Dolphin Queen, Thailand

Great value for money

“Richelieu rock”

Colin W, United States United States
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    • Explore Similan, Bon, Tachai, Surin & Richelieu
    • Personalized breakfast & catered dietary requirements
    • Freshly prepared Thai and Western cuisine
    • Nitrox available on board

The 24m Dolphin Queen offers amazing dive and snorkel trips to the Similan Islands, Bon & Tachai Islands, Surin Islands, and Richelieu Rock. Explore the Andaman Sea and the fantastic sites of the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, famous for Manta Rays, Koh Tachai, and the Surin Islands with the famous Richelieu Rock. There is a spacious dive deck with ample room for gear storage and kitting up, and tenders are available for easy access to the best Thailand dive sites. Nitrox is also available for those certified.

Topside, the Dolphin Queen liveaboard has 3 decks and plenty of space for 18 guests onboard. The main deck has 2 double cabins, 3 twin cabins, and 1 quad cabin. Each of these cabins has AC and sea-view windows that open for safety and convenience, and the quad cabin has curtains around each bed for added privacy. The upper deck is home to 2 double cabins with sea views and individually controlled AC. Food onboard the Dolphin Queen is a mix of Thai and Western dishes, freshly prepared for every meal. Breakfast is made to order, and dietary requirements can be catered to with advance notice. On the sun deck is plenty of space for relaxation, including hammocks and sunbeds, and it is a great place to spot dolphins or whale sharks on the way to the next spot or to enjoy a traditional Thai massage.

The Dolphin Queen is a great choice to explore the Andaman Sea and visit the best dive sites in Thailand at an affordable price. Book online today.

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Included: VAT, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Snorkel Gear, Cabin Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (1,600-2,000 THB per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (1,500 THB), Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox (220 THB per tank), Nitrox Course (7,276 THB), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Full-board Option

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • Nitrox available
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving

The crew speaks English and Thai.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1999
  • Year renovated 2008
  • Length 24m
  • Beam 5.5m
  • Top speed 11 knots
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines 2 x 6 Cylinder 315 HP Hino
  • Max guests 22
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 3
  • Water capacity 12000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 4000 liters

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid

Dolphin Queen Reviews

  • 9.3 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Colin W
  • United States United States
Amazing diving, Amazing crew. Book this boat!!

Richelieu rock

Recommended for
The dive sites, the crew, the weather
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Solana A
  • United States United States

Pros: We were the only group at Richelieu Rock for the sunrise dive which was so amazing! The crew/divemasters are fantastic and there's a reason they have been famous for their food- it was incredible. It is a Thai family-owned company as well :) Cons: I do think the last dive could be somewhere better than the wreck site. And make sure to bring ear plugs for the engine the first night getting out to the islands.

Recommended for
Diving, food, people
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Susan R
  • United States United States
Perfect boat for us

We loved our diving experience on the Dolphin Queen. It is family owned and operated, so that made it feel extra special. Everyone on board was super friendly and helpful, including the other guests. The rooms were small, but we were only in them to sleep, so fine for us. It was indeed a great value for the money.

Recommended for
Friendly and helpful crew, great food and plenty if it and the upper deck was so relaxing with plenty of shade
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Humberto F
  • Canada Canada
An excellent experience

We had an excellent experience on our first liveaboard! The crew and guides were all professional and friendly and the food was very good and always fresh. They also ran a great relaxed diving operation. Of course, we loved the diving around the Similan / Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock and would highly recommend this 5N6D liveaboard.

Recommended for
The Crew, the Diving and the Food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Monica S
  • Denmark Denmark
Great liveaboard with great people!

The diving was really nice! The people working on the boat were friendly and professional. I definitely recommend this!

Recommended for
The diving, the friendly staff and the food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Margaux M
  • France France
Unforgettable memories on board of the Dolphin queen

I had an amazing experience on board of the Dolphin queen. The preserved dive sites are beautiful and full of life, instructors are well prepared and have sharp eye to show you some amazing creatures, the crew always make sure you being taking care of and prepare you amazing food (great options for vegetarians and vegans). This trip really felt like an out of time journey ✨ A big thank you to the whole crew for these unforgettable memories 🙏

Recommended for
The food, the dives and the crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • David K
  • Austria Austria
I am still in aw !!

Manta making turns on us for 30 min. Cuddling cuttlefish ! The food. The schedule! All you have to do is wake up - because you fall asleep after four dives! Everything is taken care of so you can just let go and enjoy! The boat crew are so helpful and the dive guides are patient and passionate. Would do it again and again!

Recommended for
How they care ! The comitment to the Guest and Diving ! How they are happy when something nice is seen!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Charity S
  • Thailand Thailand
Dive. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

We saw a giant manta ray unexpectedly.

Recommended for
The people were easy going. The trip was well organized. The diving was awesome.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Natalie T
  • Singapore Singapore
Amazing first liveaboard experience

Beautiful dive sites, friendly and experienced dive guides and crew, basic but comfortable accommodations. Itineraries were well planned and day trips to the beaches were great. Grouping of divers according to experience level was perfect. Food was delicious and dive equipment were well maintained. Overall a fantastic trip with new friends made and memories that will last a lifetime. Highly recommended!

Recommended for
dive guide, itinerary, dive sites
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Alwin O
  • Netherlands Netherlands
3-Day short trip to underwater paradise

Diving in Richelieu was absolutely stunning!!!

Recommended for
Good staff, great diving, great food