MV Pawara

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MV Pawara Overview

Pawara scuba diving boat
Boat rating : 8/10 Based on 18 divers
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Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Khao Lak.
No. of guests: 24
Prices from: 26,700 THB per diver

MV Pawara is among the most respected & popular Similan diving liveaboard boats. She is a 35m steel-hull cruise ship, specifically designed for luxury liveaboard trips, at affordable prices. The staff and crew are among the most established and professional in the region, having been in operation for more than twenty years. This boat and its cruises are often fully booked due to repeat custom and word-of-mouth recommendations. Therefore, booking early makes sense, not only to ensure a place but also to benefit from Early-Bird discounts. The excellent reputation is based on service, thorough preparation, & safety. This wonderful luxury liveaboard diving vessel offers its guests free Wi-Fi (when in range) in addition to Nitrox & diving insurance. The air-conditioned cabins have queen-size double or large bunk beds. And nearly all cabins have en suite private bathrooms.

Pawara liveaboard guests mostly stay in en suite cabins with individual air-conditioning units. However, there are a few 'budget cabins' which share a bathroom and have flow-through air-conditioning. In total, there are four cabin types. The Master Cabins have the best views from large windows and they can be configured to have one large double bed, or two singles. Deluxe Cabins are twin bunk only, and are also located on a higher deck with sea-view windows. The Standard Cabins on a lower deck can be twin share or queen-size double. All guests enjoy delicious buffet meals, fruits, snacks, tea & coffee throughout the cruise. In fact, the food and service are what most of our customers talk about.

on-the-deck-Pawara-dive-boat-similansSailing out at sea for several days requires thorough preparation. There are no convenience stores, dairies or vegetable gardens out there. They always make sure that everything is covered, plus extras. Vegetarian guests are catered for. With guests from all over the world, they do an excellent job of making sure that everyone is taken care of. This doesn’t just apply to food and drinks, either. Safety comes first - at all times. The dinghies are well-maintained. There are more than enough life jackets on board, but hopefully never needed. Pawara also has responsible rules and regulations regarding diving policies, and free insurance is supplied. Rental equipment on Pawara is all new and well-maintained, as should be expected. At still at the unchanged rate of just 500B/day, which is less than many other Similan diving liveaboards.

There are free scheduled pickups from Phuket, and a welcome drink when you arrive. Divers are placeed into groups of usually four per guide, and you jump in the water in a sensible order to ensure that everyone gets to see as much as possible under water.

Instead of trying to offer low season trips, Pawara gets a full comprehensive refit every year. This involves hull and engine maintenance, plus all cabins, bathrooms and fixtures & fittings replaced, repainted or upgraded.

Pawara Liveaboard is owned and run by the same team as MV Sawasdee Fasai which is a recently-refurbished luxury liveaboard dive boat. When our team go diving in the Similans, we alway choose one of these two boats!

Genuine MV Pawara Reviews

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Glenn Ducat
Divers Nationality: American
Dive date: 21 April 2023
Boat rating: 10/10
MV Pawara was terrific. A well organized and run operation. The food was never-ending and excellent. A great group of people.
Sofia MV Pawara
Divers Nationality: Swedish
Dive date: 28 February 2022
Boat rating: 9/10
Had a magical time at Pawara! Great instructors, great staff, very nice boat with nice cabins with private bathroom. 14 dives in 4 days, also took my advanced cert which was a perfect location to do so! Beautiful diving with loads of fish and healthy coral. ?? Only smaller improvement was the food, at least the vegetarian options were not super good. But chef and staff was very friendly and helpful ?? Would definitely come again! more
Guy MV Pawara
Divers Nationality: British
Dive date: 16 November 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
Another great trip on board Pawara organized perfectly by No Troubles just Bubbles. Great communication from the start with all information provided very quickly. The boat itself is in great condition, lots of space and a good crew. Excellent diving (as always) in the Similans, looking forward to planning my next trip already! more
Divers Nationality: British
Dive date: 16 December 2020
Boat rating: 10/10
Great trip with excellent diving. From start to finish everything ran smoothly with excellent communication and recommendations from Jamie at 'No Troubles Just Bubbles' Everything on board was as it should be, very professionally run trip with safety and fun always a priority. The dive guides were excellent with a huge amount of local knowkedge of the marine life we encountered and the best places to find it. So much food that was all delicious and ready for you when your dives were finished. The boat boys also did a fantastic job of helping you gear up and get into the water and were aways there to help get you back on the boat. Great diving with a great crew, cant wait for the next one!! more
Divers Nationality: French
Dive date: 11 November 2019
Boat rating: 10/10
Great experience : beautiful dive sites, very nice team ! Water refill on board. I recommand.
Tom MV Pawara
Divers Nationality: Canadian
Dive date: 27 January 2019
Boat rating: 4/10
Great diving experience, but the boat upkeep is falling behind and it marred the trip.
Katrina MV Pawara
Divers Nationality: Canadian
Dive date: 27 January 2019
Boat rating: 2/10
Booking this trip with Jamie was easy and one of the only positives of this trip. I believed this boat to be of 3 star, mid range quality when I booked this trip. At best, this is comparable to a hostel with private rooms. You are emailed a d igital log book at the end of the trip, and the DMs make a group video which is nice and something I have not seen on other liveaboards. I believe the crew is doing the best they can with the very limited facilities. We just finished a 4N stay on the Pawara, where my husband and I, along with at least 1 other guest that I know of, got food poisoning. The kitchen and food prep areas are right next to the 3 bathrooms that all DMs, the entire crew and some guests share. The highlight of the trip is Richelieu Rock and while very busy site, it has a lot of marine life. Similar to other sites in the Andaman Sea, there is some current, okay visibility and a lot of fish at many sites. Due to the number of guests, we were in groups of 1:5 - 1:6 during our trip. These are the largest ratios I've ever dived with. Coupled with the fact that you are grouped with divers with various levels of ability and air. We are advanced divers on nitrox grouped with customers who have only their open water, who have not dived in over 4 years — who were not required to do a refresher or dive to the recommend 18m. They simply do not care. Perhaps this is best for people who have never dived on a liveaboard before or have very limited abilities. There was no wifi during our trip, unlike advertised. We were told on the first night that it was broken. We stayed in a standard cabin with a double bed, which is next to the engine room - loud 24/7. The room is small; the ceiling is so low my husband struggled to stand upright in the room and shower. I've stayed in a number of hostels that were cleaner and nicer than this room. more
Mark Chan MV Pawara
Mark Chan
Divers Nationality: Hong Kongese
Dive date: 21 December 2018
Boat rating: 9/10
Great Experience. The Crew is Greatb very wonderful trip. The sercet gift is excellent
Yookie MV Pawara
Divers Nationality: Hong Kongese
Dive date: 21 December 2018
Boat rating: 9/10
A really great experience,professional DM,friendly,nice! Accommodation is clean,food is great,highly recommended
Jerry MV Pawara
Divers Nationality: Taiwanese
Dive date: 01 December 2017
Boat rating: 9/10
Pawara scuba diving boat
MV Pawara
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Khao Lak.
No. of guests: 24
From: 26,700 THB per diver
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