Merdeka 1 Thailand Liveaboard Diving Review

Liveaboard Review Introduction

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Liveaboard Quick Review The Merdeka 1 Liveaboard is a 25m (82f) Thailand diving safari boat for up to 12 guests accommodated across 6 cabins and 7 bathrooms. This Thailand liveaboard has a customer review rating of 9.3 out of 10 and is rated 'Superb'.
Liveaboard Review Tips If you are looking for a superb Thailand liveaboard diving safari, a great choice is the Merdeka 1 diving liveaboard. Here's our quick 7 review tips of why you might like to book this Thailand diving liveaboard boat:
1. Customer Rating The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has a customer review rating of 9.3 out of 10, and is rated "Superb".
2. Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rating Summary Diver Benefits: 7 out of 9, Liveaboard Design: 6 out of 9, Cabin Luxury: 5 out of 7, Onboard Comfort: 5 out of 7, Food Luxury: 9 out of 11, Drink Luxury: 8 out of 9. This makes an average Total Lux Rating of 40 out of 52 (see below under "Liveaboard Luxury Features Review" for more details).
3. Cost Per Day The Merdeka 1 Liveaboard costs from £207 per day ($253/€236)* .
4. Pros A quick list of the main pros of the Merdeka 1 Liveaboard include: aircon cabins, available for charter, caters for dietary requirements, ensuite cabins, flexible booking, diving courses, scuba gear rental.
5. Cons A quick list of the main cons of the Merdeka 1 Liveaboard include: no internet, no nitrox.
6. Liveaboard Capacity The Merdeka 1 liveaboard is 25 metres (82 feet) long, has 6 cabins and 7 bathrooms, which means it can accommodate up to 12 guests/divers.
7. Booking Itineraries The booking itineraries for the Merdeka 1 Liveaboard include: 3 Days/2 Nights. (But it's worth checking if more diving itineraries have been added or you can book by click here: Merdeka 1).
Booking tips Before you book and pay for your flights, you first need your itinerary dates confirmed for your liveaboard trip. 8 steps to follow: 1. Select an itinerary; 2. Choose a cabin; 3. Select number of people in your party; 4. Enter your email address and confirm; 5. Your trip will be held by the liveaboard operator until your dates are confirmed. 6. You'll receive a booking confirmation by email allowing you 2-3 days before payment is due; 7. Book your flights to Thailand; 8. Pay for your Merdeka 1 liveaboard trip.
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* Note The above cost per day was correct at the time of producing this article. Also, the exchange rate used for GBP to USD is 1.22 and for GBP to Euro is 1.14. For an up-to-date cost for the Merdeka 1 Liveaboard, please visit this link: Merdeka 1.
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    Liveaboard Review Highlights

    Diving Liveaboard Review Thailand Merdeka 1 liveaboard review in detail.
    Liveaboard Video Highlight
    Video Title Merdeka SpaBoat in Phuket Thailand
    Flexible Booking This liveaboard has flexible booking terms, which means you can book with confidence knowing that this dive boat offers a free trip reschedule within 24 months if you are unable to travel due to Covid19 related restrictions (T & Cs apply).
    Nitrox Diving This liveaboard does not have nitrox available.
    Dietary Requirements Catered For The onboard chefs will cater for specific dietary requirements, e.g. food allergies like gluten or lactose intolerance, and religious beliefs. This means you can enjoy the onboard meals. You are advised to add any dietary requirements to your special requests at step 2 of the booking form, but limit these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.
    Diving Courses This liveaboard offers diving courses, which means you benefit from being able to advance your diving skills. These training courses are an extra charge.
    Scuba Gear Rental You can rent scuba gear on this dive boat so you benefit from being able travel light and simply rent all your scuba equipment once onboard.
    Internet There is no WIFI or internet available on this liveaboard.
    Ensuite Cabins Cabins on this dive boat benefit from having ensuite bathrooms, so you can shower and get ready in private (Check when booking that the cabin you choose has an ensuite bathroom).
    Aircon Cabins Each cabin has air-conditioning, which means you can choose your own cabin temperature for personal comfort and a good nights sleep.
    Private Charter This liveaboard is available for private charter. If you charter this dive boat you have more flexibility over the choice of dive sites (with the captain's approval), the type of diving and total number of divers/guests onboard (subject to the maximum number of guests onboard - see below).
    DIN Adapters If you have DIN regulators do not worry as this liveaboard has DIN to Yoke regulator adaptors onboard.
    Relaxing between dives
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    Liveaboard Luxury Features Review

