The Junk Liveaboards: “Simply The Best Liveaboard Experience in Thailand”

May 20, 2022

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A small privately owned company offering : Amazing and unforgettable, yes these two words are in the top most used terms mentioned by our guests in our customer feedback.

The Junk Liveaboards was indeed founded and moulded to create a spectacular diving holiday and to ensure you experience “The best liveaboard in Thailand.”

Our liveaboard trips are truly both special and unique for a number of reasons.

The Junk LiveaboardsThe Vessels

Firstly, our two boats; The Junk and The Phinisi are traditional wooden hulled sailing vessels, offering an iconic, characteristic first impression. While The Phinisi was in fact purposefully built for divers, The Junk is originally a 1962 cargo vessel and has been converted into a beautiful liveaboard. This clearly sets them apart from your average Thai liveaboard boat. Once on board, you will find that our boats are spaciously laid out to accommodate 18 guests each, offering all amenities for divers.

A large dive deck with personal storage crates, and a separate rinsing tank for cameras, to name but a few. You will also find a comfortable indoor lounge, outdoor shaded seating spaces with bean bags as well as wooden benches & tables, plus a sundeck on each boat.



The safety of our guests is our main priority, which is why we use dinghies to transport divers to and from the dive sites. This benefits our guests’ safety in two ways:

  1. There is no chance of the big boat coming anywhere near the shallow dive sites and therefore possibly endangering ascending divers or damaging the reefs.
  2. During the dive, our dinghy drivers stay alert around the dive site so if any of the divers needs to come up early, they are safely picked up.


Food, food, glorious food. Our chefs will delight you with the tastiest Thai and Western dishes freshly prepared each day, they are pure magicians in their galley kitchens offering not only quality produce but also a wide variety of food 4 times a day. We cater to most dietary requirements; our vegan and vegetarian guests are also very well taken care of.



Our amazing crew on both boats are a tight-knit “family”, super friendly and professional. They are eager to welcome you onboard their floating home as part of the family. Service with a smile comes naturally to them. They form the heart and soul of our two boats while taking extremely good care of you on board as well as in the water. They are well trained in all safety measures and local knowledge is invaluable.



We visit all the diving highlights of Southern Thailand, both vessels roam the Andaman Sea year-round on varied itineraries. Our highlight itinerary is diving the Similan & Surin islands during the season from mid-October to mid-May, while also venturing into the waters southeast of Phuket year round.

According to some, Koh Lipe, Hin Muang and Hin Daeng in the south offer some of the best diving in Thailand. These parts of the Andaman Sea are generally uncrowded. This makes for spectacular diving amidst pristine gorgeous soft corals, overhangs and swim throughs, healthy fish life and occasional whale shark and manta encounters.

The Phinisi offers a special itinerary encompassing both highlights. Aptly named: The Best of Thailand, on this 10-night liveaboard cruise, you are guaranteed to experience the best diving in Thailand.


Conservation and other projects

We take conservation seriously and have embarked on various projects while partnering with both Oceans For All Foundation on a Leopard Shark Project as well as an Annual Manta Trust expedition or two.

We also regularly visit and donate to the nomadic people of the Surin islands while allowing our guests to visit the islands.


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To wrap it up, all the above reasons combined make The Junk Liveaboards the best liveaboard experience in Thailand. Would you like to know more about us? Take a look at our ‘The Experience‘ page or visit our schedule and rates page to find your preferred dates. To get in contact, just use the form below 🙂