The best budget diving liveaboard Thailand (6 Cheap Thailand liveaboards)

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Cheap diving liveaboards in Thailand

Thailand doesn’t just have great spicy food, but it also has great scuba diving to enjoy too. With some of the best diving in the world and with many diving liveaboards to choose from. This article looks at the best budget diving liveaboards in Thailand.

Six of the best budget diving liveaboards in Thailand includes one of which is rated 9.0 out of 10. The cheap liveaboards in this article have been chosen based upon being £100 ($130) or less per night.

The best way to dive Thailand is by a scuba diving liveaboard. You can check the latest and best deals on Thailand liveaboards using the following window:

6 of the best budget diving liveaboard Thailand

I have included below the best budget diving liveaboards leaving from Thailand. These are listed in order of cheapest first, but this list of 10 Labuan Bajo liveaboards are all on a budget.

  1. Manta Queen 7 liveaboard – Rated 8.6 out of 10 and Fabulous. Suitable for up to 22 guests across 10 cabins. Suitable for single or solo divers only.
  2. Manta Queen 5 liveaboard – Rated 8.5 out of 10 and Fabulous. Suitable for up to 22 guests across 11 cabins. Suitable for single or solo divers only.
  3. Manta Queen 8 Liveaboard – Rated 8.6 out of 10 and Fabulous. Suitable for up to 24 guests across 12 cabins. Catering for both couples and solo divers.
  4. Manta Queen 3 liveaboard – Rated 8.6 out of 10 and Fabulous. Suitable for up to 28 guests across 12 cabins. Catering for both couples and solo divers.
  5. Manta Queen 1 liveaboard – Rated 8.9 out of 10 and Fabulous. Suitable for up to 24 guests across 12 cabins. Catering for both couples and solo divers.
  6. Dolphin Queen liveaboard – Rated 9.0 out of 10 and Fabulous. Suitable for up to 22 guests across 8 cabins. Catering for both couples and solo divers.

Scuba dive Koh Similan – Koh Bon – Koh Tachai – Richelieu Rock – Koh Surin

The word “Koh” means “Island” in Thailand. For example Koh Similan is the Similan islands and Koh Bon is Bon Island, and so on.

With these budget liveaboards listed in this article, you can find yourself diving in one of the Thailand areas. With some of the best scuba diving in thew world, Thailand offers clear blue waters, that are warm year-round.

More Reading: Koh Haa Scuba Diving (Koh Haa by Day Boat or By Liveaboard Trip)

From cuttlefish and octopus to reef fish of every kind and of course manta rays. But if you’re lucky you may even spot a whale shark too. But you can also see other sharks in Thai waters together with large pelagic fish, through to seahorses and mantis shrimps See the video below for an example of what the diving is like in Thailand.

More Reading: Best Place To Scuba Dive With Whale Sharks (The Biggest Fish In The Oceans)

Scuba Diving in The Similan Islands, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

A diving liveaboard in the Andaman Islands includes the jewel in the crown of Thailand; Similans and Richelieu. But in addition to this another top dive site includes the lush Surin Islands.

Richelieu Rock is on the top ten dive site list of famous scuba diver Jacques Cousteau.

More Reading: Top ten dive sites in the world by Jacques Cousteau

Scuba Diving in The Similan Islands, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock
The biggest Manta we have ever seen, a hunting octopus and a cuttlefish threesome made this a trip to remember!

How to get to Thailand

With year-round affordable liveaboard diving and great food, why wouldn’t you want to go to Thailand? But how do you get to Thailand, and where are the departure points for Thailand liveaboards?

The North Andaman liveaboard trips mostly depart from Khao Lak or Phuket. To get to Phuket is a one hour flight from Bangkok. Alternatively, you can get a direct international flight from Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong or Singapore.

Thailand dive liveaboards table

This list of Thailand liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, followed by Scuba Diving Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating, see below), so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating and the best SDE lux rating will be at the top of the list. If you want to change the list order, use the “Sort by” dropdown below.

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Review Link: MY Peterpan; Booking Link: MY Peterpan 0 63% NO YES YES YES YES
Review Link: MY Andaman; Booking Link: MY Andaman 0 60% YES YES YES NO YES

The Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating) is explained on each liveaboard review when you click the “Discover Liveaboard” link, and is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating I’ve assigned to all liveaboards. Choosing between liveaboards is helped by customer scores, and if you get stuck choosing between two or three liveaboards, where each one has a high customer score out of 10, you can use the SDE Luxury Rating to help narrow down your choice.

Think about it like using Booking.com when searching for the best hotel. Booking.com also use a customer score where each customer rates hotels out of 10. This is similar to the liveaboard customer rating, which is also rated out of 10. But let’s say you only like to stay in hotels rated 8 and above on Booking.com, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is usually secondary to the score out of 10.

I hope you enjoyed this article about the best budget diving liveaboard Thailand

I’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your adventures of diving and snorkeling, in the comments below. Please also share your photos. Either from your underwater cameras or videos from your waterproof go-pro’s!

If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions either about snorkeling or scuba diving (or specifically on the best budget diving liveaboard Thailand), please comment below with your questions.

There will also be many more articles about scuba and scuba diving safety tips (and on snorkeling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport.

Have fun and be safe!

The best budget diving liveaboard Thailand (6 Cheap Thailand liveaboards)

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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