The Similans

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  • Similan Islands
Access
From Boat
Diver Level
Novice
Depth
Average: 22.96 ft
Maximum: 131.2 ft
Visibility
Average: 49.2 ft
Maximum: 131.2 ft

The Similan Islands are a chain of 9 tiny islands in the Andaman Sea, about 100km/62mi northwest of Phuket. These islands are famous among divers as one of the top dive destinations in the world. The islands are blessed with some of the world’s finest beaches and are surrounded by some of the area's richest waters. The Similan Islands achieved national marine park status in 1982. The national park is closed from May 16 to October 15. In general, the east-coast sites are hard coral reef dives with some soft corals, and a huge variety of marine life. The west-coast sites are slightly more challenging due to their depths and the variable currents around the huge granite boulders, swim-throughs and giant fan corals.The dive sites off islands offer divers to explore reefs, lush corals, impressive sea fans and a variety of marine life. There are over 20 dive sites off the islands. The dive sites are suitable for all diver levels. The Similan Islands are very popular for underwater photography - it is a paradise for muck/macro diving. Most popular dive sites The most famous sites are Anita’s Reef, Fantasea Reef, Elephant Head Rock, East of Eden, Richelieu Rock, and Christmas Point. Fantasea Reef provides an opportunity to see thousands of schooling fusiliers, banner fish and reef sharks. Anita's Reef is an easy dive site that is good for divers of all levels of experience with a diverse marine life. East of Eden is very popular among divers because of a great variety of marine species that can be seen here. Christmas Point is a site filled with huge granite boulders, arches, and swim-throughs that make a fantastic playground for divers. Elephant Rock has such name because from the surface it looks like an elephant head. Below the surface there are lots of tunnels and swim throughs to explore.

When to go

The high season is from December to April, when the monsoon stays far away. The best period to visit is March, when the winds are calm and the visibility is the best. The average annual air temperature is 27C/80F, with water temperatures between 27-30C/80-86F. The underwater visibility ranges from 20-40m/65-131ft. Currents range from weak to moderate.

What to see

The islands have wonderful scuba diving: the underwater world is presented by giant underwater boulders, caves, tunnels,narrow passages, about 500 species of hard and colorful soft corals, and abundant marine life. Some of the marine species divers may see are lionfish, clownfish, turtles, guitar rays, triggerfish, barracudas, unicornfish, giant trevallies, leopard sharks, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, and even mantas and whale sharks.


Specials

  • Phuket Phuket Pro Dive & Sail o., Ltd.

    2 Days Diving Package (5 Dives)

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only
  • Phuket Seafarer Divers Phuket

    Boat Trip to Similan Islands

    Boat trip to Similan Islands. This product is for certified divers only
  • Khao Lak Khao Lak Explorer Dive Center

    Diving (by Days, 2 Dives per Day)

    The Similan Islands National Marine Park is one of the most beautiful marine national parks in Thailand. The huge granite boulder offer an amazing underwater scenery. Consisting of 9 islands, the Similans is perfect for diving in the crystal clear water. With our Similan islands diving daytrip, you will dive from our comfortable day-boat, everything is provided on-board, breakfast, lunch, snacks. An on-board videographer is available to make videos of the dives. Our boat provide a comfortable solution to dive or snorkel the Similan islands. A dingy is here to bring the non divers to beach, sundeck with mattresses for relaxing and getting a tan after your dives. If you have a non-diver friend or family member who would like to join you for your Similan Islands diving trip, this is a family friendly boat, everybody is welcome on-board! Similan islands daytrip itinerary: 06:45-07:45 Pick-up from hotel; 08:00 Boat Departure; 08:10 Boat Briefing; 08:30 Breakfast; 11:00 Dive/Snorkel 1; 12:00 Lunch served buffet style; 14:00 Dive/Snorkel 2; 15:00 Boat Depart after an amazing day; 15:30 Snack and video Show; 18:00 Arrive at the Pier and transfer back to your hotel. On Thursday is no departure. Come to our dive center the day before departure before 17:00, to pay the remaining balance and try on the equipment. Bring Your Logbook and Certification Card.
  • Khao Lak Big Blue Diving Khao Lak

    3 Day Trips Package

    Choose 6 dives at the Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. This product is only for certified divers Monday: Koh Tachai and Koh Bon Tuesday: Richelieu Rock Wednesday: Similan Islands Thursday: Richelieu Rock Friday: Koh Bon Saturday: Richelieu Rock Sunday: Similan Islands
  • Khao Lak Sea Bees Diving Khao Lak - City Shop

    Special 8 Diving Days Package

    2 x Wreck with two dives. 4 x Similan Islands with two dives. 2 x Koh Bon with two dives. This product is for certified divers only
  • Phuket Phuket Pro Dive & Sail o., Ltd.

    3 Days Diving Package (7 Dives)

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only
  • Phuket Aqua One Watersports Phuket Co. LTD.

    Boat Trip to Similan Islands (2 Dives)

    Boat trip to specific location.
  • Khao Lak Big Blue Diving Khao Lak

    4 Day Trips Package

    Choose 6 dives at the Similans, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock. This product is only for certified divers Monday: Koh Tachai and Koh Bon Tuesday: Richelieu Rock Wednesday: Similan Islands Thursday: Richelieu Rock Friday: Koh Bon Saturday: Richelieu Rock Sunday: Similan Islands
  • Phuket Phuket Pro Dive & Sail o., Ltd.

    4 Days Diving Package (9 Dives)

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only
  • Koh Phayam Aladdin Dive Safari (Koh Phayam Island)

    Day Trip to Richelieu Rock

    Day Trip to Richelieu Rock. This product is for certified divers only. Enjoy a full day of diving at Richelieu Rock. This great dive site is part of the Surin National Marine Park. This dive site is the deepest site of the area and is located some miles away of the 5 islands.
  • Koh Chang Aladdin Dive Safari (Koh Chang Island)

    Day Trip to Richelieu Rock

    Day Trip to Richelieu Rock. This product is for certified divers only. Enjoy a full day of diving at Richelieu Rock. This great dive site is part of the Surin National Marine Park. This dive site is the deepest site of the area and is located some miles away of the 5 islands.
  • Ranong Aladdin Dive Safari (Ranong Town)

    Day Trip to Richelieu Rock

    Day Trip to Richelieu Rock. This product is for certified divers only. Enjoy a full day of diving at Richelieu Rock. This great dive site is part of the Surin National Marine Park. This dive site is the deepest site of the area and is located some miles away of the 5 islands.
  • Khao Lak Sea Bees Diving Khao Lak - Palm Garden

    Ruby Tuesday - Boat Trip to Ko Tachai / Ko Bon / Premchai Wreck

    This product is for certified divers only. A one day adventure to Ko Tachai, Ko Bon (2 islands of the Similan Islands National Marine Park ) and Premchai Wreck with MC Stingray, Khao Lak’s state of the art high speed Catamaran

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