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MV Smiling Seahorse

MV Smiling Seahorse

45,000 THB ($1445 USD) / 5 nights Standard Cabin Based on conversion rate at time of booking



Built: 2018
Construction: Steel hull design
Length: 25 meters / 82 feet
Beam: 6.4 meters / 21 feet
Cruise: 8 knots
Divers: 16
Engine: Dual marine engines
Electricity: 110 / 220V
Nitrox $

Schedules & Availability


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13 APR2024
5 nights
6D5N North Andaman cruise Khao Lak - Ranong
3 available spaces
THB 45000.-
3 available spaces

Departure/Arrival

embark:
13 Apr 2024
12:00
Thap Lamu
disembark:
18 Apr 2024
19:30
Ranong

Prices & Availability

Standard
Upper Deck
THB 45000.-
3 spaces
Master
Main Deck
THB 50000.-
fully booked
Deluxe
Main Deck
THB 47000.-
fully booked

Surcharges payable with booking

6 days Andaman Park fees 2400 per person, trip
THB
2400.-
 Booking Request
09 MAY2024
6 nights
7 days Burma: Dive Black Rock
1 available space
THB 54000.-
1 available space

Departure/Arrival

embark:
09 May 2024
09:00
Ranong
disembark:
15 May 2024
15:30
Ranong

Prices & Availability

Standard
Upper Deck
THB 49000.-
fully booked
Master
Main Deck
THB 58000.-
fully booked
Deluxe
Main Deck
THB 54000.-
1 space

Surcharges payable at location

Burmese entry and diving Fees: USD 210 per person, not include e-visa, trip
USD
210.-
 Booking Request
14 OCT2024
5 nights
6D North Andaman Ranong - Ranong 2024-2025
Full Charter, THB 736000.00
16 available spaces
from
THB 50000.-
16 available spaces

Departure/Arrival

embark:
14 Oct 2024
12:00
Ranong
disembark:
19 Oct 2024
19:30
Ranong

Prices & Availability

Standard
Upper Deck
THB 50000.-
4 spaces
Master
Main Deck
THB 55000.-
4 spaces
Deluxe
Main Deck
THB 52000.-
8 spaces

Surcharges payable with booking

6 days Andaman Park fees 2400 per person, trip
THB
2400.-
 Booking Request
21 OCT2024
6 nights
7D Myanmar, up to Black Rock 2024-2025
11 available spaces
from
THB 63000.-
11 available spaces

Departure/Arrival

embark:
21 Oct 2024
09:00
Ranong
disembark:
27 Oct 2024
15:30
Ranong

Prices & Availability

Standard
Upper Deck
THB 63000.-
4 spaces
Master
Main Deck
THB 69000.-
4 spaces
Deluxe
Main Deck
THB 66000.-
3 spaces

Surcharges payable at location

Burmese entry and diving Fees: USD 210 per person, not include e-visa, trip
USD
210.-
 Booking Request
29 OCT2024
6 nights
7D6N North Andaman Ranong - Khao Lak 2024-2025
3 available spaces
from
THB 54000.-
3 available spaces

Departure/Arrival

embark:
29 Oct 2024
12:00
Ranong
disembark:
04 Nov 2024
19:30
Thap Lamu

Prices & Availability

Standard
Upper Deck
THB 54000.-
2 spaces
Master
Main Deck
THB 64000.-
fully booked
Deluxe
Main Deck
THB 60000.-
1 space

