Dive The Similans, Koh Tachai, Richlieau Rock and Burma Banks on our 9 day 30 dive expeditions. Without doubt one of Thailands best liveaboard adventures..
Guests transfer to Patong between 17:00-18:00 checking in at Royal Phawadee Village.
Transfer to MV Mermaid I by 19:00 for boat and safety briefing, settle into your cabin then set up your equipment. Prior to getting underway, the crew set off chinese fire crackers to bring good luck for the cruise, dinner is serviced and we sail usually calm seas for 6 hours to the Similan Islands.
Wake up in paradise to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and enjoy a light continental breakfast before heading into the water for a first Dive 1 at the coral encrusted and crystal clear "East Of Eden". After kitting off a full western breakfast will be served.
Next we visit Princess Beach to browse the small museum or shop for a Similans souvenir. Dive 2 is at "Koh Bon" with a good chance for Mantas. After a hearty lunch and time to rest and relax, Dive 3 is " Koh Tachai" with plenty of pelagics and another good possibility to spot whale shark and mantas. Dive 4 rounds of the day with a night dive before relaxing with a cold beer and new friends after a delicious dinner.
First dive today either at Koh Tachai or the world famous Richelieu Rock. After breakfast, Dive 2 and 3 at Richelieu Rock then its north to clear the Burma border so you can relax on the wonderful sundeck or sort your Richelieu photos in our spacious saloon.
After clearing the border and a delicious dinner, we head off for our 1st stop in Burma.
Wake up in Burma and get ready for some fascinating diving. Today we dive High Rock, Stewart Island and Rocky Island to experience some great macro opportunities including rarely seen nudibranchs, stick pipe fish, spindle cowries and more.
Don't worry if you're not into the small stuff, you can also check out the incredible numbers of moray, stone fish, scorpion fish, and lion fish in full predatory action.
Some call it "In through the out door" some call it Shark Cave - awesome diving awaits what ever you call it! Maybe the nurse sharks will be in the chamber, maybe some Grey Reef sharks cruising in the canyon. If not, then you should still be busy with loads of snappers, bait fish, sea horse, ornate ghost pipe fish and many beautiful soft corals housing rare and unusual cowries and more.
Today's feature site is Black Rock where we make 3 daytime and 1 sunset dive. All are awesome dives with plenty of shark action including grey reef sharks, white tips and leopards, but also huge groupers, giant marbled rays, trevallies, remoras and masses of other pelagic fishes.
Top this off with ornate ghost pipe fish, frogfish and a million glass fish and this day will please every diver! If the conditions are fine, we will cruise overnight to the northern most sites.
We start off the day with a visit to the North East Little Torres, a great place for sharks, huge rays and eagle rays plus a good fish site. Then we head to our northern most destination Tower Rock – famous for it's schooling mobiladae rays - definitely a dive to remember and loads of fun!
If we hear that the Burma Banks are running, we will divert in that direction and check out the grey reef shark action! To end the day we'll make an overnight journey southwards where the Western Rocky area calls!
Keep your eyes open for bull shark, white tip reef sharks and leopard sharks at Fan Forrest Pinnacle during dive 1 & 2. After a scrumptious buffet lunch of Thai and western specialities, its time for a snooze on the sun deck, write up your dive log before the next dive around 3-4pm.
The afternoon dive at Western Rocky Island is a treat for all with a tunnel going through the island full of glass fish, hinge beak shrimps and a regular haunt for nurse and other sharks. Before dinner, we make a night dive around Western Rocky for all the night treasures Burma offers. A great day's diving complete!
Start off on our penultimate day with two nice dives around the Western Rockies or closer to the mainland, before cruising over to Kaw Thaung for border clearance and maybe some sightseeing.
Relax on board, sort pictures, snooze a little and enjoy the sunset at we cruise south to Thai waters and more great diving at the Similans Islands.
Our final day arrives all too soon, but with dives at East of Eden or Anita's Reef followed by Boulder City or Shark Fin Reef, it's a great way to end a super safari. Just be sure to save enough film / hard-disc space for all of the reef fishes, pelagics, sharks, nudibranchs and more you'll see
Enjoy a final farewell lunch as we cruise south to Phuket with time to swap stories, phone numbers and photos with all your new dive buddies. The crew will rinse your gear for you before we arrive in Patong at approx 16:00 hours for the transfer to your hotel where you can dream about your next cruise with Aqua Vision.