Welcome to ScubaBoard, an online scuba diving forum community where you can join over 205,000 divers diving from around the world. If the topic is related to scuba diving, this is the place to find divers talking about it. To gain full access to ScubaBoard (and make this large box go away) you must register for a free account. As a registered member you will be able to:
Participate in over 500 dive topic forums and browse from over 5,500,000 posts.
Communicate privately with other divers from around the world.
Post your own photos or view from well over 100,000 user submitted images.
Gain access to our free classifieds marketplace to buy, sell and trade gear, travel and services.
Use the calendar to organize your events and enroll in other members' events.
Find a dive buddy or communicate directly with scuba equipment manufacturers.
All this and much more is available to you absolutely free when you register for an account, so sign up today!
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact the ScubaBoard Support Team.
There seems to be an awful lot of options for live-aboard boats out of Khao Lak. We have looked at Wicked Diving, Seadragon Sea Centre and Sea Bees to name but a few. Neither of us have been on a live-aboard before, but would prefer a boat with a smaller number of divers and a double cabin option. Good Thai food is a must. I have 70 plus dives and Hubby has 90, (both AOW) so we are assuming that our experience will be adequate.
Can anyone recommend a particular boat? We are hoping to be there end Dec -start of Jan .
Thanks in advance
You're right that there are a lot of boats to choose from and that it can be quite daunting sorting through them all. You've provided a little information about your background and your preferences, but the boats you are looking at are somewhat different in style and price, and those are also important considerations. You say you prefer a double bed, but do you also need a private head (bathroom) or are you happy to share a communal head with others on the boat? What is your budget range--low, mid, or luxury? How long a trip do you prefer to have?
Your experience is just fine in terms of dive numbers and cert level. I would also recommend Nitrox for more enjoyable live aboard diving with less worry about bumping up against NDLs on afternoon dives.
Heg - it's great to hear that you are considering us as one of the options! I hope we can help.
The time of year you are planning is a good time to visit, and planning now is best - as it can get quite full, quite early.
There are a lot of boats to choose from, and just as many agents We operate our own boats and offer some very unique alternatives to the many other boats on display. If I may be so bold - one of our biggest value is that we do not cater the hardcore divers that are there purely for diving...we actually focus on those who are newer to liveaboards and diving vacations. While we do get some guests with hundreds of dives, we really emphasize the rich experience above and below the water.
We also offer a 5 day trip on a sailing schooner - unique in Khao Lak and this makes not only for a great diving vacation - but also makes for a truly memorable adventure! In addition our emphasis on Responsible tourism is quite unique - from community involvement to marine conservation - by joining us, you actually make quite a difference in our region.
I am certain that with so many options, it may get confusing - but just check Tripadvisor for Khao Lak, or open up a Lonely Planet and see what others have to say
I have to admit, after further research you are top of our list. We're not novice divers but have avoided live-aboards because of the hardcore diver thing. We love to dive, but we also want the actual boat/sailing experience be part of our holiday too.
How do we go about seeing what dates you have available? the 5 night cruise sounds perfect.
I did a 4 day 4 night liveaboard back in Nov 2008 to the Similian islands aboard the Black Manta. I took my wife along who was 5 months pregnant and she loved it, obviously she didnt dive, but she did snorkel with a turtle and came for the trips to the islands. I would reccommend it, guides were good, food was nice and the thai people were alwasy willing to help
Any info very welcome. What was the boat like? how many divers? Was it all 'diver talk' at dinner? Where did you stay topside? We want at least 7 nights land based in Khao Lak after the boat to chill out (we will do a day dive or three also). Looking at Nang Thong resort (but wondering why it is sooooo much cheaper than all the other resorts)
I am answering your Accommodation question here as it is a good one for others to know...
Nang Thong is privately owned and they do not work with agents. So they deal with you directly (like us but they also don't have really complicated and seemingly random price swings like the larger resorts do. However, they are not always clear about which rooms you book! Make sure you get the bungalows near the water - they are a great value, they also offer some typical rooms in three story apartment blocks that are not really worth it.
Another choice is to check of Agoda (or one of the other online agencies) and see what deals you can get.
As I am sure you noticed, right around the holidays is the busiest time of the year in Khao Lak and can often be fully booked.
I actually stayed in Phuket each side of the liveaboard, it wasnt too far to travel and the organiser actually picked us up and dropped us back. I would reccommend that you go to Krabi though, really nice here quite relaxed.
It wasnt all dive talk on the boat, spookilly we met another english couple, the girl actually worked for the same company as my wife so as you can imagine they hit it off and were talking Tesco all 4 days
The boat was really nice, not 5* but I am yet to find one of them, if I had the chance to go on it again I would which says a lot. If you want I can post up some photos tomorrow