229 Ratuthit 200 Pee Road
83150 Phuket, Thailand
MV Scuba Explorer
Here we offer you a virtual tour of the Scuba Explorer, deck by deck. Please scroll down to see diagrams, descriptions, and photos of the various areas of the ship. If you would like to see photos of the boat,
The Scuba Explorer is one of finest liveaboards you'll find in Thailand. She's big, she's stable, and the quality of service is unparalleled. Until 2007, she was a Japanese-only boat, but that has now changed. Today, the Scuba Explorer is still owned and run by Japanese, but is open to people from all countries who are interested in a first-class liveaboard with superior service. You'll find that a trip on the Scuba Explorer is memorable not only for the wonderful diving you'll experience, but also for the unique cultural opportunities.
|Year Built :||2004 - November|
|Length :||36.8 meters|
|Width :||7.8 meters|
|Draught (depth in water) :||3.0 meters|
|Engines :||520 HP x 2|
|Speed :||Cruising - 12 knots; Maximum - 16 knots|
|Electricity :||AC 220V 50Hz, DC 12V|
|Water :||25,000 Liter tanks, Desalination System|
|Navigation :||Radar, GPS, Sonar, YHF/HF Radio|
|Audio / Visual :||DVD/CD Player, Video Projector, PC & Printer|
|Cabins :||-All rooms have air-conditioning, electrical outlets, music volume control panel, and reading lights.
-Maximum 22 passengers.
-2 Suites (double beds, en suite bathrooms, mini-bar, fan, daily housekeeping, TV, CD/DVD player)
-5 Deluxe Cabins (1 double bed, 4 twin share)
-4 Standard Cabins (4 twin share)
|Other Facilities :||-Thai Massage Room
-Photo/video viewing facilities (Video Projector) and printer
|Emergency Equipment :||-Oxygen
-First-aid kit and mini-pharmacy
-Life jackets in every cabin
-2 Life rafts
-2 inflatable dinghies with outboard motors
Seeing a Whale Shark or a Manta Ray on a dive is something very special, exciting, over powering, fantastic, whatever word comes to mind, it is simply amazing. Seeing them both on the same dive is something else altogether, words can not describe the feeling. Many of the customers on board the Scuba Explorers first Similans trip of the season got to experience this feeling on the first day at Koh Bon.
This dive was the third of the day, we had already done one dive at Anitas reef (or Coral reef, whichever you would like to call it) at Similan Island no 5/6, and the second dive at Koh Bon West Ridge. Both dives, whilst fun were nothing as spectacular as the third. At Anitas reef there is a big bomby full of big schools of shinning Glassfish, beautiful soft corals, Giant Gorgonian sea fans,even a one of a kind pink anemone on the top which had been bleached some years back by the raising water temperatures. the first dive on Koh Bon West ridge gave us 20m visibility, warm waters, a lot of life with schools of Emperor Snappers, Big Eyed Snapper, Chequered Snapper, Red Tooth Trigger fish, all coming in to feed in the morning. We also found a few oddly shaped Maldivian Sponge Snails.
Our next dive was the one not to have missed, we started to the North of the West Ridge this time and had been in the water no more then 5 minutes when I heard the frantic banging of the tour leaders tank, knowing there must be something big out there we all followed where he was pointed, out for the blue came a 4m Whale Shark, not big by Whale Shark standards but impressive by ours, the whole boat saw it and there were people excitedly high fiving in the water, having just ticked something of their 'bucket list'. Koh Bon being famous for Manta Rays, it is rare to see a Whale hark there, I have not heard of anyone seeing one there before, unfortunately it did not stay with us too long, too many excited divers chasing it to get a better photo.
My group decided against going after more sightings of the Whale Shark and decided to continue onto the Ridge in search of the Majestic Manta Ray. 5 minutes later we were rewarded. We were swimming towards a cold thermocline, with it they bring nutrients the big stuff feed on so we were hoping of a sighting, out of it swimming gracefully towards us was a big 5m Manta Ray. For the next half hour we hung in the water as it swam around us, feeding and playing. Others divers saw us and came to join the spectacle. It turned out half the boat had gone off in pursuit of another Whale Shark Sighting and missed the Manta Ray whilst the other half had done what we did and continued to the ridge.
This Manta Ray was not bothered by the divers watching it, inquisitive animals they stay with you as long as you do not chase them.
Getting back on the Scuba Explorer we couldn't wait to share our experience, photos and videos with each other. A Whale Shark and a Manta Ray in the same dive, a first for all of us, it does not often happen, it certainly was a special day indeed.
Richelieu Rock is often the very reason divers want to go on a Liveaboard to the Similans & Surin Islands, it is the dive site people most want to visit and the reason is justified. The dive site itself is breathtakingly beautiful, covered in purple soft corals, Anemones, Gorgonian Fans, Knotted fans, Sea Whips and full of life, it is easy to see why divers want to come back again and again.
No two dives are the same, and it is impossible to see everything in just 1 dive, for that reason the Scuba Explorer spends a whole day at Richelieu Rock making 3/4 dives. We have had the added pleasure of doing a night dive on Richelieu Rock, very few Liveaboards offer this due to currents, depth, customer experience or time. So of course we all jumped at the chance, kitted up and jumped in before the tour leader could change his mind.
The excitement of descending onto Richelieu Rock in the dark was apparent in all us Instructors, I don't think the customers realised that a night dive here was not often done as they laughed at us all fighting to get in the water first. As we all descended with our torches turned on the colour of the corals light up under the artificial light, glowing in the beam it looks even more beautiful at night. The peacefulness of the Ocean at night and the fact that we were the only Liveaboard diving there made me feel utter calmness, like I was floating through space. I love night diving and this dive was definitely one to remember.