Surin Islands liveaboard Reggae Queen

4 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.

  • 4 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.

Sawan liveaboard takes a maximum of 18 guests in comfort. There are 8 twin (bunk) cabins accommodating 16 guests plus one master cabin with a double bed for two guests. There are five shared bathrooms.

Schedule & Itinerary


From mid October to mid May the Reggae Queen will depart from Khao Lak every Friday evening and return on Monday afternoon. A minimum of 6 guests is required to guarantee departure.


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.

Day 1: Meet at Thap Lamu pier (Khao Lak) at 1400h. Embarkation, boat briefing, meet the crew and fellow guests. Evening cruise into the Similan Islands national marine park. Dinner served on board. Arrive at Koh Bon at about midnight for a quiet night’s sleep on the mooring.


Day 2: 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, another beautiful island within the Similan Islands national park. 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, arriving as the sun sets.

Reggae Queen tender

Day 3: 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.


Day 4: 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 Khao Lak arriving at Thap Lamu pier at about 1400 hrs.

* itineraries are subject to change.

Reggae Queen



Standard twin cabin: 18,500 baht per person

Price includes: all meals, fruits, drinking water, soft drinks, quality snorkeling gear.

Not included: Alcoholic drinks (available for purchase on board once all snorkeling has finished), national park entrance fees (2,100 baht per adult/1,500 baht per child), towels, transfers to/from the pier at Tap Lamu.

Master cabin surcharge: 1,200 baht per person

Single cabin surcharge: 3,000 baht

Note: This tour is not suitable for children younger than 5 or adults over 75 years old.



Sawan liveaboard takes a maximum of 18 guests in comfort. There are 8 twin (bunk) cabins accommodating 16 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.


How to book

How to book

Please contact us to check availability and make a booking.

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    Photos from past trips: 

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    35 thoughts on “Sawan Snorkeling Liveaboard”

    1. We Would like to make the snorkeling tour to Similan 3 Nights in dec. 18 Do you now actually the tour Dates For dec. 18?
      So we can organized the Rest our holidays.
      We Stay in Koh Phangan from 16th Till 27th dec. 18.
      We Look for your nötige
      Best Regards from Germany
      Stefan trefzer

      1. Hi Stefan, available dates are 19-22 Dec 2018. 23-26 Dec is already fully booked. Prices will be the same next season as this season, 18,500 baht per person. Thanks

    2. Hello, I’m trying to contact the company to see if I can book and pay for the 2nd May – 5th May tour? I have tried emailing the company and messaging on facebook. Is the tour no available for those date?

      1. Hi Sharon, Reggae Queen is scheduled for 2-5 May but currently there is no one booked for any dates after 11 April. A minimum of 6 guests are required for a trip to run. How many people in your group?

        1. Hi Paul, just my husband and myself. Can you please email me if you get the required amount of guests for those dates.

    3. Hi
      27/4-30/4/2019 is possibles to arrangement with 10 persons 3days3nights liveaboard snorkelling at surin island

    4. We are a family with a 6 year old that is a very capable snorkeler. I can see you recommend minimum 7 years old. Could you make an exception? We are thinking of the reggae queen boat.

    5. Hi,
      Was wondering if English speaking guide included on the boat of reggae green? Thank you.


    6. Hi.
      I googled a trip that was approximately 15 days, but I can’t find it again! Do you offer a long trip like this? If so, I would greatly appreciate any information on that particular trip.
      Thanks. Emma

    7. Hi is there a snorkeling trip for 3d3n available between 1st and 5th December 2018 for 2 people? Thanks!

      1. Hi Avantika, Reggae Queen is available for 3d3n on 2-5 Dec. You can have 5% discount if you book before 30 Nov. Please book asap to ensure we can get your Similan entry permits.

    8. Hello, I’m looking to book a trip between the 28th of December 2018 and the 8th January 2019. Do you have space for two then?
      Thanks, Tamsin

      1. Hi Tamsin, there are two cabins still available for 2-5 Jan 2019. There is also availability for 6-9 Jan.

      1. We replied to you on Jan 21st. May be check your junk folder? I’ll resend the email.

      1. Hi, you do not need any previous experience. The guides will show you how to use mask and snorkel. Life jackets can be worn for buoyancy.

    9. Can you do 2 day liveaboard from 14th.Nov?

      I am staying at Fasai House from 13th – 21 Nov.

      I am a very fit and experienced older female snorkeler (and backpacker) and travelling on my own.

      Looking forward to hearing from you.

      Many thanks


    10. Hi! Do you have any set trip dates in the future? I’m going to be in Thailand during January 2023 and would love to do the Surin Islands liveaboard 4 day trip 🙂

      1. The Reggae Queen will depart from Khao Lak every Friday evening and return on Monday afternoon. A minimum of 6 guests is required to guarantee departure.

    11. Hi, do you have trip departure for 2 pax at 6th dec 2022? we may opt for 9th or 16th if you don’t, what is the recommended time to arrive the pier on departure day?

      1. Hi, there is no trip scheduled for Dec 6th. There is a trip scheduled for 2nd Dec and also for Dec 9th. You can book on either of these dates. Meet at Thap Lamu pier (Khao Lak) at 1400h.

    12. Hi. Which is the difference between the snorkeling spots visited with the liveaboard and the camping tours? Do you visit the same ones? Are they usually crowded?

      1. The camping tour snorkels at the Surin Islands. The liveaboard snorkels at the Surin Islands plus Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. No they are not crowded.

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