MV Somboon 3 - Similans Liveaboard, Thailand


Overview

Somboon 3 is a very large and spacious liveaboard built specifically for Similan liveaboard diving. At 30 metres in length and 6.5 metres in beam she carries up to a maximum of 28 sleeping guests.

From mid-October until mid-May Somboon 3 is generally stationed around the Similan islands except Wednesdays/Sundays when she visits the island of Koh Bon (famous for manta ray sightings) and Mondays/Thursdays when she visits the world famous dive site of Richelieu Rock. Her flexible schedule means that you can join any day and leave almost any day of the week. In other words, you can have as short (day trip) or as long a stay as you wish.


Cabins

Somboon 3 has 12 twin cabins and 2 double cabins. There are six twin cabins on the lower deck with the remainder on the main deck. Each cabin has its own individually controlled air conditioning plus storage space under the beds. Cabins are modestly decorated but still clean and comfortable. Bathrooms/toilets are shared with 6 bathrooms in total spread around the liveaboard each with soap and shampoo dispensers. Note that towels are not provided on board so please bring your own.


Dining Area/Lounge/Sundeck

On the upper deck there is a large covered seating area where lunch is served. This is a very spacious area with plenty of room for everyone to sit and relax either during meal times or in between dives. Snacks and soft drinks (free of charge) as well as tea, coffee and water are available throughout the day. Just help yourself.

There is also an air-conditioned lounge area on the upper deck with TV and DVD player. In here you can not only find a large DVD collection but also a number of reef guides to help you identify those wonderful fishes seen on the dives. On the top deck is a very large sun deck with a number of sun beds and mattresses. This is a great place for the sun worshippers or to gaze at the stars at night time.


Dive Deck

MV Somboon 3 has a large dive deck with plenty of space for everyone. This also includes places to hang wetsuits inbetween dives. Dives are generally directly from the back of the dive deck. At the end of the dives the main boat or an assisting dinghy pick up the divers.


Richelieu Rock, Thailand

Richelieu Rock is considered to be the best dive site in Thailand. To visit Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands on MV Somboon 3, guests would need to be on board on either Wednesdays or Sundays as it is on those evenings that the boat travels north to those destinations. There are no speedboat transfers to/from MV Somboon 3 while it is at those destinations due to the distance of travel. Guests would therefore need to book a minimum of 3 days/2 nights on board if they wish to visit Richelieu Rock.


Schedules

Day Destination
Monday Surin Islands/Richelieu Rock
Tuesday Similans Islands
Wednesday Koh Bon and Koh Tachai Islands
Thursday Surin Islands/Richelieu Rock
Friday Similans Islands
Saturday Similans Islands
Sunday Koh Bon and Koh Tachai Islands

Pricing Info

All cabins types are the same price.

Duration Dives Diver Non-Diver
Day Trip 2 5,600 baht 3,600 bant
2 days/1 night 7 13,900 baht 10,900 bant
3 days/2 nights (Similans only) 11 18,900 baht 14,900 bant
3 days/2 nights (Richelieu Rock) 11 22,900 baht 17,900 bant
4 days/3 nights (Richelieu Rock) 15 26,900 baht 20,900 bant
Extra day +4 +4,000 baht +3,000 bant
Included
Item
Transfers from/to hotels from Kata, Karon, Patong and Khao Lak center
Full board accommodation (all meals and snacks)
Water, tea, coffee
Soft drinks
Professional dive guide
Tank (12 litre) and weights rental
Not Included
Item
Enriched Air (Nitrox)
Scuba equipment rental
Alcoholic beverages
National park fees (see below)
Personal insurance
Equipment Rental
Item Amount
Full set (BCD, regulator, mask, fins, wetsuit) 500 baht per day
Dive Computer 150 baht per day
15 litre tank 400 baht per day
Nitrox tank 300 baht per tank
Torch rental Free of charge
Individual items Price on request
Dive Courses/Private Guiding
  • A large variety of PADI courses are available during your liveaboard trip but must be pre-booked. Contact us for more info.
  • Private guiding is also available if pre-booked from as little as an additional 2,000 baht per day (minimum 2 persons).
National Park Fees

The Thai government charges fees for entry to all national parks of Thailand which are used for protection and regeneration.vvNational park fees are payable in cash direct to the tour leader on the liveaboard. As these are government charges we take no responsibility for any change in the fees. Please note that the Similan islands and Surin islands are separate national parks. Current park fees are as follows:

  • 500 baht entry per person to each national park
  • Additional 200 baht per diver per day

Please see the table below for current prices.

Duration Diver Non-Diver
Day Trip 700 baht 500 baht
2 day/1 night 900 baht 500 baht
3 day/2 night (Similans only) 1,000 baht 500 baht
3 day/2 night (Richelieu Rock) 1,800 baht 1,000 baht
4 day/3 night 2,000 baht 1,000 baht

Itinerary

For those on a day trip only:

06:00 -07:30 Hotel pick up by minibus
08:30 Arrive Taplamu pier - light breakfast
09:00 Speedboat to Somboon 3
10:30 Dive One
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Dive Two
15:30 Speedboat departs for Tap Lamu pier
16:30 Minibus departs Tap Lamu
18:00-19:30 Return to hotel

For those arriving for first day:

06:00 -07:30 Hotel pick up by minibus
08:30 Arrive Taplamu pier - light breakfast
09:00 Speedboat to Somboon 3
10:30 Dive One
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Dive Two
15:30 Speedboat departs for Tap Lamu pier
16:30 Dive Three
19:30 Dive Four - Night dive
20:30 Dinner

For those already on the boat the full day schedule is shown below. Choose any four dives.

06:45-07:00 Wake up call
07:30 Dive One
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 Dive Two
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Dive Three
15:30 Speedboat departs for Tap Lamu pier
16:30 Dive Four
19:30 Dive Five - Night dive
20:30 Dinner

For those departing, last day schedule as follows:

07:00 Wake up call
07:30 Dive One
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 Dive Two
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Dive Three
15:30 Speedboat departs for Tap Lamu pier
16:30 Minibus departs Tap Lamu
18:00-19:30 Return to hotel

Please note: All times in this itinerary are estimates only. Times and dive sites can change, depending on weather conditions and special requests or circumstances.

Boat Specifications

Length 30 m
Beam 6.5 m
Engines 2 x 420 HP Hino
Generators 2 x 50Kw,1 x 10 Kw
Cruising Speed 10 knots
Max. Speed 11 knots
Compressor 3 BAUER
Cabins 2 Double Bed
12 Twin Beds
Fresh Water 16 000 L
Fuel 8000 L
Guests 28 sleeping Max.

Safety Features

2 x motorized dinghies
GPS
Cellular Phone
SSB Radio
Full Compliment of Life Jackets
Fire Extinguisher System
Fully Equipped Medic First Aid Station
O2 Tanks