Similan Islands Liveaboard Diving

Diva Andaman

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The beautiful S/Y Diva Andaman Liveaboard is a stunning classic sailing yacht offering fantastic journeys diving the Similan Islands with 7 luxury AC, en-suite cabins she delivers personal attention

    Diva Andaman

    Thailand Aggressor

    from US$ 275 / day
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    Explore the Andaman Sea aboard the world class Thailand Aggressor liveaboard. With up to 5 dives a day you are sure to see the best of Thailand & Burma in comfort with exceptional Aggressor service

      Thailand Aggressor

      Deep Andaman Queen

      from US$ 171 / day
      8.4 "Very good"

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      The Deep Andaman Queen offers 9 en-suite, AC cabins, large dive platform with fresh water showers to rinse yourself after diving and camera rinse buckets. Explore the Similan Islands & Richelieu Rock

      Deep Andaman Queen

      What To Expect On a Similan Islands Liveaboard

      Liveaboards in Similan Islands will take divers to the most well known dive areas in the amazing dive destination of Thailand. The Similan Islands are ranked as one of the top dive destinations in the world. Made up of 9 granite islands, located 100 km Northwest of Phuket and 65km offshore from Phang Nga Province in the Andaman Sea, the Similan Islands were declared a National Park in 1982 and offer scuba divers exceptional diving adventures. Similan Island liveaboards will visit dive sites that feature varied landscapes and vibrant marine life. Massive boulders, caves, reefs and passages are home to over 500 species of hard and soft corals and astonishing pelagic life. The East Coast boasts exceptional visibility and weak to moderate currents while the West Coast waters are deeper with stronger currents. With such varied dive sites, the best way to enjoy the Similan Islands is on a premier dive liveaboard.

      Similan Islands Underwater

      The landscape of the Similan Islands are a feast to the eyes both above and underwater. From the tropical white sandy beaches and clear blue waters to the granite boulders on land and underwater, it is a paradise difficult to surpass and understandably one of the most popular dive locations in the world. It is becoming ever more popular to take a dive safari on a liveaboard due to easy access to these remote islands. An abundant marine life roams the subterranean landscape of these islands. It is common to see leopard sharks, guitar rays, whitetip sharks, blue spotted stingrays, clown trigger fish, rabbit fish, scorpion fish, snappers, emperor fish, giant trevally and angelfish. Turtles and giant bumphead parrotfish make their appearances and the sharp eyed diver may find tiny ghost pipefish, mantis shrimps, porcelain crabs or cleaner shrimp. To dive amongst the boulder formations and see their impressive size underwater is truly wondrous.

      Dive Sites Of Similan Islands

      Similan Liveaboard itineraries may vary but some popular dive sites include:

      Anita's Reef on the east coast, just off Similan Island No.4 boasts impressive coral formations, boulders this subterranean landscape provides a sanctuary for a very diverse marine life. From hunting Bluefin trevally, yellowfin goatfish, blue damsels to the very common shrimpgobies, the easy currents allow for a great first dive option for most dive trips.

      West of Eden, also known as West of Six for its location to the north-west corner of Island number 6, enjoys a healthy hard coral reef and massive granite boulders. Batfish, Turtles and Octopus are common residents to the reef. Through the rocky channels, frogfish, ribbon eels, giant morays and barracudas can also be seen. Keep an eye out in the blue for passing larger pelagics.

      Elephant Head Rock, named after a rock that jets out of the water visible from the surface, this is the biggest pinnacle in the Similans and has some fantastic swim-throughs. A more challenging dive site due to strong currents, you may see white tip reef sharks, batfish, trevally and barracuda can often be seen on the perimeter of the boulders and the avid macro photographer can look out for smashing mantis shrimp, fire gobies, porcelain crabs and cleaner shrimps.

      Donald Duck Bay, is a popular night dive spot on the north-west corner of Island no.8. Named after a rock resembling the cartoon character, this site is great for macro lovers. The boulders are home to emporer shrimps, red round crabs, decorator crabs, triton shells and cone shells, bull crabs, red octopus and cuttlefish and green turtles

      Boulder City, is a large submerged granite outcropping, about 1km off the east coast of island no.3 with jumbles of boulders scattered around a flat sandy bottom. A slightly more advanced dive site, the current can sometimes bring the whale sharks and manta rays.

      Shark Fin Reef - As is prevalent in the Similans, this dive site consists of another series of granite boulders covered in gorgonians and hard corals with a great diversity of marine life including the Napoleon wrasse, turtles, boxfish, clown triggerfish, schools of batfish, yellow goatfish, palette surgeonfish, blue-faced angelfish and bannerfish amongst others.

      Honeymoon Bay lies to the northwest of Island 5. Its sheltered location, it is a popular place for boats to moor and include a night dive. This is when the Reef crabs, shrimps, lobsters, cuttlefish and nurse sharks all come out, leaving their crevices looking for food. With an average depth of 15-20 meters, the reef is decorated with hard corals, keep an eye out for shy garden eels on the sandy bottom.

      Christmas Point, true to its name, is one of the most colourful, scenic dives in the islands on the far west side of Similan Island 9. This outcropping is home to several giant archways which provide superb topography and forms some of the best swim-throughs in the Similans.

      Other dive sites include: Three Trees, Beacon Point, Breakfast Bend, Chinese Wall, Coral Reef, Deep Six, Hideaway, Deep six, North Point and Stonehenge.

