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 Start||Date End||Days/Nights||Itinerary||Master THB||Deluxe THB||Std THB|
|October 30, 2020||November 5, 2020||7D6N||Black Rock in a week||63000||60000||57000|
|November 9, 2020||November 16, 2020||8D7N||Undiscovered Mergui Archipelago||64600||62700||59850|
|November 18, 2020||November 25, 2020||8D7N||Undiscovered Mergui Archipelago||64600||62700||59850|
|November 27, 2020||December 3, 2020||7D6N||Black Rock in a week||59850||57000||54150|
|December 5, 2020||December 10, 2020||6D5N||Mergui Archipelago||50000||47000||45000|
|December 13, 2020||December 17, 2020||5D4N||Dive in Thailand||32000||30000||28000|
|December 19, 2020||December 25, 2020||7D6N||Black Rock in a week||64000||61000||58000|
|December 27, 2020||January 2, 2021||7D6N||Black Rock in a week||64000||61000||58000|
|January 4, 2021||January 11, 2021||8D7N||Undiscovered Mergui Archipelago||68000||66000||63000|
|January 13, 2021||January 18, 2021||6D5N||Mergui Archipelago||50000||47000||45000|
|January 20, 2021||January 27, 2021||8D7N||Undiscovered Mergui Archipelago||68000||66000||63000|
|January 29, 2021||February 6, 2021||9D8N||Exploration: A step further||80000||78000||75000|
|February 8, 2021||February 14, 2021||7D6N||Black Rock in a week||63000||60000||57000|
|February 16, 2021||February 23, 2021||8D7N||Undiscovered Mergui Archipelago||68000||66000||63000|
|February 25, 2021||March 3, 2021||7D6N||Black Rock in a week||63000||60000||57000|
|March 22, 2021||March 29, 2021||8D7N||Undiscovered Mergui Archipelago||68000||66000||63000|
|March 31, 2021||April 8, 2021||9D8N||Exploration: A step further||80000||78000||75000|
|April 10, 2021||April 17, 2021||8D7N||Undiscovered Mergui Archipelago||68000||66000||63000|
|April 19, 2021||April 27, 2021||9D8N||Exploration: A step further||80000||78000||75000|
|April 29, 2021||May 3, 2021||6D5N||Mergui Archipelago||50000||47000||45000|
|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 locally||AUD||THB|
|Full set of dive gear rental (per day)||500||THB||500|
|Dive computer rental (per day)||300||THB||300|
|15 litre cylinder rental (per day)||250||THB||250|
|Nitrox (per 12 ltr tank)||250||THB||250|
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.