Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Mergui Archipelago.
Max Guests 24
Trip Duration 4 Days/4 Nights & 5 Days/5 Nights
Nitrox is not available.
The MV Dolphin Queen 1 is one of the cheapest Similan Liveaboards operating in the Andaman Sea. She is a budget Similans Thailand operator that offers excellent value for money. Although an economy boat, MV Dolphin Queen is surprisingly large and spacious. There are ten cabins all of which are air-conditioned. All cabins also have 220v electrical sockets so charging iPods and cameras is easy. There are four quadruple bund bed cabins and a further four double bed cabins to choose from. There are three bathrooms to service all the cabins. 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.
The onboard catering is a mixture of 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. The schedule for MV Dolphin Queen is the standard four-day / four-night trip which covers the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, as well as the famous Richelieu Rock where Whalesharks can sometimes be spotted cruising up and down the reef.
Equipment is included in the price! If you have your own scuba diving equipment you will receive a B1000 discount. This boat departs and returns from Khao Lak just north on Phuket. Transfers are NOT included so guests will need to make their own arrangements to get there if they are staying in a Phuket hotel. A taxi from Phuket will cost around B2,500, or there are several buses from about B100. 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 her guests a single schedule that is tried and tested. Four days and nights will be enough time for fourteen great dives in the Similan Islands, as well as at superb dive sites at Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and the famous Richelieu Rock.
Guests need to meet at Khao Lak just north of Phuket at 6pm on the day of departure. Khao Lak is about one and a half hours north of Phuket by taxi.
Departure Day: Guests will board the Dolphin Queen at around 7pm 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 8pm and cruises overnight while the guests relax onboard and get some sleep. Day 1: Wake up calls we be early at around 6:30am and guests can eat a light breakfast before the first dive at 7:30am. There will be three day 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 3pm. 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 - Thai Baht 19,500 Twin Bed Cabin Main Deck - Thai Baht 22,500 Double Bed Cabin Main Deck - Thai Baht 22,500 Double Bed Cabin Upper Deck - Thai Baht 23,500
Prices for MV Dolphin Queen Burma Liveaboard (4 Days & 4 Nights / 14 Dives) Four Bunk Bed Shared Cabin - Thai Baht 35,500 Twin Bed Cabin Main Deck - Thai Baht 37,500 Double Bed Cabin Main Deck - Thai Baht 37,500 Double Bed Cabin Upper Deck - Thai Baht 38,500
Full set of scuba diving equipment, torches for night dives, professional dive guides, 14 dives, all meals onboard, accommodation onboard, snacks, fruit, tea, coffee, access to the chamber, accident insurance.
Similan Marine Park Fees B1600 per person, alcoholic drinks, dive computers, transfers to and from hotels in Phuket. Private taxi from Phuket costs around B2,500.
Guests with their own equipment receive a B1000 discount. Marine Park Fees of B1600 per person payable onboard. Non-divers receive 25% discount. Please bring a towel as they are NOT included.
Cabins & Comforts
- Four quadruple bunk-bed cabins. - Four double-bed cabins. - 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.