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The Phinisi Liveaboard: Cheng I Sao

~ Diving Burma’s Mergui Archipelago ~

The Phinisi Myanmar Liveboard

The 35 meter Phinisi Liveaboard, a Myanmar Liveaboard, is the newest addition to The Junk family. She is a 140-ton three-mast phinisi taking 18 guests on board in seven cabins. This Myanmar Liveaboard offers seven and 10-night Mergui Archipelago itineraries. The Phinisi Liveaboard also dives Thailand’s Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock with trip lengths of four-nights or six-nights. She’s a classic Southeast Asian slice of history. The Phinisi carries plenty of fresh water and fuel to enable her to easily conduct week-long Thailand and Myanmar liveaboard scuba diving itineraries.

Phinisi Safety Onboard

Guests dive from two rubber tender RIB dinghies for safety and comfort. She carries safety equipment for safe passage at sea including first aid kits, Oxygen, a DAN oxygen kit, two SOLAS life rafts, and SOLAS life jackets. Her communication gear includes VHF radios, CB radios, a GPS, radar, echo sounder and mobile telephones. She offers Nitrox. She has both indoor and outdoor comfortable saloon common areas. You’ll be served five meals and snacks per day on board.

The Phinisi Comfortable Cabins

The Phinisi Myanmar Liveaboard features seven cabins from stem to stern. She offers one double bed and a twin bed cabin, two fixed twin-bed cabins, two convertible double or twin bed cabins with three beds and two quad twin bed cabins. All of her cabins are fully air-conditioned and have their own hot water shower and en-suite bathroom.

The Phinisi’s Departure Ports

She is available for individual bookings as well as charter cruises. Individual prices are listed below in the schedules. Please contact us for charter prices. All departures are from Phuket, Thailand, serviced by Phuket International Airport. The vessel departs from either Chalong Bay in Phuket, or Thap Lamu, the port just north of Phuket. Transfers are free to and from your hotel or the airport to the boat on departure day.

Phinisi’s History

Custom-built for diving in 2007 in Indonesia, “The Phinisi” (pronounced pinisi)–which is a local boat type unique to Indonesia–has a interesting history. When she was launched, she was given the name ‘Sampai Jumpa Lagi’, which means ‘See you again’ in Bahasa Indonesia. She started her career operating dive liveaboard cruises to the Similan Islands and the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar from 2007 to 2009. The yacht was then renamed ‘S/Y Siren’: the first ever yacht to bear the name of what has over time become the famous Siren Fleet. She diverted to offer dive cruises in other wonderful destinations such as Komodo and the Andaman Islands finally relocating to the Maldives until 2014.

Phinisi Coming Home

After leaving the Maldives and returning to Phuket, she was renamed yet again and became ‘Cheng I Sao’. Cheng I Sao was a legendary fearless female Chinese pirate roaming the Andaman Sea. Cheng I Sao took her guests to the best snorkeling sites on daily cruises, serving lunch and/or sunset dinners. As she has been missing her scuba diving guests, she was reconverted to a liveaboard and named The Phinisi in par with her sister ship, The Junk!

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  • 18 Passengers
  • Nitrox Available
  • Double, Twin, and Quad Cabins
  • En Suite Private Bathrooms
  • Air Conditioned
  • Expansive Common Areas
  • Huge Deck Area
  • Camera Station

What’s Included

  • Accommodation on board
  • All meals and snacks
  • Tanks and weights and air fills
  • Professional divemaster services
  • Coffee, tea, drinking water

What’s Not Included

  • Set $25 US per day
  • Full set with computer, 800 baht per day
  • Mask and Fins $7 US per day
  • BCD $8 per day
  • Regulator $8 US per day
  • Wetsuit $7 US per day
  • Dive computer $8 US per day
  • LED Dive Light $3.50 US per day
  • Nitrox $10 US per fill. $25 US per day (Four Fills)
  • Thai National Park Fees 4-days: $50 US
  • Thai National Park Fees 6-days: $65 US
  • Mergui Fees 7-days: $280 USD
  • Mergui Fees 10-days: $350 USD
  • 15 liter tanks $10 US per day
  • Phuket & Khao Lak Transfers
For Mergui entry please prepare and bring with you the following: 
1) Copy of the picture page of your passport.
2) Two passport pictures (nothing formal, just two head shots.)
3) USD in cash only, no other currency is accepted by the Burmese. New bills only.
*Upon booking, please send us a copy of your passport. We need to send this to the government in advance.

