Manta Queen 3 - Large & Great Value Similan Liveaboard Boat

MV Manta Queen 3

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Manta Queen 3 dive boat
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Phuket / Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 28
Boat rating: 9/10 Based on 13 divers
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Prices from: 670 USD
569 USD
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Anyone searching for the best value and availability, along with a new, large, stable & comfortable diving ship need look no further than Manta Queen 3. This large (35m x 7m) boat was built in 2011, yet still receives annual renovations, keeping it like new. In 2018 MQ3 had a complete cabin refit, giving it more twin & double cabins with private en suite bathrooms.
Its steel hull and purpose-built design ensure that trips are both safe and comfortable, as well as a lot of friendly fun. Pickup and drop off transfers from local hotels are included in the unbeatably-low prices, and the great value doesn’t stop there. Low-priced PADI dive courses can be taken on board and all meals, snacks, fruits, drinking water, tea & coffee are free, too. New for October 2018, MQ3 has Free Wi-Fi when it's in range. This is normally for the first 36 hours and final 24 hours of each cruise.

Choosing to dive at the Similan Islands aboard Manta Queen 3 is a great idea for solo divers, couples, families and even large groups of friends. There are double bed, twin bed and 4 bed shared cabins, all of which have air conditioning and parquet wood paneling. The best-value cabins have shared bathroom facilities, but en suites are available for those who want more privacy.

The communal areas of Manta Queen 3 are very spacious and well thought out. During and after the local and western food is served (buffet style) guests can relax together in a large air-conditioned saloon or on the open-air shaded dining area. There’s plenty of space to socialize and share stories or get away from the crowd and gaze at the stars, read a good book, or just top up your holiday suntan.

MV-Manta-Queen-UpperdeckThe large size of Manta Queen 3 means that it is easily capable of accommodating up to 28 guests and absorbing anything the Andaman Sea can throw at it. Also the number of guests means that you are more likely to be diving in a group of others at your level and experience. PADI diving professionals organise & lead each dive, and can point out or find particular species of marine life. With such low prices and free  transfers, a great selection of air-conditioned cabins and a new, sturdy, steel-hulled, purpose-built boat, there is usually no reason to look anywhere else.

Prices & Schedule

MV Manta Queen 3 Diver Prices Overview 2021 / 2022
DestinationsDuration 4 Bed Shared Twin Twin En Suite Double En Suite Twin/Double En suite
( 15 Dives)
4D / 4N 4 Bed Shared670 USD Twin732 USD Twin En Suite825 USD Double En Suite825 USD Twin/Double En suite825 USD
Manta Queen 3 Special Offers Coming Up
15% Early Bird Discount
We lots of discounts for this boat please see schedule for details
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
Full-foot 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
Open-heel fins
Tips / Gratuities
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Booking / Enquiry

The 4D/4N Manta Queen 3 diving cruise itinerary is as follows. 

Manta Queen 3 sets sail from the pier at Thab Lamu just to the south of Khao Lak in the evening, normally after 7pm. First, guests check in at the PADI dive centre in Khao Lak. Some guests make their own way to the dive centre, but most take advantage of the free pickup service from Khao Lak, or cheap transfers from Phuket. When documentation checks, equipment fitting, and final payments are done, the passengers are driven to the boat.

After a boat briefing and a light evening meal, MQ3 sails into the night. Diving first thing the following morning.

The ship docks mid to late afternoon on the final day and guests are transferred to the dive centre, then on to local hotels. Those wanting to go to Phuket can take advantage of inexpensive scheduled transfers.

This itinerary is 4D/4N and 15 dives; twelve daytime dives and three night (or sunset) dives.

