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Why you should choose The Junk:
The Junk offers a unique Chinese Junk sailing experience, Fantastic food, Small dive groups (4 pax), Large focus on customers service.
The top 10 reasons to join a Liveaboard in Thailand

The Junk offers a unique liveaboard diving experience on board a restored teak wood Chinese merchant vessel that has also been used in several Hollywood movies. At 33 metres, S/Y June Hong Chian Lee, or The Junk as she is better known, offers 4 and 6 night trips around the Similan and Surin Islands between Phuket and Khao Lak.

She can accommodate up to 18 divers in 6 cabins with a choice of double, triple and quad cabins.
All have air-conditioning and their own private bathroom with hot showers.

There is a spacious indoor lounge where you can relax between dives in air-conditioned comfort, or simply to enjoy the mix of Asian and international cuisine that is prepared fresh on board and served buffet style.
There are shaded outdoor areas where you can enjoy the breeze as you cruise between islands, or you can head up top to catch some golden rays before the next dive or watch the stars with a cool refreshing cocktail.
The spacious dive deck provides plenty of space for your equipment and there is plenty of individual storage for those extra items.
Once your dive gear is set up on arrival our dive crew will take care of the rest. They will happily assist you preparing for dives and, if required, will carry your gear to the waiting tenders at dive time.

The Junk - schedule

The Junk - prices and what's included

Prices are per person per trip in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

The trip price includes:
Full board accommodation during the cruise
All dives inclusive of night dives
VAT, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Snacks, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.
Shared transfer between local hotel and The Junk on the day of embarkation, pick up times TBC (to be confirmed) or
Shared transfer between Phuket International Airport (head to Gate 3) and The Junk on the day of embarkation between 16:30 - 17:00pm only
Shared transfer between The Junk and Phuket International Airport or local hotel on the day of dis-embarkation @ 13:00pm OR 14:00pm only

*NOTE : please inform us of your airport arrival terminal so we can arrange your pick up accordingly
*NOTE : transfer time from Phuket to Khao Lak (or vice versa) takes between 2 hours - 4 hours depending on pick up point

The trip price does not include:
Port, park and tax fees: Similans/Surin 4 nights $50 (non-diver $35) and 6 nights $65 (non-diver $35) per trip or Southern Explorer 2 nights $35 (non-diver $12.5) per trip
Alcoholic and other selected beverages
Dive equipment rental
Dive course
Nitrox
Non-standard tanks
Merchandise
Crew gratuity – cash only (All major currencies are accepted and appreciated)
Dive insurance is mandatory as is your own personal dive computer (You can rent one for the trip if you do not have your own).
As well as the Mandatory Dive Insurance we highly recommend Trip and Travel Insurance on the off chance of missed or cancelled flights / lost baggage, documents, money or passport / Covid issues or any other unforeseen problems that could possibly occur.
Dive Assure Insurance offers cover for all these eventualities as well as complete Dive Insurance all in one package.

Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Full charter:
Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Diving Equipment Rentals (USD) prer day
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins) $ 25 Regulator with octopus$ 8
Computer $8
BCD $ 8
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) $ 7
Mask $ 3.5
Fins $ 3.5
Torch $ 3.5
Aluminum 15 Lt Cylinder Per day US$10

Nitrox
Per fill US$10
Per day 25

*All prices are in USD. 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.

The Junk - cabins

The Junk can accommodate up to 18 divers in 6 cabins with a choice of double, triple and quad cabins.
To see photos of the cabins please visit the schedule and click on the cabin name to see the photos of each cabin, availability and price.

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    Quad Cabin

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    Deck area

Lower Deck Triple Cabin
The 2 lower deck three berths cabins can be for 3 single divers or can be a shared twin and can also be turned into a private double bed cabin.
All cabins have individual aircon control, ensuite bathroom with hot water, overhead reading lights, bath towels, lockable safety box and cupboards for personal items.

Lower Deck Double or Twin Cabin
The 2 lower deck three berths cabins can be as a Double cabin.
The lower deck double cabins with double bed are suitable for a couple.
All cabins have individual aircon control, ensuite bathroom with hot water, overhead reading lights, bath towels, lockable safety box and cupboards for personal items.

Lower Deck Quad Cabin
The 2 lower deck quad cabins have 4 single beds (2 bunk beds) for 4 single divers.
These cabins can also be a private twin cabin.
All cabins have individual aircon control, ensuite bathroom with hot water, overhead reading lights, bath towels, lockable safety box and cupboards for personal items.

