The MV Dolphin Queen is a great option for budget liveaboard diving in the Similan Islands and operates 4 night trips to the Similans, Koh Bon and Richelieu Rock, and 6 night trips to the Mergui Archipelago. It is an ideal choice for those with limited time or those on a backpacker budget.
There are range of cabin prices and cabin options and the boat can comfortably accommodate 24 divers. All cabins are air-conditioned, however there are 3 bathrooms which are shared.
Guests relax in the open air lounge on the upper deck and can enjoy the entertainment system including a TV, DVD and CD player. Meals are served here in buffet style and feature a blend of tasty Western cuisine as well as an array of local Thai dishes. There is an unlimited supply of tea, coffee, soft drinks and fruit, ensuring you never go hungry between dives. You can also take it easy on the sun deck, either soaking up the rays, lazing in the shade, or enjoying a Thai massage. Sun deck chairs and hammocks are available for your pleasure.
The Dolphin Queen is one of the very few low priced Similan and Burma liveaboards to offer enriched air nitrox diving to suitably qualified guests. There are 2 fresh water showers on the dive deck so you can rinse the salt water off straight after dives, either here or in 1 of the 3 bathrooms. If money or time are tight and you want to have a few days at the best dive destinations that Thailand and Myanmar has to offer, then the Dolphin Queen could be the boat for you.
Notes: Participants need to be at least Advanced Diver certified. Otherwise Adventure Deep Diver course is mandatory on board.
Please note that for Myanmar trips the bookings will be closed 3 weeks before the trip departure date to allow time for immigration procedures.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, use of mask, wetsuit and fins, towel.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 7 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 16 per park, Myanmar (Burma) entry fees, US$ 230 for 6 nights (in crisp USD dollar notes), scuba equipment (BCD and regulator at US$ 8 per item, per day), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Phuket transfers to/from the boat (approx. US$ 58 per person (each way), soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (US$ 7 per tank), dive computer (approx. US$ 8 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Dolphin Queen liveaboard trips to the Similan Islands depart in the evening from Khao Lak, or to Burma from Ranong. A minibus service from all hotels in Phuket or Phuket Airport to and from the boat is provided at extra cost. For more information see our Thailand travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11:00 hrs. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
MV Dolphin Queen departs for Burma liveaboard cruises from Ranong in the morning. Many guests fly in and out of Ranong on short direct flights to Bangkok. A minibus transfer from Phuket to Ranong is available at additional cost and takes around 6 hours. Alternatively you can fly to Surat Thani from where you can take a bus (3 hours)
For the Myanmar immigration crossing, you need to come prepared with:
USD 230 in crisp, new US dollar notes for the Myanmar entry fee and national park fee
3 passport size photographs each
The authorities may refuse to accept the equivalent amount in Thai Baht and any US dollar notes they deem to be too old and/or thin! It is advisable to bring only large denomination notes like 50s or 100s. For more information see our travel information section. We will help you apply for an entry permit beforehand. Read more details on Burma entry requirements.
The last dive of all trips will be at around 11:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 20% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 guests and 1 extra person can join in a Standard 4-bed cabin free of charge (total 11 guests). Please refer to the whole boat charter price below, equivalent to pay for 20 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in Standard 4-bed cabin free of charge (total 22 guests).
Nitrox - Motorised dinghy - Dive deck with showers, toilets and rinse tank - Camera table and rinse tank - Video, DVD movies music system & CD burner in open-air dining and social area - Dive magazines, Fish ID books & games - Sundeck with sun mattresses and hammocks
Meals are served buffet style in the open air dining area on the upper deck, cooled by gentle sea breezes. The menu consists both of European dishes as well as select local Thai delicacies. The short length of these liveaboard trips means the ingredients are always fresh and there is a ready supply of tropical fruits for all to enjoy.
Thai main meal dishes and continental breakfast.
Buffet-style service on upper deck - choose from 4 main dishes at dinner time.
Vegetarian requirements can be catered for. Please send prior notice for us to arrange this.
The dining service begins on the first evening of the cruise with dinner.
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks, drinking water, fruits, candy bars and biscuits are provided free of charge.
"The staff on the boat were all brilliant. Very friendly and chatty. The crew were also smiley and very helpful when getting us ready for the dives and back out of the water. Food was much better than I was expecting too – credit to the chefs, especially considering the size of their kitchen! Equipment was all fine and looked relatively new. " - Rhiannon Mechem, UK, 21 March 2017 ...
"The guys on the Dolphin Queen were fab. Also the Thai crew and kitchen.
The food was unbelievable!! Big shout out to Ivan and Mike. Their instruction and personality made it a special trip." - David Austin, New Zealand, 21 November 2014 ...
"The Thai 'boat boys' were amazing. Always ready and eager to help get your equipment ready and help keep you safe. We had a deluxe room. Very nice but needed a light above the mirror." - Link Neimark, USA, 23 April 2012 ...
"Great service. They organized everything for me and was accommodating to all my requests. The dive masters were good and took care of us, ensuring risks were minimized. The boat crew were very helpful and attentive to my unspoken needs. The facilities and supplied equipment were good and there were spares. I have no complaints. I would recommend the Dolphin Queen liveaboard to anyone." - Su-Hsien Kuan, Australia, 13 January 2012 ...
"Dolphin Queen was very good. The pickup service is excellent and reasonable. Great dive crew considering it was end of season. No dive cameras were offered for hire onboard which I would have hired for sure. I did my advanced with Gino and he ran it really well." - Collis Couper, Australia, 8 May 2011 ...
"They were a very well run organisation, with friendly staff and boat staff that were very helpful for us. Equipment was in great condition and we didn't experience any problems." - Thomas Hogan, Australia, 6 May 2011 ...
"The Thai staff and the dive crew were all fabulous. Very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the Similans area. The boat accommodation was clean and the food supplied was delicious. The diving was excellent and the beach time was loads of fun." - Emma Jones, Australia, 23 February 2010 ...
"Diving was good, food was good, the liveaboard staff worked very hard. Overall thorougly enjoyed my time and wished I could have stayed longer. " - Marsha McDaniel, USA, 1 December 2009 ...
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