Dolphin Queen, Thailand


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, 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 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 offers plenty of space for just 18 guests onboard. The main deck is home to 2 double cabins, 3 twin cabin and 1 quad cabin. Each of these cabins has AC and sea-view windows which 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 onboard 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 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 your trip 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 (750 THB per day).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (1,400 THB), Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox (3,060 THB per trip), Nitrox Course (7,276 THB), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses.

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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

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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

  • 9.1 Superb
  • 44 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • David G
  • United States United States
Unbelievable views with a great crew

Dive crew helped me improve my diving and we saw amazing sights with very clear water. The food was also really good, Thai themed despite being on a boat. Night doves, sunset dives, so many dives it was awesome.

Recommended for
We saw so many amazing fish and coral. The dive crew were very experienced and a lot of fun. So much diving and so enjoyable.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Vanessa L
  • United States United States
Go for the Diving, Stay for the Food

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.

Recommended for
Dive sites, food, entire diving and boat crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Dylan S
  • United States United States
Great people, amazing diving experience!

Richelieu Rock

Recommended for
Quality of divemasters, food, logistics
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Mitchell S
  • United States United States
Come to dive. Stay for food.

With experienced guides and a crew that has worked together for many seasons, I would highly recommend this liveaboard to dive around the Similan and Surin Islands. This was my third liveaboard. Hands down. Best food!

Recommended for
The friendly and helpful boat crew. The boat has all the essentials for a comfortable liveaboard experience. The food. Cannot stress enough how delicious the food is.
  • 7.2 Good
  • Pascal F
  • France France
No drink orange juice

Cheap Friendly Nitrox trick recertification request

Recommended for
Cheap quick simple
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Christoffer Frederik Bang J
  • Denmark Denmark
Great diving instructors and staff, creating perfect circumstances for diving!

1) diving in the shark lagoon 2) being sorrounded by amazing people

Recommended for
The food, the kindness of the staff, the help from the staff
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Maillard J
  • France France
Great diving experience

Many wonderful dives, we had the chance to meet a Manta ray while diving and so much colorful fishes and corals to see! The crew was super friendly and the cooking excellent.

Recommended for
The crew, the cook, the dives
  • 7.6 Good
  • Juliane H
  • Austria Austria
Advanced diver on liveaboard.

Dolphins around boat, Mantas, got advanced diver, marvellous corals and great visibility

Recommended for
english/german speaking guides, great organisation of dives, AC in cabins
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Eugene S
  • Canada Canada
Fantisric diving trip with awsome crew and staff.

Beautiful scenery, fantastic dive sights, great food and wonderful crew, The boat is nice boat to spend 4 days diving and living on. Enjoyed the trip, something I always wanted to do.

Recommended for
The crew, the diving and diving staff and the food.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Sunil S
  • India India
Pretty Good Experience

Had a nice 5D/4N trip to Similan/Richilieu with The Dolphin Queen. The liveaboard was quite comfortable (especially since it was just half full). The crew was awesome and helpful, on dives and in ensuring everything was well taken care of on board. The diving was great, unfortunately did not spot any big stuff (but that is luck of the draw).

Recommended for
Clean and comfortable, great food, good crew
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ivan H
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Very enjoyable trip and excellent value

First things first, this is NOT a luxury liveaboard, so don't expect 5-star rooms/hot tubs/personal spa service. Having cleared that up, it is excellent value for the price. Diving: The dives start with the least beautiful one (although i'll still give it a 6/10 for Shark Fin Reef), and then slowly increase in beauty and diversity until it climaxes at the famous Richelieu Rock on our 2nd last day. My diving guide Josu was very fun-loving and knowledgeable, and he took care of our group really well, making every dive safe and enjoyable. Also one of the diving instructors brought along an underwater camera that trip and I paid a very reasonable price for fantastic photos of all 5 days of her photos. Food: The cook on board is a very pleasant Thai mama, and her dishes are very authentic which suits me perfectly. However for western standards it might be spicier than normal food. (She stopped cooking her mouth-watering Thai Curry on day 3 and made other dishes, since it's too spicy for most of the divers... what a pity, since i think it deserves a Michelin Star). However, many western dishes such as spaghetti and Fish n Chips will also be served. Accomodation: The only one I can fault. 4-man rooms unfortunately means running a risk of a clash between preferences, so what might be the right air conditioning temperature setting to one might be too cold or hot to another. I avoided this problem by sleeping on the dining quarters which I found very pleasant with a slight wind breeze... until day 5 when a thunderstorm woke me up at 4am. Also, the sundeck is also the place where the air conditioner exhaust is blown out... thankfully most of the people turned theirs off during daytime so it isn't too bad. Otherwise i'm perfectly satisfied given the value i paid. Clean shared toilets, with biodegradable shower and shampoo provided on board. Summary: 9/10 overall. Will definitely recommend this to other divers.

