Built in 2003, and modified and thoroughly refurbished in 2007, M/V OKTAVIA is now one of the best maintained and most comfortable ships cruising the Similan and Surin Islands. She is a big lady: 30m long and 6,5m wide, and weighing 149 tons. Her size and weight makes her sit very steady, even in choppy water. She has a wooden hull, which more effectively reduces engine noise.
M/V OKTAVIA has four decks: the Engine Deck, the Main Deck, the Upper Deck and the Sundeck. These are all described below.
The Engine Deck is located down below, at the bottom of the boat. On most boats this an uninvitingly dark, dirty and cramped area. Not so on M/V OKTAVIA. Her Engine Deck is a well-lit, clean, and spacious place permitting walking and standing upright. Placed here are the two Nissan 10 cylinder 420 hp diesel engines that propel the boat. Normal cruising speed is 8-10 Knots. Two additional engines are placed here as well; two Hino 6 cylinder engines, connected to the generators, to provide 220 Volts electricity 24 hours each day. Engineer Neen meticulously looks after this place and makes sure everything runs smoothly.
Placed on the Engine Deck are also the freshwater tanks with a combined capacity of 20 000 liters, as well as the 7500 liter capacity diesel tank. Towards the aft of the Engine Deck, our two compressors – Bauer 250 Mariner Electric with an Air Cool system – are located. They draw clean and fresh air through long tubes going all the way up above the Upper Deck.
Towards the fore are four air-conditioned crew and staff cabins. Adjacent to them is the stairway to the Main Deck.
On the Main Deck you will find our thirteen neat, spacious, and air-conditioned Blue Ocean Cabins. They are described in detail here. The cabin doors face the main indoor corridor, for easy and convenient access to the four fully tiled shared WCs of European style and standard with hotwater showers. The WCs are checked, cleaned, and restocked several times a day.
The newly renovated, inviting, and well-equipped Galley is also located on the Main Deck. Here, magic is performed several times a day by our cook and her assistent. We promise you won’t lose any weight while cruising with us. The delicious Thai and Western food they prepare is simply irresistable. For safety reasons, the cooking gas containers are placed outside.
Aft you will find the spacious Dive Deck where we keep all the diving and snorkel equipment. You will be assigned your own space where you can keep your gear. And, of course, you don’t have to disassemble your equipment until you disembark.
Far aft is the Swim Platform, with two ladders for easy and quick access onto the boat after diving or swimming. It also hosts two additional showers to use for a quick rinse after getting out of the water. The Dive Deck and the Swim Platform also provides a good place for fishing while enroute to and from the islands. We often catch a couple of fish that are instantly sliced by the captain and served sushi-style. Yummi!
From the Dive Deck there is a stairway leading to the Upper Deck.
Towards the aft of the Upper Deck you will find what we refer to as the Party Deck. This is the place where all meals are served, buffet style. Here, we also conduct dive and snorkel site briefings. Furnished with lots of comfortable chairs and sofas, the Party Deck is a perfect place for enjoying an interesting conversation, napping, reading a book, or gazing lazily at the beautiful surroundings. Having lots of comfortable seating space is one aspect in particular that really differentiates M/V OKTAVIA from other boats. Who wants to sit on a hard wooden bench for four days?!
The Party Deck also hosts a bar area, which offers a good place for sipping an ice-cold Singha Beer and enjoying small-talk. The entertainment center behind the bar is for your pleasure equipped with a Sony flatscreen TV and a Dell media-PC loaded with music and movies.
Walking fore you will pass the two Master Suites as well as the bridge/Captain’s cabin. On the flybridge there are two comfortable lounge chairs with footstools. These are arguably the best seats in the house- especially when the boat is moving. Sitting here with a 180 degree view and a cooling breeze in your face is magical. Adjacent to the lounge chairs is the stairway leading up to the Sun Deck.
The Sun Deck on M/V OKTAVIA is huge – approximately 65 sq.m. It has a large non-shaded area with mattrasses where you can lay down to catch the rays. Don’t forget the sunscreen lotion! When you get too warm, move over to the large, comfortable, u-shaped and shaded sofa – a perfect place for a nap!
The Sun Deck is quite high up from the water – about 6m, making this a good spot for looking for dolphins or whale sharks. It is also a great spot for enjoying the stunningly beautiful Andaman sunsets. The adventurous try a jump into the water. You got what it takes? Geronimoooooo!
M/V OKTAVIA is one of the largest, most comfortable, and best maintained boats cruising the Similan and Surin Islands.
The large Sun Deck offers a shaded as well as a non-shaded area.