    Liveaboard Luxury Features The 'Liveaboard Luxury Rating' concept is to help you choose the right diving liveaboard for your Thailand dive trip. This means you can compare this liveaboard with other liveaboards on a like-for-like basis, and makes choosing the right liveaboard much easier.
    SDE Luxury Rating Total (Max 52/52=100%) The Merdeka 1 Liveaboard has 40 out of a total of 52 possible benefits and features. This total is made up of the following benefits and features:
    Diver Benefits (Max 9/9=100%) The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has 7 out of 9 'Diver Benefits' and include: DIN Adapters: YES; Dive Courses: YES; Dive Deck: NO: Gear Rental: YES; Nitrox Onboard: NO; Private Dive Guide: YES; Rinse Hoses: YES; Shaded Dive Area: YES; Tenders For Diving: YES.
    Liveaboard Design (Max 9/9=100%) The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has 6 out of 9 'Boat Design Features' and include: Airconditioned Saloon: NO; Charging Stations: YES; Custom Built For Diving: NO; Indoor Saloon: NO; Leisure Deck: YES; Observation Deck: YES; Outside Showers: YES; Sun Deck: YES; Warm Showers: YES.
    Cabin Luxury (Max 7/7=100%) The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has 5 out of 7 'Cabin Features' and include: Air-Conditioned Cabins: YES; Cabin Balconies: NO; Daily Housekeeping: YES; Ensuite cabins: YES; Non-smoking Cabins: YES; Seaview cabins available: YES; TV In Cabin: NO.
    Onboard Comfort (Max 7/7=100%) The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has 5 out of 7 'Onboard Comfort' features, and include: Beach Towels: YES, Cabin Towels: YES; Complimentary Toiletries: YES; Deck Towels: YES; Internet: NO; Laundry Service: NO; Nearly 1 to 1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio: YES.
    Food Luxury (Max 11/11=100%) The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has 9 out of 11 'Food Features' and include: BBQ Area: NO; Beach BBQ: YES; Buffet Style: YES; Dietary Requirements Catered For: YES; Fine Cuisine: NO; Local Food: YES; Outdoor Dining: YES; Snacks All Day: YES; Vegan Options: YES; Vegetarian Options: YES; Western Style Food: YES; (Meal options include: Al Fresco Dining, Full-board Option, Set Menu Dinner).
    Drink Luxury (Max 9/9=100%) The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has 8 out of 9 'Drink Features' and include: Bar: YES; Beer Available: YES; Drinking Water: YES; Fine Wines: NO; Free Soft Drinks: YES; Free Wine With Dinner: YES; Soft Drinks: YES; Tea And Coffee: YES; Wine Available: YES.
    Example of Cabins
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    Customer Reviews of Liveaboard

    Customer Reviews The Merdeka 1 liveaboard customer reviews listed here have been chosen for you to get a feel for the scuba diving experience you'll get.
    Customer Review

    Great time, excellent customer service and food! May was so kind and took such great care of us! We had the boat to ourselves and they were great about taking us to every beach and dive site we wanted. The food was delicious, they were careful with my allergies and fed us plenty of snacks! Thanks for the great trip! Oh, and the massages were excellent. Note: the hot tub was not operational.” Recommended for: Food was delicious, staff was very courteous, islands and diving were beautiful!

    Customer Review By Victoria H, from: United States scored the Merdeka 1 8.4 out of 10; Review courtesy of Liveaboard.com, for more reviews and information click here: Merdeka 1.
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    So nice and beautiful. All things are perfect the crew, the dive sides and the food. Thx a lot.” Recommended for: Friendly staff, relaxed in the hammock and good dives.

    Customer Review By Dirk D, from: Germany scored the Merdeka 1 10 out of 10; Review courtesy of Liveaboard.com, for more reviews and information click here: Merdeka 1.

