Dolphin Queen - Best Budget Similan Islands Liveaboard

MV Dolphin Queen

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Dolphin Queen Liveaboard
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 18
Boat rating: 8/10 Based on 4 divers
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Prices from: 492 USD
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MV Dolphin Queen is a hugely popular Similan liveaboard diving boat which can host up to 18 lucky guests in air-conditioned comfort on 3 & 5 day/night cruises from Khao Lak, in southern Thailand. The boat is 24 metres long, and fully equipped with navigation, safety & communication equipment, as well as Nitrox.

There are two cabin types on Dolphin Queen, all of which have air conditioning and opening windows. On the main deck are three twin-bunk cabins, two doubles, and one cabin that can take up to four guests. On the upper deck are two more double cabins which have doors that open out onto the deck. All cabins have individually-controlled air conditioners. Socializing and mealtimes take place at the back of the upper deck, in the covered open-air communal area. Here is where the delicious meals are served (buffet style), and where most people on board spend non-diving time. There are also plenty of places to find some privacy and sunbathe and/or read a book.

Unlike some other Similan liveaboard diving boats which may be newer & more attractive, Dolphin Queen's qualities are a little deeper under its skin. The team are very experienced, and they know exactly how to run a safe, fun & enjoyable liveaboard cruise. We follow up every customer that we place on every boat, and Dolphin Queen always gets very good feedback. Little touches like open-heel booty fins as part of the free diving equipment and computers & instructors for more than just diving courses make a lot of difference. In general, from the delicious & abundant food to the service from dive staff and boat boys, liveaboard cruises on Dolphin Queen take some beating. When you look at the price compared to other boats, it's often a very simple choice.

Diving groups are made up of no more than four (similar level) guests per Divemaster guide and there is a detailed briefing before each dive. At any time of day free tea, coffee, snacks, fruits etc. are available. There is a dinghy to return diving guests to the boat and to take beach-lovers onto the wonderful beaches of the Similan Islands.

Liveaboard-diving-Dolphin-Queen-dive-platformDolphin Queen trips are a lot of safe fun, and possibly the best-value diving safaris to Thailand’s best dive sites. The whole team on board understand what all levels of diver want & need. The equipment rental costs are among the best value, but in no way lower quality or condition than any other liveaboard diving safari trip. New for the 2020-2021 season, the trips are 3D/3N and 5D/5N in length.

Please note that divers on MV Dolphin Queen need to be certified to depths of 30m (99ft). Those who are not can choose between taking the PADI AOW course on board (which is great value includes a PADI instructor and use of a dive computer for the whole cruise), or doing the Adventure Deep dive at the start of the trip.


Prices & Schedule

MV Dolphin Queen Diver Prices Overview 2021 / 2022
DestinationsDuration Quad-Bunk Cabin Twin Cabin Double Cabin Double Cabin (upper deck)
( 10 Dives)
3D / 3N Quad-Bunk Cabin492 USD Twin Cabin531 USD Double Cabin554 USD Double Cabin (upper deck)590 USD
Included In The Price
Transfers to and from local hotels
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Night diving torch
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Mask and Snorkel
Open-heel fins
Soap & Shampoo
Luggage storage
Not Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Dive equipment
National park fees
Dive computer
Soft drinks
Alcoholic drinks
Dive insurance
Larger tanks
Tips / Gratuities
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MV Dolphin Queen liveaboard guests should arrive for check in, final payment and equipment check at the PADI 5-star dive centre in the morning, and no later than 1pm on the day of departure, but they are more than welcome to do so on any day beforehand. Dolphin Queen diving safaris in Thailand are for 3 days & nights (10 dives) or 5 days & nights (18 dives), leaving in the late afternoon on the first day and returning at about 2-4pm on the final day.

There is nearly always a videographer aboard, so you may want to see your video played on the tv.

There are normally four dives per day (3 day dives & 1 night or sunset dive). Except on the final day of the trip, when there are just two morning dives, before sailing back to the pier in Khao Lak.


The itineraries below are the most-common for each trip, but these can sometimes be changed for a number of reasons. Small changes are made due to weather & sea conditions, special marine life sightings, overcrowded dive sites, local-authorities' instructions, and the needs & requests of the paying guests. The safety & comfort of all guests is most important at all times.

Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Dolphin Queen
Nitrox Available
Air con
Courses Available
Free Pickup
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers
MV Dolphin Queen Layout

Main Deck

main deck

Upper Deck


Sun Deck


1. Diving platform. 15. Self-service counter.
2. Deck showers. 16. Double-bed guest cabin.
3. Gearing-up area. 17. Wheelhouse.
4. Compressors. 18. Sundeck.
5. Main stairs to upper deck. 19. Oxygen station.
6. Toilet / Shower. 20. Depth sounder and GPS.
7. Galley. 21. Life raft with survival equipment.
8. Crew cabins. 22. Nitrox blending station.
  23. Fire extinguisher.
10. Anchor. 24. Sundeck shaded area.
11. Dinghy. 25. Satellite phone.
12. Bench. 26. Twin-bunk guest cabin.
13. Dining area tables. 27. Benches.
14. Stairs from upper deck to sun deck.  


