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Diving at the Similan Islands is never going to be cheap like it is on Koh Tao, but the rates are a lot lower than many people may expect, especially when you consider all that’s included, and the number of quality dives you will experience. We have a wide range of ‘budget Similan liveaboard boats’ and they all offer great value for divers of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy the best Similan diving experiences. Some people want to look at the trip price when choosing the best option, while others focus on the price per dive. On this page you will find plenty to choose from, and we are always on hand ready to offer advice on which budget boat would best suit your needs. Before thinking that the prices you see may be beyond your budget, think about what is included: A room and all your meals, plus up to 4 dives per day. Consider what you would spend on a hotel and restaurant meals, then add a 2-dive day trip to that. Similan liveaboard diving is a lot more affordable than you may have thought it was.

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What Can I Expect from a Budget Liveaboard Trip?

  • All but one of our Thailand liveaboards have air-conditioned cabins. Most of them have independent controllers, so guests can select the temperature, but some are controlled centrally. Air-conditioning doesn’t cost as much to run as some people expect, because the boats’ generators are running anyway and the cabins aren’t large, so the units don’t have to work too hard.
  • Full-board accommodation means at least three meals per day, and drinking water, tea & coffee is supplied included in the prices. All of our boats feed the guests very well, and this usually includes three buffet meals per full day, plus unlimited fruits & snacks in between. Diving is hungry work, and the food is plentiful and tasty. It’s usually a mix of Asian and Western cuisine, and not spicy. Vegetarian options are always available, and any guests who have special dietary needs can be taken care of, but please let us know in advance of your trip. Soft drinks and beer are available at very reasonable prices.
  • Free local transfers are included on nearly all of our Similan diving trips. These nearly always include hotels in Khao Lak and Bang Niang areas, and some can collect divers from Phuket for a small fee. These transfers are at set times and shared with other divers who are on the same trip.
  • Guided diving: Whether you are a professional diver or a novice, your Similan liveaboard diving trip will include the services of a Divemaster guide or Instructor. These guys & girls are experienced in leading divers around the reefs and bays of the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock, as well as the local wrecks. Even if you think you’re good enough to go off on your own, it is not usually allowed, due to the circumstances if something goes wrong. Nearly all of our liveaboard trips have a maximum Divemaster:diver ratio of 1:4, but the Manta Queen fleet have a maximum of 1:5
  • Quality diving equipment: Just because the price you pay for your diving cruise is less than those on a more luxurious diving trip, that doesn’t mean the diving gear you will use will be inferior. All of our boats regularly service and replace the diving gear that they use, and the brands and models of rental gear is actually almost the same on the budget boats as it is the more expensive trips.

Which is the best budget boat for me to choose?

Read The Latest Things People Have to Say About Budget Liveaboards

Similan Liveaboard DIve Boat Manta Queen 2
May 2017
8/10
"Everything had been good, the crew was good, food was good! Esp the dive instructor Nick, he was very funny and helpful! 2 thumbs up! Will come back a..."
Manta Queen 1 Similan islands liveaboard
May 2017
10/10
"Amazing !! More than I expect !!..."
This is a very difficult question to answer, because all of the boats have something special that the others don’t. For example, if you just look at the boats such as Dolphin Queen, MV Andaman & Similan Explorer they are not the most attractive or newest vessels, but the teams who operate them are very experienced, and all of our diving guests give us very positive feedback. You should not judge a book by its cover! The Manta Queen boats are among our best-value budget liveaboards, and this includes rental equipment cheaper than nearly all the others. The dive centre office is nice & new, and the selection of trips and departure dates is better than any others’. These boats are ideal for newer divers, as the organisation is very good with regards to everyone having clear instructions and fixed diving times. The team are able to keep prices down by using fewer and younger Divemaster guides and making sure that every trip is full.

The cheapest Similan liveaboard boat is without doubt Nangnuan! Nangnuan takes no more than 8 diving guests and everyone sleeps on the covered roof of the boat for 2 nights. This boat offers 3D2N trips to the Similans and Koh Bon, and is very popular.

Finally, we mustn’t forget the flexible budget liveaboard boats of MV Camic and MV Nemo 1. These two are 'platform boats' which means that they stay out at sea* and divers are transferred by speedboat in the morning. Most stay for 1-3 nights. 2D1N = 6 dives, 3D2N = 10 dives, and 4D3N = 14. The benefits are that they offer total flexibility for each guest's preferred dates, and the prices are also among our cheapest.
*each boat circulates its own set route for 28 different dives each week. They do not stay anchored in one place.

This page has a good selection of budget Similan Liveaboard boats to choose from, but maybe the best thing to do is get in touch with us, and let us know what is most important to you, your diver level and experience and available dates. We can then give you impartial & independent advice & information about which boat or trip would best suit you.

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Best Value
Trips to Similans or Burma
Highly-rated by our guests
Very Experienced Team
Dolphin Queen Liveaboard dive boat

MV Dolphin Queen is a classic Thailand liveaboard diving boat. She is safe and stable, but not unnecessarily large or cumbersome. Enjoyable diving trips at The Similan Islands are something that the crew of Dolphin Queen have been offering for well over a decade. All her cabins are air-conditioned, have opening windows, and there are different sizes and configurations to suit everyone’s needs and budgets. This boat is among the best value for diving at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, and also visits Burma (Myanmar).

