Manta Queen 2 - Most Popular Similan Liveaboard For Divers

MV Manta Queen 2

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Manta Queen 2 Similan Diving Liveaboard Boat
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 20
Boat rating: 8/10 Based on 19 divers
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Prices from: 572 USD
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MV Manta Queen 2 is always among our most popular boats, and all our MQ2 guests come back with big smiles on their faces. This 23-metre diving safari boat can take up to 20 guests in air-conditioned comfort. Although most of Manta Queen 2’s guests are experienced divers, inexperienced divers can also join these 3-day 11-dive cruises to Thailand’s very best dive sites.

Most Thailand diving safaris are 4 days in length and first sail to the Similan Islands, then move north to Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. But Manta Queen 2 goes directly to these ‘northern sites’ to give the maximum time underwater at the best dive spots in Thailand. Each trip starts at Koh Bon, famous for Manta Rays, then sails up to Koh Tachai, with its wonderful marine life & reef. Finally, divers get plenty of time at Richelieu Rock, which is regarded as the best dive site in Thailand. On the final day, Manta Queen 2 stops off again at Koh Bon, then a local wreck before returning to the pier.

Divers-on-MV-Manta-Queen-2Manta Queen 2 has three cabin types, all of which are air conditioned, clean and comfortable. There are three double-bed cabins for couples, five twin-bed cabins if you want a bed to yourself but not share with too many others, and a four-bunk shared cabin for those who want the lowest-price Richelieu Rock diving experience. The four-bunk cabin is also great for a family or group of friends.

Great food is served buffet style throughout the day, and there are snacks and fruits, as well as tea, coffee & drinking water all for free. The dive staff & boat crew take great care of the guests, with regards to safety, advice, diving, dive gear, food, and lots of sociable fun. Manta Queen 2 really is the ideal diving boat for divers with some experience who want to enjoy the best diving in Thailand without spending more time or money than necessary. Free local transfers are also included. And now MQ2 has Free Wi-Fi. However, this is dependent on the cellular signal, and due to MQ2's itinerary to remote locations the signal is not available all the time.

Prices & Schedule

MV Manta Queen 2 Diver Prices Overview 2023 / 2024
DestinationsDuration 4 bed shared Twin Double
( 11 Dives)
3D / 3N 4 bed shared572 USD Twin629 USD Double629 USD
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3D / 3N4 bed shared572 USDTwin629 USDDouble629 USD
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Departs: 12 May 2023
Return: 15 May 2023
3D / 3N4 bed shared572 USDTwin629 USDDouble629 USD
Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Transfers to and from local hotels
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Soft drinks
Night diving torch
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Mask and Snorkel
Full-foot fins
Soap & Shampoo
Luggage storage
Not Included In The Price
Dive equipment
National park fees
Dive computer
Alcoholic drinks
Dive insurance
Larger tanks
Tips / Gratuities
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Booking / Enquiry

Manta Queen 2's itinerary goes directly to the 'Northern Dive Sites' of Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. There is no beach visit at these areas, because Koh Bon has no beach, Koh Tachai's beach is currently closed to the public, and Richelieu Rock has no land at all.

The boat departs in the evening, and guests are served a light meal on board. Diving begins the next morning at Koh Bon.

There are four dives for the first two days, then three dives on the third/final day. Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock are not suitable for night diving, but are perfect for day and sunset dives. Therefore, MQ2 trips normally do not have a night dive.

MQ2 gets back to Khao Lak in the late afternoon and guests are first taken back the dive centre to 'check out.'

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
Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck 3 Days / 3 Nights 11 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Manta Queen 2
Nitrox Available
Air con
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Suitable for Children
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
MV Manta Queen 2 Layout
1: Double-bed cabin
2: Twin-bed cabin
3: Four-bed shared cabin


MV Manta Queen 2 Specifications
Length. 25 metres.
Width. 5 metres.
Hull. Wood.
Engines. 2x Hino 350 HP.
Generators. 1x 40 KW 1x 50 KW.
Cruising Speed. 8-9 knots.
Navigation. GPS satellite navigation, sonar, compass.
Boat Crew. 1 captain, 1 engineer, 4 deckhands, 2 cooks.
Dive Crew. 1 tour leader, 1 blender, 3 multi-lingual Divemasters / Instructors.
Safety. VHF radio, emergency oxygen unit, liferaft, life jackets/rings, First Aid kit, satellite phones.


There is a range of PADI diving courses available on Manta Queen 2, including Enriched Air Nitrox (EAN), and the the Advanced Open Water Course. 

Courses Prices
Adveture Deep (30m.)
Including: Certification
43 USD
+ 7% V.A.T.
Adventure Diver
Including: Manual & Certification
186 USD
+ 7% V.A.T.
Including: Manual, Certification & 8 fills
214 USD
+ 7% V.A.T.
Deep Specialty
Including: Manual & Certification
214 USD
+ 7% V.A.T.
Peak Buoyancy
Including: Manual & Certification
214 USD
+ 7% V.A.T.
Digital Underwater Photographer
Including: Manual & Certification
214 USD
+ 7% V.A.T.
Advanced Open Water
Including: Manual & Certification
243 USD
+ 7% V.A.T.

