Pawara, Thailand

Excellent food and drinks

“The moment we left the trip, we wanted to get right back on the boat and do another trip. That’s how good it was! Vincent and the …”

Gerson M, United States United States
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  • Custom-built liveaboard for Similan Islands
  • Chance to see Whale Sharks, Manta Rays
  • Free Nitrox available for qualified divers

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 qualified divers 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 equipped with a TV, DVD, sound system, karaoke, games, and more, or the sun deck with comfortable soft mattresses. In the dining room, 3 delicious Thai and International cuisine meals will be served daily, and cookies, fresh fruit, tea, coffee, and drinking water are available all day.

Let the experienced and professional MV Pawara crew help you create a Similans diving holiday to remember. Book online today to reserve your space.

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

Required Extras: National Park Fees (1,500-2,300 THB), Visas and Fees.

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

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

  • 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
  • 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

#deckplan 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
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Gerson M
  • United States United States
It was amazing! 🤩

The moment we left the trip, we wanted to get right back on the boat and do another trip. That’s how good it was! Vincent and the crew were awesome, they answered any concerns we had and were flexible with everyone’s needs on the boat. The amount of money you pay doesn’t equate to the level of comfort you get - the crew went out of their way to make every single day and dive super fun, enjoyable and relaxing for us. We are already making plans for our next trip which will be very soon 😎

Recommended for
The food, the crew, and the dive sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Matthew P
  • United States United States
Champaign experience on a beer budget

Vincent and his staff ensured the best experience. The dives sites were quite good although visibility and surges weren’t always the most cooperative. The dive guides and boat crew worked together being flexible with time and location to ensure the best experience. Food was delicious and overly abundant. We can’t recommend this boat and crew enough, a fantastic time.

Recommended for
Amazing staff all around. Great diving. Wonderful food.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sandra O
  • Germany Germany
Amazing diving with great people

I was very impressed how well organized everything was. The best thing was, that you could tell everyone on the boat does their job with love and passion. All the dive-guides were very excited about the diving and made the trip special for us. I booked the budget cabin with a shared bathroom, which was no problem at all. The shared bathroom was very clean and I rarely had to wait to use it. The food was outstanding!

Recommended for
Well-organized, good food and happy vibes
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Romuald P
  • France France
Super destination plongee

Les plongées a Richelieu roch merveilleuses

Recommended for
Personnel au top les plongée au top et on mange vraiment très bien
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Gary W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Awsome dive and holiday experience

Has to be diving around Richleau Rock... The greatest density of fishlife I've ever experienced. Visibility was terrible couldn't see anything because of all the fish in the way!!! 😂 The food the food the food.. All the crew aboard great bunch of professionals.

Recommended for
1.Food was absolutely amazing, the ladies cooking and presentation absolutely outstanding. 2.The diving was fantastic thoroughly enjoyable. Varied interesting rich marine life. Out stand of course Richleau Rock.. Life te experience. 3. Organisation for dive preparation was excellent and very efficient. Special mention to our dive guide. Knowledgeable professional particularly helpful with tips on photography.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Pauliina R
  • Finland Finland
Good value for money

Richeliu rock diving and every meal. Good care of vegetarians too!

Recommended for
Diving, crew and food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Priyanka C
  • India India
Overall a seamless, well organized, run operation, with well planned dives and all in great comfort!

I have been fortunate to be on a few Liveaboards and this trip exceeded my initial expectation. The crew, the focus on safety, attention to detail and of course the diving were all exceptional and good value for money. Vincent runs a tight ship and will have you miss his wakey wakey routine! Fred who was the dive instructor in our group was a gem and Neptune underwater! Rishab and Pong instructors from the other groups were the octopus whispererand Zen master respectively were lovely to be around. Personally would have no hesitation recommending Pawara or taking another trip on the boat. The chef and kitchen will keep ensure your belly lines grow inspite of all the diving :) Thank you for a lovely time and the only wish was that this trip was longer.

Recommended for
Dive safety, Boat Dive Crew, the Diving !!!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Eileen Y
  • Malaysia Malaysia
A different experience for divers

Saw a barracuda storm at our last day of trip. Saw a ghost pipefish. Too bad the visibility at Richelieu rock was bad, only did one dive there. Visit end of the season, heard the visibility would be clear during that time.

Recommended for
My instructor, the crew and my roommate.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Yuka F
  • Japan Japan
Normal sea condition / boat at Similan

Though it was not good visibility, enjoyed large number of fishes especially at Richelieu Rock. One thing disappointed was the diving guide. A lady guide seemed to enjoyed diving by herself, showed us nothing (She said we should not disturb marine life so she pointed out nothing and just swim). Our group complained about that to the dive director, he swiftly changed the guide for us. Food was very nice, we enjoyed authentic spicy Thai food.

Recommended for
Thai Food, Richelieu rock, Cuttle fish
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Stephen J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
An Excellent Experience

Firstly, the boat is really well managed by Vincent and everything is run incredibly smoothly. The food is plentiful and of a very high standard. A lot of care is taken in finding mooring sites that enable everyone to get a good nights sleep and internet coverage where possible. The complete dive setup is carried out to make it as easy as possible for guests and they quickly spot when someone needs some help and provide it immediately. When in the water, the ability of the guides to try and avoid the crowds, provide good finds and generally ensure the dive goes well and maximise the time in the water is superb. Once surfaced, the pick up is done quickly and with minimum hassle. You have to use a dingy but that is due to National Park rules and nothing to do with the boat. Once back on the liveaboard, every effort is made to ensure everyone has a good time and the guides mix well with guests. A special mention to the dive guide Stefan who you will not meet a nicer person. Extremely caring and always ready to share a joke at his or your expense! I would net hesitate to recommend Pawara and it’s crew to anyone!

Recommended for
How well the boat is run, the friendlyness and ability of all staff and the food!