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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 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 most 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.
Donal 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, bring a DIN adapter 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
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
Very peaceful in low seasonDiving Similan Islands in May on the The Junk
Beautiful. So many fish!Diving Similan Islands in April on the The Junk
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
It was nice.Diving Similan Islands in April on the MV Similan Explorer
Poor visibility but still enjoyableDiving Similan Islands in April on the White Manta Thailand
Visibility was good.Diving Similan Islands in April on the MV Similan Explorer
5 daysDiving Similan Islands in March on the Deep Andaman Queen
Similan has good dive sites but also less good ones. The choice of the dive sites is sometimes hard to understandDiving Similan Islands in March on the The Junk
Exceptional diving sitesDiving Similan Islands in March on the White Manta Thailand
Lots of things to see.Diving Similan Islands in February on the Deep Andaman Queen
Good, visibility was decent, current was a bit hektikDiving Similan Islands in March on the MV DiveRACE Class E
Very much enjoyed it!Diving Similan Islands in February on the Diva Andaman
BeautifulDiving Similan Islands in March on the White Manta Thailand
ExcellentDiving Similan Islands in March on the White Manta Thailand
AverageDiving Similan Islands in February on the Diva Andaman
not very specialDiving Similan Islands in February on the Diva Andaman
Solid diving, not that much to see, but nice mix of standard things, e.g. murrays, occacsional tuna, etc.Diving Similan Islands in February on the White Manta Thailand
Really niceDiving Similan Islands in February on the Deep Andaman Queen
Beyond all of my expectations!!Diving Similan Islands in February on the Deep Andaman Queen
Great!Diving Similan Islands in January on the Deep Andaman Queen
Good, but visibility could have been better. Saw a couple of manta rays which was very cool.Diving Similan Islands in December on the MV DiveRACE Class E
GoodDiving Similan Islands in December on the MV DiveRACE Class E
Some sad damage to the reef due to anchoring in the most popular dive sites, but much better at some of the more remote locations with mooring lines. Abundance of life and great varieties of species.Diving Similan Islands in January on the White Manta Thailand
good but very poor visibilityDiving Similan Islands in December on the Diva Andaman
Nice, easy diving. Only thing I'm not a fan of is the way all the liveaboards drive over the dive sites to drop off, creating a huge noise underwater.Diving Similan Islands in December on the Deep Andaman Queen
Very good.Diving Similan Islands in December on the White Manta Thailand
Nice!Diving Similan Islands in December on the White Manta Thailand
Water warm and visibility was very good. There has been some hard coral damager from the last El Nino which is still slowly recovering (after many years). But there is plenty of small animal life and soft corals to enjoy.Diving Similan Islands in December on the White Manta Thailand
Koh Bon pinnacle was fantastic. Rest was very good.Diving Similan Islands in November on the Giamani