MV Manta Queen 1

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MV Manta Queen 1 Overview

Manta Queen 1 Similan islands liveaboard
Boat rating : 9/10 Based on 18 divers
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Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Khao Lak.
No. of guests: 20
Prices from: 18,000
14,400 THB per diver

MV Manta Queen 1 offers some of the best-value Similan Island diving safaris available. There are three different cabin options, all of which are air-conditioned. The twin-bed cabins with shared bathrooms are the best value. There are also eight more twin and double-bed cabins which have a private bathroom. The boat is nearly 30 metres long, making it larger than most for its guest capacity, and ensures safety & stability at sea. MQ1 takes a maximum of 20 guests on each trip, and these divers are separated into groups of no more than five per Divemaster. Usually this is done to group together divers of similar levels and experience, but can often end up being groups of friends or couples. Budget travellers and backpackers find diving on Manta Queen 1 ideal, especially considering that pick up from hotels and guest houses in the local area is included in the price. She is a comfortable vessel and offers very sociable trips at almost unbeatable prices. There are large sundeck & saloon areas for relaxing between dives and in the evenings. Group-on-manta-queen-1But due to the boat’s size, there’s always somewhere to find some privacy, although most guests enjoy each others’ company until it’s time for bed. There is a dinghy to retrieve divers who have surfaced too near the reef and to transport any passengers to beaches or snorkelling areas.

Although not the newest boat in the Manta Queen fleet, MQ1 is still very much a favourite among the staff and guests. This is mainly down to the large size of the boat, designed more for comfort than to cram in as many people as possible. Also, the experienced crew and captain ensure that every trip runs smoothly, safely and with lots of fun.

Many divers choose to take part in a PADI diving course aboard Manta Queen 1, and these are extremely-good value. PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and Nitrox (Enriched Air) are the most popular. Of course, there are Nitrox filling facilities aboard Manta Queen 1, as well as other amenities to maximize guests’ safety, comfort and convenience. All meals, tea & coffee, snacks and drinking water are all free, as well as pick up and drop off in Khao Lak & Phuket areas on the days of departure and return. Now MQ1 has free Wi-Fi when it is in cellular range.

In recent years MQ1 has changed between 4-night and 5-night trip lengths. Now, for 2023-2024 the boat goes out for four days & four nights, offering up to 15 dives. Some other websites might still show its trips as 5D/5N and 19 dives. These are out of date. Also, there are some websites that show the trips to be 5D/4N, which is misleading. Departure is in the evening of the first day, and there's no diving until the following morning. The trips are less than 96 hours long, so we show them as 4D/4N.

Genuine MV Manta Queen 1 Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with MV Manta Queen 1
Andy Jewson Manta Queen 1
Andy Jewson
Divers Nationality: British
Dive date: 16 February 2024
Boat rating: 9/10
Great trip. Diving was outstanding, fantastic underwater scenery, boulders, swim throughs, walls, masses of coral in good condition. The variety and quantity of underwater life is quite astonishing, from gorgeous little harlequin shrimps to 1m+ tun more
Gunar Manta Queen 1
Divers Nationality: German
Dive date: 18 November 2021
Boat rating: 9/10
It was a fantastic trip! Great tourleader Mickey with his team and the outstanding boatcrew, very helpful with everything! Thank you guys so much!
Divers Nationality: British
Dive date: 06 February 2020
Boat rating: 10/10
My first liveabord so nothing to compare it too, but I absolutely loved the trip. Totally professional but with a good dose of humour, Xavier and Robert’s dive briefings were very clear but not over technical, all dive guides extremely knowledgable more
Vik Manta Queen 1
Divers Nationality: Lithuanian
Dive date: 03 November 2019
Boat rating: 10/10
Diving with MantaQueen1 and Tik was wonderful. Friendly and professional diveguides and crew. I feel safe. Diving Richelieu Rock just breathtaking. Thanks
Peter LUCAS Manta Queen 1
Divers Nationality: Australian
Dive date: 03 November 2019
Boat rating: 8/10
Fantastic, but very tough diving. Sensational Dive guides, and ratio of 1:3, or even 1:2 was unpreceedented. Every moment was used making a very full trip, and food, or course fantastic. The only critism is the cabin door locks whihc could lead to be more
Loucas Manta Queen 1
Divers Nationality: Cypriot
Dive date: 08 March 2019
Boat rating: 10/10
Well organised great people and dive-sites, highly recommended!!!
Craig Manta Queen 1
Divers Nationality: American
Dive date: 17 January 2019
Boat rating: 10/10
Had a great trip. I am not good with names but John was excellent. My dive leader Tik was the best ever he truly cares about everyone. I would choose to dive again and again.
Karel Hanse Manta Queen 1
Karel Hanse
Divers Nationality: Netherlander
Dive date: 03 December 2018
Boat rating: 9/10
I enjoyed it very much, the diveguid Tik, the helpfullness of the boys on the wet area, the food and the given assistence for my handicap!! Thank you very much!!! Greetings, Karel Hanse (NL)
Steve smith Manta Queen 1
Steve smith
Divers Nationality: American
Dive date: 14 November 2017
Boat rating: 10/10
Amazing, magical, professional great Thai support team and dive masters You will never forget this experience Steve
Anders Manta Queen 1
Divers Nationality: Danish
Dive date: 14 October 2017
Boat rating: 8/10
Very easy and very helpful service from No troubles Just Bobbles, with evrething from boooing the liveaboard to cheep hotel and taxi service. MQ1 has great staff especially dive guide TIK who didn´t say much but was super helpful under water. more
Manta Queen 1 Similan islands liveaboard
MV Manta Queen 1
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Khao Lak.
No. of guests: 20
From: 18,000
14,400 THB per diver
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