    Liveaboard Itinerary

    Liveaboard Departure-Arrival Location The Merdeka 1 Liveaboard departs and returns from the port . Please click here: Merdeka 1 to find out how to get from to join the Merdeka 1 Liveaboard's departure port .
    Itinerary and videos The itineraries below for the Merdeka 1 liveaboard don't necessarily tie in with the videos directly below the itinerary heading. The itineraries are examples of dive trips offered by this liveaboard, and the videos are examples of videos taken when diving from the Merdeka 1 dive boat.
    Itinerary Option 1 3 Day Racha Dive 'n Chill Cruise
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    Itinerary 1 Video
    Itinerary 1 Title Diving. Koh Racha Yai. Koh Racha Noi. 2017
    Itinerary Option 2 3 Day Racha Dive 'n Chill Cruise
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    Itinerary 2 Video
    Itinerary 2 Title Diving Koh Racha, Phuket, Thailand
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    Dives and Scuba Diver Experience

    Number of Dives On Trip You will be able to dive up to 6 times in total on the Merdeka 1 liveaboard diving trips. The number of times you dive will depend on the itinerary you select.
    Your Diver Certification Level If you choose the Merdeka 1 liveaboard for your scuba diving trip to Thailand, make sure you select the right itinerary for your diver certification level. Different itineraries include the following alternative PADI certification levels (or equivalent): No Scuba Diving Certification Needed: NO; Open Water Diver: YES; Advanced Open Water Diver: NO.
    Your Logged Dives When choosing the Merdeka 1 liveaboard for your dive trip to Thailand, make sure you select the right itinerary for how many logged dives you've done. Itineraries on the Merdeka 1 liveaboard include the following alternatives: No minimum logged dives: YES; 10 logged dives: NO; 20 logged dives: NO; 30 logged dives: NO; 40 logged dives: NO; 50 logged dives or more: NO.
    Your Diver experience If you choose the Merdeka 1 liveaboard for your dive trip to Thailand, make sure you select the right itinerary for your level of diver experience. Itineraries on the Merdeka 1 liveaboard include the following alternatives: Beginner/Novice (up to 9 logged dives): YES; Advanced Beginner (10-19 dives): NO; Intermediate Diver (20 to 29 logged dives): NO; Advanced Intermediate (30 to 39 logged dives): NO; Proficient Diver (40 to 49 logged dives): NO; Advanced Diver (more than 50 logged dives): NO.
    Type of Diving The type of diving experienced from the Merdeka 1 Liveaboard includes: Coral Gardens, Drift Diving, Marine Life, Night Dives, Pinnacles, Wall Diving, Warm Water Diving.
    Underwater Scooters Onboard Underwater scooters onboard: NO.

    Marine Life Reviewed

    Marine Life Species The sea life you might see on your Thailand liveaboard dive trip depends on the time of year you choose to dive, and on which Thailand liveaboard and liveaboard itinerary you book. But ultimately the sea creatures you see when scuba diving is always down to nature itself. With these parameters in mind, the marine life you may spot when scuba diving on the Merdeka 1 Liveaboard in Thailand might include:
    Sharks You may see the following sharks species: Blacktip Reef Sharks, Bull Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Leopard Shark, Tiger Sharks, Whale Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Zebra Shark.
    Ray Species You may see the following rays species: Blue Spotted Stingrays, Manta Rays, Spotted Eagle Rays, Sting Rays, Marble Rays.
    Fish Species You may also see the following fish species: Batfish, Barracudas, Clownfish (Anemonefish), Frogfish, Glassfish, Groupers, Longfinned Banner Fish, Moray Eels, Napoleon Wrasse, Pegasus Fish, Pipefish, Red Snappers, Reef Fish, Sea Horses, Trigger Fish, White Eyed Moray Eels.
    Other Marine Life & Bird Species You may see the following marine and bird life: Banded Sea Snakes, Barrel Sponges, Cuttlefish, Hard Corals, Harlequin Shrimp, Jellyfish, Mantis Shrimp, Nudibranchs, Octopus, Sea Snakes, Soft Corals, Squid, Starfish, Turtles.
    Marine Mammal Species You might encounter the following mammals: Dolphins.
    Video Title Scuba Diving in The Similan Islands, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock
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    Liveaboard Cost and Booking

