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 Similan liveaboard diving. Instead of being a modified fishing boat, like so many others are, MQ3 was designed and purpose-built for scuba diving liveaboard trips. In 2018 MQ3 had a major refit and cabin change. Due to popular demand, there are now more twin & double cabins with private bathrooms. 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 often 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. New for October 2018, MQ3 has free Wi-fi. This service is dependent on a cellular mast at Similan Island #4, and therefore the signal is not guaranteed for the whole cruise.
New for the 2018-19 diving season, Manta Queen 3 has fewer cabins and takes fewer but happier guests. Why happier? Because now many more cabins have private bathrooms. There are now just two four-berth bunk cabins on the main deck and two twin cabins on a higher deck. These four cabins share bathrooms facilities on the dive deck. Now, there are eight cabins which have private en suite bathrooms and only take two guests each. Some cabins have two single beds, some have double beds, and a couple can be adapted for twin or double beds. 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.
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 & 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.