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What to look for in a Liveaboard trip

Sep 16th 2015 at 2:07 PM



Liveaboards operating Khao Lak Explorer Liveaboards in Thailand, find a liveaboard and deciding which one will suit you is like choosing where to go for a gourmet dinner. Two of the most important things to consider are the onboard ambience and what sort of sea life you’ll encounter when you dive.


The following list represents facilities that any decent dive boat should offer - don't even consider a boat that doesn't offer all of these.

  • 3 - 4 dives a day
  • 3 full meals a day with gourmet cooking plus lots of great snacks
  • Unlimited free hot drinks, juices and soft drinks
  • Potable fresh water that is chlorinated and sterilized by ultraviolet light
  • Full diving service
  • Compressed air including nitrox
  • Supply of cylinders and weights
  • Well setup dive skiffs that can accommodate all the divers at one time
  • Bed linen supplied and changed regularly
  • Cabins cleaned daily
  • Fresh water available for kit rinsing
  • Charging facilities for batteries
  • A dedicated camera table and rinse water
  • A qualified dive-master team.
  • A passenger certificate from a recognized authority
  • Liferafts / jackets for the entire party and crew
  • Safety and navigation equipment for the boat and a fully certificated crew
  • Oxygen kits, DAN



The Boat

How old is the boat and is it a purpose built Similan islands Liveaboard? Dive boats age very quickly and an older boat may be prone to mechanical problems or falling apart. Boats that have been converted from some other purpose may not be particularly suitable as a liveaboard dive boat that has certain basic requirements. Ask when it was last in dry dock and refitted.


Khao Lak Scuba Liveaboards vary in size and some will accommodate a party of 8 and 28. Depending on the size of your party, be sure each pair can be accommodated in a private cabin. Dormitory style share cabins may not be desirable. Ask if you will be sharing a bathroom with others on the boat and this will be a problem if people are ill or have different standards to your own. Do not consider a boat where there is not a bathroom for each four divers as a bare minimum.

Living Space

A dive boat is not a cruise ship, and is not spacious. Choosing a boat that offers areas to relax in between dives and in the evening is important. Is there a sun bathing deck? Is there a sun sheltered area on that sunbathing deck for when you have toasted yourself enough? Can the entire party fit adequately into the saloon? Can the entire party sit down for dinner at one time?  Khao Lak Tours provide you a way to escape the liveaboard life.

Fresh Water

How much does the boat carry, and is it sufficient for the party for the holiday? Will rationing be necessary and if so, how much? Bear in mind that most boats need you to be water conscious but do not consider a boat where you cannot take one shower per day. 


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