FAQ Similan Islands Liveaboards

Welcome and thank you for choosing MV Oktavia as your Similan Islands liveaboard holiday.

My name is Dom and I’m here to assist you in any way I can – from your first enquiry to the moment you board our stunning vessel where our wonderful crew will take over.  It’s not always obvious what you should bring on a liveaboard cruise, so here a list of things to consider and help you prepare.

What you should bring on a liveaboard cruise?

Here’s a checklist of things to consider bringing with you on our liveaboard:

  • Certification cards & log book (no card, no diving)
  • Diving/snorkeling equipment (if not renting from us)
  • Suntan lotion (the breeze can be deceptive)
  • Toiletries
  • Electrical adapter (220 volts – 2-pin plug sockets)
  • Camera
  • Snacks (we don’t sell chocolate or crisps on board)
  • Decongestion medication (Doctor’s certificate required for entering Thailand)
  • Prescribed medication (Doctor’s certificate required for entering Thailand)
  • DVDs or USB drive with movies (if you’re staying in a Master Cabin)
  • Money (for purchases on board like beer, log books)
  • Extra money for tipping your dive guide/instructor and crew 😉
  • A Smile and a sense of Adventure 🙂

Is a Liveaboard dive/snorkel cruise suitable for children?
MV Oktavia welcomes everyone on board: singles, couples, groups, and families with children. Mum and dad may already be certified divers and feel your children are now old enough to embark on a great adventure into the blue.

We offer family cabins for three people at no extra charge or if you want, you can request a Master Cabin that features en-suite shower facilities and we can fit two extra blow-up beds for the kids. Joining a Similan Islands Liveaboard has never been so easy for families with a range of activities available for children who are too young to take up diving. Snorkeling is a great way for kids to get started in the water. Under the close supervisor of our expert guide and support crew you can rest assured they will be well looked after.

SSI Junior Open Water courses & Try Dives are available for children 10 years and above where they will learn exactly the same as adults.

NB. All children under the age of seven years are restricted to our four and five-day cruises only, due to a minimum age policy employed by the transfer boat operators.

Will I need dive insurance?
Insurance is an important part of any holiday for everyone, no more so than when diving. At Oktavia Dive Center we want the best for guests on board with us and this includes adequate insurance should the unthinkable happen. Many people assume their normal travel insurance will cover them whilst diving but this is not always the case. Immediate medical care from doctors, evacuation and overnight stays are usually covered via normal travel insurance but what would happen if you needed hyperbaric treatment? The standard first treatment lasts for five hours and costs up to US$785 per hour in Thailand: do you have a spare US$3,925 in the bank ready to be used?

For extra peace of mind we offer dive insurance at very cheap rates – just THB 250/Day. It is unlikely that you will ever need this service as we pride ourselves on being the best and the safest liveaboard in the Similan Islands but incidents can happen in any sport or activity.

The insurance we offer here is for dive related incidents only so please make sure you have adequate travel insurance for all other cover!

Are they any special requirements if I’m taking a diving course?
For any guests taking a course on MV Oktavia please check the Student Record
Medical Statement PDF [Click Here]. If you answer YES to any of the questions you will need to gain a doctor’s certificate stating ‘Fit For Diving’ or you may well not be able to partake in the course.

How much luggage can I bring?
If you are traveling on a shorter two or three day trip pack lightly as possible as the speedboat transfer boats don’t have a lot of space for storage while heading out and back from the Similan Islands. You can leave your extra luggage with me at our office and I will bring it to you on your return to mainland.