Manta Queen 8 Liveaboard, Thailand


The latest addition to the Manta Queen Fleet, the Manta Queen 8 offers dive trips to the South Andaman area, departing from Phuket. Trips depart early evening on the first day and start with a light dinner on board. The next 3 days include 4 dives a day, as well as 1 night dive while exploring the Andaman Sea. The last day includes 3 dives before check-out in the late afternoon. Dive groups are kept small to a maximum of 5 divers or less. Nitrox is available for an extra charge.

The Manta Queen 8 liveaboard accommodates up to 24 guests in 10 double or twin cabins. Each cabin has AC and private en-suite bathrooms. For relaxation, social areas include the indoor lounge with a TV and large sun deck, a great place to relax in-between dives or enjoy a cold beer at the end of the day. Meals are freshly cooked and buffet-style at the open-air dining area, and snacks and fruit are served in between dives.

The 9 experienced and knowledgeable crew and dive guides of the Manta Queen 8 are waiting to show you the beauty of the Andaman Sea. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.

This boat is part of the Manta Queen Fleet.

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

Required Extras: 7% VAT, National Park Fees (800-2,200 THB per trip).

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (800-1,100 THB per trip), Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox (300 THB per tank), Nitrox Course (8,025 THB), Private Dive Guide (1,800 THB per day), Rental Gear (428 THB per day), Scuba Diving Courses (9,095 THB).

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

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • 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
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew

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

  • Year renovated 2017
  • Length 28m
  • Beam 7m
  • Max guests 24
  • Number of cabins 12
  • Number of bathrooms 13

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • 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
  • Emergency flares

Manta Queen 8 Reviews

  • 8.5 Fabulous
  • 41 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tyler B
  • United States United States
Good trip

Richiliue Rock

Recommended for
Efficient with dive logistics, preeminent guide, beautiful dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Thomas S
  • United States United States
These Guys Are Pros!

They may seem like a group of friendly and welcoming scuba guys – and they are! – but underneath that is a very dedicated, organized and highly skilled team of professionals. All of the logistics were handled effortlessly. Dive briefings were clear and comprehensive. Dive groups were small so that guides could keep track of their divers and offer assistance if necessary. Food was great. And the boat crew was tireless and efficient. I was on Manta Queen 8 and Mark was an excellent tour leader. My dive guide Daniel was terrific––great dives, all. And I am confident all of the others were excellent as well. If I come back to Thailand, Khaolak Scuba Adventures is my first stop.

Recommended for
Dive crew, diving, food.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ginae L
  • United States United States
Great overall trip with professional dive crew

The variety of marine life was unparalleled. Our dive guide, Daniel, was incredible.

Recommended for
Dive guide, marine life, value for money
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Thomas P
  • United States United States
Good diving with friends and family.

Seeing the different marine life.

Recommended for
The equipment set up,the dive briefs and and diving.(The wreck dives were bad due to poor visibility)Seein
  • 8.4 Very good
  • United States United States
Relaxed, free from everyday hustle and bustle.

Diving and chatting with staff and other passengers.

Recommended for
Friendly, relaxed and mostly helpful staff and crew. Well organized, no fuss for passangers. Sunrises
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Danny C
  • United States United States
Great dive sites!

Lot's of colorful coral.

Recommended for
Friday crew. Great food. Awesome trip.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Oskar A
  • Sweden Sweden
Memories and friends for life!

Our liveaboard experience with MQ8 was overall very very good. Great diving in every way: dive masters, instructors, dive briefings and service from the boat-boys made the whole experience very smooth and felt luxurious for us that previously only have gone for day trips when diving. Getting to know the crew and your gear was very nice. We were lucky enough to see both Manta Ray and Reef Shark around Koh Bon/Koh Tachai. Marvellous aquatic life such as huge schools of jackfish and barracuda, and not to mention a palm sized sea horse at 30m depth at Richeliou Rock. We made memories and friends for life, so happy we did this. Great great great value for money! Love from Sweden!

