Know Before You Go On MV Blue Dolphin

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Thank you for booking a trip on MV Blue Dolphin, we look forward to welcoming you onboard soon.

If you have any specific questions please free to contact us:

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Before you arrive at MV Blue Dolphin.

The closest airport to Khao Lak is Phuket International Airport, which is approximately 1 1⁄2 hours away.

Most nationalities can get a visa on arrival.

Please check the link below or contact your embassy before travelling to Thailand.

“Check Your Visa on Arrival Eligibility”

Online Check in. 

You should by now of filed in our Check in form which was sent to you was part of your booking, however we do understand that things can change. If any changes that are important to your pick up please contact us at the earliest possible time.

Airport Transfer.

Our free airport transfer leaves Phuket International Airport Domestic Terminal at 17:30. The meeting point is by the Cafe Amazon to the left of the arrivals door. If you are arriving at the International terminal this is just a short walk away and clearly sign posted on level 2.

Our Driver will meet you there, they will be a Dark Blue Polo shirt with Big Blue Logo and holding up a yellow sign with Big Blue and Mv Blue Dolphin wrote on it.

*This transfer are provided free of charge, please do not go with another taxi unless pre arranged otherwise you will be liable to pay the amount.*

Staying in Khao Lak?

If you have at least one night before the departure we recommend that you stay in Khao Lak. We can arrange a private transfer for you to Khao Lak from the airport on the days before departure at an additional cost and add this to your bill. 

Where to stay in Khao Lak

There is plenty of great accommodation in Khao Lak, to suit all needs and budgets. Below we have listed just a couple of our most used and favourites.

Budget Accommodation

Riverside Guesthouse

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Ruk Cozy

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Medium Budget

Hotel Gahn 

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Bania Guest House

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High End Accommodation

Jw Marriot

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Important Embarkation Information

When you arrive at MV Blue Dolphin.

Please have the following handy:

  • Insurance documents
  • Diving Certification Cards (or the SSI/PADI phone application)
  • 2,300 Thai Baht in cash for the marine park fees

This will help ensure a speeder check-in so you can relax and enjoy your first evening onboard and look forward to your diving adventures.

The Similan Islands

60 km west of Khao Lak, the Similan Islands are a spectacular chain of nine granite islands.
Tropical jungle and brilliant white sandy beaches are surrounded by warm, crystal clear water.
The surrounding Andaman Sea is teeming with colourful marine life and stunning corals.

Koh Bon & Koh Tachai

North of the Similan Islands, but part of the same national park, lie Koh Bon and Koh Tachai.
Have your chance to go diving with Giant Manta Rays at the magnificent Koh Bon,
Koh Tachai is often a highlight on a Similan Liveaboard with its huge schools of bigger fish.

Surin & Richelieu Rock

It’s a common misconception that Richelieu Rock belongs to the Similan National Park, actually it belongs to the neighbouring Surin National Park. Hard Coral walls and shallow waters make the Surin’s a unique environment in Thailand. Richelieu is located an hour away from the islands and is certainly Thailands most diverse and densely populated dive site.

Did You Know?

The Similan Islands are open from
15th October to 15th May

Want to go diving outside of these dates then we have or Koh Tao location ready and waiting.

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Similan Islands Diving

Day Trips

Big Blue Diving are the proud operators of our speedboat; a Similan Islands diving Speedboat designed by divers for divers. The most convenient way to see the Similan’s. If you don’t have time for a Similan Liveaboard, then get to Thailand’s best dive sites in only 1 hour. Our weekly schedule begins in early November and ends in April. Enjoy diving at, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock 3 times a week!


Richelieu Rock Thailand’s Best Dive Site

Stunning soft corals, huge diversity of marine life and an occasional Whale Shark.

Richelieu Rock is the furthest North of all the dive sites on the West coast of Thailand.

Don’t worry, Big Blue’s Similan Liveaboard typically does 3 dives there each trip,

and our Similan Islands diving day trips go to Richelieu Rock 3 times a week!

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Diving Courses

Big Blue offers SSI courses from Beginner to Professional level and in most European languages. Come diving in the Similan Islands with us, either for a diving day trip, or a full Similan Liveaboard. Our highly trained staff love their work and all have years of experience looking after guests and giving them the diving holiday of a lifetime. Just look at his little face, and the student seems to be having fun too. Click to learn more about the following courses:

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