Abundant marine life
Stunning natural topography
Something for every diver
The Similan Islands in Thailand are thought to have inherited their name from the Malay word 'sembilan' meaning 'nine' as the main part of the Similans Archipelago consists of a group of nine granite boulder islands. However, with the inclusion of Koh Bon and Koh Tachai as part of the Similans Marine National Park, there are 11 islands in total. Above the water topography is stunning; lush vegetation tops the islands giving way to granite boulders or white sandy beaches, surrounded by crystal clear water. But, it is what lies beneath the surface that allows the Similans and Surin Islands to lay claim to being one of Thailand and Asia's top scuba diving liveaboard destinations.
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This 6 night Thailand liveaboard adventure combines the Similans Islands with Kon Bon and Koh Tachai and reaches northwards as far as Richelieu Rock and the Surin Islands.
The Similan Islands and Surin Islands National Marine Parks are best reached by liveaboard dive boat and this 6 night safari covers both allowing up to 19 dives, including up to 4 sunset / night dives at some of the best dive sites in the Andaman Sea. Sharks, marbled whip rays, turtles, harlequin shrimp and wondrous soft corals all await the eager diver.
The Phinsi‘s schedules also allow guests to combine a 6 night Similan & Surin Islands itinerary with a 4 night Southern Thailand itinerary to create an ultimate 10 night ‘Best of Thailand‘ scuba diving holiday.
On a typical day we offer up to 4 day dives although, where possible, the 4th dive may be scheduled as a night dive when the boat is anchored within a lagoon. The diving day is usually 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
PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary above is an example only and is subject to change depending on local regulations, divers’ experience, weather conditions and logistics and is at the Captain’s discretion. Adverse weather can affect the diving and cruising schedule which includes several overnight sailings.
6 night Similan & Surin Islands itineraries on The Phinisi can be combined with the 4 night Southern Thailand itineraries to create an ultimate 10 night ‘Best of Thailand‘ scuba diving holiday.
The Junk is a stunning, historical 33m vessel that offers liveaboard diving holidays in Thailand. Originally built in 1962 as a sailing cargo vessel, she was completely overhauled and refitted in 1997 to the vessel she is today. Built from the finest Asian teak wood, known as Takien Tong, she is a three mast junk vessel with 330 square meters of sails that are both functional and beautiful.
The Junk welcomes 18 divers on board. Accommodation is provided in two flexible double/twin cabins, two triple cabins, and two quad cabins that can comfortably sleep up to four divers in 2 single beds and 1 bunk bed. All cabins are equipped with air conditioning, fan and offer en-suite facilities.
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. Rental equipment, Nitrox and courses can be pre-booked and pre-paid at the time of booking your liveaboard holiday. For our rebreather or technical diver guests, please send us your gas and equipment requests as early as possible.
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