5 days / 5 night - 19 dives - MV MQ7


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Similan islands liveaboard boat Manta Queen 7

 

Are you looking for a nicely priced budget Thailand liveaboard trip?

Then this 5 days – 5 nights Similan Island liveaboard would be your best choice. On this live aboard trip you get 19 world class dives at Thailand´s premier dive destination. You will dive at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin Islands (not done by many dive trips!), the Boonsung wreck and of course at one of Thailand’s top ten dive sites Richelieu Rock.

You are diving in small groups of maximum 5 divers with an experienced dive guide.

Certification level and experience determine how the groups are put together.

Most of your diving days starts early to avoid the masses on the dive sites. . . most of the days at 6 am with the briefing at 6:30 and the first dive around 7 am. There is also a lot of feeding action going on at those early dives.

The next dives happen mid-morning, in the early afternoon and for sunset.

Day 1 is the exception. Because you travel overnight to the Similan Islands, the wakeup call happens at 7 am. You also will get an extended safety briefing, making sure everybody is familiar with the general safety rules and procedures.  So all the dives on this day are later, what also gives you the chance to do an exciting night dive.

The first two days of your Similan Island liveaboard trip you’ll dive all the favorite Similan Island dive sites. . . 8 dives altogether.

Day three brings you to Koh Bon and Koh Tachai for 2 dives on each island. In the morning of Day 3 you’ll awake at Koh Bon for 2 exciting dives, before your Thailand live aboard takes you more to the north for the last 2 dives of the day around Koh Tachai.

Day 4 is extremely amazing. . . You will dive at the Surin Islands first thing in the morning what is quite special since not too many Similan Island live aboard boats include them in their trip schedules. After that the excitement continues with 3 dives at Richelieu Rock, considered among the world’s top dive sites!

After the night spent in a sheltered bay at Koh Tachai island the boat sails southwards, back to Koh Bon for 2 dives. The very last dive of your Thailand liveaboard diving trip will be at the amazing Boonsung wreck. What is so special about that old scattered tin miner? It’s the only elevation from the otherwise flat bottom of the sea in a big area. . . so there is plenty of fish in big schools around and many moray eels and critters are living in the cracks and holes in the metal walls of this artificial reef, using it as a ‘kindergarten’ to breed.

 Between the dives you’ll get lots of time for relaxation: Use the dingy to visit the white sandy beach on the Similan Islands (Note: You are only allowed to visit the Similan Island beaches, so enjoy the stunning view from the top of the rocks or a nice beach game!), go for snorkeling or swimming or just stay on the boat and use all the spaces available: the large sundeck, the shaded open dining area and the cozy salon with HD-TV.

 

The Similan islands liveaboard Manta Queen 7 is a 26 meters long and 5 meters wide wooden live aboard vessel that is manned with 6 multi-lingual dive staff and 6 boat crew members. The comfortable accommodation for the 24 guests is either a twin bed cabin or 4 bed shared cabin, all with Air Condition.

All meals on board are served buffet style and freshly cooked from the on board kitchen. Snacks and fruits are served in between dives.

 

Itinerary

5 Days - 5 nights liveaboard MQ 7

 

Day 0

Pick up from your resort in Khao Lak or Phuket

. 19.00  PM   Arrival at the dive center, checking in

. 20.00  PM   Transfer to the liveaboard

. 21.00  PM   Dinner buffet

 

Day 1 : 4 Dives

. 06.30 AM   Wakeup call 

                       Light Breakfast

. 07.15 AM   Dive Briefing

. 07.30 AM   Dive 1 # Anita's Reef

. 08.30 AM   Full breakfast and time to relax

. 10.30 AM   Dive 2 # West of Eden

. 12.00 PM    Thai and Western Lunch buffet, time to relax and beach walk

. 13.30 PM    Dive 3 # Stone Henge

. 14.30 PM    Time for relaxing : visiting the beach , snorkeling or swimming, fruits and snacks

. 17.45 PM    Dive 4 # Princess Bay Dusk dive or

. 19.00 PM    Dive 4 # Princess Bay Night dive

. 20.30 PM    Dinner buffet and time to relax

. Overnight stay at bay at Similan Island # 4

 

