Southern Explorer

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

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Duration

2 nights

itinerary-skill

Skill level

Open Water

Southern Explorer

Overview

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

This short 3 day / 2 night trip explores the Phi Phi Island group, which lies in Phang-Nga bay about 45km east of Phuket. Two main islands make up Phi Phi with the largest island of Phi Phi Don being a few kilometres north of Phi Phi Lae. These remarkable islands are surrounded by breathtaking limestone cliffs rising vertically into the sky, where tropical vegetation takes over at the crest. There are many beautiful beaches, coves and bays which make for dramatic scenery to enjoy surface intervals during your liveaboard vacation in Thailand.

Dates & Prices

What's included:
Obligatory surcharges:

Maps & Itinerary

There are many, many dive sites around the Phi Phi Island group; many consist of wall dives or pinnacles with depths mostly ranging between 10m and 25m. The walls can have gorgonian fans, soft corals and coral bushes and interesting rock formations and swim throughs.

At the base of these walls there are often hard coral gardens to explore. You can expect a great amount of fish life, including lionfish, wrasse, moorish idols, angelfish, rays, trevallies. Also keep an eye out for leopard sharks sleeping on the sandy bottoms or blacktip reef sharks cruising the reefs.

Turtles can also quite commonly be seen here. Lastly do check the fans and bushes for tiger-tail seahorses and harlequin ghost pipefish.

Your cruise director will schedule up to four dives per day; 3 day dives and a sunset or night dive giving a maximum of 10 dives over 3 days. The following is an example of the day-to-day itinerary*:

Day 1: Embarkation at 08:30 followed by a cruise to the first dive site of a 3 dive day.
Day 2: Up to 4 dives; 3 day dives and a sunset or night dive, typically scheduled as follows:
● Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
● Full Breakfast, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 2
● Lunch, relaxation followed by briefing & Dive 3
● Snack
● Briefing for Dive
● Dinner

Day 3: After the 3rd dive, the vessel commences her cruise to port for disembarkation around 16:00.

The cruise director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites, providing it is possible and the schedule allows it.I

Detailed itinerary

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

Accommodation

9.62

Rated excellent

Nitrox

Surcharge

Wifi

No

Equipment

Surcharge

Tech friendly

No

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.

9.12

Rated excellent

Nitrox

Surcharge

Wifi

No

Equipment

Surcharge

Tech friendly

No

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.

Extras

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

The Junk
The Phinisi
  • Taxes & Surcharges
  • Equipment
  • Nitrox, Rebreather & Cylinder
  • On-board extras
  • Diver Training
Marine Park & Port Fees
Per person
Similans – 4 nights
US$50 (non-diver US$35)
Similans – 6 nights
US$65 (non-diver US$35)
Southern Explorer – 2 nights
US$35 (non-diver US$12.50)
Equipment
Price per day:
Price 2 nights:
Price 4 nights
Price 6 nights
Full set* (excluding Computer & Torch)
US$25
US$75
US$88
US$125
BCD
US$8
US$24
US$28
US$40
Fins (incl. booties)
US$3.50
US$10.50
US$12
US$17.50
Mask
US$3.50
US$10.50
US$12
US$17.50
Regulators (Aqualung)
US$8
US$24
US$28
US$40
Wetsuit (3mm shorty)
US$7
US$21
US$24.50
US$35
Dive Computer
US$8
US$24
US$28
US$40
UW Torch/Flash light
US$3.50
US$10.50
US$12
US$17.50
Upgrade to 13ltr (100 cuft) cylinder
US$10
US$30
US$35
US$50

*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.

Price
Nitrox per day
US$25
2 night (3 day) itinerary
US$75
4 night itinerary
US$88
6 night itinerary
US$125

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
Merchandise: Can cooler
US$3.75
Kayaking (subject to availability)
Free
PADI Courses
Cost:
PADI EANx- Nitrox
$100
PADI Advanced Open Water
$250
Other PADI Speciality Courses
Please enquire*

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

*A range of other speciality courses are also available on request. Please enquire with our reservations team for more information, prices and to pre-book any courses.
  • Taxes & Surcharges
  • Equipment
  • Nitrox
  • On-board extras
  • Diver Training
Marine Park & Port Fees
Per person
Southern Thailand – 4 nights
US$50 (non-diver US$35)
Similan & Surin Islands – 4 nights
US$50 (non-diver US$35)
Similan & Surin Islands – 6 nights
US$65 (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 4 nights
Price 6 nights:
Price 7 nights
Price per 10 nights
Full set* (excluding Computer & Torch)
US$88
US$125
US$150
US$175
BCD
US$28
US$40
US$48
US$56
Fins (incl. booties)
US$12
US$17.50
US$21
US$24.50
Mask
US$12
US$17.50
US$21
US$24.50
Regulators
US$28
US$40
US$48
US$56
Wetsuit (3mm shorty)
US$24.50
US$35
US$42
US$63
Dive Computer
US$28
US$40
US$48
US$56
UW Torch/Flash light
US$12
US$17.50
US$21
US$24.50
Upgrade to 13ltr (100 cuft) cylinder
US$35
US$50
US$60
US$90
Paralenz Underwater Camera
US$49
US$70
US$84
US$98

*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.

Price
Nitrox per day
US$25
Nitrox – 4 nights
US$88
Nitrox – 6 nights
US$125
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
$100
PADI Advanced Open Water
$250
Other PADI Speciality Courses
Please enquire*

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. 

*A range of other speciality courses are available on request. Please enquire with our reservations 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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