Best of Thailand

Requirements: PADI Open Water or equivalent - minimum of 10 logged dives

itinerary-duration

Duration

10 nights

itinerary-skill

Skill level

Open Water

Best of Thailand

Overview

Pristine Corals
Coral gardens
Stunning Topography
Stunning natural topography
Abundant Marinelife
Abundant marine life
Great Visibility
Something for every diver
Wildlife and Culture
Rich Culture

Join The Phinisi on this unique itinerary exploring the very best diving that Thailand has to offer, taking in the highlights of Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa, Koh Phi Phi, King Cruiser, the Similan Islands and, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. This itinerary combines the highlights of our Similan and Surin trip and the Southern Explorer.

Dates & Prices

What's included:
Obligatory surcharges:

Maps & Itinerary

Eastward sites

Sites on the eastern side of the islands tend to be sand covered fringing reefs predominantly made up of hard coral. The reef plateau’s are around 5-10 metres deep and from here you have gentle slopes heading down to the reef edge at around 20-25m. The Eastern sides of the Similans also tend to have more gentle currents. This makes the Eastern dive sites ideal for both divers of all levels and snorkelers too. On Eastern sites you can expect to see a huge variety of coral reef fish. On sand passes look out for garden eels, blue-spot mask rays and the endemic blue-spot jaw fish. Specials include harlequin and robust ghost pipefish, short pouch pygmy pipehorses and hawksbill turtles.

Westward sites

Sites on the west side of the islands are a little different. Here giant granite boulders tumble to the sea bed easily reaching depths of 40m. The more exposed side of the Similans can be prone to stronger and more unpredictable currents. The currents have kept the boulders free from a build up of sand, leading to boulder dive sites with a variety of canyons, tunnels, swimthroughs, archways and caverns. It can be more challenging diving but hopefully the increased chance of larger pelagics makes up for that. Also keep an eye out for andaman sweetlips, dogtooth tuna and anglerfish.

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 Ko 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 snorkelling, while The Chimney and The Cathedral offer things that you cannot see on other Thailand liveaboard itineraries with caverns, swim-throughs and chambers littering 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 Daeng & Hin Muang

These two sites are pinnacles (translating directly as Red Rock and Purple Rock) in open ocean, reaching down to over 70m, and are best known for manta ray and whale shark encounters but, whether they are sighted or not, the sites also offer giant moray eels, pharaoh cuttlefish, schooling rainbow runners and snappers, barracudas, groupers, fusiliers and blue fin 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 number makes for excellent liveaboard diving.

 

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Your cruise director will schedule up to four dives per day; 3 day dives and a sunset or night. This totals approximately 30 dives over 11 days / 10 nights. The diving day is scheduled as follows:

  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing and Dive 1
  • Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 2
  • Lunch, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 3
  • Snack relaxation period, briefing and Dive 4, where possible
  • Dinner
Detailed itinerary

*The itinerary above is an example only and is subject to change depending on local regulations, guests’ experience, flight schedules, weather and logistics and is at the Captain’s discretion. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings.

Accommodation

9.12

Rated excellent

Nitrox

Surcharge

Wifi

No

Equipment

Surcharge

Tech friendly

No

The Phinisi Liveaboard is a sailing yacht offering liveaboard dive holidays in Thailand and Myanmar, comfortably accommodating 18 divers. It boasts a spacious dive deck with plenty of storage space for all your dive gear.

The outdoor dining area at the stern is covered and shaded so you can fully take in the breathtaking views of Thailand and Myanmar. Every day, our chef prepares plenty of dishes from the famous Thai cuisine with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Friendly and experienced, our boat and dive crew are there to meet your every need, making your diving holiday in Thailand and Myanmar unforgettable.

Extras

Master Liveaboards offers a range of services to make your stay on board even more enjoyable. Rental equipment, Marine Park & Port fees, and courses can now be pre-booked and pre-paid at the time of booking. For our technical diver guests, please send us your gas and equipment requests as early as possible.

