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MV Dolphin Queen
From US$ 119 per day
Customer rating
Very good!
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Length
24m
79 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
PADI
200% LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEE
At a glance...
  • Visits Similan Islands, Richelieu Rock and Burma
  • Very affordable 4 night trips
  • Dive The World Gold Range product
  • Thai massage available
  • Communal bathrooms

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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, and 6 night trips to the Mergui Archipelago. 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 and Burma 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. If money or time are tight and you want to have a few days at the best dive destinations that Thailand and Myanmar has to offer, then the Dolphin Queen could be the boat for you.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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November 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Nov 8 Nov 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
9 Nov 13 Nov 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
14 Nov 18 Nov 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
19 Nov 25 Nov 6 Burma South 18 US$ 1,074
26 Nov 30 Nov 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
December 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Dec 5 Dec 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
6 Dec 10 Dec 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
11 Dec 15 Dec 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
16 Dec 20 Dec 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
21 Dec 27 Dec 6 Burma South 18 US$ 1,074
28 Dec 1 Jan 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
January 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Jan 6 Jan 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
7 Jan 13 Jan 6 Burma South 18 US$ 1,074
14 Jan 18 Jan 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
19 Jan 23 Jan 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
24 Jan 28 Jan 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
29 Jan 2 Feb 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
February 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Feb 10 Feb 7 Burma South 22 US$ 1,289
11 Feb 15 Feb 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
15 Feb 19 Feb 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
20 Feb 27 Feb 7 Burma South 22 US$ 1,289
28 Feb 4 Mar 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
March 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 Mar 9 Mar 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
10 Mar 14 Mar 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
14 Mar 18 Mar 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
19 Mar 26 Mar 7 Burma South 22 US$ 1,289
27 Mar 31 Mar 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
31 Mar 4 Apr 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
April 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 Apr 12 Apr 7 Burma South 22 US$ 1,289
14 Apr 18 Apr 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
18 Apr 22 Apr 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
23 Apr 27 Apr 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594
28 Apr 2 May 4 Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock 14 US$ 594

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: 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 2018

Notes: Participants need to be at least Advanced Diver certified. Otherwise Adventure Deep Diver course is mandatory on board.
Please note that for Myanmar trips the bookings will be closed 2 weeks before the trip departure date to allow time for immigration procedures.

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, use of mask, wetsuit and fins, towel.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Similan and Surin park fees at approximately US$ 6 per day, with an entry fee of US$ 15 per park, Myanmar (Burma) entry fees, US$ 200 for 6 nights and US$ 230 for 7 nights, scuba equipment (BCD and regulator at US$ 8 per item, per day). 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 (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 insurance, dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: MV Dolphin Queen liveaboard trips to the Similan Islands depart in the evening from Khao Lak, or to Burma from Kura Buri. 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. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11:00 hrs. 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): 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: Pay for 10 guests and 1 extra person can join in a Standard 4-bed cabin free of charge (total 11 guests). Please refer to the whole boat charter price below, equivalent to pay for 20 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in Standard 4-bed cabin free of charge (total 22 guests).

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 3,226.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 3 Standard quad bunk bed cabins and 2 Double bed cabins and 1 twin bunk bed cabin on the liveaboard's main deck. The are also 2 Deluxe double bed cabins on the upper deck.

All the cabins have:
  • Air conditioning
  • Windows
  • Bedding
  • Mirror
  • Cabinet and shelves
  • Mains outlet 220 Volts AC
  • No. of bathrooms / showers - 3 / 5 - cold water

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    Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
    Crew comprises:
    • 6 Divemasters
    • Captain
    • 2 Cooks
  • Engineer
  • Masseuse
  • 3 Deck hands
  • Nitrox - Motorised 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

    No saloon.

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    Menu, Cuisine Type...
    Meals are served buffet style in the open air dining 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 these liveaboard trips 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.
    • Wine and beer are available for purchase.

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    Technical Specifications...
    • Built in year 1999, refitted in 2008
    • Size - 24m x 5.5m
    • Top speed - 11 knots
    • Cruising speed - 10 knots
    • 2 x 315 HP Hino 6 cylinder engines
    • 2 x 25KW Hino generators
    • 2 x Bauer Mariner II scuba tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • 12 litre aluminium tanks with international fittings. DIN adapters provided free of charge.
  • Electricity 220 & 24/12V; 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 12,000 litres
  • Fuel capacity - 4,000 litres
  • Environmental waste storage tank

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    Navigation, Safety Features...
    • 2 Life rafts
    • 40 HP Yamaha dinghy
    • CB and ship to shore radio
    • Global positioning system (GPS)
    • Sounder
    • Mobile telephone
    • Medic first aid box
  • Oxygen - 1,600 litres
  • Searchlight
  • Life jackets
  • Fire detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Customer diving insurance is not included - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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    Customer reviews:

    Customer rating - Excellent
    "The staff on the boat were all brilliant. Very friendly and chatty. The crew were also smiley and very helpful when getting us ready for the dives and back out of the water. Food was much better than I was expecting too – credit to the chefs, especially considering the size of their kitchen! Equipment was all fine and looked relatively new. " - , UK, 21 March 2017 ...

    Customer rating - Excellent
    "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." - , New Zealand, 21 November 2014 ...

    Customer rating - Very good
    "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." - , USA, 23 April 2012 ...

    Customer rating - Excellent
    "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 liveaboard to anyone." - , Australia, 13 January 2012 ...

    Customer rating - Very good
    "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." - , Australia, 8 May 2011 ...

    Customer rating - Excellent
    "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." - , Australia, 6 May 2011 ...

    Customer rating - Excellent
    "The Thai staff and the dive crew were all fabulous. Very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the Similans area. The boat accommodation was clean and the food supplied was delicious. The diving was excellent and the beach time was loads of fun." - , Australia, 23 February 2010 ...

    Customer rating - Good
    "Diving was good, food was good, the liveaboard staff worked very hard. Overall thorougly enjoyed my time and wished I could have stayed longer. " - , USA, 1 December 2009 ...


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