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MV Oktavia : Snorkelers, Families & Kids

Does it really work? You bet.

Oktavia Liveaboard Features and Benefits

We have had many kids of all ages on board. The youngest one was little Klara, only nine-months old. She cruised with us for three days. The Thai crew was totally crazy about her. They carried her around and played with her all the time, giving her parent lots of time for diving, snorkeling, swimming, and relaxation.

Dedicated Snorkeling Program

On most liveaboard boats, divers come first and non-divers are often ignored. On Oktavia it's different. Because of her family program, she has a separate non-diver or snorkeling program which means while the divers are diving, the snorkelers are taken by their own guide in their own dinghy to great snorkeling sites or to the beach for snorkeling or swimming depending on the location. Most other boats do snorkeling between dives, but since on these itineraries we often move the liveaboard between dives, snorkelers often feel left out of onboard activities. Oktavia has a great snorkeling program so for families with non-diving spouses or kids, this is a perfect boat for you.

Safety & Comfort

Naturally, on board a boat, kids–depending on their ages–need extra supervision as well as specific consideration. On board MV Oktavia there are life jackets for children in kid's sizes. We recommend that kids use these also while swimming and snorkeling, as the life jackets help them stay afloat and have a bright orange color making them highly visible even from a distance.

Kids and families on Liveaboard

Thailand's climate is warm and sunny! Kids, being a bit more sensitive to the sun, must use more sunscreen. Apply the lotion several times a day, as swimming wears it off. Making kids wear T-shirts, hats and sunglasses is recommended. Being in a tropical climate also means that you need to drink more water. On board MV Oktavia everyone including the kids receives their own refillable water bottle.

As all parents are painfully aware, kids can sometimes be a bit fussy about the food. But this is usually less of a problem on the boat. At each meal we serve three or four different dishes, and kids can always find something they like. If not, we'll fix something up! And, don't forget, playing and swimming all day make most kids very hungry; as they say in Swedish, "hunger is the best spice". In between meals, toast, fresh fruits, and snacks are always available.

What about seasickness? Normally, kids don't get affected too much. And the best way to avoid seasickness is to treat it before it happens by staying hydrated and making sure you don't wait too long in-between meals. We also have pills on board, should nothing else work.

The thing people don't usually understand about our weather conditions here is that in Thailand during the diving season, we rarely if ever have a ground swell in the ocean. The only time we really have waves if it's windy and it rarely gets very windy. At night we anchor in calm bays and underway, seasickness is rarely an issue.

Activities & Entertainment

There are plenty of things to do for kids during a liveaboard cruise with MV Oktavia. The obvious activities are swimming, snorkeling (yes, we have snorkeling equipment in kids' sizes), and island excursions to play on the beach, walk nature trails, or do a treasure hunt. On board we have various games and board games as well as a computer packed with music and movies. If you really want to be on the safe side, bring the kids' favorite toys–even electric ones. We provide 220 volts electricity 24 hours each day.

The slightly older kids are often a bit more "independent" and need a little more "space". Luckily, MV Oktavia is a big boat with lots of room and places for girls or boys talk! There is always adult supervision on board as well as our boat crew, dive staff and non-diving staff are separate.

Family Accommodation

On MV Oktavia there are different options with regards to how to accommodate family members. One option is a triple berth cabin (double bed with a single bed above) for the three-person family wishing to stay in the same cabin. A family comprised of two parents and two kids may want a separate double bed cabin for the parents and a next-door bunk bed cabin for the kids. The master cabins are big enough and futons can be used for kids sleeping.

Family-Friendly Prices

Infants below three years of age are welcome to come along for free. If booking a shorter two or three-day trips, our speed boat company does charge per child as well as adults, but on five days there is no extra charge for transfers.




