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Explore the most famous dive sites on the west coast of Thailand, combining the convenience of a liveaboard with the comfort of a dive resort, where you can relax in tropical surroundings.

Spend six nights aboard a liveaboard exploring the Similan & Surin islands, including the colourful Richelieu Rock – possibly Thailand’s best site for whale shark encounters - and Koh Bon, famed for regular manta ray sightings. The boat departs Phuket on a Tuesday throughout the diving season.

Either side of your diving adventure, relax in the tropical surroundings of your hotel, visit local restaurants, soak up the culture or continue diving. The choice is yours!

Suggested Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Thailand

  2. Days 2-3 : Relax in Phuket

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel to check in for a two night stay. Spend the next two days relaxing or exploring the local surroundings and preparing for your dive adventure.

  3. Days 4-9 : Discover the Similan & Surin Islands

    Transfer to your liveaboard for a six night diving adventure. Enjoy the reefs and local marine life around the Similan Islands, manta rays at Koh Bon, spectacular coral gardens at Koh Tachai and the whale shark magnet and macro-haven of Richelieu Rock around the Surin Islands.

    Up to 22 dives are available throughout the week (17 day & 5 night).

  4. Days 10-11 : Explore Phuket

    Transfer to your hotel after your liveaboard experience. Spend a further two nights here exploring the island or enjoy further diving activities (additional cost).

  5. Day 12: Depart Phuket

  6. Day 13: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 days from £2,045 pp
  • When to go: Nov-Apr
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 4 nights Phuket (RO)
    • 6 nights liveaboard (FB)
    • Up to 22 dives (on liveaboard)
    • Tanks, weights & Nitrox (certified divers only)
    • Transfers
  • Additional fees: THB 2,200
Featured locations:

Similan & Surin Islands

A group of nine islands, the Similans are one of the world's top famous destinations and Thailand’s most beautiful islands. The Surin Marine National Park is famed for manta ray and whale shark encounters, and lays claim to Thailand’s finest dive site, Richeleu Rock.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, giant oceanic manta ray, leopard shark, green turtle, hawksbill turtle
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving


Thailand’s largest island is fringed with white sandy beaches with a backdrop of lush green hills and coconut groves. Within easy reach of some of the country’s most outstanding dive sites, there are excellent chances to spot leopard sharks amidst stunning marine life.

  • Ideal for viewing: hawksbill turtle, ornate ghost pipefish, western clownfish, leopard shark
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Singles diving, Reef diving
This itinerary is available on the liveaboards shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Genesis I

A perfect introduction to liveaboard diving, the Genesis I makes three night trips to Thailand's Similan & Surin Islands from Nov to May. Enjoy unlimited diving from a sea level platform, with dinghy pick up,

Marco Polo

The friendly Marco Polo operates six night adventures to Thailand's Similan Islands, including Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and the famous Richelieu Rock, renowned for sightings of whale sharks and manta rays.

Thailand Aggressor

The luxurious Thailand Aggressor sails the Andaman Sea throughout the year, visiting famous dive sites such as the Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock and Phi Phi Islands off the west coast of Thailand.

Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Palm Garden Resort, Phuket

Located in the tranquil southeast corner of Phuket, Palm Garden Resort is a short walk to Chalong Pier where the dive boats depart. Each room has a terrace with a hammock, and overlooks the swimming pool.