Manta Queen 3 - Large & Great Value Similan Liveaboard Boat

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Manta Queen 3 Similan diving liveaboard
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 28
Boat rating: 9/10 Based on 14 divers
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Prices from: 853 USD
682 USD
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Anyone searching for a good value and availability, along with a new, large, stable & comfortable diving ship should check out Manta Queen 3. This large (35m x 7m) boat was built in 2011, yet still receives annual renovations, keeping it like new. 
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 prices, and the great value doesn’t stop there. PADI dive courses can be taken on board and all meals, snacks, fruits, sodas, drinking water, tea & coffee are free, too. Now MQ3 has Free Wi-Fi when it's in range of a cellular signal. 

Choosing to dive at Thailand's North Andaman 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 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.

For 2023-24, Manta Queen 3 is offering trips from Khao Lak to the North Andaman. Dive sites include Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Boonsung Wreck.

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 great prices and free Phuket transfers, a great selection of air-conditioned cabins and a new, sturdy, steel-hulled, purpose-built boat, what are you waiting for?

The trip length for MQ3 is five days and five nights (5D/5N) to the Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock, with up to 19 dives. Other websites that show the trips to be 4D/4N or to the South Andaman are out of date. Plus any websites that claim the trips to be 6D/5N are misleading you. The departure is in the evening, with no diving that day. And the boat gets back late in the afternoon five days later.

Prices & Schedule

MV Manta Queen 3 Diver Prices Overview 2024 / 2025
DestinationsDuration 4 Bed Shared Twin Twin En Suite Double En Suite
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( 19 Dives)
5D / 5N 4 Bed Shared853 USD Twin908 USD Twin En Suite991 USD Double En Suite991 USD
Manta Queen 3 Special Offers Coming Up
20% Discount for limited beds
We have lots of discounts for this boat. Please see schedule for details
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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The 5D/5N Manta Queen 3 diving cruise itinerary is as follows. 

Manta Queen 3 sets sail from Tab Lamu Pier in Khao Lak in the evening, normally after 7pm. 

After a boat briefing and a light evening meal, MQ3 sails towards the Similan Islands during the night. Diving starts early the following morning.

The ship returns to Tab Lamu Pier mid to late afternoon on the final day and guests are transferred to local hotels. 

This itinerary is 5D/5N and 19 dives. The trip length for MQ3 is five days and five nights (5D/5N) to the Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock, with up to 19 dives. Other websites that show the trips to be 4D/4N to the South Andaman are out of date. And websites that claim the trips to be 6D/5N are misleading you. The departure is in the evening, with no diving that day. And the boat gets back late in the afternoon five days later.

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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 5 Days / 5 Nights 19 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
manta queen 3 deck plan
1: Double Bed En-Suite Cabin
2: Double Bed / Twin Bed En-suite Cabin
3: Twin-bed En-suite Cabin
4: Four-bed shared cabin
5: Twin Bed Non-En-suite 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 Open Water Diver course. 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
41 USD
Including: Manual, Certification, Computer & fills
220 USD
Deep Specialty
Including: Manual & Certification
220 USD
Peak Buoyancy
Including: Manual & Certification
220 USD
Digital Underwater Photographer
Including: Manual & Certification
220 USD
Advanced Open Water
Including: Manual & Certification
248 USD

Transfer details

Guests are collected for free from around Phuket (airport and hotels) and Khao Lak at set times during the afternoon, and then they are taken to the boat.

At the end of the trip, the same service is offered for free, in shared minivans.

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
Cedric Manta Queen 3
Nationality: French
Dived: 28 December 2022
Boat rating: 9/10
+ : Things we loved : - The boat is spacious, comfortable and well organised - The food was varied and excellent, snacks and free drinks were always availale too. No alcohol on board but they informed us of the fact and let us buy beer or other drinks and use the fridges, which eventually was probably cheaper. - The boat (thai) staff was very helpful, efficient and always smiling. - Course director Joe is very efficie nt, he gives extensive and detailed briefings and keeps the schedule on time, a very neat and efficient organisation. - The dive guides were nice and most of the time efficient in the way dives took place. - : things that could have been better / can be improved : - it was a pity that the fourth dive of the day was limited to 40 minutes, as it was the shallowest staying a bit longer would have been appreciated - I would have loved to have another night dive (only one in the trip), 2 night + 2 sunset dives instead of 3 sunset dive + 1 night dive - we missed the last dive due to mistakes from the guides (one group was very slow to enter the water, the other two wanted to wait for them and we all passively let us get drifted away from the wreck) and no compensation was offered to us (It was impossible to repeat the dive as it was the last one, but a free T-shirt or goodie as a compensation would have been apreciated) - It was a bit surprising that course director Joe never bothered once in 6 days to ask us how we were doing, if things were OK for us, etc, as a course director a few words to each guest / customer / diver would be appreciated. All in all it was a good experience, good organisaion (except the last dive ), I would definitely recommand this trip on this boat.
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.
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