At 35 meters in length, the Hallelujah is by far one of the largest boats cruising in the Similans. Her all steel construction makes her safe and smooth, promising a relaxing ride throughout your trip. Each of her cabins features its own sink, toilet and hot shower for the ultimate in privacy and convenience. Each cabin also has its own air-conditioner, so you can adjust your cabin to just how you like it.

Each cabin also has multiple 220v outlets so you can charge your cameras, laptops, or other diving accessories. The VIP Single cabin also has work desks and chairs for the avid underwater photographers. Due to her massive size, most guests find themselves spending the majority of their time between dives in the expansive common areas of the boat.

There is a spacious lounge with a large flat-screen TV, a DVD player and a wide selection of DVDs available to suit most tastes. There are also several desks in the lounge with 220v outlets for those wishing to do photo or video editing on board.
For those who prefer a quieter form of entertainment between dives, you can borrow a book from the on-board selection in the lounge and relax on the sun chairs of the large upper deck, or in the outside lounge on the main deck.

The Hallelujah features indoor and outdoor eating areas, each large enough on its own to accomodate all customers and crew for meals, so no matter what mother nature has in store everyone will be able to dine in comfort. The excellent food prepared by our experienced cooks will ensure your meals are as good as your dives. Themulti-lingual staff on board is able to speak English, German, Swedish, Danish, Norweigan, Dutch, Flemmish, and Japanese. If you have language requirements beyond these, we can accomodate just about any request. All of our staff have years of experience in the Similans and even longer track records for keeping divers safe season after season.

Hallelujah - prices

Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

Prices are per person and are charged in Thai baht and based on 2 persons sharing a cabin, Please visit this link to see the amount in your currency using the ‘buy’ rate

The trip price includes:

On board accommodation
Five meals daily with snacks
Non-alcoholic beverages: water,tea, coffee
4 dives per full day (total 14 dives in the 4 day trip)
Use of tanks, weights, weight belts
Dive leader service
Transfer within Phuket town,Patong, Kata, Karon and Phuket International Airport to the boat at Thaplamu and back.

The trip price does not include:

Any diving equipment (except for tanks and weight) - full equipment rental charge is 600 Thai baht per day (and does not includea dive computer)
Nitrox - 250 Baht per dive ($7) (All 14 dives 2500 baht)
National Park fees - approximately 2,300 Baht per person for 4 days - to be paid on-board directly to the tour leader.
Please note that National Park Fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Domestic / International phone /fax / Internet connections
Diver insurance - Mandatory - www.diversalertnetwork.org
Domestic / International phone / fax /
Internet connections
Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

When possible, the boat will allow individual customers to have their own room.
However during busy times they may need to put 2 individual customers in the same room.
If they need to combine individual customers in cabins, there will only be male-male or female-female pairings for reasons of privacy.
If you require your own personal cabin, it is possible and they offer it at a +85% surchage.
Private cabins are not available during Christmas and New Years.

Single cabin, non sharing cabin +85%
Non diver 85% of the above rates

Terms and conditions:

Individual bookings:
Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Transfer times for pick ups

Hallelujah Trip Boarding Pier Pick up time for Phuket town/Patong/Kata/Karon Beach From the Airport *
4D/4N Similan Thaplamu 1600 - 1700 hrs. 1730 hrs.*
  • Complimentary pick ups from Phuket International Airport is 17:30-17:45 - this is fixed and they CANNOT pick up anyone who lands ANY later than 16:30 - In the past the boat has had some problems with flight delays/long queues/lost baggage etc in the past and feel that an extended wait is not fair to others in the car who have already been picked up.
    The driver will pick you up at Phuket Airport International terminal between 17:30 – 17:45. The meeting point is in front of GATE 3-4 at arrivals on the ground floor at International terminal. If you are landing at the domestic terminal, the best way is take the shuttle bus from Domestic terminal to international terminal. Other Features:PADI Instructor on board. Courses available upon special and advanced requests

PADI Open Water, Advanced, NITROX and various Diving courses are available for an extra charge

Please advise your rental equipment needs at time of booking.

