MV Hallelujah liveaboard boat is a relatively newly renovated boat for scuba diving. MV Hallelujah sails around the Similian Islands and departs from Khao Lak. The trips at the MV Hallelujah liveaboard boat are usually five days and four nights, during which you travel to several different diving sites. Perfect for you that wants to experience the Similan Islands.
Who is MV Hallelujah?
The boat MV Hallelujah is a 35 meter long, that seats up to 25 guests. There are 10 double cabins and two deluxe cabins as well as a single VIP cabin on the upper deck. All the cabins have an ensuite warm water shower and bathroom. Your towels are changed everyday during your stay and the beds are bathed everyday. Also the bathrooms and trash basins are cleaned and emptied everyday. Are you a traveller arriving to Thailand from another country and have much electronics with you? There are 200w sockets for charging electronics, both in the cabins and in the dining area. The boat is said to be one of the largest diving boats sailing the route around the Similan Islands.
The layout of the MV Hallelujah liveaboard boat
There is plenty of room for you to sit outside and inside of the boat. On the top of the boat there is a sun deck where you can sit and sunbathe if you want. On the second floor you find the dining area where you eat all your meals and it´s here all briefings are held before the dives. In the back of the boat there is a lounge area with sofas to chill out in.
All the guest cabins are placed on the first floor of the boat as well as the exit to the diving deck and the camera station. From the cabins there are doors to the edge of the boat where you can go straight to the dive deck if you want. The last floor below the water surface is where you find the staff’s cabins as well as storage.
Staff and dive groups
At MV Hallelujah there were plenty of staff who worked with everything from helping us out on the dive deck, dive guides and instructors, chefs, captain and pepole to help keeping the boat clean. The diving groups were no more than four in each group which felt good. Since I took my PADI Advanced Open Water during my trip with MV Halleujah me and Daniel got our own guide the entire stay, which was awesome. The dive instructors/guides were well read about the different dive sites, what you could see at the various places and if it used to be hard currents or if it was a easier dive.
The staff spoke english and were nice and helpful both with fish identification, if you had any problems with anything with your equipment or whether you were nervous or worried about something.
As you see below you do four dives a day, two the last day. The first dive you do around 07.00 before breakfast, the second dive you do around 10.30, the third dive is usually around 13.30 and the last dive for the day usually starts around 17.00.
West of Eden
Elephant Head Rock
Koh Tachai Pinnacle
Koh Tachai Pinnacle
What about my thoughts?
I experience the boat as clean and hygienic and experienced no problems with cleaning or that the food would be abominable. However, some times during the trip our cabin had a smell of solvent or diesel but because we had the door out to the deck we could easily open it. The food was good, fresh and there was a lot to choose from. At the end of the trip we received some watermelon that tasted a bit of diesel, maybe it had been storaged a bit to close to the diesel or something. But otherwise the food was delicious. I have some allergies that I reported to crew before the trip and that they took into account. For example, when they made Pad Thai (which contains peanuts), the chef came out with a small bowl to me without peanuts, which I thought was very thoughtful of her.
I felt well taken care of during my stay at MV Hallelujah and would definitely recommend it and I can think of going to another trip with the boat.
Year renovated 2013
Max guests 25
Number of cabins 13
Number of bathrooms 13