MV Dolphin Queen

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MV Dolphin Queen Overview

Dolphin Queen Liveaboard dive boat
Boat rating : 9/10 Based on 11 divers
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Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Khao Lak.
No. of guests: 20
Prices from: 19,400 THB per diver

MV Dolphin Queen is one of the most-popular liveaboard diving boats. It is run by an experienced, friendly, and professional team, based in the centre of Khao Lak. This is a no-nonsense Thailand liveaboard that has its qualities deep down, instead of some others that have more show than substance. Little details include the professionalism of the experienced team and free use of wetsuits & open-heel booty fins. Three or five days & nights on a boat, with all meals, air-conditioned accommodation, and up to four dives per day doesn’t need to be expensive. MV Dolphin Queen offers possibly the best-value Similan & Richelieu Rock diving trips. 

There are three decks, two of which are where the guest cabins can be found. All cabins have air-conditioning and opening sea-view windows. There is a choice of double-bed, twin-bunk & quad-bunk cabins. Each bunk-bed guest has his or her own privacy curtains and electrical sockets. The cabins are very comfortable, and have large windows, which is a bonus compared to other boats in this price range. All cabins' air conditioners can be controlled by guests, and the total number of guests on board any trip is limited to just 20, but is rarely more than 18. Underwater, there are never more than four divers per Divemaster guide. On the boat, there are several areas to socialize with other passengers as well as places to chill-out alone or in couples. The dive platform is well laid out and large enough for all the divers. Non-divers, such as friends and partners who want to do some snorkelling, are also very welcome at a discounted price. Dolphin Queen has a motorised tender dinghy to transport passengers to and from the pristine beaches of The Similan & Surin Islands, and to retrieve divers who surface near the reef.

Liveaboard-diving-Dolphin-Queen-dive-platformThere are two itineraries available, 3D/3N & 5D/5N trips, both to Thailand's best dive sites. The three-day trips give you 10 dives at the best diving sites of the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. The five-day trips are more relaxed and enable you to enjoy even more dive sites. 

Please note that to properly enjoy diving at The Similan Islands' best dive sites and Surin's Richelieu Rock, divers on Dolphin Queen are required to be certified to 30m. Those who are not, can join the PADI Advanced Open Water course or Adventure Deep Dive. The course is unbeatable value and you get the use of a dive computer and all remaining dives with your instructor. The Adventure Deep dive is just 1,800 THB, which enables you to dive to 30m.

We follow up every guest that we put on all our boats, and those returning from Dolphin Queen always come back with very positive feedback. It really is one of our favourite boats.

Genuine MV Dolphin Queen Reviews

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Veerle MV Dolphin Queen
Divers Nationality: Netherlander
Dive date: 01 May 2023
Boat rating: 8/10
I’ve had the best time! It was my first liveaboard so I don’t have anything to compare it to but I loved it a lot! The sweetest staff members and the best dive guides. The boat itself was also very nice, I slept like a baby the whole trip. The fo od was amazing too! Thanks for this adventure ? more
KIM MV Dolphin Queen
Divers Nationality: South Korean
Dive date: 01 May 2023
Boat rating: 10/10
It was a fantastic trip. It was my first liveaboard, and I am grateful to the staff for making good memories. The food was so delicious and the diving was great. If there is another chance, I want to dive together. Thank you so much Jen.
Uli MV Dolphin Queen
Divers Nationality: German
Dive date: 24 February 2023
Boat rating: 10/10
Really enjoyed the trip. There was great food and great diving!
PSU MV Dolphin Queen
Divers Nationality: German
Dive date: 24 February 2023
Boat rating: 7/10
In February/March 2023 I did two liveaboards on different ships. I was picked up from the airport on time and taken to the diving center. There I was able to pack my diving equipment in a box and put my suitcase down safely. With the diving equipment and my small backpack, with spare clothes, washing bag, camera medication, etc., I was brought onto the ship with my fellow passengers. There the cabins were distributed and then there was a briefing on the itinerary and the events on the ship. The cabins are small and there is little counter space and no storage space, but everything was clean. The 3 wet cells were sufficient and always clean (I'm very picky about that). The whole crew was always friendly and helpful. The food was varied and sufficient, unfortunately only lukewarm to cold. As an excuse you can name the size of the kitchen, there is not even a broom closet. The diving groups were well divided and small. The dive guides were attentive. However, the briefing was rather a lot of talk about sea creatures that you "might" see, the actual information was often patchy. The diving platform was very small and there was always a challenge before and after the dive. All in all it was a nice liveaboard that you can recommend. No Troubles Just Bubbles team with Jamie also did a good job. Thanks! more
Karol MV Dolphin Queen
Divers Nationality: Polish
Dive date: 15 January 2023
Boat rating: 9/10
Great trip! Convenient boat with professional stuff and delicious food. Everything was perfect!
TC MV Dolphin Queen
Divers Nationality: Singaporean
Dive date: 05 November 2022
Boat rating: 8/10
Did a 5D5N trip in Nov 2022. This boar is not a luxury LOB. In fact, its the most value for money LOB I can find for the Similans. But facilities (rooms/toilets etc) are clean and functional. You get to dive the same sites as other boats anyway. C ompared to another boat I was on 6 years ago, Dolphin is more chill and relaxed. Timing can go off slightly. Dive guides move around on different LOBs anyway, so it depends on your luck to get an experienced one. We were lucky to have a very experienced guide onboard who was constantly asking for feedback. There was a case of Decompression Sickness and everything was handled professionally. The Thai navy was called in to bring the diver to mainland for treatment. This was not the fault of anyone as she was following the rules as everyone else was. So get proper insurance! The group set off for Thap Lamu Pier from their office in Khao Lak at 7pm. So make sure you are at their office before that. Free pickup is available in Khao Lak. No dinner is provide on the 1st night and last day. Shampoo and body wash is provided and you got to bring any other toiletries you might need. The boat does not serve seafood so get your fix on mainland if you are a "fish-lover". The rooms on the boat are pretty small so leave your bulky stuff at their mainland office. It would be advisable for those who bring their own gear to transfer your gear into the dive baskets and repack after the trip at the office. Video and photo taking service is available in season and you can check with the staff on the pricing. Jamie (from Similan Diving Tours) was always contactable and response was prompt. Used their service as I had in my previous trip. No regrets! more
Divers Nationality: South Korean
Dive date: 01 November 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
fan MV Dolphin Queen
Divers Nationality: Taiwanese
Dive date: 28 December 2018
Boat rating: 10/10
kindly coach, delicious food.
Benny Wu MV Dolphin Queen
Benny Wu
Divers Nationality: Hong Kongese
Dive date: 31 March 2018
Boat rating: 5/10
Improve work attitude ( Gold hair leader )
Tim Roberts MV Dolphin Queen
Tim Roberts
Divers Nationality: British
Dive date: 28 December 2017
Boat rating: 8/10
Trip was great. All good. Hope to do Myamar trip in future. Excellent diving, food superb, dive guides excellent. Great breifings. very pleased.
Dolphin Queen Liveaboard dive boat
MV Dolphin Queen
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Khao Lak.
No. of guests: 20
From: 19,400 THB per diver
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