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Why Book With Us?

  • 20+ years experience in diving tours.
  • We ourselves are experienced passionate divers.
  • $20 of every booking donated to Shark Guardian

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The Phinisi, officially known as ‘Cheng I Sao’ is the sister boat to The Junk and offers fantastic dive itineraries in Thailand and Myanmar with the season running from October to May each year… Overview Continued

  • Fantastic crew and dive team
  • Has the unique feel gained from travelling on a Phinisi beneath the sails
  • Possibilities of Mantas, Whalesharks and Sailfish
  • Comfortable cabins and rest areas
Know before you go
To make the most of the marine life activity and based upon the seasonal changes, the Phinisi offers a number of trips within Thailand and Myanmar.  The following advice refers to the excursions provided within Myanmar.  For Thailand trip information please click on the link below and please note that it is possible to combine a trip in both countries.  For further information, get in touch.
  • 7 nights - Mergui Archipelago - up to 22 dives
  • 10 nights - Mergui Archipelago - up to 28 dives
  • Closest international airport: Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK), Thailand
  • Departure locations: B.C Badin Resort, Ranong
  • Languages spoken onboard: English & Thai

Embarking from Ranong means that you will need a Thai multi-entry visa.  This can be pre-arranged in your home country.  Should you travel without a multi-entry visa and upon disembarkation you will not be allowed back into Thailand at border control.  Please also note that upon returning to Thailand from Myanmar on a multi-entry visa you will only be granted 15 days.  Ensure onward travel is within these time constraints.  Visa and passport regulations are constantly changing dependent upon the tourists home country. We would always advise our guests to check for the latest information by visiting the Thai  and Myanmar embassy websites for more information.

For your convenience visas for Myanmar will be arranged by the Cruise Director.  You will need provide USD280 in crisp new bills for the visa fees.  You will need to provide 2 photocopies of your passport phot0 page and 2 passport sized photographs.

Price Includes

  • Fully air-conditioned shared cabins
  • All meals served on board
  • All land excursions during trip
  • Up to 4 guided dives per day
  • Tanks, weights and air fills
  • Snacks, soft drinks, tea, coffee and water

Price Excludes

  • Marine park fees
  • Private guide (available at additional cost)
  • Gratuities
  • Dive or travel insurance
  • International or domestic Flights and visas

Cancellation Policy

  • 180 days or more before the trip : 15% cancellation fee
  • 180-91 days before the trip: 40% fee applies
  • 90-0 days before the trip: 100% fee applies
Book now, pay later
  • Get in touch with us by chat or use our enquiry form
  • We confirm the availability with the dive operator
  • Once you're happy with the planned itinerary, we issue an invoice
  • 48hr cooling off period before deposit due

I’ve never done a liveaboard before, what does it mean?

Liveaboard diving entails staying on a boat or ship for some time without returning to land. The advantage of this is that it enables the divers to reach those reefs which may be too far from land to visit by day. You may have seen the saying “Dive, eat, sleep, repeat” in the diving world, this is precisely what you do on a liveaboard.

Do I need to be a high-level diver for Thailand and Myanmar?

No, You can be new to diving and join the Phinsi as an Open Water diver for the trips in Thailand.  However, we would suggest that you have some experience at diving in currents for any of the trips to Myanmar, being qualified as an Advanced diver would also be of benefit for some of the more technical dive sites.

Do they cater to specific diets?

Yes, they do. The MV Taka has exceptional chefs onboard and they deliver food for a variety of dietary requirements given prior notice.

I sometimes struggle to get out of the water in dive gear, can I remove it in the water?

Yes, MV Taka has a specifically designed dive platform at the back of the boat which is at sea level. From here you can transfer onto the tender without equipment and the crew will move it for you before assisting you with putting it on or taking it off.

We are travelling a long way to get there. Is it possible to do more than one trip?

It certainly is. With multiple bookings, we can also offer you a discounted rate. Get in touch and let us know what you would like to do and we will advise on your best options.

Overview continued

As the weather changes and the marine parks close their doors the Phinisi heads to Southern Thailand to continue the great diving opportunities until the marine parks open their doors again in October.  The Phinisi was custom built for divers, with a shaded diving deck, personal set-up and storage areas, as well as nitrox and quality Aqualung equipment available to rent.

Itineraries in Thailand explore the clear blue waters of the Similan & Surin Islands and run from four to ten nights in length.  Dive sites include Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and the world-famous Richelieu Rock. The Phinisi also visits the best of the Myanmar dive sites, including Black Rock, High Rock, Tower Rock and Torres Island.

Topside the Phinisi caters to 18 guests in a choice of cabins to suit different budgets. Each cabin features individually controlled AC, ensuite bathrooms with hot water, bath towels, storage space and lockable safety box. Social areas include a sundeck with loungers, indoor and outdoor dining, 42″ flat-screen TV and a library of books, movies and games. All meals are served buffet style and self-service drinks and snacks are available at an additional charge.

The experienced captain, crew and dive guides of The Phinisi are on hand to help make it a memorable trip.

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