Budget Similan liveaboard
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
- 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.
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): 23,800 baht per diver
- Double bed cabin (main deck): 22,800 baht per diver
- Twin share cabin (main deck): 22,800 baht per diver
- Four share cabin (main deck): 19,800 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 (200 baht per fill), 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.
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).
Dolphin Queen schedule
|Dates||Description||Start / Finish|
|27-31 Mar 2018||4d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock||Khao Lak / Khao Lak|
|31 Mar-4 Apr 2018||4d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock||Khao Lak / Khao Lak|
|5-12 Apr 2018||6d 7n Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar||Khao Lak / Khao Lak|
|14-18 Apr 2018||4d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock||Khao Lak / Khao Lak|
|18-22 Apr 2018||4d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock||Khao Lak / Khao Lak|
|23-27 Apr 2018||4d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock||Khao Lak / Khao Lak|
|28 Apr-2 May 2018||4d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock||Khao Lak / Khao Lak|
|3-7 May 2018||4d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock||Khao Lak / Khao Lak|
|8-12 May 2018||4d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock||Khao Lak / Khao Lak|
Dolphin Queen itinerary
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights (14 dives) at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock
Meet at Khao Lak dive centre no later than 1500 hrs for equipment check. Board Dolphin Queen at 1630 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
- Tell us the dates you are interested in. We’ll check available options and provide you with a clear breakdown of prices.
- When you are ready to go ahead and book we’ll reserve your place(s) and email you the secure online payment instructions.
- 30% deposit to confirm your booking. Payment is online by credit card or paypal (no booking fee or credit card fee), or by bank transfer.
- Balance payable in cash on arrival in Khao Lak.
Dolphin Queen reviews
“…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.
1. Dive Platform
2. Deck showers
3. Gearing up area
8. Crew cabins
9. 4 share cabins
13. Dining area
15. Food counter
16. Double cabin
19. Oxygen station
20. Depth / GPS
21. Life raft
22. Nitrox station
23. Fire Extinguisher
25. Sat phone
26. Twin bunk cabin