MV Vilai Samut
MV Vilai Samut is a comfortable wooden boat, 26m long and 6m wide, specially designed for liveaboard diving. She has 3 decks; main and upper decks are utilized for diving trips and lower deck is used as the engine room. As safety is a main priority, the boat is equipped with life rafts, fire extinguishers, oxygen, first aid kits, radios, GPS and life jackets in all cabins. If evacuation is required, the boat has her own speedboat, Alpha Girl. In addition, all staff onboard are medically trained in first aid and rescue.
One of the biggest contributing factors to decompression sickness in a tropical climate is dehydration. For this reason, free drinking water and electrolytes is provided onboard throughout the trip. Each guest gets their own water bottle that you can refill whenever you want. A rule on the boat is that alcohol and diving don’t mix, so consume alcoholic drink when diving is done.
Accommodation and facilities
Starting at the back of the main deck is the dive platform and dive deck where the compressor and emergency oxygen are kept. The toilets, showers and cabins are also located on the main deck. At the front, is the sun deck and is the only place where smoking is allowed. The upper deck is where the lounge and dining areas are located.
There are 8 air-conditioned cabins; 2 double, 5 twin bunks and 1 quad bunk. You can charge cameras and computers in the cabins.
The liveaboard serves mainly European breakfast and Thai food for lunch and dinner. All meals are served as a buffet on the upper deck. Vegetarian requirements can also be catered for. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water, snacks, toast, fruits and biscuits are also provided.
Best Time to Visit
The Similan National Park is closed from 1 May to 1 November each year. The Similan Islands, located about 50 Kilometers West of Khao Lak, are composed of nine granite islands washed by a clear blue tropical ocean and blessed with some of the world’s finest beaches. Similan is a Yawi or Malay word, which means nine or a group of nine islands. In 1982, this 128 square kilometres area was declared a marine national park, and in recent years this group of nine small islands has become one of the leading attractions for visitors to Southern Thailand.
The trips leave Tap Lamu pier 8pm after giving a boat briefing and having dinner. The next morning you wake up right at the first dive site. You will do 4 dives each day and 2 dives on the last day before heading back to Khao Lak. You are expected to reach Khao Lak at about at about 3pm.