Surin Islands liveaboard Reggae Queen

3 day 3 night liveaboard snorkeling at the Surin Islands, Koh Bon and Koh Tachai

Sawan snorkeling liveaboard

MV Sawan (aka Reggae Queen) is a dedicated snorkeling liveaboard boat (no scuba divers) with lots of snorkeling at all the best spots plus beach visits, island exploration and more. The itinerary is excellent and they always see more cool stuff than the other boats, even the dive boats. You’ll be on site before the the day trip boats arrive. You have the chance to snorkel with manta rays and whale sharks.

  • 3 day 3 night snorkeling cruise to the Surin Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai – all the best snorkeling in the Andaman Sea.
  • Visit deserted beaches, bays and jungle trails.
  • See the Moken Sea Gypsies at their village in Surin. Learn their culture and take part in an English language lesson at their school.
  • Departs from Khao Lak every Wednesday and Sunday from late October to late April.

Sawan liveaboard takes a maximum of 16 guests in comfort. There are 7 twin (bunk) cabins accommodating 14 guests plus one master cabin with a double bed for two guests. There are five shared bathrooms.

Schedule & Itinerary

Schedule

MV Sawan departs every Sunday and Wednesday.

Sunday departures usually leave from Tap Lamu pier (a few minutes drive south from Khao Lak) and return to Kuraburi (1.5 hrs drive from Khao Lak, transfers back to Khao Lak are included). The Sunday to Wednesday itinerary is below.

For Wednesday departures the itinerary is usually reversed and the boat departs from Kuraburi and returns to Khao Lak, doing the same great snorkeling in the opposite order.

Itinerary

This is a typical itinerary but the itinerary is kept flexible so that the boat can spend more or less time in any area if desired. Each snorkeling session is normally about 1 hour in duration.

Evening of Departure: Pick up from your Khao Lak hotel around 1800 hrs and depart from Tab Lamu Pier at 1900 hrs, dinner served on board. Arrive at Koh Bon at about midnight for a quiet night’s sleep on the mooring.

Beach

Day 1: Breakfast is served at around 0730 hrs. After breakfast, snorkeling at Koh Bon ridge (aka Manta Point). After about an hour here you can have a short break back on board as the boat moves to the bay where there is more time to snorkel while the crew prepares a delicious lunch.

After lunch the boat moves on to Koh Tachai. The journey is about 2 hours. Koh Tachai is a favourite Thailand snorkeling and diving spot. At Koh Tachai pinnacle you have another chance to snorkel with manta rays and even whale sharks. Plus giant barracuda, rainbow runners and much much more.

Koh Tachai beach was made off limits to tourists in May 2016 so after snorkeling the boat moves to the Surin Islands for some beach time.

Reggae Queen tender

Day 2: Breakfast is again served at 0730 hrs. Then the first snorkeling session of the day is at Chong Kad Bay, a pristine hard coral reef full of fish in shallow water.

After about an hour here  it’s time visit the Moken Sea Gypsy Village to learn about their unique culture. Then take a long tail boat to Krathing bay from where there is a trail across the north island to Mai Ngam bay. This is a nice spot to relax at the beach and take a swim. It is often also possible to see baby black tip reef sharks in the mangroves.

After lunch the next snorkeling session is at Mae Yai bay followed by a late afternoon excursion to Ao Dao (turtle bay) in south Surin island where turtles can hopefully be seen.

From turtle bay the dinghy will take you to the main island for some relaxing on the beach and swimming before dinner on board. The last night is spent moored in turtle bay.

manta

Day 3: After breakfast snorkeling will be at Phak Kat bay. After a mid morning break there is a final snorkeling session at Lobster Bay.

Lunch is served on board then we cruise back to Kuraburi, arriving at about 1600 hrs. The transfer back to Khao Lak will take around 90 minutes.

* itineraries are subject to change.

Reggae Queen

Prices

Prices

15 Oct 2017-16 Dec 2017: 17,575 baht per person

17 Dec 2017-12 May 2018: 18,500 baht per person

Price includes: food, fruits, water, soft drinks, quality snorkeling gear, transfers to/from the boat from hotels in Khao Lak.

Not included: Alcoholic drinks (available for purchase on board), national park entrance fees (1,000 baht per person), towels, transfers from Phuket or Krabi (please ask us for prices).

Master cabin surcharge: 1,200 baht per person

Single cabin surcharge: 3,500 baht

Note: This tour is not suitable for children younger than 7 or adults over 75 years old.

Cabins

Cabins

Sawan liveaboard takes a maximum of 16 guests in comfort. There are 7 twin (bunk) cabins accommodating 14 guests plus one master cabin with a double bed for two guests. There are five shared bathrooms.

Cabins are fan cooled.

Cabins have limited storage space. Reggae Queen does not have space for big bags. You can store luggage at the office in Khao Lak.

Sawan master cabin
master cabin
Sawan twin cabin
twin cabin

Sawan twin cabin

Boat spec

Boat specifications

Reggae Queen snorkeling liveaboard layout

LOA: 21m
Beam: 4.3m
Engines: 2 x Hino diesel
Cruising speed: 12 knots
Max guests: 18
Guest cabins: 9
Bathrooms: 5
Crew: Captain, Engineer, 2 deck hands, tourleader/guide
Dinghy: 4.7m with 30hp Yamaha outboard
Safety: Lifejackets, MFA kit, emergency O2, Fire Extinguishers, VHF radio, mobile phone.

Sundeck

How to book

How to book

Please contact us to check availability and make a booking.

whale shark snorkeler

dolphin snorkeling at night

Koh Tachai snorkeling liveaboard Reggae Queen

Sawan guests sawan main deck Ralf and a manta

Chevron barracuda Snorkeler ring Surin Island Monitor lizards at SurinTurtle by the shore Whaleshark Turtle in a barrel sponge Turtle and snorkelerturtlesReggae Queen guests Reggae Queen guests Reggae Queen guests

Photos from past trips: 

March 2016March 2015 | Jan 2015Nov 2014 | March 2014 | Jan 2013 | Nov-Dec 2012

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