The Junk liveaboard

The Junk Liveaboard

If you are looking for a unique Similan adventure then The "June Hong Chian Lee" (a.k.a. The Junk) is the choice for you. At 33 metres in length and 8.5 metres in beam she carries up to a maximum of 18 guests.

Built in 1962 for charcoal transportation the Junk was part of a small merchant fleet that traded up and down the coastline of Burma to Malaysia. It was mainly used to transport charcoal made from mango wood. In 1985 it was restored and redesigned to serve as a classical yacht. In recent times she has been redesigned once more to act in her new role as a Similan liveaboard.

Cabins

The Junk has six cabins in total, all on the lower deck: 2 doubles, 2 triples and 2 quads. Each cabin is decorated in beautiful Thai style decor. All cabins are air-conditioned with en suite facilities including hot water shower. Towels, shampoo and shower gel are also provided for your convenience.

Private Double

As the name suggests the two private double cabins contain a double bed, the perfect choice for couples. As with all cabins it is en suite with toilet and hot water shower.

Triple

The two triple cabins have one single bed and two bunk beds plus en suite facilities. This is suitable for a group of friends or a family of three or also for individual travellers. furthermore it can also be hired as a private twin room for those desiring a little more privacy.

Quadruple

The two quadruple cabins have two sets of bunk beds plus en suite facilities. This is suitable for a group of friends or a family of four or also for individual travellers.

Onboard Areas

The air conditioned saloon is large enough to seat everyone on the boat at the same time. All meals are served in this area buffet style. All foods are freshly cooked with a mix of both Thai and Western cuisine. This area can also be used for preparing camera equipment and watching your "results" later on.

Unlike other liveaboards there is no dive deck as such on the Junk. Instead equipment is placed into a dinghy and you are dropped of at the site. Equipment is set up on the main deck prior to the dives. The immense deck is a great place for chilling out. Take a siesta, read a book or just watch the world go by as you move through the water. A liveaboard experience unique to the Junk is the raising of her three sails. All in all a completely different liveaboard experience!

Dive Groups/Times

Dive groups on The Junk are generally limited to a maximum size of six people for each dive guide. All guides are professionally trained divemasters experienced in Similan diving. Dive times are unlimited (within safety limits).

Schedules

Trips run from November 2017 to mid-May 2018. Any trips not showing are already full.

Departure Return Date/Destination Duration Dives
         
    November 2017    
01/11/2017 07/11/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
07/11/2017 11/11/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
12/11/2017 16/11/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
16/11/2017 22/11/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
23/11/2017 29/11/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
29/11/2017 03/12/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
         
    December 2017    
04/12/2017 10/12/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
10/12/2017 14/12/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
16/12/2017 22/12/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
22/12/2017 26/12/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
26/12/2017 30/12/2017 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
30/12/2017 05/01/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
         
    January 2018    
06/01/2018 12/01/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
12/01/2018 16/01/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
17/01/2018 21/01/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
21/01/2018 27/01/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
28/01/2018 03/02/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
         
    February 2018    
03/02/2018 07/02/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
         
    March 2018    
02/03/2018 06/03/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
06/03/2018 12/03/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
13/03/2018 19/03/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
19/03/2018 23/03/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
24/03/2018 28/03/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
28/03/2018 03/04/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
         
    April 2018    
04/04/2018 10/04/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
10/04/2018 14/04/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
15/04/2018 19/04/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
19/04/2018 25/04/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
26/04/2018 02/05/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
         
    May 2018    
02/05/2018 06/05/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
07/05/2018 11/05/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 4 day/4 night 11
11/05/2018 17/05/2018 Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Surin 6 day/6 night 19
         

Prices

Cabin Type Duration Dives Price Per Person
Double 4 day/4 night 14 44,000 baht
Triple 4 day/4 night 14 36,000 baht
Quad 4 day/4 night 14 29,500 baht
       
Double 6 day/6 night 19 55,000 baht
Triple 6 day/6 night 19 44,000 baht
Quad 6 day/6 night 19 39,000 baht

Single Occupant Rate: Must pay for all remaining spaces in the cabin at the non-diver rate (i.e. diver rate plus non diver rate).

