Pawara, Thailand


The 35m MV Pawara is a custom built, steel hulled Similan Islands liveaboard. Offering 4-night trips from October - May to some of the best Similan dive sites, as well as Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, divers can hope to see giant Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Leopard Sharks and beautiful hard and soft corals. Diving takes place from the spacious dive platform, which offers plenty of room for gear storage, and divers who are qualified can take advantage of the FREE Nitrox on offer.

Topside the MV Pawara Liveaboard offers 2 budget cabins with shared bathrooms and 10 cabins with en-suite bathrooms. Each cabin is air-conditioned and provides towels, toiletries and a safety deposit box. For relaxation in between dives guests can choose from the entertainment room which is equipped with flat screen TV, DVD, sound system, karaoke, games and more, or the sun deck with comfortable soft mattresses. In the dining room 3 delicious meals of Thai and International cuisine will be served, and cookies, fresh fruit, tea, coffee and drinking water are available all day.

Let the experienced and professional crew of the MV Pawara help you to create a Similans diving holiday to remember. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.

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Included: VAT, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Nitrox, Cabin Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (1,000-1,800 THB), Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Rental Gear.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Bar

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day

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

The crew speaks English, Thai, French, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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

MV Pawara Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year renovated 2016
  • Length 35m
  • Beam 7m
  • Top speed 15 knots
  • Cruising speed 8-12 knots
  • Engines 1 x 420HP RE10 1 x 420HP RF10 Nissan Marine
  • Max guests 24
  • Number of cabins 12
  • Number of bathrooms 13
  • Tenders 4.2 x 1.9m with 40HP outboard
  • Fuel capacity 15000l
  • Freshwater maker 25000l

Boat Navigation and Safety

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

Pawara Reviews

  • 9.0 Superb
  • 44 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Myles M
  • United States United States
Experienced Diver Review

Fellow divers, the crew, meal time and The Parawa. Attention to details and some of the best dives and briefings. Bento is the Ringmaster of the whole show and his 10 years on the boat make the whole trip flow seamlessly.

Recommended for
The crew, the dive guides and itinerary.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Mir T
  • United States United States
I had very good time

Seeing whale shark and Montana ay

Recommended for
Crew, foods, and dive site even visibility was not good
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Daniel L
  • Sweden Sweden
Awesome liveaboard for single diver

3-4 dives a day which is really good compared to longer trips where there is normally only 2-3 dives a day. Got to see seahorses, a leopard shark, octopus, huge schools of barracuda and alot of nice corals. Nice to only have to think about transfer and hotel before and after the liveaboard. Else everything was very convenient.

Recommended for
Small dive groups, many dives, good price
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Joyce M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Bad weather but great experience

The majority cancelled as day one we were stuck in harbour due to bad weather. As a result when we went the next day the 7 of us remaining were treated like royalty!!! So much space ad time to do whatever we wanted! The tuna wreck despite being the deepest and "scariest" dive was amazing. The bad weather meant we were diving alternative sites but the dive masters were brilliant at making us focus on the small animals that we would normally pass by! The night dives are magical we saw turtles, massive striped lobsters, octopus and were routinely heckled by titan triggerfish. The crew made a video of our trip and offered this to each one of us for free if we had an SD card to put it on. This is amazing and I am so appreciative of Fernando and Berto for doing this. I don't have a go-pro and even if I did I would not have been able to capture the wildlife the way they have. I will be able to show my family and friends why I love diving.

Recommended for
The dive masters were knowlegable, caring, fun and proffessional. The food was amazing. The boat is luxurious and comfortable. My tank was refilled and ready to go again before I even got out of my w
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Morten T
  • Denmark Denmark
Bad experience turned around to a good dive trip by well organized team

Due to the bad weather we could't leave the pier, so have to say it was service from your side to offer us we could stay on the boat but still get our money back if we still couldn't leave the next day, lucky we got away and had some dives even though it wasn't the best dive sites in Similan but we did dive so all is good. Fantastic team onboard everyone from boar staff to dive master they made all the difference. Thanks very much and I will come back for sure. Hope you all get a great season. Morten

Recommended for
Staff, food, diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Joan M
  • Denmark Denmark
Fantastic liveaboard

The diving was awesome. Only thing not great was the weather but that is hard to blame anything or anyone for :-)

Recommended for
Diving, Dive Guides and Food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • John D
  • Canada Canada
Terrific diving with a terrific crew

seeing a seahorse at 32m, the blocks of rock at the Elephant head site, the marine life at boongsoong wreck. It's not a non smoking trip and certain guests were inconsiderate. from now on all my trips will be on smoke free boats. we did our advanced open water and enriched air certs on board too. terrific teaching with Pato.

Recommended for
Marine life, seascapes and crew
  • 7.6 Good
  • thomas V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
My firtst liveaboard, and first time at a great divesite. It was auwesome!!!

Spotted a great manta ray! And a lot of great schools of fish. Now i loved the titan triggerfish attacking me!?! Lol...