Surcharges payable with booking

7 days Andaman Marine Parks fees, trip
THB
2600.-
 Booking Request
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The MV Smiling Seahorse was launched in November 2018. The ship was built as a specialized boat designed by and for divers and was not converted from a fishing vessel which is common in Thailand. The ship is larger than its predecessor with eight cabins and bathrooms spread over four decks.
The top deck of the boat is the ultimate lounge area. It features a shaded area with an outdoor area and hammocks to relax, play cards, or take a nap in the shade during surface intervals. Sunbathers enjoy the bow of the ship which is unshaded and has a variety of Thai-style cushions and mats to create the perfect sunbathing zone.
The upper deck is divided into two areas. Towards the back of the boat is a multipurpose common area used as the main assembly point. Here divers are served scrumptious meals, have access to snacks and refreshments 24-hours a day, meet for pre-dive briefings with the dive team, consult the marine life library to identify the beautiful creatures, or just sit back and relax surrounded by cushions.
There are tables to comfortably enjoy your meals, play games, or study your dive course materials, as well as two bars with stools on either side of the boat. The dining area has plenty of counter space for snacks and the buffet as well as a full-sized well-stocked fridge and a compartmentalized eco-friendly trash/recycling system. At the very back is an enormous couch area covered with cushions perfect for a cozy nap between dives. This common area is spacious and well thought out for just relaxing or having a bit of a dance party to celebrate the success of the cruise.
Towards the front of the boat on the upper deck are two standard cabins and the living quarters for the dive staff. Every door opens to a stunning view of the nature surrounding you and there is also a window that you can watch the waves roll by from the comfort of your bed. These cabins all are air-conditioned with shared bathrooms. To best cater to the needs of the occupants, the rooms have designed to be able to be configured in two ways upon request. Couples staying in this room can have a double bed and an upper shelf to store luggage or it can be switched to have two single bunk beds more suited for solo travelers or friends sharing a room. The rooms also offer adequate storage to keep personal things organized and out of sight.
In the front portion of the main deck are the deluxe and master cabins. All six of these cabins are airconditioned and have private ensuite bathrooms. The doors open onto the main deck offering a spectacular view right from the cabin door. The four deluxe cabins are identical to the standard cabins with the exception of the addition of an ensuite bathroom. The two master cabins are located at the bow of the boat with windows facing forward to offer a breathtaking panoramic view of the sea ahead. These rooms are ideal for couples looking for a bit more of an intimate romantic setting.
The impeccable diving deck is well-planned and organized, and is crucial when sharing a space with other divers. This area has been planned to maximize space and provide special areas for every diver’s needs. Dive groups are kept small and each group is organized to stagger gear-up and entry times to ensure that the already spacious dive deck never has too many bodies moving around at once. While one group is ready to jump in for a dive, the next group will be doing safety checks and the last group is upstairs taking their last sips of water during their dive briefing. The dive deck also features two shared bathrooms for the guests staying in standard cabins. The photography room has a fresh-water wash tank for your gear, as well as charging ports, shelving and counter space for maintenance and storage of your gear between dives. This area also serves as a workshop to fix any problems on the fly. The ship offers certified Mares service technicians on board and spare small parts and tools at your disposal.
The Smiling Seahorse offers four main routes that travel to Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand. The Myanmar routes are either 5, 6, 7, or 8 nights in duration while the Thailand route is 4 nights in duration. The Myanmar routes include the Mergui Archipelago (5N), Black Rock (6N), Undiscovered Mergui (7N), and Myanmar Exploration (8N).
The Smiling Seahorse offers nitrox but does not support technical diving or rebreathers.
Narrative text and photographs courtesy of the Smiling Seahorse liveaboard.



Dive Conditions

In Myanmar, divers will have generally very good visibility. Usually, it’s over 30 meters (100 feet) with the only exception being during plankton blooms. But when the visibility is lower, higher are the chances to encounter manta rays, whale sharks, and
October to May is the main Myanmar dive season and this is the only period of the year when the liveaboards operate. At this time of year, the seas are calm, the skies are clear and even the most remote dive sites are accessible and enjoy great conditions
February to May tend to have the most frequent manta ray and whale shark sightings, attracted by feeding opportunities by the plankton blooms that occur at this time of year. As you might imagine visibility is reduced since the water is so nutrient-rich.
Many divers board Myanmar liveaboards to explore the Similan Islands, but venturing further north into Burma's Mergui Archipelago, divers find many remote and untouched locations. Expected fish encounters in the archipelago include armies of barracuda,
Black Rock Dive Site An 80-meter wide islet, Black Rock stands in a northwest to southeast position, with steep banks all around, and with a wall on its west and southwest sides. Many divers' favorite spot in the Mergui Archipelago, Black Rock will have