Manta Queen 1, Thailand


The 27m Manta Queen 1 Liveaboard offers 5-night trips to the amazing areas of the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and Richelieu Rock for divers and snorkelers between October and May each year. With 2 double-bed ensuite cabins, 6 twin bunk ensuite cabins, and 2 twin cabins (not ensuite), Manta Queen 1 caters to up to 20 guests onboard. Each cabin has full air conditioning and comfortable beds. Having been recently renovated, the Manta Queen 1 now offers en-suite cabins for added guest comfort. For relaxation, guests can choose the air-conditioned indoor saloon with a flat-screen TV and entertainment area or the sun deck with mattresses on the top deck. All meals are served buffet-style and are freshly prepared by the onboard chef. A variety of snacks and fresh fruits are available in-between dives.

Diving is offered to world-class dive sites, and the experienced dive team of 5 who speak various languages is on hand to help you get the most out of your 5-night trip. Dive or snorkel with Whale Sharks in Richelieu Rock, swim through huge schools of fish at the Boonsung Wreck and keep an eye out for Reef Sharks at Elephant Head Rock. In between dives, take the tender over to the beautiful white-sand beaches of the Similan Islands and enjoy the turquoise waters.

The Manta Queen 1 liveaboard is a firm favorite for returning guests. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.

This boat is part of the Manta Queen Fleet.

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

Required Extras: 7% VAT, Chamber Fees, National Park Fees (960-2,500 THB per trip).

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (1,100 THB per trip), Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Welcome Cocktails, Wine with Dinner, Nitrox, Nitrox Course, Private Dive Guide (1,800 THB per trip), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses, Beach Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, Laundry / Pressing Services.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • 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.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English, Dutch, German, Spanish, and Italian.

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

  • Length 27m
  • Beam 6m
  • Cruising speed 8-9 knots
  • Engines 2xHino 450HP 10 cylinder
  • Max guests 24
  • Number of cabins 12
  • Number of bathrooms 8
  • Tenders 1 x Yamaha 40 HP

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid

Manta Queen 1 Reviews

  • 8.9 Fabulous
  • 46 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Rebecca H
  • United States United States
Incredible Diving Trip

My boyfriend and I had an incredible dive trip. This was our first liveaboard trip and we are only open water certified. We took the deep adventure course during this trip, which I would highly recommend to those who are not advanced open water certified. Our dive guide Colin was awesome. He made us feel safe and comfortable and brought us to see the most interesting things at each dive site. After each dive he did a quick debrief with us about which fish we had seen and helped us identify the fish we didn't know. The dives themselves were incredible, with vibrantly colored coral and tons of fish. We enjoyed clownfish, butterfly fish, morrish idols, triggerfish, an octopus, barracuda, puffer fish, nudibranch, moray eels, a sea turtle, a fleeting manta ray and so much more. Although we did not see a whale shark, we were not at all disappointed with the dives on this trip. I would recommend it to anyone.

Recommended for
Tons of colorful fish, friendly and knowledgeable dive guides, comfortable boat with plenty of yummy food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jesse G
  • United States United States
Great Trip to the Similans

We got a whale shark! And Richelieu Rock is a must see dive site -- so glad this trip does three dives there.

Recommended for
Excellent variety of the dive sites. Packed diving agenda. Surprisingly good food on board.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Thomas M
  • United States United States
First time on a liveaboard and can't wait to be back.

Sunrise dive at Richelieu Rock.

Recommended for
Thai Crew, The Islands, Dive guides
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Samuel E
  • United States United States
World class diving and food

Trip far exceeded expectations. Been 1 night and miss it already. Diving was world class. Almost every dive offered something special but Richelieu Rock was probably my favorite with the most abundance of fish, healthy coral, and life. Too many specific things to name but a few of my personal favorites - peacock mantis shrimp and 1 spearing mantis shrimp, several octopus and cuddlefish, multiple pipefish and 1 seahorse, several huge Napoleon wrasse, large school of barracuda (maybe 500+), lots of different nudibranchs, getting swarmed by emperor snappers changing color while they fed, devil scorpionfish, tight swim throughs at Elephant Head Rock, and snorkeling with turtles hanging around the boat. Will post highlight footage on YouTube when I’m finished editing here: Outside of diving, every meal was exceptional and far better than the food I had on my other liveaboard experience. Crew was also great and I’m planning to book my next trip in Thailand with Manta Queen in the South. Hopefully I’ll be able to dive with some of the same faces :) - Sam

