THE PHINISI I 21% DISCOUNT I 04 - 11 JAN 2020 I MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO I MYANMAR

THE PHINISI I 21% DISCOUNT I 04 - 11 JAN 2020 I MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO I MYANMAR
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A truly beautiful modern wooden Phinisi sail boat, spacious cabins, excellent food, Nitrox available, Rebreather support. Dives from 2 tenders with 4 dive crew. High standard of service.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Nights, 26 dives
  • Languages spoken English
  • Myanmar itinerary
  • One of Asia's top scuba diving liveaboard destinations
  • A classic Phinisi with modern comfort and attention to detail
  • 4 dives per day including sunset or night dives
  • Encounters with mantas, whale sharks, leopard sharks, black-tips 
  • Opportunity to discover some previously unexplored regions
  • Lush islands, white sandy beaches and clear blue water
  • Rebreathers welcome
  • High standards of service and some of the best food around
  • SMB offered for divers

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from 2 tenders
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) and Din Valves 15L Tanks Available Nitrox ($) Equipment Rental ($)
  • Battery Charging Station . Electricity 220v European 2 round pin -socket
  • Air Condition Lounge/TV/ Audio Equipment Area Board Games Movies Library 
  • Buffet, Vegetarian, Local and Western style food
  • Alcohol available on board
  • Payments on board - Cash
  • Fire Alarm Life Jackets Life Rafts Emergency Oxygen Kit. First Aid Kits 
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OUR BOAT

The Phinisi is a 34 metre custom built wooden diving yacht of traditional Indonesian gaff rigged Phinisi style with 7 sails. She offers trips to Thailand and the lesser travelled area of Myanmar. There are 4 Dive Crew on board to make sure your diving remains relaxed and easy. The Phinisi is owned and managed by an experienced and professional team, ensuring that every diving cruise is one to remember forever. 

OUR CABINS

The Phinisi hosts 18 guests in 7 en-suited cabins. The cabins are in different formats to suit everyone from families to friends. Hosting 2 Quadruple cabins with 2 twin beds and 2 bunk beds, 3 convertible King or Twin bed cabins and 2 fixed twin bed cabins. All cabins having air conditioning and a fan, security box, en-suite bathrooms, towels and individual reading. Electricity is 220V with 2 round pin sockets (European style).

AMENITIES

The main deck features a large indoor salon with comfortable sofas and personal storage, charging stations for your electronics and a 42” TV with media center for listening to music or watching a video of your day’s diving. There is a dive deck and an outside dining area with bench seats, complete with refreshment making facilities for relaxing and dining. Upstairs is the large half-covered sun deck with cushioned loungers for après dive cocktails. The dive deck features separate rinse tanks, a camera table, personal storage and charging station. The Phinisi provide Rebreather support and nitrox is available.

FOOD ON BOARD

The food served on board is plentiful, delicious and freshly prepared in our well-equipped kitchen. Look forward to a mix of international and Asian cuisine served buffet style. The crew can also cater to special dietary requirements is advised in advance. A range of carbonated soft drinks, fruit juices, black, green and herbal teas are available. There is always a tasty snack awaiting the guests when they surface! Guests may select beer, wine or spirits from the cocktail bar for an additional fee.

DIVING IN THE AREA

The marine life is abundant in Thailand: leopard sharks, blue spotted stingrays, white tip reef sharks large numbers of jacks, trevally, barracuda, manta rays, eagle rays, honeycomb groupers, puffer fish, butterfly fish, moray eels, snapper, angelfish, giant barrel sponges, feather stars, sea whips, black corals and gorgonians can all be found there.  

Not many liveaboards can offer diving in Myanmar. This country was recently discovered for diving. You would be amazed at its colorful corals and variety of fish. Devil scorpion fish, pipe fish, shrimps and flabellina nudibranchs can be found all over the reef. Mantas may also be seen here. Also smashing and spearing mantis shrimp, spiny lobsters, hermit crabs, sea stars, cowrie shells, harlequin shrimp, octopus, and cuttlefish. 

QUADRUPLE SHARE CABIN –LOWER DECK #6, 7

2 Quadruple share cabins with private bathrooms. Each cabin has individually controlled AC and fans. Towels and individual reading lamps are provided in the cabins. Electricity is 220V with 2 round pin sockets (European style).