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  • MARCH-2017
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    Cabin Choice - Price Per Person
    Mar 29, 2017Apr 3, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Mar 29, 2017Mar 31, 2017Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
  • APRIL-2017
    Departs
    Returns
    Destination
    Boat
    Days / Nights
    Cabin Choice - Price Per Person
    Apr 1, 2017Apr 3, 2017Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Apr 4, 2017Apr 9, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Apr 4, 2017Apr 6, 2017Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Apr 7, 2017Apr 9, 2017Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Apr 10, 2017Apr 15, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Apr 16, 2017Apr 20, 2017Similan Islands - Koh BonOktavia4-D / 4-N
    Apr 21, 2017Apr 25, 2017Similan Islands - Koh BonOktavia4-D / 4-N
    Apr 26, 2017Apr 30, 2017Similan Islands - Koh BonOktavia4-D / 4-N
  • MAY-2017
    Departs
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    Boat
    Days / Nights
    Cabin Choice - Price Per Person
    May 1, 2017May 5, 2017Similan Islands - Koh BonOktavia4-D / 4-N
    May 6, 2017May 10, 2017Similan Islands - Koh BonOktavia4-D / 4-N
    May 11, 2017May 15, 2017Similan Islands - Koh BonOktavia4-D / 4-N
  • OCTOBER-2017
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    Cabin Choice - Price Per Person
    Oct 23, 2017Oct 27, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia4-D / 4-N
    Oct 28, 2017Nov 1, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia4-D / 4-N
  • NOVEMBER-2017
    Departs
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    Destination
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    Days / Nights
    Cabin Choice - Price Per Person
    Nov 2, 2017Nov 6, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia4-D / 4-N
    Nov 7, 2017Nov 11, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia4-D / 4-N
    Nov 12, 2017Nov 16, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia4-D / 4-N
    Nov 17, 2017Nov 22, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Nov 17, 2017Nov 19, 2017Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Nov 20, 2017Nov 22, 2017Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Nov 23, 2017Nov 28, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Nov 29, 2017Dec 4, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Nov 29, 2017Dec 1, 2017Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
  • DECEMBER-2017
    Departs
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    Destination
    Boat
    Days / Nights
    Cabin Choice - Price Per Person
    Dec 2, 2017Dec 4, 2017Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Dec 5, 2017Dec 7, 2017Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Dec 5, 2017Dec 10, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Dec 8, 2017Dec 10, 2017Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Dec 11, 2017Dec 13, 2017Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Dec 11, 2017Dec 16, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Dec 14, 2017Dec 16, 2017Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Dec 17, 2017Dec 22, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Dec 23, 2017Dec 28, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Dec 29, 2017Jan 3, 2017Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
  • JANUARY-2018
    Departs
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    Destination
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    Days / Nights
    Cabin Choice - Price Per Person
    Jan 4, 2018Jan 9, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia5-D / 5-N
    Jan 10, 2018Jan 15, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Jan 10, 2018Jan 12, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Jan 13, 2018Jan 15, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Jan 16, 2018Jan 21, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Jan 16, 2018Jan 18, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Jan 19, 2018Jan 21, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Jan 22, 2018Jan 24, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Jan 22, 2018Jan 27, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Jan 25, 2018Jan 27, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Jan 28, 2018Feb 2, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Jan 28, 2018Jan 30, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Jan 31, 2018Feb 2, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
  • FEBRUARY-2018
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    Days / Nights
    Cabin Choice - Price Per Person
    Feb 3, 2018Feb 5, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Feb 3, 2018Feb 8, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Feb 6, 2018Feb 8, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Feb 9, 2018Feb 14, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Feb 9, 2018Feb 11, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Feb 12, 2018Feb 14, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Feb 15, 2018Feb 20, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Feb 21, 2018Feb 26, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Feb 21, 2018Feb 23, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Feb 24, 2018Feb 26, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Feb 27, 2018Mar 4, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Feb 27, 2018Mar 1, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
  • MARCH-2018
    Departs
    Returns
    Destination
    Boat
    Days / Nights
    Cabin Choice - Price Per Person
    Mar 2, 2018Mar 4, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Mar 5, 2018Mar 10, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Mar 5, 2018Mar 7, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Mar 8, 2018Mar 10, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Mar 11, 2018Mar 16, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Mar 11, 2018Mar 13, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Mar 14, 2018Mar 16, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Mar 17, 2018Mar 22, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Mar 17, 2018Mar 19, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Mar 20, 2018Mar 22, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Mar 23, 2018Mar 28, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Mar 23, 2018Mar 25, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Mar 26, 2018Mar 28, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Mar 29, 2018Apr 3, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
  • APRIL-2018
    Departs
    Returns
    Destination
    Boat
    Days / Nights
    Cabin Choice - Price Per Person
    Apr 4, 2018Apr 9, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Apr 4, 2018Apr 6, 2018Similan IslandsOktavia2-D / 2-N
    Apr 7, 2018Apr 9, 2018Bon - Tachai - Richelieu Oktavia3-D / 2-N
    Apr 10, 2018Apr 15, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
    Apr 16, 2018Apr 20, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia4-D / 4-N
    Apr 21, 2018Apr 25, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia4-D / 4-N
    Apr 26, 2018May 1, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia5-D / 5-N
  • MAY-2018
    Departs
    Returns
    Destination
    Boat
    Days / Nights
    Cabin Choice - Price Per Person
    May 2, 2018May 6, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia4-D / 4-N
    May 7, 2018May 11, 2018Similan - Bon - Tachai - RichelieuOktavia4-D / 4-N