Marco Polo

A week of adventures around Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock.

If your going diving in Thailand, the sites visited on this trip are just the ticket. The sites around Similan are just mind blowing with huge gorgonian fans. You can also spot Whalesharks at Richelieu Rock.

The MV Marco Polo is a 23 metre boat offering 6 day and 6 night itineraries departing Phuket every Saturday from December through to May giving you the opportunity to explore some of the amazing sites along the way. She welcomes a maximum of 14 guests aboard each charter allowing for a more personal service from the friendly crew and dive masters leading you through the trip whilst helping with any questions or queries you may have.

The MV Marco Polo comfortably accommodates guests in 3 air conditioned double cabins, 4 fan cabins with bunk beds and 1 honeymoon cabin with a king size bed. All cabins come with storage, reading lights, electricity 24 hours a day and an individual interior. There are 2 shower cabins, 2 open air showers and 3 additional European style toilets with sinks. The food aboard is a variety of traditional European and local Thai cuisine cooked freshly everyday suiting the needs of most customers. Dietary requirements can be catered for when advance notice is given.

The dining area is furnished with tables and chairs providing ample space for divers and is located next to the salon which is the perfect place to view pictures and videos or listen to your favorite CD’s at the end of the day. The sundeck has shaded and un-shaded areas furnished with deck chairs and tables where you can gather with everyone to discuss your diving experiences. The spacious dive deck is covered allowing you to store and prepare your diving equipment in the shade. All dives are done from the mother boat and the 2 ladders guarantee easy access into and out of the water.

Honeymoon Suite

The third A/C cabin, our honeymoon suite, is located at the bow and boasts a King-size bed. All A/C cabins have individual A/C units with remote control so you can adjust the temperature to your own comfort level.

  • King size bed
  • Air Conditioning

Double Cabin with A/C

There are 7 roomy double cabins, with plenty of space for your personal belongings. All rooms open to the outer deck to give you the full benefit of the cool sea breeze when the sun beats down.

Each cabin has a reading light and 220 V outlets with a constant electric supply. There are three A/C cabins, two of which are equipped with a double bed and an extra single bed, giving you extra space for sleeping or storing your personal goods.

The four fan cabins offer spacious bunk beds for a comfortable night, with enough space for your personal belongings. Like in the A/C cabins, you will find clothes hangers and towel rails to keep things neat while during your stay on board.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Reading Light
  • 220 V outlets
  • Storage

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Route Options

The MV Marco Polo offers 6 day and 6 night itineraries around the Similan Islands, Surin and Richelieu Rock.

The Similan Islands are a group of 9 islands located north west of Phuket and are famous for being one of the top diving destinations in the world. The diving here is amazing and consists of thriving reefs, lush corals, giant sea fans and a variety of marine life from large pelagic to whale sharks. These islands are characterised by gigantic boulders creating awesome underwater scenery for photographers and swim-throughs for divers to explore.

The Surin Islands are an excellent place to see many breeds of turtles as they go to Koh Chi to feed and lay their eggs. As well as turtles you will see many rays, crabs, shrimps and reef sharks. There are many gardens of anemones, sponges and an impressive variety of corals and giant clams making this area perfect for night dives.

Sample Itinerary

Depart Phuket at 6 pm followed by dinner
Day 1: 3 day dives + 1 night dive at Similan Islands
Day 2: 3 day dives + 1 night dive at Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock
Day 3: 3 day dives + 1 night dive at Richelieu Rock
Day 4: 3 day dives + 1 night dive at Similan Islands
Day 5: 3 day dives + 1 night dive at Similan Islands
Day 6:2 dives, cruise back to Phuket for a 6 pm departure

Top Dive Sites

Christmas Point: Has an impressive variety of hard and soft corals with many swim-throughs for divers to explore and is a good spot for manta rays, nurse sharks and barracuda sightings.

