MV Manta Queen 5 Overview
Manta Queen 5 is a great Similan Islands diving safari boat which sails to the best dive sites that aren't too extreme : Similan Islands & Koh Bon. It is ideal for divers who want easy & enjoayble diving and the chance to see Manta Rays, without having to pay extra and travel further for Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock. Up to twenty-two lucky guests are able to join these amazing diving safaris to a selectioon of wonderful dive sites. New for 2018, MQ5 now has FREE Wi-Fi for guests.
This Manta Queen Similan Islands liveaboard sets sail from Khao Lak in the evening, Manta Queen 5 visits the best dive sites in Thailand for divers who don't want anything too challenging but still want the chance tof dive with Manta Rays at Koh Bon and experience the colourful sloping reefs of the Similan Islands. Guests get to discover some of Thailand’s best dive sites during the cruise.
Manta Queen 5 is quite a large boat (26m), and it has recently undergone extensive renovations in order to make the eleven twin-bunk cabins as comfortable as possible. All cabins are clean, and guests can enjoy air-conditioned comfort throughout the cruise. To be honest, most guests aboard Manta Queen 5 spend their non-diving time with each other, either socializing on one of the decks or during excursions to Donald Duck Bay on Island #8. The boat has a large, covered outdoor dining and chillout area, where briefings are given, meals are eaten, and guests can socialise or fill out logbooks. Some just want to gaze out at the wonderful views, which can also be done from the sundeck on top of the boat.
Food is served buffet style several times throughout each day, and this includes a light evening meal on the departure day. There are also fruits and snacks available all the time, and things like drinking water, tea & coffee are always available for free, too. Diving is hungry work, and the food is delicious, so don't expect to lose any weight on you MQ5 Similan & Koh Bon liveaboard cruise! Cold soft drinks and beer are available at very reasonable prices, and seem to taste even better out at sea after a long day diving.
Unlike the rest of the Manta Queen fleet, MQ5 stays around the Similan Islands and Koh Bon It does not travel north to Koh Tachai or Richelieu Rock. This is ideal for divers who want to enjoy a Similans scuba liveaboard without worrying about strong currents, deep depths or pushing their limits. Also, the marine park fees are cheaper than the other trips and there is less travelling required. This gives everyone more time to enjoy the views, visit the beach, and get to know one another.
Please note that some websites show MQ5's trips to be 4D/3N (maybe to make the '$/day rate look better), but this is misleading & untrue. Manta Queen 5 departs in the evening and returns in the afternoon less than 72 hours later. Its trips are 3 days & nights, NOT 4 days & 3 nights.
Safety is most important on any diving safari, but the dive team and crew aboard Manta Queen 5 also try to make the cruises as much fun as possible. It’s all very relaxed and enjoyable for everyone on board.
Onboard PADI courses are very common for Manta Queen 5 guests, mainly due to the competitive rates and great diving conditions that are experienced.