Liveaboard Review

Sure, Thailand is a beautiful country, welcoming, charming but it’s way more for the divers. From the Surin Islands to Koh Bon, via the Richelieu site, let yourself be enchanted by the paradisiacal beaches and the clear turquoise waters on board of the magnificent Manta Queen 8 Liveaboard, the latest addition to the fleet. Inspiring a new way to appreciate the art of sea travel, Manta Queen 8 is a true ode to diving; this elegant & affordable ship boasts exceptional facilities to explore the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Boon Sung Wreck in the best possible way. It offers 4 days & 4 nights of dive trips in the Andaman Sea. Underwater, rugged topography on grounds of 20 to 40 meters, the quality of the fauna and flora can only amaze divers.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Many people were happy with the efficiency of the itinerary and the well executed dives.
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    Divers said naturalist was excellent in spotting fish from far away and knew what she was doing.
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    Some people said that the staff were very engaging and always offered a helping hand.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markPeople were taken back due to the fact that they were presented with an envelope at the end of the trip to tip the crew.
  • check-markSome people stated that the equipment was not up to scratch as the sizes were wrong and these measurements were given ahead of time.

Where to book:


Where to book:

Diving on the Manta Queen 8 liveaboard in Thailand

Explore the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Boon Sung Wreck on board of the beautiful and affordable Manta Queen 8: Our newest addition to the fleet.

The dive site Richelieu is simply one of the best dive sites in the world and undoubtedly the best dive site in Thailand! The spot is very famous for being a whale shark magnet. Belonging to the Similan Island National Park, Koh Tachai and Koh Bon, are regularly visited on the way to Richelieu, offering Pelagics, Napoleon Wrasse and Macro-Critters Night Diving.

Vessel features:

Manta Queen 8 Liveaboard is 28 meters/ 92 feet long. This marvelous wooden structure manufactured watercraft is kept an eye on thanks to 5 professional dive staff and 6 benevolent and friendly crew members. 24 guests can be welcomed on board the Manta Queen 8 in 10 comfortable double-bed or twin cabins with adequate air-conditioning and private en-suite bathrooms.

Other fun activities Manta 8has to offer in-between the dives:

There is a lot of room to appreciate the time between dives thanks to all the pleasant common spaces. Manta Queen 8 has a spacious in-door Saloon with HD-TV, an open dining area and an extensive Sundeck perfect for tanning. All suppers onboard are served buffet style freshly prepared by the talented onboard chef. Between dives, tasty snacks are served. Manta Queen 8 also offers you the chance to enjoy some time on the wonderful shorelines.

Rental equipment, Nitrox and Nitrox courses (EAN) are available on board. Dive courses like Untamed Water Course and Deep Speciality are also available.

How’s food onboard like?

Thai cuisine is one of the most popular in the world and is a reason to explore Thailand in its own right. Rich and varied, you can enjoy it wherever you go, especially on board of our Manta Queen 8! Always fresh, never frozen or pre-cooked. We serve authentic dishes cooked with an exotic taste that you will not find anywhere else. In any case, we offer an assortment of Western dishes too amid your journey. We only use fresh, natural and carefully selected ingredients and on all our vessels we prohibited the utilization of Monosodium Glutamate. Of course, we also provide delicious meals for Vegetarians and Vegans. If you need any special diet, don’t hesitate to let us know.

What diving conditions to expect?

The diving conditions are usually good. On most dive sites, the depth varies between 10 and 30 m with a moderate current. The water temperature is around 29 ° C. The visibility is not always perfect because of the plankton but it is what attracts Manta rays and whale sharks! Expect 10 to 30 m visibility. Diving in the Surin Islands is suitable for all levels of divers. However, the best dive sites like Richelieu Rock can be difficult and reserved for experienced divers.

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