The Junk, a 30m (98ft), 140-ton three mast junk with 330 square meters of sails, was build originally in 1962 as part of a small merchant fleet that traded up and down the coastline from Burma to Malaysia. She is constructed mainly from a hard teak wood called Takien Tong.
In 1985, the vessel was completed restored and redesigned to serve as a classic yacht. Since 1999, she is operating as a dive liveaboard in Thailand. Since late 2014, she is owned and operated by the Worldwide Dive and Sail Fleet. Today's vessel is famous for its high standard of service and quality operation.
The Junk can accommodate up to 18 divers in 6 cabins. All cabins are located on the lower deck. As most divers these days prefer the privacy of a twin or double cabin, most trips end up being only occupied by max. 12 divers.
2x private double bed cabins
2x triple share cabins (can be converted to a twin bed or double bed cabin)
2x quad share cabins (can be converted to a twin bed cabin)
All cabins are fully air-conditioned and have their own hot water shower and toilet ensuite. Towels and individual reading lamps are provided in the cabins. Electricity is 220V with 2 round pin sockets (European style). Please ensure you bring your own adapter with you if necessary. Electrical current in Thailand is 220V.
The beautifully renovated Junk mixes together the old and the new and as a result has a lot of character. There are 2 recreational areas: a large air-conditioned saloon and a lot of on-deck relaxation space on the main deck. There is no internet service on board The Junk. Most dive sites have no mobile coverage due to the remoteness.
The food on The Junk deserves a special mention. Many of its diving guests claim it's the best food they ever had on a diving liveaboard! There is no fixed menu. Continental breakfast is served in the mornings. Lunch and dinner are served buffet-style in the saloon on the main deck. The cuisine consists mainly of Thai and European dishes. You can choose from 5 or 6 main dishes. Special dietary needs can be catered for. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water, snacks and fruit are provided free of charge. Soft drinks and beer can be purchased.
Your cruise director will schedule up to 4 dives per day, 3 day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. The final day before disembarking has 3 dives scheduled to allow plenty of time for off-gassing. No diving on embarkation and disembarkation days.
Dive dinghies are used on The Junk. Zodiac rides are very short, normally 5 minutes or less. Just to put you in the water at the exact right spot and then later to pick you up and bring you back to the vessel. You don’t have to worry where you surface. Its all meant to make the diving safer and more convenient. The zodiac is actually quite big and it has a ladder so its easy to get on board again. The crew carries the equipment for you and you can don the equipment when in the zodiac just before you enter or even in the water if that's more convenient.
The dive guides are the most experienced in the region and through extensive briefings and debriefings will give you insights in the local marine life like nobody else does. Combine that with the fact that on most cruises we have more staff on board than customers and you can see why the most demanding customers choose the Junk and it's liveaboard diving experience to visit those amazing sites.
2x Bauer Mariner dive tank compressors are on board. Nitrox is available at a fee. 11.2L aluminium tanks with INT fittings are provided. DIN adapters are free of charge. 15L tanks are available for hire; advanced notice must be given. Dive gear rental is available for hire.
The Junk is equipped with modern safety features such as an automated life raft and emergency pumps. It has a fully stocked medical first aid kit, a full complement of medical grade oxygen and the dive team are all qualified emergency responders.
Divers have been choosing Thailand for amazing diving experiences for over 20 years now because it has some of the clearest, coral filled waters in Asia, the water is warm year round and the marine life is prolific.
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, the Similan Islands, Surin Islands, Richelieu Rock, Koh Bon and Koh Tachai. The best time to go diving in this area is during the north east monsoon from November to April although many areas can be dived year round. The very best dive area in all of Thailand is the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea. The best way to dive the Similans is by liveaboard.
Very professional, friendly and helpful crew - fantastic food and plentyful - well organised dive operation.