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 22
Liveaboard trips from: 19,800 THB per diver
Destinations Duration 4 bunk cabin Twin cabin Double cabin (main deck) Double cabin (upper deck)
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
4D / 4N 4 bunk cabin 19,800 THB Twin cabin 22,800 THB Double cabin (main deck) 22,800 THB Double cabin (upper deck) 23,800 THB
Southern Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar/Burma
(18 dives)
5D / 6N 4 bunk cabin 35,600 THB Twin cabin 37,800 THB Double cabin (main deck) 37,800 THB Double cabin (upper deck) 38,800 THB
Mergui Archipelago, Black Rock, Myanmar/Burma
(22 dives)
6D / 7N 4 bunk cabin 42,960 THB Twin cabin 45,360 THB Double cabin (main deck) 45,360 THB Double cabin (upper deck) 46,560 THB
Huge discounts on all departures before November 15th 2017!
Very Large & Stable
A Cabin Choice For Everyone
Unbeatable Value
New in 2011
Manta Queen 3 Liveaboard
Special offers available

MV Manta Queen 3 is a new and large boat which has possibly the best-value dive packages available. At 36m in length and 7m across she is a very stable ship which can accommodate more than twenty guests in air-conditioned comfort. Manta Queen 3 is especially popular with divers who want the lowest prices and best choice of cabins. The prices include transfers from Khao Lak hotels. Every season Manta Queen 3 is one of our best-selling liveaboard boats, and divers usually return more than happy.

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 31
Liveaboard trips from: 20,900 THB per diver
9/10 Based on 6 diver reviews
Destinations Duration 4 Bed Shared Twin Twin En Suite Double En Suite Master Cabin (family) Master Cabin (2 pax)
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(15 dives)
4D / 4N 4 Bed Shared 20,900 THB Twin 22,900 THB Twin En Suite 24,900 THB Double En Suite 24,900 THB Master Cabin (family) 23,900 THB Master Cabin (2 pax) 26,900 THB
Manta Queen 3 Special Offers Coming Up
Huge discount on remaining spaces!
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(15 dives)
Departs: 21 Oct 2017
Returns: 25 Oct 2017
4D / 4N 4 Bed Shared
Special offer
20,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin
Special offer
22,900 THB
18,900 THB
Twin En Suite
Special offer
24,900 THB
20,900 THB
Double En Suite
Special offer
24,900 THB
20,900 THB
Master Cabin (family)
Special offer
23,900 THB
19,900 THB
Master Cabin (2 pax)
Special offer
26,900 THB
22,900 THB
Huge discount on remaining spaces!
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(15 dives)
Departs: 27 Oct 2017
Returns: 31 Oct 2017
4D / 4N 4 Bed Shared
Special offer
20,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin
Special offer
22,900 THB
18,900 THB
Twin En Suite
Special offer
24,900 THB
20,900 THB
Double En Suite
Special offer
24,900 THB
20,900 THB
Master Cabin (family)
Special offer
23,900 THB
19,900 THB
Master Cabin (2 pax)
Special offer
26,900 THB
22,900 THB
Huge discount on remaining spaces!
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(15 dives)
Departs: 01 Nov 2017
Returns: 05 Nov 2017
4D / 4N 4 Bed Shared
Special offer
20,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin
Special offer
22,900 THB
18,900 THB
Twin En Suite
Special offer
24,900 THB
20,900 THB
Double En Suite
Special offer
24,900 THB
20,900 THB
Master Cabin (family)
Special offer
23,900 THB
19,900 THB
Master Cabin (2 pax)
Special offer
26,900 THB
22,900 THB
Huge discount on remaining spaces!
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(15 dives)
Departs: 06 Nov 2017
Returns: 10 Nov 2017
4D / 4N 4 Bed Shared
Special offer
20,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin
Special offer
22,900 THB
18,900 THB
Twin En Suite
Special offer
24,900 THB
20,900 THB
Double En Suite
Special offer
24,900 THB
20,900 THB
Master Cabin (family)
Special offer
23,900 THB
19,900 THB
Master Cabin (2 pax)
Special offer
26,900 THB
22,900 THB
Huge discount on remaining spaces!
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(15 dives)
Departs: 11 Nov 2017
Returns: 15 Nov 2017
4D / 4N 4 Bed Shared
Special offer
20,900 THB
16,900 THB
Twin
Special offer
22,900 THB
18,900 THB
Twin En Suite
Special offer
24,900 THB
20,900 THB
Double En Suite
Special offer
24,900 THB
20,900 THB
Master Cabin (family)
Special offer
23,900 THB
19,900 THB
Master Cabin (2 pax)
Special offer
26,900 THB
22,900 THB
Join On Any Day
Excellent Prices
The Best Food
Very Popular
Diving Liveaboard Boat MV Camic

MV Camic is one of the best-known liveaboard diving boats at the Similan Islands. She is run by a professional Thai crew and Western staff, offering good-value flexible trips to The Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. The cabins available are clean and air-conditioned. The feedback from guests is always positive, especially about the food.

