Liveaboard At A Glance
MV Marco Polo is run by Sea Bees Diving and operates out of their Dive Centre in Chalong Harbour. She takes guests on a six day cruise with 22 dives, five of which are night dives, visiting the famous Similan Islands, Surin Islands National Park and Richelieu Rock. Whalesharks, manta rays and macro marine life all abound in these waters. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some of the finest diving in the world and a chance to see stunning overwater rock formations and scenery.
The MV Marco Polo is owned and run by Sea Bees Diving, who have many years experience running dive centres and liveaboards in Thailand. She is a sturdy 24m craft offering divers comfortable accommodation and excellent diving facilities. Three spacious double cabins have individually controlled air conditioning, two with a large bed and an extra single bed for storage while the honeymoon cabin in the bow of the ship has a kingsize bed. Four cabins have large twin bunks and are cooled by fans. All cabins have reading lights and 220V outlets with electricity available throughout the day and space to store personal belongings and hang clothes.
Doors open out on to the outer deck, making the cabins cool and airy. There are four toilets with handbasins, two hot water showers and three open air showers. On the large upper party deck there is a comfortable saloon with seating, dining tables and shady areas in which to sit and relax. Coffee and soft drinks are always available.
The captain of the Marco Polo has had many years experience navigating the waters of the Andaman Sea and the tour leader is an SSI and PADI instructor with excellent knowledge of the local dive sites. The two cooks in the galley prepare delicious Thai specialities and snacks and are happy to help with any special dietary needs, while two crew members keep the boat ship-shape and are also on hand to fill tanks and help with diving equipment.
The dive deck of the Marco Polo has plenty of space to store diving equipment. 40 X12 litre tanks and a 50 litre oxygen tank are stored on the deck and are filled from the two Bauer compressors which operate below deck to minimise the noise. To ensure safety there is a dinghy, a life raft, telelphone and GPS. Diving is suitable for all levels of experience and Nitrox filling is available.
The Similan Islands, north west of Phuket, are famous for reefs teeming with life, beautiful soft and hard coral gardens, manta rays and whalesharks. Huge boulders rise up from the sea, breaking the surface in amazing rock formations. Under the water, the scenery is equally impressive with swim-throughs and drop-offs. There are nine islands in total, with some 20 different dive sites, each with its own unique experience.
For photographers, Fantasea Reef is a dream come true, with many schooling banner fish and fusiliers, watched by lurking reef sharks. Shark Fin Reef, as you might expect, is a great place to see reef sharks and those much loved comical giants, Napeolean wrasse, while on Christmas Point the large pelagics swim amongst beautiful coral gardens. The aptly named Elephant Rock has wonderful tunnels and swim-throughs, where white tip sharks can be seen basking in the rocks and in Boulder City the exposed location makes it an ideal place to see whalesharks and manta rays, leopard sharks and giant barracudas.
Eleven day dives and three night dives are scheduled in the Similan Islands.
In the Surin National Park, the islands of Koh Bon and Koh Tachai are in an isolated location, making them a great place to find whalesharks and manta rays. Koh Tachai, with its submerged pinnacles and boulders, has exciting swim-throughs decorated with sea fans and colourful anemones, while Napolean wrasse and yellow tailed barracudas can often be seen cruising amongst the shoals of fusiliers and bannerfish. Similarly, Koh Bon has a wealth of corals, anemones and sea sponges as well as whalesharks, manta rays and sharks. Three day dives and one night dive are made in this location.
Richlieu Rock is a renowned dive site and a great experience. The underwater pinnacles which surround the submerged rock are covered in corals, sea sponges and giant clams and are home to moray eels, shovel-nosed ray, lion fish and sea horses. A night dive on the rock is an experience not to be missed. Because it sits in the open sea, it is often visited by the large pelagics such as barracuda, tuna and trevallies.
Three day dives and one night dive are scheduled on Richlieu Rock.
If you are travelling from the UK we can arrange flights to Phuket on either award winning Emirates, Singapore or Malaysian Airlines - we are very pleased to be able to offer our clients 30kgs luggage allowance for dive equipment with each of these carriers. The Palm Garden resort is a 45-60 minute transfer by car or minibus from Phuket Airport.
Morning departure from the UK for overnight international flight to Phuket via Kuala Lumpur.
2 nights accommodation at the Palm Garden Resort
Transfer to Marco Polo liveaboard for 6 nights in the honeymoon Cabin
Transfer to Palm Garden Resort Phuket for 6 nights accommodation including 5 days dive package on Excalibur II
Depart Phuket for International flight to London Heathrow via Kuala Lumpur
Arrive London Heathrow early in the morning
2 nights Palm Garden Resort + 6 nights Marco Polo liveaboard + 6 nights Palm Garden Resort with 5 days diving on Excalibur II from £2022 per person plus GB £403 per person taxes
Price includes return economy class flights on Malaysian Airlines from London Heathrow.
For the Palm Garden Resort it includes transfers and a total of 8 nights’ accommodation at the Palm Garden Resort, Phuket, in a double Bungalow.
For the Marco Polo liveaboard it includes return transfers, 6 nights’ accommodation in a double Honeymoon Cabin with full board, tea, coffee, soft drinks, tanks and weights, Nitrox (for certified divers), torches and dive guide.
For the dive package days on board Excalibur II it includes transfers, 2** dives per day with use of tanks and weights, dive guide, breakfast, lunch, (dinner on Sunday), fruit, tea, coffee and drinking water (from a water dispenser).
Excluded: Equipment rental (payable locally), Marine Park Fees (payable locally).
**For dive days planned where there are more than 2 dives scheduled a local charge will apply for the extra diving.