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About The Phinisi

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

Cabin Configuration

With a total of seven cabins from stem to stern, The Phinisi Thailand liveaboard has one cabin with a double bed and a twin bed, 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.

Where She Operates

The Phinisi Thailand operates in Thailand from October until May each year. Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock itineraries are six days in length. She offers a four-day Southern Island itinerary to Phi Phi and Hin Daeng, and will operate seven and 10-day itineraries to the wonderful Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar. 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.

Vessel 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, on top of her existing trips. In 2011, she relocated to the Maldives where she was given a new name: Maldives Siren. She successfully operated liveaboards around the Maldives atolls until 2014.

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 Seas. 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

5-days & 4-nights: Southern Island Adventure

Phuket – Shark Point – Koh Ph Phi – Koh Ha – Hin Daeng – Hin Muang – Phuket
Departure Day
  • 16:30 Hotel Pick Ups.
  • 18:00 Meet Staff at Meeting Point
  • 18:30 Board The Phinisi in Chalong Bay, Phuket
  • 21:00: Depart for Koh Ha
Day 1
  • Diving at Koh Ha and Hin Daeng
Day 2
  • Diving at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang
Day 3
  • Diving at Phi Phi or Raja Islands
Day 4
  • Diving Shark Point, King Cruiser and Koh Dok Mai
  • Depart for Chalong Bay
  • Lunch and Dinner on Board
Day 5
  • Early Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM Disembark in Chalong Bay Phuket
  • Transfers to Hotel or Airport.

Please note: Approximately 14 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.

 

7-days & 6-nights: Similan, Bon, Tachai, Richelieu Rock

Phuket – Similan – Koh Bon – Koh Tachai – Richelieu – Phuket
Departure Day
  • 16:30 Hotel Pick Ups.
  • 18:00 Meet Staff at Meeting Point
  • 18:30 Board The Junk in Chalong Bay, Phuket
  • 21:00: Depart for Similan Islands
Day 1
  • Diving at Similan Islands
Day 2
  • Diving at Similan Islands & Koh Bon
Day 3
  • Diving at Koh Bon & Koh Tachai
Day 4
  • Diving at Richelieu Rock
Day 5
  • Diving at Koh Tachai
Day 6
  • Diving Boonsung or Sea Chart Wreck Khao Lak
  • Depart for Thap Lamu
  • Lunch and Dinner on Board
Day 7
  • Early Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM Disembark in Thap Lamu
  • Transfers to Hotel or Airport.

Please note: Approximately 19 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.

 

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The Phinisi Thailand 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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