Whale shark Similan Explorer

M/V Similan Explorer

Our live-aboard, M/V SIMILAN EXPLORER has a wooden monohull. The Similan Explorer has 3 decks. The main deck has 6 cabins for our guests. 4 Twin Berth, and 2 Four Berth cabins, these are fitted with curtains for each berth bed for your privacy.

Every year during the low season the Similan Explorer is taken into dry dock for a full overhaul which includes engines, hull and generators. Our compressors, tanks and diving equipment are checked by qualified technicians before the beginning of the season.

All cabins have their own air conditioner and an opening sea view window. Each of our cabins has 220v plug sockets, so you can charge your battery packs or your dive torch.

The upper deck has 2 Double bed cabins that when you open the door you will have a sea view and where you can find the wheel house (captains quarters) at the bow. At the stern is the eating area. Here you can help yourself with coffee, tea, toast, water, electrolyte drinks and fresh fruit which is always on the table for your convenience.
All cabins are air-conditioned and have a sea view window that opens. All cabins have 220v plugs, so you can charge your battery packs or your lights.

Bookings & Schedule


Our food is very popular with our guests. Every morning there is breakfast European style: we serve Brown Bread, Omelettes, Fried eggs, Sausages, Corn Flakes, Muesli, fruits, tea and fresh ground coffee or Nescafe. Lunch and Dinner are served with traditional Thai food. We cater for Vegetarians, just tell us your needs.
The galley is on the main deck. The cook and her assistant prepare the food fresh every day. We cater for vegetarians and any other special dietary needs you require. Don't worry about the famous Thai chilies! We can cook to your taste.

dining area

The dinning area consists of 1 table on the port side and 2 tables on the starboard side so there is ample room for dining, the sides of the boat are open so you can enjoy the good weather to the maximum.
We have a large collection of fish identification books in several languages, your dive guide will enjoy explaining about the fish you have seen together, the dining area is a great place to relax and read a book.
We also have a TV and DVD player so any videos made on the trip can be reviewed. There is also a stereo so you can relax with some of your favourite CDs. Don't forget your MP3 player you can connect it to our stereo.

main deck

On the main deck at the stern is the Dive Platform and gearing up area for your diving equipment which has more than ample room to put on and store your dive gear. We also have 40 12 ltr Tanks we use INT connection, we do have DIN adapters and 15 ltr Tanks for rent.
There are also 2 Bauer Mariner II compressors with an air cooling system with P41 air filters to give you the best Quality air.
Close at hand are the Similan Diving Safaris boat crew, who are there to help you gear up and help you on your dive entry and exit. The crew will fill the tanks so all you do is dive. Most of the time you will be picked up by our boat or our dingy.
There are 3 toilets with showers and 2 showers on the dive deck.


Ocean friendly bio-degradable soap and shampoo are available in our 3 toilets and shower rooms on the main deck.

Two more showers are located on the dive platform.

sun deck

Lots of room here for getting your tan, sundeck chairs under our shade at the back of the sun deck. This is a nice place for spotting Dolphins, Manta rays and Whale sharks while travelling to new dive sites and up here you're always the one to spot the Dolphins first.

main deck layout main deck
upper deck layout upper deck
sun deck layout sun deck
  •  1 Dive platform
  •  2 Deck showers
  •  3 Gearing up area
  •  4 Compressors
  •  5 Stairs main to upper deck
  •  6 Toilet/shower
  •  7 Galley
  •  8 Crew cabins
  •  9 Guests cabin (4 berths)
  • 10 Anchor
  • 11 Dinghy
  • 12 Bench
  • 13 Dining area tables
  • 14 Stairs from upper to sundeck
  • 15 Self service counter
  • 16 Double bed cabin
  • 17 Wheelhouse
  • 18 Sundeck
  • 19 Oxygen station
  • 20 Depth sounder & GPS
  • 21 Life raft (with survival equipment)
  • 22 Nitrox blending station
  • 23 Fire extinguisher
  • 24 Sundeck shaded area
  • 25 Satellite phone
  • 26 Guest cabin (2 bunk beds)
  • 27 Benches

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