The Andaman Explorer

In 2020 Pandaw's luxury motor yacht will call into the Andaman Islands for a two month long coastal expedition offering seven-night sailings exploring the eastern coasts of this untouched archipelago.

This pioneering cruise can be combined with an Indian river expedition or a pre or post-cruise visit to mainland India. Please contact our experts to discuss the options.

Andaman Explorer

Built in 1963m as a Norwegian coast guard vessel before retiring from duties in 1998, since lovingly refitted by Pandaw, there are 10 sumptuous staterooms on this first coastal ship.  The Explorer can handle longer expeditions and cruising the Andaman archipelago offers a unique opportunity. There are nine doubles and one twin suite found on three decks. The observation deck has two suites. The Promenade deck has four suites aside the lounges. The Pandaw stateroom is the most celebrated feature of this ship finished in brass and teak. She is small enough to be snug with a sociable house-party atmosphere but large enough that you can find tucked away corners. Please note the cabins have purposely avoided having satellite TV, internet or phones to help achieve a sense of escapism whilst cruising. There is no credit card facility available on the Andaman Explorer. The cruise attraction most definitely lies onshore.


Plenty of opportunities to go ashore to visit the heritage architecture and the unspoiled forest areas with ferns and orchids. Witness local folk dances and communities and workshops, visit the Karen population, originally from Burma. There is kayaking and snorkelling equipment on board for free use.


  • 24-hour hospitality bar to pour a drink any time of day or night
  • Al fresco lounge and bar 
  • Two teak sundecks
  • Indoor dining with air conditioning good for watching films or playing board games
  • Two tenders to speed you to deserted islands

Technical Features

The ship is 61 metres long and has the original Rolls Royce engines, dating back to the sixties. It was built in Saigon in 2009. 

Cruising Location

The ship will take a 10-night passage across the Andaman Sea, between southern Thailand and the Andaman chain, stretching five hundred miles and including the Mergui Archipelago. In addition, a seven-night cruise on the east coast of the Andaman Islands will operate back to back between February and March 2020.

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