About Oktavia Dive Center – Khao Lak Diving
Oktavia Dive Center – Khao Lak Diving and our Similan Islands Liveaboard Vessel MV Oktavia is located just over an hour north of Phuket International Airport in the relaxed and easygoing town of Khao Lak, Phang Nga Province. Khao Lak Diving tours have been major draw for Scuba Divers for many years due to the town’s easy access to the world famous Similan Islands. Originally a small village just south of the mountain road the area known as Khao Lak stretches from just south of the mountain road and up to Ban Nam Khem to the north. The distance covers around 30kms of coastline and encompasses a number of villages that are home to many guesthouses, hotels and lavish resorts. It is from here that our Khao Lak Diving tours have been operating for over 10 Years and acting as the main gateway to the most beautiful of Thailand Islands.
Where to Find Oktavia Dive Center
Oktavia Dive Center is located in Ban La On/ Nang Thong area, commonly referred to as the center of Khao Lak. It is the first main village people discover when travelling to Khao Lak from the south. Acting as the heart of the area for shops, restaurants, bars, and accommodation. The area is a bustling little place from mid-afternoon and throughout the evening. Our Khao Lak Dive Center is perfectly located for booking your Khao Lak Diving tours and trips to the famous Thailand Islands of the Similans.
Our office is an affiliated Scuba Schools International (SSI) Khao Lak Diving Center and it is here we handle all your Similan Island Diving enquiries. From the first time you Contact Us, to the moment your board our wonderful boat MV Oktavia we promise to provide you with a warm, friendly service and pride ourselves on prompt, personal communication during the whole booking process.
Our Boat – MV Oktavia
MV Oktavia is one of the largest Similan Islands Diving Liveaboard ships operating out of Khao Lak. So when we say, “ours is bigger than yours” we really mean it! We restrict MV Oktavia’s capacity to around 20 guests only even though she is capable of holding up to 33 at full capacity. Due to her size, this leaves you plenty of room to relax and enjoy of the views of these stunning Thailand Islands between dives.
MV Oktavia 30 meters in length and 6.5m wide, as a result she cuts smoothly through the sea making her a very stable. Our amazing Captain Chow will provide you with relaxed sailing between the dive sites on our Similan Islands liveaboard. There is a sundeck on the top deck of the boat for those who want to soak up a few rays. Alternatively, maybe you would prefer to watch the stars twinkle in the night sky after sunset. At the front of the boat is a seating area with arguably the best views on the boat. This is a favorite place for all to enjoy and chat about your day of Similan Islands Diving while the sun goes down.
The Main Deck
The main deck is where many people choose to relax with a good book or hang out between dives. It is also our main area for all the dive-briefing presentations and where we serve our delicious buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner – not forgetting the countless snacks our wonderful cooks prepare in-between!
The Dive Deck
Heading down a deck you will find the dive deck where all your equipment is stored. It is also here you will be jumping in and out of the water from during your Similan Islands liveaboard. In front of the dive deck is the galley, where the delicious food is cooked, followed by our Blue Ocean Cabins and accompanying bathrooms.
MV Oktavia is designed to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed throughout the duration of your Similan liveaboard Cruise. We have a choice of cabin styles to suit your needs and wishes, so whether your are holidaying alone or a family of five, we have an option so you can discover the Similan Islands in comfort and style.
We offer two types of cabins to choose from:
- Blue Ocean Standard Cabin
- Master Cabin
Our Blue Ocean Standard Cabins are fitted with an open cupboard to store your belongings, air conditioning and a fan to keep you cool, plus a choice of either a double bed or two single bunks with pillows and a blanket. There are four toilets with fresh water hot showers that are shared between the Standard Cabins.
Very Spacious Master Cabins
We also have two Master Cabins for anyone who wants to have more space and a private bathroom. The Master Cabins are fitted with an en-suite shower, toilet and sink plus an LCD TV, DVD player, a sitting area with two large seats, a double bed and a writing desk for updating your log books or simply to write postcards in between dives.
Whatever your budget and your needs, MV Oktavia will welcome you on board in style, making it easy for you to enjoy the Best Scuba Diving in Thailand with The Best Similan Islands Liveaboard!
Safety On Board MV Oktavia
When you’re diving in the Similan Islands with Oktavia Dive Center you’ll want to know that you are diving safely! Safety is at the top of our main objectives and so we look after our guests with the utmost care. Worst case scenarios do not bear thinking about and this leaves many people with unanswered questions; except with us. No expense has been spared onboard for emergency equipment. But of course we hope the only time it sees the light of day is when it is being maintained.
Some of our safety features include:
- Sliding cabin doors for quick and easy evacuation.
- Break glass hammers in every room in case other exits are blocked.
- Emergency life rafts for more people than we take on board.
- Life jackets of all sizes from kiddies through to large adults.
- First aid kits located at different areas of the boat.
- Smoke alarms throughout the boat as well fire extinguishers.
- A water alarm on the lower deck.
- The dive deck is monitored 24 hours per day with CCTV in the captain’s bridge.
- Anti-slip mats in the bathrooms and deck areas.
- Emergency oxygen tanks.
- GPS and sonar equipment (although your captain has more than a decade of experience in the Andaman Sea).
We are a member of the SSS Recompression Chamber Network.
- Before leaving on the first day (or for newly arriving passengers) guests are taken on a tour of the boat showing the safety features and explaining the do’s and don’ts of life on board.
We maintain all equipment to highest possible standards. Life rafts are serviced yearly in October as are all the dive tanks and other rental equipment. Every year, the MV Oktavia is dry docked and inspected in a Phuket shipyard where any possible problems are fixed and the boat also goes through a strict maintenance schedule.