Similan Science With the huge changes to the Similan Islands national park this year, and the seemingly last minute implementation of new rules, it became very clear to us that our communication with the Thai authorities was not enough as it should be. So were overjoyed when we were kindly invited to join the ‘Phuket […]
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The Original MV Hallelujah Liveaboard
Construction of MV Hallelujah Liveaboard began in 2000 upon approval or her design plans by the Marine Authorities in Bangkok. Back then MV Hallelujah was designed to be a Similan Liveaboard, but under a different name. MV Halleujah started life as the Viking of the Orient.
A hand-picked team of steelworkers, under the leadership of Khun Lek started construction on 2nd October at Koh Sire in Phuket, Thailand.
The Viking of the Orient was first launched in January 2002. After a series of further fittings at the Phuket Boat Lagoon, she was all set for her maiden voyage which took place in November 2002. It would be her first time to take people diving in the Similan Islands.
The Viking ran successful 5 day Similan liveaboard trips and longer trips including the South Andaman Sea up until the Indian Ocean Tsunami in late 2014.
Construction of the MV Hallelujah Liveaboard
From Viking to Hallelujah
Immediately after the 2004 Tsunami, the Viking of the Orient was involved as a support ship for Thai Authorities in their search and recovery missions at the Similan Islands and Koh Tachai.
Like many operators at the time, the Similan liveaboard struggled with just a handful of bookings in the aftermath of the Tsunami.
With a new name, the MV Hallelujah returned to full operation in 2010 cruising as the flagship Similan liveaboard for West Coast Divers. At the same time Big Blue’s liveaboard was the MV Pawara.
Big Blue took over MV Hallelujah Liveaboard in October 2012 and have be the sole operators of the boat since then.
Similan Liveaboard Life Aboard MV Hallelujah
Strange days in The Similan Islands. We had 6 guests on board and there was hardly another boat in sight. The new national park restrictions are in full force and things are eerily quiet.
A step by step guide on how to repair a collapsed Gorgonian sea fan.
The Similan Islands national park has now set very strict limits for both divers and snorkelers. Most importantly for Big Blue Diving, is the 525 divers per day allowed entry into the Similans. But before we go into the details, just a small amount of history…
Diving the Similans, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock this season there has been a very noticeable increase in productivity on many Simillan dive sites. Richelieu has its resident über mob of juvenile Giant trevallies and Longnose emperors. Koh Tachai, when the current pumps so do the Bluefin trevally and Rainbow runners. All around the Similans […]
A Very Sociable Affair Liveaboard diving is always great fun. With everyone in scuba diving mode and relaxing on the boat with lots of amazing food and plenty of chatter. Every now and then it just so happens that the boat fills up with extremely chatty people, cue the sociable aspect of a Similans Liveaboard….
Similans Liveaboard – The only way to see the best on offer On this trip we received guests from around the world namely, Great Britain, America, Canada, Japan & Germany but not a full boat. Albeit 17 guests sounds a reasonable number, on MV Hallelujah we can cater for 25 so the boat felt even […]
Similan liveaboard MV Hallelujah departed from Tap Lamu around 10:00pm on 15th January 2018. The 17th trip of the season, almost marking the half way point of our 36 trip schedule. So far the diving conditions in the Similan Islands and at Richelieu Rock have surpassed those of recent years.