The Phinisi, Thailand

Excellent food and drinks

“Community on the boat. Diving was fabtastic. The crew became like family.”

Bruce S, United States United States
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  • Authentic Phinisi experience
  • Dive gear rental on board
  • Nitrox on board

The Phinisi is a custom-designed sailing vessel with structures built carefully with scuba divers in mind. Divers designed the 37m Phinisi’s 7 cabins for divers and can cater to 18 guests at a time. All cabins are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms with hot water, towels, and storage space. There are sundeck lounges and indoor and outdoor dining areas serving buffet-style food with provisions for vegetarian food and other dietary options. Guests can access the library for reference books to identify the fish just seen on dives or catch a quick fiction story to relax; movies or games are also available.

A large shaded dive deck, personal set-up area, storage area, rebreather support, nitrox refills, and dive equipment is available to rent. There is also a diving tender. Dive sites visited include Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, and Richelieu Rock, and in Southern Thailand: Koh Phi Phi, King Cruiser, plus two top dive sites in Thailand: Hin Muang and Hin Daeng. The yacht also visits the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar between December and April. Famous dive sites include Black Rock, High Rock, Tower Rock, and Torres Island.

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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Land Excursions, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (50-350 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages (2.50-3.75 USD), Nitrox (25 USD per day), Nitrox Course (100 USD), Rental Gear (25 USD per day), Scuba Diving Courses (200-250 USD).

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Leisure Deck

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Wine Available
  • Full-board Option
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rebreather Support
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving

The crew speaks English.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2007
  • Length 34 m
  • Cruising speed 8 knots
  • Engines 1x 380 hP
  • Max guests 18
  • Number of cabins 7
  • Number of bathrooms 7
  • Tenders 2

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Depth Sounder
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones

The Phinisi Reviews

  • 9.2 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Bruce S
  • United States United States
A really complete crew and vessel.

Community on the boat. Diving was fabtastic. The crew became like family.

Recommended for
1. Crew 2. Dive sites/diving 3. Food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Karis L
  • United States United States
Incredible: everything!

Marco the trip leader is a true professional and he and the rest of the staff bend over backwards to make it your best trip ever. The dive sites were good, avoiding the day trip boats very well. The food was out of this world, and the dorms were very comfy with softer beds and cold AC.

Recommended for
The diving, the staff, and the food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Charles W
  • United States United States
Beat diving experience in my diving career

The entire experience was a highlight. Could not think of a way for it to be a better experience.

Recommended for
Knowledgeable guides, excellent food, smooth operations
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Thomas O
  • United States United States
Excellent liveaboard experience.

Diving Richelieu Rock. Sleeping under the stars at night. Fabulous food.

Recommended for
Staff, Staff, Staff
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Neville D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Food and Diving or Diving and Food.

I enjoyed my first trip to Thailand, I have dived in several locations in 2023, 5 locations and loved them all but my trip on the Phinisi was the best of all, loved the boat and the crew were great, and and yes once again loved the food. The dive sites were varied and great with plenty of life, on one trip had to push the fish out of the way so I could see my buddy.

Recommended for
The dive sites were fab, the food was fab, and the crew could not do enough for you.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Pavel V
  • Canada Canada
Very pleasant and positive experience

Little bamboo sharks hiding in almost every crack on Koh Doc Mai dive. Loved the “Chimney” in Koh Haa. Overall very relaxing and enjoyable diving trip. Definitely would recommend Phinisi as a great liveaboard.

Recommended for
Very professional crew. Everyone on the crew contributed to the best possible experience. Great diving locations.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jacek C
  • Poland Poland
Great friendly and caring crew

Everything was well organized. The crew and the dive guides looked after us all the time.

Recommended for
Good atmosphere, crew professionalism, we felt well looked after
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Andrew P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great trip until the engine died!

See above. I wasn't, though, very impressed with the diving in the Similans. Granite bolders and lacking in life. I was impressed with the Surin Islands.

Recommended for
All staff. Richelieu rock. Food!
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Olivier M
  • France France
Diving and chilling

Dive in Koh Ha

Recommended for
Crew helpful. Quality of food. Diving in multiple site
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Alexander B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Perfect 🤩

Smooth experience from start to finish - everything handled by the crew. Diving in small groups on empty dive sites. Highly recommended.

Recommended for
Friendly and professional crew, excellent food,