Dive cruises Phuket -live aboard scuba trips

Liveaboard cruises give you more dive time

If you really want a special dive experience, consider taking an extensive cruise where you actually live on board the boat (known as a live aboard, liveaboard) in quality accommodation. You get to visit some of the most beautiful coastlines in Asia and experience something few other tourists to Phuket ever have the privilege of doing. This is also the best way to enjoy early morning and night dives, without the hassle of travel.

Here are some recommended companies providing such trips:

Recommended Phuket dive cruises

Mermaid Live Aboards: a Patong-based operation specialising in longer Phuket diving cruises ,living aboard one of their boats. They have a number of different vessels and can also provide trips to Indonesia and Burma. Thailand and Burma trips run October-May and Komodo (Indonesia) June-October.

Poseidon Diving: With Poseidon’s dive cruises you don’t actually live on board the boat, but they do include comfortable bungalows on the islands they travel to. Poseidon are based at Rawai Beach, but their dive cruises travel to destinations such as Phi Phi, the Similan Islands and dive sites around Phuket.

Sunrise Divers: popular and professional outfit based in Karon Beach, with more than a dozen live aboard cruise boats to choose from. They also offer regular courses and have English/German speaking staff.

Sea World Dive Team: another company offering trips to destinations in Thailand, Burma, and Indonesia. The dive locations include the stunning Richlieu Rock, the Similan Islands and Koh Surin. Their vessels have 6-8 double bedrooms as well as crew quarters.

The main famous dive sites of Thailand are well documented on greatestdivesites.com, along with diving resources.

Updated: January 2012

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