MV Blue Dolphin Overview
M/V Blue Dolphin has quickly become a very popular Similan Islands liveaboard. The original boat was built in 2017, but renamed and totally renovated for the 2022 diving season. Now, the boat has five types of cabin to choose from, plus a camera station, air-conditioned indoor lounge and large outdoor communal areas. The boat is operated and run by an extremely experienced team of multinational dive instructors, and helped by a wonderful crew.
Accommodating up to 16 very lucky guests, Blue Dolphin has just 7 cabins, all of which are fully air conditioned and have windows. On the main deck are two Deluxe cabins, two Standard cabins, and a 4-bunk cabin. The bunk and Standard cabins share four bathrooms on the same deck. The Standard and Deluxe cabins have a clever set up that enables the beds to be arranged as a large double or two single beds, and the Deluxe cabins have their own private en suite bathroom. On the upper deck are two Master cabins, which have a king-size bed, a wardrobe/closet and a large window. Solo guests who pay a premium to stay alone in a Master cabin can choose to further increase floor space by reducing the size of the bed.
There are lots of well-designed communal areas on Blue Dolphin. The most talked about is the camera station on the dive deck. The area is clean, sheltered and well lit, with storage boxes for each photographer and a soft clean surface. Whether you're a professional photographer or just a budding amateur, the camera station is there for you to enjoy. Also on the dive deck each guest has his or her own tank slot, and separate boxes for diving equipment and personal items that need to be kept dry. Relaxing areas on Blue Dolphin include a shaded & exposed sundeck up top and a small seating area at the front of the upper deck. There's also a large covered seating area at the rear of the main deck, which is where most guests relax and eat the delicious meals prepared by the skilled crew. And finally, Blue Dolphin has an air-conditioned lounge saloon where you can watch a movie, read a book, or study for your Advanced or Nitrox course.
Diving from Blue Dolphin is done in small groups of divers, who are led by professional dive guides. The team divides divers into groups according to diving certification, experience, air consumption and any special needs. The boat has a dinghy that can easily drop you off directly above the best dive sites in Thailand. There's Nitrox available for certified divers, and if you're not a Nitrox diver, you can choose to become so on the cruise. The boat has a full set of the latest safety, navigation and communication features, ensuring that everything runs without incident. The dive staff & crew are very experienced and service minded, meaning that you are sure to have an unforgettable diving cruise at The Similan Islands.
MV Blue Dolphin Facilities, Layout & Specifications
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MV Blue Dolphin Courses
Blue Dolphin offers SSI and PADI diving courses on board. The most-popular courses are Advanced Open Water / Advanced Adventurer and Nitrox / Eanx.
PADI & SSI courses can usuall include online learning before you arrive, but PADI charges the dive centre more than SSI does, therefore PADI courses are a higher price.
MV Blue Dolphin Itinerary
Blue Dolphin trips start from Tab Lamu Pier in Khao Lak, Phang Nga in the evening, and you sail through the night so that you wake up at the Similan Islands.
The following three days offer up to four dives, including a sunset or night dive.
The final day of the trip has two dives (usually at Koh Bon and a local wreck) before returning to Tab Lamu Pier in the afternoon.
More-detailed information is available below.
The itineraries below are the most-common for each trip, but these can sometimes be changed for a number of reasons. Small changes are made due to weather & sea conditions, special marine life sightings, overcrowded dive sites, local-authorities' instructions, and the needs & requests of the paying guests. The safety & comfort of all guests is most important at all times.
MV Blue Dolphin Transfer Details
Guests are picked up for free from around Khao Lak and Phuket in the afternoon and early evening of the first day of the trip. These pickups are shared with other Blue Dolphin guests, and are at set times.
At the end of the trip, minivans take guests to their chosen destination around Khao Lak or Phuket.
Guests who need fly as soon as possible are advised to book a hotel near Phuket International Airport.
For customers who would like a private taxi please see below for details.
(Click below for a rough guide to the rates you can expect to pay ‘per vehicle,’ not ‘per person’.)
MV Blue Dolphin Schedule & Prices
|Destinations||Duration||Quad Cabin||Standard Cabin||Deluxe Cabin||Master Cabin|
|Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock|
( 14 dives)
|4D / 4N||Quad Cabin 26,800 THB||Standard Cabin 32,800 THB||Deluxe Cabin 41,800 THB||Master Cabin 47,800 THB|
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