Recommended for
Great diving, overall superb staff, comfy boat!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Chantal L
  • Canada Canada
An experience to do again

Richelieu Rock and the faboulus dives with the whale-shark, Thank you Thomas, we had a wonderful. It was our first time on a liveabord and we look foward to do this again. Thank you also to the two cooks that provide us with very appetizing meals

Recommended for
The dive guides, the creew helping on board, the dive sites
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Mike W
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great experience, the professionalism of the dive guides, the good and plentiful food as well as chilled nature on the boat made this a memorable trip.

The combination of the good weather and the aforementioned best aspects.

Recommended for
Dive guides, food and atmosphere
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ross G
  • Ireland Ireland
Best experience I've had so far in my life.

Mark and his team were very professional. Wake up call was followed by a detailed brief of what each dive entailed(this calmed my nerves each morning as I was relatively new to diving). The staff were there to help us on with all our gear and make sure we were all safe and secure. We saw a whale shark and manta ray on our trip including countless fish and sea creatures. Already looking forward to my next liveaboard.

Recommended for
This was my first liveaboard trip and hopefully plenty mpre to come. Although I have nothing to compare it to - staff, facilities and diving were amazing.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Suji K
  • South Korea South Korea
Very nice experience !!

The best thing is friendly boat step! I forgot the name of every crew.. all the staff including Junior helped us so well to prepare the dive or finish the dive. When diving, experience under the water is important but I think people who are together are important. Everyone and everything is best. Thank you for making a pleasant memory.

Recommended for
Friendly Boat step and guide, nice food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Shadow L
  • China China
Wonderful experience

Dive site

Recommended for
Dive site, experienced guides, friendly staffs
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marcel B
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Hreat diving with a friendly crew

Richelieu Rock

Recommended for
Crew super friendly and helpful
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • SARA C
  • Italy Italy

Amazing experience, great staff and wonderful diving! Loved every second of the trip!!!

Recommended for
Diving, staff, landscapes
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Peter H
  • Australia Australia
Fantastic !

Richelieu Rock

Recommended for
The seamless organisation, the friendliness of all staff and crew and not forgetting thge Dive Sites
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Joram V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Great course and super crew with a whale shark on our second last dive🙏👌

Whale shark, richelieu rock, food, good ship, Surin Islands, fantastic and super professional crew

Recommended for
Whale shark, food, staff
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Sophie H
  • Austria Austria
Great Dive Site and super friendly staff

the dive at richeleu rock

Recommended for
divesites, food, people
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Simon G
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great boat, crew and entire dive experience!

Richelieu rock and then the unexpected whale shark on the wreck dive.

Recommended for
The crew support, the diving and the guide team
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Yauheniya K
  • Belarus Belarus
Average diving in average ship for average price

The ship in general is clean and spacious. But I cannot say it was comfortable. Sundeck is inappropriate for having a rest - it is full of the outdoor units of air conditioners which are installed in each cabin. There are no any deck chairs and you can only lie on the floor and breathe the evaporated air coming from air conds. The food sometimes was very poor, no vegetarian option. But of course, we were not starving. After 3 days cereals and cookies ran out. The cabin was ok (if not count leaking sink) but it was not possible to open the windows. There is an aircond in the cabin but if you are diving usually you will prefer to sleep with aircond off to avoid congestion. So the open window is preferred but in this case was not possible. In general if you come to dive all of these minor issues are not so noticeable. But also I cannot not mention that some dive guides were recently certified padi instructors with lack of practical experience and many of the dive sites were unknown to them. I hope that this feedback can really serve to improve something on this boat. I’m not sure what was the reason of all these issues, maybe the price which was comparatively less than other available options. Anyway even with less comfort on board because of cheaper price, the expertise of the dive guides cannot be neglected as this is the safety of divers. Having experience with other liveaboards I would say that Manta queen 8 is not the one I would like to repeat.

