Similan Diving Safari on MV Pawara

by / Tuesday, 23 September 2014 / Published in MV Pawara

MV Pawara is a great choice for a  Similan diving safari offering great value so you can discover the Similan Islands in true style. The MV Pawara Similan liveaboard offers all the comforts of midrange liveaboards at very competitive prices. There is plenty of room on Pawara both on the dive deck and also the relaxation areas. Similan diving is conducted in a very professional manner and the cooks serve delicious food.

Similan diving is conducted in a very professional manner aboard the Pawara. The dive team has plenty of Thailand diving experience and run the boat in a relaxed, friendly and most importantly, safe way. Then there’s the food served, which always receives rave reviews.

Like most midrange Similan liveaboards, MV Pawara is constructed of steel. Measuring 35m in length and 7.5m in width the Pawara makes for a great diving platform. It’s only in the last few years that Pawara saw a complete refit and overhaul. The boat now has a traditional Thai feel to it, great for those surface intervals between dives. To improve stability, hull stabilisers were added along with improvements to the boat’s keel.

Pawara features a large air-conditioned lounge should you need to escape the tropical Thailand heat. Although out around the Similan Islands there is usually a nice cooling breeze. The boat has a huge dining area which also doubles as a great place to relax and socialise with other divers. No Similan dive safari boat would be complete without a sun deck. The whole top deck on Pawara is dedicated to sun worshippers where you will find plenty of sun loungers.

Pawara master cabin

Pawara’s master cabin

Considering her size, Pawara only takes a maximum of 22 divers. There are a range of cabins available to suit your budget. Pawara has two master cabins which offer great sea views. The rest of the main deck has four deluxe cabins which also have large windows. On the lower deck there are four standard cabins plus one budget cabins.

So you can travel light, the cabins come equipped with drinking water, two beach towels and 2 small wash towels, soap and shampoo, a blanket. For your safety each cabin has a safe and individual life jacket. WiFi is available in selected areas on board too.

The dive deck is large on Pawara. Every diver has ample space to kit up. Enriched Air Nitrox is available too.

Between dive entertainment is provided on a flat screen TV with DVD player, should you wish to ignore the beautiful views of the Similan Islands.

An Excellent Value Similan Liveaboard

MV Pawara has some of the most competitive prices for a boat of her class offering the high standard of facilities on board. The standard and budget cabins are both under 30,000THB. So instead of roughing it on a budget Similan liveaboard a little extra opens up a whole world of additional comforts for your diving safari. Even the master cabin at 34,000THB could be considered a real bargain for what you get.

Guests who have dived on Pawara also rave about for food served on board. The liveaboard provides a nice mix of mainly traditional Thai food with a few international favourites. One thing you can be assured of is a great healthy salad at meal times. Pawara’s owner personally supplies the boat with fresh hydroponically grown salads which are delicious.

How Your Similan Diving Safari on Pawara Goes

Food on a Similan liveaboard

Delicious food on Pawara

Your Similan diving safari on board MV Pawara starts with hotel pick-ups in Phuket from 16:30 on departure day. As the boat departs from Tap Lamu, just a short distance from Khao Lak, the pick-ups from this area are around 19:00. Not a bad reason to base yourself in Khao Lak to avoid the Phuket traffic.

A welcome dinner is served at 20:30 and Pawara will get under way for the Similan Islands.

The first day of the diving safari is around the nine Similan Islands themselves. There are three day time dives and a sunset dive. The second day is also around the Similans, again three day dives and on this day a night dive.

Day three and its diving at the two best sites of your Similan diving safari, Richelieu Rock and Koh Tachai. Three day dives and a night dive.

The final day is two dives at Manta hotspot Koh Bon before heading back to Tap Lamu Pier where air-conditioned mini buses will be waiting to whisk you back to your Khao Lak hotel. If you do want to head back to Phuket you should arrive around 18:00.

Compare MV Pawara with other Similan liveaboards.