MV Smiling Seahorse Liveaboard, Thailand and Myanmar

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Overview

The new MV Smiling Seahorse Liveaboard commenced operations in October 2018. With itineraries in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, an experienced and knowledgeable crew, the MV Smiling Seahorse liveaboard presents the best opportunity to dive some of the region’s least explored dive sites in air-conditioned comfort. Dive Thailand’s Richelieu Rock, considered one of the Top Ten Best Dive sites in the world, or visit the Torres Islands or the Burma Banks for some exploratory diving to sites that have rarely been dived before. The Smiling Seahorse can also take you to Western Rocky in Myanmar, highlight of which is a tunnel/cave at 20m that goes right through the island, plus a dive in a volcano the very next day with some very rare marine species.

Accommodation & Features

The new MV Smiling Seahorse Liveaboard is more spacious yet retains its friendly atmosphere and service with just 16 divers on board in 4 groups of 4.

There are 2 standard cabins on the upper floor, 4 deluxe cabins and 2 master cabins on main floor.

The Standard and Deluxe can be set up with a double bed or two bunk beds, Master cabins have a double bed only and a panoramic window with a fantastic forward view.

The Deluxe and Master cabins come with private bathrooms with hot shower and toilet, Standard cabins have shared facilities.

All cabins are Air-Con’ed but also the doors opened outwards so you can enjoy the ocean breeze and the sea view!

With four levels the liveaboard is very spacious with a bigger room dedicated to Photographers, a nice lounge area with couches and bar, and a huge sundeck on top.

A steel boat with two powerful engines, the MV Smiling Seahorse can explore further, faster and more safely.

Smiling Seahorse Trip Dates and Cabin Pricing

Date StartDate EndDays/NightsItineraryMaster THBDeluxe THBStd THB
October 30, 2020November 5, 20207D6NBlack Rock in a week630006000057000
November 9, 2020November 16, 20208D7NUndiscovered Mergui Archipelago646006270059850
November 18, 2020November 25, 20208D7NUndiscovered Mergui Archipelago646006270059850
November 27, 2020December 3, 20207D6NBlack Rock in a week598505700054150
December 5, 2020December 10, 20206D5NMergui Archipelago500004700045000
December 13, 2020December 17, 20205D4NDive in Thailand320003000028000
December 19, 2020December 25, 20207D6NBlack Rock in a week640006100058000
December 27, 2020January 2, 20217D6NBlack Rock in a week640006100058000
January 4, 2021January 11, 20218D7NUndiscovered Mergui Archipelago680006600063000
January 13, 2021January 18, 20216D5NMergui Archipelago500004700045000
January 20, 2021January 27, 20218D7NUndiscovered Mergui Archipelago680006600063000
January 29, 2021February 6, 20219D8NExploration: A step further800007800075000
February 8, 2021February 14, 20217D6NBlack Rock in a week630006000057000
February 16, 2021February 23, 20218D7NUndiscovered Mergui Archipelago680006600063000
February 25, 2021March 3, 20217D6NBlack Rock in a week630006000057000
March 22, 2021March 29, 20218D7NUndiscovered Mergui Archipelago680006600063000
March 31, 2021April 8, 20219D8NExploration: A step further800007800075000
April 10, 2021April 17, 20218D7NUndiscovered Mergui Archipelago680006600063000
April 19, 2021April 27, 20219D8NExploration: A step further800007800075000
April 29, 2021May 3, 20216D5NMergui Archipelago500004700045000
 
Pricing includes Full accommodation and board (Breakfast, Lunch, afternoon bites, Dinner); all soft drinks, drinking water, filter coffee & tea, fresh fruits, yoghurt & snacks; All Dives during the Trip with 12 Litre Alum. Cylinders, Weights & Weight Belt, PADI Professional Dive Guide per 4 divers; dive torches for night dives and first set of batteries free; towel, shower gel, and access to Sea kayak and hammock (first come first served!)
Not included: Personal Insurance – which is highly recommended; alcoholic drinks, taxi to Ranong, plane ticket, hotels.
Note there are additional fees for both the Similans Marine Park, and fees to enter Myanmar and dive certain areas. These can be quite variable and will be quoted according to the itinerary and date selected.
Please use the [Enquiry Form] button to give us your dates and number of divers/snorkelers, and we'll give you the best deal we can.

