The EPIC and EXTENDED South…

Southern Thailand

THE SOUTHERN FAVOURITES AND KOH HAA | HIN DAENG & HIN MUANG (& KOH LIPE FROM OCT – MAY)

4 nights

The EPIC and EXTENDED South…

Southern Thailand

THE SOUTHERN FAVOURITES AND KOH HAA | HIN DAENG & HIN MUANG (& KOH LIPE FROM OCT – MAY)

4 nights

JOIN US on either of these EPIC ITINERARIES exploring the VERY BEST DIVING that Southern Thailand has to offer, taking in the highlights of Hin DaengHin MuangKoh HaaKoh Phi Phi, King Cruiser and more!

*Combine the Similan & Surin Islands – 6 nights, and the Southern Thailand (incl Koh Lipe) – 4 nights itineraries to make the ULTIMATE diving tour, The Best of Thailand – 10 nights

Liveaboard - The Phinisi

WHAT DO OUR GUESTS SAY?

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Amazing variety of hard and soft corals plus many reef and macro specimens

BluesRunner

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This was an excellent trip and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a trip on The Phinisi

DanBeaumont

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Each trip I made has been wonderful, with knowledgeable guides, and a very helpful boat staff

Ron Lussier

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Whale Shark
Two ICONIC Liveaboards

TWO INCREDIBLE ITINERARIES

TWO

INCREDIBLE

ITINERARIES

Southern Thailand

 

From May 16th – June 30th

4 NIGHTS

Departs / Returns:

Chalong/Chalong

We dive the following sites*

King Cruiser

Shark Point & Anemone Reef

Koh Doc Mai

Koh Haa

Hin Daeng

Hin Muang

Koh Phi Phi

 

*Trip itinerary subject to change without prior notice.

Southern Thailand

(& KOH LIPE)

From October 15th – May 15th

4 NIGHTS

Departs / Returns:

Chalong/Chalong

We dive the following sites*

King Cruiser

Shark Point & Anemone Reef

Koh Doc Mai

Koh Haa

Hin Daeng

Hin Muang

Koh Phi Phi

AND Koh Lipe

 

*Trip itinerary subject to change without prior notice.
PRO TIPThe Phinisi

Combine the Similan & Surin Islands – 6 nights, and the Southern Thailand (incl Koh Lipe) – 4 nights itineraries to make the ULTIMATE diving tour, The Best of Thailand – 10 nights

PRO TIPThe Phinisi

Combine the Similan & Surin Islands – 6 nights, and the Southern Thailand (incl Koh Lipe) – 4 nights itineraries to make the ULTIMATE diving tour, The Best of Thailand – 10 nights

aboard THE PHINISI

The Junk

Tradition, comfort & flexibility

Accommodation on board Thailand and Myanmar’s most iconic diving liveaboard.


The Junk proudly presents her sister boat: The Phinisi, officially known as ‘Cheng I Sao’. The Phinisi (pronounced: Pinisi) operates liveaboard cruises in Thailand and Myanmar.

While a remarkable history and character unites the two yachts, The Phinisi complements The Junk by offering a variety of itineraries in Thailand, plus another exciting destination: the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar!

FACILITIES

Some of the most important features on the Phinisi

THE CABINS

 7 aircon cabins

 Individual aircon control

 Ensuite bathroom with hot water

 Overhead reading lights

 Bath towels

 Cupboards for personal items

THE DIVING

 Shaded dive deck

 Personal set-up area & storage crate

 12l Alu-tanks, weights & belt

 15l Alu/Steel-tanks*

 Aqualung rental equipment*

 SMB (Safety sausages)**

 Personal diving/deck towel

 Nitrox and Dive courses available*

THE BOAT

 Fan Saloon

 42″ Flatscreen TV

 Library of movies, books & games

 Covered outdoor & indoor dining

 All meals served buffet style

 Self service drinks & snacks*

 Sundeck with beds

 2 support RIBs

THE EXTRAS

The Phinisi boutique (Equipment/Merchandise)

Island visits

Service with a smile

(*Charges apply)

(**Free of charge for duration of trip)

TRIP INFO

It is a mandatory requirement for all divers to have insurance which covers scuba diving activities equivalent to their diving qualification, including emergency evacuation and recompression chamber costs. Please check our Insurance page for possible suitable options.

Although Marijuana has had a change in status recently here in Thailand, we don’t permit its use on board.

Airport & Transfer Info

Arrival Airport: Phuket International Airport (HKT)

Departure Airport: Phuket International Airport (HKT) 

 

Embarkation: Chalong Pier, Phuket at 19h00 

Disembarkation: Chalong Pier, Phuket at 14h00 

 

Shared transfers between Phuket Airport, Phuket hotels, and the vessel on embarkation and disembarkation day are included in the cruise price. 

 

For your final day aboard, we schedule 2 morning dives so please allow plenty of time for off-gassing before booking any flights.

Marine & Port Fees

50 USD per person 

Marine park fees can be paid on board.

Minimum dive certification and experience

Diving conditions in the Andaman Sea are generally suitable for all levels of divers. Divers who wish to join this itinerary are advised to have Advanced Open Water certification or equivalent* with a minimum of 10 logged dives and experience with diving in currents.

*Advanced Open Water course can be completed on board.

Number of scheduled dives

For this itinerary, your Cruise Director will schedule up to 14 dives.

This itinerary involves some long-distance travel and, whilst we attempt to ensure the number of planned dives is fulfilled, bad weather and sea conditions can affect the boat’s ability to reach a specific dive site in good time and may impact the number of dives that are possible. While we wish to show you the very best diving possible, the safety of all on board remains paramount.

In the unlikely event we are unable to reach a specified dive site; we always do our best in offering diving at alternative locations. 

