MV Manta Queen 1

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Manta Queen 1 Liveaboard Similan Islands Diving
Type : Liveaboard
Departs from: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 22
Boat rating: 9/10 Based on 8 divers
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Prices from: 629 USD
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MV Manta Queen 1 is a very popular and highly-respected Similan diving liveaboard boat that takes up to twenty two guests to the best diving sites in Thailand, including Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. The boat’s 10 cabins are in a variety of twin, double, and 4-bunk configuration, and all have air-conditioning. At nearly 30 metres in length, Manta Queen 1 has plenty of space for couples and groups to socialize over a meal or evening drink, and there are plenty of places (inside & out) for guests to find some privacy with a book or to just top up a tan.

In addition to giving plenty of space to guests, the large size of Manta Queen 1 ensures that any rough seas during the first or last months of the diving season are dealt with easily. There are 8 crew and 6 diving staff to take care of the guests, many of whom are hoping to enjoy some of Thailand’s best diving without having to break the bank.


Group-on-manta-queen-1Although diving from Manta Queen 1 is possibly the cheapest liveaboard diving in Thailand, guests don’t miss out on anything. In fact, with free pick up and drop off and 15 dives (compared to 14 on most 4-day trips) they get something extra. All meals, fruits, snacks, tea, coffee & drinking water is included, too.

Manta Queen 1 happily accepts divers of all levels, and non-diving guests are welcome, too. The diving guests include everyone from those learning to dive, fun divers, enthusiasts and even professionals. There are Nitrox facilities available on board, as well as PADI courses at low prices. Even though the prices are low, safety and quality remain a top priority. PADI professionals teach the courses and qualified & experienced Divemaster guides lead groups of no more than five divers, chosen to be at similar levels. Every year Manta Queen 1 undergoes a full overhaul and interior renovation, in order to maintain the best experience for all on board.

MV Manta Queen 1 Prices & Schedule

MV Manta Queen 1 Diver Prices Overview 2017 / 2018
Destinations Duration 4 Bed Shared Twin Double
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck,
(15 Dives)
4D / 4N 4 Bed Shared 629 USD Twin 689 USD Double 689 USD
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Schedule & Prices 2017 / 2018
October 2017
Departure Return Trip Information Diver Prices
14
Oct
2017
18
Oct
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Sat at 8:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Wed at 5:00 PM
4 Bed Shared : 629 USD
Twin : 689 USD
Double : 689 USD
19
Oct
2017
23
Oct
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Thu at 8:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Mon at 5:00 PM
4 Bed Shared : 629 USD
Twin : 689 USD
Double : 689 USD
25
Oct
2017
29
Oct
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Wed at 8:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Sun at 5:00 PM
4 Bed Shared : 629 USD
Twin : 689 USD
Double : 689 USD
30
Oct
2017
03
Nov
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Mon at 8:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Fri at 5:00 PM
4 Bed Shared : 629 USD
Twin : 689 USD
Double : 689 USD
November 2017
Departure Return Trip Information Diver Prices
04
Nov
2017
08
Nov
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Sat at 8:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Wed at 5:00 PM
4 Bed Shared : 629 USD
Twin : 689 USD
Double : 689 USD
09
Nov
2017
13
Nov
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Thu at 8:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Mon at 5:00 PM
4 Bed Shared : 629 USD
Twin : 689 USD
Double : 689 USD
14
Nov
2017
18
Nov
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Tue at 8:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Sat at 5:00 PM
4 Bed Shared : 629 USD
Twin : 689 USD
Double : 689 USD
19
Nov
2017
23
Nov
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Sun at 8:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thu at 5:00 PM
4 Bed Shared : 629 USD
Twin : 689 USD
Double : 689 USD
24
Nov
2017
28
Nov
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Fri at 8:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Tue at 5:00 PM
4 Bed Shared : 629 USD
Twin : 689 USD
Double : 689 USD
29
Nov
2017
03
Dec
2017
Duration: 4 Days / 4 Nights
Number of dives: 15
Departs: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak , Wed at 8:00 PM
Returns to: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Sun at 5:00 PM
4 Bed Shared : 629 USD
Twin : 689 USD
Double : 689 USD
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MV Manta Queen 1 Itinerary

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The 4 day & nights Manta Queen 1 diving safari itinerary departs from Khao Lak in the evening. Guests meet at the dive centre first for balance payment, equipment fiting and to sign a couple of forms. Then after everyone is taken to the boat, there is a general briefing and a light evening meal is served arounf 8.30pm. The boat sails into the night and the diving starts in the morning of the following day.

There are four dives per day for three days, then three dives on the final day, before the boat returns to the pier in the afternoon.

After the 'check out' process at the dive centre, guests are taken to their chosen destination in Khao Lak or Phuket.

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.

