A great option for budget liveaboard diving in Myanmar, is the MV Dolphin Queen. Running 5 night trips to the Mergui Archipelago, in and out of Ranong, it is the perfect choice for those on a backpacker budget or those with limited time.
24 divers can comfortably be accommodated on board in a range of cabin prices and cabin options. Each of the cabins enjoys air conditioning, however the 3 bathrooms are shared.
The upper deck's open air lounge is the place where guests normally choose to relax. It is here you can enjoy the entertainment system consisting of TV, DVD and CD Player. This area is also where you will dine, buffet style and with a fusion of Asian and Western cuisine on the menu. You can expect an array of tasty local Thai dishes. Fruit and drinks such as tea, coffee, water and soft drinks are available throughout the day. The dining area on the Dolphin Queen has been refurbished in 2014 to create extra space for dining and a more comfortable lounge area.
You may choose to escape to the sun deck to work on your tan, or enjoy the breezy views from the shade, or even to soothe away your diving strains with a traditional Thai massage. The sun deck features deck chairs as well as hammocks for maximum chill factor.
Enriched air nitrox is available for qualified divers on board the Dolphin Queen, so you can maximise your time on the best Burma diving cruise sites. After diving you can rinse off the salt water in 2 fresh water showers on the dive deck, or in one of the 3 bathrooms.
The trip price includes a full set of scuba equipment. There is no need to bring your own unless you wish to, in which case you can enjoy a discount from the price. So if time or money are tight and you still want to be one of those divers lucky enough to taste Burma's underwater treasures, then the Dolphin Queen could be just the boat for you.
Notes: Participants need to be at least Advanced Diver certified. Otherwise Adventure Deep Diver course is mandatory on board.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, dive equipment, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive insurance, towels (please bring your own), visa fees for Myanmar (Burma) US$ 200 per person. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Phuket transfers to/from the boat - approximately US$ 58 per person (each way), soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (all dives US$ 65 for 4 nights, otherwise US$ 7 per dive), dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Return transport to Kura Buri with air-conditioned mini bus from the dive centre in Khao Lak. A minibus service from all hotels in Phuket or Phuket Airport to and from the centre is provided at an extra cost. For more information see our travel information section. We will help you apply for an entry permit beforehand. Read more details on Burma entry requirements. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 20% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Add 80% to the published price of a double bed cabin.
Motorised dive dinghy - Dive deck with showers, toilets and rinse tank - Camera table and rinse tank - Video, DVD movies music system & CD burner in open-air dining and social area - Diving magazines, fish ID books & games - Sundeck with sun mattresses and hammocks
Meals are served buffet style on Dolphin Queen in the open air diving area on the upper deck, cooled by gentle sea breezes. The menu consists both of European dishes as well as Thai delicacies. The short length of trip means the ingredients are always fresh and there is a ready supply of tropical fruits for all to enjoy.
Thai main meal dishes and continental breakfast.
Buffet-style service on the upper deck - choose from 4 main dishes at dinner time.
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks, drinking water, fruits, candy bars and biscuits are provided free of charge.
Wine and beer are available for purchase.
Vegetarian requirements can be catered for. Please send prior notice of requirements.
The dining service begins on the first evening of the cruise with dinner.
"The guys on the Dolphin Queen were fab. Also the Thai crew and kitchen.
The food was unbelievable!! Big shout out to Ivan and Mike. Their instruction and personality made it a special trip." - David Austin, New Zealand ...