Budget Burma liveaboard
MV Dolphin Queen is the best budget Burma liveaboard. It has a strong pedigree having pioneered diving in the area and it still visits some secret dive sites that other boats don’t know about.
Dolphin Queen is a wooden monohull vessel, not a fancy boat but it’s professionally run by friendly staff. The cabins are compact and do not have en-suite bathrooms but they do have air conditioning and charging sockets for your electronics. The food always gets good reviews too.
All except two cabins are on the main deck. The two double cabins on the upper deck are slightly larger.
Rental dive equipment is included in the price but if you have your own you get 1,000 baht discount. Book with just 20% deposit and pay the balance when you arrive in Khao Lak.
“Dive Leader’s briefing was thorough and comprehensive before each dive.
The boat, room and bed are clean and comfortable. Jia, Apr 2015” Full review on Trip Advisor
- Max 22 divers
- Diver to dive guide ratio 4: 1
- Experienced multi-lingual guides
- 4 Double AC bed cabins (two on the main deck and two on the upper deck)
- 1 twin bed cabin and 3 quad cabins. All with AC.
- 3 shared bathrooms.
- 22m length, 5.5m beam
- Nitrox available
- One kayak available for guest use
- More photos here
Dolphin Queen price
7 days 6 nights (21 dives) at the Mergui archipelago
- Main deck 4 share cabin: 51,000 baht per diver
- Main deck twin bed cabin: 53,000 baht per diver
- Main deck double bed cabin: 53,000 baht per diver
- Upper deck double bed cabin: 54,000 baht per diver
20% discount for non diving partners.
Liveaboard prices include:
Dive guide, tanks, weights & belt, dive light for night dives, all meals.
Liveaboard prices exclude:
Alcohol, cans of soft drinks, towels, Nitrox (200 baht per fill or 3,150 baht all dives), dive equipment, Mergui entry fees (US$230 per person), dive insurance, transfers to the dive centre.
Note: If you have not dived for over a year you will need to do a refresher before joining a cruise. You must also be advanced or deep diver certified. If not you can do a PADI Adventure Deep Dive (1,500 baht) as the first dive of the cruise.
How to book this liveaboard: Tell us which trip you want to book and we’ll send you a booking form with instructions for payment. We accept online payment by credit card or paypal. We also accept bank transfers.
For advance bookings pay just 30% deposit now to confirm your place, the balance is due on arrival.
Dolphin Queen itineraries
7 days / 6 nights – Mergui Archipelago (including Black Rock)
0730-0900 hrs: Arrive at the Khao Lak dive centre for check in and equipment fitting.
0900-1230 hrs: Transfer by AC minivan to Ranong. If you fly direct to Ranong (Nok air has 3 flights per day) we can arrange pick up from a Ranong hotel, or Ranong airport.
1230 hrs: Board Dolphin Queen in Ranong. Lunch on board. Then Thai immigration control and exit Thailand.
1430 hrs: Arrive Kawthaung. Myanmar immigration control. Then cruise in to the Mergui archipelago. Dinner served on board.
Day 2 (first diving day):
4 dives around the 3 Islets dive sites.
Afternoon Island excursion to visit a Moken village.
4 dives at Black Rock.
3 day dives at Stuart Rock, Rainbow Rock and Castle City.
Night dive or beach excursion.
Dive 1 at Frog Rock. Dives 2 and 3 at Candy Canyon. Plus dusk/night dive.
Dive 1 at Fan Forest pinnacle. Dives 2,3 and 4 at Western Rocky.
Morning dive at Shark Lagoon. Then cruise back to Kawthaung.
1330 hrs: Arrive at Kawthaung and complete immigration procedures to exit Myanmar.
1500 hrs: Enter Thailand at Ranong
1530-1830 hrs: Disembark Dolphin Queen and transfer back to the Khao Lak dive centre by minibus ***.
***New for 2019-20 is the option to stay one extra night on board Dolphin Queen for a relaxing cruise back to Kuraburi. In this case you will disemark at 7.30 am on Day 8 and transfer back to Khao Lak by minibus, arriving in Khao Lak at about 9 am. The price is the same and there are no extra dives.
Note: This itinerary is a guide only and may be changed due to weather or sea conditions for your safety.
Dolphin Queen schedule
13-20 December 2019 (7d 6n)
20-27 February 2020 (7d 6n)
9-16 April 2020 (7d 6n)