Sawasdee Fasai, Thailand


New for 2016 and the sister ship to MV Pawara is the Sawasdee Fasai. A custom built dive liveaboard offering trips to the amazing dive sites of the Andaman Sea between October and May each year. The enormous dive deck on board ensures that there is more than enough room for the 26 divers onboard, with ample space for gear storage and kitting up. Aboard the Sawasdee Fasai liveaboard divers can experience the amazing dive sites of the Andaman Sea, and explore famous dive sites of Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Elephant Head Rock or Koh Tachai in the Similan Islands.

Topside the Sawasdee Fasai has 15 air-conditioned cabins catering to a maximum of 30 guests. Located on the main deck are 2 master cabins and 5 deluxe cabins, each with sea views and en-suite bathrooms. On the lower deck are 4 standard cabins also with en-suite bathrooms, and 4 budget cabins with shared bathroom facilities. There is plenty of room for relaxation with the huge sundeck, outside lounge area, indoor lounge and refreshment bar.

Let the friendly boat crew and experienced and professional dive crew of the Sawasdee Fasai Liveaboard help to make your dive adventure a memorable one. Book your adventure today.

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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.

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

  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

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, 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

Sawasdee Fasai Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2004
  • Year renovated 2016
  • Length 36.8 m
  • Beam 7.8 m
  • Top speed 16 Knots
  • Cruising speed 12 Knots
  • Engines 2 x 520 HP
  • Max guests 30
  • Number of cabins 15
  • Number of bathrooms 11

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Sawasdee Fasai Reviews

  • 9.3 Superb
  • 46 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Armin H
  • Germany Germany
Best Dive Base

Seeing a oceanic manta ray Every dive was perfectly orchestrated Enough space on the boat to find also a secluded area to relax

Recommended for
1) Probably the best organized dive base I have ever experienced 2) the cabins where perfect 3) the dive spots
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Lai Man C
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Sawasdee fasai makes me want to go back to similan again.

The tour leader gave clear instructions that made things go easy.

Recommended for
Good organized makes everything goes very smooth. All the crews are very helpful. The environment is very comfortable.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Fernando J
  • Brazil Brazil
Perfect and Safe!!!

Everything was very well organized. The groups were small for each divemaster (3-5 persons). The dive masters know very well the places where we dived and it was everything very safe. We saw tons and tons of fishes, huge school of them. We saw sharks, whale shark, turtle, moreas, manta shrimps , barracudas, lobsters, etc... Besides, we could see some dolphins smwimming close to the boat on the last day. It was really perfect!!! The leader Kwan is an amazing person!!!

Recommended for
Safety, friendliness of all crew tripulation and Dive Master. Finally, The food was quite delicious.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ben A
  • Israel Israel
An explosion of marine life in a dive site

Though we didn't get to see whale sharks nor Mantas, the sheer amount of fish and small marine life was amazing! The guides were very professional and the crew did anything they can so we could enjoyond I think we did.

Recommended for
The sheer number of fish and marine life. The guides and the crew
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Manfred Z
  • Germany Germany
Tauchsafari Thailand

Richelieu - Roch ist einfach super schön. Sehr, sehr viel Fisch, tolle Korallen sehr intaktes Riff. 4 Tauchgänge pro Tag sind danke der guten Organisation "gut zu schaffen". Lieder zu viele Boote an den Riffs - von daher auch zu viele Taucher unter Wasser.

Recommended for
super organisiert - großes Schiff mit viel Comfort - guter Tauchguide in 4er Gruppe
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Matthew Q
  • United States United States
Awesome diving with amazing people!

4 giant manta rays!

Recommended for
Diving, room, and the staff.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • rory J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
great diving, great people

Kho bon and Richelieu rock were very impressive. The fellow divers were a mixed bunch but all on the same vibe.

Recommended for
dive masters (Kwan) the fellow divers the boat (crew) were fantastic
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • bo H
  • China China
the second time to similan

we met whale shark ,this is my third time to watch for my 300+ dives, it is amazing.

Recommended for
whale shark, friendly crew,
  • 8.4 Very good
  • JING Z
  • China China
A bit crowded boat with very friendly crew service and professional diving guides.

The delux room in boat is a bit crowded for living, but the crew servcie and diving guides are so friendly and professional. I had a good time in Similan and some dive sites is really amazing.

Recommended for
Friendly boat man, Professinal diving guide, Some nice dive sites.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Reynaldo M
  • United States United States
Best crew and awesome food!