Recommended for
Dives, food, people
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Pieter D
  • Belgium Belgium
Great crew leading to great experience

Richelieu rock Boonsung wreck

Recommended for
Friendly crew, good dive instructors, great dive sites
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • simon D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Superb way to dive the Similans

The boat captain, dive masters and Thai crew were all fantastic. Everyone did their best to accommodate us. The diving is hard to beat. We were amazingly lucky to have a whale shark circling us for over 20 minutes, close enough to touch. Some of the dive sites are breathtaking. We even saw a rare harlequin shrimp. Tik, our Thai dive guide knows the ocean better than i know my hometown. We were truly privileged.

Recommended for
Great crew, Fantastic Diving and a Whale Shark
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Daniel N
  • Sweden Sweden
Well arranged liveaboard with beautiful dive sites

All the dives at Richelieu Rock, beautiful night dive

Recommended for
Beautiful dive sites, extraordinary service from the crew, the people onboard
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Rudy P
  • Italy Italy
Amazing experience!

Spectacular Similan islands and their amazing reefs.

Recommended for
Dive sites, dive guides and food served!
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Daniel W
  • Canada Canada
Beautiful topside and below the surface!

Huge manta rays and the whale shark! Crew were awesome and friendly. Really well run operation and everything went according to plan and schedule. Food was very well done and the boat crew were a hard working bunch. Very safe and ideal for beginner divers as well as advanced divers.

Recommended for
Surin islands, Richelieu Rock and the whale shark!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jonathan F
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Excellent Trip

The cabins were very small and basic but my needs are few and the price low so I’d have to say they were adequate. With three shared bathrooms for a full boat there was often a wait but again I wasn’t paying for an en-suite so can’t really complain. The food was excellent and varied. The group I dived with was small and the guide, Tic, very good at directing our attention to creatures of interest without seeming to be too prescriptive. The diving was incredible with many whale sharks at different sites and even a chance to swim with an inquisitive one which visited the boat between dives. Another highlight was seeing mating Zebra sharks. Richelieu Rock in particular was stunning with so much marine life it was hard to know where to look.

Recommended for
Whale Sharks, more Whale Sharks & a Manta Ray
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Malin B
  • Sweden Sweden
Easy and nice diving

We were only 14 divers on a boat for 22 divers which was great! Less people in the water and since there’s is only three toilets on board it was perfect we were this few customers. Good dive guides, good food and staff.

Recommended for
Whale shark, good staff, easy diving
  • 8.0 Very good
  • KIM J
  • South Korea South Korea
Do it now.

staff is highly kindness. and dive points are awesome. but gas smell is pretty bad in cabin. that makes me little headache.

Recommended for
Price, Service, Food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Pio V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great introduction to liveaboards

Saw beautiful sea-life and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.

Recommended for
Good and lots of food, awesome crew and amazing dive sites
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Yosef M
  • Israel Israel
Good trip

Good dives

Recommended for
Food, diving , the crew
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Adam H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Budget boat but great value for money trip

Good dives @ Richelieu rock with so much fish life. The water visibility was great (30m) so this made for great diving.

Recommended for
Great visibility, richelieu rock, great food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Connor S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Absolutely amazing trip

All the staff from the Thai boat boys to the dive staff were friendly, helpful and clearly loved their jobs. The marine life was abundant and breathtaking, especially at the boonsung wreck. The food was plentiful and delicious and I never went hungry

Recommended for
Brilliant marine life, amazing staff and excellent food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Mathilde F
  • France France
Amazing trip in the similans

the dive sites are phenomenal

Recommended for
Great diving and really good food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Alexander M
  • Germany Germany
4d/4n on manta queen 1 in Jan 2019

Our local Thai dive guide tik showed us loads of small stuff (pipefishes, nudis, frogfishes etc.) You would have normally missed due to the amount of glass fishes ;)

Recommended for
Spacious boat, good diving, plenty of marine life
  • 3.6 Review score
  • Kate B
  • Australia Australia
Unpleasant trip

There were no highlights. The dive shop had very fake/shallow personalities, they wouldn’t answer any questions clearly, and when ask ‘harder’ questions the answers quickly became defensive. On the trip, the guides treated everyone like school children and were extremely patronizing. Before each dive they would wake everyone up to do a briefing, but would then spend 20 minutes at least bickering between each other about which site to do, and why each opinion was more valid than the other. All of that should have been done before calling all the guests up for each briefing. The whole thing felt so massively unorganized compared to the trip we went on just the week before. There was supposed to be a maximum of four people per dive guide. But on multiple occasions they just randomly put more people in our group without asking us or talking to us about it at all. We didn’t know until we were jumping into the water. Our guide barely talked to us or the group at all, would just swim off underwater even if we were looking at something. The whole thing was so disappointing and I wouldn’t recommend this company to anyone.

