Overnight Similans Liveaboards Thailand
Speedboats transfer guests out to one of the Somboon overnight Similan liveaboards daily. This flexibility makes them ideal for scuba divers requiring a shorter one night Similans liveaboard, or a two or three night Similans liveaboard. The two dive boats Somboon 3 & Somboon 4 are identical but offer different schedules & itineraries. Currently Somboon 3 & 4 are the only short duration Similans liveaboards that offer trips of less than three nights.
Similans & Surins
Prices From 13,900 Thai Baht
Max Guests 28 Overnight + Day Trippers
From One Night Upwards
Cabins & Comforts
Dive Site Itinerary
Value for Money
Cabins & Comforts
Dive Site Itinerary
Value for Money
Overnight Similan Liveaboards Thailand
Two Similan liveaboards, Somboon 3 & Somboon 4, are two large custom built dive boats which cruise around the Similan Islands from October to May. They exclusively offer shorter Similans liveaboard trips from one night upwards, & guests are ferried out to & from the two liveaboards by speedboat on a daily basis. Guests can book as many days & nights on these two liveaboards as they wish. While Somboon’s shorter duration Similan liveaboards are the only choice for one or two night Similan liveaboard trips, we recommend if guests have enough time, they consider a dedicated four night Similans liveaboard, or three night Similans liveaboard if they wish to maximise their overall Similans liveaboard diving experience & value for money. The Similan liveaboards we offer apart from Somboon 3 & 4 are dedicated liveaboards which depart from the pier with guests, & return to the pier three or four days later with the same guests. Somboon 3 & Somboon 4 operate slightly differently. Both Somboon liveaboards depart from the pier in October and remain in the Similan & Surin Islands until May. New liveaboard guests & day trippers are transferred out to one of the Somboon liveaboards daily by speedboat, & guests are also transferred back to the pier daily by speedboat.
Transfers from Phuket for Somboon Similan liveaboards start just after 6:00 am. Guests are transferred by minibus to the pier near Khao Lak, and are then taken by speedboat to either Somboon 3 or Somboon 4 in the Similan Islands. The speedboat transfer could take an hour in calm seas, or up to two hours if it’s choppy. Estimated time of arrival at Somboon 3 liveaboard is 11:00 am to 11:45 am. Guests departing either Somboon board the speedboat after lunch at about 2:00 pm & can expect to arrive back in Phuket at around 7:00 pm.
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Somboon liveaboards also offer scuba diving day trips to the Similan Islands. When either Somboon 3 or 4 is scheduled to take the day trip scuba divers, the boat can feel very busy for the three hours over lunchtime until the day trippers return Phuket by speedboat at around 2:00 pm. Similans Islands scuba diving is rated as some of the best in the world, so a busy or sometimes chaotic dive boat for a few hours over lunchtime during your trip is of minor concern & is compensated by the flexibility of Somboon liveaboards schedules. However, if your schedule allows, maybe consider taking a slightly longer, dedicated four or three night Similans liveaboard which we know through our personal experience & regular guest feedback, invariably offers a more satisfying & relaxing Similans liveaboard scuba diving experience. Somboon 3 & 4 liveaboards offer twin or double bed cabins with shared bathrooms, large sundecks, & lots of space where guests can relax (Apart from during the few hours if the boat is taking day trippers that day).
Somboon Schedule, Prices & Itinerary
Prices & Marine Park Fees For Different Durations & Destinations
- Day trip – Similans – Two dives – 5,600 THB per person – Available Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat – Similan Marine Park fees 700 THB per person
- Day trip – Koh Bon – Two dives – 5,600 THB per person – (Available on Tue, Wed, Sat & Sun) – Similan Marine Park fees 700 THB per person
- One night – Similans only – Seven dives – 13,900 THB per person – (Departs Thu & Fri) – Similan Marine Park fees 900 THB per person
- One night – Similans & Koh Bon – Seven dives – 13,900 THB per person – (Departs Mon, Tue, Fri & Sat) – Similan Marine Park fees 900 THB per person
- Two nights – Similans & Koh Bon – Eleven dives – 18,900 THB per person – (Departs on Thu & Fri) – Similan Marine Park fees 1,100 THB per person
- Two nights – Similans, Koh Bon & Richelieu – Eleven dives – 22,900 THB per person – (Departs Mon, Tue, Sat & Sun) – Similan Marine Park fees 1,800 THB per person
- Three nights – Similans, Koh Bon & Richelieu – Fifteen dives – 26,900 THB per person – (Departs daily) – Similan Marine Park fees 2,000 THB per person
- Four nights – Similans, Koh Bon & Richelieu – Nineteen dives – 30,900 THB per person – (Departs daily) – Similan Marine Park fees 2,200 THB per person
*Additional days cost 4,700 THB per person per day.
