The Phinisi Liveaboard, Thailand - Bluewater Dive Travel

The Phinisi Liveaboard

The Phinisi, Thailand & MyaNmar

South of Thailand, The Similan, and Myanmar (4-10 Nights) | From $300++/night

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The Phinisi Quick Pitch

The Phinisi, officially known as Cheng I Sao, is a 34-meter custom built diving liveaboard yacht of traditional Indonesian gaff rigged Phinisi style with 7 sails. The Phinisi (pronounced: Pinisi) will be operating liveaboards in Thailand and Myanmar with 4 different itineraries: 4, 6, 7 and 10-night dive cruises


Why You'll Like the Phinisi

  • Luxurious diving yacht
  • Takes you to the best dive sites in the beautiful Mergui Archipelago
  • Aircon cabins with ensuite bathrooms
  • Nitrox Available


Dive Overview

The Andaman Sea side of Thailand offers the best diving. That’s basically all the way down the west coast of Thailand from the border with Burma to the border with Malaysia. That area includes Koh Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Krabi, Koh Lanta, Koh Taratuo, the Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon, and Koh Tachai. The best time to dive this area is during the northeast monsoon from November to April although many areas can be dived year round. The most famous diving in all of Thailand is the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea. The best way to dive the Similans is by liveaboard dive boat departing from either Khao Lak or Phuket.

[See: Thailand Dive Travel Guide]

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Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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The Phinisi Liveaboard The Phinisi Liveaboard

Cabin 1 & 3  

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Cabin 5 & 7  


The Phinisi Accommodation Details

She hosts 18 guests in 7 en-suited double, twin and quad cabins.

  • 7 aircon cabins
  • Individual aircon control
  • Ensuite bathroom with hot water
  • Overhead reading lights
  • Bath towels
  • Lockable safety box
  • Cupboards for personal items


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General Facilities

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The Phinisi Liveaboard The Phinisi Liveaboard

Saloon & Dining Area  

The Phinisi Liveaboard The Phinisi Liveaboard

Sun Deck & Dive Deck    


The Phinisi Boat Features

  • Aircon/Fan Salon
  • 42″ Flatscreen TV
  • Library of movies, books & games
  • Covered outdoor & indoor dining
  • Sundeck with beds
  • 2 support RIBs


The Phinisi Dive Facilities

  • Shaded dive deck
  • Personal set-up area & storage crate
  • 12l Alu-Tanks, weights & belt
  • 15l Alu/Steel-Tanks, weights & belt
  • Aqualung rental equipment (Charges apply)
  • SMB Safety Sausages (Free of charge for duration of trip)
  • Personal Diving/Deck Towel
  • Nitrox available (Charges apply)
  • Diving courses (Charges apply)


Food & Drinks Aboard the Phinisi

  • All meals served buffet style
  • Self-service drinks & snacks (Charges apply)


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The Phinisi Liveaboard Deck Plan

The Phinisi Liveaboard

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Schedule, Rates & AVailability

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Prices are in USD, per person and do not include marine park & port fees.

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

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  • Accommodation, based on sharing, including towels, linen, a/c and en-suite bathroom
  • Full board basis including 3 meals and snacks, drinking water, soft drinks and fruit juices, tea and coffee
  • Up to 4 guided dives per day, (3 day dives & 1 optional night dive) weather & itineraries permitting
  • 12l Aluminium cylinder, weights and air fills
  • Deck Towels
  • Land excursions
  • Surface Marker Buoy rental
  • Transfers between Phuket/Khao Lak and the boat



  • Mandatory: Marine Park & port fees
  • Nitrox
  • Dive courses
  • Beer & wine
  • Dive equipment
  • Tranfers are not included in Myanmar itineraries



For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Destinations

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4 Nights - Southern Thailand (From November 2018 to May 2019 only)

The Phi Phi National Marine Park and the southern islands of Koh Haa, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang offer pinnacles, incredible limestone walls full of healthy soft corals and gorgonians full of macro life ready to be discovered by you! That’s not all! There are great chances to find mantas, whale sharks, leopard sharks, black tip sharks as well as schools of barracudas and snappers.


6 Nights – Similan & Surin Islands (From November 2018 to May 2019 only)

The Marine National Parks of the Similan Islands and the Surin Islands offer over 200 species of hard corals spread between walls and coral gardens and pinnacles where turtles, giant trevallies, huge schools of jacks, barracudas, and all kinds of tropical fish patrol. Manta rays and leopard sharks are also a common close encounter. All this as well as one of the best dive sites in the world, Richelieu Rock, and the chance to see majestic whale sharks!


10 Nights – Best of Thailand (From November 2019)

If you join the southern Thailand itineraries above then you have The Best of Thailand all in a fantastic single 10-night itinerary. TIP: From November 2018 to the end of May 2019 you can book a 4 and 6-night cruise together to make a 10-night single trip.


7 & 10 Nights – Myanmar (From February 2019)

Still relatively unexplored and undiscovered, Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago offers species for all kinds of underwater fauna lovers! From mantas, dogtooth tunas, and barracudas to frogfish, cuttlefish, and seahorses. Macro lovers can expect to see all types of crabs, shrimps, and some rare macro interactions. Different kinds of sharks such as leopard sharks, grey sharks, blacktip sharks, nurse sharks, and whale sharks also populate the area. The reefs in the area are very impressive, not only because of the beauty of the corals, gorgonians and table corals but also because of their size!


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Other Information

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Boat Specifications

  • Built: 2007
  • Length: 34 meters
  • Breadth: 8 metres
  • Draft: 2.4m
  • Construction Material: Wood
  • Cruising Speed: 8 knots


Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC+7
  • Local Currency: THB (Thai Baht)
  • Language Spoken: English
  • Electricity: 220V
  • Payment Onboard: Cash & Credit Cards accepted

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