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Operated by Big Blue Diving, MV Hallelujah has become one of the best liveaboards in the Similans, benefitting from a wealth of experience, exceptionally high standards and reputation for quality. The liveaboard operates between October and April, offering up to 14 dives during each 4-day trip around the Similan & Surin islands, Richelieu Rock and Koh Bon.
Big Blue has been offering the highest standards of diving in Thailand since 1992 and their liveaboard, the MV Hallelujah, is no exception. One of the best liveaboards operating in the Similan Islands, this spacious 35-meter steel vessel offers safe and comfortable cruises through the national parks of Similan, Surin, Richelieu Rock and Koh Bon during the season between October and April. MV Hallelujah has built a reputation for quality and customer satisfaction and with years of experience diving in the Similan Islands, the multi-lingual staff add expert knowledge and strive to meet guests' expectations.
The Similans are a collection of nine rugged islands that are known by both their names and numbers. First designated as a National Park in 1982, the protected area was expanded in 1998 to encompass the two neighbouring islands of Koh Bon and Koh Tachai, famous for manta rays and other marine life. Further north towards Myanmar lie the world-famous Richelieu Rock and the Mu Ko Surin Island Marine Park, another protected area that has become a magnet for divers who travel to the park in search of whale sharks.
Both the Similans and Surins are prefect examples of Thailand’s beautiful islands and are characterized by huge granite boulder formations that tumble down into the sea, gently sloping coral reefs, and several submerged pinnacles that form dramatic underwater seascapes. With their beautiful beaches, lush jungle hillsides and a huge array of marine plant and animal species, the islands are a playground for those in search of an unforgettable adventure, both above and below the surface of the water.
MV Hallelujah is a 35-meter vessel with an all-steel construction making for a smooth and safe journey between destinations. This liveaboard accommodates 25 divers in 13 air-conditioned cabins equipped with large windows, ensuite bathrooms, hot-water showers, reading lights, room safes, 24-hour electricity and environmentally friendly soap, shampoo and conditioner. Twin and double cabins are available - perfect for solo travellers and couples alike. A luxurious VIP Cabin is located on the upper deck of the vessel, boasting a tv, fridge, work desk and great views. On the upper deck, guests will find 2 large, shaded seating areas as well as an air-conditioned lounge and dining room with tv, sound-system and several desks for picture editing. A variety of delicious food is prepared by 2 experienced chefs, accommodating any dietary preferences. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style, followed by afternoon snacks and a variety of dishes in the evening. A large sundeck equipped with sun loungers provides a quiet space to relax with stunning panoramic views.
The dive platform is located on the main deck, allowing for direct access to the sea without navigating any stairs. The dive platform includes personal storage space for each diver to keep equipment safe and tidy as well as large freshwater tanks for electrical equipment. MV Hallelujah offers Nitrox, DIN and yoke tanks, equipment rental and small groups of just 4 divers per guide. A range of PADI courses is also available such as Advanced Open Water as well as Nitrox, Deep and Photography specialities. For guests looking to take their Open Water certification, the first day can be conducted in the pool before departure, maximising dive time at sea. For guests interested in photography, MV Hallelujah also offers a dedicated camera room onboard.
MV Hallelujah's Similan Island trips offer up to 14 dives in 4 days, departing from Khao Lak. The liveaboards itinerary begins by exploring the Similan Islands, visiting sites such as West of Eden, Elephant Head Rock, Breakfast Bend, Turtle Rock and Christmas Point. On the second day, MV Hallelujah heads north to Koh Bon and Koh Tachai, famous for manta rays and large schools of trevally and fusiliers. Travelling to the Surin Islands on the third day, MV Hallelujah allows guests to explore one of Thailand’s best dive sites, Richelieu Rock, and its incredibly diverse marine life. The final day includes more diving around Koh Bon and a possible visit to Boonsung Wreck before heading home.