Oktavia Snorkeling Liveaboard

Similan Snorkeling Liveaboard

Plus Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

Similan snorkeling liveaboard

Similan Snorkeling Liveaboard Oktavia

  • 2 day, 3 day, 4 day and 5 day itineraries
  • Thailand’s best snorkeling spots
  • Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai
  • Richelieu Rock (normally reserved only for divers)
  • Best chance for whale sharks
  • Beach excursions*
  • Option to try scuba diving
  • Good value single cabins

Itinerary

Oktavia Itineraries


Similan Snorkeling Liveaboard5 day 5 night Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock:

Day 0: 1800 hrs departure from Thap Lamu pier. Boat briefings and dinner on board as you cruise into the sunset. Arrive at Similan Islands and get a good night’s sleep in a sheltered bay to be ready for snorkeling in the morning.

Day 1: Snorkeling at Similan Islands 4-7. Beach excursion. Overnight at island number 4.

Day 2: Snorkeling at Similan Islands 7-9. Beach excursion. Overnight at island number 8.

Day 3: Snorkeling at Similan Island 9 plus Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. Overnight at Koh Bon.

Day 4: Snorkeling at Richelieu Rock plus Koh Tachai. Overnight at Koh Tachai.

Day 5: Snorkeling at Koh Tachai and Koh Bon. Then Oktavia cruises back to Thap Lamu (may be with a little fishing along the way), arriving at about 1730 hrs for transfer back to your hotel.


Similan Snorkeling Liveaboard2 day 2 night Similan Islands:

Day 0: 1800 hrs departure from Thap Lamu pier. Boat briefings and dinner on board as you cruise into the sunset.

Arrive at Similan Islands and get a good night’s sleep in a sheltered bay to be ready for Snorkeling in the morning.

Day 1: Snorkeling at Similan Islands 4-7. Beach excursion. Overnight at island number 4.

Day 2: Snorkeling at Similan Islands 7-9.

Depart Oktavia at 1500 hrs for speedboat transfer back to Thap Lamu pier. Arrive Thap Lamu at about 1700 hrs and transfer back to your hotel.


3 day 2 night Koh Bon, Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai:

Similan Snorkeling LiveaboardDay 1 (Day 3 of the 5 day itinerary): 0800 hrs departure from Thap Lamu pier by speedboat to the Similan Islands where you will meet up with Oktavia at 0930 hrs. Snorkeling at Similan Island 9 plus Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. Overnight at Koh Tachai.

Day 2: Snorkeling at Richelieu Rock plus Koh Tachai. Overnight at Koh Bon.

Day 3: Snorkeling at Koh Tachai and Koh Bon. Then Oktavia cruises back to Thap Lamu (may be with a little fishing along the way), arriving at about 1730 hrs for transfer back to your hotel.

*Please note that there are no beach excursions on the 3 day trip.  Koh Bon has no beach, Koh Tachai beach is amazing but unfortunately off limits for conservation. Richelieu Rock is just a rock.

These are sample itineraries and are subject to change at the discretion of the captain and cruise director.

Schedule

Oktavia Schedule

2d 2n
17-19 Nov 17

29 Nov-1 Dec 17
5-7 Dec 17
11-13 Dec 17




10-12 Jan 18
16-18 Jan 18
22-24 Jan 18

3-5 Feb 18
9-11 Feb 18

21-23 Feb 18
27 Feb-1 Mar 18
5-7 Mar 18
11-13 Mar 18
17-19 Mar 18
23-25 Mar 18
29-31 Mar 18
4-6 Apr 18

3d 2n
20-22 Nov 17

2-4 Dec 17
8-10 Dec 17
14-16 Dec 17




13-15 Jan 18
19-21 Jan 18
25-27 Jan 18

6-8 Feb 18
12-14 Feb 18

24-26 Feb 18
2-4 Mar 18
8-10 Mar 18
14-16 Mar 18
20-22 Mar 18
26-28 Mar 18
1-3 Apr 18
7-9 Apr 18

