The MV Pawara is one of the largest Similan Islands Liveaboards taking scuba divers to the best dive sites Thailand has to offer. The name "Pawara" is an old Thai Sansakrit word, which means "Treasures of the Corals". This is a modern Thai style liveaboard that was launched in 2006 after being custom designed and built in Phuket. She is extremely spacious boat and has great facilities. MV Pawara has ten twin berth cabins which all enjoy individual air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms. She has a huge lounge and an air-con dining room, where five meals a day are served! The lounge is a great place to relax after diving and is well stocked with board games, as well as DVDs that can be watched on the entertainments system.
Although the dining room can accommodate up to 24 people, guests can always choose to eat on the upper deck in the comfortable seating area, by the bar, or sitting in the sun. The food is a mixture of Thai and western cuisine and the kitchen is kept spotless and hygienic by the quality chef. The sundeck is almost big enough for a game of football and mattresses are provided here for guests to relax on and soak up some sun. The dive deck is large and uncluttered and there are plenty of hooks and hangers for equipment. There are also showers on the dive deck to rinse off the salt water.
The Captain's Bridge is equipped with state of the art navigation, communication and safety equipment. There are Kayaks onboard for guests use, as well as beach kites and more. To view the different schedules, prices and itineraries offered by Pawara please look at our schedules, prices and itineraries page.
Schedule, Prices & Itineraries
The MV Pawara operates a simple schedule that has proved to be popular season after season. Four days and four nights including 14 great dives in and around the Similan Islands as well as Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.
Day 1: Pick-up times are arranged for around 3:30pm and guests are transferred to the Pawara at Tap Lamu just north of Phuket. Boat introduction formalities are completed before the Pawara departs for the Similans at around 6pm. Guests can enjoy a late dinner and relax on the outward cruise. Day 2: Four dives in the Similan Islands including a night dive. Day 3: One dive in the Similan Islands, before heading north to Koh Bon for a couple of dives. This is where there's a better than average chance to dive with Manta Rays. For the fourth dive the boat will move northwards to Koh Tachai. Day 4: The first dive could be at Koh Tachai, before sailing north to the famous Richelieu Rock for two or maybe three dives. If only two dives are scheduled at Richelieu Rock, the final dive of the day will be at Koh Tachai. Day 5: Two final dives at Koh Bon looking for Mantas before cruising back to Tap Lamu. Transfer back to hotels.
Prices for Similan Islands Itinerary (4 Days & 4 Nights / 14 Dives)
All accommodation and meals onboard Pawara, tea, coffee, soft drinks, snacks, four dives per full day, tanks, weights, dive leaders, transfers within Phuket based on a joint transfer.
Scuba diving equipment, National Park Fees, alcoholic drinks, flights, hotels, dive computers, Nitrox fills, torches.
A full set of dive equipment is available for rent at 500 Baht per day. Similans Marine Park Fees are payable onboard. Marine Park Fees vary. For the four-night trip they are 1,600 Baht per person. PADI courses are available on the boat please ask us about prices. Torches are available for night dives at a cost of 100 Baht per dive. Dive computers are available for rent at 300 Baht per day.
Itineraries published here are for example purposes only and could be changed due to weather conditions, currents, or at the Captain's discretion.
Cabins & Comforts
- Six deluxe cabins with ensuite bathrooms. - Four standard cabins with ensuite bathrooms. - All cabins air-conditioned. - Hot showers with fresh water. - Rooms serviced and cleaned daily. - Large TV and entertainment centre. - Indoors dining area. - Comfortable outside seating area. - Indoor air-conditioned saloon with home entertainment system. - Free tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks. - A mixture of Thai and Western food. - Special dietary requirements catered for. - Very large and well designed dive deck. - Fantastic sun deck with panoramic views.
Technical & Safety Specification
- Length 35 metres, beam 7 metres. - Maximum speed 15 knots, cruising speed 13 knots. - 2 x 450hp Hino engines. - 220v electrical outlets. - Radar. - SOLAS navigation and safety equipment. - GPS (Global Positioning System) - Depth finders. - Radios and satellite phone. - Two life rafts. - Life jackets in all cabins and also on deck. - First aid facilities. - Two air compressors to fill scuba tanks. - One large dinghy. - Nitrox facilities.