MV Manta Queen 1 Itinerary
Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck 4 Days / 4 Nights 15 dives

MV Manta Queen 1 Facilities, Layout & Specification

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Facilities available with MV Manta Queen 1
Nitrox
Air Con
Dinghy
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Suitable For Children
Lounge
Av Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Sundeck
Shaded Sundeck
Available To Charter
Beach Transfers

MV Manta Queen 1 Layout 
Deck-plan-Manta-Queen-1
1: Double-bed cabin
2: Twin-bed cabin
3: Four-bed shared cabin

 

MV Manta Queen 1 Specifications
Length. 27 metres.
Width. 6 metres.
Hull. Wooden.
Engines. 2x Hino 450hp 10 cylinder.
Generators. 1x 40Kw. 1x 50Kw.
Nitrox filling station. Nitrox tanks and PADI courses available.
Cruising speed. 8-9 knots.
Navigation. GPS Sat.Nav, depth sounder, compass.
Water. 14,000 litres.
Accommodation. 10 air conditioned cabins, 3 bathrooms.
Amenities. Large salon, sun deck, tea and coffee.
Crew. 1 Captain, 1 Engineer, 1 Cook, 4 Assistants.
Diving. 30x 12-litre aluminium tanks, int'l valves.
Safety. VHF Radio, life jackets, life rings, first aid kit.
Dinghy. 2x 4 metres with 40hp engine.

MV Manta Queen 1 Courses

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There is a selection of PADI diving courses available on Manta Queen 1, including Enriched Air Nitrox (EAN), beginner and advanced courses. We list the most popular PADI courses on this page, and we always recommend MQ1 guests to pre-book their PADI course with just a 500 THB deposit. However, it's usually ok to choose and confirm after your arrival.

Courses
Courses prices
Adventure Diver
Including: Manual & Certification
196 USD
Nitrox
Including: Manual, Certification & 2 fills
214 USD
Advanced Open Water
Including: Manual & Certification
250 USD
Deep Specialty
Including: Manual & Certification
250 USD
Peak Buoyancy
Including: Manual & Certification
250 USD
Digital Underwater Photographer
Including: Manual & Certification
250 USD
Open Water Diver*
Including: Manual & Certification
292 USD

*Open Water Diver candidates need to be in Khao Lak at least one full day before Manta Queen 1's departure date. This is to be able to watch the videos, do the tests and learn to dive in the team's brand-new purpose-built diving pool. Also, if no other divers are taking the course on your chosen cruise, there is a 1,200 THB surcharge per day for one-on-one tutoring. E-learning candidates are welcome, too. Please enquire for details and prices BEFORE signing up for e-learning on the PADI website.

MV Manta Queen 1 Transfer Details

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The Manta Queen fleet use minivans to collect guests from hotels & the airport. Each minivan is pre-arranged for its set route, times & guests.

If you're staying in and around Khao Lak you can get free scheduled transfers on departure day (5.00-5.30pm).
Manta Queen 1's Phuket guests can get transfers for 250 THB. The pickup times are 12.45pm - 3.50pm, depending on the location of your hotel.
Pickups from Phuket Airport are at 4.00-4.30pm.

Everyone is taken to the dive centre to complete a bit of paperwork, make balance payments, and try on any rental equipment.

At the end of the cruise, everyone is transferred back to the Manta Queen office, before being taken to your chosen hotel.

MV Manta Queen 1 Scheduled transfers
4D / 4N trips
12:30 - 16:30 Pick up from Phuket : 8 USD
16:00 - 16:30 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
18:00 - 18:30 Transfer ( Khao Lak )
19:00 - 20:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
15:00 - 16:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
15:00 - 16:00 Transfer ( Khao Lak )
17:00 - 18:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
17:00 - 19:00 Drop off to Phuket : 8 USD

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

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MV Manta Queen 1 Reviews

diver
Dived: 03 May 2017
Boat rating: 10/10
Amazing !! More than I expect !!
T & Andy
Dived: 12 February 2017
Boat rating: 10/10
As first time ‘liveaboards’ we couldn’t recommend this experience higher. Jamie at was amazing, from our first tentative enquiry to booking our homeward bound taxi his friendly service was second to none. He helped guide us through the choice of boats available (ours was a late booking), was patient with us while we dithered over our decision and and was there to answer a whole host of ‘other’ questions we had along the way, if you are looking for help in this area please contact them, you won’t regret it! ...read more
Jessica Bothe
Dived: 23 October 2015
Boat rating: 8/10
Marco and Franziska
Dived: 11 March 2015
Boat rating: 10/10
"it was a brilliant trip. People super good stuff and beautiful dive sites????"
Lucia and Congui
Dived: 11 March 2015
Boat rating: 7/10
Dom Davis
Dived: 25 February 2015
Boat rating: 9/10
Greg Po
Dived: 31 January 2015
Boat rating: 7/10
Daughter and father
Dived: 14 April 2014
We had a great tour with Manta Queen 1 in beginning of April, with four fantastic days of diving and superb food and quarters, where everything was well working, especially a very professional and helpful crew, good and well organized dive masters, the ship clean and spacious and food in ample supply. Booking through Similan Diving Tours – all via e-mails from Denmark to Jamie – really worked well and all was in order as a greed. – And the diving really, really great: good corals and plenty of fish, even if the whale shark had business elsewhere. Henrik & Charlotte, Denmark ...read more