MV Giamani Liveaboard Review: Features, What’s Included, Itineraries & Booking Info

There’s no better way to experience the beauty and diversity of Thailand’s dive sites than aboard the charming and well-equipped MV Giamani liveaboard. With a maximum capacity of just ten divers, each guest receives individual attention and the benefit of the crew’s decades of experience. This means less time spent worrying about logistics, and more time to enjoy the incredible diving opportunities in southern Thailand – a true diver’s paradise.

What’s Included

The MV Giamani’s crew are not only experienced, but are also totally devoted to ensuring that each guest has an exceptional diving trip. All guests will have the benefit of the dive master’s assistance and expertise, and are also provided with high-standard equipment including tanks, weights and belts. Additional equipment, including Nitrox tanks and torches for night dives, can be booked for a reasonable additional fee if required.

In addition to the diving equipment and expertise of the crew, the liveaboard package includes your cabin (deluxe and master cabin options are available) as well as all your meals. These meals are served as a generous buffet, meaning all guests can enjoy delicious and plentiful serves of western and Thai favourites while onboard. Alcoholic beverages are also available to purchase and enjoy.

Trips depart from Chalong Bay, and transfers can be arranged for a reasonable cost, if required. Divers will also need to bring Marine Park Fees in cash for entry to some of Thailand’s most spectacular dive sites.

Main Features of the MV Giamani

The 24-metre MV Giamani is a modern and comfortable vessel equipped with all the latest safety features. While aboard, divers can relax in the air-conditioned salon, where it is possible to watch a movie or browse the impressive library of books relating to diving and marine life. Keen photographers might also enjoy browsing the day’s shots in this area, or perhaps at the camera table and rinse tank located on the spacious dive deck. Another popular communal area is the upper deck, where divers can enjoy a drink or a meal overlooking the ocean and feeling the sea breeze. Checkout the full list of features to expect during a MV Giamani Liveaboard experience below.

MV Giamani Boat Features

  • Leisure Deck
  • Shaded Diving Deck
  • Sun Deck
  • Camera Station
  • Massage Rooms
  • Cleaned Daily
  • Audio/Video Entertainment

  • Books To Read
  • Air Conditioned Saloon
  • Air Conditioned Cabins
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Divers Friendly (Snorkelling)
  • Hot Showers

  • Photography Station
  • Outside Dining
  • Separate Rinse For Under Water Camera
  • Custom Built And Designed For Diving
  • En-Suite Bathrooms

Diving Features

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox Is Available
  • Tech Diving

  • Rebreather Support
  • Rinse Hosts
  • Dive Deck

  • Tenders For Diving
  • Side Mount Diving

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Thai Food
  • Vegetarian Food

  • Buffet
  • Beers
  • Wines

  • Snacks Available All Day


On-board Accommodation

Overnight, divers can retire to the comfortable and air-conditioned onboard cabins, which also feature a mini fridge for keeping snacks and beverages cool. The deluxe cabins have access to a clean and modern bathroom, with hot water for warm showers. In addition to four cozy main deck cabins, there is also a spacious master cabin situated on the upper deck, which also boasts its own modern en-suite and sofa.

Itineraries

Of course, the most memorable moments of the trip are likely to be experienced in the water rather than on the boat, as the MV Giamani visits some of southern Thailand’s most awe-inspiring dive locations. Southern Thailand has long been considered a diver’s paradise, and the crew’s expert knowledge ensures that each guest has the opportunity to enjoy the diverse and rich dive sites, including visiting some hidden gems.

For flexibility, MV Giamani offers two main itineraries with regular departures for both.

2 Days / 2 Nights Trip to Hin Deang, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Phi Phi and Phuket

The first two-day, two-night itinerary departs from Cha Long pier, where divers can enjoy their first delicious on-board dinner as the MV Giamani cruises towards Koh Haa. After a comfortable night’s sleep, the first stop is around the island of Koh Haa, and then the undersea mounts of Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. Divers can expect to see an amazing variety of marine life including graceful Manta Rays, colourful Red Tooth Trigger Fish and spotted Clown Trigger Fish in this spectacular area.

One of the main benefits of the MV Giamani is the ability to be responsive to the conditions, so the diving on the first afternoon is flexible – perhaps continuing around Hin Daeng and Hin Muang amongst the big fish, or alternatively returning to Koh Haa for a relaxing sunset dive.

The second full day features several stunning dives beginning around Ko Bida Nok or Ko Bida Nai, both located near the south end of beautiful Koh Phi Phi. Around these two gems marine life is rich and varied, with the opportunity to spot creatures including zebra sharks and stingrays. After this dive, the MV Giamani will then meander toward Phuket, stopping for two further dives at the beautiful coral-encrusted Shark Point and the macro-covered walls of Ko Doc Mai to spy more amazing marine life.

4 Days /4 Nights Trip to Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin & Richelieu

This four-day, four-night trip departs from Chalong Bay and cruises towards the Similan islands. The first full day begins with a dive on Anita’s Reef, a comfortable dive set amongst the stunning Similan National Park. The MV Giamani then moves on to the West of Eden, which features soft and hard coral blends, boulders and an array of fish, turtles and sharks. Following a delicious buffet lunch, the afternoon includes a stop at the giant boulder of Elephant Head Rock and the finally a beautiful night dive at Donald Duck Bay.

On the second full day, the MV Giamani departs for Koh Bon, with two exciting morning dives on the Koh Bon Pinnacle and Koh Bon West Ridge; at both sites, it is common to sight Manta Rays, as it is at Koh Tachai, the next dive location. As the sun begins to descend, a stop off at the Koh Tachai beach is a possibility, followed by a sunset dive to cap off a wonderful day.

The third day of the trip aboard the MV Giamani is a particular highlight, as it begins with a deep dive around the Koh Tachai Pinnacle. After this, the boat departs for the stunning Richelieu Rock, an area that delights even the most seasoned divers as it is one of the best places in Thailand to dive with graceful whale sharks. The final dive of the day can either be one more in this gorgeous area, or perhaps at The Boonsung Wreck.

The last day of a memorable voyage begins with an early start – but one that is well worth it to dive The Teak Wreck, a hidden gem often overlooked by other divers and dive companies. After the early morning dive, there is time for a final stop at the Naiyak Wreck, a fantastic macro life site. As the boat heads back to Chalong Bay, there’s the opportunity to relax and also to reflect on the amazing diving memories made aboard the MV Giamani.

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