Recommended for
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tzvi S
  • Israel Israel
A truly memorable experience.

The diving was amazing, especially since I went before high season and so we had most of the sites completely to ourselves. I traveled alone and therefore was thrilled to have ended up with such a great set of people onboard. If we weren’t diving, we were laughing! And last but not least: the crew. I can not put into words how professional and friendly they were.

Recommended for
Friendly atmosphere, INSANELY great crew, and diving (duh)
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Kerstin L
  • Sweden Sweden
Wonderful liveaboard experience

Richelieu rock with its abundance of marine life. The octopus that let us admire him in full daylight and without hiding in a hole.

Recommended for
The variaty of dive sites, the friendly and layed back feeling from all onboard and the lunches and dinners
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Mariano O
  • Belgium Belgium
Super friendly dive instructors and boat staff :)

Boat staff was always handy when gearing up and specially assiting on the ladders when coming out of the water. Boat bots in general were very attentive :)

Recommended for
Food: variety flavour. Organization and clear instructions.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Zuzanna N
  • Australia Australia
Great fun!

We had great few days on MQ1, the crew and the dive guides are excellent, similan islands are beautiful and so biodivers in comparison to other places in Thailand. Overall a great trip! Will be back

Recommended for
Crew & food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • S. Hamid S
  • Denmark Denmark
In total ,kind ,serviceminded and ready to do more.

taking my nitrox licens, making new friends ,and best of all be on board with such an experincend and welcoming crews

Recommended for
Fast, easy, clean
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Juha V
  • Finland Finland
Happy and joy

Whaleshark, multiple dives @ Richeliu Rock and beach visit.

Recommended for
Atmosphere, customer satisfaction and boat crew
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Kjell K
  • Sweden Sweden
Very good

The whale shark swimming around the boat. The white tip reef sharks. The large amount of blue spotted sting rays

Recommended for
The dives in Similan and Koh Bon. Good instructors. Good boat crew
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Lars H
  • Canada Canada

We had a really good time, so much to beauty to see. The boat is well equipped and all of the crew members were very warm and friendly. They all looked after us really well! The dives were amazing and the dive guides/helpers were trained extremely well. Rooms were small (it is a boat, after all) but very clean, we wanted for nothing. Food was very, very good and plentiful! Thanks to all the staff who made such a memorable trip for us!

Recommended for
Diving, Diving, Diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Stefano T
  • Australia Australia
Simply amazing

Everything was just perfect, organised, planned and managed before and during the trip in a fantastic way. Almost every dive was in a different location and each of them was with great visibility, spectacular corals and variety of fish. We had lots of fun between the dives, sharing diving and life experiences with the other guests, or simply relaxing on the sundeck. Staff and guides were always super helpful, professional, friendly and full of positive energy. This was my first live aboard but after this super positive experience many more will follow very soon!

Recommended for
1.The planning and variety of the dive sites and locations. 2. The positive energy and professionalism of the guides, crew and staff. 3. The unbelievable quality and quantity of food onboard.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Erwan L
  • France France
Great trip, I recommend it!

The 3 dives on Richelieu Rock were definitely worth the trip to Thailand.

Recommended for
Quality of the dives. Great crew on board. And extraordinary food
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Hollie A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A lovely trip ruined by a dangerous and rude dive guide.

The dive sites were lovely even though the visibility was often quite poor. Unfortunately my group was robbed of the perfect trip by our dive guide who nearly caused a very serious incident for all of us on one dive and was rude and uncomfortable to be around on the boat.

Recommended for
The dive sites themselves, the Thai boat crew, the dive leader.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Alban C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Brilliant trip

Fantastic experience. Great boat with incredibly hard working staff made the trip even more special.

Recommended for
Staff, food & atmosphere
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