Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Indonesia
Max Guests 20
Trip Duration 3D/4N, 4D/5N, 5D/6N
The MV Panunee offers scuba diving cruises throughout the year. She spends the months of November through until May in the Andaman Sea at scuba diving destinations including the Similan Islands, the Surin Islands and Myanmar. From July until September the Panunee is based in Indonesia and visits some spectacular dive sites around Derawan like Sangalaki, Kakaban, Samama, and Maratua Islands. This is some of the best scuba diving in the world. The MV Panunee is a large, well-designed diving liveaboard that keeps guests extremely happy with her spacious luxury and extremely comfortable interior and furnishings. This is a great Thailand liveaboard at very reasonable prices and definitely an option that should be considered for scuba divers looking for something a little bit special.
She was designed with underwater videographers and photographers in mind. There are several rinse tanks on the expansive dive deck and two of the staterooms are specially equipped with extra lights for housing preparation, large tables and even blow guns to blow away water or dust. There is also a common multimedia room with a huge plasma TV and a DVD player. The sundeck is furnished with padded sun-beds, where guests can relax and chill out with a cool drink between dives. The whole ship is air-conditioned throughout and all cabins have individual controls to suit guests.
One of the suite cabins.
The yacht is packed with all the latest navigation and safety aids and surpasses international safety standards. She carries a crew of ten to cater to a maximum of twenty-two passengers and many guests return year after year. The trip to Derawan off the coast on Borneo in the Sulawesi Sea on the coastal shelf of East Kalimantan is especially recommended. Some of the dive sites there have been known to have over fifty Manta Rays cruising around! Simply amazing!
Schedule, Prices & Itinerary
The MV Panunee runs trips from five to six nights in the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock, as well as six night trips to Richelieu Rock and Myanmar during November to May. She also offers six night Derawan Sangalaki Kakaban trips from July to September.
Similans and Richelieu Itinerary (4 days & 5 nights)
Day 1: Hotel or airport pick-ups will be arranged for around 5pm on the day of departure and guests will be transferred to Tab Lamu pier just north of Phuket. The MV Panunee will depart for the Similans at around 10pm. Day 2: A full day of scuba diving in the Similan Islands. Day 3: Diving in the Similans before heading north to Koh Bon where it's normal to see Manta Rays. Day 4: Diving at Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. Day 5: A full day of diving at the awesome Richelieu Rock. Find a whole host of cool critters here like Harlequin Shrimps, Seahorses, and if luck is with you a Whaleshark or two. Day 6: Depart the boat after breakfast and transfer back to your hotel or to Phuket airport.
Prices Per Person
Suite Cabin - Thai Baht 49,000 Deluxe Cabin - Thai Baht 44,000 Studio Cabin - Thai Baht 44,000
Richelieu Rock and Myanmar Itinerary (5 Days & 6 Nights)
Day 1: Hotel or airport pick-ups will be arranged for around 5pm on the day of departure and guests will be transferred to Tab Lamu pier just north of Phuket. The MV Panunee will depart for the Richelieu Rock at around 10pm. Day 2: A couple of dives at Richelieu Rock before heading north to Ranong to clear Immigration formalities. Panunee will cruise overnight to Myanmar. Day 3: Four dives at Shark Cave at Myanmar. Day 4: Four dives at Tower Rock in Myanmar. Day 5: Two dives at Black Rock and two dives at Western Rocky. Day 6: Two dives at Sea Fan Forest before returning to Kaw Tong in Burma and then over to Ranong in Thailand. After clearing Immigration cruise south to Tab Lamu. Disembark after breakfast and transfer back to your Phuket hotel or the airport.
Prices Per Person
Suite Cabin - Thai Baht 67,000 Deluxe Cabin - Thai Baht 62,000 Studio Cabin - Thai Baht 62,000
Indonesia - Derawan, Sangalaki, Kakaban Itinerary (5 Days & 6 Nights)
The dive cruise leaves from Tarakan Port. Tarakan is an island off the coast of East Kalimantan, which is situated in the eastern Celebes Sea off the northeastern coast of Borneo. Tarakan Island is Indonesian. If you need help or advice on how to get there contact us and we can advise you on flights etc. It is easiest to get there from either Jakarta or Singapore.
Day 1: Check-in is at around 7pm where there will be a boat orientation, a light meal and an introduction to the crew. The boat will depart at around 11pm. Day 2: A full day of diving around the Sangalaki Island area. Day 3: A full day of diving in the Kakaban area. Day 4: A full day of diving around the Maratua area. Day 5: A full day of diving in the Samama area. Day 6: The last day will be spend diving in the Derawan area. Day 7: Guests will disembark after breakfast at 5:30am and can transfer to the airport.
Prices Per Person
Suite Cabin - Thai Baht 60,000 Deluxe Cabin - Thai Baht 55,000 Studio Cabin - Thai Baht 55,000
All accommodation and meals onboard. Snacks, fruit, tea, coffee, soft drinks, tanks, weights, airport or hotel transfers for Andaman Sea trips.
Dive equipment hire, flights, hotels, Marine Park Fees, visa fees, Nitrox fills, alcoholic drinks.
Marine Park Fees for Similans / Richelieu Rock trip are B1600 per diver. Visa fee for Burma is US$300 per person and B600 for Richelieu Rock. Airport transfers are NOT included for the Derawan (Indonesia) trip.
Cabins & Comforts
- Two suite staterooms with ensuite bathrooms and Queen-size beds. - Seven deluxe cabins with twin beds. - Two studio cabins with twin beds and lots of space for camera equipment. - All cabins air-conditioned. - Five bathrooms with hot showers - Hot showers with fresh water. - Rooms serviced and cleaned daily. - Large flat screen TV and entertainment centre. - Indoors dining areas. - Comfortable outside lounge area. - Indoor air-conditioned saloon with media facilities. - Free tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks. - A mixture of Thai and Western food. - Special dietary requirements catered for. - Large dive deck. - Fantastic sun deck with panoramic views.
Technical & Safety Specification
- Length 32 metres, beam 7.2 metres. - Maximum speed 18 knots, cruising speed 12 knots. - Ten boat crew. - 2 x 760hp Marine engines. - 220v & 110v electrical outlets. - Autopilot. - Radar. - GPS (Global Positioning System) - Depth finders. - Radios and satellite phone. - 15000 litre fresh water tank as well as a desalination machine. - Two life rafts. - Life jackets in all cabins and also on deck. - First aid facilities. - Three air compressors to fill scuba tanks. - Two large dinghies. - Nitrox facilities.