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Dolphin Queen

Diving Squad Rating:


8.1 / 10

The 24 meter long Dolphin Queen has the cheapest dive safaris of any Thai liveaboard! With 4 dives a day and free rental dive gear, she offers superb value for money. 

She is also one of the few liveaboards to feature a visit to the Moken people on Surin Island (when possible).

Great for: Cheapest option, Unique Experience, Ocean View Cabins, Massages, Beginners

Trip Lengths: 3 – 5 Nights

Max Guests: 18

Operates: October – May


Dolphin Queen runs 3 – 5 night long trips to the Similan and Surin Islands including Richelieu Rock, in Thailand’s North Andaman Sea. 

Widely considered to be the country’s best diving region, the Similan and Surin islands have national park status and the special protection this affords them has resulted in their reefs remaining pristine. 

There are some spectacular coral reefs and walls here with turtles, black tip reef sharks, leopard sharks and seahorses being a common sight. 

When it is possible to do so, this trip also includes a land excursion to visit one of the villages of the Moken, a semi-nomadic, sea-faring Austronesian people whose lifestyle has remained unchanged for centuries. 

Onboard, there’s an outdoor dining area with TV & DVD player, where you can chow down on the tasty mixture of Thai and western cuisine freshly prepared. 

Heading up top, there’s a large, partially shaded sundeck with hammocks and beds – it’s the perfect place to sip an icy beer and take in the views at the end of the day.

Between dives, guests can also do plenty of snorkeling or get a traditional Thai massage for a small extra fee. 

Choose from double, twin or quad cabins, all with AC and sea view windows that open. The quad cabin also includes curtains for privacy. 

On the dive deck there’s plenty of space for gear storage and kitting up as well as dive tenders for easy access to the best dive sites. Nitrox is available for certified divers.

Minimum certification required by guests is open water with adventure deep dive – it’s also possible to do the training for this dive at the start of the trip (1800 baht).

You won’t find a cheaper Thai liveaboard than Dolphin Queen anywhere else!

Guest Reviews:

Joshua KSingapore
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"Both the boat crew and dive crew were awesome. Safety was always number 1 and all briefing and instructions were done well. Food was to everyone's liking. Dive sites are a must visit! Truly amazing!"!
Vanessa LU.S.A
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"If you’re looking for an affordable way to get the most out of diving in Thailand, this is by far the way to go. We spent weeks trying to plan a budget friendly way of seeing the main dive sites and weren’t able to come up with a good solution. For the price, including accommodation, all meals, diving, and the quality of the team, there are no better options than this trip. The food was perfect, every meal, and we got to try new Thai dishes every day. The dive sites were nothing short of incredible".
Alba BSpain
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"I had 5 amazing days aboard the Dolphin Queen. Great atmosphere, instructors, thai crew, accomodation, best thai food ever, and all the dives were incredible. I knew I would I enjoy it a lot but it’s been even better".

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Scuba fanatic, travel ecstatic and loveable rogue. A rootless divemaster and perpetual adrenaline-junky, Alex holds the esteemed rank of Grand Admiral of the Diving Squad; a title he most nobly awarded to himself. A scuba-junky since 2014, he's dived much of the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Red Sea, Ireland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. It's hard to say where he'll pop up next for he never settles; forever a leaf on the wind... or perhaps a lone bubble blasted along on the current.