Dolphin Queen

Budget Similan liveaboard

Dolphin Queen guests

MV Dolphin Queen

MV Dolphin Queen is our top pick for a budget Similan liveaboard. It offers excellent cruises to the best dive sites Thailand and Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago.

It’s an excellent budget choice for divers staying in Khao Lak, and just a deposit is required to confirm your place.
Dolphin Queen is wooden mono-hulled vessel that is professionally run by a friendly staff and crew.

Cabins are small and do not have en-suite bathrooms but they are clean and do have air conditioning and charging sockets for your electronics. All except two cabins are on the main deck. The two double cabins on the upper deck are slightly larger.

There is plenty of space in the communal areas of the boat. The food always gets good reviews too.

“The trip was great! All of the instructors and crew members were amazing. Gab and Mayumi and Fernando were so helpful and the whole boat staff (Sun Tom and Duang) were so friendly and accommodating. Definitely planning on doing another liveaboard in the future. ”
Maggie, Dec 16 
Full review on trip advisor

Read more Dolphin Queen reviews below

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Features

  • Max 22 Divers
  • Length 22 metres, beam 5.5 metres.
  • Small groups. 4 divers per 1 divemaster guide.
  • Experienced and multi-lingual dive staff.
  • Four double bed cabins (two on the main deck and two on the upper deck).
  • One twin bed cabin and three quad share cabins on the main deck.
  • All cabins have air conditioning and sea views.
  • Cabins share three bathrooms.
  • Bedding and towel are provided. So is bio-degradable soap and shampoo.
  • Nitrox available. 15 litre tanks available.
  • Torches/flashlight are provided for the night dives.
  • One kayak available for guest use.

Prices

Dolphin Queen price

4 days 4 nights (14 dives) at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

  • Double bed cabin (upper deck): 25,400 baht per diver
  • Double bed cabin (main deck): 24,400 baht per diver
  • Twin share cabin (main deck): 24,400 baht per diver
  • Four share cabin (main deck): 21,200 baht per diver


5 days 5 nights (18 dives) at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

  • Double bed cabin (upper deck): 30,900 baht per diver
  • Double bed cabin (main deck): 29,800 baht per diver
  • Twin share cabin (main deck): 29,800 baht per diver
  • Four share cabin (main deck): 26,200 baht per diver

20% discount for non diving partners

Liveaboard price includes: Dive guide, tanks, basic equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, weights & belt), dive light for night dives, all meals, snacks, fruit, tea and coffee, towel.

Liveaboard price excludes: Marine park fees, Nitrox, BCD and Regulator rental (500 baht per set per day), dive computer rental (250 baht per day), alcohol and soft drinks, transfers to the Khao Lak dive centre.

Park fees:  4 days 1,800 baht per diver, 5 days 2,000 baht per diver
Nitrox per tank: 200 baht.
Nitrox package: 4 days 2,100 baht, 5 days 2,700 baht

Note: To join Dolphin Queen you must be deep or advanced diver certified with dives logged in the last year. If not you can do a pool refresher before joining a cruise (1,700 baht) and/or a PADI Adventure Deep dive as the first dive of the cruise (1,500 baht).

Schedule

Dolphin Queen schedule

DatesDescriptionStart / Finish
23-27 Nov 20194d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
28 Nov-2 Dec 20194d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
3-7 Dec 20194d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
8-12 Dec 20194d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
13-19(20) Dec 20197d 6n Mergui Archipelago, MyanmarRanong / Ranong (Kuraburi)
21-26 Dec 20195d 5n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
27-31 Dec 20194d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
1-5 Jan 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
6-10 Jan 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
11-15 Jan 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
16-20 Jan 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
21-25 Jan 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
26-30 Jan 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
31 Jan-4 Feb 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
5-9 Feb 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
10-14 Feb 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
15-19 Feb 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
20-26(7) Feb 20207d 6n Mergui Archipelago, MyanmarRanong / Ranong (Kuraburi)
28 Feb-3 Mar 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
4-8 Mar 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
9-13 Mar 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
14-18 Mar 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
19-23 Mar 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
24-28 Mar 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
30 Mar-3 Apr 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
4-8 Apr 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
9-15(6) Apr 20207d 6n Mergui Archipelago, MyanmarRanong / Ranong (Kuraburi)
17-22 Apr 20205d 5n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
23-27 Apr 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Kuraburi
28 Apr-2 May 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
3-7 May 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
8-12 May 20204d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak

Itinerary

Dolphin Queen itinerary

Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights (14 dives) at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

Departure Day:
Meet at Khao Lak dive centre no later than 1400 hrs for equipment check. Board Dolphin Queen at 1600 hrs.
Introductions, boat briefing and cabin allocation, followed by dinner then cruise into the sunset to the Similan Islands.
Arrival at the islands will be at about midnight.

Dive day 1: 4 dives at Similan Islands

Dive day 2: 4 dives at Similan Islands

Dive day 3: 4 dives at Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

Dive day 4: 2 morning dives.
Arrive back in Khao Lak at about 1500 hrs.

A typical diving day:

The wake up call is at 0600 hrs. Light breakfast (tea, coffee, toast, fresh fruits)
0700 hrs: Dive 1
After the first dive a full breakfast is served. Choice of eggs, pancakes, French toast, German bread, sausages, ham, lots of fruits, cereals (cornflakes, muesli, oats).
After breakfast you can relax on board or go with the dinghy to the beach (on Similan Islands days only).
1100 hrs:  Dive 2
Lunch is served at 1300 hrs. Lunch is served buffet style. Rice, noodles and delicious Thai curries.
After lunch there is another opportunity to visit the beach. Or you can snorkel from the boat which will be moored close to the islands.
1500 hrs: Dive 3
Snacks are served after the third dive and there is more time for swimming or an island excursion before dinner at 1800 hrs. The sun sets at around 1830 hrs.
1900 hrs: Dive 4. Night dive. 

Book / Enquiry

Online booking

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Hotline: +66 81 2727556

  1. Tell us the dates you are interested in. We’ll check available options and provide you with a clear breakdown of prices.
  2. When you are ready to go ahead and book we’ll reserve your place(s) and email you the secure online payment instructions.
  3. 10% deposit to confirm your booking. Payment online by credit card or paypal (no booking fee or credit card fee), or by bank transfer.
  4. Balance payable 30 days before the trip departure date.

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Dolphin Queen reviews

Budget Similan liveaboard dolphin queen“…Dive Leader’s briefing was thorough and comprehensive before each dive. The boat, room and bed are clean and comfortable.” Jia, April 2015 Full review on trip advisor

 

My friends and I went on Dolphin Queen and had a great trip. Dive guides are experienced and the Thai staff on the boat are extremely nice and friendly! Food is very good, loved the boat itself too, it felt very homey. Xxycn, Oct 2015. More on trip advisor.

 

dolphin-queen-layout-sun-deckDolphin Queen upper deckDolphin Queen deck plan

1. Dive Platform
2. Deck showers
3. Gearing up area
4. Compressors
5. Stairs
6. Toilet/Shower
7. Galley
8. Crew cabins
9. 4 share cabins
10. Anchor
11. Dinghy
12. Bench
13. Dining area
14. Stairs
15. Food counter
16. Double cabin
17. Wheelhouse
18. Sundeck
19. Oxygen station
20. Depth / GPS
21. Life raft
22. Nitrox station
23. Fire Extinguisher
24. Sundeck
25. Sat phone
26. Twin bunk cabin

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