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  2 Twin beds + 2 Bunk style
  • Max occupancy:  4
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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DOUBLE BED CABIN – LOWER DECK #1, 4, 5

3 Double bed cabins with private bathrooms. Each cabin has individually controlled AC and fans. Towels and individual reading lamps are provided in the cabins. Electricity is 220V with 2 round pin sockets (European style).

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  1 King or 2 Twin beds
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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TWIN BED CABINS – LOWER DECK #2, 3

2 Twin bed cabins with private bathrooms. Each cabin has individually controlled AC and fans. Towels and individual reading lamps are provided in the cabins. Electricity is 220V with 2 round pin sockets (European style).

  • tioning:  Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Ranong and ends in Ranong
  • The closest airport is Ranong (UNN)

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Pickup time at the airport is in the morning. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • You will be picked up at the airport (or local hotel) by someone carrying a sign with your name and then transferred to the boat
  • You can check in on the boat as of 11:00
  • The boat departs Ranong Pier in the afternoon on the same day
  • Towels and soap are included
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Ranong in the early evening on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 10:00 on the last day.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 7 nights  Approx. 26 dives
  • This itinerary requires Advanced Open water certification and a minimum of 20 logged dives
  • Whilst all of our trips are suitable for each and every experience level, there may be some dives offered that are not suitable for beginners. Your cruise director will be able to advise you whilst on board
  • The waters are crystalline, pure and are teeming with invertebrates
  • Great view on the rock formations, boulders and coral gardens with a visibility usually more than 25-30 meters
  • Fringing reefs with hard corals, gorgonian sea fans and patches of soft coral in between. 
  • Spectacular rock formations with boulders, tunnels, swim throughs and lots of fun
  • Marine life is plentiful with the typical reef fish, moray eels, scorpion fish, octopus, cuttle fish as well as a good chance to spot pelagic hunters, such as giant trevally, tuna as well as reef shark.
  • With a bit of luck there might even be a manta ray or whale shark passing by.
  • Several opportunities to leave the boat and take a walk on verdant forests, deserted beaches
  • Be entertained while relaxing on board The Phinisi with dolphins
  • Diving can be done throughout the year but the sites located along the east coast of Andaman sea offer better diving conditions between the months of November and April.
  • The average air temperature varies from 27C/80F to 34C/93F.
  • The average sea temperature January through March stays around 27C/80F and July through September around 29C/84F.
  • The water visibility is between 5-40m/16-131ft. 

PROGRAM   

  • The following is a sample itinerary of where you might dive during your holiday with us. We wish to show you the very best diving but the number of factors can determine where we visit. Weather, tides, how busy a site is with other dive vessels all play a part in the Cruise Director’s decision of which route the yacht takes.  The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.
  • Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day; 3-day dives and either a sunset or a night dive. 
  • Day 1 and the last day  are reserved for Embarkation and Disembarkation, there will be no diving on these days. For the 2nd to last day aboard, we schedule 2 dives to allow plenty of time for off-gassing before disembarkation and your flight home. The Cruise Director is happy to listen to requests from guests to visit or remain at certain sites and providing it is possible and the schedule allows, then guest’s requests are respected.

Mergui Archipelago

    High Rock

    • This is a tiny islet with a lonely tree growing on the top. Underwater, you will find a steep rocky reef with lots of tube and fan corals. Lots of critters hang around the cracks including nudibranchs, pipefish and seahorses. Visibility and currents can sometimes be challenging but it is a rewarding site.

    North and South Twin & Captain’s Rock

    • Strong currents bring with them teams of schooling fish and with superb visibility the atmosphere on the reef at North Twin is breathtaking. Hard corals have seen damage from the rise in water temperature but soft corals adorn the reef and bring vibrancy.
    • In South Twin, we can expect to see an abundance of moray eels, harlequin sweetlips, and cuttlefish.
    • Captain’s Rock, otherwise known as Bowie Rock, is a sloping reef with huge soft coral covered boulders. Sweetlips, barracuda, a variety of angel fish and many smaller creatures including devil scorpion fish, pipe fish, shrimps and flabellina nudibranchs can be found all over the reef. Mantas may also be seen here.