The Junk - diving

About the Diving
The Top Ten Reasons to Dive the Similans - When is the best time to The Similan Islands - How to get to the Similans Similan islands dive sites descriptions

The Junk - itineraries

Similan & Surin Islands - 4 Nights

Total of 14 scheduled dives including up to 3 sunset/night dives.
The following is a sample itinerary of where you might dive during your holiday with us.
Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive.
The diving day has a typical schedule 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
  • Dinner will be served after the sunset dive or before the night dive

Day 1 is reserved for embarkation; there will be no diving on this day.
For the final day aboard we schedule 2 dives to allow plenty of time for off-gassing before disembarkation and your flight home.
The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

The following is a sample itinerary of where you might dive during your holiday with us. We wish to show you the very best diving but a number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, how busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes.
The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations.
The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.
Schedule: up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive.

Day 1 and Day 5 are reserved for embarkation and disembarkation; there will be no diving on these days. For the final day aboard we schedule 3 dives to allow plenty of time for off-gassing before disembarkation and your flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

Similan Islands
The above water scenery will provide stunningly beautiful white sandy beaches with small forested areas. Dive some of the following sites; Boulder City, Sharkfin Reef, and Honeymoon Bay. Under the surface you may see: Leopard (zebra) shark, blue spotted stingrays, clown trigger fish, rabbit fish, scorpion fish, snappers, emperor fish, giant trevally and angelfish. The coral gardens, bommies and boulder formations are wonderful to dive.
Elephant Head Rock, visible from the surface, this is the biggest pinnacle in the Similans and has some fantastic swim-throughs. If lucky, you might see some white tip reef sharks, batfish; trevally and barracuda can often be seen on the perimeter of the boulders. If you look closely in the cracks and in the rubble you can see smashing mantis shrimp, porcelain crab, moray eels and cleaner shrimp.

Koh Bon
Koh Bon is a dive site where manta rays may be seen. You are likely to see Napoleon wrasse, sweetlips, octopus, blue fin trevally, giant moray eels, great barracudas, fire dart goby, popcorn shrimp, spiny lobster and nudibranchs of many types. The dive sites vary from wall diving to gently sloping reefs and from submerged boulders to coral gardens.

Koh Tachai
Koh Tachai is famous for its pinnacle dive site and more relaxed reef diving. Normally, leopard sharks, marbled whip rays, turtles, barracuda, pipe fish, and nudibranchs can be found here. There is also a chance to see bigger species in this area like manta rays and whale sharks, especially by late January till April.

Richelieu Rock
This limestone pinnacle was named by Jacques Cousteau after General Richelieu, who was an important Danish officer in the Thai Navy. There are gorgeous purple dendronepthya soft corals covering most of the pinnacle and other areas covered in magnificent sea anemones as well.
Barely breaking the surface at low tide, this horseshoe-shaped outcropping, slopes steeply to a sandy bottom at 18 to 35 meters (60-120 Ft). This site offers great diversity for such a small and isolated spot. It also offers excellent multi-level diving and, because it is a high-profile reef, there are always sheltered areas to hide from current.
The marine life is prolific and includes amongst, many other things; Pharaoh cuttlefish, large octopi, all 5 varieties of anemone fish of the Andaman Sea, variety of moray eels, ornate ghost pipefish, smashing mantis shrimps, harlequin shrimps, tiger tail sea horses, Spanish mackerel, frog fish, many schooling snapper and occasional sightings of manta rays and whale sharks.

Surin Islands
Topside scenery of Koh Surin with evergreen forests, mangroves and small beaches, surpasses even that of the picturesque Similan Islands. Under water the reefs of Surin have the greatest hard coral diversity in Thailand. You are likely to see Napoleon wrasse, yellow-masked angelfish, bumphead parrotfish, tomato anemonefish and barramundi, as well as lots of turtles that still come ashore in this area to lay their eggs. Because of the remoteness not many liveaboard boats visit these islands and you will be able to enjoy the dive sites without sharing it with tourist hordes.

