Similan Explorer, Thailand


The 25m MV Similan Explorer is a great option to explore the underwater beauty of the Similan Islands, Thailand. Dive with manta rays at Koh Bon, whale sharks at Richelieu Rock and beautiful reefs at the Surin Islands. Walk on pristine beaches and trek into the jungle as the M/V Similan Explorer takes you on 2 or 3 night adventures to the Similan Islands of the Andaman Sea. The experienced dive guides are more than happy to take requests to find special critters such as seahorses, pipefish and nudibranchs.

Topside, the MV Similan Explorer dive liveaboard has 8 cabins catering to 18 guests. Four twin bunk cabins and two quad cabins can be found on the main deck, while the upper deck has 2 double cabins. All cabins have AC, sea-view windows and shared bathrooms. Hungry divers will be taken care of as freshly prepared food is served throughout the day, meals vary between local Thai cuisine and international dishes, and vegetarians can be catered to on request. For relaxation guests can choose the lounge & dining area with TV and DVD player, or up on the sun deck which is also a great place to take in the stunning views and keep and eye out for manta rays, whale sharks and playful dolphins.

The M/V Similan Explorer is a great way to explore the Similan Islands. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.

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Included: Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Snorkel Gear, Cabin Towels.

Required Extras: 7% VAT, National Park Fees (2,000 THB).

Optional Extras: Airport Transfer (1,400 THB), Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox Course (7,276 THB), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses.

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

  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Full-board Option

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.


  • Nitrox available
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving

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

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 Similan Explorer Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2001
  • Year renovated every year
  • Length 25mt
  • Deck area 40 sqm per deck
  • Beam 7
  • Top speed 10knots
  • Cruising speed 8knots
  • Engines 1 350 hp hino diesel
  • Max guests 18
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 3
  • Tenders yamaha 30 hp
  • Water capacity 7000lt
  • Fuel capacity 5000lt

Boat Navigation and Safety

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

Similan Explorer Reviews

  • 8.9 Fabulous
  • 50 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Patricia S
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Great liveaboard

Diving in Koh Bon and Richelieu Rock Visit a beach in Similan Islands See a guitar shark

Recommended for
Food, Dive Guides, Koh Bon
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Michael S
  • United States United States
First Dive Boat Trip

Was my first dive boat, and first dives after OW cert, so I can't compare to other boats. I felt safe and well looked after by the instructor I dove with, and I was nervous going in. Gear was comparable to what I rented during my OW cert. Cabins are small, but the AC works well. I'm 6 feet, and bunk was adequate. Might have cramped a taller guy. Showers and head were basic but clean and plenty of hot water. Food was fine, not fancy, but good, with lots of choice, variety, and quantity. Drinks menu is limited, might want to bring your own drinks if you want more than Cokes and craftless beer. This is not a luxury boat, but well suited for me. I wanted to get max diving in without paying for frills. I would definitely book them again.

Recommended for
The guides, the dive sites, the price.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • China China
awesome trip and best crew

We saw manta...

Recommended for
Crew guide food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Christopher T
  • United States United States
AMAZING! Richelieu Rock was outstanding.

Seeing Manta Rays at Koh Ban.

Recommended for
The Crew, The Food, and The comraderie.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Natalie R
  • New Zealand New Zealand
An incredible 5 days 5 night liveaboard

Would highly recommend this liveaboard! For what you pay, you get so much. The boat isnt the flashest boat in the sea but it works, and is comfortable and has everything you need. Both the thai staff and the diving staff were incredibly friendly and helpful and efficient. You would finish a dive and boat boys would be there to help you out of your gear, full up tanks, and then would have an amazing feed after every dive. On our boat we had about 3-4 divers per guide which was awesome. I went as a single traveler which I was highly nervous about, but everyone on board was so friendly and never had time to get bored. Great 5 days!

Recommended for
Diving was great - ratios of divers to guides was incredible, friendly and accommodating staff, really efficient
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Arjan H
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great From the beginning untill the end.

Night dive, similan islands and more.

Recommended for
food, Richelieu Rock, the whole Experience
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Arjan H
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great From the beginning untill the end.

Night dive, similan islands and more.

Recommended for
food, Richelieu Rock, the whole Experience
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Marcel Fernando S
  • Germany Germany
Everything was really good. I can really recommend that tour, boat and crew.

We had beautiful sights on the trip, even whales (seeing them from board, not while diving). The crew was extremly friendly and everything was very good organized. It was a lot of fun and there was nothing to complain about anything. There was also several tijme the chance to see and visit different beaches. I definatly recommend diving with the Similan Explorer.

Recommended for
Crew; Food; Dives
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Martin A
  • Estonia Estonia
Amazing crew and beautiful dive sites!

We saw several huge Manta Rays from just a few meters away on 4 or 5 of our dives.

Recommended for
Value, dives, people
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Yoshinori S
  • Japan Japan
Best value of liveboard for Similan tour


Recommended for
Diving crews, Boat staff and cheff and good value