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The Phinisi Liveaboard

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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, Similan Islands Dive Travel Guide & Myanmar Dive Travel Guide]

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Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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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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Saloon & Dining Area  

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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

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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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2 Nights -Southern Explorer

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. 


4 Nights - Southern thailand

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.


4 & 6 Nights – Similan & Surin Islands

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

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

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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Call us today at 310-915-6677 or email us

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Underwater Gallery 

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Reviews (1)


We really enjoyed the Phinisi. It's an old chinese junk rehab'd for divers and the sister boat to the The Junk. Waters were a little rough when we were there so you had a lot of creaking wood but that's to be expected.

The dive crew were great, got us to the sites that we could get to. Animal life was great with all kinds of clowns everywhere you looked.

The food was great. There were a group of Thai divers that they allowed to cook their own food as the food cooked wasn't spicy enough. Very accomodating.

We were only on board for 4 days but I would definitely go back to them for a full week.

Visited on 01/2019 - Submitted on 03/11/2021


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