MV Manta Queen 3 Overview
MV Manta Queen 3 was first launched in 2011, she is a very large ship; the largest in this price range, and offers the cheapest liveaboard cruises of ships her size. Instead of being a modified fishing boat, like so many others are, MQ3 was designed and purpose-built for scuba diving liveaboard trips. With so much space and stability, guests can wander around the decks looking for somewhere to read a book or chill out under the sun or stars. Similan diving tours tend to be very sociable affairs, so divers tend to mix together and chat in groups. Even those who join the trip alone will make friends both underwater and onboard. All the cabins have air-conditioning and come in different levels of comfort at great-value prices. The majority of cabins are four-berth bunks, plus there are twin cabins, with and without en suite bathrooms. Double bed and master suite cabins both enjoy en suite facilities. All the cabins on Manta Queen 3 are clean and well planned out. Parquet panelling adds class to practicality, causing some guests to be torn between relaxing out on deck and chilling in bed.
Manta Queen 3 has 11 air-conditioned cabins, some of which have en suite private bathrooms and others share. The best-value cabins are the 3-bed & 4-bed shared cabins. For guests who want more privacy but don't want to go over budget, there are two twin-bed cabins which share bathrooms with others. Guests who want a private en suite bathroom can choose from one of the double-twin cabins. These have a double bed and a single bunk, but are sold for no more than two guests - unless a group of 3 friends really want to share. Finally, the best cabin on Manta Queen 3 is the Master Cabin. It has a large double bed & two single bunks. It can be sold to four guests (who are friends/family and book together) or to two guests who want to enjoy more space and privacy.
There is a large sundeck outside and saloon inside for socializing and mealtimes. The diving platform is large, offering space for gearing up and jumping into the crystal-clear waters. Manta Queen 3 dives at The Similan Islands as well as the northern dive sites of Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and the world-famous Richelieu Rock. On the way back to port she stops off at one or two wrecks for the final dives of the trip. Diving at the Similan Islands on Manta Queen 3 is an unforgettable experience, due to the great crew, the ship’s size and facilities, the wonderful diving, and the friends you will make. It really is a boat that compares in size, stability and lulxury with much more expensive others, but still offers the best-value liveaboard diving trips in Thailand.
Nitrox (Enriched air) is available for those who are certified. Of course, taking part in a diving course aboard a liveaboard is very common, and Manta Queen 3 offers a range of PADI diving courses at unbeatable prices.