Recommended for
4 dives per day is really great if you are a passionate diver as we are.
  • 7.6 Good
  • philippe L
  • France France
Crew service on top,

Dives in Richelieu rock. Quantity and variety of fishes in the different dives’ area. Good package (18 dives / 6 days / 5 nights), but need to fit well because we finished really exhausted at the end of the trip.

Recommended for
1. Crew service on top : every time one eye on you and ready to help you. 2. Briefings focus on security before each dive. 3. Dive masters with great experience.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Sylvain B
  • Canada Canada
Amazing expérience!

Diving on the Similan Islands is a priviledge.

Recommended for
Everything is very well organized and planned for the best. The good is always delicious and healthy. The team if instructors and the crew are very professional, Nice and enthousiastic!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Matthias G
  • Germany Germany
Great Trip on a nice boat with fabulous food

The 4 dives at Richelieu Rock The huge amount of super tasty food The knowledge of Mark, the boat leader, and the dive sites we visited The good quality of the rental gear The friendliness and helpfulness of the crew

Recommended for
Food, Friendly Crew, Amount of Dives
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Alban D
  • Belgium Belgium
Very nice

Dive eat sleep repeat

Recommended for
Seeing a shark :)
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Macy N
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Eat Sleep and Dive

Safety is always the top priority, the team is taking care of everyone! Though it would be better to ask the preferred language before assigning people into groups instead of by nationality.

Recommended for
Friendly and helpful crews, professional dive guides
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Thomas S
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Great diving, great crew

Richelieu rock, meeting people from around the world, great food

Recommended for
Food, dive sites, crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Orlando R
  • India India
If you haven’t done a liveaboard, this should be your first.

The sites were incredible and well selected. The interval between each dive and the whole trip in general was organised very well.

Recommended for
The Sites, The Dive Crew and The Food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Israel E
  • Israel Israel
Great, but I wish to have a better visibility conditions.

"Dancing" with a Whale shark !

Recommended for
The sites, the stuff, the group.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Endre P
  • Hungary Hungary
Great boat and itinerary to try liveaboard diving

10 divers from China did not make it so only 11 divers were sailing on our trip. Boat has a capacity of 24 divers, so you can imagine the comfort and peace we dot out of this trip. Diving was great, visibility not the best but improved day by day. Food was great! Dive guides were helpful and experienced. Friendly environment, not so friendly wake up calls by Dani :) i would do it again.

Recommended for
manta rays, whale sharks, boat was on half capacity
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Josh W
  • Australia Australia
Fantastic unforgettable experience, but a little pricey

Seeing whale sharks, manta rays, great barracuda, and much more ticked all the boxes on what I wanted to see.

Recommended for
Diving experiences, food, the people on board
  • 7.2 Good
  • Kai-Oliver G
  • Germany Germany

Visibility 3m 🙁

Recommended for
Nice and friendly staff
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Ah S
  • Singapore Singapore

Food can be better ! And include transfer transportation free

Recommended for
Safe trip
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Kjell K
  • Sweden Sweden
Some great dives

Some of the dive sites are very beautiful with lots of wonderful coralls and lots of marine life.

Recommended for
Diving first, third and last days.
  • 4.4 Review score
  • Irene T
  • Singapore Singapore
No Beer!!!!

Great dive sites. Very disappointing that no one inform that beer was not available on board.

Recommended for
  • 8.4 Very good
  • David D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A really fun trip on a great boat

The dive sites were really good, the only issue was the visibility was sometimes poor. There was a lot of fish to watch. If the visibility had been better then these would be world class sites.

Recommended for
It was fun, the trip was well organised, the food was great.
  • 7.6 Good
  • guido A
  • Italy Italy
it's ok!

overall a very good experience. The boat is a bit old and needs renovation. Cabin is just essential, but honestly... who cares when you spend most of the time underwater and in common areas. So for people that do no need fancy stuffs and extreme comfort is more than ok

Recommended for
well organized, everything efficient, price was reasonable
Origin: US