Diving equipment for rent on board (Price is per person per day):

Rental Equipment Per item/set Price Per Day
FULL SET- items marked * full set* 600 Baht
BCD* item 250 Baht
Regulator/gauges/octopus* item/reg set 250 Baht
Wetsuit - shorty* item 150 Baht
Mask/Snorkel/Fins* Set only Free
Dive Torch item 200 Baht
Dive Computer item 300 Baht
Nitroxonboard:
15 litre tank THB 200 per day or 800 per trip
Nitrox (12 litre tank) THB250 Per dive up to 36% 12 ltr
Dive Nitrox for 11 dives + 3 air top ups (12 litre tank) THB 2,500 12 ltr
Nitrox(15 litre tank) THB 230 Per dive up to 36% 15ltr
Dive Nitrox for 11 dives + 3 air top ups (12 litre tank) THB 2,800 15 ltr
PADICourses:
AOW THB 8,000
Emergency First Responder THB 4,500
Rescue THB8,000
Dive Master Upon application
Specialty courses:
Nitrox THB8,000 (including 2 Nitrox dives) all following dives THB 200 per Nitrox dive.
Digital Underwater Photography THB 8,000 - Camera rental extra
Peak Performance Buoyancy THB8,000
Deep THB8,000
Night THB 7,000
Underwater Navigator THB7,000
Boat THB 4,500
Equipment THB4,500
Fish Identification THB 4,500

Any prices quoted in Thai Baht will be charged in Thai Baht on board at the end of the cruise, US$ / Euros are accepted on board at the boat’s exchange rate for that cruise

Hallelujah - cabins

To see more photos of the cabins please visit the schedule and click on the cabin name to see the photos of each cabin, availability and price.

VIP Single cabin is the only cabin on the upper deck and has a large window down one side of the room. This cabin also has en-suite facilities including hot shower, flush toilet and sink. This is the most luxurious of our cabins offering the best views of the Similan Islands.

Deluxe Double cabins are located on the main deck of the vessel. These cabins have large windows offering spectacular views ofthe passing scenery. These cabins also have en-suite facilities including hot shower, flush toilet and sink for your privacy and convenience.

Standard Twin cabins are also located on the main deck. They offer the same spectacular views with large windows within these rooms. The beds are arranged into bunk beds perfect for single travellers and couples alike.

  • Deluxe Double cabin

  • VIP Single cabin

  • Standard twin cabin

  • Standard twin cabin

Hallelujah - itinerary

The Similan islands

Fifty-two miles north-west of Phuket lies Koh Similan Marine National Park. This is an archipelago of nine granite islands offering some of the best diving in south East Asia. Similan islands liveaboard diving provides a huge variety of topography and boast the richest variety and abundance of reef fish in Thailand.

The eastern Similans dive sites feature lush coral gardens with sea anemones and a host of colourful reef fish. Seas are calm and dives are at moderate depths, suitable for all levels of divers and also for snorkellers. Western dive sites feature enormous granite boulders, descending down to 40 meters with swim throughs, caves and tunnels, making the diving more challenging. Currents provide nutrients for a colourful variety of soft corals and seafans.

The Similan Islands are part of anational parkestablished in 1982 and are covered in lush rainforest withan abundance of bird life. The Similan islands national park was established after the one-year exploration by the Foresty department. The park is the archipelago consisting of nine islands which are Ko Bon, Ko Bayu, Ko Similan, Ko Payu, Ko Miang (two adjoining islands), Ko Payan, Ko Payang, and Ko Huyong. Recently, the park was expanded to include the two stunning islands in the north Ko Bon and Ko Tachai. The Similans are situated 70 kilometres from Phang Nga town. “Similan” is a Yawi word which means “nine”. The Similan islands are considered the best dive sites in Thailand.

Islands 1, 2 and 3 are closed for public due to turtle hatching protection program and reef conservation efforts. Island number 3 belongs to HM the Thai Princess. All the other islands are open to diving.

4D/4N Similan islands liveaboard

Time

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

0645

 

Continental Breakfast

0730

Dive 1

Dive 5

Dive 9

Dive 13

Similan

Similan

Richelieu

Similan

0900

Western Breakfast

1100

Dive 2

Dive 6

Dive 10

Dive 14

Similan

Koh Bon

Richelieu

Similan

1230

Lunch

1400

Dive 3

Dive 7

Dive 11

Similan
Depart to Thaplamu

Similan

Koh Bon

Koh Tachai

1530

Snack

1600

Free at your leisure

1700

Guests transfer to Thaplamu

1800

Boarding Check-in

1900

Dinner & overnight on board / Cruise to Similan Island

Dive 4

Dive 8

Dive 12

Check-out and transfer to your destination in Phuket

Sleep Similan

Sleep Koh Tachai

Sleep Similan

2000

Dinner & overnight on board

 

Hallelujah - specs

Hallelujah’s large dive deck in the rear of the boat gives you plenty of room to set up and get in. Our on board nitrox system allows nitrox ceritfied divers to extend their bottom times with enriched air mixes. For those not Nitrox certified, we offer Nitrox certification on board, along with other courses such as deep specialty and photo specialty. Dive groups are maximum of 4 people (unless a group booking prefers to all dive together), and your gear is washed and your tanks are filled for you by our highly trained staff. Standard and DIN tanks are available on the boat.

