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The Junk Overview

The Junk Liveaboard dive boat
Boat rating : 10/10 Based on 16 divers
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Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Khao Lak. Phuket.
No. of guests: 18
Prices from: 17,295
13,836 THB per diver

The Junk is a very strange name for a very special boat. She is officially called June Hong Chian Lee and is a completely refurbished cargo vessel which was first built in Malaysia. This is the same boat used in the James Bond movie, The Man With the Golden Gun. Nowadays, the boat takes diving guests on liveaboard diving cruises around the best diving sites of Thailand. Although her age and appearance suggest traditional sailing and far from luxurious living conditions, the opposite is true of this remarkable yacht. She has facilities befitting the best diving and pleasure craft in the Andaman Sea and can comfortably take up to 18 passengers in air-conditioned comfort.

There are several cabin types on The Junk. The double cabins can be made into twins, and the triple cabins can be made into a double, with a single bunk. In total, there are two cabins for two guests (we call them doubles), two cabins that take three guests (triple), and two four-bunk cabins. All of them are cosy, have air-conditioning and a private en-suite bathroom with proper toilets and showers. The air-conditioned lounge saloon has AV entertainment and a comprehensive library of books, but guests usually choose to be out on deck looking at the view, topping up a tan, or enjoying the sea breeze.

The-junk-inside-similans-divingAt 33m long and 8.5m wide, The Junk is the perfect size for passengers to enjoy stability and space on board. The traditional design and materials give an intangible feeling of being part of something very special, while modern comforts make sure that the happiness lasts throughout the journey. Two Bauer compressors, two motorized tender dinghies and up-to-date safety & communication features are standard.

Those lucky enough to take a cruise on The Junk will enjoy the delicious food, comfortable cabins and communal areas, and can spend hours enjoying the views, reading a novel, sharing dive experiences, or learning about the history of this very special boat. In addition to the famous James Bond classic, The Junk has featured in several movies.

From late October to May The Junk has trips to Thailand's Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock. All of these trips depart in the evening, either from Khao Lak or Phuket. The 4D/4N trips return mid-afternoon, and the 5D/6N trips give you an extra day diving and two extra nights on board. You disembark in the morning after breakfast. During the low season (May-September) The Junk has short trips from Phuket to the best dive sites around Koh Phi Phi & Phuket. These trips are excellent value and very popular. Departure is usually in the morning, and return late in the afternoon two or three days later.

Recently the local authorities in Thailand made a new regulation that all diving has to be done from dinghies, not from the rear diving deck of purpose-built dive boats. So, now all those dive boats have to use dinghies. However, The Junk team have always been doing it this way, and the crew and facilities are already well set up and experienced.

Two more things that make diving from The Junk so attractive are the incredibly-well-organised team and the special offers. The organisation is thorough from the beginning of the booking process, through to leading up to the departure day, and then everything on board runs like clockwork. And for people who book early, or leave it to the last minute, there are often special offer discounts to be had.

Genuine The Junk Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with The Junk
Lucy
Divers Nationality: British
Dive date: 15 January 2024
Boat rating: 10/10
I have been on the Junk before in 2015 and jumped at the opportunity to spend 5 days on her again with my friends and other half. The food was still amazing, the service was awesome and the diving was outstanding. I would recommend this trip and ve ...read more
Shane
Divers Nationality: British
Dive date: 15 January 2024
Boat rating: 10/10
Best boat in the Andaman sea, superb crew and dives sites.
Julianne Coates
Dive date: 15 January 2024
Boat rating: 10/10
A fantastic experience, The Junk has so much character (and was by far the best looking vessel at all the dive sites) my bed was super comfortable and I loved the en suite. All of the staff were not only welcoming and friendly but incredibly help ...read more
John
Divers Nationality: British
Dive date: 15 January 2024
Boat rating: 10/10
This was my first time on a Liveaboard, and I was not disappointed. The Junk is a lovely old vessel. The Accomodation was very comfortable and comparatively spacious. The crew were fantastic and attentive to my every needs. The food was delicious and ...read more
Anne The Junk
Anne
Divers Nationality: Luxembourger
Dive date: 03 April 2023
Boat rating: 9/10
Iconic boat kept in impeccable condition with the loveliest staff. Everybody looked after us so well, before, during and most of all after our dives by keeping us well fed. Great experience!
Cailyn The Junk
Cailyn
Divers Nationality: American
Dive date: 12 November 2022
Boat rating: 10/10
The entire experience was wonderful from start to finish. We booked through No Troubles Just Bubbles for our first live-a-board experience as part of our month long honeymoon trip through Thailand. Jamie was extremely attentive and communicative and ...read more
Hazel The Junk
Hazel
Divers Nationality: British
Dive date: 27 December 2021
Boat rating: 10/10
We had a fabulous time on the Junk. The diving, the people, the crew and the food were all excellent. I would recommend this holiday to anyone who loves diving and will hopefully return myself soon! ?❤️
Linda The Junk
Linda
Divers Nationality: New Zealander
Dive date: 27 December 2021
Boat rating: 9/10
Such an excellent trip. Fabulous boat, great crew and the best of care. Highly recommended.
Gregory Enjalbert
Divers Nationality: French
Dive date: 12 April 2021
Boat rating: 9/10
Beautiful boat and Marco does a great job at keeping us safe and entertained at the same time. Food is great and the staff super attentive, also a tight ship with everyone knowing what they have to do. The dive guides were good and made us enjoy many ...read more
Pao The Junk
Pao
Divers Nationality: Thai
Dive date: 04 September 2020
Boat rating: 10/10
Dive leaders and the staffs are really nice. Bedroom is good.
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The Junk Liveaboard dive boat
The Junk
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Khao Lak. Phuket.
No. of guests: 18
From: 17,295
13,836 THB per diver
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