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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, Boonsung Wreck 4 Days / 4 Nights 15 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Manta Queen 3
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Suitable for Children
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Family Cabin
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers
MV Manta Queen 3 (old) Layout (prior to refit in 2018)
1: Master en-suite cabin (now changed)
2: Twin-bed / Double-bed en-suite cabin
3: Three-bed shared cabin (now changed)
4: Four-bed shared cabin
5: Twin Bed Share Cabin


MV Manta Queen 3 Specifications
Length. 36 metres.
Width. 7 metres.
Hull. Steel.
Engines. 2 x Hino 450 HP 10 Cylinder.
Generators. 2 x 68 KW 1x 50 KW.
Speed. 9-11 knots.
Navigation. GPS Sat. Navigation, Sonar, Compass.
Boat Crew. 10, including captain.
Dive Crew. 12, including tour leader.
Safety. VHF Radio, Emergency Oxygen Unit, Life-raft, Life-jackets/rings, First Aid Kit, Satelite Phones.
Amenities. Large air-conditioned saloon, sun deck.


There is a selection of PADI scuba diving courses available on Manta Queen 3, including Enriched Air Nitrox (EAN), and advanced courses. While most can be arranged on board and without notice, it is always best to let us know in advance. Taking part in a PADI diving course while aboard a liveaboard diving cruise is a very popular choice.

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

Transfer details

Guests staying in Khao Lak can have free scheduled transfers on departure day (4.00-4.30pm).

From Phuket, scheduled transfers cost 321 THB / person. 11.30am - 3.30pm, depending on pick-up location.

MQ3 guests are taken to the PADI dive centre in Khao Lak to complete paperwork and make balance payments, then transferred to Tab Lamu Pier, where Manta Queen 3 is waiting for an evening departure.

MV Manta Queen 3 Scheduled Transfers
4D / 4N Trips
11:30 - 15:30 Pick up from Phuket : 9 USD
16:00 - 16:30 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
18:00 - 18:30 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
19:00 - 20:00 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
16:00 - 17:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
16:00 - 17:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
17:30 - 18:30 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
17:00 - 19:30 Drop off to Phuket : 9 USD

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 3 Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Manta Queen 3
Nationality: Slovakian
Dived: 29 March 2019
Boat rating: 6/10
War on the ship :-(
Henrik Manta Queen 3
Nationality: Danish
Dived: 24 March 2019
Boat rating: 8/10
My second trip on MQ3 - last one was 2015, and again a super great experiences. Fantastic dive sites and an excellently driven boat and dive crew.
murray darlington
Nationality: New Zealander
Dived: 09 December 2018
Boat rating: 10/10
Had a beautiful time aboard the manta Queen 3 The staff & crew where wonderfully inviting it was always a happy environment to be around Lots of positive vibes & laughs Everything went very smooth the boat was beautiful to be on The weather was beautiful every day the water was warm and always inviting to go in The sea was bountiful with abundance of life u could easily live under the sea Thanks to all that make it possible
Leo Manta Queen 3
Nationality: Hong Kongese
Dived: 15 April 2018
Boat rating: 8/10
Excellent service and dive sites. Underwater current was very strong at some dive sites like 'The Dome' but calm at others. The boat was clean and crew was awesome!
Martijn Dekker Manta Queen 3
Martijn Dekker
Nationality: Dutch
Dived: 01 March 2018
Boat rating: 9/10
Good size boat, Great service by all staff. Knowledgeable and good instructions. Food is great and plenty. Only downside is that the cabin sizes are very small.
Christian Manta Queen 3
Nationality: Swedish
Dived: 30 January 2018
Boat rating: 9/10
Very professional, friendly and enjoyable! Strongly recommend this boat, crew and the whole trip!
Paul Manta Queen 3
Nationality: American
Dived: 11 December 2017
Boat rating: 9/10
Great staff and well run operation.
Shihting Ho
Nationality: Taiwanese
Dived: 25 December 2016
Boat rating: 9/10
Great trip and enjoy it. thank you all guys caring and help.
Thomas Manta Queen 3
Nationality: Scottish
Dived: 20 December 2016
Boat rating: 7/10
Boat and rooms clean and well serviced. Captain and Boat crew excellent. Food menu repetitive use of same ingredients, chicken and.. chicken sausage and.. but above average. Dive Staff over conservative on dives so very safe for inexperienced divers. Viz was brilliant, ave 29. Healthy reefs virtually NO shoals of pelagics but definitely around in the blue. Swell low for season and good entry and exit procedures, staff know the sites intimately and good at current navigation around the boulder sites.
Jimmy Stigsjöö
Dived: 16 November 2016
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