Recommended for
Great divesite! Great divemaster, and great food!!!
  • 7.6 Good
  • Christian S
  • Germany Germany
Good trip, but partly below our expectations

The cabin was wet and had a musty smelling. So the sleeping comfort was not good at all. The guides were friendly and nice and tried to fulfill our wished. The diving was not bad, but we expected more and uncommon fishes / creatures. But there are too many divers at the diving spots. So a good trip, but not spectacular.

Recommended for
Food (Kid's cooking), Late-Check-out, Diving at Richelieu Rock
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Daehee K
  • South Korea South Korea
best service on the board

Must try if you can do scuba diving. It's very very nice, you can see the big fish such as human size. and also watch the Manta ray too.

Recommended for
Guide in the water, comfortable cost, kindly crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Peter C
  • Denmark Denmark
Great Trip - crew and guides were amaizing

It was a great dive trip that my girlfriend and I had on Pawara in the beginning of February. The dives were (Most often) quite spectacular, which combined with a friendly crew, awsome guides and nice food made the whole trip unforgetable.

Recommended for
Richeliou Rock, the guides and the crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Dominik P
  • Germany Germany
Good dives, good food, good sleep, nice people

Diving the wreck and Richelieu Rock

Recommended for
High comfort, divesites, food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • James C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

My first live aboard, Ive only been diving for 3 months and they were brilliant. Excellent dive sites, food and the people on the trip were all fantastic. Cant recommend it more highly

Recommended for
Diving, food and company
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jose Carlos B
  • Brazil Brazil
Very good, specially the dive leader Beto.

The boat was always on time for each dive, food as well. Dive masters known very well the sites and were able to give us the best for each site. The dive leader Beto (responsible for all dive masters), were unique in terms on be on time, give very detailed directions on each briefing, providing tranquility and safety for each dive.

Recommended for
Dive sites, Dive masters and the weather
  • 10 Exceptional
  • PO CHU K
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
This is awesome trip, I will join Pawara trip again.

Thank you my DM Glenn made me had awesome & excited trip. When I shared experience with my friends, they also want to join me again in coming this year. Finally , Thank you for the all crew staffs. See yours next year ^^

Recommended for
1)My team's DM Glenn was very professional . 2)Crew Service is very good ,they very polite and very helpful , the bed room neat and clean
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Lok Wan C
  • Mauritania Mauritania
Excellent liveaboard

Nice staff in the boat especially all the Divemaster, Beto, Dan, Henning, Angel and Glenn. They are very nice and helpful for sharing their diving experience for us.

Recommended for
Food is good and all the staff are friendly and helpful
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Martin R
  • Germany Germany
Awesome first Liveaboard experience with great guides, crew, food and new friends

This was my first liveaboard trip and my first time in the similans. We were lucky to have a trip with only half the passengers so we had a really relaxing trip with lots of space. The pawara is built for 26 (and they'd easily fit) but it might get a little crowded on the sundeck ;). The diveguides were amazing, made us feel safe and have fun at all times and showed us all the awesome stuff. Above the surface, the cook and crew provided us with amazing food so the whole trip was just awesome. Remember Whalesharks aren't guaranteed but you'll have 14 diverse dives with great sealife ranging from koh bon via koh tachai to richelieu rock and back via the boonsung wreck.They even did a really cool video. dive - eat - sleep - repeat :D Coffee, dive Nr 1, breakfast, relaxing, next dive... Thanks a lot to the whole team around Beto taking so good care of us. I'm coming back for sure!

Recommended for
crew, diveguides, sundeck
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Bokrye C
  • South Korea South Korea
Comfortable and professional liveaboard experience

Saw barracuda for the first time but due to weather condition couldnot go farther to north and visibility was not so good . Staffs all kind and gave free video clip.

Recommended for
Professional guide foods and hospitality
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Cici H
  • China China
I love live on board, do nothing but diving everyday.

I love love on board, you do nothing but diving everyday, the staffs are very helpful, I’ll go Liveaboard trip again.

Recommended for
Food, dive, service
  • 7.6 Good
  • Lina B
  • Morocco Morocco
Amazing Pawara

This was an amazing experience. We go to meet so many people from all over the world and share a unique experience with them! Our dive Master was Hening was just great and will always remember this amazing trip!

Recommended for
Marine life, All the nce people we met, and the food!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Daekwon L
  • South Korea South Korea
Excellent experience in Pawara with amazing staffs!

Pretty much everything was perfect. Boat, crew, Foods and safe and fun diving! I will definitely visit Pawara again! Thanks a lot and take care!

Recommended for
Kind staff, great foods and schedules
  • 9.2 Superb
  • King San W
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Nice DMs, very organised and memorable trip

Beto was professional and passionate in running this boat. This is not my first time joining Similan boat tour but West coast diver really make a different. DMs are nice and will point out the great marine life to you. Free Nitrox is definitely an advantage if you need. Food and crew are helpful and friendly. I will recommend this to my friends.

