Sawan Snorkeling Liveaboard

Surin Islands liveaboard

Liveaboard Snorkeling Surin Islands

Sawan snorkeling liveaboardMV Sawan (aka Reggae Queen) is a dedicated snorkeling liveaboard boat (no scuba divers) with lots of snorkeling at all the best spots plus beach visits, island exploration and more. The itinerary is excellent and they always see more cool stuff than the other boats, even the dive boats. You’ll be on site before the the day trip boats arrive. You have the chance to snorkel with manta rays and whale sharks.

  • 3 day 3 night snorkeling cruise to the Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai – all the best snorkeling in the Andaman Sea.
  • Visit deserted beaches, bays and jungle trails.
  • See the Moken Sea Gypsies at their village in Surin. Learn their culture and take part in an English language lesson at their school.
  • Departs from Khao Lak every Wednesday and Sunday from late October to late April.

Sawan liveaboard takes a maximum of 18 guests in comfort. There are 8 twin (bunk) cabins accommodating 16 guests plus one master cabin with a double bed for two guests. There are five shared bathrooms.

Schedule & Itinerary

Schedule

Sawan snorkeling liveaboard

MV Sawan departs every Sunday and Wednesday.

Sunday departures usually leave from Tap Lamu pier (a few minutes drive south from Khao Lak) and return to Kuraburi (1.5 hrs drive from Khao Lak, transfers back to Khao Lak are included). The Sunday to Wednesday itinerary is below.

For Wednesday departures the itinerary is usually reversed and the boat departs from Kuraburi and returns to Khao Lak, doing the same great snorkeling in the opposite order.

Itinerary

This is a typical itinerary but the itinerary is kept flexible so that the boat can spend more or less time in any area if desired. Each snorkeling session is normally about 1 hour in duration.

Evening of Departure: Pick up from your Khao Lak hotel around 1800 hrs and depart from Tab Lamu Pier at 1900 hrs, dinner served on board. Arrive at Koh Bon at about midnight for a quiet night’s sleep on the mooring.

Sawan snorkeling liveaboard

Day 1: Breakfast is served at around 0730 hrs. After breakfast, snorkeling at Koh Bon ridge (aka Manta Point). After about an hour here you can have a short break back on board as the boat moves to the bay where there is more time to snorkel while the crew prepares a delicious lunch.

After lunch the boat moves on to Koh Tachai. The journey is about 2 hours. Koh Tachai is a favourite Thailand snorkeling and diving spot. At Koh Tachai pinnacle you have another chance to snorkel with manta rays and even whale sharks. Plus giant barracuda, rainbow runners and much much more.

Koh Tachai beach was made off limits to tourists in May 2016 so after snorkeling the boat moves to the Surin Islands for some beach time.

Day 2: Breakfast is again served at 0730 hrs. Then the first snorkeling session of the day is at Chong Kad Bay, a pristine hard coral reef full of fish in shallow water.

After about an hour here  it’s time visit the Moken Sea Gypsy Village to learn about their unique culture. Then take a long tail boat to Krathing bay from where there is a trail across the north island to Mai Ngam bay. This is a nice spot to relax at the beach and take a swim. It is often also possible to see baby black tip reef sharks in the mangroves.

Sawan snorkeling liveaboardAfter lunch the next snorkeling session is at Mae Yai bay followed by a late afternoon excursion to Ao Dao (turtle bay) in south Surin island where turtles can hopefully be seen.

From turtle bay the dinghy will take you to the main island for some relaxing on the beach and swimming before dinner on board. The last night is spent moored in turtle bay.

Day 3: After breakfast snorkeling will be at Phak Kat bay. After a mid morning break there is a final snorkeling session at Lobster Bay.

Lunch is served on board then we cruise back to Kuraburi, arriving at about 1600 hrs. The transfer back to Khao Lak will take around 90 minutes.

* itineraries are subject to change.

Prices

Prices

Oct 2017-May 2018: 18,500 baht per person

Price includes: food, fruits, water, soft drinks, quality snorkeling gear, transfers to/from the boat from hotels in Khao Lak.

Not included: Alcoholic drinks (available for purchase on board), national park entrance fees (1,000 baht per person), towels, transfers from Phuket or Krabi (please ask us for prices).

Master cabin surcharge: 1,200 baht per person

Single cabin surcharge: 3,500 baht

Note: This tour is not suitable for children younger than 7 or adults over 75 years old.

Cabins

Cabins

Sawan liveaboard takes a maximum of 18 guests in comfort. There are 8 twin (bunk) cabins accommodating 16 guests plus one master cabin with a double bed for two guests. There are five shared bathrooms.

Cabins are fan cooled.

Cabins have limited storage space. Reggae Queen does not have space for big bags. You can store luggage at the office in Khao Lak.

Reggae Queen Master cabin

Reggae Queen Master cabin

Reggae Queen twin bunk cabin

Reggae Queen twin bunk cabin

Sawan snorkeling liveaboard

Twin cabin

Reviews

Sawan Snorkeling Liveaboard Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 11 reviews.

A great experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
It was a great experience, we just loved the Islands !!! Thumbs up for the crew !!!!!! I am not a strong swimmer and they were very helpful giving me a great time. The food coming out of that small kitchen was amazing. …We were lucky, just 8 persons this tour, so really relaxing….We had a great time…Now we are going to work and save money for our next trip…. We would love to go back to Koh Surin again. So maybe I need your help again next year… Thanks for your help and please give our love to Ines, she did a great job !!!!!

