The Phinisi – Best of Thailand & Burma

The Phinisi – Best of Thailand & Burma

The Phinisi - Cheng I Sao - Liveaboard

A new liveaboard since 2018, The Phinisi (also called Cheng I Sao) is an Indonesia Phinisi style sailing boat, built in 2007. The Phinisi has been operating in Indonesia, the Maldives and Thailand, and now has a full schedule for Thailand and Myanmar. Starting November 2019 the Phinisi will run incredible 10 night 'Best Of Thailand' cruises along with 10 night Myanmar cruises. A maximum of 18 guests are accommodated in 7 very nice cabins - 5 double or twin plus 2 lower budget quad cabins, all cabins with aircon and bathrooms.

The Phinisi Trips and Prices

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

Cabin Type Trip Price Trip Length Dives Enquiry
Double Cabin 1,550 USD 4D / 4N 14
Twin Cabin 1,550 USD 4D / 4N 14
Quad Cabin 1,200 USD 4D / 4N 14

Similan & Surin Islands:
6 days / 6 nights (18 dives)

Cabin Type Trip Price Trip Length Dives Enquiry
Double Cabin 1,900 USD 6D / 6N 18
Twin Cabin 1,900 USD 6D / 6N 18
Quad Cabin 1,500 USD 6D / 6N 18

Best of Thailand:
10 days / 10 nights (34 dives)

Cabin Type Trip Price Trip Length Dives Enquiry
Double Cabin 3,150 USD 10D / 10N 34
Twin Cabin 3,150 USD 10D / 10N 34
Quad Cabin 2,500 USD 10D / 10N 34

Myanmar (Mergui Archipelago):
10 days / 10 nights (34 dives)

Cabin Type Trip Price Trip Length Dives Enquiry
Double Cabin 3,450 USD 10D / 10N 34
Twin Cabin 3,450 USD 10D / 10N 34
Quad Cabin 2,900 USD 10D / 10N 34

The Phinisi Schedule 2019 – 2020


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The Phinisi Photos

The Phinisi Liveaboard Information

All cabins have private bathrooms and individual control air conditioning. You can choose double bed or twin bed cabins, or a lower budget 4 share quad cabin. the cabins are all on the lower deck with portholes.

On the main deck you have a spacious airconditioned saloon where you can eat, relax, watch movies, prepare cameras etc … The dining area is forward of the saloon and is open air, but covered. On top of the boat is a large sun deck with sun beds and mattresses.

This is a very comfortable boat for just 18 guests.

Diving Equipment

Rental equipment is provided by Sunrise Divers for our divers on The Phinisi. 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 3.50 USD per day. 15 liter tank available 10 USD per day.


Nitrox is available on board @ 10 USD per tank or 25 USD per day for 12 liter tank fills. 15 liter extra 10 USD per day.


PADI Advanced Open Water course is 280 USD. PADI Enriched Air (Nitrox) course is 200 USD.


Drinking water, coffee, tea, sodas are included. Beers are 3.50 USD and wine 5 USD per glass.

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Check Availability or Make a Reservation

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 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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The Phinisi Deck Plans

Main Deck

Phinisi Liveaboard Main Deck Layout

Lower Deck

Phinisi Liveaboard Lower Deck Layout

The Phinisi Itineraries

The Phinisi runs trips for 6 nights and 4 nights in Thailand, which can be combined into a 10 night trip and there are 7 night and 10 night trips in Myanmar. With many different trips and destinations, if you want details of any itinerary please do contact us, or we will send the itinerary along with any trip request.

The Phinisi Safety & Specifications

Vessel Information

Boat Type Wood Hull Phinisi
Year Built 2007 (Refitted 2018)
Length 34 Meters
Width 8 Meters
Maximum Guests 18
No. of Cabins 7 (5 Double / Twin, 2 Quad)
Engines 1 x 380 HP
Cruising Speed 8 Knots
Nitrox on Board Yes

Safety Specifications

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