consecutive dives in Feb! However ... I was appalled that several divers behaved in a shameful way when we were blessed to see a magnificent whale shark. Several divers ran at the creature - two of them grabbed it!!! Only the Thai dive instructor on board tried to stop them. It was upsetting to see such behaviour. Divers MUST be warned and briefed to stay still and just witness the beauty... the creature will stay longer... and I won’t feel I’m taking part in destructive diving. Sorry to rant... but it was a magical moment spoilt by poor order and briefing. Thanks

Recommended for
Good crew, weather and whale sharks
  • 3.2 Review score
  • Terrill D
  • Canada Canada
Not worth the money

This liveaboard is a very disappointing experience. The crew doesn't spend much time with the guests on the boat, instead spending time with each other. The quality of the dives is very poor, with the guides appearing uninterested. The dive guides rarely point out anything during the dives, and they don't try to make the dives entertaining. Multiple times my tank wasn't filled prior to my dives, and on 3 occasions my wetsuit went missing, and when I brought it up to the trip leader, he shrugged his shoulders and proceeded with what he was doing. Really disappointed by the experience on this boat.

Recommended for
1) Boat is very spacious, 2) Very relaxing atmosphere on the boat, 3) Manager is very friendly
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Bobbie H
  • United States United States
Amazing trip-wonderful crew and delish food!

Diving of course. The last few dives were the best-so much color and aquatic life. The crew was so friendly, accommodating, and patient. The food was wonderful-once again very accommodating for a vegetarian! And the other divers were lovely. No complaints-phenomenal experience <3

Recommended for
Diving, crew, food!!!
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Michael A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great liveaboard for seeing accessing some of the best diving in Thailand

The trip was well run and the schedule was well communicated. The diving was excellent and the small group sizes were great. The food was simple Thai food for the most part and was delicious, especially the sweet and sour.

Recommended for
Great crew, enjoyable/relaxed schedule, well organised
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Benjamin C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Brilliant

Richelieu Rock whale shark Improving my diving skills (thanks to guide)

Recommended for
Diving itinerary, diving together with a great guide, crew helpful with equipment
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ryan Y
  • United States United States
Truly amazing

Best parts were getting to experience life on a ship. This was my first time on a live aboard and the staff made it very accommodating...felt like a hotel!

Recommended for
how many dives per day, the staff, the location
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Paige M
  • United States United States
Amazing Whale Shark sighting!

I snorkeled while my husband and daughter dove. The guides not only looked after the divers but me as well. My husband got his Advanced deep water certificate and Vanessa took time to make sure he understood everything above and below water. The other guests were so much fun to meet from places like Switzerland, England, the US & Australia. They all raved about the dives at Richelieu Rock. “Soooo many fish!!” they said. But my best snorkel came at the end. Victor, my guide, and I were snorkeling one end of the Koh Bon while the divers were at the other end. There were so many fish. Then he spotted a green turtle just gliding along in and out of the darker water,so peaceful. Suddenly he grabbed my arm. I thought sure there was a big problem. I looked where he pointed and out of the darkness, gliding 8-10m below us was a WHALE SHARK!!!! Unbelievable if you have never seen one! So peaceful, beautiful and huge. Apparently, they are rarely seen there. We were so blessed!!! Before we could even get in the boat, Victor was shouting to the crew the Thai word for Whale Shark. He was so excited. We were the talk of the boat for the rest of the trip. Many thanks to this wonderful crew for the highlight of our 10 days in Thailand!!

Recommended for
The guides and crew, the food, the sundeck
  • 7.6 Good
  • Alex V
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Great time on board of Oktavia

Richelieu Rock!!!

Recommended for
Tolle crew / schöne Tauchplätze auch ohne Mantas oder Walhaien / viel Platz auf dem Boot, da nur halb besetzt.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Leila H
  • Switzerland Switzerland
From the boat to the dives, everything was very well taken care of by friendly dive masters and the Thai crew

Dives in small groups, well organized programs by nice and passionate professionals

Recommended for
A laid back and relaxing environment. Well organized trip
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Tamara R
  • Germany Germany
To be continued :)

All those schools of coloured or strange fishes, corals, nice and funny time on board, great staff, great food

Recommended for
Nice and helpfull staff, great time on board, very good dives
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Arnaud S
  • France France
Very nice trip

The crew was super nice and friendly. It.was m'y first liveaboard cruise so I don't have other expériences to compare. But the ship was nice. The chosen sites were good and we saw some very interresing sea life ( 3 Big manta rays) The captain was very proficient and pickups were always easy The guides knew the diving sites and were efficient. Équipement was good

Recommended for
Nice diving site good guides and crew
  • 9.2 Superb
  • james S
  • United States United States
One of the best diving trips that I have taken!