  • Taxes & Surcharges
  • Equipment
  • Nitrox
  • On-board extras
  • Diver Training
Marine Park & Port Fees
Per person
Similans – 6 nights
US$65 (non-diver US$35)
Southern Thailand – 4 nights
US$50 (non-diver US$35)
Best of Thailand – 10 nights
US$115 (non-diver US$70)
Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar) – 7 nights
US$280
Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar) – 10 nights
US$350
Equipment
Price per day:
Price 7 nights
Price per 10 nights
Kit: Full set* (excluding Computer & Torch)
US$25
US$150
US$175
Kit: BCD
US$8
US$48
US$56
Kit: Fins (incl. booties)
US$3.50
US$21
US$24.50
Kit: Mask
US$3.50
US$21
US$24.50
Kit: Regulator
US$8
US$48
US$56
Kit: Wetsuit
US$7
US$42
US$49
Kit: Dive Computer
US$8
US$48
US$56
Kit: UW Torch/Flash light
US$3.50
US$21
US$24.50
Upgrade to 15ltr cylinder
US$10
US$60
US$70
Paralenz Underwater Camera
US$14
US$84
US$98

*Full equipment set is BCD, Regulators, Wetsuit, Mask, Fins and Snorkel

We recommend that equipment should be pre-booked to ensure availability and correct sizes etc are on board.

Price
Nitrox per fill
US$10
Nitrox per day
US$25
Nitrox – 7 nights
US$150
Nitrox – 10 nights
US$175

On-board pricing is liable to change without notice. Though we try to keep documentation as up to date as possible, please be aware that, although it is unlikely, prices may be different on your cruise.

Beer
US$2.50
Wine (per glass)
US$3.75
Merchandise: T-Shirt
US$12.50
Kayaking (subject to availability)
Free
PADI Courses
Cost:
PADI EANx- Nitrox
$200
PADI Advanced Open Water
$250
Other PADI Specialties
Please enquire*

Courses are subject to availability and must be pre-booked to ensure an instructor is available.

Please note that the course prices listed above DO NOT include the required manual and PADI certification card (PIC). PADI AOW Manual and PIC is $150 USD, PADI Nitrox Specialty Manual and PIC is $125 USD. 

*A range of other speciality courses are available. Please enquire with our travel team for more information, prices and to pre-book any course
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Customer Reviews

Take a look at what our customers have said about our liveaboards in thailand

Excellent service on the Junk
Excellent service on the Junk
The Junk, Nov 2019
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Dive sites wonderful. So much life. So many fish. Great photographic opportunities. One of the best dive trips I have done. Best dive site Richelieu Rock. Absolutely fabulous. Dive guide Jerome was excellent. Thank you. All staff gave excellent service. Particularly with assisting me in and out of tender. Food was excellent. Rooms kept spotless. ALL staff so friendly and ameniable. I made some wonderful memories. Thank you..
Wonderful and experienced crew, an amazing boat
Wonderful and experienced crew, an amazing boat
The Junk, Oct 2019
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We all enjoyed the trip very much, my teens kids as well, lovely experience for them to get more familiar with diving and be disconnected from everything. Crew super nice, professional, incredibly helpful, amazing personalized dive experience thanks BJ for all your patience with us! We will be back!!
Excellent Diving on a Marvelous Ship
Excellent Diving on a Marvelous Ship
The Junk, Aug 2019
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The entire experience aboard the Junk is absolutely wonderful. Diving groups are kept small so that the divemasters can focus on everyone's enjoyment. They modified our trip in August so that we had 3 days of excellent dives despite some choppy waves, The crew of the Junk is very attentive to our dive equipment and prepared delicious meals every day.
Great customer service...on the boat
Great customer service...on the boat
The Junk, July 2019
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Johnathan and crew made the best of a stormy week and rough seas. Customer service on the boat was first class and meals were for royalty. Even though the number of available dive sites were limited by the weather, we still saw most of the marine life on the ID slate. Great trip! Front office was tough to get a hold of and their database was malfunctioning.
Best Liveaboard experience ever!
Best Liveaboard experience ever!
The Junk, November 2018
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Great diving, warmest and most helpful crew and cruise director/instructors/MDs/guides EVER and really tasty food served daily with lots of love! Many Thanks to THE JUNK, the fellow divers/friends and all the people who contributed to this wonderful experience! I will be definitelly coming back when in Thailand, hopefully as soon as possible! Kopkunka for everything!
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