Manta Queen 8 Liveaboard, Thailand

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The latest addition to the Manta Queen Fleet, the Manta Queen 8 offers 4-night dive trips to the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Boon Sung Wreck. Trips depart early evening on the first day and start with a light dinner on board. The next 3 days includes 4 dives a day, including 1 night dive exploring the Andaman Sea. The last day includes 3 dives around Koh Bon and Boonsung wreck before checkout 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 HD-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 served 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.


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

Required Extras: 7% VAT, National Park Fees (2,140 THB per trip), Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (250 THB per day), Gratuities, Airport Transfer (300 THB), Hotel Transfer (300 THB), Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox (160.50 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.


Diving

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

The crew speaks English, Dutch, German, Thai, French, Chinese, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, and Portuguese.


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

Manta Queen 8 Deck Plan 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
  • 22 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    7.1
  2. Crew
    8.5
  3. Food
    9.4
  4. Diving
    9.0
  5. Value
    8.5
  • 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
  • Alban D
  • Belgium Belgium
Very nice

Dive eat sleep repeat

Recommended for
Seeing a shark :)
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Sophie H
  • Austria Austria
Great Dive Site and super friendly staff

the dive at richeleu rock

Recommended for
divesites, food, people
  • 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
  • 8.0 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
  • SARA C
  • Italy Italy
AMAZING!!!

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

Recommended for
Diving, staff, landscapes
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Tyler B
  • United States United States
Good trip

Richiliue Rock

Recommended for
Efficient with dive logistics, preeminent guide, beautiful dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marcel B
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Hreat diving with a friendly crew

Richelieu Rock

Recommended for
Crew super friendly and helpful
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Shadow L
  • China China
Wonderful experience

Dive site

Recommended for
Dive site, experienced guides, friendly staffs
  • 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
  • 9.6 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.
  • 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
  • 9.2 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
  • 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!