Similans & Surin
The Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Surin Islands are located to the north-west of Phuket, and to the west of Khao Lak.
The boats leave from either Phuket or Khao Lak, depending on the boat you choose. Of course we will provide a transfer from your hotel to the boat and back.
The main season here runs from October until May, when visibility can be (and normally will be) as good as 30+ meters. But also outside this season you can enjoy liveaboard diving. Click here if you want more information on this.
The Similan Islands are a stunning group of nine islands, north-west of Phuket. The diving here is astounding; one of the top spots in the world and Asia and together with the other liveaboard destinations the best in Thailand.
Thriving reefs, lush corals, impressive sea fans and an incredible variety of marine life including large pelagics such as manta rays and whale sharks.
The Similans are characterised by gigantic boulders above and below the water line, creating awesome underwater scenery and exciting swimthroughs for divers to explore. The water is crystal clear and the visibility is fantastic.
The Similans also have exquisite sandy beaches and shallow coral reefs in the bays, which are perfect for snorkeling. Spread among the nine islands are about 20 different dive sites.
Fantasea Reef is one of the favourite divesites, especially for photographers. Thousands of schooling fusiliers and banner fish together with the always present sharks make this an awesome dive.
Christmas Point is another Top Site. This is a good spot for manta rays, nurse sharks and barracudas. It has an impressive variety of hard and soft corals and a wonderful maze of swimthroughs.
Shark Fin Reef has beautiful coral and sponge gardens. It is an excellent site to see reef sharks and huge Napoleon wrasse.
Elephant Rock looks from the surface like an elephant head. Below the surface there are many impressive tunnels and swimthroughs. You can find small white tip reef sharks in a rock crevasse at the start of the dive and lots of colourful fish.
Boulder City is another favourite site of the Similans. Due to its exposed location it is possible to see almost anything here including whale sharks and mantas. It is always an exceptional dive. Leopard sharks, spanish dancers and great barracudas have been seen here against a backdrop of huge granite boulders.
To dive the Similans, you can choose for only the Similans on a trip of 3 days or add other divesites further north such as Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock and Surin Islands on a 4-6 days trip. And we have something special: a liveaboard diving trip to the Similan islands, where you arrive and depart on any day you choose. No more fixed schedules, you decide when you want to go and how long you want to stay. Even one- or two-day trips are possible. Ask us if you want more info on this.
Koh Bon & Koh Tachai
The beautiful islands of Koh Bon and Koh Tachai are a part of the Similans National Marine Park. Due to their isolated location these islands offer excellent opportunities to see mantas and whale sharks.
Koh Bon is a fantastic dive spot, famous for its visiting whale sharks, manta rays and sharks. There are thousands of schooling fish as well as octopus and cuttlefish. A myriad of corals, anemones and fascinating sea sponges makes this an exceptional dive spot, teeming with life.
Koh Tachai is a series of submerged pinnacles and boulders, which form excellent swimthroughs. A variety of sea fans, feather stars and anemones makes this a stunning area to dive. Huge Napoleon wrasse and yellow tail barracudas are often seen amidst schooling fish such as bannerfish and fusiliers.
To dive Koh Bon and Koh Tachai, you take one of the liveaboards that make a combination trip to Similans and Surin. Standard duration of the scuba trip is 4 days and 4 nights, shorter and longer diving trips are possible as well.
Richelieu Rock & Surin Islands
The beautiful Surin Marine National Park is situated north of Similan. It consists of five granite islands covered in lush forest with idyllic beaches and beautifully clear water.
The Surin Islands are an excellent place to see many breeds of turtles, as they come to Koh Chi (one of the islands) to feed and lay their eggs. This area is perfect for our night dives. As well as turtles we see many rays, crabs, shrimps and also reef sharks.
There are gardens of anemones, sponges and an impressive variety of corals and giant clams to see. In the daytime the northern Surin Islands are a top spot for "big fish".
The famous Richelieu Rock is one of the world's best locations for spotting whale sharks and is certainly one of Thailand's best dive sites.
This submerged rock is surrounded by a series of underwater pinnacles, covered in corals and sea fans, making this a spectacular wall dive.
Richelieu Rock is incredibly rich in marine life. Here you can see seahorses, shovel nose rays, moray eels, lionfish and schools of banner fish. Due to its location in open seas you may also see pelagics such as barracudas, trevallies and tuna.
To dive Richelieu Rock and Surin islands, you take one of the liveaboards that make a combination trip to Similans and Surin. Standard duration of the trip is 4 days and 4 nights, shorter and longer scuba trips are possible as well.
Make below your choice in liveaboard boats, or see what options are available depending on your departure date. On our special offers page you will find last minute offers and special scuba trips (liveaboards and daytrips).
Please choose the date on which you wish to start your trip. We update the list frequently, but check with us to be sure there is place available on the trip of your choice. The boats that offer an (almost) every day departure, A3 and A5 are not included in this selection.
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