Included Not Included
Transfers from/to hotels anywhere on Phuket
Full board accommodation (all meals and snacks)
Water, tea, coffee,
Professional dive guide
Tank and weights rental
Towels
Equipment rental (including 15 litre tank rental)
Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages
Nitrox (enriched air)
National park fees (see below)
Personal insurance
 

Equipment Rental

  • Full Equipment Set (BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Fins, Mask) - 600 baht for a single day, only 500 baht per day for multiple days' diving
  • Full Equipment Set + computer - 850 baht for a single day, only 700 baht per day for multiple days' diving
  • Digital Underwater Camera/HD Cam - 800 baht per day
  • Underwater Scooter - 1,000 baht per day(only available on day trips)
  • Enriched Air (Nitrox) - 250 baht per tank (only available on day trips)

Please contact us for prices of individual rental items. All equipment rental must be pre-booked.

National Park Fees

National park fees are payable in cash direct to the tour leader on the liveaboard. As these are government charges we take no responsibility for any change in the fees. Please note that the Similan islands and Surin islands are separate national parks. Current park fees are as follows:

  • 500 baht entry per person to each national park
  • Additional 200 baht per diver per day

Dive Courses/Private Guiding

  • A large variety of PADI courses are available during your liveaboard trip but must be pre-booked . Please contact us prior to your trip for specific course details with prices.
  • Private guiding is also available if pre-booked from as little as an additional 2,000 baht per day. Again, contact us prior to your trip for more details.

Booking Conditions

  • A minimum of 10 dives or Advanced Open Water certification is recommended to join on this trip.
  • Personal dive insurance is required for the trip. We recommend a yearly insurance through Divers Alert Network.
  • When checking in, all divers are required to complete a liability release waiver and to show proof of diving certification and dive medical insurance. Without proof you may not be permitted to dive.
  • For your own safety, all divers must use dive computers. Please let us know if you need to rent.

Itinerary

  Day One
16.00-18.00 Pick- up at your hotel/dive shop/airport
18:00 Depart Patong pier to Similans Islands
20:00 Dinner on board
   
  Day Two
07:00 Wake up — light breakfast
08:00 Dive One - Similan
09:00 Breakfast
11:30 Dive Two - Similan
13:00 Lunch
15:00 Dive Three - Similan
16:30 Snacks
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Dive Four - Similan (Night Dive )
   
  Day Three
07:30 Wake up — light breakfast
08:00 Dive Five - Koh Bon
09:00 Breakfast
11:30 Dive Six - Koh Bon
12:30 Lunch
15:00 Dive Seven - Ko Tachai
16:30 Snacks
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Dive Four - Koh Tachai(Night Dive )
   
  Day Four
07:30 Wake up — light breakfast
08:00 Dive Nine - Surin Islands
09:00 Breakfast
11:30 Dive Ten - Surin Islands
12:30 Lunch
15:00 Dive Eleven - Surin Islands
16:30 Snacks
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Dive Twelve - Surin Islands (Night Dive)
   
  Day Five
07:30 Wake up — light breakfast
08:00 Dive Thirteen - Surin Islands
09:00 Breakfast
11:30 Dive Fourteen - Richelieu Rock
12:30 Lunch
15:00 Dive Fifteen - Richelieu Rock
16:30 Snacks
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Dive Sixteen- Richelieu Rock (Night Dive)
   
  Day Six
07:30 Wake up — light breakfast
08:00 Dive Seventeen - Similan Islands
09:00 Breakfast
10:15 Dive Eighteen - Similan Islands
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Dive Nineteen - Similan Islands
14:30 Depart Similan islands
18:00 Dinner
23:00 Arrive Patong (possible to disembark)
   
  Day Seven
07:00 Breakfast
10:00 Disembark

Please note: All times in this itinerary are estimates only. Times and dive sites can change, depending on weather conditions and special requests or circumstances.

Boat Specifications

Length 33 m
Beam 8.5 m
Draft TBA
Engines 1 x 380 HP Hino's
Generators 2 x 50Kw
Cruising Speed 8 Knots(Motor)
Max. Speed TBA
Compressor 2 BAUER
Cabins 2 Double , 1 triple, 1 quad
Fresh Water 6000 L p/day made
Fuel 10,000 L
Guests 18 Max.

Safety Features

Life raft
Depth Sounder
Cellular Phone
3 VHF, 2 CB Radio
Full Compliment of Life Jackets
Fire Extinguisher System
Fully Equipped Medic First Aid Station
O2 Tanks

Bookings

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