Transfer details

The Manta Queen team use several minivans to collect divers from their hotels and from Phuket airport. Each minivan is prepared with a set route, times and guest numbers.

Those staying in Khao Lak can  come to the dive centre, or have free scheduled transfers on departure day (4.00-4.30pm).

Manta Queen 2's Phuket guests are collected for free at set times during the afternoon.

Everyone is normally taken to the PADI dive centre first to sign a few forms, make final balance payments, and fit any rental equipment. But since Covid-19 the team sometimes takes everyone directly to the boat.

At the end of the MQ2 trip, everyone is usually taken back to the dive centre, then transferred to their chosen resort or hotel.

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 Manta Queen 2 Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Manta Queen 2
위스퍼 Manta Queen 2
Nationality: South Korean
Dived: 02 December 2022
Boat rating: 9/10
많은 사람들과 다이빙을 하 수 있다는 것이 너무나 즐거웠다. 3일이면 질리지 않고 딱 적당한 리브어보드 일정이라 생각한다. 날씨가 살짝 좋지 않았지만, 마지막날 되게 좋아서 인상 깊었다. 시밀란 리브어보드는 또 올 생각이 있다. 만타퀸2 리브어보드도 되게 만족했다.
Mappy Manta Queen 2
Nationality: Japanese
Dived: 25 February 2021
Boat rating: 9/10
This was second time to join live a board.Dive point was great as usual.Guide, Boat staffs was kind.Clean Boat, I was satisfied with this trip. And I appreciate Jamie to support us.Thank you for your kind support!
EUNSOON Manta Queen 2
Nationality: South Korean
Dived: 17 February 2020
Boat rating: 8/10
It was nice team :)
Debbie Manta Queen 2
Nationality: Hong Kongese
Dived: 17 February 2020
Boat rating: 9/10
My first Liveaboard trip on Manta Queen 2 is great! 3D3N was just good for me. My double room was in good size and clean. Every room has air-conditioner. Food and snacks were good. You would never feel hungry. Thanks Chef P’Tip! The boat crews were friendly and helpful and the dive team was professional. Thanks “No Troubles, Just Bubbles” Jamie for the booking arrangement. The beach towel was really useful throughout the whole trip.
Alexis Manta Queen 2
Nationality: Malaysian
Dived: 28 January 2020
Boat rating: 7/10
MQ II was a great choice as a first Liveaboard! 3D3N was just nice, not too short, not too long. KSA was professional and well organized. Food was fantastic. Cabin was small but acceptable, clean and functional. Dive crew was friendly and helpful, Thai boat crew was helpful and accommodating. Dive sites. Richelieu Rock is world class. Other sites like Koh Bon and Koh Tachair were good... in terms of sites, we dove the sa me spot at Koh Tachai 3x. Phratong wreck and BoonSung wreck couldnt comment more, visibility was just 1-3m which was beyond anyone's control. No mantas and whalesharks unfortunately. Most dives averaged 30-40mins, quite short I would say, but we were deep and fighting currents. Booking with NTJB was simply the best move. Jamie was responsive. He got in touched with me one month, one week, one day, one hour prior to the trip and that was really reassuring. The huge towel was really useful throughout the whole trip and were used for all 11 dives we made! Highly recommend NTJB ;)
Nalinpat Manta Queen 2
Dived: 16 February 2019
Boat rating: 10/10
The boat is awesome. All thai crews are very fantastic. Food is healthy and tastes good. I enjoy the most with the Richelieu Rock, which is undeniable of one of the best dive site in the world.
Nationality: New Zealander
Dived: 04 November 2018
Boat rating: 4/10
Dive sites were amazing and your service and communication was prompt and courteous. You did a great job getting us there. MQ2 didn't really meet our expectations - it's basically a backpackers/budget experience. Maybe we didn't ask enough questions, but NTJB left money on the table by not recommending us the MQ3 trip that left at the same time for one extra night.
Nationality: South African
Dived: 10 April 2018
Boat rating: 8/10
Dives was awesome
Ezequiel Hirsch
Nationality: Argentinean
Dived: 28 January 2018
Boat rating: 10/10
Una experiencia maravillosa. Mágico todo: los lugares, los divemaster/instructores (especialmente Damian Sansoni), la tripulación, la comida, el barco... vamos a volver... #teamargentina
Pat Manta Queen 2
Nationality: Thai
Dived: 19 December 2017
Boat rating: 9/10
Crew were very friendly and helpful especially on the dive deck (you rarely have to prepare things yourself). The boat is very clean, food is good and snacks are available between dives. The check in was a bit inefficient but it didn't affect the trip so not too big of a deal. One thing to note is the smoking; they don't have a designated smoking area so some people will just smoke in the dining area, so just take note of that . Otherwise everything is great, just would be nice to have some connectivity.
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