5d 5n
17-22 Nov 17
23-28 Nov 17
29 Nov-4 Dec 17
5-10 Dec 17
11-16 Dec 17
17-22 Dec 17
23-28 Dec 17
29 Dec-3 Jan 18
4-9 Jan 18
10-15 Jan 18
16-21 Jan 18
22-27 Jan 18
28 Jan-2 Feb 18
3-8 Feb 18
9-14 Feb 18
15-20 Feb 18
21-26 Feb 18
27 Feb-3 Mar 18
5-10 Mar 18
11-16 Mar 18
17-22 Mar 18
23-28 Mar 18
29 Mar-3 Apr 18
4-9 Apr 18
10-15 Apr 18

Prices

Prices

5 days 5 nights: Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

  • Twin or Double cabin (shared bathrooms): 20,925 baht per person
  • Double bed master cabin (private bathroom): 30,925 baht per person
  • Private single cabin: 27,830 baht

 

2 days 2 nights: Similan Islands

  • Twin or Double cabin (shared bathrooms): 10,725 baht per person
  • Double bed master cabin (private bathroom): 14,725 baht per person
  • Private single cabin: 14,265 baht

 

3 days 2 nights: Koh Tachai, Koh Bon, Richelieu Rock

  • Twin or Double cabin (shared bathrooms): 16,125 baht per person
  • Double bed master cabin (private bathroom): 22,125 baht per person
  • Private single cabin: 21,450 baht

 

Similan snorkeling liveaboard

Included: Guide, all meals, fruits and snacks, snorkeling equipment rental.

Excluded:  marine park fees, alcohol, scuba diving.

Transfers:

Oktavia departs from Khao Lak, round trip land transfers by shared minibus are provided from hotels in Khao Lak main beach areas.

For the evening departures round trip transfers from Phuket hotels can also be arranged for an extra charge.

The 3 day 2 night itinerary departs Khao Lak in the morning and transfers from Phuket are not provided so please stay in Khao Lak on the evening prior to departure. Transfers can be provided to Phuket after the trip for an extra charge if required.

One way speedboat transfer off the 2 day 2 night trip or onto the 3 day 2 night trip is included in the price. The speedboat cannot carry big bags so please just take the clothes you need to the 2-3 days in a small bag. Big luggage can be stored in the office until return.

Prices for children:

Discounts are available for children below 12 years old.

For the 2 day and 3 day itineraries children must be 7 years or older.

Cabins

Cabins

Similan snorkeling liveaboard

Twin bunk cabin

Oktavia takes a maximum of 20 guests in it’s 15 cabins.

13 standard main deck cabins. Twin bunk or double bed formation.

These standard cabins share 4 bathrooms on the same deck that are cleaned several times per day.

2 Master cabins on the upper deck. They have private en-suite bathrooms, a large double bed, LCD TV and minibar fridge. These cabins are huge (approx 25sqm) and big enough to accommodate an extra mattress if you want to sleep a third person.

All cabins have windows.

Each cabin has air conditioning and fan cooling so you can get your cabin to the desired temperature.

The cabins are light and airy. Beds are European size.

All cabins have 220v electric outlets, mirrors, cabinets for hanging clothes, and storage space for luggage.

 

Similan snorkeling liveaboard

Standard double bed cabin

 

Oktavia master cabin

Master cabin

Reviews

Oktavia Snorkeling Liveaboard Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 based on 8 reviews.

Oktavia

★★★★★
5 5 1
The trip was excellent. We saw dolphins, a whale shark and a whale along with all fish. I had never been on a dive boat before. I thought it was very well run with excellent attention to the participants safety. I was quite pleased to have a dive master in the water with me all the time snorkeling. The crew was great, friendly and the food fabulous. I especially like Marc, the dive master who answered all my questions and id’ed all my photos. The pick up and recommendations for places to stay before & after were just excellent too. Thanks for arranging all this from half a world away. Now back to blizzards!

Flawless

★★★★★
5 5 1
Everything was pretty much flawless from your and Oktavia's side. We had an amazing trip, and I have already recommended it to others. I can only hope this operation remains like this for some years to come. Took about 2000 photos above and under water. I'll make some available to you once I find the time.