      Top Tips For Divers

      Thailand liveaboard trips to the Similan Islands run from November through to May. The Islands are closed for the rest of the year. The end of February often sees an increase in currents attracting the larger marine creatures like whale sharks and manta rays. Visibility ranges from 25-40m during this period and water temperatures range between 26-29c. You may not need more than a 3mm neoprene shorty or full body wetsuit bearing in mind after a 3 or more dives a day, you may get cold. If you are bringing your own equipment, consider bringing a DIN adapter (if you have DIN regulators) as Thailand uses the standard yoke system.

      Getting To Similan Islands

      Please check your individual liveaboard itinerary carefully and be aware of different departure ports depending on your liveaboard chosen. Liveaboard cruises may depart from Chalong Pier in Phuket, Thap Lamu Pier in Khao Lak, Phang-Nga Province. Transfers to the port is provided from Phuket International Airport or your hotel. Please notice some liveaboards may even depart from one port and return into another, i.e depart from Phuket and return to Khao Lak. Some International flights fly directly to Phuket or you can get a connecting flight from Bangkok.

      Similan Islands Diving Reviews

      9.1
      Superb (out of 10) 10
      Average score from 30 Verified Review(s) Only people who have booked through Liveaboard.com and joined the Liveaboard can write a review.
      China
      9.2
      Superb

      Good, not the best I've ever had. No whale shark but that's just nature. Did encounter a big female Manta ray thought!

      Diving Similan Islands in January on the Diva Andaman
      United States
      8.4
      Very good

      Pretty good - better than most other dive sites I've done in Koh Chang and Koh Lipe.

      Diving Similan Islands in February on the Hallelujah
      Singapore
      8.4
      Very good

      Good, no large fishes, but plenty of marine life. Beach visits were a good addition.

      Diving Similan Islands in January on the Similan Explorer
      United Kingdom
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Great, so many fish. We even saw whales!!! And manta

      Diving Similan Islands in January on the Similan Explorer
      China
      9.6
      Exceptional

      看到了很多种鱼类,以及豹纹鳗,🐙,乌贼<□:≡,傻傻的泰坦扳机鱼等,不过现在环境恶化很厉害,死珊瑚太多了,让人💔,呼吁潜水员不要用防晒霜下水,努力保护我们共同的家园。

      Diving Similan Islands in January on the Manta Queen 1
      Canada
      8.8
      Fabulous

      awesome and varied

      Diving Similan Islands in January on the MV Pawara
      Taiwan
      8.0
      Very good

      Pretty beautiful corol. Large amount of fishs. But there was no big fish to see.

      Diving Similan Islands in January on the Manta Queen 5
      Australia
      9.2
      Superb

      Great deep dives, good visibility

      Diving Similan Islands in January on the Manta Queen 3
      Portugal
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Wonderful. One of my best diving experiences.

      Diving Similan Islands in January on the Manta Queen 5
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      One of the best dives sites to date. Warm water, great vis, lost of life. None of the big stuff on this trip, but the macro stuff was really beautiful and interesting.

      Diving Similan Islands in January on the MV DiveRACE Class E
      South Korea
      10.0
      Exceptional

      gorgeous~ nice people nice guiding nice food everything was perfect!!!

      Diving Similan Islands in December on the Manta Queen 3
      United Kingdom
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Wonderful combination of beauty both above and under the surface

      Diving Similan Islands in December on the Thailand Aggressor
      United States
      8.4
      Very good

      Mind blowing.

      Diving Similan Islands in December on the Manta Queen 3
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      It was spectacular. Every dive site had something different.

      Diving Similan Islands in December on the Manta Queen 3
      United States
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Amazing, could see so many fish and awesome coral.

      Diving Similan Islands in December on the Dolphin Queen
      Netherlands
      7.2
      Good

      nice places with nice coral almost no current

      Diving Similan Islands in November on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Netherlands
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Great, although some places coral was damaged, wonderful waters to dive!

      Diving Similan Islands in November on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Germany
      8.0
      Very good

      Visibilities were not super good, but a nice variety of animals.

      Diving Similan Islands in November on the MV Similan Explorer
      Sweden
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Visibillity was ok most of the time and sometimes even very good. I think we only had one dive which had bad visibillity.

      Diving Similan Islands in May on the MV Pawara
      France
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Very peaceful in low season

      Diving Similan Islands in May on the The Junk
      United States
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Beautiful. So many fish!

      Diving Similan Islands in April on the The Junk
      Germany
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Some strong Currents on some Spots, but a really nice Entrée to the Rest of the Week. Good Occasion to get back into the Feeling.

      Diving Similan Islands in April on the The Junk
      China
      8.8
      Fabulous

      It was nice.

      Diving Similan Islands in April on the MV Similan Explorer
      Estonia
      8.4
      Very good

      Visibility was good.

      Diving Similan Islands in April on the MV Similan Explorer
      United Kingdom
      6.8
      Review score

      5 days

      Diving Similan Islands in March on the Deep Andaman Queen
      Germany
      8.0
      Very good

      Similan has good dive sites but also less good ones. The choice of the dive sites is sometimes hard to understand

      Diving Similan Islands in March on the The Junk
      United States
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Lots of things to see.

      Diving Similan Islands in February on the Deep Andaman Queen
      South Africa
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Good, visibility was decent, current was a bit hektik

      Diving Similan Islands in March on the MV DiveRACE Class E
      Belgium
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Very much enjoyed it!

      Diving Similan Islands in February on the Diva Andaman
      United Kingdom
      9.2
      Superb

      Average

      Diving Similan Islands in February on the Diva Andaman
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