Liveaboard Diving Trips

Liveaboard Diving Trips - Khao Lak, Thailand

Liveaboards Diving Trips with Sea Dragon Dive CenterSpecialising in liveaboard diving, Sea Dragon offers you a choice of two different liveaboard dive boats, the M/V Andaman and the M/V Nangnuan. With twenty four years experience of diving in the Andaman Sea, we personally design and refurbish both our liveaboard boats to exactly meet your demanding requirements - and ours.

Unique, in that each of our boats is specifically designed for a different customer market, we recognise that all divers have different needs. But some things remain the same, whichever boat you choose: safe diving supervised by experienced staff in small groups - maximum 4 divers per group, high safety standards, easy access to your equipment and the dive deck, excellent food and service and, of course, lots of fun. So check out our boats and see which one suits you best.

Dining onboard our liveaboard boats

Dinner aboard M/V AndamanBefore the first dive of the day, help yourself to free tea/coffee and a light snack to help you wake up. After the first dive a western style breakfast is served. Lunch and dinner are Thai style - a selection of different Thai dishes (not so spicy!) with a strong emphasis on fish and seafood. Vegetarians are welcome and special food requirements can be catered for.

Throughout the day light snacks and fresh fruit are served and soft drinks are free - help yourself. Beer is available after the last dive of the day (or before for anyone not diving) at B60 per can. With our excellent cooks, we are certain that our onboard cuisine will be a memorable part of your dive trip.

And on the final evening onboard the Andaman we invite you to join us for cocktails and a western style BBQ on the open air sundeck - usually a very lively night for us all!

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR ALL LIVEABOARD TRIPS

Thirsty at the Similan IslandsDeparture

  • For all liveaboard dive trips, we leave from our Dive Center in Khao Lak one/two hours before departure time. You will be advised of the exact meeting arrangements when you make your booking.
  • The Nangnuan departs from Thap Lamu harbour. The Andaman departs from either Thap Lamu or Khuraburi harbour.
  • As the Andaman departs at 22.00 hrs, please dine at your leisure before embarking.
  • The Nangnuan departs at 08.00 hrs and breakfast is served onboard as soon as we leave the harbour.

Thirsty at the Similan IslandsA typical day onboard both boats

  • Early awakening, time for a tea, coffee, snack
  • Dive 1 (approximately 07.30 hrs)
  • Western style breakfast
  • Relax onboard, visit the beach or snorkel from the boat
  • Dive 2 (approximately 11.30 hrs)
  • Lunch
  • Again, time to relax, snorkel and swim
  • Dive 3 (approximately 15.30 hrs)
  • Afternoon snack
  • Lay back and watch the sunset, from the beach or onboard
  • Dive 4 - night dive (approximately 19.30 hrs)
  • Dinner
  • Evening onboard - enjoy the company and share a drink with your fellow divers and our staff

Sunset at the Similan IslandsReturn on final day

  • The Nangnuan returns to Thap Lamu harbour. The Andaman returns to either Thap Lamu or Khuraburi harbour.
  • Both boats head back to the harbour after the second dive on the last day, after which lunch will be served.
  • Transfer to the Dive Center, arriving on or before 18.00 hrs, and then transfer to your resort in Khao Lak.
  • On the 7 day package you may stay onboard on the third/fourth day or explore the local area, dining at your leisure at a nearby restaurant, before departing again at 22.00hrs.


School of fishOrientation, Dive Sites and Dive Planning

  • After departure a full boat brief will be given to introduce you to our staff and crew and familiarise you with your liveaboard
  • Before your first dive the Boat Supervisor will give a detailed dive brief, explaining our diving & safety procedures
  • Before every dive there will be a full dive brief
  • Every diver dives with a dive computer and dives are planned to include a safety stop at 5m for 3 mins
  • Everyone dives with a buddy within a group and each group is led by an experienced Dive Leader
  • Maximum depth is 30m, to comply with National Park regulations, and you must be certified to dive to this depth
  • Maximum dive time is 50 mins
  • Small groups - maximum 4 divers per group

WE ASK YOU TO REMEMBER THAT THE SIMILAN & SURIN ISLANDS ARE MARINE NATIONAL PARKS. WE EXPECT YOUR CO-OPERATION IN PRESERVING THESE BEAUTIFUL AREAS AND INSIST THAT YOU DO NOT TOUCH OR DISTURB ANY MARINE LIFE

Diving equipmentOur Diving Equipment

All our equipment is purchased new and serviced annually. Full diving equipment – including a free dive computer – is included in all liveaboard prices and consists of:

  • BCD with power inflator & whistle
  • Regulator with octopus and console with SPG. Depth gauge (in meters) available on request
  • 3mm shorty wetsuit
  • Mask, snorkel & full foot fins
  • Tanks, weights and weight belt
  • Torches for night dives
  • Safety sausage
  • Suunto dive computer

If you are carrying your own diving equipment with you, we offer you a 10% discount for full equipment and a 5% discount for partial equipment (2 out of 3 from BCD/Regulator/Wetsuit)

Clown fishWhat you need to bring onboard

We suggest you pack a small bag for the trip and leave the remainder of your luggage at the Dive Center or your Resort. Basically, you will need:

  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt & long trousers for the evenings
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sun tan cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera/film/memory cards/spare batteries
  • And don't forget your logbook!

Health and Special Requirements

If you have any health problems, are on any form of medication or have had any illness, injury or operation that you think may affect you whilst diving, please let us know in advance. If you are allergic to any form of medication or are taking malaria tablets, please state this clearly on the Registration Form. Anyone requiring vegetarian food or with any food allergies, including celiacs, must advise us before the trip. Please also note the following conditions to ensure a safe diving trip for all our customers:

  • Epilepsy. Unfortunately we cannot accept any divers with this condition
  • Asthma. We do not accept divers with asthma if you have had an attack in the last 5 years. If you had an attack between 5-10 years ago, we will ask you to show us a medical statement from a diving physician, dated within one year. We highly recommend you also take a Spiro metric (lung function) test and show the results to your diving physician during your medical, for your own safety
  • Diabetes. Please inform us in advance if you are diabetic as we will need to provide you with guidelines according to DAN Asia Pacific. We will also require a medical statement signed by a diving physician
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure). Divers with high blood pressure and who are taking Beta Blockers as medication must show us a medical statement from a diving physician dated within one year. Divers with high blood pressure using other forms of medication must show us a medical statement, dated within one year, showing that your blood pressure is under control
  • Anti-depressants (e.g. Prozac). If you are taking anti-depressants of any kind we will require a medical statement from a diving physician, dated within 6 months, stating that your specific medication (which must be clearly named) is suitable for diving on multiple days to depths of up to 30 metres
  • Thyroid Disease. Divers with thyroid disease or having no thyroid gland should bring a medical statement, dated within the past 3 months, proving that your cardiovascular system has been critically assessed

Please note that for the above mentioned conditions we do NOT accept medical statements issued locally, unless they are from an accredited hospital or physician. If you need any assistance or further advice on this subject, please contact us for further information

And finally, please do not make plans to fly
for at least 24 hours after your last dive - for your own safety


   

Postal address: 5/51 Mu 7, Khao Lak,
A. Takua Pa, Phang Nga 82220, Thailand
Telephone:  +66 (0)76 485 420, Fax: +66 (0)76 485 418
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