Need To Know: Similan And Surin Islands New Rules

Need To Know: Similan And Surin Islands New Rules

Similan And Surin Islands New Rules Being Enforced

Similan and Surin Islands new rules bombshell dropped a few days before the annual reopening. The number of daily visitors has been reduced to 3,850 and divers to just 525. Possibly in reaction to somewhat unflattering images of thousands of tourists packed onto small Similan Island beaches.

Park Fees To Be Paid In Advance

To ensure that no more divers than the allocated 525 per day enter Similan & Surin Island National Parks. Park tickets must be paid for in advance and will be allocated to your name which must be as stipulated in your passport. Name or date changing is not an option so all fees are non-refundable. If you wish to change the date of your liveaboard then you have to pay National Park Fees again.

For all bookings in the 2018/19 season and onwards guests must supply the following information:

  • Name as appears in passport
  • Passport#
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth

*Please ensure that you receive a ticket with the valid date

Scuba Diving Insurance Is Now Mandatory

Scuba Diving accident and evacuation Insurance coverage is now “mandatory” for all guests joining any Liveaboard trips. Even if customer bookings were completed before National Marine Parks implemented changes on October 13th 2018

If you have your own scuba diving accident Insurance coverage, we will require Insuring company name, policy number and contact number. For divers with scuba diving accident and evacuation covered under normal travel insurance. We will need to so see the part of the policy that states coverage to ensure it has adequate scuba diving accident coverage included.

Being able to display insurance on your phone should be enough. However it would be prudent to take a short trip back to the dark ages and print it out.

We can supply specific diving insurance through indepths. Daily coverage is THB 150 and weekly THB 600

No More Entry Level Courses

Under the Similan and Surin Islands new rules if you’ve planned an Open Water or Discover Scuba Diving course in the Similan Islands, well it’s not happening. Even if you’ve already booked it before the changes were announced. All divers must be already certified before entering the park.

No Single Use Plastics

Similan and Surin Islands new rules stipulate that single use plastic are no longer allowed inside the National Parks. This counts for all visitors including staff.

For example:

  • Bags from convenience stores or non convenient stores for that matter
  • New plastic wrapped items
  • Garbage bags
  • Plastic packaged food
  • Plastic cutlery

In essence try to avoid bringing any plastics you think can be construed as single or minimal use. We all know the huge issue of plastics in our oceans and divers should be the first to happily comply with this rule.

similan and surin new rules help reduce single use plastics and save turtles

similan and surin new rules help reduce single use plastics and save turtles

No More Island Stays

Camping on island no.4 has also been stopped so the only option to stay overnight is on a Similan Island liveaboard. With most boats spread between the Similan and Surin Island National Parks we don’t foresee an adverse effect on scuba diving. However for the day trip snorkelling tours it’s been a bit of a kick in the teeth. They’ve been forced to cancel or change destination on many advance bookings but….

Was It Really Such A Big Surprise?

In 2016 another idyllic island near the Similan Islands was closed to day trip tours. Koh Tachai’s pristine beach was being trashed by sheer volume, environmental damage was immense. Many visitors complained and eventually the island was closed to tourists before the damage became irreparable. The second warning came this year with the closure of Phi Phi’s Maya Bay for exactly the same reasons. So why think that the increasing number of tourists to Similan Island No.4 would end any differently.

Change For The Good

Although a bit more notice would have been nice. The Similan and Surin Island new rules and restrictions are for the good. The long term preservation of these stunning islands and dive sites benefit everyone. We do support the Thai governments stand and hope that it’s enforced correctly.

For the consumer it probably means there will be very few last minute deals, advance booking will be essential.

If you have any questions or wish to cement your place on a Similan Surin Island liveaboard then please contact our team.

Contact Us Now

Posted in News & Updates on .

