After a stormy start to the new high season, with the choppy seas subsiding we departed on MV Hallelujah for trip number five. Just how choppy the seas had been around the Similan Islands, I wasn’t exactly sure, I’d just returned from a holiday
The MV Hallelujah is the most beautiful Liveaboard in the Similan Islands. Now you can experience the comfort and luxury for an incredible price!
The 2017/18 season is here, and we couldn’t be more excited! To get the season off to a great start we are offering amazing last minute deals.
Similan Liveaboard Last Minute Discounts
Book any MV Hallelujah Similan Liveaboard trip for this November to get:
Did You Know?
MV Hallelujah does not depart from Phuket.
Khao Lak is the main departure point, and we know all the best places to stay.
What else would you like to know?
Big Blue Diving are the operators of the MV Hallelujah. Our Similan Liveaboard trips are 4 days and 4 nights. This is the perfect length of time to see all the best dive sites. At 35 meters in length, the MV Hallelujah Liveaboard provides plenty of space. All steel construction makes for a safe and smooth ride throughout your trip. 25 guests in 13 air-conditioned, en-suite cabins.
Spacious relaxation areas, large diving deck and dedicated camera room. Enjoy delicious Asian and Western cuisine. Safety is highest priority on our Similan Liveaboard. MV Hallelujah Liveaboard staff have years of experience diving in the area and up to date first aid certifications. Equipment receives regular maintenance. Book direct with Big Blue Diving for the best deal.
MV Hallelujah Liveaboard Cabins
Standard Twin Cabins are located on the main deck of the MV Hallelujah Liveaboard.
Air conditioned, en-suite cabins have large windows offer spectacular views of the passing scenery.
Beds are arranged into bunks, perfect for single travellers and couples alike.
*20% Discount available for any trip in November 2017
Deluxe Double Cabins are also located on the main deck of the MV Hallelujah.
They offer the same spectacular views, but with much larger windows. A perfect romantic getaway.
En-suite facilities include hot shower, toilet and sink for privacy and convenience.
*20% Discount available for any trip in November 2017
VIP Single Cabin
The VIP Single is the only cabin on the upper deck of the MV Hallelujah.
Enjoy the best views of the Similan Islands. One large window, en-suite facilities, TV, fridge and work desk.
This is by far the most comfortable and luxurious of our cabins.
*20% Discount available for any trip in November 2017
Diving on The MV Hallelujah Similan Liveaboard
Enjoy 14 dives in 4 days
Similan Liveaboards allow you to do the most amount of dives in the shortest possible time.
Wake up to a pristine empty beach outside your window. Spend your day at World class dive sites.
Enjoy long surface intervals filled with fun and relaxation. Finish the day dining under the stars.
See the full itinerary and dive sites of our Similan Islands Liveaboard; The MV Hallelujah.
MV Hallelujah Deck Plan
The MV Hallelujah is an impressive vessel with large areas for relaxation and socialising.
Due to her massive size, most guests find themselves spending the majority of their time between dives in the common areas of the boat.
Our Similan liveaboard has three expansive levels for guests to enjoy.
The sun deck is the best place on MV Hallelujah to watch the sun rise and set. A large seating area at the bow, several sun loungers and plenty of padded mats for guests to read, listen to music or enjoy a power nap between dives.
A large sunshade keeps half of the deck hidden from the strong sun of Thailand. Perfect for a mid afternoon snooze. The Sun deck is probably the quietest area on the boat and the panoramic views can be quite stunning.
The upper deck is where guests typically spend most of their time. Large, comfortable and shaded seating areas are at the bow and stern of the boat. The bridge contains navigation equipment for those interested in everything of a nautical nature.
The air-conditioned lounge is the main dining area and best place to socialise. Enjoy the large TV and sound system. Help yourself to a variety of free soft drinks. Several desks in the lounge have power outlets for those doing photo editing on board.
The main deck is where all the guest cabins are located (with the exception of the VIP cabin on the upper deck). All cabins have large windows, offer stunning views of the passing scenery, and it’s own en-suite bathroom with hot shower.
The dive platform is accessed from this level. Guests have their own storage space to keep dive equipment safe. There are large fresh water tanks for electronic equipment. The dive platform allows direct access to the sea without having to negotiate any stairs.
No time for a Similan Liveaboard?
Cruise directly to Richelieu Rock, Thailand’s best dive site, in one hour!
Enjoy excellent value 3 to 5 day Similan Islands diving packages.
See the amazing sites of the Andaman Sea and be back in Khao Lak long before Sunset.
What makes a Similan liveaboard such great value is that food and accommodation are included. Food on the MV Hallelujah is delicious and plentiful. Our two cooks, Anne and Ratatouille, are probably the kindest people on the boat. They take pride in their work and accommodate any food preferences.
The MV Hallelujah Liveaboard features indoor and outdoor eating areas. And the excellent food prepared by our experienced cooks will ensure your meals are as good as your dives. Enjoy a light breakfast of cereal, fruit and toast before the first dive. The bigger buffet breakfast will be waiting for you when you return. A buffet lunch is served after dive two, a tasty snack after dive three and a variety of dishes served for dinner after dive four.