8-days & 7-nights: The Mergui Archipelago Burma

Phuket – Khao Lak – Ranong – Kawthaung – Mergui Archipelago – Kawthaung – Khao Lak – Ranong – Phuket
Day 1
  • 07:00 Depart Phuket by taxi (charges apply) OR
  • 09:00 Fly to Ranong from Bangkok (DMK) on Nok Air
  • 12:00 Boarding Vessel at Ranong Pier
  • 13:00 Thai Immigration Procedures
  • 14:00 Sail to Kawthaung
  • 15:00 Burmese Immigration Procedures
  • 16:00 Depart to Mergui Archipelago
  • Dinner On Board
Day 2
  • Diving at Three Islets
  • Depart for Black Rock
Day 3
  • Diving at Black Rock
Day 4
  • Diving at Black Rock
  • Depart for Burma Banks
Day 5
  • Diving at Burma Banks
  • Depart for Fan Forest Pinnacle
Day 6
  • Diving at Fan Forest Pinnacle
  • Diving at Western Rocky Island
Day 7
  • Diving at Western Rocky Island
  • Depart for Kawthaung
Day 8
  • 07:00 Breakfast On Board
  • 07:00 Burmese Immigration Procedures
  • 09:00 Thai Immigration Procedures
  • Disembark in Ranong. Transfer to Phuket by taxi (1500 baht) OR
  • Fly Nok Air to Bangkok (DMK). Evening departure. OR
  • Stay in Ranong, a charming Thai town OR
  • Visit Koh Phayam. Ferries and Speedboats Depart Often.

Please note: Approximately 26 dives. Itineraries are for general information only. We make no claims to being 100% accurate as there are too many factors affecting the schedule. We will give you the best diving on the best spots we can each day.

11-days & 10nights: The Mergui Archipelago Burma

Phuket – Khao Lak – Ranong – Kawthaung – Mergui Archipelago – Kawthaung – Khao Lak – Ranong – Phuket
Day 1
  • 07:00 Depart Phuket by taxi (charges apply) OR
  • 09:00 Fly to Ranong from Bangkok (DMK) on Nok Air
  • 12:00 Boarding Vessel at Ranong Pier
  • 13:00 Thai Immigration Procedures
  • 14:00 Sail to Kawthaung
  • 15:00 Burmese Immigration Procedures
  • 16:00 Depart to Mergui Archipelago
  • Dinner On Board
Day 2
  • Diving at Three Islets
  • Depart for Black Rock
Day 3
  • Diving at Black Rock
Day 4
  • Diving at Black Rock
  • Depart for Burma Banks
Day 5
  • Diving at Burma Banks
  • Sail to North and South Twin Islands
Day 6
  • Diving at North and South Twin Islands
  • Sail to McCloud Archipelago
Day 6
  • Diving at McCloud Archipelago
Day 8
  • Diving at Fan Forest Pinnacle
  • Diving at Western Rocky Island
Day 9
  • Diving at Western Rocky Island
Day 10
  • Diving at Western Rocky Island
  • Depart for Kawthaung
Day 11
  • 07:00 Breakfast On Board
  • 07:00 Burmese Immigration Procedures
  • 09:00 Thai Immigration Procedures
  • Disembark in Ranong. Transfer to Phuket by taxi (1500 baht) OR
  • Fly Nok Air to Bangkok (DMK). Evening departure. OR
  • Stay in Ranong, a charming Thai town OR
  • Visit Koh Phayam. Ferries and Speedboats Depart Often.

Please note: Approximately 38 dives. Itineraries are for general information only. We make no claims to being 100% accurate as there are too many factors affecting the schedule. We will give you the best diving on the best spots we can each day.

Phinisi Layouts

The Phinisi Myanmar Schedules

Check Availability

 Departures can’t be confirmed immediately as availability changes by the hour. We check to make sure the departures and cabins you prefer are available. We then hold them for 48 hours to give you a chance to book the trip. Booking is easy and credit card payment is secure through our merchant account.

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