Awesome

★★★★★
5 5 1
First of all, thanks for everything. The liveaboard was awesome. The crew on Oktavia and staff on land where amazing. If i came Back to thailand for a liveaboard i Will surely choose you guys again.

Really good

★★★★★
5 5 1
thanks, the trip was really very good for me. Unfortunately not so for my wife - she got Sea sick 🙁 The food was very good, and also the hole service on board. Dives were great. I will make review, when I am home again. Thanks again for your good service!

Amazing

★★★★★
5 5 1
Everything was amazing! Really can't wait to come back.

I had a great time

★★★★★
5 5 1
Hiya Paul! I had a great time on Oktavia, thank you so much! It was a really interesting experience. Kerstin took great care of me the whole trip. The best moment was when I encountered a beautiful Manta Ray up close, kind of got in trouble, but she (the manta ray) and I understood each other and she came back around with 4 of her friends to find me. It was an amazing experience and bond. One question, Kerstin took a couple of photos of me underwater and said she sent them but I haven't received anything and wondered if she still has them and you could provide her with this email address. I believe I gave it to her but could have written it down wrong. Kerstin is a doll. Thank you for a wonderful adventure. I am now in Patong and heading off for an overnight rafting trip in Khao Sok National Park. I will try to sort out my pictures and send you what I can when I get home in March. I do know I didn't take enough. Thank you again to you and everyone. From the pick up at the hotel by Jamie through the whole experience everyone was really great. Take good care, Kristen 🙂

oktavia

★★★★☆
4 5 1
We had a very nice time on the Oktavia. Beth was a good snorkelling guide. Jez did well managing the expectations of the couple with the child and helped Jean out with some ear/ throat infection meds. It was my first liveaboard experience so I have no other trips to compare it with. Jean said it’s one of the nicer dive boats she has been on. Only negative / room for improvement feedback is to include the fees for the parks in the initial payment OR make it more obvious that we would need an extra few thousand baht in cash on us. Partly because it leaves a slightly sour taste in the mouth towards the end of the trip and partly because one of the passengers had to race to the ATM once we docked to get enough cash to cover it. I did manage one nice sunset shot (I think) and have also included our group shot and one of us with Beth.

Oktavia

★★★★★
5 5 1
It was one of the finest, humanly warm experiences I have ever had. Thank you.
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What to expect

Similan snorkeling liveaboard

Snorkelers can sometimes feel like the poor relations on a dive boat but that’s not the case on Oktavia, they love snorkelers. There are dedicated snorkeling guides and snorkeling briefings with at least four snorkeling sessions per day at different reefs.

MV Oktavia is a large, stable vessel, built in 2003 and refurbished by her Swedish owners in 2007. Her four decks provide lots of space for just 20 guests (she could take a lot more they owners prefer to provide space). Oktavia has a personal touch. The owners are usually on the boat to ensure everyone is taken care.

Excursions to the Similan Island beaches are part of the itinerary along with impromptu games of beach football, nature walks and more. Beach visits are typically in the afternoon around 3 pm when the day trip speedboats go home so you get the beaches to yourselves. (Beach/island excursions are possible on the 2,4 and 5 day itineraries but not on the 3 day itinerary).

Oktavia’s cabins are huge. Beds are 2m long and even the single berths have wide mattresses ideal for bigger guests. Cabins have large windows giving a light and airy feel. The master cabins are 25sqm. That’s bigger than some studio apartments!

There is a large dining and socializing area on the upper deck aft. This is where all meals are served and dive briefings are held. It’s a great place to relax, snooze, read a book in the shade. There are comfy cushioned chairs and hammocks.

The top deck has a large (65sqm) sundeck with cushions for sunbathing and a shaded fly bridge with comfy seating.


Similan snorkeling liveaboard

Technical specifications:
29.5m length, 6.5m beam, draft 2.85m
Max 20 guests
6 multi lingual guides.
Cruising Speed of 10 Knots
2 x Nissan 420hp diesel engines.
2 x generators for 24 hour electricity.
7,500 litres water capacity.
4.7m dinghy with 40hp outboard engine. Folding ladder for easy entry.
Full safety features including fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, dinghy, life raft, life rings and life vests (including kids sizes), satellite phone, first aid box.

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