Elephant Rock: Looks like an elephant head from the surface however below the surface there are many impressive tunnels and swim-throughs for divers. You will find many small white tip reef sharks and colorful fish at this site.

Boulder City: Is a favorite site in the Similan Islands due to its exposed location and the possibility to see anything from whale sharks and manta rays to leopard sharks and Spanish dancers.

Richelieu Rock: Is one of Thailand’s best dive sites and best location for spotting whale sharks. The submerged rock is surrounded by underwater pinnacles covered in a variety of corals and giant sea fans. You will also see seahorses, moray eels, shovel nose rays, lion fish and banner fish here with the opportunity to see tuna, barracudas and trevallies.

Vessel Details

Guest Numbers 14
Length & Beam 23 metres long and a 6 metres beam
Speed 8 to 10 knots
Engines Twin diesel engines
Generators 3 x 220/12v
Number of Cabins 7 air conditioned cabins
Navigation & Communication Systems 30 mile radar, 2 compass’s, depth sounder with alarm, auto pilot with magnetic gyro compass, satellite weather service, GPS, chart plotter, 3 VHF radios, single side band radio, iridium satellite phone and a computer with email access
Salon & Dining Area Good sized salon with tables and chairs
Entertainment Snorkeling, marine life identification presentations, games and TV/Video/DVD/CD
Single Supplement 100% on Non Diver rate
Air Compressors 2 x air compressors
Equipment Rental Equipment rental available aboard
Medical Oxygen & First Aid 8 D.A.N. oxygen system and Medic First Aid Kit available aboard
Dive Deck A shaded dive deck with personal gear lockers and 2 ladders for easy access into and out of the water
BCD THB350
Regulator THB350
Dive Computer THB400
Wetsuit THB300
Mask, Fins and Snorkel THB300
Night Light THB300
Please Note: All equipment rental prices listed above are per person per day and is payable aboard before your departure

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Friday, 06 December 2013

Fabulous Fiji by Marcelina Jesus on Sport Diver Magazine

Lured by the promise of world-class reefs and adrenaline-fueled shark encounters Marcelina Jesus ventures to the wild islands of Fiji.

Fabulous Fiji by Marcelina Jesus on Sport Diver Magazine

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Koh Surin

Khao Lak, Thailand

The Koh Surin is located in the Andaman Sea and covers an area of approximately 135 square km. From completely submerged pinnacles to fringing reefs, any variation can be found on this dive site. The Surin islands offer the most abundant coral spectrum in all of Thailand and divers can encounter eagle rays, turtles, and larger pelagics are possible here.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Richelieu Rock

Khao Lak, Thailand

Richelieu Rock is one of the best places in the world to dive with whale sharks and is easily the best site in Thailand diving for this amazing activity. Here divers will encounter the largest fish in the ocean which are rare almost everywhere in the world. With nothing else for miles around, the whale sharks are attracted to the rock to feed on the rich plank tonic blooms that occur here.

  • Min Dives: 20
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Novice Diver - 20 + Dives
  • Max Depth: 40m

Koh Tachai

Khao Lak, Thailand

Koh Tachai is located in Tachai Island and lies about halfway between the Surin and Similan Islands and is rated as one of the best sites for Thailand scuba liveaboards as it's normally visited on the way to Richelieu Rock from the Similans. There are several dive sites around the island but the most famous is Koh Tachai Plateau which lies southeast of the island, about one kilometre offshore. The plateau is a submerged crowned reef of hard sheet corals, and scattered boulders. These boulders provide great swim-throughs and cut-through opportunities.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 35m

Christmas Point -Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

This is one of the most colourful, scenic and often exciting dive sites in the Similan Islands. The dive begins at Christmas Point by heading down a mooring to a sand-rubble bottom at a depth of about 20 metres, then heading deeper to the southwest where divers will find several giant arches and some of the best swim through in the Similans. The rock walls are highlighted by radiant soft corals and the sea fans can be very large here. Here divers will have the opportunity to see ribbon eels and fire gobies, and check the sand plains beyond the arches for white tip or leopard sharks.

