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At a glance...
- Affordable 3 night trips to the Similans, Koh Bon, Khao Lak
- All cabins are above deck with seaview windows
- Dive The World Gold Range product
- Communal bathrooms
- Steel hulled boat
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The Manta Queen 5 is an affordable way to take short, 3 night diving charters to the Similan Islands and Koh Bon. If you are short on time, or on a tight budget, this is a great way to sample Thailand's best dive sites.
22 guests can be accommodated on board in a range of 11 twin share cabins all above deck with seaview windows. This 26m steel-hulled motor boat operates in and out of Khao Lak and promises a fun atmosphere on their short Similans cruises.
From the diving perspective you can look forward to small dive groups of 5 or less. Nitrox is available for certified divers. Both DIN and International tank fittings are available and you can enjoy a hot water dive deck shower after each dive. Photographers will appreciate the separate rinse tank for cameras.
Socialising takes place in the open air saloon/dining area or on the sun deck where you can soak up the rays, reclining on a sun mat. There are games, books and magazines on board for you to while away the time between awesome dives.
Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
More Trip Details...
Dive experience: If your last dive was more than 1 year ago and you have less than 50 dives, a scuba review is mandatory and you cannot do this on this boat. You can enroll in the advanced course and then no scuba review is needed. If you have not dived in 2 years, then a scuba review is mandatory.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Khao Lak (only), dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts), torches.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): 7% VAT on cruise price (to be paid in advance), dive equipment (full set US$ 48 per trip plus 7% VAT), dive insurance (can also be purchased on arrival at THB 250 per day plus 7% VAT), Similan park fee at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 15. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival at the dive shop in Khao Lak (in cash and Thai Baht only).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for certified divers (US$ 4 per dive), dive computer, 15 litre tanks, 2 hour scuba review in a pool the day before the trip (US$ 75 plus 7% VAT), minibus transfer to the boat from Phuket and Phuket airport at scheduled times (US$ 9 plus 7% VAT each way). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival at the dive shop in Khao Lak (in cash and Thai Baht only).
How to get there: MV Manta Queen 5 diving cruises to the Similan Islands depart from Khao Lak. A minibus service from Phuket and Khao Lak to/from the boat is available. Transfer from Phuket is at 11:30-15:30 hrs, and from Khao Lak at 16:00 hrs. All guests must check in at the dive centre in Khao Lak between 16-18:00 hrs; boarding is at 19:00 hrs. The boat departs the pier later in the evening. For more information see our Thailand travel information section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 13:15 hrs on the last day of the trip, and the boat arrives back at the pier at 16:30 hrs.. Guests will arrive back in Khao Lak at 17:00 hrs or Phuket at 18-19:00 hrs. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: Approximately 5% 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 88% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 6 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 2,382
Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 11 Standard cabins on Manta Queen 5: 2 on the upper deck and 9 on the main deck. All have seaview windows and share 3 bathrooms.
All the cabins have:
- Sea-view windows
- Towels and toiletries
- Mains outlet 220 volts - 24 hours per day
- Bedding and shelves
- Fire warning system
- Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 3 / 5 - hot water
Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The liveaboard crew comprises:
- Tour leader (who also acts as a divemaster)
- 4 divemasters
- 2 Cooks
- 3 Deck hands
Enriched air nitrox - Motorised dive dinghy - 30m² dive deck & 7.5m² platform with hot water showers - Camera rinse tank - 25m² open-air saloon/dining area with movie library, fish books and diving magazines - 60m² sundeck with sun mattresses - water dispenser
Menu, Cuisine Type...
MV Manta Queen 5 aims to provide a delicious dining experience featuring both the best of Thai cuisine as well as Western favourites. They specifically cater to vegans and vegetarians and do not use MSG. Meals are served buffet style in the huge, upper deck shaded dining area where most of the guest socialising takes place.
- Thai and international meals.
- Open-air buffet-style dining on the upper deck.
- The dining service begins with a light dinner on the first evening of the cruise.
- Food includes pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks.
- Coffee, tea, drinking water, fruit and biscuits are provided free of charge.
- Soft drinks and beers are available for purchase.
- This liveaboard operator rates their dining as important.
- Please send notice of of any special dietary requirements. No MSG is used.
- Built in year 2013, refurbished annually
- Size - 26m x 5m
- Top speed - 12 knots
- Cruising speed - 8 knots
- 2 x 300 HP Hino engines
- 2 x 50 KW Googol generators
- Bauer Compressors
- Enriched air nitrox
- 33 x 12 litre aluminium tanks with DIN and international fittings
- Electricity 220V and 240V - 24 hours per day
- Water capacity - 15,000 litres
- Fuel capacity - 2,600 litres
- Environmental waste storage tank
Navigation, Safety Features...
- Life rafts (for 33 passengers)
- 1 x 40 HP Yamaha dive dinghy
- Radios - frequencies unknown
- Garmin global positioning system (GPS)
- No radar
- Garmin sounder
- Mobile telephone
- Bilge pump alarm
- Medic first aid box
- Oxygen - 10,000 litres
- Life jackets - number unknown
- Fire extinguishers throughout
- Searchlight and horn
- Emergency signalling device