Stunning natural topography
Abundant marine life
Something for every diver
Join The Phinisi on this unique liveaboard itinerary exploring some of the very best scuba diving that Thailand and the Andaman Sea has to offer. Over the course of 10 nights, the liveaboard diving itinerary combines highlights of our 6 nights Similan and Surin Islands itinerary with 4 nights Southern Thailand allowing you to experience the delights of Hin Daeng, Hin Muang, Koh Haa and Koh Phi Phi along with the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands; Truly the Best of Thailand.
Maps & Itinerary
Similan Islands National Park
Sites on the eastern side of the Similan Islands tend to be sand covered fringing reefs predominantly made up of hard coral. The reef plateaus are around 5-10 metres deep with gentle slopes heading down to the reef edge at around 20-25m. Where present, currents on the eastward site tend to be relatively gentle.
The dive sites on the west side of the islands are a little different. Giant granite boulders tumble to the sea bed easily reaching depths of 40m. Being more exposed to the open ocean, these sites can be prone to strong and often unpredictable currents. The currents have kept the boulders free from a build up of sand, leading dive sites consisting of a variety of canyons, tunnels, swim-throughs, archways and caverns. The diving can be challenging but the increased chance of larger pelagics makes up for that.
Surin Islands National Park
The topside scenery of Koh Surin, with evergreen forests, mangroves, and small beaches, surpasses even that of the picturesque Similan Islands. Under water the reefs of the Surin Islands have some of the greatest hard coral diversity in Thailand.
Koh Phi Phi National Park
Located 45km to the east of Phuket, the Moo Koh Phi Phi Archipelago consists of 6 islands, the largest and only inhabited of which is Phi Phi Don. Above water scenery is dramatic with huge limestone cliffs and sheltered coves and bays with white sandy beaches. Many of the dive sites are walls with depths ranging between 10 and 25 metres, covered in coral bushes and sea fans.
Koh Haa National Park
With a name that translates as Five Islands, there several dive sites around these amazing islands where you can explore pinnacles, walls, boulders, caverns, and swim-throughs to discover the varied marine life that have made these islands their home.
Hin Daeng & Hin Muang
These two pinnacles (translating directly as Red Rock and Purple Rock) reach down to over 70m in open ocean, and are best known for manta ray and whale shark encounters. Almost perpetual good visibility and dramatic topography combined with huge fish numbers make for excellent liveaboard diving.
Your cruise director will schedule up to four dives per day; 3 day dives and a sunset or night. This totals approximately 32 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
The itinerary above is an example only and is subject to change depending on local regulations and restrictions, guests’ experience, weather conditions and logistics, and is at the Captain’s discretion. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings.
PLEASE NOTE: In some cases, the 10 night Best of Thailand itinerary may be split into 4 nights Southern Thailand combined with 6 nights Similan & Surin Islands to accommodate guests who are not able to do the whole 10 night duration. However, should there be a need to do so for any reason, it simply means that guests can embark or disembark in Chalong while others remain on board as The Phinisi travels between the Southern Islands and the Similan Islands. This does not impact on the areas visited over the course of the full 10 nights or the total number of dives that are possible.
The Phinisi is a traditional Indonesian 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 breath-taking 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.
Master Liveaboards offers a range of services to make your stay on board even more enjoyable. Equipment rental, Nitrox and courses can be pre-booked and pre-paid at the time of booking your liveaboard holiday. For our rebreather and technical diver guests, please send us your gas and equipment requests as early as possible.
Marine Park & Port Fees
Southern Thailand – 4 / 5 nights
50 USD (non-diver $35)
Similan & Surin Islands – 4 nights
50 USD (non-diver $35)
Similan & Surin Islands – 6 nights
65 USD (non-diver $35)
Best of Thailand – 10 nights
115 USD (non-diver $70)
Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar) – 7 nights
Mergui Archipelago (Myanmar) – 10 nights
The applicable marine park fees for your itinerary will be added to your onboard extras to be paid on the boat before disembarkation.
Price 4 nights
Price 6 nights:
Price 7 nights
Price per 10 nights
Full set* (excluding Computer & Torch)
Fins (incl. booties)
Wetsuit (3mm shorty)
UW Torch/Flash light
Upgrade to 13ltr (100 cuft) cylinder
Paralenz Underwater Camera
*Full equipment set includes BCD, Regulators, Wetsuit, Mask, Fins and Snorkel only.
We recommend pre-booking equipment to ensure availability and correct sizes are on board.
Nitrox per day
Nitrox – 4 nights
Nitrox – 6 nights
Nitrox – 7 nights
Nitrox – 10 nights
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.
Wine (per glass)
Kayaking (subject to availability)
PADI EANx- Nitrox
PADI Advanced Open Water
Other PADI Speciality Courses
Courses are subject to availability and must be pre-booked to ensure an instructor is available.
PLEASE NOTE: The course prices listed above DO NOT include the required manual and PADI certification card (PIC). PADI Advanced Open Water Course manual and PIC is $150 USD, PADI Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) Course manual and PIC is $125 USD.
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