The Junk

The Junk

The Junk - June Hong Chian Lee - Liveaboard

Experience a totally unique Similan Islands liveaboard diving cruise onboard a Chinese sailing Junk. The Junk "SY June Hong Chian Lee" is one of the best known Phuket liveaboards, and carries a maximum of 18 customers to the Similan and Surin Islands for the diving experience of a lifetime. The June Hong Chian Lee has 6 cabins - two private double, two shared triple (can be booked as a double or twin) and two shared quads. The 5 day / 6 night trips allow The Junk to explore the Surin Islands. There are also shorter 4 night trips. A very large, comfortable boat and truly a different style of diving!

The Junk Trips and Prices

Similan Islands, Surin Islands & Richelieu Rock:
5 days / 6 nights (19 dives)

Cabin Type Trip Price Trip Length Dives Enquiry
Double Cabin 55,000 THB 5D / 6N 19
Twin Cabin 55,000 THB 5D / 6N 19
Triple Cabin 44,000 THB 5D / 6N 19
Quad Cabin 39,000 THB 5D / 6N 19

Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock:
4 days / 4 nights (14 dives)

Cabin Type Trip Price Trip Length Dives Enquiry
Double Cabin 44,000 THB 4D / 4N 14
Twin Cabin 44,000 THB 4D / 4N 14
Triple Cabin 36,000 THB 4D / 4N 14
Quad Cabin 29,500 THB 4D / 4N 14

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The Junk Liveaboard Information

All cabins have private bathrooms and individual control air conditioning. The spacious salon doubles as a deluxe restaurant, the perfect place to prepare photo or video equipment. Her immense deck allows divers to suit up in comfort, and relax between dives. The Junk is well known for her high quality of service – the experienced crew will make sure you are well looked after.

During the high season, The Junk makes some excellent 5 day / 6 night trips allowing more time to explore the many dive sites of the Similan and Surin Islands. The Junk is one of the few Phuket liveaboards that actually dives regularly in Surin, where the dive sites are less explored.

The June Hong Chian Lee is one of several junks built in Penang, Malaysia, and is a 30 meters, 140-ton three mast junk with 330 square meters of sails. Built in 1962 for charcoal transportation the June Hong Chian Lee was part of a small merchant fleet that traded up and down the coastline from Burma to Malaysia. She was mainly used to transport mango wood charcoal till 1985 then she was restored and redesigned for the first time to serve as a classic yacht.

The June Hong is constructed mainly from a hard teak wood called Takien Tong. Extremely strong, the wood is used for the three masts that rise 23 meters above the deck – 28 meters above sea level. The trees cut for these huge masts date back over 300 years.

According to legend, the June Hong has a murky past with stories of pirate cargo hidden beneath the charcoal. Secret compartments were often built deep inside the bulkheads, and there are old tales of junks dropping anchor beside coastal caves rich with gold ore and of pirates blasting out their booty and hiding it on board.

Diving Equipment

Rental equipment is provided by Sunrise Divers for our divers on The Junk. Rental price is 500 Baht per day for a set (BCD/regulator/fins/mask/wetsuit) and 250 Baht per day for a dive computer. We have a large equipment room at our dive center with 30 sets of Aqualung BCDs and regulators and a large selection of long and short wetsuits, open heel and full foot fins.

If you need to rent equipment we suggest you meet at our dive center on departure day, so you can try all equipment before departure. If not possible to meet at our shop, no problem, we will pack extra equipment in different sizes.

Torches for night dives 100 Baht. 15 liter tank available 300 Baht per day.

Nitrox

Nitrox is available on board @ 300 Baht per tank or 800 Baht per day for 12 liter tank fills, or 2,800 Baht for a 4 night trip, 4,000 Baht for a 6 night trip.

The Junk Schedule

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The Junk Deck Plans

Main Deck

The Junk Liveaboard Main Deck Plan

Lower Deck

The Junk Liveaboard Lower Deck Plan

1,2 Double cabins – 3,4 Triple or Twin cabins – 5,6 Quad Cabins

The Junk Itinerary

The Junk runs trips for 6 nights and 4 nights to the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock through the season from October to May. The 6 night trips normally also include some dives in the Surin Islands.

Itinerary 4 nights – Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock

DEPARTURE DAY
14:00 – 16:00 Pick up from hotels in Phuket or Airport
Transfer by minibus to Thap Lamu Pier 1-2 hours
15:00 – 17:00 Pick up from hotels in Khao Lak
Transfer by minibus to Thap Lamu Pier 20 minutes
19:00 Dinner on Board and Departure to Similan Islands
DIVING DAY 1 – 3
07:00 Wake Up, Coffee, First Dive
08:30 Breakfast
11:00 Second Dive
12:30 Lunch
15:00 Third Dive
19:00 Night Dive OR
17:30 Dusk Dive
20:00 Dinner
DIVING DAY 4
07:00 Wake Up, Coffee, First Dive
08:30 Breakfast
10:30 Second Dive
12:00 Lunch and Cruising to Thap Lamu
15:00 Arrive Thap Lamu
15:30 Arrive Khao Lak Hotels
17:30 Arrive Phuket Hotels

Itinerary 6 nights – Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Surin Islands and Richelieu Rock

DEPARTURE DAY
14:00 – 16:00 Pick up from hotels in Phuket or Airport
Transfer by minibus to Thap Lamu Pier OR Patong Bay
15:00 – 17:00 Pick up from hotels in Khao Lak
Transfer by minibus to Thap Lamu Pier 20 minutes. Some trips depart from Patong and pick up in Khao Lak is not available. We will inform you of the correct departure and return ports when we reply to your enquiry.
18:00 Dinner on Board and Departure to Similan Islands
DIVING DAY 1 – 4
07:00 Wake Up, Coffee, First Dive
08:30 Breakfast
11:00 Second Dive
12:30 Lunch
15:00 Third Dive
19:00 Night Dive OR
17:30 Dusk Dive
20:00 Dinner
DIVING DAY 5
07:00 Wake Up, Coffee, First Dive
08:30 Breakfast
10:30 Second Dive
12:00 Lunch
15:00 Third Dive and cruising to Thap Lamu or Patong
19:00 Dinner and Final Night on The Junk
DEPARTURE DAY
07:30 Wake up, breakfast
09:00 Disembark at Thap Lamu or Patong. From Thap Lamu, transfer to Khao Lak or Phuket Hotels. From Patong, transfer to Phuket Hotels only.

The Junk Safety & Specifications

Vessel Information

Boat Type Wood Hull Junk
Year Built 1962 (Refitted 1997 and 2015)
Length 33 Meters
Width 8.5 Meters
Maximum Guests 18
No. of Cabins 6 (2 Double, 4 Triple / Twin, 2 Quad)
Engines 1 x 380 HP
Maximum Speed 10 Knots
Nitrox on Board Yes

Safety Specifications

  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Marine Radio
  • Life Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Emergency Flares
  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kit
  • Satellite Phone

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Please complete the form below to send an availability or booking enquiry to Sunrise Divers. You are also welcome to send a direct email to [email protected] or call our mobile hotline +66846264646. We are based in Phuket, Thailand. We will reply as soon as possible with full trip information and details on how to make a booking. Payments can be made by credit card (no card fees) or bank transfer. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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