Manta Queen 8 - Similan Island 3 - 4 Night Liveaboard trips

MV Manta Queen 8

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Manta Queen 8 Similan Islands Dive Boat
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Chalong Pier, Phuket
No. of guests: 24
Boat rating: 9/10 Based on 5 divers
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Prices from: 608 USD
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Manta Queen 8 is a newly-renovated scuba diving liveaboard boat offering affordable-luxury Similan scuba diving liveaboard trips. There are 3 cabin types, which are twin & double cabins on the upper decks. These have private bathrooms and lots of space inside. There are also two twin cabins on the lower deck which share a bathroom.

The boat is already well established in the Similan Islands, and a favourite among the dive staff. Its size, design, facilities and cabins enable everyone to feel comfortable. Added to that is great food, service and value, and this boat is an instant success. Most MQ8 trips are fully booked, mainly due to the luxury and space available for the low prices. Now, MQ8 also has free Wi-Fi, when in range.

This liveaboard now sails from Phuket, not Khao Lak. It leaves in the evening of departure day, and you wake up the following morning already at the dive sites. Manta Queen 8 trips are now 3D/3N & 4D/4N in length. The trips start at an easy dive site A few misleading websites claim the trips are 6D/5N, 5D/5N or 5D/4N which is incorrect. And some websites have not updated their pages. From August 2021 the boat sails south for three or four nights.

In addition to the large and comfortable guest cabins, Manta Queen 8 has plenty of communal areas where you can relax alone or socialise. These include the large partially-shaded sundeck and a dining area which has plenty of seating and tables. Most guests spend a lot of non-diving time here. There is also an air-conditioned lounge saloon.

For diving, the boat has a dive platform easily large enough for every diver to store equipment and to take the ‘giant stride’ from. Tender dinghies can collect divers who surface away from the boat or near the reef, as well as transport anyone to the beaches during the trip.

Prices & Schedule

MV Manta Queen 8 Diver Prices Overview 2021 / 2022
DestinationsDuration Twin Twin En Suite Double En Suite
( 11 Dives)
3D / 3N Twin608 USD Twin En Suite666 USD Double En Suite666 USD
Racha Islands,
( 11 Dives)
3D / 3N Twin608 USD Twin En Suite666 USD Double En Suite666 USD
Koh Lipe, Koh Rok,
( 15 Dives)
4D / 4N Twin753 USD Twin En Suite811 USD Double En Suite811 USD
Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
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
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

Manta Queen 8 departs from Chalong Pier, Phuket. There are two types of trips, 3D/3N trips to Koh Haa, Hin Daeng & Phi Phi, and 4D/4N to Koh Lipe, Koh Haa, Hin Daeng & Phi Phi.

You arrive at the boat in the evening for check-in. A light evening meal is served on board, and the diving starts early the next morning. Please click below for a detailed itinerary.

Beware that some other websites claim Manta Queen 8's trips are 6D/5N Similans but this is incorrect and misleading. Do not trust out-of-date or misleading websites. 

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

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Manta Queen 8
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Suitable for Children
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers
MV Manta Queen 8 Layout
Manta queen 8 layout
MV Manta Queen 8 Specifications
Type: Wooden.
Length: 27 Metres.
Width: 7.0 Metres.
Engines: 2x Cummins 315 hp 10 cylinder.
Generators: 2x 50 KW, 1 x 20 KW.
Crusining speed: 9 - 10 Knots.
Instrumentation: PS Sat. Navigation, Sonar, Compass.
Safety: VHF/FM Mobile Marine, Emergency 02, Liferaft, Lifejakets.



PADI courses are available on Manta Queen 8. You can decide on your course when you arrive, but it's much better to let us know before you come because pre-booking your PADI course ensures that the staff and material will be perpared.

Contact us for more information about courses on MV Manta Queen 8

Transfer details

Manta Queen 8 guests are transferred for free at set times from around Phuket.

At the end of the trips, guests are returned to local hotels.

MV Manta Queen 8 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 )
15:00 - 16:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
15:00 - 16:00 Transfers ( Khao Lak )
17:00 - 18:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
17:00 - 19:00 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 8 Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Manta Queen 8
John P Manta Queen 8
John P
Nationality: Australian
Dived: 20 February 2020
Boat rating: 10/10
My first liveaboard boat trip. The locations, the boat and boat boys, the dive guides, the cooks and the food, and my fellow divers, all fantastic!
Claris Manta Queen 8
Nationality: Malaysian
Dived: 16 November 2019
Boat rating: 7/10
The trip was ok as bad diving due to bad weather and rough sea condition. And I didn't get to enjoy going to island hopping in between the dives. I saw many fb posting, divers get to rest and enjoy the beaches at the island near the dive site in between dive. It would be nice if i got the chance to go after many days staying on the boat. Perhaps, these the areas you should improve.
Ben Manta Queen 8
Nationality: German
Dived: 25 November 2018
Boat rating: 9/10
Great trip, awesome dive tram and boat crew and amazing dive sites ????????
 Manta Queen 8
No Name Provided
Nationality: Hong Kongese
Dived: 26 October 2018
Boat rating: 8/10
Nationality: British
Dived: 17 March 2018
Boat rating: 10/10
Brilliant trip, Mark, Matey, Number 1 Kiwi Brendan, Yan, Lucy, Daniel were truly one of the best Dive Teams we've had the pleasure of diving with. Food was varied and very tasty and the Boat Crew could not do enough to help us! would definitely recommend...
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