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 16
Liveaboard trips from: 13,000 THB per diver
9/10 Based on 17 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Twin Cabin Twin En Suite Cabin Master Cabin
Koh Bon, Similan Islands
(6 dives)
2D / 1N Twin Cabin 13,000 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 15,000 THB Master Cabin 15,000 THB
Similan Islands
(6 dives)
2D / 1N Twin Cabin 13,000 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 15,000 THB Master Cabin 15,000 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Tachai
(6 dives)
2D / 1N Twin Cabin 13,000 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 15,000 THB Master Cabin 15,000 THB
Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(6 dives)
2D / 1N Twin Cabin 14,000 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 16,000 THB Master Cabin 16,000 THB
Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon
(6 dives)
2D / 1N Twin Cabin 14,000 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 16,000 THB Master Cabin 16,000 THB
Koh Bon, Similan Islands
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 16,200 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 18,200 THB Master Cabin 18,200 THB
Similan Islands
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 16,200 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 18,200 THB Master Cabin 18,200 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Tachai
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 16,200 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 18,200 THB Master Cabin 18,200 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 17,200 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 19,200 THB Master Cabin 19,200 THB
Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Similan Islands
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 17,200 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 19,200 THB Master Cabin 19,200 THB
Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 17,200 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 19,200 THB Master Cabin 19,200 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Tachai
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 19,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 21,100 THB Master Cabin 21,100 THB
Similan Islands
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 19,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 21,100 THB Master Cabin 21,100 THB
Koh Bon, Similan Islands
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 19,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 21,100 THB Master Cabin 21,100 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 20,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 22,100 THB Master Cabin 22,100 THB
Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Similan Islands
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 20,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 22,100 THB Master Cabin 22,100 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 20,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 22,100 THB Master Cabin 22,100 THB
Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Similan Islands
(14 dives)
4D / 3N Twin Cabin 20,100 THB Twin En Suite Cabin 22,100 THB Master Cabin 22,100 THB
10% off of remaining spaces for October, November, April & May departures
New in 2017
Twin & Double Cabins
Best Dive Sites
Just 16 divers
MV Lapat Similan Liveaboard Diving
Special offers available

Brand new for 2016, MV Lapat has the perfect balance of price, luxury & an experienced team. Twin & double air-con cabins for the best Similan liveaboard diving cruises.

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 16
Liveaboard trips from: 23,100 THB per diver
9/10 Based on 6 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Twin Double En-Suite
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(14 dives)
4D / 4N Twin 23,100 THB Double En-Suite 25,100 THB
Unbeatable Personal Service
Large & Spacious
Very Popular
Best Single-Supplement Rate For Solo Guests
Oktavia Liveaboard Boat

MV Oktavia is one of the most-established Similan Islands liveaboard diving boats on offer. She is nearly 30m long and has enough space for more than 30 guests but takes usually no more than 20 on each trip. Trips on MV Oktavia visit the best Similan diving sites as well as Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and Boonsung Wreck. Prices are extremely competitive for safe and comfortable diving trips, and there is a unique option of tour lengths. While the main vessel goes out to the diving sites for four or five days at a time, those wanting only to b

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 20
Liveaboard trips from: 14,300 THB per diver
8/10 Based on 10 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Standard Cabin Master Cabin
Similan Islands
(7 dives)
2D / 2N Standard Cabin 14,300 THB Master Cabin 18,300 THB
Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Standard Cabin 21,500 THB Master Cabin 27,500 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(15 dives)
4D / 4N Standard Cabin 23,900 THB Master Cabin 31,900 THB
Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(11 dives)
3D / 3D Standard Cabin 24,100 THB Master Cabin 30,100 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(19 dives)
5D / 5N Standard Cabin 27,900 THB Master Cabin 37,900 THB
Free Nitrox fills for certified divers
Sails from Khao Lak
Twin & Single cabins
Max. 12 passengers
Air-Con
Genesis dive boat liveaboard boat
Special offers available

MY Genesis 1 is a steel-hull liveaboard vessel which offers a great balance of everything that is important to Similan divers. Run by a professional team and having a maximum of twelve diving guests on board, trips sell out very fast. Genesis alternates trips between the Similan Islands and Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon & Koh Tachai. 10 dives over three fabulous days and two nights at prices starting within most people’s budget make diving on this boat very enjoyable. Nitrox-certified divers can enjoy free fill throughout the cruise.

Type: Liveaboard
Dive Boat Departs from: Khao Lak
No. of Divers: 12
Liveaboard trips from: 18,900 THB per diver
9/10 Based on 2 diver reviews
Destinations Duration Twin Cabin Single Cabin
Similan Islands, Boonsung Wreck
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 18,900 THB Single Cabin 23,000 THB
Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(10 dives)
3D / 2N Twin Cabin 19,900 THB Single Cabin 24,000 THB
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck
(20 dives)
6D / 5N Twin Cabin 36,500 THB Single Cabin 45,000 THB
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