MV Smiling Seahorse Extras Payable Locally 2020/21

Optional Extras Payable locallyAUDTHB
Full set of dive gear rental (per day) 500THB500
Dive computer rental (per day) 300THB300
15 litre cylinder rental (per day) 250THB250
Nitrox (per 12 ltr tank)250THB250
Nitrox Full Trip (varies by trip): POA
Nitrox Course: POA
Other PADI Continuing Education Courses: POA
 
This liveaboard's prices are in THB. The AUD prices shown are based on the current exchange rate. The price paid in AUD will be based on the actual exchange rate at the time any payments are made.
Please use the [Enquiry Form] button to give us your exact requirements in terms of Trip#, dates, number of divers/snorkelers, and we'll give you the best deal we can.

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Location

All departures are from Ranong in northern Thailand. The Smiling Seahorse can arrange pickup and drop-off by car or minivan from Phuket, Surat Thani, Chumphon – or any other place on the peninsula that you might arrive from.

What to expect

The Five Different Trips

THe MV Smiling Seahorse has five trips in total, with the shortest – the best of Thailand being interspersed between most of the Myanmar trips. This means you can dive the best of both worlds, dive Thailand and Burma: combine any two cruises and get a THB 2000 per person discount.

With itineraries in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, the MV Smiling Seahorse liveaboard represents a great opportunity to dive some of the regions least explored dive sites.

Dive In Thailand

5 Days | 4 Nights | 11 dives: Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai.

This trip takes in a couple of drift dives in the Surin Islands, as well as a night dive in the Surin Islands with the chance to see the Jenkins Stingray, plenty of Napoleon fish, Sweetlips, Barracudas, Humphead Parrotfish, and Manta and Eagle Rays. At Koh Bon (see dive sites below) there are dives at the island and the Pinnacle – both sites teeming with reef fish. The nearby Koh Tachai is also always a great ‘fishy’ dive. And finally, Richelieu Rock considered (rightly by us) as one of the Top Ten Dive Sites in the world.

With itineraries in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, the MV Smiling Seahorse liveaboard represents a great opportunity to dive some of the regions least explored dive sites.

Mergui Archipelago

6 days | 5 night | 17 dives: High Rock, Shark Cave, North Twin, Seafan Forest, Western Rocky

This trip starts with a day exploring the marco life of High Rock, includes a visit to Shark Cave – named for obvious reasons, plus North Twin which being so far out into the Andaman Sea offers both the best visibility and the best opportunity to see pelagics such as manta rays and whale sharks.

With itineraries in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, the MV Smiling Seahorse liveaboard represents a great opportunity to dive some of the regions least explored dive sites.

Blackrock in a Week

8 days | 7 nights | 25 dives: High Rock, Shark Cave, Black Rock, North Twin, Seafan Forest, Western Rocky.

The big allure of Black Rock dive sites is the obvious pelagic encounters. When these happen it is hard to re-focus back on the small and rare finds such as the blotched sting rays, frog fishes, leaf fish, Spearing Mantis Shrimp all amongst very colourful coral.

 

 

With itineraries in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, the MV Smiling Seahorse liveaboard represents a great opportunity to dive some of the regions least explored dive sites.

Undiscovered Mergui Archipelago

8 days | 7 nights, | 25 dives: High Rock, Shark Cave, Black Rock, North Twin, Macleod Island, Western Rocky, Seafan Forrest.

This itinerary offers a great variety of pelagic and macro even on the same day! Witness Nurse Sharks, and Grey Reef Shark along with sea horses, Frogfish, Ghost Pipefish and Spanish Dancers. Black Rock’s mantas are complemented eagle rays and even mbulas at North Twin. There are tunnels and caves at many of the sites, and the last dive goes into a volcano where a group of black tip sharks like to hang around.

With itineraries in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, the MV Smiling Seahorse liveaboard represents a great opportunity to dive some of the regions least explored dive sites.

Exploration: A Step Further

8 days | 7 nights | 25 dives: Explore the most remote locations: High Rock, Shark Cave, Black Rock, Torres Island, Pricep, Tower Rock, The Sisters, North Twin, Macleod Island.

Exclusive to this trip is the visit to Torres Islands or the Burma Banks for some exploratory diving to sites that have rarely been dived before.

 

 

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