Khao Lak Wrecks
There is a choice of easily diveable wrecks between The Similan Islands and Khao Lak. The Boonsung and the Premchai are old tin miners that were sank 25 or so years ago and are a treat for underwater photographers as well as lovers of life of all kinds!! Only in 18m of water they are covered in nudibranchs and shrimps as well as large numbers of the unusual honeycomb moray.
There are also huge numbers of schooling fish as well as rays that can occasionally be seen. Sea Chart 1 is a slightly more challenging dive and lies between 40 and 25 metres. Sunk during a storm in 2009 with a full load of teak, she is relatively new but already hosts an abundance of schooling fish.

Similan & Surin Islands - 6 Night Itinerary

The following is a sample itinerary of where you might dive during your holiday with us. We wish to show you the very best diving but a number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, how busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes.
The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations.
The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.
Schedule: up to 4 dives per day; 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive.

Day 1 and Day 7 are reserved for embarkation and disembarkation; there will be no diving on these days. For the final day aboard we schedule 3 dives to allow plenty of time for off-gassing before disembarkation and your flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

Similan Islands
The above water scenery will provide stunningly beautiful white sandy beaches with small forested areas. Dive some of the following sites; Boulder City, Sharkfin Reef, and Honeymoon Bay. Under the surface you may see: Leopard (zebra) shark, blue spotted stingrays, clown trigger fish, rabbit fish, scorpion fish, snappers, emperor fish, giant trevally and angelfish. The coral gardens, bommies and boulder formations are wonderful to dive.
Elephant Head Rock, visible from the surface, this is the biggest pinnacle in the Similans and has some fantastic swim-throughs. If lucky, you might see some white tip reef sharks, batfish; trevally and barracuda can often be seen on the perimeter of the boulders. If you look closely in the cracks and in the rubble you can see smashing mantis shrimp, porcelain crab, moray eels and cleaner shrimp.

Koh Bon
Koh Bon is a dive site where manta rays may be seen. You are likely to see Napoleon wrasse, sweetlips, octopus, blue fin trevally, giant moray eels, great barracudas, fire dart goby, popcorn shrimp, spiny lobster and nudibranchs of many types. The dive sites vary from wall diving to gently sloping reefs and from submerged boulders to coral gardens.

Koh Tachai
Koh Tachai is famous for its pinnacle dive site and more relaxed reef diving. Normally, leopard sharks, marbled whip rays, turtles, barracuda, pipe fish, and nudibranchs can be found here. There is also a chance to see bigger species in this area like manta rays and whale sharks, especially by late January till April.

Richelieu Rock
This limestone pinnacle was named by Jacques Cousteau after General Richelieu, who was an important Danish officer in the Thai Navy. There are gorgeous purple dendronepthya soft corals covering most of the pinnacle and other areas covered in magnificent sea anemones as well.
Barely breaking the surface at low tide, this horseshoe-shaped outcropping, slopes steeply to a sandy bottom at 18 to 35 meters (60-120 Ft). This site offers great diversity for such a small and isolated spot. It also offers excellent multi-level diving and, because it is a high-profile reef, there are always sheltered areas to hide from current.
The marine life is prolific and includes amongst, many other things; Pharaoh cuttlefish, large octopi, all 5 varieties of anemone fish of the Andaman Sea, variety of moray eels, ornate ghost pipefish, smashing mantis shrimps, harlequin shrimps, tiger tail sea horses, Spanish mackerel, frog fish, many schooling snapper and occasional sightings of manta rays and whale sharks.

Surin Islands
Topside scenery of Koh Surin with evergreen forests, mangroves and small beaches, surpasses even that of the picturesque Similan Islands. Under water the reefs of Surin have the greatest hard coral diversity in Thailand. You are likely to see Napoleon wrasse, yellow-masked angelfish, bumphead parrotfish, tomato anemonefish and barramundi, as well as lots of turtles that still come ashore in this area to lay their eggs. Because of the remoteness not many liveaboard boats visit these islands and you will be able to enjoy the dive sites without sharing it with tourist hordes.

Khao Lak Wrecks
There is a choice of easily diveable wrecks between The Similan Islands and Khao Lak. The Boonsung and the Premchai are old tin miners that were sank 25 or so years ago and are a treat for underwater photographers as well as lovers of life of all kinds!! Only in 18m of water they are covered in nudibranchs and shrimps as well as large numbers of the unusual honeycomb moray.
There are also huge numbers of schooling fish as well as rays that can occasionally be seen. Sea Chart 1 is a slightly more challenging dive and lies between 40 and 25 metres. Sunk during a storm in 2009 with a full load of teak, she is relatively new but already hosts an abundance of schooling fish.