The Similan And Surin Islands

The Similan And Surin Islands

A Liveaboard In Thailand Is A Not To Be Missed Experience

Similan Island National Park Dive Site Map

Undoubtedly the best liveaboard diving in Thailand, the Similan and Surin Island National Parks should be on every divers wish list. It's hard to describe such a wonderful place so I'll let the words of the great Jacques Cousteau do it for us...

”The waters of the Similan islands are crystalline and pure; they are teeming with invertebrates. The blue and white affection of these unspoiled beaches, washed by a clear sea, is reminiscent of the skies painted by baroque masters” - Jacques Cousteau

Similan Island Dive Site Turtle Rock

Turtle Rock

Most of the Similan Island liveaboards steer away from night dives in favour of sunset dives that are usually far better but on the first night on the boat you may well jump in at Turtle Rock for your one and only night dive of the trip. The shallow, protected bay usually has very easy conditions to allow plenty of time to search all the nooks and crannies in safety. The dive site got its name from the turtle shaped rock that sits out of the water on the west side of the bay, however it's not uncommon to find sleeping hawksbill turtles underneath the boulders. The shallow bay has plenty of healthy coral to explore and this is the area you should stick to. If you go a bit too far west [...]

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Honeycomb Moray At The Boonsung Wreck

Boonsung Wreck – Khao Lak

The Boonsung wreck was formerly one of many vessels that were used in the previously booming tin mining trade along the west coast of Thailand especially around Phuket and Khao lak. Allegedly it sank due to a faulty toilet and came to rest on the sandy bottom in just 18m of water just outside Khao Lak. Originally it was a hazard to shipping and the Thai navy dropped a couple of bombs to level it out a bit, add that to the damage created by the 2004 tsunami and we're left with something that's hardly recognisable as a boat but it attracts an incredible amount of life. Although technically not part of the Similan Islands it's used as the final two dives of many liveaboard safaris' d [...]

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Chevron Barracuda At West of Eden

West Of Eden

After the coral bleaching in 2010 that devastated the wonderful East Of Eden this rocky dive site became more popular. Most sites on the western side of the Similan Islands are comprised of granite boulders and hard corals which are a little more resilient to temperature change. Depending on the current the dive will begin around the mooring line in the small bay to the south of the dive site. It's worth spending some time in this area, look around the large coral bommie for giant frogfish, clown triggerfish and quite a few species of angelfish, it's not unusual to see regal, emperor, koran, bluering and masked angelfish in just the first few minutes of the dive. As you head [...]

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Similan Island Dive Site Anita's Reef

Anita’s Reef

Anita's Reef is a super easy dive site with great visibility, for these reasons it's used by many liveaboards as the first dive of the trip so all the divers have a nice easy start and get their weighting correct for the rest of the trip. The dive will start in the calm shallows and you'll slowly work your way towards deeper water, giving your guide a chance to check your weighting is OK and that divers are nice and relaxed. The dive site very gently slopes off to around 30m. It's unlikely you'll go all the way down, just far enough to see the the fields of spotted garden eels picking out any passing food that comes near their burrows. It's a really nice scene to start off your trip but g [...]

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Similan Island Dive Site Three Trees

Three Trees AKA Breakfast Bend

Three trees is one of the longest dive sites in the Similan Islands National Parks and one of the few that allows a decent drift dive. This gently sloping reef is perfect for all levels of divers, beginners can stick to the reef in the shallows and the more experienced divers can explore the colourful bommies at depth. The dive site comprises of three main sections; Breakfast Bend in the south, Three Trees in the middle and the if the current is strong you may well finish the dive on North Point, which yep you've guessed it is in the north. Three Trees is what it's generally referred as because of the three prominent, white trunked trees that quite surprisingly stand out in an island [...]

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Phuket Diving Site Elephant Head Rock

Elephant Head Rock

Elephant Head Rock is a large rocky pinnacle that nestles between Similan Islands seven and eight. The strong current that runs between the two islands has washed the granite boulders on Elephant Head Rock smooth and created lots of really nice swim-throughs. Although strong currents are frequently prevalent the large size of the pinnacle ensures there is always a sheltered and safe area to dive and is often the first dive of the day to allow divers to explore the deeper areas of the site and catch the whitetip reef sharks cruising around on the southeast corner. If you do miss them on the first part of the dive then there's always a chance to see one resting in the many cracks and cave [...]

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Surin Island Dive Site Richelieu Rock

Richelieu Rock – Thailand’s Great All Rounder

Very few dive sites can match Richelieu Rock for variety, so much so that it can be a bit of a nightmare for photographers choosing which lens to take. On it's day regarded as one of the top ten dive sites in the world and is certainly the best in Thailand and allegedly 'discovered' by Jacques Cousteau with the help of local fisherman. There is much debate on how Richelieu Rock got it's name but it's nice to think that the great man had some involvement. Richelieu Rock is a horseshoe shaped rock that sits alone in the Andaman sea. It's nearly 20km from the Surin Islands and almost 40km from both the mainland and Koh Tachai so it's hardly surprising it attracts so much life. At high tide [...]

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Surin Island Dive Site Koh Tachai

Koh Tachai Pinnacle

Koh Tachai is a picture postcard tropical island with lush greenery and white sand beaches situated 20km north of Koh Bon and the Similan Island National Park. Underwater it's even more spectacular, huge granite boulders, healthy corals and tonnes of fish. A couple of mooring buoys is all you will see above the surface, the top of the dome shaped pinnacle is at 12m and falls away to 45m on the deepest side. The site is usually exposed to strong currents so you'll make your descent and ascent on of these buoys that will safely guide you down to an area of shelter from the current. On the west side you will find large boulders and swim-throughs and on the east there's gardens of sea whips [...]

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The West Ridge Of Phuket Diving Site Koh Bon

Koh Bon – Phuket’s Manta Magnet

A two hour sail northwest from Similan Island #9 will bring you to the granite island of Koh Bon. Although a fair distance away it's still considered part of the Similan Island National Park, it's easily recognisable by a circular opening in the granite wall. The majority of dives here will incorporate the west ridge, a thin granite spine of rock that starts above the surface and continues underwater to a depth of 40m. Along the ridge you'll find lots of colourful soft corals, hordes of cleaner and butterfly fish which draw in giant manta rays from miles around. Even without the big guys it's a stunning dive site with a wealth of varied marine life. Leopard, blacktip and whitetip reef s [...]

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When talking about Scuba Diving Phuket Tours, you should believe the hype, this season we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular easy to reach dive sites almost monthly 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, plus 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 sleeping wreck and the most amazing artificial reef and nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving in Phuket, get in touch with us and book an awesome day of diving.

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