Worldwide Dive and Sail has announced a new addition to its expanding fleet, which includes Master Liveaboards and the Siren Fleet. The Phinisi, officially called the Cheng I Sao, joins the June Hong Chian Lee under The Junk brand, with cruises beginning on November 1st. Having started life as the company’s original “Siren” offering liveaboard trips in Thailand and Myanmar, The Phinisi returns to hosting scuba divers at some of the best dive sites in the Andaman Sea.
The Phinisi’s initial routes visit the Similan and Surin Islands, the Phi Phi Islands, Koh Haa, and the highlights of Mu Koh Lanta National Park: Hin Daeng (Red Rock) and Hin Muang (Purple Rock). Next year, Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago will be added to the schedule. The Thailand itineraries are between 4 and 6 nights, while the Myanmar itineraries will be 7 and 10 nights. The vessel has seven air-conditioned en-suite cabins accommodating 18 divers.
For more information, check out the press release below or visit www.thejunk.com/liveaboards/the-phinisi.
The Phinisi yacht is the new addition to The Junk brand and will operate diving liveaboard cruises in Thailand and Myanmar starting November 1st, 2018. She will offer four different routes that cover the best of diving in Thailand: Similan & Surin Islands including the famous Richelieu Rock, as well as Phi Phi Islands, Koh Haa and the two famous dive sites Hin Daeng and Hin Muang. Itineraries vary between 4 and 6 nights, and are ideally combined into a 10 night itinerary. On top of that, Myanmar is added to the schedule from 2019 onwards with 7 and 10 night cruises around the Mergui Archipelago.
Officially known as ‘Cheng I Sao’, The Phinisi (pronounced: Pinisi) is fully equipped to accommodate 18 divers in 7 en-suite cabins with individual air conditioning units. Guests can choose between flexible double/twin, fixed twins, and quad cabins. Full of character and charm, The Phinisi also has quite a remarkable history.
Custom-built in 2007 as a liveaboard yacht in classic Indonesian Phinisi style, she became part of the WWDAS fleet as Sampai Jumpa Lagi. In 2008, she was renamed Siren; the first vessel to bear the name of what later became the well-known Siren Fleet. She successfully operated in Thailand, Myanmar, the Andaman Islands, Indonesia, and the Maldives. The Phinisi has had a break from hosting liveaboards for the last couple of years; instead she has been cruising with guests on day trips around the islands near Phuket. Now she is back! New colours, new name, but with the same characteristic style and outstanding service that people have become accustomed to on The Junk.
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