Manta Trust joins The Junk in 2022

Diver and Manta in Thailand

We are really happy to welcome back a member of the Manta Trust for an amazing 10 night Manta Trust trip on The Junk. If you like mantas and other ray species, and care about their conservation, this trip has your name written all over it. And the best diving in Thailand goes hand in […]

Entering Thailand with the Thailand Pass

Thailand Pass Arrival

Master Liveaboards has two boats operating in Thailand. The country has enjoyed relatively low COVID numbers and was tentative to open but now allows quarantine free reentry for many travellers. But how how easy is it entering Thailand with the Thailand Pass?* *Note that this article was written in December 2021. Test and go was […]

Thailand bans damaging sunscreen

Thailand Marine Parks Similan

Thailand has followed in the footsteps of countries and regions such as Palau and Hawaii as it bans reef damaging sunscreen. The Thai government based their decision and consequent announcement, in early August 2021, on available scientific data. This data clearly shows that these chemicals “deteriorate coral reefs, destroy coral larvae, obstruct their reproductive system, […]

More Leopard Shark Research Expeditions

Leopard or zebra shark in Thailand

Are you a fan of leopard sharks and do you want to make a difference? In Thailand, we have teamed up with the Phuket-based NGO Oceans For All and are now offering you the chance to join us on two special Leopard Shark Research Expeditions onboard The Phinisi. What are the leopard shark research expeditions […]

Diving Thailand in COVID. Reef Renaissance?

Diving with The Junk in Thailand a turtle coming up for air

For most of 2020 and the first half of 2021, many countries around the world have been in lockdown. Governments have been restricting people’s international movements. All the while, The Phinisi and The Junk have been diving Thailand in COVID relatively undisturbed. Is there a positive effect to all this? What Happened In The Early […]

Is This Thailand’s Best Dive Site?

Soft coral on dive site Richelieu Rock in Thailand

The Similan and Surin Islands offer some of Thailand’s finest diving and certainly deserve to be on your bucket list. Tucked away nearly 10km east of the Surin Islands is Richelieu Rock. Certainly it’s spectacular, but is it Thailand’s best dive site? The Junk’s own Renske Lauterbach makes her case. This large solitary limestone seamount […]