The Junk - Classic Similan & Richelieu Rock Diving Yacht

The Junk

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The Junk Liveaboard diving
Thailand Thailand
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Chalong Pier, Phuket / Thap Lamu Pier, Khao Lak
No. of guests: 18
Boat rating: 10/10 Based on 16 divers
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Prices from: 473 USD
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June Hong Chian Lee is known to most as The Junk. This 60+-year-old vessel has a very interesting history, but in recent years has been offering luxurious liveaboard cruises around the best dive sites in Thailand. The Junk gives guests the opportunity to relax in luxury at affordable prices, but at the same time doing it in a way that can't be experienced on a regular-style liveaboard diving boat. Enjoy cruises diving around The Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai & Richelieu Rock during the high season, or shorter trips to dive spots around Koh Phi Phi during the summer. 

At 33m long and 8.5m wide, this boat is easily large enough to face any conditions in Thailand’s Andaman Sea during the diving season, and do so ensuring comfort & safely for all on board. The six cabins on The Junk come in several types: quad, triple & double, and teh doubles can be configured as twins. All have air-conditioning and private en suite bathrooms with hot showers. The dining room & saloon lounge is comfortable, and air-conditioned. There are areas for photographers to work and show images, as well as plenty of spots where guests can find some privacy. In addition to indoor dining, there is a covered outdoor area as well. 

The-junk-inside-similans-divingDiving from The Junk is both safe and comfortable. Tanks and equipment are stored away from the relaxing areas, and taken good care of by the attentive team. Divers are taken to the dive site drop off locations by two motorised tender dinghies. These dinghies are also used to take you to the beaches on uninhabited tropical islands. While onboard, guests can enjoy classic looks & design, modern luxuries, fine dining and like-minded company. Rates are extremely competitive now that the ship is now managed by an experienced and professional team. There are often special deals available, as well.

Of all our boats, The Junk's pre-trip organisation is the most thorough, to ensure that everything is prepared at least one month in advance, and this helps to make the cruise as enjoyable as possible. Once on board, the team of mainly-western multilingual dive staff and local crew take the best care of each guest from the moment of pick up until the final farewell. This includes the kitchen staff, who make sure that nobody goes hungry while on board. A delicious mix of western and local cuisine is served buffest style, with snacks, soft drinks and alcohol also available.

Finally, did you know that this boat is a movie star? Do you remember the 1974 James Bond movie, the Man With the Golden Gun, filmed here in Thailand? The Junk was the boat used near the end of the movie.

Prices & Schedule

The Junk Diver Prices Overview 2024 / 2025
DestinationsDuration Quad cabin 3 Bed cabin Double / Twin
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( 10 Dives)
3D / 2N Quad cabin473 USD 3 Bed cabin586 USD Double / Twin719 USD
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( 14 Dives)
4D / 4N Quad cabin946 USD 3 Bed cabin1,173 USD Double / Twin1,437 USD
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( 18 Dives)
5D / 6N Quad cabin1,418 USD 3 Bed cabin1,759 USD Double / Twin2,156 USD
The Junk Special Offers Coming Up
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(14 Dives)
Departs: 24 Feb 2024
Return: 28 Feb 2024
4D / 4NQuad cabin
Special Offer
946 USD
756 USD
3 Bed cabin
Special Offer
1,173 USD
938 USD
Double / Twin
Special Offer
1,437 USD
1,150 USD
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Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Transfers to and from local hotels
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Mask and Snorkel
Full-foot fins
Soap & Shampoo
Luggage storage
Not Included In The Price
Dive equipment
National park fees
Dive computer
Soft drinks
Alcoholic drinks
Dive insurance
Night diving torch
Larger tanks
Open-heel fins
Tips / Gratuities
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Booking / Enquiry

There are several different Junk itineraries.

During the summer months (low season) The Junk has short trips around Koh Phi Phi and Phuket. 

During the high season The Junk's itineraries are either 4D4N (4 days & nights / 4 full diving days) or 5D6N (5 days & 6 nights / 5 full diving days).

Please note that elsewhere on the internet you may see the same trips advertised as 5D/4N and 7D/6N. We prefer to show the length as more truthful & realistc.

Please note that some trips depart from (and return to) Phuket, and other trips use Tab Lamu Pier in Khao Lak.


The itineraries below are the most-common for each trip, but these can sometimes be changed for a number of reasons. Small changes are made due to weather & sea conditions, special marine life sightings, overcrowded dive sites, local-authorities' instructions, and the needs & requests of the paying guests. The safety & comfort of all guests is most important at all times.

Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck 4 Days / 4 Nights 14 Dives
Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, Boonsung Wreck 5 Days / 6 Nights 18 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with The Junk
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
Courses Available
Free Pickup
Suitable for Children
All Cabins En Suite
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Family Cabin
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers
The Junk Layout
1. Winch. 11. Double-bed en suite cabin (can be set up as twin beds)
2. Dive platform. 12. Triple-bed en suite cabin (can be made into 1x double + 1x single)
3. Dining area. 13. 4-bed en suite cabin
4. Toilet / Shower 14. Water supply
5. Wheelhouse. 15. Water maker
6. Crew cabin 16. Tanks
7. Galley 17. Generators
8. Radar 18. Engine
9. Compressors 19. Crew cabin
10. Crew quarters 20. Crew cabin
The Junk Specifications
Length. 33 metres.
Beam. 8.5 metres.
Speed. 8 knots motor sailing, 1x ain Engine 380 Hp and 2 generators 50 kW each.
Tenders. 1 tender 40 hp 4.20 metres and 1 tender 60 hp 5.80 metres.
Compressors. 2x Bauer.
Scuba Tanks. 40.
Electronics. Satellite navigation system, 3 VHF radios, 2 CB radios and video depth sounder.
Water - maker. (6,000 litres per day).
Range. 10,000 liters of diesel  (range unlimited as long as there is wind).
Safety. Patient area with 2 large oxygen tanks, 40 life jackets and Life raft for 25 people.
Surface. 2 communal areas, totalling 150 square meters.
Capacity. 18 passengers, in 6 cabins & 8 hot-water showers with western toilet.


Taking part in a diving course is best enjoyed while aboard a luxury diving yacht such as the Junk.
There is a range of courses available for those diving on The Junk.
The most popular diving courses are the PADI AOWD and Nitrox Enriched Air, but please contact us to ask about any other diving education on The Junk.

Courses Prices
PADI: Specialty courses
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PADI: Nitrox (EANx)
(2 Dives)
Including: Certification & manual
181 USD
PADI: Advanced Open Water
(5 Dives)
Including: Certification & manual
250 USD

Transfer details

The Junk guests get free scheduled transfers from most of Phuket's & Khao Lak's hotels, and from Phuket International Airport.

Some of The Junk's trips sail from Phuket and others sail from from Khao Lak's Tab Lamu Pier. This also applies to the return/disembarkation pier.

After each cruise, The Junk guests will be transferred to their chosen destination in Phuket or Khao Lak.

Low-season Phi Phi trips usually depart from & return to Chalong, Phuket. Only guests staying in Phuket get the free transfers.

The Junk Scheduled Transfers
4D / 4N Trips
15:00 - 17:30 Pick up from Phuket : Free
18:00 - 18:30 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
20:00 - 20:30 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
15:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
15:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
16:00 - 17:00 Drop off to Phuket : Free
The Junk Scheduled Transfers
5D / 6N Trips
15:00 - 17:30 Pick up from Phuket : Free
18:00 - 18:30 Pick up from Khao Lak : Free
20:00 - 20:30 Departure ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
15:00 Return ( Tab Lamu Pier, Khao Lak )
15:00 Drop off to Khao Lak : Free
16:00 - 17:00 Drop off to Phuket : Free
The Junk Scheduled Transfers
3D / 2N Trips
07:00 Pick up from Phuket : Free
08:00 Departure ( Chalong Pier, Phuket )
17:00 Return ( Chalong Pier, Phuket )
17:30 Drop off to Phuket : Free

Guests who are unable to meet the scheduled pick ups or would like private transportation are welcome to contact us to arrange a private taxi at the most competitive rates.

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The Junk Reviews

Read real reviews from people who have dived with The Junk
Nationality: British
Dived: 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 very grateful for Jamie at no troubles just bubbles for sorting everything out for us. Thank you!!
Nationality: British
Dived: 15 January 2024
Boat rating: 10/10
Best boat in the Andaman sea, superb crew and dives sites.
Julianne Coates
Dived: 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 helpful, they also anticipate your needs, which makes you feel like a valued customer. The food is not only plentiful but unbelievable delicious, varied and beautifully presented. The diving was superb, our dive master Jai was obviously knowledgeable about the sites, constantly identifying and pointing out fish and corals that we might have missed. I would definitely recommend this live aboard and booking via @NoTroublesjustbubbles made the whole experience seamless
Nationality: British
Dived: 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 plentiful. The dive sites we visited around the Similian and Surin Islands were amazing and there was an abundance of marine live to be seen. I would give it 10/10 and I would lo ve to return again.🤿
Anne The Junk
Nationality: Luxembourger
Dived: 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
Nationality: American
Dived: 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 we had a wonderful experience working with him. We both ended up getting our advanced open water certification and had an amazing time in the Similan islands. The Junk crew was inc redible, the food was wonderful, and I would recommend this live-a-board experience through No Trouble Just Bubbles to anyone. Thank you for an unforgettable experience
Hazel The Junk
Nationality: British
Dived: 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
Nationality: New Zealander
Dived: 27 December 2021
Boat rating: 9/10
Such an excellent trip. Fabulous boat, great crew and the best of care. Highly recommended.
Gregory Enjalbert
Nationality: French
Dived: 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 different dive sites
Pao The Junk
Nationality: Thai
Dived: 04 September 2020
Boat rating: 10/10
Dive leaders and the staffs are really nice. Bedroom is good.
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