Day 2 : 4 Dives

. 06.30 AM   Wakeup call 

                       Light Breakfast

. 07.15 AM   Dive Briefing

. 07.30 AM   Dive 5 # Elephant Head Rock

. 08.30 AM   Full breakfast and time to relax

. 10.30 AM   Dive 6 # North Point

. 12.00 PM    Thai and Western Lunch buffet, time to relax and beach walk

. 13.30 PM    Dive 7 # Breakfast Bend / Turtle Rock

. 14.30 PM    Time for relaxing : visiting the beach , snorkeling or swimming, fruits and snacks

. 17.45 PM    Dive 8 # Donald Duck bay / Turtle Rock Dusk dive or

. 18.30 PM    Dive 8 # Donald Duck bay / Turtle Rock  Night dive

. 20.30 PM    Dinner buffet and time to relax

. Overnight stay at the bay at Similan Island # 8

 

Day 3 : 4 Dives

. 06.30 AM   Wakeup call 

                       Light Breakfast

. 07.15 AM   Dive Briefing

. 07.30 AM   Dive 9 # Christmas point

. 09.00 AM   Full breakfast and time to relax

. 10.30 AM   Dive 10 # Koh Bon West Ridge

. 12.00 PM    Thai and Western Lunch buffet, time to relax and beach walk

. 14.30 PM    Dive 11 # Koh Tachai Pinnacle

. 15.30 PM    Time for relaxing : snorkeling or swimming, fruits and snacks

. 18.00 PM    Dive 12 # Koh Tachai Dusk dive or

. 19.00 PM    Dive 12 # Koh Tachai Night dive

. 20.30 PM    Dinner buffet and time to relax

. Overnight stay in the bay at Koh Tachai

 

Day 4 : 4 Dives

. 06.30 AM   Wakeup call 

                       Light Breakfast

. 07.15 AM   Dive Briefing

. 07.30 AM   Dive 13 # Surin islands

. 09.00 AM   Full breakfast and time to relax

. 11.00 AM   Dive 14 # Richelieu Rock

. 12.00 PM    Thai and Western Lunch buffet, time to relax and beach walk

. 14.30 PM    Dive 15 # Richelieu Rock or Koh Tachai

. 15.30 PM    Time for relaxing : visiting the beach , snorkeling or swimming, fruits and snacks

. 18.00 PM    Dive 16 # Richelieu rock

. 20.30 PM    Dinner buffet and time to relax

. Overnight stay at the bay at Koh Tachai

 

Day 5 : 3 Dives

. 06.30 AM   Wakeup call 

                       Light Breakfast

. 07.15 AM   Dive Briefing

. 07.30 AM   Dive 17 # Koh Bon Pinnacle

. 08.30 AM   Full breakfast and time to relax

. 11.00 AM   Dive 18 # Koh Bon westridge

. 12.00 PM    Thai and Western Lunch buffet, time to relax and beach walk

. 14.15 PM    Dive 19 # Boonsung wreck

. 16.30 PM    Arrival at Tab Lamub Pier

. 16.30 PM   Transfer to your accommodation in Khao Lak

 

Schedule

Departure schedule Manta Queen 7 liveaboard  5 days / 5 nights

Season 2017 -2018 

Trip number
Departure date 
Arrival date 
Trip 102
29 October
03 November
Trip 103
04 November
09 November
Trip 104
10 November
15 November
Trip 105
16 November
21 November
Trip 106
22 November
27 November
Trip 107
28 November
03 December
Trip 108
04 December
09 December
Trip 109
10 December
15 December
Trip 110
16 December
21 December
Trip 111
22 December
27 December
Trip 112
28 December
02 January
Trip 113
03 January
08 January
Trip 114
09 January
14 January
Trip 115
15 January
20 January
Trip 116
21 January
26 January
Trip 117
27 January
01 February
Trip 118
02 February
07 February
Trip 119
08 February
13 February
Trip 120
14 February
19 February
Trip 121
20 February
25 February
Trip 122
26 February 
03 March
Trip 123
04 March
09 March
Trip 124
10 March
15 March
Trip 125
16 March
21 March
Trip 126
22 March
27 March
Trip 127 
28 March
02 April
Trip 128
03 April
08 April
Trip 129
09 April
14 April
Trip 130
15 April
20 April
Trip 131
21 April
26 April
Trip 132
27 April
02 May
Trip 133
03 May
08 May
Trip 134
09 May
14 May

      

Boat Info

MQ 7


Technical specification

  • Length : 26 Meters
  • Width : 5 Meters
  • Hull : wood
  • Engines : 2
  • Generators : 2
  • Compressors : 2
  • Cabins : 8 Twin bed cabins