*All departures are early mornings with transfers from Phuket starting at 6:00 am.
*Similan Marine Park fees are set by the Thai government & are subject to change.
One Night Itinerary
Return transfers for Somboon liveaboards are included from Kata, Karon & Patong in Phuket, & from Khao Lak. There is a surcharge from other areas. Transfers from Phuket start at 6:00 am from Kata. Guests are transferred by minibus to the Somboon office at Tab Lamu Pier south of Khao Lak for around 9:00 am, where paperwork formalities are completed. Guests are then transferred to either Somboon 3 or 4 by speedboat which takes between one to two hours depending on conditions. Guests should arrive at one of the Somboon boats by around 11:00 am.
Day Trips – Two dives with lunch in between, before returning to the mainland by speedboat at around 2:00 pm.
Arrival Day – Four dives including a night dive.
Full Days (If staying on the boat for two or more nights) – Four dives at locations dependent on the schedule, including a night dive.
Departure Days – Three dives before returning to the mainland by speedboat at around 2:00 pm. Guests transferring back to hotels in Phuket can expect to be in Phuket between 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Return transfers Kata, Karon & Patong in Phuket, or from Khao Lak. Twin share accommodation, meals on the boat, fresh fruit, water & soft drinks. Tanks, weights, and dive guide usually with a ratio of 6:1. Please note that Somboon liveaboards do not provide towels for guests & guests must bring their own towels.
Transfers from areas outside Kata, Karon & Patong may incur a surcharge of between 500 to 1,000 THB per person. Similan Marine Park fees (See below). A full set of scuba diving equipment is available from Somboon for 500 THB per day. For guests who have some of their own equipment & need to rent some parts, regulators cost 200 THB per day, BCD’s cost 200 THB per day, wetsuits cost 100 THB per day, masks & snorkels cost 50 THB per day, & fins cost 50 THB per day. Dive computers are usually available for hire at 250 THB per day if required. Please note that Somboon liveaboards do not provide towels for guests & guests must bring their own towels.
Flying After Diving Guidelines
Current Divers Alert Network (D.A.N.) guidelines state: After single no-decompression dives, a minimum pre-flight surface interval of 12 hours is suggested. After multiple no-decompression dives per day, or multiple days of diving (Liveaboard diving included), a minimum pre-flight surface interval of 18 hours is suggested.
*Itineraries shown here are for example purposes only. The tour leader will select the best dive sites according to the conditions at the time.
Similan Islands Diving Liveaboards
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Specification, Safety, & Comforts
Cabins & Comforts
- Maximum of twenty-eight overnight guests.
- Two double bed cabins.
- Twelve twin bed cabins.
- All cabins are air-conditioned.
- Six shared bathrooms.
- Hot showers with fresh water.
- Outside dining area.
- Comfortable outside seating area.
- Free tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks.
- A mixture of Thai and western food.
- Special dietary requirements catered for.
- Large dive deck.
- Freshwater showers on dive platform.
- Great sun deck with nice views.
Technical & Safety Specification
- Length 30 metres, beam 6.5 metres.
- Maximum speed 15 knots, cruising speed 12 knots.
- 2 x 420 hp Hino engines.
- 220v electrical outlets.
- Radios and mobile phone.
- Life jackets.
- First aid facilities.
- Three air compressors to fill scuba tanks.
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