Diving at Richelieu rock

Recommended for
Crew, food, diving spots
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Perttu V
  • Finland Finland
Amazing overall experience

The crew, dive masters and the other guests - all were friendly and professional. Great dive sites. Good food. Excellent overall organizing. Did my Advanced Open Water during the trip, got to learn new skills in excellent locations - at an affordable price!

Recommended for
Beautiful diving sites, friendly staff and co-divers, trip organizing
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Peter V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Absolutely the best liveabaord experience

I was at the Similans 12 years ago and the coral (as all over the world) was much better in those days, nevertheless diving at the Similans is still great and the best in Thailand. Richelieu Rock is still as I remembered, beautiful hard and soft coral ans loads of fish, the absolute highlight of the trip!

Recommended for
The ship was in a great condition, lot of space on the diving platform as well as on the rest of the boat. The crew did everything that was in their possibilities to make it an forgettable experience, nothing was to much for them. Diving in small groups of 4-5 divers per guide.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • JIAE J
  • South Korea South Korea
easy & fantastic!

Richelieu rock and global diving friends. I am already miss the sea. Whenever I close my eyes, I still see the fishs and pinnacles.

Recommended for
Staff, Richelieu rock, beautiful sea
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Iouri M
  • United States United States
Great adventure

Amazing adventure and new people from difference place of the world.

Recommended for
Good environment, great people, joint stuff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Christine W
  • Australia Australia
A great experience, great diving, good food and a very friendly crew

Again the Dive sites, all were good for different reasons. The Dive crew were also fantastic nothing was too much trouble and the crew on the back deck were always there to assist either getting into your BCD before a dive or getting out of the water after a dive. The food was was lovely, I don't eat meat however the girls in the kitchen were tremendous in ensuring I had plenty of other options. Yes I would definitely consider booking another trip.

Recommended for
Definitely the Diving especially Richeleiu Rock, Friendly Crew and great organisation
  • 10 Exceptional
  • William P
  • United States United States

Diving was so enjoyable! The crew was amazing, the boat was clean and comfortable! The food was delicious!

Recommended for
Friendly, welcoming and comfortable!!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • South Korea South Korea
very very GOOD!!!

I was touched by all my considerations. . We made it as easy as possible for divers, and we were able to ask for any inconveniences immediately.

Recommended for
1. Good guidie for Diver 2. Very clean A delicious meal 3. kindness
  • 10 Exceptional
  • James L
  • United States United States
Full service fabulous!

Great dives...great attentive crew...and yummy food!

Recommended for
The crew, the food and the fish
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Bonnie L
  • United States United States
I never believed I could do 4 dives in a day!

I got over my fear of night dives. Kwan prepared us well in the briefing before the night dive. The octopus and big jellyfish. My kind dive master Frank who was always willing to help me set my dive computer.

Recommended for
The whole inclusive crew, the scheduling of dives gave us enough time to rest between dives, the boat.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Rupert K
  • Germany Germany
Nice, functional boat; friendly crew

Dive guides were knowledgeable, attentive and fun - they worked really hard to make our trip special. We had the master suite and the extra space and double bed are worth the mark-up - very comfortable. The food was pretty basic and could use an upgrade!

Recommended for
Cabin, dive guides, divies
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Adrian L
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Great trip. Very good DM and lots of things to see. Nice live corals in the Similan Islands. The highlight for us was to dive and swim with the whale sharks on this trip.

Whale sharks and sea horses

Recommended for
Experienced DM - Whale Sharks - comfortable cabins
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Cristina W
  • Argentina Argentina

The dive masters and the manager Kwan were really good people and we were like friends that met each other for whiles. Apart from that, we also saw a whale shark during the trip which can’t be more amazing.

Recommended for
Atmosphere, all the dive masters and crew, food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Xiangtong X
  • China China
Great Diving sites,friendly and helpful staff,good food and comfort cabin

We spent 4 days on this liveboard,and went to Similan island and Richelieu Rock etc. We had 4 dives every day,all the dive sites are amazing.Food are great,including Thai food,western food and friut. We stayed in master cabin,so had enough place for us to hang out in there.

Recommended for
Dive sites,food and lots space on boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Westy W
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Totally amazing !!!

First off all, the WHALE SHARK!! it was really amazing! The places we've been to and dived! And the crew was really amazing, it was one big happy family

Recommended for
The diving, the crew of the boat and the food was really good!!
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Christian K
  • Germany Germany
Pleasant diving in the Andaman sea

Perfect weather, perfect water and famous divespots.