  • Min Dives: 20
  • Dive Type: Drift Dive
  • Diver Level: Novice Diver - 20 + Dives
  • Max Depth: 40m

North Point - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

The North Point is situated off its north coast of the Similians and has large granite boulder pinnacles. These boulders are lying on 35 metres and rise to ten metres, forming swim-through and gullies between the rocks. In the shallows closer to Similan Island 9, between eight and fourteen metres, there are enormous flat plains of cauliflower leaf corals and stubbly finger corals, green turtles and black and white banded sea snakes.

  • Min Dives: 20
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Novice Diver - 20 + Dives
  • Max Depth: 40m

Donald Duck Bay - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

The Donald Duck Bay is named after a rock on the north side of the bay that resembles the cartoon character not the most prominent large boulder that balances precariously at a seemingly impossible angle. This dive site on the North West corner is the most popular mooring spot for day trippers and Similan Islands liveaboards alike. Here divers will have the opportunity to see molluscs, gastropods, crustaceans, cephalopods, huge bull crabs, red octopus, cuttlefish, all hunting for scraps and morsels. The most interesting section of the dive site is the boulders running out of the bay on the northern edge. These form several swim-through, and house emporer shrimps, red round crabs, decorator crabs, triton shells and cone shells.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 20m

Snapper Alley - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

The Snapper Alley is a great place for a night dive on a liveaboard cruise. This dive site is the south bay of this most northerly Similan Island.

Snapper Alley's shallows hold some great examples of large, healthy and hard table corals and sheet corals. The cracks are home to painted spiny lobsters, whilst the under ledges provide sleeping accommodation for ember parrotfish. Here divers will have the opportunity to see cuttlefish, dwarf lionfish and fire fish

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 20m

Turtle Rock - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

This dive site has impressive series of submerged boulders and swim through in typical Similan fashion. Surrounded by coral and marine life this is one of the better places to spot turtles. Here divers will have the opportunity to see big pelagics and eagle rays. To the northeast of the Turtle Rock there is an impressive 3 metre wide canyon to swim through.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Fantasy Reef - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

The Fantasy Reef is a great spot to enjoy the grandeur of underwater boulder formations that cover a huge area. This dive site is located on the west coast, the friendliest fish in the Similan Islands hang out here, including clown triggerfish, normally a difficult fish to approach, and cow tail rays in the sand.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Beacon Reef- Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

Beacon Reef is located just to the south of Beacon Beach and features a steep drop-off with a striking diversity of hard corals from 35metres almost to the surface. This site has the greatest variety of healthy hard corals in the Similan Islands, exceeding 300 species. There are countless nudibranchs, scorpion fish and devil firefish, one of the most beautiful fish in the sea.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 35m

Elephant Rock - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

The site is named after an unusually shaped rock that juts out of the water just southwest of Koh Similan. The huge boulders that form Elephant Head Rock create daring swim-through, arches, caverns, gullies and tunnels. Here divers will have the opportunity to see fronds, colonies of spiders crabs, large black egg cowries, cuttlefish and mantis shrimps as you sink further down to entrance floor.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Novice Diver - 20 + Dives
  • Max Depth: 45m

Deep Six - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

This is another deep dive following a ridge on the north side of the island that features finger table corals, feather stars and large knotted fans in its deeper sections.

Green turtles, white tip reef sharks and leopard sharks can be found on the sand. The marine life that divers will encounter here are tuna, rainbow runners, yellowtail barracuda, blue fin trevally and yellow spot and Java rabbit fish, with lots of blue-spotted sting rays.