We found a whale shark on Richelle Island, what a magnificent creature!

Recommended for
The diving was fanatatic, the food was great and the staff was wonderful
  • 8.0 Very good
  • YUEN FAI DICK W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great overall experience

Sighting of oceanic manta, frenzy fishes at Richelieu Rock sunset

Recommended for
Spacious boat and cabin, excellent crews, good choice of dive times and locations to avoid the crowd.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Hyungyu H
  • South Korea South Korea
다음 리브어보드를 예약하고 있습니다 :)

시밀란 섬 투어를 시작으로 코본, 코타차이, 리셀리우락으로 향하는 여정이었는데, 하이라이트인 리셀리우락은 당연히 멋졌고, 시밀란 섬의 암벽 지형도 굉장히 멋진 장관이었습니다.

Recommended for
처음 리브어보드 였는데, 친절한 크루들과 다이빙 가이드들의 도움으로 즐거웠습니다.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Alexander K
  • Canada Canada
Wonderful diving safary in Andaman sea

Diving between granite boulders

Recommended for
Diving, food, views
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Heikki R
  • Finland Finland
Good boat

Eagle Ray ;-)

Recommended for
Dive guide, boat crew, no problems
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jose juan L
  • Spain Spain
Highly recomended

Richelieu Rock incredible

Recommended for
Divemasters,staff,facilities
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kyle T
  • United States United States
Wow, we rate this to be one our top 5 experiences in life, it was beautiful, challenging, & relaxing.

Morning sunrise, and evening sunsets were breathtaking. Food was authentic and delicious. Crew was AWESOME, we learned so much and everyone went above and beyond to ensure every need was met. We stayed in the master cabin, definitely worth you extra money. You on the top living deck, with your own bathroom and shower; we enjoyed having the privacy.

Recommended for
1. Dive experience, we learned sooo much from our dive guide. We say sea turtles, octopus, TONS OF FISH, eels, and beautiful reefs. 2. Food, AMAZING, you wont go hungry, that's for sure. 3. Views! Sunrise, sunset, beaches, jungles ocean depths and more.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jan J
  • Slovakia Slovakia
Amazing trip with amazing people.

Great convenience, great people onboard and lots of fun diving :)

Recommended for
Crew, boat facility, diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Veine H
  • Sweden Sweden
Perfect

That my son got to the next level with his ceritification with a very good instructor.

Recommended for
Wonderful diving, very good crew, a realy nice boat!
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Jung Yen C
  • Taiwan Taiwan
Good food and big schools of fishes

Koh bon, koh tachai, Richelieu rock are so nice. Many big schools of fishes make it memorable. Briefing is effective with introduction of sites and marine lives. Food is really good. Thai crew are nice. Better to have good buoyancy control because some sites have rocks and narrow passages.

Recommended for
Dive sites, good food, updated boat amenities
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Emelie E
  • Sweden Sweden
Three of the best days in my life

As an rather unexperienced diver it felt really awesome how the diveguide were adjusting to your level, and it wasn’t like we were missing out on anything, we still got to see manta, a LOT of different kinds of morays and fish and slugs and all you could ever dream of. My logbook didn’t have room for all the awesome creatures we identified together. Next time I will definately go for the full five days.

Recommended for
Divesites, crew, the other guests
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • HUIJEA L
  • South Korea South Korea
Good diving at Oktavia

Nice trip for fun diving. It's easy to diving and retunr to ship. Friendly crew and guide. Slpping bed is clean and no insects. Foods are simple and delicious but no mango. (only watermelon, fineapple, banana)

Recommended for
Diving guide, food, accomodation
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Gun L
  • Sweden Sweden
Amazing diving with exelent Oktavia boat

A circle of houndreds of barracudas around us in Koh Tachi.

Recommended for
Few divers, god space in kabin, exelent crew and gides
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Eva B
  • Norway Norway
Good first liveaboard

This was my first live aboard, so I didn’t quite know what to expect. 4 dives a day was a bit much, but the dive spots were nice, especially the dives in Richelieu Rock were amazing, and makes it worth doing a longer cruise. The crew and guides were very helpful, and made effort to accommodate different needs and levels of diving. The cabins were quite basic, but adequate compared to the price.

Recommended for
Marine life in Richelieu Rock
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