                              2 4 Shared cabins

              All cabins are air-conditioned

 

Boat crew

  • 1 Captain
  • 1 Engineer
  • 4 Deckhands
  • 2 Cooks

 

Dive crew

  • 1 Tour leader
  • 5 multilingual Dive masters / Instructors 

Safety

  • VHF radio
  • CB radio
  • Satellite navigation ( GPS )
  • Oxygen kit
  • First aid kits
  • Life jackets / rings
  • Life raft

Prices

MQ 7
MQ7 4 Shared Cabin
฿22,500.00
MQ7 Twin Bed Cabin
฿24,500.00

 

Included in the liveaboard prices are:
  • Transfer from and back to Khao Lak.
  • 24 Hour diving medical service on the liveaboard 
  • Experienced dive guide
  • Maximum 5 guest with 1 dive guide
  • All meals, coffee, tea, drinking water, snacks & fruits.
  • Towels and shampoo

Not included in the prices are

  • National park and diving fees
  • Price : 2.000.- Baht
  • Full set of diving equipment : regulator, long or short wetsuit, bcd, pressure gauge, depth gauge, mask, snorkel, full foot fins, tank, weightbelt  
  • Price 2.000.- Baht ( 400.- Baht per day )
  • Transfer from Phuket available for 250 Baht per person for one way. 500 Baht for a round trip.
Time for pick up from Phuket        
Rawai Green Leaf Gasoline station                                     12.30 - 12.40
Chalong Pier                                                       12.45 - 12.50
Kata ( from guests accommodation )                                          13.15 - 13.30
Karon (from guests accommodation ) 13.30 - 13.50
Patong (from guests accommodation ) 14.10 - 14.50
Phuket Town Rassada Pier                                                      14.45 - 15.10
PhuketTown McDonalds/Robinson Shopping Mall          14.45 - 15.10
Kamala (from guests accommodation )  15.10 - 15.30
Surin (from guests accommodation )     15.40 - 16.00
Bang Tao (from guests accommodation )                            15.40 - 16.00
*Phuket Airport                                                     16.00 - 16.30
               
Pick up from you accommodation in Khao Lak between 17.30 -18.00   

 

* International arrivals at the new terminal at the entrance gate 4

* Domestic flights in front of the Burger King Restaurant on the upper floor


Contact Us

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

The Similan islands, Koh Bon , Koh Tachai and Richelieu rock are parts of Marine National parks.

The parks are open from the 15th of October till the 15th of May. From the 16th of May till the 14th of October the National parks are closed. Visiting the islands or dive sites is not allowed.

From the of May to the beginning of October the  Southwest Monsoon comes to Thailand from the Indian Ocean and impacts the Andaman Coast. Then the sea waters of the Andaman Coast are disturbed, weather conditions can change very quickly and high waves can make travelling at sea quit a challenge. 

For the 2 days – 1 nights liveaboard trip there is a pick up service for the Khao Lak area.

For the 3 days – 3 nights, 4 days – 4 days and 5 days – 5 nights liveaboard trip there is a pick up service for the Khao Lak area and the major tourist towns on Phuket, including Phuket  airport.

From Bangkok you can take flight to Phuket airport  and from there a taxi to Khao Lak. It’s also possible to take a night bus from the Bangkok Southern Bus Terminal ( Sai Tai Mai Bus station)  to Khao Lak which takes about an 11 hours .

From Koh Samui, Koh Phang an and Kao Tao you can take a ferry to Surthani and from there the bus Khao Lak.

From Phuket  you can take a bus to Khao Lak. The bus starts at Phuket town bus station and it takes about  2 -2 1/2 hours to Khao Lak.

The maximum depth permitted on all trips is 30 meters, 99 feet for Open Water Divers with the Deep Adventure Dive certification, Advanced Divers, Rescue Divers, Divemasters and Instructors.

Open Water Divers without any additional Deep training will not be permitted to dive deeper than 18 meters, 59 feet.

The maximum depth for Junior open water divers 10 or 11 years old is 12 meters. The maximum depth for junior open water divers 12 years and older is 18 meters.

The maximum depth for Junior advanced open water divers between the age of 12 and 14 years old is 21 meters.

 

Yes, all meals are included in the price as well as coffee, tea and water. Th meals are served in buffet style. Vegetarian meals are possible . During the day fruits are served. All other drinks ordered have to be paid separately.