  • Min Dives: 50
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Experienced Diver - 50 + Dives
  • Max Depth: 50m

East of Eden - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

The East of Eden is located on the southeast coast of the island; this dive site has the most incredible bommie in the Similan Islands. Just to the south of the main reef and from a depth of 21 metres up to 12 metres, the concentration of marine life is beyond compare in the Similans. The main body is covered in an overwhelming array of blue and purple soft corals, lobophyton soft corals, and red bulb tentacle anemones hosting skunk anemone fish and western clownfish. Small groups of red tail butterfly fish, checkered snapper and yellow boxfish are always present.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 35m

Hideaway Bay - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

The Hideaway Bay is located off the southern point of island number 5, Hideaway is sometimes known as Barracuda Point.

Here divers will find some very Spartan, isolated sunken boulders on the sandy sea bed. Other marine life include a few dark green branching cup corals, clinging grimly to the boulder surfaces, and the occasional burst of action as a blue-spot stingray sparks into life or a black tip shark is disturbed and darts away. Most of the colour available here is provided by the solitary clown triggerfish, exploring the rocks.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Bird Rock - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

The Bird Rock is also known as Chinese Wall. This site is one of the better places to spot giant moray eels hiding in the rock crevaces. Coral gardens can be found in 12 metres of water to the west of the wall and further on are a series of boulders, overhangs and swim through.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Shark Fin Reef - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

The Shark Fin Reef will offer diver two different sceneries. The northeast which features a sloping reef and the southeast which is a more dramatic drop-off. A series of parallel rocks resembling fallen logs are the setting for this Similan diving site.

To the southeast is a large swim-through that provides an opening to the other side of this dive site. The marine life here is diverse with clown triggerfish, half-moon triggerfish and schools of batfish, palette surgeonfish, blue-faced angelfish and banner fish. It's also a good place to spot passing sharks and larger rays.

  • Min Dives: 20m
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Novice Diver - 20 + Dives
  • Max Depth: 40m

Boulder City - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

Boulder city is a submerged site about one kilometre off the east coast of island number 3 and about 400 m south east of Shark Fin Reef. Due to its exposed location, divers will have the opportunity to see almost anything on this Similan dive including whale sharks and manta rays.

There is very little coral growth here except for green branching cup corals and orange sea fans, but the algae growth here is substantial, meaning a prolific amount of nudibranchs, including the twin magnificent sea slug and Spanish dancers. Leopard sharks are frequently seen as well as white-tip and black-tip reef sharks.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 35m

Coral Gardens - Similans

Khao Lak, Thailand

The Coral Gardens offer divers a gentle sloping of hard coral plateau in a sheltered bay ideal for the first dive at the Similans or for inexperienced divers. Abundant hard corals include staghorn, plate and brain varieties teeming with smaller reef fish such as anthias, fusiliers, damsels and gobys.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 25m
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
19 Mar 2019
25 Mar 2019
6 Nights Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock Double Cabin with Fan £49,375
19 Mar 2019
25 Mar 2019
6 Nights Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock Double Cabin with A/C £56,250
26 Mar 2019
1 Apr 2019
6 Nights Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock Double Cabin with Fan £49,375
26 Mar 2019
1 Apr 2019
6 Nights Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock Double Cabin with A/C £56,250
2 Apr 2019
8 Apr 2019
6 Nights Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock Double Cabin with Fan £49,375
2 Apr 2019
8 Apr 2019
6 Nights Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock Double Cabin with A/C £56,250
9 Apr 2019
15 Apr 2019
6 Nights Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock Double Cabin with Fan £49,375
9 Apr 2019
15 Apr 2019
6 Nights Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock Double Cabin with A/C £56,250
16 Apr 2019
22 Apr 2019
6 Nights Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock Double Cabin with Fan £49,375
16 Apr 2019
22 Apr 2019
6 Nights Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock Double Cabin with A/C £56,250
23 Apr 2019
29 Apr 2019
6 Nights Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock Double Cabin with Fan £49,375
23 Apr 2019
29 Apr 2019
6 Nights Similan, Surin and Richelieu Rock Double Cabin with A/C £56,250