Dolphin Queen Similans liveaboard is one of the cheapest Similan liveaboards in Thailand. Dolphin Queen is a budget Thailand liveaboard which offers excellent value for money. Although considered an economy Similans liveaboard, Dolphin Queen is surprisingly large and spacious. The main deck on Dolphin Queen has two double bed cabins, one twin share bunk bed cabin, and three quad shard (Four person) cabins, with each bed fitted with a personal curtain for a little privacy.
The Dolphin Queen liveaboard has a further two double bed cabins on her upper deck. All cabins use shared bathrooms, all have air-conditioning, and all have 220v electrical sockets, so guests can charge their gadgets. The covered outside dining area is large enough to accommodate all guests even when the boat is full and there is also a sun deck where guests can relax in between dives.
Dolphin Queen Thailand liveaboard offers a four-day and four night trip to Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and the famous Richelieu Rock, where Whalesharks can sometimes be spotted cruising up and down the reef, and a five day and six night Myanmar liveaboard which includes diving at the Mergui Archipelago, and Black Rock. The catering on Dolphin Queen Similans liveaboard is a mixture of both Western and Thai food, and special diets can be catered for with advanced warning.
There is a TV and DVD player, as well as a sound system, where guests can watch a movie or two, or listen to some music. There is also a library of marine books to help divers identify critters from their dives. Fins, masks, and wetsuits are available to use at no cost, while both BCD's and regulators are available at 250 THB per item per day. Dolphin Queen departs and returns from the pier just a few minutes from Khak which about ninety minutes north of Phuket. Transfers are not included so guests will need to make their own arrangements to meet at the dive centre in Khao Lak. A taxi from Patong in Phuket will cost around 2,500 THB, or there are several buses from about 120 THB. It should also be mentioned that groups are kept small with a maximum of four guests for every experienced dive guide.
Schedules, Prices & Itinerary MV Dolphin Queen offers a tried and tested 4 day / 4 night itinerary, which is perfect to see the best of the Similans, and dive at Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and the famous Richelieu Rock.
Similans Itinerary Departure Day: Guests need to be at the dive centre in Khao Lak no later than 3:00pm to complete paperwork and pay their balance and Similans Marine Park fees, Guests will board the Dolphin Queen liveaboard at around 4:30pm and will have time to assemble their dive equipment, receive a comprehensive boat briefing and eat some dinner. The boat departs for the Similan Islands at around 6:30pm and cruises overnight while the guests relax onboard and get some sleep to prepare for the great diving ahead. Day 1: Wake up calls we are early at around 6:30am and guests can eat a light breakfast before the first dive at 7:30am. There will be three dives and one night dive in the Similan Islands. Guests are welcome to visit the islands between dives or use the kayaks for some fun. Day 2: Another four dives in the Similan Islands Day 3: Four dives at Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. Day 4: Two dives at Koh Tachai and Koh Bon, before heading east back to Khao Lak where guests disembark at around 1:30pm. Guests need to organise their own transfers back to their hotels in Phuket or Khao Lak. Dolphin Queen staff can help them organise taxis or buses.
Prices for MV Dolphin Queen Similans Liveaboard (4 Days & 4 Nights / 14 Dives) Four Bunk Bed Shared Cabin - 19,800 THB Twin Bed Cabin Main Deck - 22,800 THB Double Bed Cabin Main Deck - 22,800 THB Double Bed Cabin Upper Deck - 23,800 THB
Price Includes Masks, fins and wetsuits if required, torches for night dives, professional dive guides, 14 dives, all meals onboard, accommodation onboard, snacks, fruit, tea, coffee, access to the chamber, accident insurance.
Price Excludes BCD's and regulators are available at 250 THB per item per day (A full set of equipment for a four night trip is 2,000 THB). Similan Marine Park Fees 1,800 THB per person, alcoholic drinks, dive computers, transfers to and from hotels in Phuket. Private taxi from Phuket costs around 2,500 THB.
Notes Marine Park Fees of 1,800 THB per person payable onboard. Non-divers receive 25% discount. Please bring a towel as they are NOT included.