5 stars

★★★★★
5 5 1
Boat was great, food delicious, staff really lovely so a big thumbs up. Thanks for suggesting.

Great!

★★★★★
5 5 1
Our trip on the Reggae Queen was great! Ralph had everything down to a pat - food was delicious, the cabins were clean and we definitely felt that we were in good hands. The snorkelling programme is intensive - up to 4 a day of at least 45min each so it'll be good if you "warn" interested parties what to expect. The marine life around Surin is beautiful and worth the 4-hour boat ride on sometimes rough waters.

A fantastic experiencce

★★★★☆
4 5 1
Let me start by saying we had a fantastic experience with your tour company. From the transportation to and from as well as the excursion, the experience was great. Your employees were very helpful, professional and polite. Andy was very experienced. He took great care of our 15 year old son who was a novice snorkeler but eager to embark on the adventure. If you are looking for constructive feedback, I have a few comments. Our family of 5 (3 children) were paired with 5 adult tourists who all spoke German. Our guide, Andy, whose first language is German, did his best to answer the children's questions in English but in the end the majority of conversations and information was in German. Since none of us speak German, we spent a great deal of the non snorkelling trip on the upper deck by ourselves. As well, all the adults and Andy were smokers. Our children have never been exposed to smoking before because in Canada smoking is banned from almost every establishment; business, workplace and places of entertainment. There was a considerable amount of smoking which proved to be a problem for all of us especially the children around the dinner table. We did not ask anyone to cease smoking. I think the solution to the smoking issue would be to find out at the outset if there are non smokers and especially children on the trip. If there are then there should be designated smoking areas on the boat. In particular, on one occasion, one of our co-travellers lit up a cigarette beside my daughter who had just been sick overboard as a result of sea sickness. Finally, the consensus at the dinner table, from all your guests, was that the beds are extremely uncomfortable. Andy explained you have to use those mattresses because of the concern about things getting wet and not drying out. We would have happily paid extra to buy some sort of foam mattresses topper. Our children go to camp each summer. Their camp mattresses are not much different then the boat mattresses. As a result, I buy them these roll up foam mattresses that are referred to as egg shells. They are relatively cheap ($15-20 cdn) and they take the edge of the really hard mattress. I hope this constructive feedback is helpful. Thanks again for a great family experience. We will definitely recommend the adventure to friends.

Mantas

★★★★★
5 5 1
We saw Manta ray, black tip reef sharks, turtles, sea snakes and millions of fish. Food was great and the crew were so friendly and helpful. I want to go back! Alas we are back in the UK now so just need to plan the next trip, we have vowed to return to Thailand!

The highlight of our trip

★★★★★
5 5 1
Just a quick note to let u know we enjoyed the trip to the fullest, it was the highlight of our trip and we still miss the boat and the crew a bit….it was a blast.

Wonderful

★★★★★
5 5 1
The trip was wonderful. The crew did a fantastic job, especially Reem, pointing out wildlife. Her ladyship, the cook , made outstanding meals. Had a great time.

A great trip!

★★★★★
5 5 1
It was great, thanks! The perfect amount of time to be out, with great food and new friends. We did see some cool stuff: a manta ray, a couple of reef sharks, a turtle, a couple of barracudas, an octopus, lots of fish of course, and coral. Only slight thing I would offer as a suggestion would be for Ralphie to introduce himself and facilitate introductions from all of us when we first get on the boat A great trip! Thanks for helping arr

Trip was good thanks

★★★★★
5 5 1
Trip was good thanks for organising. The tour itself was good, we saw a lot of stuff underwater (sharks, eels, snakes, turtles in addition to the more common sea life). There were few other boats around, even though it was peak season. I think Ralph made a point of avoiding the crowds which was good. Ralph is a big personality which kept people’s enthusiasm up although the group dynamics were sometimes a little awkward – there was a very wide range of ages and languages which I think contributed to that. Ralph and Ennis did a good job in any case. The boat seemed in good condition, as was the room. Loved the chill out area on the roof. Food was great considering they were cooking in bulk, we got a little seasick at times, particularly on the first evening as we were both getting over a bug anyway! Ennis provided pills to help with that. The more western food on offer also helped with our stomachs were unsettled.

We had a fabulous time

★★★★★
5 5 1
We had a fabulous time. Lovely itinerary with lots of snorkelling, trips to the islands, visits to the Monken. Great boat with lovely staff and fantastic food. Will go again when in Thailand.

The trip was great

★★★★★
5 5 1
The trip was great Paul, we all really loved it. Unfortunately the sea was too rough to do some of the scheduled activities, but that aside, everything was excellent. In fact, we are already talking about coming out again. The crew were great, the reefs andfish amazing and Ralph and Andy great guides.
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Boat spec

Boat specifications

Sawan snorkeling liveaboard

LOA: 21m
Beam: 4.3m
Engines: 2 x Hino diesel
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Max guests: 18
Guest cabins: 9
Bathrooms: 5
Crew: Captain, Engineer, 2 deck hands, tourleader/guide
Dinghy: 4.7m with 30hp Yamaha outboard
Safety: Lifejackets, MFA kit, emergency O2, Fire Extinguishers, VHF radio, mobile phone.

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March 2016March 2015 | Jan 2015Nov 2014 | March 2014 | Jan 2013 | Nov-Dec 2012

 

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