Recommended for
Diving, Food, Underwater Photographer
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Nicolas M
  • Colombia Colombia
The highlight of my 6 weeks trip

It was my first liveaboard and it exceeded my expectations. The diving guides were amazing, very friendly, funny and in a very good mood all the time (thanks Josu, Pablo, Alex, Mayumi and Tam). The diving places were really good. We got to see a lot of things underwater, including mating octopuses, sharks, seahorses and a turtle that literally swam with us for 3 mins. The islands are very beautiful too. The food was just amazing, the chef would make everything from fish and chips to pasta carbonara and traditional Thai soups. And every thing was better than the previous one! The capitan and the rest of the boat crew are really nice too. I would totally do it again when I can!!!

Recommended for
The staff, the food and the diving
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Monika M
  • Austria Austria
It was an amazing trip!

Richelieau Rock

Recommended for
Dives, diving instructors, schedule
  • 10 Exceptional
  • alberto C
  • Italy Italy

Staff extremly professional and organized but at the same time very nice and friendly, the underwater world

Recommended for
Diving spots, the staff, the boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • David L
  • Australia Australia
Really great way to dive in Thailand

The last two days of diving were amazing. So much to see and experience. Special thanks to Alex our dive instructor. He knew exactly were to go to avoid the crowds and show us all all the best stuff big and small.

Recommended for
Our dive instructor, the food, and dive locations
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Adrian L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Good diving on a friendly boat.

Definitely the best diving in Thailand, the boat is well kept but we missed not having a head in the room.The food was delicious with plenty of fruit and vegetables, though less varied for vegetarians. A very good, friendly and well organised crew kept things running smoothly. Overall a very good experience even if the boat is an older one and the dive deck rather cramped.

Recommended for
The diving, the food, a very good crew
  • 7.2 Good
  • Joern D
  • Denmark Denmark
Whaleshak 🤗

Seen a whaleshark

Recommended for
The boat was 1/2 full, carm weather, no russians
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Markus G
  • Canada Canada
Incredible Scuba Diving in Thailand

Richelieu Rock

Recommended for
The site Richelieu Rock, the food, the crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • ALBA B
  • Spain Spain
Dream aboard

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.

Recommended for
Divesites, crew & food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • omri S
  • Israel Israel
Great dives. Nice crew took care of everything.


Recommended for
Dive sites. Beautiful islands. Crew.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kate B
  • Australia Australia
Experienced and professional guides

The dive guides were fantastic, the food was delicious and the captain kept us safe even in a big storm. These guys are awesome.

Recommended for
Dives, food, service.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Brial F
  • France France
Great value for money Liveaboard

A dive with a Massive Manta staying around our group of divers for 20minutes. Amazing.

Recommended for
Professional crew, good dives, dive deck effectiveness.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Joshua K
  • Singapore Singapore
Best experience the price can buy

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!

Recommended for
Safety, clarity and instructions and food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tony L
  • China China
Wonderful experience!

Saw a lot of amazing fish

Recommended for
Dive, divemate
  • 9.2 Superb
  • julien T
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Awesome diving cruise

The diving was not with the vest visibility, but we still managed to see a guitar fish and a few huge marble rays.

Recommended for
The food is amazing, the crew is great, we saw some pretty unique things in the water
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Katrina K
  • Canada Canada
Absolutely amazing experience

Every dive was amazing, the people were so fun and kind, the food was awesome, beds were comfortable, crew was super efficient and helpful, guides were awesome, and the island visits were beautiful!

Recommended for
The staff (guides and crew) were super knowledgeable and friendly, the diving was incredible, and the vessel was comfortable
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Antonio H
  • Spain Spain
Amazing crew and guides :)

- Richelieu rock and the good vibes in the boat.

Recommended for
The crew was amazing. The food. The price for what you get is amazing.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Matt S
  • Canada Canada
Great vibe with the staff, small business feel, and professional

Surin site, knowledgeable and passionate staff, amazing food

Recommended for
Food, felt safe, Surin dives
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Edward W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Excellent dive trip

All the crew and diveguides on board dolphin queen we're excellent. They were extremely helpful the whole time. The food was absolutely fantastic! They catered to my vegan partner and the non vegan food was excellent. All the dive sites were great, we saw so many fish, a black tip shark and some turtles. I'd definitely use these guys again 🙂

Recommended for
The guides, the food, the divesites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ai I
  • Japan Japan
Nice diving trip for Similan Islands

Similan diving tour with this boat was super especially Richlieu Rock.

Recommended for
Cost performance, nice deck, nice crues
  • 5.6 Review score
  • Henrik Qvistgaard R
  • Denmark Denmark
cheap for a reason

four dives at Richelieu Rock was great Leopard shark at North point was good to see again

Recommended for
Diving Richelieu rock is always great. the price was reasonable, Lots of diving
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