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Estimate $3500*

Final pricing will be available early March 2020.

The Phinisi 

Myanmar was closed to most of the world until 1997, leaving the Mergui Archipelago, a group of 800 islands off of its southeast coast relatively unexplored.  A little over two decades later mainstream travel magazines continue to describe the Mergui Archipelago as unspoiled. Let's go see for ourselves!

Fly into Phuket to join us for a few days of exploring Phang Nga providence from our base hotel in Khao Lak. Experience stunning beaches, an elephant sanctuary, and local culture. Of course we can't leave Thailand with diving! So out to dive Richelieu Rock we go, voted best dive site in the Simillan island. 

We will meet up with our dive boat staff in Ranong for formal escort through customs into Myanmar. From Thursday, March 4th through Thursday, March 11th, we sail and dive around the Mergui Archipelago aboard the Phinisi. Following the cruise, dive staff will see us back through customs into Thailand for our group transportation back to Phuket airport.

The Phinisi, officially known as Chen I Sao is a traditional Indonesian sailing vessel. She was custom-built in 2007, offering divers all the amenities to which we have grown accustom. A little over 100 feet long, she houses two quad cabins and five double cabins all en-suites. With two chefs preparing Asian and international cuisine, we will have plenty of delicious food to fuel our four dives a day this exotic location.

PLEASE NOTE: This trip can be priced without the land package. If you chose this option, please make arrangements to meet in Ranong at 9am on Thursday, March 4th, 2021.

Available Upgrades:

  • Enriched Air NITROX-  $150 for the week paid on board the boat

Not Included:

  • airfare to and from either Phuket or Ranong
  • hotel stays prior to Sunday February 28th and after departure from the vessel
  • all meals while not on board the Phinisi
  • travel insurance
  • dive insurance-required
  • gear rental on board

Required additional fees

  • Marine park fee $280
  • Boat Crew Tip- 10-15% and up (personal choice, but we do tip) paid on board

Important Notes:

  • Travelers must bring two copies of their passport and two passport size photographs. 
  • Arriving flights should plan to be in Phuket by noon on Sunday, February 28th. Return flights on the 11th must depart after 7:30pm out of Phuket or earlier if leaving from Ranong aiport. 
  • Dive Accident Insurance required (DAN or equivalent). Must show proof on board.
  • Passport valid 6 months past travel date required.
  • Travel (Trip) Insurance is HIGHLY recommended due to the nature of this trip.  The vessel nor Cincinnati SCUBA & Aquatics will be responsible for delays, cancellations or modifications to the itinerary of any kind for any reason.


The Phinisi -Myanmar

February 28-march 11th, 2021



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