Recommended for
The friendlyness of the whole team. Crew, tour managment by Kwan and dive guides
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Edwin Hans M
  • Austria Austria
excellent dive trip

whaleshark at ko bon

Recommended for
much space on board, stuff and dive crew perfect, food excellent
  • 8.0 Very good
  • junho L
  • Canada Canada

School of barracudas, whale shark,

Recommended for
Vegetarian food, friendly service, shuttle bus service,
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Jens P
  • Sweden Sweden
Great experience.

Meet new people and dive with healthy coral and a great variety of fish.

Recommended for
Food, boat and staff
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Ann-Kristin W
  • Norway Norway
Good boat and great crew, well organised trip

Diving at Richelieu rock. Don't miss it! We had hoped to see sharks, f.ex. reef sharks, but unfortuneatly that is no longer likely in these dive sites.

Recommended for
The boat, the crew and the diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ronald C
  • United States United States
Awesome dive trip

This is our first live aboard and it exceeded our expectations. Can't speak for other dive masters, but ours was Kawalyn who was great. She made sure to ask us how we like to dive and tried to adjust to our style. Kwan, who was in charge, was awesome as well and really did everything in her power to make sure everyone had a good time. Weather prevented us for making to the Richelieu rock, and was more murky and choppy than ideal, but the abundance of sea life is amazing. Food was a cherry on top - extraordinary

Recommended for
dive masters, food, dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Nick Z
  • United States United States
Great trip

First time doing 4 dives a day on a liveaboard, had a great time. Boat staff was on top of keeping the boat clean and in good shape, making good food, and being generally friendly. Dive staff was all super helpful all around and tried hard to make sure everyone was comfortable and enjoying themselves. Only down side was that some of the dive sites were crowded due to other boats diving at the same time. The diving was still pretty great though as far as marine life. Would recommend.

Recommended for
Boat and dive staff, comfy boat, well organized
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tanja T
  • Germany Germany

On time planning, flexibility, quick helping to ensure fully functional equipment Dive master personal input after each dive and then obvious the diving.

Recommended for
Organisation of the trip, Dive Master, helpfullness of all staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Thomas W
  • United States United States
Beyond what we imagined, a very enjoyable trip

We felt like Kwan was exceptional in the prepae

Recommended for
The food !! The staff !! The diving !
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Evan R
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Excellent Liveaboard experience

The organisation on the boat was excellent. The comfort in the cabin was far better than expected. (Double cabin for myself & my partner) The bathroom was roomy too. A big plus was an excellent cook. I have food allergies and so did many others and the cook catered 100% for everyone. I had heard from other liveaboards that food was limited and you had to be quick. On this liveaboard this was not the case. Enough food for everyone and very tasty. Every dive site had something different for you to look at and the Dive guides knew exactly where to go to see new and exciting things. Recommend West Coast Divers to anyone booking a liveaboard.

Recommended for
Comfort, FOOD, Dive sites
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Garry D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Well run trip

Our trip on the Sawasdee Fasai was well run, the boat was very comfortable and the diving was excellent. The Dive Guides were helpful, knowledgeable and very friendly I would strongly recommend this boat if you are looking to visit the Similian islands in Thailand

Recommended for
Great Diving, Comfortable Boat, Great Value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Marta S
  • Poland Poland
Great trip, great crew

Very interesting diving spots, but should be recommended rather to advanced divers (depth, currents). A reef mayby not the best, but great rocks and diversity of sealife. The sea were not very calm even in high season, so people with seasickness can have some problem (there is a long distance between the diving spots). Because of wind, we did not manage to get to Richelieu Rock. We had a standard cabin on the lower deck, and our private bathroom did not smell well, especially in the morning we had dirty water on the floor. Everything else was perfect. The whole boat was confortable, with a lot of space. The crew extremely helpful and friendly. Very good food. A lot of diving.

Recommended for
manta ray and other creatures, crew and dive guides, perfect organisation
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Mikael A
  • Sweden Sweden
Sawadee Fantastic (Fasai)

Great boat with great staff. Fits a huge amount of divers without getting crowded. Very modern and luxurious. The Similans are awesome as expected, really got the impression the staff knew where to find all the good stuff. Think we had 7 dive masters with us in total.

Recommended for
Boat size, Modernity, Staff
  • 9.2 Superb
  • marcela M
  • Argentina Argentina

Richellieu rock. Kong bohno ando similand 9

Recommended for
The Shop, equipamiento ando the crew