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.

Introductory Offer

To celebrate their launch, the MV Smiling Seahorse liveaboard are offering to take a ‘buy 4 get the 5th free’ offer – that’s the fifth diver goes for free – effectively a 20% discount for a group of 5. Available on their first six Thailand trips, and also Trip 3 The Mergui Archipelago on the 7-12 December trip. (Marked with an *asterisk in the Schedule at the bottom of the page).

Pricing for MV Smiling Seahorse 2018

AUDTHB
Trip 1: Best of Thailand Dive Cruise: 4 Days 3 Nights, 11 dives24000THB|24000
Trip 2: South of Myanmar – Best Value Liveaboard: 6 days 5 night, 17 dives38000THB|38000
Trip 3: Explore Burma - Around Mergui Archipelago: 6 days 5 night, 17 dives43000THB|43000
Trip 4: The ‘Undiscovered’ Mergui Archipelago: 8 days/7 nights, 25 dives60000THB|60000
Trip 5: One Step Further North (‘all the way to the top’): 8 days/7 nights, 25 dives65000THB|65000
Deluxe cabin supplement, per trip per person1000THB|1000
Master cabin supplement, per trip per person2000THB|2000
 
This resort'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.
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.
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.

MV Smiling Seahorse Extras Payable Locally (as of October 2018)

Mandatory Government FeesAUDTHBUSD
Trip 1: Thailand: National Park fees: per diver1600THB1600
Trip 1: Thailand: National Park fees: per snorkeller1000THB1000
Trip 2 & 3: Government fees for Myanmar200USD200
Trip 4: Government fees for Myanmar250USD250
Trip 5: Government fees for Myanmar280USD280
 
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 Trip 1 all dives2200THB2200
Nitrox Trips 2 & 3 all dives3400THB3400
Nitrox Trips 4 & 5 all dives4800THB4800
Nitrox Course5000THB5000
Other PADI Continuing Education Courses: POA
 
This resort's prices are in THB And USD. 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.

Trip 1: Best of Thailand Dive Cruise

4 Days | 3 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.

Trip 2: South of Myanmar – Best Value Liveaboard Trip

6 days | 5 night | 17 dives: High Rock, Macleod Island, Seafan Forrest and Western Rocky.

High Rock is predominantly a macro site, though there is a cave where grey nurse sharks are often to be found; and the night dive is in a coral garden. Mcleod Island also presents marco opportunities – including the elusive Ghostpipe fish – combined with colourful soft corals. Seafan Forrest and Rocky North switch to the big stuff with plenty of reef sharks, eagle and manta rays and even the possibility of a whale shark. Western Rocky delivers 4 dives, the highlight of which is a tunnel/cave at 20m that goes right through the island. The final day includes a dive in a volcano with some very rare species.

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.

Trip 3: Explore Burma – Around Mergui Archipelago

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

In addition to the dives sites of Trip 2, this trip 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.

Trip 4: The ‘Undiscovered’ Mergui Archipelago

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

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.

Trip 5: One Step Further North (‘all the way to the top’)

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.

Current Schedule of the MV Smiling Seahorse

Please enquire with us to check availability.

* The ‘buy 4 get the 5th free’ offer – that’s the fifth diver goes for free – applies to these trips.

Trip No.NightsStart DateEnd Date
3 *5December 7, 2018December 12, 2018
1 *3December 14, 2018December 17, 2018
35December 19, 2018December 24, 2018
25January 4, 2019January 9, 2019
47January 11, 2019January 18, 2019
1 *3January 20, 2019January 23, 2019
35January 25, 2019January 30, 2019
1 *3February 10, 2019February 13, 2019
35February 15, 2019February 20, 2019
57February 22, 2019March 1, 2019
1 *3March 3, 2019March 6, 2019
57March 15, 2019March 22, 2019
25March 24, 2019March 29, 2019
1 *3March 31, 2019April 3, 2019
47April 5, 2019April 12, 2019

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