Diving in Similan
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 provide Thailandâs finest diving. (Similan means 9 in Malay) The islands could be reached in about 10 hours by boat from Phuket or 4 hrs from Thap Lamu Port or Takua Pa in Phang-nga. So while day-trips are possible, liveaboards are more feasible.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGM1lXM0UyWGtoTmMlMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4lM0UlM0MlMkZpZnJhbWUlM0U=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=””][vc_column][vc_column_text]
ABOUT SIMILAN ISLAND
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Similan Islands are renowned with both overseas and domestic tourists not only for diverse marine life and its crystal clear water but also as a location for angling and diving.
In the water lies a diverse landscape of coral gardens, large boulders, deep canyons, caves and partitions. The Rock formations in the area attract visitors like mantas, whale sharks and leopard sharks and are really gorgeous. A huge array of reef fish await, the the large morays might surprise you along with the schools of bumphead will impress, but you may also get the little marine-life like ghost pipefish and fire gobies for your liking. A dive location to be visited at least once by all divers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=””][vc_column][vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title=”Best time to Dive in Similan” tab_id=”1498054069702-250e3418-5510″][vc_column_text]Best time to dive is from November to May. However, diving is possible all year round.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Getting There” tab_id=”1498054069737-afffe652-f9a4″][vc_column_text]It’s not possible to use a bus to get to the Similan Islands. Rather, you go to Tablamu or Khao Lak and then take a boat to the islands. There are bus services that run from Bangkok to Khao Lak. It costs nearly 900 baht for the air-conditioned VIP bus, although there are cheaper options. The bus will leave Bangkok around 6 a.m. and again at 6 p.m. The VIP will take 12 hours to make the trip; regular buses will take between 14 to 15 hours.
Your best option is to buy tickets from the Government Bus Station – Southern Terminal. If you buy them from a travel agent, your ticket will go to Surat Thani and then put you on a local bus. This means added hours to your trip.
Almost all buses heading North (Bangkok, Surat Thani, Ranong, Chumphon, Takuapa) will pass through Khao Lak. The 1st class buses will take 90 minutes, the 2nd class can take three hours. They will depart about every hour. Just make your way to the Bus station at Phuket Town.
Getting to Similan Islands by Air
The nearest airport to the Similan Islands is Phuket International Airport. It is about 70km south of the pier. There are buses, and a confusing system of Taxis. We recommend using Khao Lak Taxi Service. Reliable, safe and secure. They are also quite affordable.
It is possible to get to Khao Lak/Tap Lamu via bus from the the airport. It is time consuming. Make your way to the main road (about 5km East). This can be done by taxi or a new public bus. The bus stop is on the opposite side of the road, heading North. It is about 600 Meters South of the crossroads. Every bus will stop there. Please ask the driver if they are heading to Khao Lak/Tap Lamu. The total trip should take about 3 1/2 hours.
Phuket Airport is serviced by many international airlines and a great many regional airlines. More airport details here.
Getting To Similan Islands by Taxi
From anywhere in the region you may also order a taxi to pick you up or drop you off. With groups of 3-5 people, this is the wisest choice for time, convenience and economics.
If you are in a hurry, this is also the best choice as buses (and people) tend to work on “Thai time”.
Please check out Khao Lak Taxi Service for a price list of places served and prices for those services.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Dive Sites” tab_id=”1498054126232-cc63c093-1363″][vc_column_text]See beauty and the wonders of the natural landscapes from caves and massive boulders to passages and reefs that provides a habitat for more than 500 500 species of soft and hard corals. While the West-Coast has stronger currents the East-Coast affords divers with outstanding visibility and weak to average currents.
Discover the abundant life roaming around the waters like Leopard Sharks, Guitar Rays, White Tip Sharks, Blue Spotted Stingrays, Clown Trigger Fish, Rabbit Fish, Scorpion fish, Snappers, Emperor Fish, Giant Trevally and Angelfish. Divers might also be amazed Cleaner Shrimps, Giant Bumphead Parrotfish, Mantis Shrimps, Porcelain Crabs, and by Turtles.
- Anita’s Reef
- Elephant Head
- Christmas Point
- East of Eden
- Beacon Point
- Fantasea Reef
- Snapper Alley
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