For those traveling with non-divers, we invite you to bring them along as a snorkeling guest, or sign them up for their Open Water course, which can be completed entirely on the trip. We can even arrange to complete the first day of Open Water training in the pool just before the trip to maximize your dive time out at sea.

The Hallelujah is equipped with a full 1st aid medic kit, as well as medical grade oxygen for emergencies. All of our staff have current first-aid certifications.

Hallelujah - diving

Similan islands dive sites

Thailand liveaboard trips to the Similan islands and Richelieu rock generally last 4-6 days and leave either from Phuket island on the west coast of Thailand or Thaplamu one and half hours north of Phuket.
Travelling overnight they arrive in the Similan islands on the following morning to begin your first days diving. Continuing north over the course of the trip to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and finally the amazing Richelieu rock. These liveaboards encompass the best diving that Thailand has to offer on the best boats Thailand has to offer.?
All our boats are liveaboards for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary.

Boulder City (Island Three - Koh Payan)

Boulder City lies some 200 meter south of Koh Payan. The dive site is completely submerged with two mooring buoys to mark the location, one at the north end and one at the south. Descending down the north line takes you to 20 meters and the south line to 30 meters. This is a dive in the 20 to 30 meter mark making it not a long dive but the underwater scenery here is spectacular with large granite boulders some bigger than a house, with swim-throughs and the chance of swimming with large pelagics. Eagle and manta rays cruise around the large boulders while large fan tail rays rest in the sandy bottom. This is also where I have been lucky enough on two separate occasions last season to witness the mating of leopard sharks. With a family of large humphead parrot fish and napoleon wrasse living in the area the beautiful soft corals and large gorgonian sea fans make this an eye opening dive site with the occasional whale shark cruising past.

Koh Miang # 4 Honeymoon Bay

Honeymoon Bay is a beautiful bay on the back side of island 4 with its quiet beach and tranquil bay it’s the perfect place for a snorkel or our sunset dives on the gentle slopping reef down to 24 meters. In the shallows around the coral heads you will find octopus, crabs and mantis shrimps on the hunt for food.

With the occasional hawksbill sea turtle and white tip reef shark patrolling the reef will keep you busy on your dive.

Koh Payu # 7 Deep Six

Deep six lies on the northern tip of island 7 and has a buoy line running down to 18 meters there as the name implies you can descend down to over 60 meters. Here the dramatic underwater boulders have formed some excellent swim throughs, tunnels and canyons that make this an exciting dive. But down in the soft coral garden the largest gorgonian sea fans in the Similans survive untouched. With the occasional manta ray gliding passed in the blue will make for an enjoyable dive.

Elephant Head, Hin Pousar

Deep six lies on the northern tip of island 7 and has a buoy line running down to 18 meters there as the name implies you can descend down to over 60 meters. Here the dramatic underwater boulders have formed some excellent swim throughs, tunnels and canyons that make this an exciting dive. But down in the soft coral garden the largest gorgonian sea fans in the Similans survive untouched. With the occasional manta ray gliding passed in the blue will make for an enjoyable dive.

Koh Bangu #9 North Point

North point lies on the west side of the island with a dramatic underwater scenery of large boulders with canyons and swim throughs. As you descend down the line passed the tall fin bat fish and head through the tunnels, keep your eyes open for a pair of Napoleon wrasse. In between the large canyons grow large gorgonian sea fans with excellent soft corals hiding harlequin ghost pipe fish but a look out into the blue can be rewarding with frequent visits from the graceful manta ray passing over head.

Koh Bon - The Pinnacle

Koh Bon island lies 12 nautical miles south of Koh Tachai island and the dive site is located around 150 meters north west of the island and has no bouy line so location is by GPS. When the captain signals its time to jump into the blue and descend down to the pinnacles. The top is around 18 meters and continues to run down to over 50 meters to the sand bottom were the docile leopard shark sleeps while white tip reef sharks patrol the reef in search of a meal.

These amazing pinnacles are covered with colourful soft coral trees, large gorgonian sea fans and barrel sponges running down the walls. With 5 species of clown fish in the magnificent anemones and their shrimp and porcelain crab hosts its difficult to keep your eyes of the pinnacles but a look out in to the blue can be rewarding with manta rays gliding around and the occasional whale shark. But don’t forget to keep a check on your air supply as its time to head back to the surface and leave these beautiful creatures behind.

