DiveRACE Similans liveaboard (Known as DiveRACE Class E) was launched in December 2014 and offers Similan liveaboard diving enthusiasts some luxury and decadence. The new DiveRACE Similans liveaboard is extremely spacious, and designed by scuba divers, with comfort as well as international safety standards in mind. She has dual systems to all but eliminate any breakdowns, and she's also very fast reducing journey times. There's a huge lounge / air-conditioned saloon, and also a private massage room to sooth any aches and pains. For photographers, there's several multimedia stations where they can edit their underwater shots and video.
The food is the as good, or better than you'll find on most liveaboards, cooked with fresh ingredients serving a mixture of Asian and western cuisine. Fresh towels are offered daily, as are hot towels after every dive. DiveRACE Similans liveaboard offers two different cabin types. There are six twin share luxury cabins which can be adapted to take twin beds or a double bed, and each luxury cabin has its own private balcony. There are also four twin share en-suite cabins. This is the newest Similans liveaboard on the market, run by experienced Similans liveaboard operators.
DiveRACE Similans liveaboard operates a tried and tested four night schedule, with diving around the Similan Islands, as well as the hotspots like Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and of course the famous Richelieu Rock. She also offers a much needed Myanmary itinerary also, with severl trips to the Mergui Archipelago. Pick-ups are complimentary from Phuket, and run from 4:00pm to 7:30pm on the day of departure. See our schedules and prices information for a full list of departure dates and prices.
DiveRACE Class E Liveaboard Schedules, Prices, & Itineraries
DiveRACE liveaboard offers two different liveaboard destinations. DiveRACE runs an ideal Similans liveaboard schedule with fourteen dives in the Similans, Koh Bon, Tachai, and Richelieu Rock. There are also a couple of five night trips over Christmas and the New Year. DiveRACE is also offering a Thailand and Myanmar itinerary for six or seven nights. Complimentary transfers start in the afternoon of departure. Upon completion of trips, guests return to the pier around 3:00pm, and transfer back to their Phuket or Khao Lak hotels at around 5:00pm.
DiveRACE Class E - Similans Liveaboard Itinerary - 4 Days / 4 Nights - 14 Dives 6 x Twin Luxury Cabins (With private balconies) - 45,000 THB per person 4 x Twin Share En-Suite Cabins - 42,000 THB per person
Example Itinerary Departure Day: Pick up from hotel or airport between 4:00pm to 7:000pm and transfer to Tap Lamu pier, one hour north of Phuket for an overnight cruise to the Similan Islands. Day 1: Four dives at Anita's Reef, West of Eden, Elephant Head Rock and Turtle Bay. Day 2: Four dives at Christmas Tree Point, Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. Day 3: Three Dives at Richelieu Rock and Koh Tachai. Day 4: Two dives at Boonsung Wreck. Arrive back at the pier at around 2:30pm and transfer to Phuket or Khao Lak hotels.
DiveRACE Class E - Similans Liveaboard Itinerary - 5 Days / 5 Nights - 18 Dives 6 x Twin Luxury Cabins (With private balconies) - 65,000 THB per person 4 x Twin Share En-Suite Cabins - 56,000 THB per person
Example Itinerary Departure Day: Pick up from hotel or airport between 4:00pm to 7:000pm and transfer to Tap Lamu pier, one hour north of Phuket for an overnight cruise to the Similan Islands. Day 1: Four dives at Anita's Reef, West of Eden, Elephant Head Rock and Turtle Bay. Day 2: Four dives at Christmas Tree Point, Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. Day 3: Three Dives at Richelieu Rock and Koh Tachai. Day 4:Four dives in the Similans or at Koh Bon & Koh Tachai. Day 5: Two dives at Boonsung Wreck. Arrive back at the pier at around 2:30pm and transfer to Phuket or Khao Lak hotels.