  MV Dolphin Queen Specifications
Length: 24 metres.
Width: 5.5 metres.
Hull: Wood.
Engines: 2 x 6 Cylinder 315 HP Hino Engines.
Electricity: 220 v AC 24/12 v DC.
Compressors: 2 x electric Bauer Mariner II (240 lt. per min) with air cooler and 40 Luxfer Tanks.
Water: 12,000 litres.
Navigation: Radar, GPS Satellite Navigation, Depth Sounder, and Compass.
Safety: CB Radio, satellite phone, life jackets, Sonar, First Aid, oxygen, life raft (with survival equipment).
Accommodation: 4x double cabins with air conditioning, 1x twin bed cabin with air conditioning, 3x 4 Bunks with air conditioning.
Boat Staff: 1 captain, 1 engineer, 1 cook, 1 assistant cook and 2 deck hands (attended First Aid +CPR Course).
Dive Staff: 6 Divemasters or Instructors (multi lingual).


There are several options for taking part in PADI diving courses aboard MV Dolphin Queen. By far the two most popular courses are Advanced Open Water and Nitrox Enriched Air, but there are several others available.

Starting at the basic level of learning to dive, there is the option of completing all of your Open Water Diver course on one of the best value diving liveaboard boats in the Similan Islands. Those wanting to do an Open Water course on MV Dolphin Queen need to be in Khao Lak at least one full day before departure, in order to complete the theory lessons, videos and tests in air-conditioned diving classrooms, then learn and practise the skills in the pool. Then, once aboard the boat, you will enjoy the whole cruise and all of your dives with a PADI dive instructor. Other liveaboard trips which offer the Open Water course, hand the students on to a Divemaster for fun dives after the 4 training dives.

Advanced courses are very popular aboard liveaboard cruises and diving safaris. On Dolphin Queen, you get to complete all fourteen dives with your instructor and also get the use of a dive computer for the duration of the cruise. This course is not as focussed on theory as the Open Water course, and allows divers to choose certain specialities and dive to depths of 30 metres. As part of the liveaboard cruise, it is exceptionally good value.

Nitrox diving (Enriched Air) is one of the most popular courses to take on a diving safari, mainly due to the opportunities to stay deeper safer for longer and to reduce tiredness. On Dolphin Queen you get four free tanks of Nitrox to practise what you have learned, and there are several options for further fills during the remainder of the trip.

Courses Prices
PADI: Nitrox
(4 Dives)
Including: Includes 4 free Nitrox tank fills, manual, certification, use of Nitrox computer
216 USD
PADI: Advanced Open Water
(14 Dives)
Including: Manual, certification card and use of computer for all of the trip
254 USD

Transfer details

Guests are expected to arrive at the PADI dive centre in good time for check in, paperwork checks, equipment fitting and final payment. the dive centre is in the centre of Khao Lak, just 100 metres from the main intersection.

Free pick up from hotels and resorts in the area is available upon request.

MV Dolphin Queen Scheduled Transfers
4D / 4N Trips
10:00 - 14:00 Arrival ( Dive centre )
11:00 - 13:00 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
16:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
18:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
14:00 - 16:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
16:00 - 16:30 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
16:30 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
MV Dolphin Queen Scheduled Transfers
7D / 6N Trips
07:30 - 08:15 Arrival ( Dive centre )
09:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
12:00 Pick up from Ranong : Free
13:00 Departure ( Ranong )
14:00 Return ( Ranong )
15:30 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
19:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free

Guests who are unable to meet the scheduled pick ups or would like private transportation are welcome to contact us to arrange a private taxi at the most competitive rates.

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MV Dolphin Queen Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Dolphin Queen
fan MV Dolphin Queen
Nationality: Taiwanese
Dived: 28 December 2018
Boat rating: 10/10
kindly coach, delicious food.
Benny Wu MV Dolphin Queen
Benny Wu
Nationality: Hong Kongese
Dived: 31 March 2018
Boat rating: 5/10
Improve work attitude ( Gold hair leader )
Tim Roberts MV Dolphin Queen
Tim Roberts
Nationality: British
Dived: 28 December 2017
Boat rating: 8/10
Trip was great. All good. Hope to do Myamar trip in future. Excellent diving, food superb, dive guides excellent. Great breifings. very pleased.
Nationality: British
Dived: 28 May 2015
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