The Dive Crew
Big Blue has been offering the highest standards of diving in Thailand since 1991, and the MV Hallelujah Liveaboard only furthers this reputation for quality service. Our multi-lingual staff on board are able to speak English, French, German, Thai and Japanese. If you have language requirements beyond these, we can accommodate any requests.
All of our staff have years of experience in the Similans and even longer track records for keeping divers safe and happy season after season. Dive groups are a maximum of 4 people (unless larger groups request to dive together). Your gear is washed and your tanks are filled for you by our highly trained staff. The only thing you have to do on board the MV Hallelujah is to dive and relax.
The MV Hallelujah’s large dive deck gives you plenty of room to set up. Standard and DIN tanks are available. Our on board EanX system allows Nitrox certified divers to extend their bottom times with enriched air. For those not Nitrox certified, we offer Nitrox certification on board, along with other courses such as deep specialty and photo specialty.
The MV Hallelujah Liveaboard is “well equipped for photographers”. But don’t take our word for it, read the full review on DivePhotoGuide.com. For those traveling with non-divers, bring them along as a snorkeling guest, or sign them up for their Open Water course. We can arrange to complete the first day of the Open Water training in the pool just before the trip to maximise your dive time out at sea.
MV Hallelujah Trip Leaders
With a maximum of 4 divers per group, and up to 25 guests, there may be 7 or 8 dive staff on board the MV Hallelujah Liveaboard. During the peak seasons we use a mix of full time diving staff and experienced freelancers. Even Big Blue’s Full-Time staff rotate between the Similan Liveaboard and the Similan diving day trips. However, you are almost certainly going to meet one of the two following people.
Other than the Captain, the most important job on The MV Hallelujah Liveaboard is that of the trip leader. Big Blue Diving Khao Lak have two full time trip leaders. They are responsible for the schedule, organizing the dive groups, communication with the Thai crew and generally making sure you are having a great time. Therefore, its good to know that during your stay on the MV Hallelujah Liveabaord, you will be in safe hands…
Caro Mercier, from Marseilles in France, has been diving on Similan Liveaboards for 6 years. Her love of the job is infectious and her knowledge of the dive sites in the Similan Islands is impressive. Caro’s former job as a nurse means that her understanding of diving physiology is second to none.
If you have any questions about the way your body reacts to the pressure of the underwater world, then she will happily answer them. This knowledge and experience makes her one of the best diving teachers around. In return, hopefully one day someone could teach her about the importance of timing in photography. Caro is pictured above; feet planted firmly on the floor.
Dani Farrus, from Barcelona in Catalunya (Spain), has also been diving in the Similan Islands for 6 years. Dani’s trademark voice is enough to reassure anyone. His passion lies in traveling the World, and his part time job as a freelance journalist means you will always find something interesting to talk to him about.
If you enjoy a slow and relaxed dive, then Dani is your man. He teaches his students that one of the best skills you can learn as a new diver is to dive slowly. You will find much more interesting marine life if you take your time. Also, when Manta Rays or Whale Sharks are around, they are much more likely to swim close if you are calm and slow. How else are you going to get a Whale Shark selfie?
Plan your Similan Islands Liveaboard Trip
Four days on a boat can seem like a lot to commit to, especially if its your first time on a diving liveaboard.
Rest assured that there is very little else that you will need to bring with you.
But for that extra piece of mind, take a look at some helpful hints to help you plan your diving adventure.
MV Hallelujah Liveaboard Booking Info
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The History of Our Similan Liveaboard the MV Hallelujah
Our MV Hallelujah was originally named the Viking of the Orient when she was first launched back in 2002. Watch the video of her construction in Phuket.
MV Hallelujah Similan Liveaboard Trip Reports
Similan Islands diving conditions change dramatically as the seasons shift in Thailand. A typical question asked by divers joining a Similan Liveaboard at the start of the season (October) is; ‘Will we dive at Richelieu Rock?’ In October 2017, the answer was very much ‘Yes’.
So what have the conditions been like so far this season? As they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are the video highlights from our resident videographer on the Similan liveaboard trip at the end of November.
With blue skies and the Andaman Ocean calm and still as a lake, the high season has officially started. As November draws to a close it is time to start getting excited about the upcoming delights from now until May. Lets see what the Similans have in store for us this season..
For a Christmas like no other, how about trying a Similan Islands Christmas! Don’t worry, you can still stuff your face with delicious food, have a little drink with good company and also enjoy the very best of Thailand’s Scuba Diving on the MV Hallelujah.
The trip reports we write often have so many cool things to talk about that we often forget that many people have never spent a night on a boat before. This week we are going to focus on something that we sometimes overlook. What is a Liveaboard?
Schools of fish like we have never seen and three separate Manta Ray encounters. This week we are focusing on how conservation and scientific research can be amazing fun!
This is the first time Big Blue Diving Khao Lak has ever dived in October. We should definitely do it more often too. It was brilliant!