Safety and dive briefings are conducted in English. If you, or any of your group, do not speak or understand English, please contact us.

Example of the day-to-day schedule

Day 1: Embarkation at 19.00hr followed by briefings and dinner. 

Day 2-4: Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 dives and a sunset or night dive. 

Day 5: For your final day aboard there will be 2 dives* scheduled before heading back to port. Following lunch, disembarkation is scheduled for 14.00hr. 

 

A typical diving day is scheduled as follows: 

Light breakfast, followed by briefing & Dive 1 

Full breakfast, relaxation, followed by briefing & Dive 2 

Lunch, relaxation, followed by briefing & Dive 3 

Snack 

Briefing for Dive 4 

Dinner 

 

*We kindly request that guests check their flight departure times to ensure that they leave a minimum of 24 hours between their final dive and the departure of their flight. While we wish to show you the very best diving possible, the safety of all on board remains paramount. In the unlikely event we are unable to reach a specified dive site; we always do our best in offering diving at alternative locations.

epic! DIVE SITES

SOUTHERN THAILAND

KOH HAA
Possibly some of the most underrated diving in the whole of Thailand, Moo Koh Haa (literally ‘five island group’) sits almost halfway between Hin Daeng and Phi Phi and is part of the Koh Lanta National Marine Park. There are actually several dive sites around Ko Haa but the highlights are Ko Haa Lagoon, Ko Haa Neua, and Ko Haa Yai

Around these amazing islands you can see pinnacles, walls, boulders, caverns, and swim-throughs. Ko Haa lagoon is ideal for night dives, courses, and snorkeling, while The Chimney and The Cathedral offer things that you cannot see on other Thailand liveaboard itineraries with caverns, swim-throughs and chambers all over the sites. Ko Haa has varied marine life too, with ornate ghost pipefish, morays eels, octopus, hawksbill turtles, sea horses, marble rays, and sometimes even leopard sharks.

HIN DEANG & HIN MUANG
These two sites are pinnacles (translating directly as Red Rock and Purple Rock) in the open ocean, reaching down to over 70m, and are best known for manta ray and whale shark encounters. Whether these are sighted or not, the sites also offer giant moray eels, pharaoh cuttlefish, schooling rainbow runners and snappers, barracudas, groupers, fusiliers, and bluefin trevally. On the pinnacles, there are fields of Magnificent Anemones, walls of Hemprics soft corals, and huge gorgonian sea fans. Almost perpetual good visibility and dramatic topography combined with huge fish numbers makes for excellent liveaboard diving.
KING CRUISER
The King Cruiser was a car ferry that used to travel between Phi Phi and Phuket. In 1997, ‘the cruiser’ hit Anemone Reef on her crossing and sank a short distance away. No lives were lost, but divers were left with a great wreck dive! While she is largely broken up now, she is covered in soft corals and hides some wonderful gems, as well as being home to several large schools of snappers. While currents can be strong and visibility sometimes challenging, this is a great site to dive as part of an Advanced Open Water course.
SHARK POINT & ANEMONE REEF
These pinnacles are part of the same reef system and are only a very short distance apart from each other. Both sites are covered with colourful soft corals and anemones with a variety of fish to suit all divers. From barracuda to seahorses and for the lucky ones of course, the iconic leopard shark!
KOH DOC MAI

‘Flower Island’ is a tiny piece of sheer rock between Shark point and Phuket but, although it’s tiny, dives here can provide divers with amazing memories! From a spacious cavern to frog fish, ornate ghost pipefish and even bamboo sharks, Koh Doc Mai never fails to surprise.

KOH PHI PHI
Laying in Phang-Nga bay about 45km east of Phuket and 30km southwest of Krabi, two breathtaking limestone islands make up the greater part of Moo Koh Phi Phi; the largest island of Phi Phi Don being a few kilometres north of Phi Phi Lae. Limestone cliffs rise vertically into the sky, where the trees take over. There are many beaches, coves, and bays which make for dramatic scenery to enjoy during surface intervals. 

There are many, many dive sites around the Phi Phi island group, many consisting of wall dives, the limestone dropping to depth ranges between 10m and 25m. The walls can have gorgonian fans, soft corals and coral bushes and interesting rock formations and swim throughs. At the base of these walls there are often hard coral gardens to explore. You can expect a great amount of fish life, including lionfish, wrasse, Moorish idols, angelfish, rays, trevallies. Also keep an eye out for leopard sharks sleeping on the sandy bottoms or blacktip reef sharks cruising the reefs. Turtles can also quite commonly be seen here. Lastly, check the fans and bushes for tigertail seahorses and harlequin ghost pipefish.

& KOH LIPE

KOH LIPE
This beautiful, pristine island near Langkawi Island and the Malaysian border harbours some amazing dive sites such as: Stonehenge & 8 Mile Rock

Stonehenge is a vibrant pinnacle densely covered in soft corals. Look out in the blue for Schools of barracudas, trevallies and yellow snappers. Smaller creatures include seahorse, varieties of shrimp, crab, nudibranchs. Find the masters of camouflage: stonefish or scorpionfish. As this site is very exposed, strong currents are common and can be expected. It also means that diving Stonehenge, as well as 8 Mile Rock below, depends on local weather conditions and that it is not always possible. 

8 Mile Rock is a world class submerged pinnacle located about 8 miles south of Koh Lipe. Many a large pelagic can be spotted cruising by: devil, manta and eagle rays are among the usual suspects. Other highlights include leopard sharks, giant barracudas and big groupers. When you are really lucky you may even see a whale shark on your dive! The pinnacle reaches up from the ocean floor at about 50m to 15m under the surface. It’s a soft coral paradise: purple, blue and red soft tree coral pop up everywhere. A great variety of reef species can be found here in great abundance and size.

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