Thailand's Finest Diving
About 50 kilometers off the west coast of Phang-Nga in the Andaman Sea lies the Similan islands, a group of 9 small islands that offer Thailand’s finest diving. (Similan means 9 in Malay) The islands can be reached in about 10 hours by boat from Phuket or 4 hours from Thap Lamu Port or Takua Pa in Phang-nga. So while day trips are possible, liveaboards are more feasible.
More About Dive Similan
The Similan Islands are famous with both domestic and foreign tourists not only for its crystal clear water and diverse marine life but also as a place for angling and scuba diving. The area is a protected national park and though camping is allowed on the islands, most divers opt for one of the many liveaboards that frequent the Similan Islands during the dive season.
In the water lies a diverse landscape of deep canyons, giant boulders, coral gardens, caves and walls. The Rock formations in the area are truly beautiful and attract visitors like whale sharks, mantas and leopard sharks. A vast array of reef fish await, the giant morays may surprise you and the schools of bumphead will impress, but you may also find the small marine life like ghost pipefish and fire gobies to your liking. A dive destination to be visited at least once by all divers.