    Included In The Price The price of booking the Merdeka 1 liveaboard includes: Alcoholic Beverages, Beach BBQ, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, Diving Package, Drinking Water, Extra Dives, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Kayaks, Land Excursions, Massage, Naturalist Guide, Port Fees, Rental Gear, Snacks, Snorkel Equipment, Snorkelling Guide, Soft Drinks, Stand-up Paddle Boards, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Wine with Dinner.
    Paid For Optional Extras The following are optional extras when you book the Merdeka 1 liveaboard: Airport Transfer, Gratuities, Hotel Transfer, Private Dive Guide, Scuba Diving Courses.
    Paid For Required Extras The following are required extras when you book the Merdeka 1 liveaboard: National Park Fees.

    Boat Capacity

    Boat Length 25 metres (82 feet).
    Maximum Guests 12
    Cabins and Bathrooms The Merdeka 1 dive boat has 6 cabins and 7 bathrooms.
    Cabin Types The Merdeka 1 has the following cabin types: double cabins, twin cabins.
    Family cabins onboard Family cabins onboard: YES.

    Advanced Divers

    Advanced Diver Benefits (Max 3) The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has 1 out of 3 (i.e. 33%) 'Advanced Diver Benefits', which include: Rebreather Support: NO; Sidemount Diving NO; Tech Diving: YES.

    Underwater Photographers

    Underwater Photographer Benefits (Max 3) The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has 2 out of 3 (i.e. 67%) 'Underwater Photographer Benefits', which include: Camera Room: NO; Camera Station: YES; Separate Rinse For U/W Cameras: YES.

    Non-Diver Activities

    Non-Diving Activities (Max 17) The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has 8 out of 17 (i.e. 47%) 'Non-Diving Activities', which include: Fishing: YES; Glass Bottom Boat: NO; Jacuzzi/Hot Tub: YES; Jet Skiing: NO; Kayaks: YES; Land Excursions: YES; Massage: YES; Naturalist Itineraries: [naturalist_Itineraries]; Naturalist Guide: YES; Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly: YES, Sauna: NO; Snorkel Equipment: NO; Spa: NO; Stand Up Paddle Boards: NO; Wakeboarding: NO; Water Skiing: NO; Yoga: NO.
    Onboard Entertainment (Max 2) The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has 1 out of 2 (i.e. 50%) 'Entertainment Features': Audio And Entertainment: YES; Library: NO.

    Traveller Benefits

    Travel Benefits (Max 6) The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has 5 out of 6 (i.e. 83%) 'Traveller Benefits', which include: Airport Transfer: YES; Available For Charter: YES, Budget Friendly: NO, Dedicated Local & International Crew: YES; Hotel Transfer: YES; Welcome Cocktails; YES.
    Languages Spoken Onboard The crew onboard the Merdeka 1 liveaboard are able to speak the following languages: English.

    Liveaboard Summary

    Conclusion The Merdeka 1 liveaboard has a customer review rating of 9.3, is rated 'Superb'. This Thailand liveaboard is a 25 metre (82 feet) dive boat for up to 12 guests across 6 cabins (inc. double cabins, twin cabins), and has 7 bathrooms. The Merdeka 1 Liveaboard has aircon cabins, available for charter, caters for dietary requirements, ensuite cabins, flexible booking, diving courses, scuba gear rental. To book: Merdeka 1 Liveaboard prices start at £207 per day ($253/€236)*.
    More Information To discover more about the Merdeka 1 diving liveaboard or to check availability for your dive trip to Thailand you can do this here: Merdeka 1. But if you want to compare this Thailand liveaboard with one of the other liveaboards from Thailand, please take a look at the table below. If you are only interested in Thailand liveaboards, select "Country" from the list of searchable options from first dropdown menu and type "Thailand" in the search box:
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    * Note The above cost per day was correct at the time of producing this article. Also, the exchange rate used for GBP to USD is 1.22 and for GBP to Euro is 1.14. For an up-to-date cost for the Merdeka 1 Liveaboard, please visit this link: Merdeka 1.

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