Dolphin Queen Myanmar Liveaboard - Mergui Archipelago & Black Rock - 5 days & 6 nights - 18 Dives Departure Day: Guests need to make their own arrangements to meet at the dive centre in Khao Lak Dive centre before 11:00am and will check equipment sizes are correct and clear Thai immigration before departing at around 1:00pm by air-con minivan for Kura Buri Pier to board the MV Dolphin Queen liveaboard at around 2:30pm. Guests are introduced to the Thai crew and foreign dive guides, and other guests, have boat briefings, and after the boat departs, the first dive, a wreck dive, Thai Battleship HTMS Phra Thong. Dinner and drinks, before departing for an overnight cruise to Myanmar Day 1: 7:00am pass through Myanmar Immigration for the Burma entry stamp. 9:00am Departure for the Mergui Archipelago and have breakfast, and have lunch at around 11:00am. The first dive will be at 1:00pm, before diving at Western Rocky, also known as Shark Cave at 5:30pm. The last dive of the day will be a night dive. Day 2: 7:00am, first dive at North Twin Plateau followed by breakfast. Dive at Three Islets, also again, known as Shark Cave. There's time between dives to visit an uninhabited island, before another dive at Three Islets, then dinner at 6:00pm. The night dive will also be at Three Islets Day 3: First dive at Black Rock for a possible encounter with Sharks, Barracudas and Manta Rays. The remaining dives will probably all be at Black Rock including a dusk dive. Day 4: Four more dives in Burmese waters before visiting the Myanmar Andaman Beach Resort for cocktails ( Beach Party ). Day 5: Two dives at Fan Forest Pinnacle, Western Rocky, or another dive site, and after lunch we visit Moken Sea Gypsy Village on an amazingly beautiful island. Around 1:00pm depart for Kaw Thaungfor the Myanmar Immigration exit stamp. 6:00pm Dolphin Queen makes a sun set departure for Kura Buri and an overnight cruise to Kura Buri Pier. Day 6: Arrival Kura Buri Pier in Thailand, light breakfast, and disembark the Dolphin Queen live aboard at around 8:00am. Arrive at Thai Immigrationand and arrive back at the dive center in Khao Lak at around 11:00am. Guests need to make their own arrangements for onward travel.
Prices for MV Dolphin Queen Burma Liveaboard (5 Days & 6 Nights) Four Bunk Bed Shared Cabin - 35,800 THB Twin Bed Cabin Main Deck - 37,800 THB Double Bed Cabin Main Deck - 37,800 THB Double Bed Cabin Upper Deck - 38,800 THB
Prices for MV Dolphin Queen Burma Liveaboard (6 Days & 7 Nights) Four Bunk Bed Shared Cabin - 42,960 THB Twin Bed Cabin Main Deck - 45,360 THB Double Bed Cabin Main Deck - 45,360 THB Double Bed Cabin Upper Deck - 46,560 THB
Price Includes Masks, fins and wetsuits if required, torches for night dives, professional dive guides, all meals onboard, accommodation onboard, snacks, fruit, tea, coffee, access to the chamber, accident insurance.
Price Excludes BCD's and regulators are available at 250 THB per item per day (A full set of equipment for a five night trip is 2,500 THB). Burma entry fees are US$200 per person payable in unmarked and new looking US Dollar bills, alcoholic drinks, dive computers, transfers to and from hotels in Phuket. Private taxi from Phuket costs around 2,500 THB. Nitrox is available at 200 THB per tank, or package for the Similans trip is 2,000 THB, or the Burma trip is 2,800 THB.
Notes Non-divers receive 25% discount. Please bring a towel as they are not included.
All dive sites maybe changed due to weather or sea conditions for your safety. Some of the dive sites are a selection of unique sites discovered by the crew Dolphin Queen live aboard over the past two seasons.
Specification & Comforts Cabins & Comforts Three four-person bunk-bed cabins. Three double-bed cabins. One twin bunk bed cabin All cabins air-conditioned. Three hot showers / toilets with fresh water. TV and entertainment centre. Covered outdoor dining area. Free tea, coffee, drinking water and snacks. A mixture of Thai and Western food. Special dietary requirements catered for. Large sun deck with panoramic views.
Technical & Safety Specification Length 24 metres, beam 5.5 metres. Maximum speed 12 knots, cruising speed 10 knots. 2 x 315hp Hino engines. 220v electrical outlets. GPS (Global Positioning System) Depth finders. - Radios and cellular phone. One life rafts. - Life jackets. First aid facilities. Two air compressors to fill scuba tanks. Large dinghy.