Surin Islands Liveaboard Diving

The Junk

The Junk

from US$ 177 / day
9.1 "Superb"

ThailandUS$1,244 from

The Junk underwent a renovation transform it into a 33m authentic sailing vessel to explore the best dive sites of the Thai Andaman Sea from November-April. She has 6 AC cabins with en-suite bathrooms

    The Junk
    Hallelujah

    Hallelujah

    from US$ 214 / day
    9.3 "Superb"

    ThailandUS$1,073 from

    Explore the Similan Islands aboard the MV Hallelujah liveaboard. She is one of the most comfortable & largest dive liveaboards cruising the Andaman Sea from November - April. She has 13 en-suite cabins to cater to 25 guests

      Hallelujah
      Thailand Aggressor

      Thailand Aggressor

      from US$ 254 / day
      9.4 "Superb"

      ThailandUS$2,040 from

      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

      What To Expect on A Surin Islands Liveaboard

      A liveaboard dive tour to the Surin Islands in Thailand will take divers to some of the best diving available in the Andaman Sea. Situated in the picturesque Thai province of Phang Nga, the Surin Islands archipelago are about 60km away from the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Designated a National Marine Park in 1981, the Mu Koh Surin National Park is formed of 2 large islands, North and South. The islands are covered in granite outcrops that are ringed with pristine coral reefs that provide an underwater spectacle of life and colour. Still relatively untouched, liveaboard diving is the best way to experience diving these islands and enjoy nature's finest. Due to its remoteness some liveaboards only offer a short 4 days schedule.

      Surin Islands Underwater

      The abundance of marine life in these waters is staggering with regular sightings of cruising white tip reef sharks, barracuda, batfish, ghost pipefish, bumphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse, octopus, mantis shrimp, blue spotted jawfish and the rarer sightings of seahorses, frogfish, manta rays and whale shark. Look closely and you may spot black and blue ribbon eels hiding amongst the crevices.

      Be wary of the sometimes aggressive titan triggerfish, especially if nesting and protecting their young. Depths range from 5 to 30 meters with warm clear waters, the coral formations in these waters act as a good barrier with fields of staghorn corals dominating the shallows. These reefs gently slope down to a sandy bottom and if you look into the blue, you may see the occasional passing eagle rays.

      Dive Sites Of Surin Islands

      Liveaboard dive cruises to the Surin Islands usually include diving at Koh Tachai, Koh Bon and the famous Richelieu Rock:

      Koh Tachai is teeming with marine life and known for large numbers of leopard sharks. A coral plateau sloping from 12 - 35 m, this site can be challenging at times with strong currents. Usually done as a drift dive, these currents bring high levels of plankton during the months of February – May and in turn the larger pelagics feeding on them such as the Manta Ray and Whale Shark.

      Koh Bon, south of Surin Island is known as the perforated island, classified as a deep dive due to a fantastic wall dive that goes down to 42m on the southwest side. Also frequented by a great number of leopard sharks, the usual suspects such as the morays, white tip reef sharks cohabit these waters. Also a popular cave diving spot, this should only be attempted with the right certifications.

      Richelieu Rock, to the south east of the Surin Islands is renowned for whale shark sightings and other pelagics like the Manta Ray, barracuda, giant trevallies and dogtooth tuna. For the avid macro lover or photographer, this site also provides a plethora of critters, porcelain crabs, tiger tail sea horses, pipefish, harlequin shrimp, nudibranch and more. The current here is mild to strong.

      Other dive sites include: Bon Soong Wreck, Ko Torinla, Koh Chi, Hing Gong

      Top Tips For Divers

      Liveaboard trips to the Surin Islands run from November to May. February to April season often sees an increase in currents attracting the larger marine creatures like whale sharks and manta rays. Visibility ranges from 25-30m during this period and water temperatures range between 26-29c so a 3mm neoprene wetsuit should be enough. Some of the dive sites can be a bit more challenging and are best reserved for the more experienced diver.

      Getting To Surin Islands

      Some International flights fly directly to Phuket or you can get a connecting flight from Bangkok, with low cost carriers such as Air Asia also available. It is recommended you check your departure port with your liveaboard operator before arranging your international flights. Most Thailand liveaboards leave from Phuket or Khao Lak. Some may also leave from one port and return to another. Diving in Thailand is accessible to all and there are liveaboards suitable for all budgets.

      Surin Islands Diving Reviews

      9.1
      Superb (out of 10) 10
      Average score from 22 Verified Review(s) Only people who have booked through Liveaboard.com and joined the Liveaboard can write a review.
      Martin R
      Germany
      9.2
      Superb

      Even better visibility the further north we got and the sandy patches are just beautiful

      Diving Surin Islands in October on the Pawara
      Kali K
      United States
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Excellent

      Diving Surin Islands in April on the The Junk
      Lisa M
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Amazing visibility, diverse dive sites

      Diving Surin Islands in October on the Hallelujah
      Amish S
      India
      7.6
      Good

      No words to describe the experience. Highlight was my first night dive and the ship wreck an. Richelue rock

      Diving Surin Islands in February on the Similan Explorer
      Evan R
      New Zealand
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Many enjoyable dives seeing many new species.

      Diving Surin Islands in April on the Sawasdee Fasai
      Natalie R
      New Zealand
      10.0
      Exceptional

      A lot more diverse fish, change in topography with more limestone formations. Beautiful pink and red corals

      Diving Surin Islands in March on the Similan Explorer
      Jeffrey T
      Canada
      6.8
      Review score

      very good in March

      Diving Surin Islands in March on the Similan Explorer
      Garry D
      United Kingdom
      8.0
      Very good

      Very Good

      Diving Surin Islands in February on the Sawasdee Fasai Liveaboard
      Petra H
      Germany
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Nach den current dives in Koh Tachai, zur Erholung wieder etwas entspannteres Tauchen, perfekt!

      Diving Surin Islands in February on the Similan Explorer
      JAYEON C
      South Korea
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Interesting to see unique geography.

      Diving Surin Islands in February on the The Junk
      Pablo E
      Chile
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Really beautifull, great life and night dives, nothing to complain.

      Diving Surin Islands in February on the Similan Explorer
      Ian T
      United Kingdom
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Stunning, Some cold currents but great diving

      Diving Surin Islands in January on the Similan Explorer
      Shiou H
      United States
      9.2
      Superb

      Great water temperature; visibility varied depending on location. Loved swimming with swarms of fishes alongside me!

      Diving Surin Islands in January on the Thai Sea
      minjung K
      South Korea
      9.2
      Superb

      Surin is good..best diving point in Thailand

      Diving Surin Islands in December on the The Junk
      Elena L
      United Kingdom
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Real coral garden - every kind of coral in one sight.

      Diving Surin Islands in December on the Thailand Aggressor
      Marcel Fernando S
      Germany
      8.0
      Very good

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

      Diving Surin Islands in November on the MV Similan Explorer
      Thomas R
      United States
      9.6
      Exceptional

      We did not dive here

      Diving Surin Islands in April on the The Junk
      Gabor M
      Germany
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Exactly in-between... 😉

      Diving Surin Islands in April on the The Junk
      YANG B
      China
      8.8
      Fabulous

      It was nice.

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

      It was okay.

      Diving Surin Islands in April on the MV Similan Explorer
      Ursula C
      Germany
      8.0
      Very good

      was good and bad, depending from the dives

      Diving Surin Islands in March on the The Junk
      Cristina C
      Spain
      10.0
      Exceptional

      good

      Diving Surin Islands in January on the Miss Moon
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