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Diving Squad Rating:


9/ 10

Pawara is one of the only liveaboards in Thailand to offer FREE Nitrox, which combined with the free wifi, budget cabin options and 4 dives a day, means she offers excellent value for money. 

Despite her affordability, she is an extremely comfortable and modernly furbished diving yacht, with spacious relaxation areas and a skilled, highly attentive crew. 

Great for: FREE Nitrox, Budget Friendly, FREE WiFi, Cheap Cabin Options

Length of Trips: 4 Nights

Max Guests: 24

Operates: October – May


Pawara is one of the very few liveaboards to offer FREE Nitrox to certified divers, making her an excellent saver for nitrox divers.

Those on a budget will also appreciate the free WiFi and the range of cabin options, from master cabins with ocean views down to deluxe, standard and budget cabins.

All cabins feature ac and toiletries and all but the budget cabins have ensuite bathrooms.

Despite her affordability, Pawara is a spacious and comfortable liveaboard with some great social areas.

Outside, guests can relax on the large, partially shaded sundeck or head down to the the al fresco dining, lounge and bar area. 

Inside, there’s a roomy, air conditioned salon with plenty of furniture and a large TV and DVD player plus karaoke, books and plenty of games. 

There’s 3 meals a day of mouth watering Thai and international cuisine, with cookies, fresh fruit, tea, coffee and drinking water available throughout the day. 

Guests only require their open water certification and no extra logged dives, making this a good liveaboard for beginners. A check out dive is available for those who have not dived in a while.

Pawara heads to Thailand’s North Andaman Sea to explore the legendary Similan & Surin islands as well as a little further north to Richelieu Rock.

These regions are a marine life hotspot, with incredible coral reefs and walls; home to a variety of fish, crustaceans and mollusks as well as black tip reef sharks, turtles, blue spotted stingrays and leopard sharks.

Between January and April, lucky divers also have a chance of seeing manta rays and whale sharks – especially around Richelieu rock!

This is an excellent choice for anyone on a tight budget – despite the fact that many of the chill out areas on board feel rather luxurious!

Guest Reviews:

Christian TFrance
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"- advantage of being only 9/26 passengers on the boat due to coronavirus - the dive sites are very beautiful although the visibility is not very good - organization of dives and divemasters are very good - the crew and the divemasters are very friendly and attentive - soft drinks in charge and no wifi contrary to the description on the site - pawara - the air conditioning of the M1 master cabin always requires crew intervention to operate - it will be nice to have a microwave available to heat the dishes s"!
Myles MU.S.A
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"Fellow divers, the crew, meal time and The Parawa. Attention to details and some of the best dives and briefings. Bento is the Ringmaster of the whole show and his 10 years on the boat make the whole trip flow seamlessly".
Melih Cevdet OTurkey
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"Overall experience was amazing. Beto did a great job with organizing. it was a tight schedule but we were able to get the most out of it. I am really surprised how professionally the tour was planned. We were 21 divers on board, we dived in waves and never had a problem. Our instructor was Angel, we had superb dives. Staff was very friendly, we did not have a single problem, it was a very positive and a lot of fun trip. Kit - chef was amazing. We explored islands before diving trip and the food on boat was better than any of the restaurants we have been to. i dived in Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Hawaii before. Dive sites in this trip were way better than any of my previous experiences. We have seen whalesharks and marine life was very alive, a lot of schools of fish and amazing landscape with sea fans, pinnacles. I rarely leave good reviews, but this one was 5 star in every aspect".

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Scuba fanatic, travel ecstatic and loveable rogue. A rootless divemaster and perpetual adrenaline-junky, Alex holds the esteemed rank of Grand Admiral of the Diving Squad; a title he most nobly awarded to himself. A scuba-junky since 2014, he's dived much of the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Red Sea, Ireland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. It's hard to say where he'll pop up next for he never settles; forever a leaf on the wind... or perhaps a lone bubble blasted along on the current.