The MV Dolphin Queen is a great option for budget liveaboard diving in the Similan Islands and operates 4 night trips to the Similans, Koh Bon and Richelieu Rock. It is an ideal choice for those with limited time or those on a backpacker budget.
There are range of cabin prices and cabin options and the boat can comfortably accommodate 24 divers. All cabins are air-conditioned, however there are 3 bathrooms which are shared.
Guests relax in the open air lounge on the upper deck and can enjoy the entertainment system including a TV, DVD and CD player. Meals are served here in buffet style and feature a blend of tasty Western cuisine as well as an array of local Thai dishes. There is an unlimited supply of tea, coffee, soft drinks and fruit, ensuring you never go hungry between dives. You can also take it easy on the sun deck, either soaking up the rays, lazing in the shade, or enjoying a Thai massage. Sun deck chairs and hammocks are available for your pleasure.
The Dolphin Queen is one of the very few low priced Similan liveaboards to offer enriched air nitrox diving to suitably qualified guests. There are 2 fresh water showers on the dive deck so you can rinse the salt water off straight after dives, either here or in 1 of the 3 bathrooms. A full set of diving equipment is included in the price so you do not need to bring your own equipment unless you wish to. There is a discount if you do use your own dive gear, so if money or time are tight and you want to have a few days diving at the best dive destination that Thailand has to offer, then the Dolphin Queen could be the boat for you.
Book now and pay only a 30% deposit to secure your space on board; and simply pay the rest on arrival! Offer expires: 30 Apr 2015
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, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, dive equipment (US$ 32 discount for own equipment use).
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive insurance, Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 12 per park, from 01 February 2015 US$ 15 per park, are payable upon embarkation, towels (please bring your own). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Phuket transfers to/from the boat (approx. US$ 58 per person (each way)), soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available) (US$ 6 per tank), dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Dolphin Queen trips depart in the evening from Khao Lak. A minibus service from all hotels in Phuket or Phuket Airport to and from the boat is provided at extra cost. For more information see our Thailand travel information section.
Non-diver rate: 20% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below.
Nitrox - 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 - Dive magazines, Fish ID books & games - Sundeck with sun mattresses and hammocks
Meals are served buffet style 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 select local 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 upper deck - choose from 4 main dishes at dinner time.
Vegetarian requirements can be catered for. Please send prior notice for us to arrange this.
The dining service begins on the first evening of the cruise with dinner.
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks, drinking water, fruits, candy bars and biscuits are provided free of charge.
"The Thai 'boat boys' were amazing. Always ready and eager to help get your equipment ready and help keep you safe. We had a deluxe room. Very nice but needed a light above the mirror." - Link Neimark, USA ...
"The Thai staff and the dive crew were all fabulous. Very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the area. The boat accommodation was clean and the food supplied was delicious. The diving was excellent and the beach time was loads of fun." - Emma Jones, Australia ...
"Diving was good, food was good, Thai staff worked very hard. Overall thorougly enjoyed my time and wished I could have stayed longer. " - Marsha McDaniel, USA ...
"They were a very well run organisation, with friendly staff and boat staff that were very helpful for us. Equipment was in great condition and we didn't experience any problems." - Thomas Hogan, Australia ...
"Dolphin Queen was very good. The pickup service is excellent and reasonable. Great dive crew considering it was end of season. No dive cameras were offered for hire onboard which I would have hired for sure. I did my advanced with Gino and he ran it really well." - Collis Couper, Australia ...
"Great service. They organized everything for me and was accommodating to all my requests. The dive masters were good and took care of us, ensuring risks were minimized. The boat crew were very helpful and attentive to my unspoken needs. The facilities and supplied equipment were good and there were spares. I have no complaints. I would recommend the Dolphin Queen to anyone." - Su-Hsien Kuan, Australia ...