Koh Tachai Island - The Dome

Koh Tachai lies 22 nautical miles south of Surin, the dive site is located around 200 meters south of the island and is marked with a bouy line which descends down to 16 meters to reach the top of the plateau. From here you decide which way to go ? North or South. North takes you over the plateau to the beautiful coral garden at around 22meters to 26meters with some of the best soft corals and sea fans in the area, which will keep underwater photographers busy. South takes you down over the large boulders to between 36meters and 40meters to reach the sandy bottom looking for the docile leopard shark and large stingrays. Up above schooling great barracudas with tunas and trevallys darting down to catch the baitfish hanging around the reef. With a multitude of small creatures to look at try not to forget a look into the blue to see the manta rays gliding past and the occasional whale shark make Koh Tachai a spectacular dive site.

Richelieu Rock

Richelieu lies 7.5 nautical miles east of the Surin islands national marine park. Here this large rock pinnacle just breaks the surface at low tide and descends down to around 33 meters to the sandy bottom. The northern side has an excellent wall with lots of cracks and holes for you to look inside. The wall is covered with coral and zig zag oysters where you can find over ten species of moray eels like the commonly spotted white eyed, giant, yellow edged, and bartail morays or the shy dragon, leopard, honeycomb and zebra morays.

The wall is all so home to many species of shrimps from the cleaners, anemone, saron, squat and the colorful harlequin shrimps. The west side contains mostly soft corals and sea fans with ghost pipefish and tigertail sea horses hiding in between the branches. But its here where we all so encounter large schools of silver jacks and bluefin trevallys with chevron and great barracudas too.

Its also home to the gentle giant the whale shark anywhere from 2 meter babys to 8 meter subadults. The walls seem to move with so much life or look closely at the camouflaged scorpion, stone and lionfishes that blend in to the rock. A truly spectacular dive site no matter what the visibility.

Koh Bida Nok and Koh Bida Nai Islands - Koh Phi Phi

These two uninhabited islands lie south of Phi Phi and are a Mecca for leopard sharks. These harmless and docile creatures are usually sleeping around the sand and coral banks of the islands usually no deeper than 20 meters. With Bida Nok as the larger of the two it offers great hard and soft corals with turtles and sea snakes passing bye. The deeper of the two with depths to 30 meters on the west side wall teeming with life from lionfish to baby morays poking there heads from the cracks and well camouflaged octopuses blending in to the rocks will keep your eyes busy on this dive site.

Bida Nai island smaller and slightly shallower offers the chance to see the sleeping leopard shark anywhere from 1 to 10 sharks resting on the bottom in between the staghorn corals. Here the soft corals are abound with their beautiful colors but look closely at the sea fans to find the Tiger-tail sea horse. With two swim-throughs covered in small baitfish and shrimps, lots of colorful reef fish and schools of barracuda and trevallys darting over the reef, and not forgetting the many nudibranches along the way make this a wonderful dive site.

Diving License Logbook
As a safety precaution for all our guests, as well as to identify the experience level of each diver, it is required that all divers possess proper and valid diving license / certification card, as well as the most updated logbook, which will be checked upon boarding the ship.

For your diver safety we strongly require all divers use a diving computer. Free lesson on use on board

Insurance Policy:
Hallelujah requires that all divers carry Divers Alert Network Insurance - www.diversalertnetwork.org and strongly recommends that guests purchase comprehensive accident, medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance. Hallelujah does not offer such insurance and cannot offer any compensation for trip cancellation or partial / full refunds, for any reasons. All divers are required to show certificate / card of Divers Alert Network Evacuation Insurance prior to boarding the ship.

Hallelujah is this year offering insurance that may be arranged through us at the time of your booking.

DiveMaster insurance, or as it is known in Thailand, In Depths insurance includes accident, 3rd party and professional cover, repatriation, search and recovery and everything else you should or hopefully shouldn’t need (it doesn’t include loss of equipment in an emergency). The rate is 150 Baht a day ($5)

It is a British company so the coverageis to European standards and is via Lloyds of London.

If you wish to take advantage of this offer please email your name, e-mail address and dates of birth at the time of making your booking and we will commence your coverage on the day of departure terminating on the day of your return and you will receive e-mail confirmation of your cover. Hallelujah reserves the rights to refuse boarding by any divers without the insurance and no refund shall be provided for any reasons.

Hallelujah - schedule