Popular Services

Happy customer returning after an amazing scuba dive with Local Dive Thailand

PADI Scuba Diver Course

The PADI Scuba Diver Course is a great choice for those with limited time in Phuket or lack confidence in water. You'll only need two days to complete this great little course and there is no swim test involved. Although we do highly recommend that you're a confident swimmer before taking up any diving activity. The course will go over all the basic safety and problem solving skills that you require to enjoy our incredible underwater wo [...]

Find Out More
Scuba Diving Day Trip Tours on the M/V Kepsub - Local Dive Thailand

M/V Kepsub – Phuket Diving Tours

The M/V Kepsub is the most reliable diving tour vessel for your Phuket diving tour, don't trust your diving trip to other companies in Thailand with old & unreliable vessels. You can trust Local Dive Thailand & the M/V Kepsub to provide you with an amazing three dive, scuba diving day trip tour, or we will offer a refund. That's how confident we are with the operation of the M/V Kepsub. Space and reliability, two things every diver wa [...]

View Diving Tours

Daily Schedules

M/V Kepsub Schedule

Jobs @ Local Dive Thailand

Local Dive Thailand is one of Phuket's fatest growing & most vibrant scuba diving operations, we are always looking for quality staff to join us, so feel free to have a look at our jobs listing page.

Job Listings

Contact LDT

Local Guides, Local Knowledge, Local Experiences

Don't trust your diving to amateurs or freshly minted dive guides, dive with local experienced experts from Local Dive Thailand. Our Scuba Diving Phuket Tours will take you to see the rarest of the rare critters, you will be amazed by the macro life our guides can find, in the secret places only they know. To put it in perspective, if you were going to climb Mount Everest you would certainly hire a local sherpa to lead the way & keep you safe. Diving is similar because there is absolutely no substitute for local experience & local knowledge, Local Dive Thailand's guides are Phuket's Sherpa's of the Andaman Sea!

Learn More About Us

Scuba Diving Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

When talking about Scuba Diving in Phuket, you should believe the hype, many seasons we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular and easy to reach dive sites and on a good day you can add Sea Horses, Sea Moths, Snake Eels, Frog Fish & Octopus to what you can see on any given dive and so much more. If we are heading to Phi Phi Island for the day, you can possibly see Hawksbill Sea Turtles and Black Tip Reef Sharks, also don't forget the King Cruiser, 84 meters of beautiful wreck and the most amazing reef nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving Phuket, get in touch with us and book an 'awesome' day of diving.

Book Your Day Trip

Related News From Local Dive Thailand

See why we are Thailand's leading scuba diving Phuket tour provider, stay up to date & watch out for news & special liveaboard offers!

mimic octopus at kata beach phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

Mimic Octopus In Phuket

Finding mimic octopus in Phuket is not a new thing for local divers but it may come as a bit of a surprise to holiday makers. Mimic octopus (thaumoctopus mimicus) are a relatively new species to science, only classified in 1998 from Indonesian specimens. The potential range could be huge because of the habitat they choose to hunt in. Featureless sandy/muddy flats is generally where you can find mimic octopus, not the first choice for most di [...]

Read Full Story
Enriched Air Nitrox In Phuket News & Updates

Nitrox Membrane System On MV Kebsup

Our day trip to the King Cruiser wreck is one of the most popular on the Phuket diving scene, it's even more enjoyable if you dive with Enriched Air Nitrox. The depth of the wreck 18 - 32m can make it a short dive on normal air tanks but with Nitrox you can easily make a full 50 minutes as long as your air consumption allows. With this is mind we decided to invest in a Nitrox membrane system, allowing divers to chose on the day if they wou [...]

Read Full Story
eLearning On A Phuket Diving Boat The Archives

What Is PADI elearning ?

In this digital age books are fast becoming a relic of the past, we can access all the information we need through the internet and diving is no different. 2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of the PADI elearning initiative, the modern way of learning. Just as you can access your Facebook and instagramm accounts pretty much anywhere at anytime you can do the same with your dive theory and arrive on your holiday safe in the knowledge that y [...]

Read Full Story

Local Dive Thailand Office In Phuket


Find Us On Google Maps