      Black Rock

      • Black Rock stands alone in the Andaman Sea 100 miles northwest of the Thai-Burmese border town of Kawthaung. The rock acts as a natural magnet for fish and other marine life. An excellent multi-level site, you can start your dive anywhere around the perimeter, depending on currents.
      • The underwater terrain on the south side consists of the vertical wall down to roughly 27m, where it becomes a more gradual slope. Just off the south-west corner is a particularly interesting area, where a detached rock formation rises from very deep water to about 24m. These rocks are covered with small, vibrant soft corals, and often attract schooling snappers and rainbow runners.
      • Back at the main islet, deeper sections are decorated with orange gorgonian fans, along with fields of corallimorpharians (they look like stony corals) on the sloping west and north sides. At the eastern tip, watch for vast numbers of magnificent anemones, especially at dawn and dusk when they show off their colorful bases. A wide range of invertebrate life can be found at Black Rock, including smashing and spearing mantis shrimp, spiny lobsters, hermit crabs, sea stars, cowrie shells, harlequin shrimp, octopus, and cuttlefish. 
      • During safety stops, move slowly along the eastern and western ends of the south wall to find brilliantly colored elegant hermit crabs and a variety of nudibranchs, as well as golden wentletrap snails that feed on the orange cup coral. Fish life is also abundant and varied, with a chance to see almost anything from scorpion fish and giant morays to marbled stingrays. Mantas and even whale sharks are also sometimes visitors of this site.

        Shark Cave aka Three Islets

        • All around this site, marine life is extremely rich and diverse. There are three different rocky islets with vertical walls as well as a sloping reef. Many areas are populated with fields of anemones, which are home to five different species of anemonefish. Elsewhere, large tubastrea coral trees sprout from the rocky terrain, accompanied by crinoids, gorgonian fans, and pastel green rope sponge. Tiger tail seahorses are often encountered on the deep edges of the slope, as are many varieties of morays - often several species in the same
        • hole.
        • Cuttlefish may be found at nearly any depth, sometimes courting and mating. Ornate ghost pipefish, cowrie shells, octopus, reef squid, jawfish, porcelain crabs, long nose pipefish, and mantis shrimps are often seen at this site. Scorpion fish are very abundant, so be careful where you place your hands! Between the three pinnacles and surrounding bottom, Shark Cave easily lends itself to several dives to enjoy the diversity of the reef and to marvel in the chasm of the Shark Cave! Nurse sharks can be found lurking inside the cavern along with marble
        • rays, ghost pipefish and plenty of other fascinating creatures, including blue ribbon eels.

          Fan Forest & Western Rocky

          • As the name Fan Forest Pinnacle suggests, it is a submerged pinnacle famous for the number of gorgonian sea fans. The biggest gorgonians are in deeper waters around 20 m and below.
          • They are very healthy and support a large variety of marine life including feather stars, cowries, hawkfish and shrimps. Schooling fish include snapper, trevally, rainbow runners and fusiliers. Moray eels and scorpion fish are also numerous.
          • A short trip south of Sea Fan, Western Rocky is the scene of dramatic underwater terrain on this excellent dive site, which consists of the main islet plus several detached pinnacles. Among the more striking features of the main islet is a huge underwater archway where schooling snapper often hang out. 
          • The soft limestone island is riddled with holes and crevices, providing hiding places for hinge-beak, saron and harlequin shrimps, thorny oysters, cowrie shells, nudibranchs, spiny lobsters and moray eels.
          • Large gorgonian fans and lush soft corals populate many of the deeper areas, while shallow portions of the south side wall are covered with orange cup corals and colorful encrusting sponges. Fish life can include almost anything from ornate ghost pipefish to frog fish to schooling batfish. Western Rocky pinnacle is shaped like a cheese wedge covered by both hard and soft corals, lots of trevally and tuna, and if you are lucky, the elusive bow mouth guitarfish.

          INCLUDED

          • Full board, including all food, snacks between and after dives, tea, coffee, water, juices
          • Weight Belt/Weights/Tank(s)
          • Dive guides
          • Carbonated Soft Drinks
          • Black & Herbal Teas
          • Transfer from/to airport and local hotels to embarkation points at Khao Lak or Chalong (round-trip)

          NOT INCLUDED

          • National park fees:7 days: 230 USD, per trip (correct at time of publishing)
          • Full scuba set 25 USD per day
          • Dive computer
          • Flashlight (torch)
          • 15 liter tanks
          • Nitrox 10 USD per fill or 25 USD per day
          • Tips for the crew (recommended)
          • Beer, wine, alcohol

          CANCELLATION POLICY

          What if I need to cancel my booking?

          Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

          • 30 % non refundable
          • Between 120 days and 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
          • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

          In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

          BEFORE TRAVELLING

          • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality
          • Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
          • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
          • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
          • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
          • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
          • All divers must provide their diving certification card
          • Diving computers are compulsory
          • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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