The Junk

Similan liveaboard

The Junk dive deck

The Junk

The Junk has been a favourite Similan liveaboard for years and has a very high rate of returning divers who appreciate the service and the quality of the dive guides.

The Junk is a boat that people fall in love with. It’s a boat for divers who appreciate the details that turn a good dive trip into a great dive trip.

Also known as June Hong Chian Lee which means “Respect Wind, Travel Forever,” the Junk has starred in James Bond’s “The Man with The Golden Gun” and Walt Disney’s “Swiss Family Robinson.”

The Junk recently (2014) changed owners and has had a major overhaul. She still maintains all the old charm but the prices have actually dropped and she now represents excellent value, especially for groups of 3 or 4.

The excellent boat crew take care of everything for you on board, including carrying your dive gear into the tender. All diving is done from the dinghy as the Junk does not have a rear dive platform.

“Amazing crew, great food and brilliant diving! What more can you ask for?” Jenny. Jan 2015
Full review on Trip Advisor

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Features

  • Max 18 guests in 6 cabins (double, twin, triple or quad configuration)
  • All cabins have en-suite bathrooms with hot water showers
  • Cruising speed of 8 knots when motor sailing. 1 x 380hp engine
  • The sails go up at least once on every trip
  • Length 33 metres, beam 8.5 metres
  • Very experienced dive guides can show you the best from the dive sites
  • Nitrox available
  • 2 x RIB tenders (5.8m and 4.2m) with outboard motors

The Junk deck plan

Prices

The Junk price

Price 2024

5 days 6 nights (19 dives) at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

  • Twin bed cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 83,266 (USD 2,280) per diver
  • Double bed cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 83,266 (USD 2,280) per diver
  • Single occupancy cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 149,878 (USD 4,104) per diver
  • Triple share cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 67,927 (USD 1,860) per diver
  • Four share cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 54,780 (USD 1,500) per diver

4 days 4 nights (14 dives) at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

  • Twin bed cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 55,510 (USD 1,520) per diver
  • Double bed cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 55,510 (USD 1,520) per diver
  • Single occupancy cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 99,919 (USD 2,736) per diver
  • Triple share cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 45,285 (USD 1,240) per diver
  • Four share cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 36,520 (USD 1,000) per diver

3 days 2 nights Southern Explorer 2024

  • Twin bed cabin with private en-suite bathroom:  ฿ 27,755 (USD 760) per diver
  • Double bed cabin with private en-suite bathroom:  ฿ 27,755 (USD 760) per diver
  • Single occupancy cabin with private en-suite bathroom:  ฿ 37 (USD 1,444) per diver
  • Triple share cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 22,642 (USD 620) per diver
  • Four share cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 18,260 (USD 500) per diver

Price 2025

5 days 6 nights (19 dives) at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

  • Twin / Double bed cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 87,429 (USD 2,394) per diver
  • Triple share cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 71,214 (USD 1,950) per diver
  • Four share cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 58,067 (USD 1,590) per diver

4 days 4 nights (14 dives) at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

  • Twin / Double bed cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 58,286 (USD 1,596) per diver
  • Triple share cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 47,476 (USD 1,300) per diver
  • Four share cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 38,711 (USD 1,060) per diver

3 days 2 nights Southern Explorer 2025

  • Twin  / Double bed cabin with private en-suite bathroom:  ฿ 29,143 (USD 798) per diver
  • Triple share cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 23,738 (USD 650) per diver
  • Four share cabin with private en-suite bathroom: ฿ 19,356 (USD 530) per diver

10% discount for non diving partners

Price includes: Dive guide, tanks, weights & belt, all meals, soft drinks, round trip transfers from Phuket main beach hotels, Khao Lak hotels and Phuket international airport.

Price excludes: Equipment rental, alcoholic drinks, marine national park fees, dive insurance (mandatory).

Minimum dive certification and experience: Divers wishing to join this itinerary are advised to have Advanced Open Water certification*, or equivalent, with a minimum of 10 logged dives and experience in currents.
*Advanced Open Water course can be completed on board
It is a mandatory requirement for all divers to have insurance which covers scuba diving activities, including emergency evacuation and recompression chamber costs.

Schedule

The Junk schedule

DatesDescriptionStart / Finish
14-18 Oct 20244d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
19-23 Oct 20244d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
23-27 Oct 20244d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
28 Oct-3 Nov 20246n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
3-9 Nov 20246n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
10-14 Nov 20244d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
14-18 Nov 20244d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
19-25 Nov 20246n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
25 Nov-1 Dec 20246n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockPhuket / Khao Lak
2-6 Dec 20246n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
6-10 Dec 20244d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
11-15 Dec 20244d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
15-19 Dec 20244d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
21-25 Dec 20244d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockPhuket / Khao Lak
26-30 Dec 20244d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
6-12 Jan 20256n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
13-17 Jan 20254d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
22-28 Jan 20256n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
28 Jan-3 Feb 20256n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
4-8 Feb 20254d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
8-12 Feb 20254d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
13-19 Feb 20256n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
19-25 Feb 20256n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
26 Feb-2 Mar 20254d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
2-6 Mar 20254d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
7-13 Mar 20256n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
13-19 Mar 20256n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
20-24 Mar 20254d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
24-28 Mar 20254d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
29 Mar-4 Apr 20256n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
4-10 Apr 20256n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
11-15 Apr 20254d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
15-19 Apr 20254d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
20-26 Apr 20256n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
20-26 Apr 20256n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
26 Apr-2 May 20256n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak
3-7 May 20254d 4n Similan, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu RockKhao Lak / Khao Lak

15 May-15 Oct: Similan / Surin season close

Itinerary

Similan liveaboard itinerary

4 nights Khao Lak to Khao Lak:

Embarkation:
Thap Lamu Pier, Khao Lak at 1900 hrs

Disembarkation:
Thap Lamu Pier, Khao Lak at 1400 hrs

Board in the evening and cruise overnight to the islands.
Then three and a half days of diving (14 dives).
Two dives in the morning of the last day.

6 nights Khao Lak to Khao Lak:

Embarkation:
Thap Lamu Pier at at 1900 hrs

Disembarkation:
Thap Lamu Pier at 1000 hrs

Board in the evening and cruise overnight to the islands.
Then five full days of diving.
On night six cruise back to land and disembark after breakfast.

*Itineraries are subject to change

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    The Junk Similan liveaboard reviews

    The Dive Master that I had on the Junk (Keith) is the best that I have encountered in over 10 years of diving in terms of briefings, dive guide and customer service. Ian, UK

    I especially liked the fact that we were able to put the sails up on the Junk twice. That was highly enjoyable and the food was excellent. I was also pleased by the small group sizes, a perk of going at the beginning of the season. Definitely a experience I’d like to repeat at some point. Ben. Nov 2013

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