Prices for DiveRACE Class E - Similans & Myanmar Itinerary - 8 Days / 7 Nights - 22 Dives 6 x Twin Luxury Cabins (With private balconies) - 88,000 THB per person 4 x Twin Share En-Suite Cabins - 77,500 THB per person
Example Itinerary Departure Day 1: Pick-ups run from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and transfer guests to DiveRACE liveaboard moored at a pier close to Khao Lak. Guests are served a welcome dinner, and then can sleep during the overnight cruise to Koh Tachai. Day 2: Four dives around Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. Day 3: Clear immigration at both Ranong and Kawthoung, then three dives in Burmese waters, possibly High Rock, Three Islets, & North Twin. Day 4: Four dives around Black Rock in Myanmar. Day 5: Three dives at North Rock, Fan Forest Pinnacles, & Northern Rocky. Day 6: Two dives at CrayFish Cave and Eagles Nest. Head back to Kawthoung in Myanmar to clear immigration. Day 7: The final couple of dives at the Boon Sung Wreck in Thailand before returning to the pier at around 2.00pm. Transfer back to hotels and Airport by 4.30pm. *The seven-night itinerary will include an extra day of diving in Myanmar, with four additional dives.
Prices Include Accommodation on MV DiveRACE, all meals (Western & Thai) snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, towels, toiletries, daily cabin services, fresh hot towel and drink after every dive, tanks, torches, weight belt, weights, dive guides. Free scheduled pick up/ drop offs anywhere in Phuket/ Khao Lak.
Additional Costs Thai massage 500 THB per hour, soft drink 40 THB, beer 80 THB, 15L aluminum tank 350 THB per day (12L tanks are supplier as standard), nitrox fills 300 THB per fill (Buy 6 get 1 free). Espresso coffee 60 THB. Equipment rental if required is 700 THB per day, or if you book through us we can arrange it for 500 THB per day. Dive computers are available to rent for 350 THB per day.
Similan Marine Park Fees & Myanmar Visa Fee Similans four night trip - 1,800 THB. Similans five night trip - 2,000 THB. Similans & Myanmar six night trip 600 THB + USD$200. Similans & Myanmar seven night trip 800 THB + USD$200.
Please Note Flying After Diving Guidelines Current flying after diving recommendations state that after multiple days of scuba diving, divers should leave 24 hours or longer before flying. The final dive of each liveaboard trip should surface by around 11:30am to 12:00pm. That means if you'd like to dive the dives on the final day of the trip, you shouldn't fly before 12:00pm (That's 12 Noon / Midday) the following day.
Dive Insurance is compulsory for all DiveRACE Class E trips. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs. We recommend Diver Alert Network or DAN Asia Pacific if you are not covered.
Specifications Length - 34.5m Beam - 7.5m Engines - 2 x 1200HP Cummins Generator - 2 x 80 KVA Capacity - 28 customers (max) Boat Crew - 10 Dive crew - 5 Cabins - 6 twin share & 4 quad share (All En-suite) (all ensuite) Systems - VHF Radio / GPS / Depth Sounder + Side Scan Sonar / Auto Pilot / AIS Transponder / Radar 2 x Fresh Water Maker Safety - Extensive First Aid Kit / Life rafts (50 pax) Dinghy's - 2 x 4.5m Tender w 40HP outboard engines
Comforts DiveRACE Class E provides a host of facilities and services. Luxuriate in the warm rays of the sun and enjoy a chilled drink on the spacious sun deck.
Between dives, choose to watch the latest movies on a 60" 3D TV in the comfort of an air conditioned saloon, or indulge in a relaxing massage in the private massage room. Photographers are welcome to use utilize the multimedia stations to edit their works.
Gourmet meals are planned and executed daily, and a hot towel awaits each diver to soothe and refresh guests after every dive. Fresh towels are changed daily, and laundry services are available on request.
DiveRACE Class E comprises two cabin types - the twin-share luxury cabin and the quad-share group cabin. There are 6 twin-share luxury cabins and each cabin comes with its own private balcony. Furthermore, guests may also choose to have their beds arranged in either a single or double bed configuration.