MV Dolphin Queen is a hugely popular Similan liveaboard diving boat which can host up to twenty two lucky guests in air-conditioned comfort on four day/night cruises from Khao Lak, in southern Thailand. In addition to diving safaris to Thailand’s best diving sites, Dolphin Queen also makes regular trips into Burma (Myanmar) for exciting adventures around islands which just being discovered. The boat is 24 metres long, and fully equipped with navigation, safety and communication equipment, as well as Nitrox blending facilities.
There are several cabin types on Dolphin Queen, all of which have air conditioning and opening windows. The four-bunk cabins are the best value, but there are also twin-bunks, and double-bed cabins available. 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) & eaten, 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 and 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. Between meals, or 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-loving guests onto the wonderful islands of the Similan Islands.
Dolphin 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 and 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.
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.
MV Dolphin Queen Prices & Schedule
|MV Dolphin Queen Diver Prices Overview 2018 / 2019|
|Destinations||Duration||4 bunk cabin||Twin cabin||Double cabin (main deck)||Double cabin (upper deck)|
| Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, |
( 14 Dives)
|4D / 4N||4 bunk cabin597 USD||Twin cabin688 USD||Double cabin (main deck)688 USD||Double cabin (upper deck)718 USD|
| Mergui Archipelago, Black Rock, Myanmar/Burma, |
( 22 Dives)
|6D / 7N||4 bunk cabin1,387 USD||Twin cabin1,448 USD||Double cabin (main deck)1,448 USD||Double cabin (upper deck)1,478 USD|
MV Dolphin Queen Itinerary
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 4D & 4N (14 dives), leaving in the late afternoon on the first day and returning at about 2-4pm on the final day.
In addition, there are several trips in Burma (Myanmar), which sail from Thailand and enter The Mergui Archipelago. These trips are longer, extremely exciting and often don’t see other diving boats for long periods of time.
There is nearly always a videographer aboard, so you may want to see your video played on the tv.
There are four dives per day (3 day dives & 1 night 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|
|Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock||4 Days / 4 Nights||14 Dives|
|Southern Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar/Burma||5 Days / 6 Nights||18 Dives|
|Mergui Archipelago, Black Rock, Myanmar/Burma||6 Days / 7 Nights||22 Dives|
MV Dolphin Queen Facilites, Layout and Specifications
|MV Dolphin Queen Layout|
|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.|
|9. 4-bunk Guest Cabin.||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|
|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.|
|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).|
MV Dolphin Queen Courses
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. On a land & day trip based Open Water course, students only get an instructor for four dives, and they are then passed on to a Divemaster for fun dives after that.
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.
PADI: Open Water
Including: 13 dives with instructor, equipment, park fees, certification, manual
(938 USD all inclusive)
Including: Includes 4 free Nitrox tank fills, manual, certification, use of Nitrox computer
| 205 USD |
PADI: Advanced Open Water
Including: Manual, certification card and use of computer for all of the trip
| 241 USD |
PADI: Rescue Diver
| 271 USD |
| 1,056 USD |
Nearly all Dolphin Queen courses can be booked when you arrive at the dive centre in Khao Lak on departure day. There is usually no need to pre-book, but we are always happy to help.
MV Dolphin Queen 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.