Recommended for
Professional DMs, very organised and safe, nice crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • xuan Z
  • China China
Fantastic trip on the Pawara

it was our first boat trip and we really enjoyed our full time aboard. Great dive masters, very professional, showing the best spots and always taking care of us. Great food on board. A really successful trip. Thanks a lot to all the crew on Pawara for this memorable trip! Veronica & Stephane

Recommended for
1) All the Staff (Dive masters & crew) on board was super friendly and great 2) Fantastic dive sites 3) Great Food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Aman B
  • India India
Mesmerising experience

I recommend this boat for diving in this area. Amazing experience

Recommended for
Whale shark, soft coral, great food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Hui Sang K
  • South Korea South Korea
very pleasant trip

I received good service at reasonable price. Similan island is beautiful as it is known, and there are many things to see. The whale shark that I met in an unexpected spot made this trip unforgettable. The crews were very friendly and helped make the trip a pleasant one.

Recommended for
Crew, Food, Ocean
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Krystian T
  • Poland Poland
great experience

So that was my first liveaboard experience and I'm very satisfied. Boat is in good shape, thai crew and dive masters are very friendly. Beto is a great leader who can help you with every problem. Diving was great, especially on Richelieu Rock, and the sunsets were most beautiful I've ever seen. Free nitrox is a nice addition. Def gonna come back in future.

Recommended for
diving, crew, food,
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Melih Cevdet O
  • Turkey Turkey
Organized very professionally, awesome trip

Overall experience was amazing. Beto did a great job with organizing. it was a tight schedule but we were able to get the most out of it. I am really surprised how professionally the tour was planned. We were 21 divers on board, we dived in waves and never had a problem. Our instructor was Angel, we had superb dives. Staff was very friendly, we did not have a single problem, it was a very positive and a lot of fun trip. Kit - chef was amazing. We explored islands before diving trip and the food on boat was better than any of the restaurants we have been to. i dived in Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Hawaii before. Dive sites in this trip were way better than any of my previous experiences. We have seen whalesharks and marine life was very alive, a lot of schools of fish and amazing landscape with sea fans, pinnacles. I rarely leave good reviews, but this one was 5 star in every aspect.

Recommended for
Diving, food, friendly staff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sandeep D
  • India India
My First Liveaboard : Excellent

Seasick for the first 24hours, the monsoon did not retreat as scheduled :-) Dives well paced and widely distributed. Casual and enthusiastic dive masters and boat crew. Absolutely repeatable cruise.

Recommended for
Guides, Crew, Boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Fay P
  • Australia Australia
Thank you Similans for the diving.

Diving. Just loved diving. Vis wasn't always the best, but that's OK. Always enjoyed the dive and looked forward to the next dive.

Recommended for
The crew, from the dive staff, to the boat boys, the ladies cooking and cleaning and the captain. All were fantastic people and very helpful.
  • 7.6 Good
  • Stuart
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Very good

Richelieu Rock - Whale shark

Recommended for
Whale shark, transfers & Richelieu Rock
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Miguel D
Great crew and dive guides, boat needs many fixes

Diving and boat crew

Recommended for
guides, crew, meals
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Kevin H
  • Canada Canada
Good overall

- koh tachai dive site - three trees

Recommended for
1. how organized the trip was (every day schedule). 2.diving sites were nice in general. 3. People we met on board were nice nice and from different areas around the world
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Filip D
  • Belgium Belgium
Plongées de rêve très bien organisée

Richelieu rock

Recommended for
La nourritures. Gentillesse. Efficacité
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Marco D
  • Australia Australia
Amazing experience


Recommended for
Richilieu rock, whale sharks & manta’s
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Erica W
  • Canada Canada
Great Value for money

He amount and diversity of marine life was amazing. Including a whale shark!!

Recommended for
The diving was amazing, the food was unbelievably good, the dive briefs were fantastic.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Molner A
  • Spain Spain
Fantástico buceo

Richelieu rock sin ninguna duda.

Recommended for
El crew, los guías, Richelieu Rock al sunset !!!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Fanny L
  • Belgium Belgium
Really nice and comfy :)

Richelieu rock, rocks! Really friendly and helpful team!

Recommended for
3 Dives masters, comfortable beds and general organisation (2 waves dive)
  • 7.6 Good
  • Jennifer S
  • Canada Canada
Unfortunately I can't comment on the diving as I was out of action due to being injured. But the staff on board were great

I was played up so can't comment

Recommended for
All of it
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Christian T
  • France France
Must do is diving in Similan and Pawara is a good choice

- advantage of being only 9/26 passengers on the boat due to coronavirus - the dive sites are very beautiful although the visibility is not very good - organization of dives and divemasters are very good - the crew and the divemasters are very friendly and attentive - soft drinks in charge and no wifi contrary to the description on the site - pawara - the air conditioning of the M1 master cabin always requires crew intervention to operate - it will be nice to have a microwave available to heat the dishes

Recommended for
Organisation of the dives; the divemaster 's skills, the sites of diving
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Hadrien K
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Nicest staff and great diving

The boat is a little old, the engine is very loud, especially when your cabin is on the lower deck. The platform to go into water and back on the boat is kinda high, so you better be comfortable climbing the ladders on the side. Otherwise everything perfect! I can only recommend.

Recommended for
Friendly staff, safety first when it comes to the diving, good food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Hongmou Z
  • China China
very good liveaboard

My first liveaboard trip, unforgettable experience

Recommended for
food, briefing, dive site
Origin: US